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[经济学人] [2007.09.03]A Coney Island of the mind 康尼岛,将成心中记忆

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At the beach
海滩上


A Coney Island of the mind
康尼岛,将成心中记忆

Aug 30th 2007 | NEW YORK
From The Economist print edition



Perhaps one last summer of quaint seediness by the sea
海边旧貌的最后夏日


IT LIES at the end of several subway lines, at the southern tip of Brooklyn, filled with the sordid charms of a place that has inspired more than its fair share of fast-talking fantasists. A 150-foot-high Ferris wheel from 1920 still creaks in the sky, children squeal on dizzying rides, and lurid, hand-painted signs advertise sideshows of snake-charmers and fire-eaters. “Everything is sliding and crumbling,” Henry Miller wrote of Coney Island in his 1936 novel “Black Spring”. “Everything glitters, totters, teeters, titters.”

它地处布鲁克林南部的尖端,若干条地铁线路的终端:一片满是污秽肮脏、廉价色情的地方, 鼓动着无数游说客的三寸不烂之舌。150英尺高的摩天轮从1920年起至今仍耸立空中,吱吱作响;孩童们在晕眩刺激的机动过山车上发出尖叫;大红手制标牌上绘着舞蛇巫师和吞火杂耍的路边表演广告。 “每样东西都是油稽滑腻,支离破碎”,亨利・米勒(Henry Miller)在他1936写的小说《黑色的春天》中如此描绘康尼岛: “每样东西都闪闪烁烁,摇摇颤颤,嘻嘻窃窃”。


The beach lacks some of the razzle-dazzle it enjoyed at the start of the 20th century, when amusements sprawled farther in every direction, and three competing parks—Steeplechase, Dreamland and Luna—offered thrilling rides that let men and women clutch each other. (In 1893 the New York Times declared Coney Island “Sodom-by-the-Sea”.) But its carnival atmosphere is still a welcome antidote to the stresses of the city. Many come for the Cyclone, a rickety, wooden, 80-year-old rollercoaster, which has been likened to riding a really dangerous piece of furniture. The boardwalk is fragrant with greasy foods and seamy bars; families come in their bathing-suits and leave with their children limp with fatigue, their mouths ringed with sugar. The annual Mermaid Parade sees thousands of people, in home-made floats and costumes, celebrating the creatures and myths of the sea.

海滩今日比在20世纪初期展现的炫目光环已暗淡了许多。那时游乐场不断向四面八方扩伸,越野障碍赛马乐园、梦幻乐园和月神乐园等三家游乐园竞争激烈,都提供令人刺激的空中机动游车,让男男女女攥成一团。 (1893年,纽约时报宣称康尼岛为“海边索多玛”。) 虽然如此,它的欢庆气氛仍使它今天成为消除城市压力的抒缓剂并受到欢迎。 许多游客因“旋风过山车”而来,在这座80年之久、摇摇欲坠的木制建筑上兜风,一直被奉作一场“乘坐真正危险刺激的机动车”之旅。 海边木板走道上,食物的油腻味混着路边低劣酒巴弥漫的气味; 一家人来时身着泳衣,归去抱着疲惫不堪的孩子。睡着的孩子四肢垂挂,嘴唇上还留着一圈糖印。每年的美人鱼游行队伍参与者数以千计,人们自制各式彩车,穿着各种装扮服饰,纪念大海的传说和神话中的奇物异兽。

Coney Island has lured New Yorkers with promises of cheap thrills for well over a century. But all this may soon change, as condos and coffee shops replace the clam bars and ghost trains on the valuable beachside sites. Thor Equities, a property developer, has bought most of the six-block-long park for $150m, including the land under Astroland, the largest surviving amusement area (and operator of the Cyclone, which is protected by its landmark status).

康尼岛以它廉价和刺激招徕纽约客已达世纪之久。然而一旦地价不菲的海岸公寓大厦和咖啡店替换了蛤蜊酒吧和“鬼魂”火车,这一切或行将结束。地产开发商陶尔实业公司(Thor Equities)注资1亿5千万买下了六街长公园的大部分土地,其中包括星际太空乐园里的一部分。后者是保留下来最大的游乐场(和 “旋风过山车”的操作员一起,作为当地重要标志受到保护)。

It is not clear what will happen once the rides and food-stalls are shuttered at the end of the season. The public howled at Thor's first proposal to build apartment towers and an enormous shopping mall on the site. Newer plans for a $1.5 billion redesign include themed restaurants, high-rise hotels, lots more shops and a fancy, high-tech amusement park. The developer is in negotiations with the city, which seems keen on defending Coney Island's legacy of hoopla. But some worry that once the city changes the zoning rules to accommodate these plans, Thor will simply resell the sites at a much higher price. Locals in nearby housing projects (a grim legacy of Robert Moses, New York's master builder and a Coney Island villain) fret about losing their regular seasonal jobs.

所有机动车和小食零售铺在季尾关闭之后的前景未明。陶尔实业公司打算在海滩修建公寓大厦和一个巨型商城的首个计划公布后,人们一片哗然。再次出炉的更新计划耗资15亿美元,重新设计了一批主题餐馆、高层酒店、大量新增的商店和一座精致的高科技游乐园。 开发商正与市政府交涉过招。政府看似十分支持“保留康尼岛传统”的呼吁。 但有部分人担心,一旦政府为这些计划实施而修改分区制之后,陶尔会直接提高价格转售这片土地。住在附近 “政府住房计划” 简屋中的本地居民担心届时将失去他们在游乐场季节工作机会 (这些政府住房是纽约的大建造商、康尼岛恶人罗伯特・摩西的丑陋“遗产” )。

The area has enjoyed a part-revival in the past decade, spurred by the economy, a spruced-up train terminal and the opening of KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor-league baseball team. But there are still plenty of empty lots and odd furniture stores, and bits of glass and syringes are mixed in with the sand. “I can't wait for it to begin, if what's coming is a 21st-century amusement park,” says Dick Zigun, the tattoo-sleeved founder of Coney Island USA, a non-profit group that has helped reinvigorate the area since 1983. But even he seems troubled by what may soon be lost. “Nothing is legally stopping Thor from ripping down all of this,” he sighs, gesturing at everything on the boardwalk without landmark status. As Lawrence Ferlinghetti put it in “A Coney Island of the Mind”, “The pennycandystore beyond the El/is where I first/fell in love/with unreality”. And reality is about to intrude, even here.

