Coney Island summer plans on hold, including major anniversary of iconic Wonder Wheel

Posted at 11:53 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 23:53:49-04

CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — It was a big year for Coney Island, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, summer plans are on hold.

Imagine summertime in New York without beaches.

In Coney Island, since the shutdown, the historic “Cyclone” has not made a sound.

The iconic “Wonder Wheel” stands frozen. This year marks the ride’s 100th anniversary. It has been spinning since 1920.

It may not be celebrated as expected this summer — at least not traditionally.

Some restaurants are open along the boardwalk (yes, you can get a hot dog).

But business owners are struggling, and some are not open, including the amusement parks. They don’t know what the future holds.

NYC Councilmember Mark Treyger, who represents the area, is calling in the mayor to develop a safety plan for the beach and boardwalk, and provide resources for seasonal businesses.