Astroland in 'holding pattern'
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Astrolands co-owner says she wont put the storied Coney Island amusement parks rides up for sale just yet, despite issuing an ultimatum that she would do so if she was not offered a lease for 2009 by Friday.
Im just kind of in this holding pattern, Carol Hill Albert told amNewYork on Thursday. I think Im going day by day. I really just dont know.
Last week, Albert said she was inching closer to accepting the fact that Astroland would close forever on Sept. 7. The parks lease with developer Thor Equities expires Jan. 31. Thor and City Hall have separate plans for the waterfront property, but construction before the end of next summer is unlikely.
Albert said Thor officials have not contacted her in the past two weeks. She declined to provide a new deadline for making a decision but said the process of selling and removing the rides will take months.
Albert briefly put Astrolands rides up for sale last year before pulling them off the market. Thor eventually gave the park an 11th-hour lease extension for this year. While the rhetoric from Albert might seem familiar, she says the circumstances are different.
Last year, every time my rides were to go on sale, I got a call from a city official asking me to pull the rides back, that they thought I was going to get a lease, she said.
Albert said that city officials have expressed interest in having Astroland return next year but added that she has not had the same confidence that I had last year.