Coney Island losing longtime boardwalk vendors

November 2, 2010 3:58:42 AM PDT
Some longtime vendors at Coney Island are getting the boot.

A spokesman for the company that operates the new Italian-built Luna Park says letters were sent Monday to 11 vendors operating near the new rides. The rides were installed last May as part of Coney Island's redevelopment.

Only about half of the old concessions will be allowed to stay in the prime section of the boardwalk.

Tom Corsillo, a spokesman for ride operator Central Amusement International, says vendor names won't be released until negotiations for new contracts are completed.

But he acknowledged that the survivors include Nathan's, which each year stages Coney Island's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest.

The fate of the vendors has been on hold since the Italian company Zamperla opened Luna Park.

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