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Crane on the way to Coney Island as Astrotower swaying continues; part of it may have to come down

Posted: 3:01 PM, Jul 03, 2013
Updated: 2013-07-03 18:16:48-04

With the big Fourth of July weekend just hours away, it’s still unclear whether Coney Island’s Luna Park and its landmark attraction, the Cyclone, will be open for the holiday because of the swaying Astrotower.

Luna Park officials sent all of their employees home without opening Wednesday as they met with officials from the NYPD, FDNY and the Dept. of Buildings to look over testing results for the Astrotower’s structural integrity.

At a news conference, the Department of Buildings Commissioner said that the Astrotower has “more sway than usual” and until a course of action can be figured out, Luna Park will remain closed.

Part of the tower may have to be taken down, the Commissioner said.

A crane made its way to Coney Island Wednesday as the Astrotower continued to sway heavily, even though winds in the area were not that strong.

The Scream Zone, Coney Island Raceway and the B&B Carousel remain open to the public.