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Coney Island’s Astrotower Nothing More Than A 5-Foot Stump

Former view from the Astro Tower (Source: Barry Yanowitz via flickr)
Former view from the Astrotower (Source: Barry Yanowitz via flickr)

The “Big Bagel in the Sky” has been reduced to a discarded muffin stump on the ground. Those who were spooked enough by the swaying Astrotower last week apparently had cause to be concern, despite our doubts, as officials deemed it necessary to bring the whole thing down.

News 12 reported that the tower, which has stood more than 270-feet tall since the early 1960s, has been reduced to a five-foot stump. No immediate plans have been drawn up to replace the thing but let me be the first to suggest a crazy new idea: how about a new 275-foot tower designed to sway dramatically in the wind?

You could call it the ‘Windy Needle’ or better yet, the ‘Ghost of the Astrotower’! Of course, this tower would only feign toppling over.

Do you have a better idea? I doubt it because mine is the best ever…

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  1. It really is a shame that Luna Park did not properly maintain this iconic part of our skyline! It will be missed!!!

  2. Rebuild – high enough to see that forthcoming ferris wheel in Staten Island and fit with lights like the Parachute Jump

  3. Your idea would be a perfect symbol of NYC government at its finest. I fully support it as a perfect icon of how city government works. Seriously, why this piece of crap was a landmark is beyond me. It was a not-very-interesting-or-popular ride that nobody outside of NY could identify. I mean, lots of people around the country know what “The Cyclone” or “The Wonder Wheel” meant . I’d like to take a poll of how many people knew what “Astrotower” meant. I’ll bet there’s people in this neighborhood who had never heard of “Astrotower”. Glad it’s gone. Put up a sign next to the stump for those so concerned.

  4. I saw it yesterday. Didn’t look 5 feet to me, more like about 2 or 3, but I may have shrunk in my senior years.


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