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Coney Island's New Luna Park Celebrates One Millionth Visitor

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Alberto Zamperla, standing near one of the more popular rides at Luna Park, called Air Race. Alberto Zamperla, standing near one of the more popular rides at Luna Park, called Air Race. (Kathleen Horan/WNYC)

The lure of Coney Island endures. The area's new amusement park has been open for less than three months, but Luna Park celebrated its one millionth visitor Friday.

The designer of Luna Park's 19 rides, Alberto Zamperla -- owner of the Italian amusement company that bears his name -- says he's gratified by the response.

"We were able to deliver the product that we thought the people enjoy in New York and Brooklyn, and the fact that today we celebrate one million visitors proves that people like what we did," he says.

Zamperla says the success is party due to good weather -- the many sunny days this summer. The park is open every day until midnight through next weekend, and then weekends only through Columbus day.

Next season, Luna Park will expand by 90,000 feet and open five new rides -- including a couple of large roller coasters in an area, understandably, called the "Scream Zone."

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Berthe Rene-Luke from Englewood, NJ

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Religion is about giving to the poor and protecting the meek. Glen told us that he "wants the whole pie". He also wants as little government regulations/interference as possible. He has an anti-religious/egoistic message covered up with religious camouflage. My concern is that even with the known growing wealth gap between the haves and the have-nots and the distress this is causing, some people actually follow him.

Aug. 30 2010 10:31 AM

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