Sunday, September 07, 2008
As you may or may not know, today was the last day of Astroland Park at Coney Island. Tomorrow, it will be sold off.
How this area was not designated a protected landmark is beyond me. Actually, it's very obviou$. Shame on the people who were in a position to save this national -- NATIONAL -- institution but didn't because they were greedy bastards. On the slate for the area:
* 26 new high rises of up to 30 stories each
* Shrinkage of the Amusement district from 61 acres to 9 acres
* Possible retail, malls, and other pre-fab materialist bullshit
Astroland Park was a low-cost, easy-to-travel-to center of entertainment for countless people, especially children -- and especially people who might not have been able to afford trips elsewhere. It was also the provider of jobs for many locals.
Above that -- it's fucking Coney Island! I just don't get it. Brooklyn let one of its arguably most famous attractions fall to condos and shopping malls. Standing in the middle of Astroland park today, I felt like this: