Astroland opening signals beginning of end

CONEY ISLAND - Coney Island's Astroland Amusement Park had a bittersweet opening Sunday.

The 2007 year will be the park's last. Thor Equities purchased the park last year for $31 million. The developer plans to turn the destination into a year-round location with shopping, indoor attractions and condos. However, the Cyclone ride will continue to operate at the site.

Astroland patrons turned out for the beginning of the end, despite cloudy skies and rain in the forecast. Many say they want the beloved park to remain accessible and affordable for Brooklyn families.

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