It may be last ride as Coney Island whirls into action
by Jotham Sederstrom
daily news staff writer
Thursday, March 6th 2008, 4:00 AM
Astroland will open a week from Sunday its 47th and likely final season because of impending development.
Astroland, Deno's Wonder Wheel and a whirling, buzzing array of spectacles will open unusually early this year as Coney Island gets set for what could be its final season.
Brooklyn's world-famous amusement mecca will kick off the 2008 season Sunday, March 16, because of an early Palm Sunday, the traditional opening day for the legendary parks.
At Astroland, which begins its 47th and likely final season because of impending development, the first 100 visitors will get a chance to ride the Cyclone for free.
"We're very happy to be opening for another grand and glorious season and looking forward to it," said Astroland owner Carol Hill Albert.
"Miss Cyclone" Angie Pontani will be on hand to welcome the new season, Albert said.
Astroland got a last-minute reprieve in October after developer Thor Equities agreed to a one-year lease extension that allowed the 47-year-old park to remain open for another season before bulldozers rumble in.