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UPDATE (June 3, 2014): The public relations folks for the new Thunderbolt contacted us this morning to note that the opening is now being pushed to next week. They’re not sure of the date yet, but the announcement is coming soon. Original article: Coney Island’s newest roller coaster, Zamperla USA’s Thunderbolt, is slated to open this…


Coney Island’s newest amusement tycoons, Central Amusement International (a.k.a. Zamperla USA), broke ground on the Thunderbolt yesterday, the first roller coaster in more than a century at the People’s Playground to throw riders through a literal loop. The three-car coaster will hold 27 people as it zooms along 2,233 feet of track at 55 miles…


Looks like the big red parachute jump in Coney Island will have a new buddy. The city began construction yesterday under the famous Parachute jump on the $29.5 million Steeplechase Plaza, reports the New York Post. “The parachute jump has always been this amazing icon, but now you’re going to get to enter Steeplechase Plaza underneath…