NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A symbolic opening Sunday marked the return of the amusement rides on Coney Island after the damage they suffered from Superstorm Sandy.
But as CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, the celebration was not welcome news to some area residents.
Politicians and other leaders were proud to announce that following the devastation from Sandy, Luna Park at Coney Island is opening on schedule to kick off the 2013 season.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presided over the official opening with the 29th annual “Blessing of the Rides” at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park. The 86-year-old Cyclone roller coaster also received its traditional “Egg Cream Christening,” bringing together two of Brooklyn’s notable contributions.
Markowitz told the crowd he’s more of a spectator when it comes to the Cyclone.
“I’m not going, no way!” he said following the egg cream christening.
Luna Park was inundated with five feet of water during Sandy. The rides all had to be replaced and the entire amusement area had to be power-washed to clean up from the storm.