CONEY ISLAND - The owners of the now defunct Astroland Park are scrambling to find a new home for the historic Astroland rocket that has been a Coney Island landmark for the past 40 years.
The 70-foot long model of a space ship made its debut in the 1960s as the Astroland Moon Rocket, which could sit 26 people for a futuristic ride. Although the rocket has been out of commission for the past three decades, it found a home atop Gregory and Paul?s eatery on the Coney Island boardwalk.
?Kennedy said we?re going to put a man on the moon, and this was part of that excitement,? says Executive Director of the Coney Island History Project Charles Danson.
With Astroland?s property sold for development, the former owners of the park are striving to find a place for the iconic rocket or risk it being turned into scrap metal.
The owners of Astroland Park have less than two months to find a new landing spot for the rocket. By Jan. 31, all equipment will have to be removed off the property. The owners say they are willing to cover the rocket?s transportation costs, which may total $15,000.