Coney Island

Astrotower sways, Luna Park in Coney Island evacuated

July 2, 2013 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Luna Park, the Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel Park in Coney Island were evacuated and closed Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. as witnesses reported the Astrotower was swaying.

FDNY, NYPD, the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) were on the scene investigating the tower’s stability, according to a spokesperson for OEM.

“We’re working with the Department of Buildings to investigate the reports,” the spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle.

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The Astrotower was originally part of Astroland, a “space-age” theme park which opened in 1962, acording to Wikipedia. The Astrotower has been out of use since 2010. According to the Gothamist blog, the Astrotower was heard “singing” just over a month ago.


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