Legacy and Preservation of the Astroland Cyclone
The Astroland Cyclone - also just called the Cyclone or the Coney Island Cyclone - has been a New York landmark since 1988. The Albert family, owners of Cyclone Coasters, have invested millions of dollars in renovations and upkeep for this historic place.
On June 26, 1937, the Cyclone made its debut run. At the time, it cost owners Jack and Irving Rosenthal an estimated $146,000 to build. The coaster as you now know it first operated on July 3, 1975. Since then, it has become a New York landmark and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. For over 70 years, this ride has brought smiles to the masses.
Almost the end
After the closing of Coney Island in the late 1960s, the city of New York purchased the Cyclone for $1 million in 1971. In 1972, this historic roller coaster was almost demolished to make room for an expansion of the New York Aquarium. A coalition of do-gooders made a concerted effort to save the coaster, and in 1975, they leased it to Astroland Amusement Park, rehabilitated it and reopened it.
Since its placement on the Register of Historic Places in 1991, the Cyclone has continued to operate and spread its decades-old joy to new generations. Finding pleasure and excitement in the thrill of the ride became only part of the allure of the Cyclone - hopping on those old tracks leads you directly down the path to memory lane.