A 70-foot-long piece of Coney Island history will be saved for the future.
On Wednesday, New York City officials announced that the owner of the Astroland amusement park is giving away its Rocket virtual-reality ride to the moon _ after the park was dismantled for good.
Astroland owner Carol Albert said she's donating the Rocket to the city, which will store it on Staten Island. The plan is to eventually return the iconic Coney Island ride that opened in 1962 to the seafront Brooklyn neighborhood.
The Coney Island property under Astroland is now owned by Thor Equities, and plans are under way to turn the area into a new entertainment mecca.