Kathleen Horan, Reporter, WNYC News
Kathleen Horan is a staff reporter for New York Public Radio, covering the neighborhood beat. She also reports 'Reset', an ongoing series documenting police-community relations in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
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."