On May 29, when we open the gates of Luna Park to the world, we will begin a new chapter in Coney Island’s spectacular history. This is an incredible investment in America’s Playground — an iconic destination beloved by generations of New Yorkers and visitors alike.
We are all fortunate to have this remarkable opportunity to witness the rebirth of Coney Island. With Luna Park’s new amusements, entertainment, games and food joining Coney favorites like the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, Nathan’s, the Brooklyn Cyclones, Ringling Bros. and the Aquarium, the fun is truly back in Coney.
But Coney Island is more than an amusement destination. It is a neighborhood, made up of residents who are not only passionate about the area’s future, but dependant on its success. That is why we are committed to being a part of the community and providing economic opportunity for local residents. Working with our partners at the Coney Island Development Corporation and Department of Small Business Services, Councilmember Domenic Recchia, the New York City Housing Authority, Kingsborough Community College and numerous community organizations, we have already hired more than 200 local residents to work at Luna Park, and we look forward to providing more opportunities in the future.
Coney Island has a bright future ahead of it, and we are thrilled to be part of that.
Valerio Ferrari is president of Central Amusement International, developer and operator of the new Luna Park.