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November 28th, 2002, 03:48 PM

Parachute Jump, neckless and headless

With crane (former yellow mast can be seen at bottom left)

From Surf Avenue with Keyspan Park in foreground

I was going to take shots of the pieces that have been taken down, they are in the Keyspan parking lot now. However the camera ran out of memory.. the lift ring's center support is in one big piece, as well as a portion of the main tower. The lift ring itself is in a few pieces now covered by a temporary work building

November 29th, 2002, 03:53 PM
Wow, I didn't know they had started that. *The area looks strange without it...

TLOZ Link5
November 29th, 2002, 04:21 PM
Gul, I'm confused as to what's going on. *I thought that they were renovating Parachute Jump, but by the looks of it it's being demolished. *Or are they taking down each portion to refurbish before putting the structure back together again?

::confuzzled:: *: (

November 29th, 2002, 04:42 PM
They're dismantling the upper two thirds and will strip those pieces of paint and primer and reprime and repaint them as well as replace any inadequate pieces of steel

By late spring the entire Jump should be in one piece and completely repainted

TLOZ Link5
November 29th, 2002, 04:47 PM
Ah, I see.

Will it be put back into use as a ride of some sort? *That would be really cool, IMHO.

November 29th, 2002, 05:00 PM
Quote: from TLOZ Link5 on 4:47 pm on Nov. 29, 2002
Ah, I see.

Will it be put back into use as a ride of some sort? *That would be really cool, IMHO.I imagine that it would be a ride. *Otherwise, there would be no point in spending the money to repair it.

November 29th, 2002, 09:00 PM
As of now there aren't any plans to return it to use. However the renovation will make it operable and will improve safety. Most likely it will be bought by the Deno group and put back into service within a few years

May 14th, 2003, 01:55 PM
Base enclosed in temporary building

Ring moor piece with new blood red color

May 14th, 2003, 07:01 PM
It looks brand new.

May 14th, 2003, 07:29 PM
Yeah. And bleeding.

By the way as of today the crane has returned. I guess reassembly has begun.

May 14th, 2003, 09:06 PM
I like the color - Coney Island mischievousness. Is that clown still around?

May 14th, 2003, 09:29 PM
Ughhhhh I hate that clown. So does my mother. It gave her nightmares.

I think it exists somewhere over there in some form. I remember seeing it. Or maybe that was a picture.

May 21st, 2003, 08:30 AM
I saw the tower yesterday from the Belt Parkway, crossing over the rail yards. It looks fantastic! I almost rear-ended the car in front of me.

May 21st, 2003, 01:50 PM
I'm jealous.

I haven't been able to go over there in the last 2 weeks. However I think today I saw the neck of the mast ring in place from school.

June 2nd, 2003, 06:38 PM
June 2, 2003. Almost finished


June 2nd, 2003, 07:26 PM
The devil's work!

June 2nd, 2003, 07:26 PM
Holy crap. I didn't realize the red would be that noticeable. I saw the Jump from school today but it only looked like a dark silhouette.

Thanks for the pictures.

June 2nd, 2003, 07:41 PM
I like it! *

TLOZ Link5
June 2nd, 2003, 08:33 PM
Yay! *Joyous red!

Jack Ryan
August 12th, 2003, 10:13 PM
Sounds like an upstairs neighbor I once shared a Ludlow St. apartment building with.

October 15th, 2003, 04:43 PM


TLOZ Link5
October 15th, 2003, 05:06 PM
Looking sharp.

November 15th, 2003, 08:40 PM
November 16, 2003


A Ride Loses Its Rust, but Future Is Unclear


It has been deconstructed and reconstructed, and, in between, repainted and restrengthened.

Now the question of what's next for the long-orphaned parachute jump in Coney Island is afloat in New York City's bureaucracy.

The 262-foot jump ceased functioning as a ride in 1968 after nearly three decades as one of the most popular and thrilling attractions in the bazaar of seaside diversions that made Coney Island famous.

But the area's decline left a shrinking amusement park by the 1960's, and the abandoned, rusting steel jump became for some people a depressing reminder of glory gone. Others saw the skeletal tower as a New York City icon, and they prevailed in 1989 when the city designated it for preservation as an official landmark.

In 2001, the city's effort to revive Coney Island scored a big run when the Brooklyn Cyclones began playing minor league baseball in the new KeySpan Park, behind whose right-field corner the jump soars. Last year, the city began a $5 million renovation of the tower and said there would be a study on how it could be used again.

The renovation was completed four months ago, an official of the city's Economic Development Corporation said last week. About two-thirds of the structure was taken down, in sections weighing up to 34,000 pounds. Deteriorating elements were replaced, and a new coat of bright-red paint was applied before re-erection, said the official, Mel Glickman, an executive vice president.

The study, however, has not yet begun. A corporation spokeswoman, Janel Patterson, said there was no indication when it would get under way, let alone when activity might return to the tower. She said a review of legal and other issues, including public access to the jump, had to be completed first.

