History of Luna Park

In an effort to revitalize the historic Coney Island to its once glorious past, the City of New York, under the leadership of the Bloomberg administration, purchase 6.2 acres of land in November 2009 and quickly put out a request for proposals, welcoming bidders to submit their proposal for a state-of-the-art facility that would be complete by Spring of 2010.

Enter Central Amusement International (CAI).

After weeks of compiling ideas and researching information, on December 18, 2010 CAI submitted a 293 page proposal to the Economic Development Corporation of New York City. After a tight race, CAI was finally awarded a 10 year lease for 3 parcels of land which encompassed the 6.2 acres of land the City had previously purchased from a private developer. On February 16, 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Central Amusement International held a joint press conference to unveil plans for Luna Park, a new amusement park coming to Coney Island that very spring.

On May 28, 2010, after a 100 day challenge CAI proudly presented Luna Park. The first new amusement park to be built in Coney Island in over 40 years, complete with 19 brand new rides, 6 games, 5 food kiosks, and a retail location. During its first season, Luna Park created 247 jobs for the local community, and delighted 450,000 visitors with over 1.7 million rides.

With the onset of its second season, CAI unveiled two new projects.

  • Cyclone Café, a full service restaurant located at the corner of Surf Avenue and West 10th Street. Cyclone Cafè offer Coney Island visitors balanced meal options and healthier alternatives, all within a unique environment which pays tribute to Coney Island's rich history with memorabilia and tributes from local residents and visitors from around the world.
  • In addition CAI celebrated its first anniversary in Coney Island with the grand opening of Scream Zone, an extreme park which features 4 adrenaline-packed rides that have never been seen before in Coney Island.