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Coney Island, BrooklynIs a peninsula, formerly an island that was a major resort and site of amusement parks, including Atroland, that reached its peak in the early 20th century. In recent years, the area has been revitalized by the opening of KeySpan Park, home to the successful Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team. Astroland owner, Carol Hill Albert, whose family had owned the amusement park since 1962, sold the site to developer Thor Equities in November 2006 for $30 million. Thor proposed a $1.5 billion renovation and expansion of the Coney Island amusement area to include hotels, shopping, movies, an indoor water park and the city’s first new roller coster since the Cyclone. The developers hope to start construction in 2007 and complete the project by 2011. As part of the renovation, they announced that Astroland would close by the end of 2007, which it has. The Aquarium is also being renovated.

In The NewsConey Island Becomes A Year-Round Hot Spot. The Boundaries: Bordered by Gravesend to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, Seagate to the west and Brighton Beach & Manhattan Beach to the east. The Commute: The D, F, N and Q subway lines at Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue serve the area. Click on the “Directions” link in the menu on the left for exact walking/subway directions and commuting time.