On Saturday, the beach at Coney Island opened to the public, as did the amusement park complete with two new thrill rides.
The two new rides, Boardwalk Flight and Coney Island Raceway, are part of the second phase of development of the Scream Zone amusement park, which, along with Luna Park, has helped draw a record number of visitors back to Coney Island since 2010.
The new Boardwalk Flight is a 110-foot free-fall ride that will propel riders over the boardwalk at speeds reaching up to 60 miles per hour and provide them with the sensation of sky-diving.
Coney Island Raceway, a new 24-cart Go-Kart track, will allow riders to drive on 900 feet of track that features switchback and hairpin curves, creating an authentic racing experience.
“Last summer, more than 11 million people visited the beach at Coney Island to take in the sun, surf, and amusements, and to enjoy the world’s largest natural air conditioner – the breezes of the Atlantic Ocean,” said Parks CommissionerAdrian Benepe. “This year the beach is better than ever.”
The summer of 2011 was one of the most successful summer seasons on record for Coney Island, with over 640,000 visitors taking over 2 million rides.
In addition to the second phase of Scream Zone, a number of Coney Island’s attractions and amenities will be either returning or opening for the first time within the amusement area this summer. Grimaldi’s, one of Brooklyn’s legendary pizzerias, will open a new store on Surf Avenue. Flicks on the Beach, a popular free outdoor film series will return, as will the traditional Friday Night Fireworks and the Seaside Summer Concert Series.
All beaches across city also opened to the public on May 26, with lifeguards on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is strictly prohibited at all other times. Beaches will remain open through Labor Day weekend.