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Crews worked through the night and into the morning to stabilize the swaying Astrotower and make Luna Park safe for Coney Island visitors on the Fourth of July. Tracie Strahan reports.
Coney Island's Luna Park has reopened after crews dismantled part of the Astrotower, which had been swaying dangerously, forcing officials to evacuate the park Tuesday.
Building's Department Commissioner Robert LiMandri said that workers had been able to mitigate the risk of the 275-foot-tall tower collapsing by shortening it.
Engineers made the decision to take apart a small portion of the tower after it continued to sway high in the air Wednesday, New York's Office of Emergency Management said.
With the work completed, Luna Park, which houses the famous Coney Island Cyclone and Wonder Wheel, was completely reopened to the public at 3 p.m.
Park officials had said the tower often sways, which they described as being part of its "unique charm," but acknowledged the swaying had been more pronounced than usual the past few days because of the removal of an elevator, which decreased the weight at the top of the tower.
Workers are expected to continue working on the tower for the next couple of nights to further reduce its height.