The study is to be financed by the office of the Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz. Ms. Patterson said it would assess the practicality of "all options," including putting a restaurant in the tower's base and even reviving the parachute ride.

Adrian Benepe, the city's parks commissioner, said, "It would be nice to see something where people could get to the top and get a view." But he said the cost of operating a restored parachute ride could well keep the idea grounded.

Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

June 30th, 2006, 11:03 AM
Lights Over Coney Should Help Warriors Find Way Back


Friday, June 30, 2006

Is it a Warhol? Nope, just an idea of what the Coney Island Parachute Jump will look like when it's all lit-up and prettyfied starting July 7. Doesn't it seem like we're really obsessed with lights lately? Come July 4th, our desire for airborne luminescence takes over. And since the City won't let us blow anything up, we gotta take what we can get.

Copyright 2006 Curbed

July 4th, 2006, 03:50 PM
There was all this excited talk about a plan for Coney Island to rise Phoenix-like from the ashes.

Nice that there are lights on the restored parachute jump. Nice that there's a new subway station. What else has happened?

Where are the forum photographers? Not Coney Island people, I guess.

July 4th, 2006, 03:55 PM
There was all this excited talk about a plan for Coney Island to rise Phoenix-like from the ashes.

Nice that there are lights on the restored parachute jump. Nice that there's a new subway station. What else has happened?

Where are the forum photographers? Not Coney Island people, I guess.

I live close to Coney Island. Besides a new non-remarkable building (I presume residential) next to the new train station not much is going on.

July 4th, 2006, 04:07 PM
I almost went out to Coney Island today, but decided to wait for the 7th, when the new lights will be turned on. I read an article today that says Thor is still moving ahead with the big plans. It's going to be a while, but I have very big hopes for the future of Coney Island. The potential is definitely there.

July 4th, 2006, 05:08 PM
It's going to be a while, but I have very big hopes for the future of Coney Island. The potential is definitely there.
It'll happen eventually. It always does, in places with definite potential, but it sometimes seems to take forever.

For decades folks touted the undeniable potential of Boston's South End (acres and acres of nifty row houses); and for decades the urban pioneers moved in, got burglarized a few times, mugged a few times more, and moved out. Seemed like it would never really improve.

So they sent in the gays. That seems to always work. But I tell you, for a few years there, things seemed dicey: as many gays moving out as in. How many times can you put up with being mugged?

Well, all's well that ends well, and now all the gays are rich on their real estate, and they've been joined by yuppies, art dealers, celebrity chefs and even (horrors) families. The whole sorry business is called gentrification.

July 4th, 2006, 06:36 PM

July 8th, 2006, 04:00 AM
July 8, 2006
Flower of a Tower Is Relighted in Coney Island

After 41 years of darkness, the lights on the Parachute Jump on Coney Island were turned on.

For 41 years, darkness was upon the face of the Parachute Jump in Coney Island.

The 277-foot tower, shaped like a giant blossom at the end of a tapering stalk, dropped its last screaming rider in 1965 and fell silent. For years it rotted, a skeletal symbol of Coney Island's long decline, narrowly escaping demolition.

Last night, the city turned the lights back on. As an eager crowd jammed the boardwalk, a switch was thrown and the Parachute Jump was bathed in red and purple light, as shivering patterns chased each other across its girders.

There are still no riders, and no parachutes, but the jump is back in the night sky above the boardwalk.

"Not exactly how it was when I was a kid," said Brooklyn's borough president, Marty Markowitz, "but it will be a beacon of light for this and future generations, harking and heralding Coney Island as a place where dreams come true."

The reviews from those assembled were muted. Phyllis Carbo, 70, who rode on the Parachute Jump as a girl, hesitated when asked for her opinion. "I'm running for Assembly on the Republican line, so I have to be very careful," she said. "I'm impressed."

Even the evening's master of ceremonies, Dick Zigun, one of Coney Island's leading boosters, pronounced the light show "very subtle."

Others were less restrained.

"Did they light it already? Is this it?" asked Joe Joya, 63.

His wife, Jane, 61, said, "I thought it was going to be a lot brighter. I thought that the lights were going to be more of a Vegas type of thing."

Her husband added: "You're not going to see that from Staten Island."

A few feet away, Marsha Lightman, 50, disagreed: "I think it's awesome. This isn't Vegas, it's Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York."

Her friend Joy Harvey, 55, stood transfixed next to her, taking a video of the lights with her digital camera. "It's amazing," Ms. Harvey said. "This is Coney Island."

"This is what it was," Ms. Lightman said.

"Is," her friend corrected.

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company

August 8th, 2006, 08:00 AM
"I think it's awesome. This isn't Vegas, it's Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York."
They need to tell the developers.

August 8th, 2006, 10:23 AM
I'll second that.

August 20th, 2006, 05:08 PM
Illuminating the Jump: A Conversation with Leni Schwendinger (http://www.metropolismag.com/cda/story.php?artid=2257)
The artist discusses lighting the Coney Island landmark and its potentially brighter future.