Coney Est Mort, Vive Coney! (Village Voice news blog)

Yesterday was opening day at Coney Island, and so also opening day for my Coney coverage in the Village Voice:

When Astroland owner Carol Hill Albert announced last fall that her amusement park would be returning for a 47th season, she noted in passing that its traditional opening day of Palm Sunday was set to fall exceptionally early in 2008. “I just hope,” she said, “it doesn’t snow.”

The snow held off, barely. But it was still 40 degrees and threatening rain yesterday morning as Astroland opened the gates for what Albert has sworn is really truly its final season in Coney Island… [read more]