- Posted August 10, 2014 by
Brooklyn, New York
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Blast Off! Astronauts, Moonpies and Tang!
The Astroland Rocket was a Coney Island ride in the 60's, then was transported elsewhere during rough times, then a storm and then made several trips before it returned home to Coney where it is now to stay!
It was a 60's retro day at Deno's Wonder Wheel park. You got to meet astronauts, take a peek inside the rocket, eat moonpies and drink Tang, the official drink of the astronauts.
There were 60's bands, memorabilia and I seriously felt like I was reliving that first Moonwalk, whether you believe it happened or not. I think it did!
The girls serving the Tang and Moonpies, were dressed in 60 mod outfits, and lots of folks dressed up in 60' tye dye, brought flowers for their hair, etc. It was a great time.
The event, at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park & The Coney Island History Project was sponsored by the Vourderis family who own the Wonder Wheel. Also many contributor's who made it happen are members of the history project.
Senator Diane Savino was there for the new christening of the Rocket and also was Mark Treyger, NYC council member who was raised in Brooklyn, first generation.
#10 is Charles Denson, author of Coney Island Lost and Found, with Senator Diane Savino, Mark Treyger, Owner's of Wonder Wheel.
#9 is me inside the rocket with an dummy astronaut.
They plan on making the Rocket a museum you can visit and walk through eventually.
Photos by Linda Glovach.