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“We were extremely pleased with the number of people that turned out.
It was a family friendly environment,” added Adams. “I believe it has
great potential and we want to make Coney a year-round destination and
this was one way of doing that. We had little or no incidents at all.
Everyone got along great.”
Dick Zigun, the founder and artistic director of Coney Island USA was
also proud to see the plans come to fruition. “New Year’s Eve in Coney
Island was a big success. It was first time trying to launch a major
annual mass celebration,” he said, stating an estimated 5,000 people
turned out. “The never-before-used Steeplechase Plaza had the right
feel, the right capacity and placement right under the National Landmark
Parachute Jump, plus a fire spitter, freaks and fireworks fulfilled the
right big event programming.
Although Time Square received national attention, Brooklyn has
quickly become a popular alternative, according to Treyger. “It’s an
example that they don’t need only the Manhattan skyline to validate or
celebrate great New York events,” he stressed. “There are other
After a first successful event, the future looks bright for Coney’s
end-of-year celebration. “Moving forward, we will have more time to
plan. There will be a lot more planning with organizations to plan out a
day’s worth of activities and make it even bigger,” Treyger said. “The
Parachute Jump is like the Brooklyn’s Eiffel Tower. It was a special
“It was a huge success for the concept to be improved on next year and for decades to come,” added Zigun.