过去十年中,康尼岛因经济繁荣而有幸“局部复兴”:火车站得到修整,凯斯班公园(KeySpan Park)开幕,公园的球场是职棒小联盟球队"布鲁克林旋风"(Brooklyn Cyclones)的基地。 但那里仍有大量荒废空地,关门的零散家具店, 沙滩里掺混着丢弃的玻璃碎片和毒品注射器。 “如果要建一座21世纪游乐园的话,我实在难等它的开工!” 臂上刺着花纹的迪克•子刚(Dick Zigun)说。他是非盈利组织“美国康尼岛”的发起人,他们自1983年以来一直为使地区恢复生气而尽心出力。 现在他也担心行将消失的东西。 他指着没有路标的木板走道旁的林林总总,叹气说:“法律上没有任何条规可以阻止陶尔拆掉这里的一切”。 劳伦斯•费苓赫特(Lawrence Ferlinghetti)在他的“心中的康尼岛”诗集中写道:“El后面的一分钱糖果店/是我的第一次/与幻境坠入爱河”。而 “现实”,则正打算由此破入。
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A Coney Island of the mind康尼岛,成为记忆
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Perhaps one last summer of quaint seediness by the sea也许是海边最后一夏的陈容旧貌
也许是海边旧貌的最后夏日
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I feel the same, and thanks gem.  均修改.
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发表于 2010-4-29 01:21 | 显示全部楼层
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Could Last Ride for Astroland Be Near?

By LARRY McSHANE, AP
Posted: 2007-09-03 15:46:57
Filed Under: Nation News

NEW YORK (Sept. 3) - It's been a roller-coaster year for the owner of Coney Island's Astroland amusement park.

Carol Albert sold the venerable attraction last November to a developer and braced for a long, difficult goodbye. But then talks started to bring the park and its 370 employees back for one more year. Hopes were raised, then dashed.

Now, with Astroland possibly wrapping up its last Labor Day weekend after 45 years on the boardwalk - the season ends Sept. 9 - Albert is hoping for a last-minute deal to resurrect its bumper cars and the 275-foot Astrotower for 2008.

"I have to be optimistic," Albert said. "Maybe you'd call that denial, but we are certainly reaching the point of no return. Originally, I thought we were closing forever, then for the season.

"I don't know what we're closing for now."

Developer Thor Equities has spent more than $100 million to acquire about 10 acres of Coney Island real estate - including the 3.1 acres where Astroland sits - in hopes of turning it into a year-round $2 billion tourist attraction.

Although Albert's lease expires at the end of January, she said a new deal is needed before the end of September. "As far as selling my rides, and if I am going to leave the property clean, I don't see how I can wait longer than Sept. 20," she said.
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According to Albert, the offer on the table would increase her annual $180,000 rent to an untenable $3 million. Thor, without providing a number, said the figure was lower. Albert said the sides have not spoken in two weeks.

Thor representatives would not discuss specifics. The company issued a statement promising "in 2008, 2009, 2010 and beyond, there will be amusements to be enjoyed by residents, tourists and anyone else who wants to enjoy all that Coney Island has to offer."

Brian Gotlieb, a Coney Island resident for 22 years, kicked off an August petition drive expressing support for Albert's operation. An estimated 2,500 people have signed it.

"It's an icon in the community, and it should not be rushed into history," Gotlieb said.

Albert's father-in-law, Dewey Albert, unveiled the outer space-themed park in 1962 on the beach once billed as the nation's playground. It evolved into a Coney Island fixture, alongside two other local creations: the hot dog and the roller coaster.

This past summer, Thor bowed to critics and gave up plans to include apartments and luxury condominiums as part of its redevelopment effort.

Gotlieb suggested that shutting down Astroland would give those critics more ammunition.

"This situation is only building up negative sentiment," said Gotlieb, a lawyer and community activist. "It's the equivalent of a bully coming in and saying `I can do what I want, and there's nothing you can do about it."'
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.
2007-09-03 15:01:56
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发表于 2010-4-29 01:56 | 显示全部楼层

Astroland's famous Cyclone roller coaster is a historic landmark, but the rest of the famed amusement park on Coney Island may be in its final days of existence.


Seth Wenig, AP Thor Equities has spent $100 million to buy 10 acres of land on Coney Island, including the 3.1 acres that houses Astroland. The developer plans to build a new tourist attraction on the site.


he 275-foot Astrotower hovers above a boarded up section of the Coney Island amusement district. The outer space-themed park debuted in 1962.

A couple sits in front of a boarded-up restaurant. The developer would raise the park owner's rent from $180,000 to $3 million for the year.


The developer issued a statement saying, "there will be amusements to be enjoyed by residents, tourists and anyone else who wants to enjoy all that Coney Island has to offer."


A girl wins a prize at a game in Astroland this summer. "It's an icon in the community, and it should not be rushed into history," said one Coney Island resident.

Sources: AP, AOL News
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