Coney Island gets late start to big holiday weekend as swaying Astrotower is partially demolished

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Some good news for those visiting Coney Island for some Fourth of July fun: Luna Park is back in business.

The City has deemed the area safe after the top portion of the Astrotower was dismantled early Thursday.

Although the tower was engineered to sway, but in the increased swaying in recent days was deemed dangerous, and forced the park to close.

Astrotower was once the signature feature of the space-age Astroland Park, which operated from 1962 to 2008. The Astrotower, which contained an observation car atop, was last used in 2007. The car was removed in recent years, and the absence of its weight may have contributed to the recent swaying.

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