Weeeeeeeeee! Coney Island to Get 23 New Rides

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After years of hand-wringing over the future of Coney Island, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is promising 19 new amusement park rides this summer.

They're made by an Italian company -- the world's largest manufacturer of mechanical rides.

At a Coney Island news conference Tuesday, Bloomberg said the new "Luna Park'' will open on Memorial Day weekend.

By summer 2011, Coney Island's new "Scream Zone'' will offer two roller coasters, a human slingshot ride and go-carts.

The mayor also outlined plans to turn the run-down neighborhood into a year-round entertainment district with restaurants, retail stores and hotels.

The renewal of the neighborhood by the Brooklyn boardwalk is moving forward after the city purchased land owned by a developer for $95.6 million, in November.

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