On Jan. 6, the Rocket was lifted off Gregory & Paul's roof with a crane because it will be moved to a storage facility. As for the Rocket's new home, an announcement will be made when all of the pending details are finalized. The Coney Island History Project received interesting proposals from groups and individuals in NYC, NY State, neighboring states, and even an amusement park in Pakistan. But we really want to keep the Rocket in Coney Island. Let's hope and pray it happens. There are many logistical challenges when it comes to moving and finding a new home for a 71 foot long, 14,000 pound spaceship!
Charles Denson, director of the Coney Island History Project says his group is currently in "serious negotiations" with a group that will move the rocket to a new Coney location. "It looks like it [might] be staying. It's a survivor, and it'll keep the Astroland name alive. It's a time capsule; everything inside is absolutely preserved."
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