Park reopens after crews dismantle portion of Astroland tower - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Luna Park reopens after crews dismantle portion of Astroland tower

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

On this Fourth of July, it was a different kind of fireworks over at Luna Park in Coney Island.

Sparks were flying from the Astro Tower as crews used blowtorches to dismantle part of the 275-foot tower that was dangerously swaying over the park.

"We have most famous Funnel cakes, they've been here forever," said a Funnel cake worker at Game World.

If the funnel cakes have been around forever, it must seem like Coney Island has been around even longer than that.

But no one can remember a time when the world famous amusement park was closed on the Fourth of July – at least for part of the holiday.

"I thought was going to the close park today because of the situation with the tower because it was leaning over -- but I'm glad to see it was over though. But I still had good time with family," said one man at Coney Island.

"It was great time, no complaints -- at the least nothing collapsed on me," added another.

Tuesday night the park's Astroland Tower, which has been a Coney Island fixture for 50 years, started to sway a little too much for comfort.

So, structural experts made the quick call to close Luna Park for a few hours this Fourth of July, bringing in cranes Wednesday night just before the busiest day of the year to remove the top of the tower.

"We had two cranes assembled. One crane was there to basically hold the tower in place," said Robert Limandri, NYC Dept. of Buildings Commissioner. "The other crane had what we call a ‘man basket.' A man basket allows welders to operate."

Gone along with the top of the tower's top was also some Coney Island business. Some shops did not open until 3:00 p.m., like the makers of the world's most famous Funnel cakes who estimate they lost well over $1,000.

"Of course it hurts, after Sandy we're still trying to recover from that of course. And then this is our last holiday of the season besides Labor Day and it's not easy. You know we have high rent," said Nicholas Johnson of Game World owner.

High rent and less than usual business lowered store owners morale, but visitors seemed to stay upbeat keeping with the spirit of the Fourth of July.

Everyone's wishing America a happy birthday and Fox 5 has learned each individual section of the AstroTower weighed between 200-300 pounds.   

  • Brooklyn NewsBrooklyn NewsMore>>

  • G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    G subway line shutting down for 5 weeks

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:37 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:37:26 GMT
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
    Beginning Friday night, a portion of the G subway line that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be shut down for five weeks.
    The MTA says there will be no service between the Nassau Avenue station in Greenpoint and Court Square in Long Island City until Sept. 2.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:45 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:45:49 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
  • Eric Garner's family seeks federal probe of police custody death

    Eric Garner's family seeks federal probe of police custody death

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:46:48 GMT
    Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under New York Police Department policy.
    Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under New York Police Department policy.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices