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New “Astro Tower” rises in Coney Island

CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn — You can tell summer is almost here because Coney Island is open for business.

For the first time in a decade, you’ll be able to ride on an “Astro Tower.”

This will be a different experience. The original 49-year-old tower was dismantled in 2013 after it began to sway more than normal.

It had not been used since 2008 when it offered an enclosed ride to the top and a relaxed view of the skyline. The new one straps riders into seats and promises thrills as it drops and bounces.

Some social media posts have discussed a controversy over the new ride.

A number of new rides have recently been named in honor of older ones.

It’s expected to be open for the season which begins Memorial Day. Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel are now open on Saturday and Sunday.