Coney Island's AstroLand Park Closing, A Victim Of The Real Future

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For almost 50 years, AstroLand in Coney Island has been a symbol of our optimism about the Space Age and the conquest of the final frontier. But the park is closing this coming Sunday, a victim of a different vision of the future. Developers failed to reach an agreement with the park's owner, Carol Albert, over a new two-year lease of the property, presumably because Thor Equities saw a brighter future in condos or some other tower-block development. It's especially sad because AstroLand appears to be still popular — and wonderfully garish — judging from these AP photos. Click through to see pictures of the endangered alien monsters and spacecraft.

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Photos by AP/Seth Wenig

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Tim Faulkner

"Mom, I'm really glad you got one last picture of your favorite childhood memory before they tore it down, but did we really have to pose with you practicing your Commando-death-from-behind-using-only-a-pen-to-the-jugular move?"