The rocket is ready for lift-off!
Sources tell this paper that Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park will take over
the iconic Astroland Rocket from the city and place it near the
funzone’s eponymous ferris wheel.
The rocket — originally called the Star Flyer — made its debut at the
1962 opening of the now-defunct space-themed amusement park Astroland.
Seventy-one feet long and made of airplane-grade aluminium, the ship contains 26 seats and a screen that originally simulated a spacecraft launch.
In later years, the defunct ride sat atop the roof of Boardwalk raw bar
Gregory and Paul’s — now Paul’s Daughter — between W. 10th and W. 12th
streets, as an advertisement beckoning Coney-goers toward Astroland.
Astroland closed in 2008, and the next year park owners Carol and
Jerry Albert donated the rocket to the city. The city has vowed numerous
times over the years to restore the iconic piece of the People’s
Playground’s past to the amusement district.
Authorities have stored the rocket at the Staten Island Homeport in
Stapletown since then, and sources reported that the rocket got swamped
during Hurricane Sandy and damaged by debris carried in the storm surge.
The insiders said that Wonder Wheel Park intends to not just repair
the one-of-a-kind attraction, but to restore it as a functioning ride —
and to keep the Astroland lettering on its sides as a memorial to the