The “Zipper” and the “Spider” sound like classics but have you ever gone on them for a ride? No matter, they’re off to Honduras now:
Two longtime Coney Island rides were shut down yesterday to be sent overseas, the latest casualties of a developer’s stalled bid to bring a $1.5 billion entertainment complex to the amusement district.
Workers yesterday began dismantling the Spider and Zipper rides near the West 12th Street shoreline, so both could be sent to an amusement park in Honduras.
The workers said the rides’ operator opted to sell the attractions after being unable to obtain a land-lease extension with developer Joseph Sitt, who owns 10 acres in the heart of the amusement district but is having difficulty getting city approval for his controversial project.
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“I think people are in denial about what we’re facing for next year,” said Dianna Carlin, the owner of Lola Staar Souvenir Boutique on the boardwalk.
But a Sitt spokesman yesterday said the developer won’t let Coney Island become a ghost town and there will be plenty of amusements in future years.
Location Scout: Coney Island Amusement Core.Posted: September 5th, 2007 | Filed under: Brooklyn, There Goes The Neighborhood