Carol Hill Albert

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    City Buys Sitt Land, But Coney Future Still Hazy

    ​ It was, Mayor Bloomberg said more than once, "a day people probably thought never would arrive." After more than a year of negotiations and at least one false positive, the mayor and developer Joe Sitt took to the Blue Room podium today to announce that Sitt's Thor Equities has agreed to sel ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Astroland Going, Going...

    photos by Neil deMause Take a look at Astroland from a passing Q train, and you might not notice anything out of the ordinary: The Astrotower, the pirate ship, and other landmarks are still there as always. Approach the gates, though, and the first signs of demolition are obvious. The teacup ride s ... More >>

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    September 13, 2008
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    September 8, 2008
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    August 12, 2008
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    April 24, 2008

    Locals Fear City Will Destroy Coney Island In Order To Save It

    Its ass is Gras? The Grashorn Building, dating to the 1880s, could be replaced by a 30-story hotel. When the city Economic Development Corporation announced last week--via a New York Times article by Charles Bagli--that it was revamping its years-in-the-works rezoning plans for Coney Island, much w ... More >>

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    March 17, 2008
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    November 9, 2007
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    October 24, 2007

    Astroland Lives For One More Summer!

    The pirate ship will take flight again: In what seemed inconceivable only a few months ago, Astroland operator Carol Hill Albert and her landlord Thor Equities have agreed to a new lease that will keep the 45-year-old Coney Island institution open for another season. "I'm very pleased for my emplo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    Astroland Looking Like History

    Looks like the dream is over for Astroland. Barring a last-minute reprieve from developer Joseph Sitt, Astroland appears to be heading the way of Luna Park. The New York Post reported Friday that the city hasn't been able to find a new Coney Island home for the beloved 45-year-old amusement park. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    Last Ride at Astroland

    Save Astroland campaigner Brian Gotlieb tries to keep the dream (or at least the swinging pirate ship) alive. Photos by Neil deMause Yesterday was the official last day of business for Astroland, and supporters of the 45-year-old Coney Island institution turned out in hopes of sparking an 11th-hour ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2007

    Labor Day Pains

    Will this be the winter of Coney's discontent?

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2007

    Coney Island Lives! Astroland, Maybe Not

    The remains of go-kart rides demolished by Thor Equities await the city's rezoning decision. Last night, the somewhat unlikely pairing of the Municipal Art Society (representing white-haired Manhattan urban planning geeks) and Coney Island USA (representing a different kind of geek) sponsored "Cone ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    April 3, 2007

    Coney Island's Last Ride? The Bulldozer!

    Behind the scenes, a scary game of chicken between the city and a developer who dreams of high-rise condos that won't amuse you

  • NYC Life

    June 21, 2005

    Scary Ride at Coney Island

    Extreme makeover not amusing to everybody in the amusement district