Coney Island's revamped Parachute Jump to reopen on June 21
Following a $2 million renovation, the iconic Parachute Jump will feature thousands of LED lights and colorful displays.
Wed Apr 10 2013
One of Coney Island's most iconic landmarks, the 262-foot-high Parachute Jump is going to look a lot different come summer. Beginning June 21, the massive structure will be lit up with 8,000 LED lights (which can be programmed to coordinate with music during concerts or other performances). According to the Daily News, the whole thing will be so bright that it'll be visible from space. (There's also a video at the link showing what the light shows might look like—we're going with sorta cheesy but fun!)
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The Parachute Jump was originally built as an attraction for the 1939 World's Fair, and became part of Steeplechase Park—one of Coney's legendary amusement parks—in 1941. It hasn't been used as an actual ride since the '60s, but efforts have been made since to spruce the steel landmark up since then, including an initial 2006 renovation. (Apparently, borough president Marty Markowitz was not especially keen on that idea—the same Daily News article quotes him as saying, "Most folks wouldn’t even know the Parachute Jump’s lights were on" after the 2006 repairs were said and done. Ouch.)