A major blow to Thor Equities came today as the city of New York purchased a one acre piece of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park for $11 million. Thor Equities had been “in contract” to buy the same piece of land for the aformentioned price, instead the city snatched it up before a deal went through. According to a press release issued by the New York City Economic Development Corperation:

The deal is the first of what NYCEDC expects to be a series of land acquisitions in the coming months as the City proceeds with its vision to create a 21st century entertainment destination and protect Coney Island’s amusement legacy in perpetuity. The current tenant, Wonder Wheel Park maintains a lease to operate on the property for a term of 12 years, through 2020.

This is very good news for Coney Island. Many saw the amsuement district as becoming a giant mall with Joe Sitt’s ultra posh condo complexes towering over the Wonder Wheel, or even Parachute Jump! Hope still remains…

Source: http://www.gowanuslounge.com

Yo-YoUh-oh…looks like One of our most beloved White Trash Carnie Rides, the Yo-Yo, has been recalled by Chance rides. According to an Associated Press article, Chance will be giving ride owners and state regulators kits to test and repair defective rides as well as putting out new maintenance guidelines. “We are pleased to bring that to market to allow the owners of Yo-Yo rides to keep them safe for the future” said Jeff Roth, Chance Rides vice president of administration.

This recall came after two Yo-Yo accidents related to the defect occurred, one this past May at the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, CA when the arms of a Yo-Yo collapsed. The second one happening in 2006 at Six Flags Over Texas.

I’ve seen some pretty shifty looking Yo-Yo rides, so this recall is probably past due. Being a ride enthusiast, I kind of want to see what’s in this kit. Like maybe it has a gold doubloon with the Yo-Yo arms pattern cut out in the center. The owners walk 200 paces away, hold it up and see if the arms line up with the cut out. Or perhaps the kit simply has a note that says “get a Wave Swinger.”

Source: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i2X20qgDe_1BlEI5fVW87yoMgAxgD93MD5U80

Coney Island/Astroland Video

I haven’t gotten around to making that Astroland trip report since I’ve been busy lately, however, I did manage to whip up this video of my most recent trip to Coney Island. It features a lot of Astroland’s rides and  Coney Island attractions in a video set to “Feels Like Tonight” by Daughtry.

You can download the full quality file here (33mb) or watch the YouTubed version.

Shea Goodbye and…AAAAAAH!!!!

This isn’t an amusement related topic but I do feel the need to comment on this…

Shea Stadium closed its doors for the final time on Sunday night. It could have stayed open for a little while longer but my Metsies found a way to screw that ALLLLLL up! Once again the Mets’ season went right down to the last game of the season and ONCE AGAIN they lose on the last day. On the other hand, the Brewers won under a complete game 4 hitter from CC Sabathia, securing them the wildcard spot. The Brewers celebrate, the Phillies and their mouthy fans laugh in the Mets and their fans faces, the spoiler Marlins openly congratulate each other on our field, and the Mets sulk and pout like that bum Aaron Heilman.

The Mets need to do something different next season, not just go out and sign one big name player and call it a day. They need to revamp the entire bullpen, get some bats, and redeem themselves to their disheartend fans. My armchair GM inner senses say that they need to get K-Rod, Fransisco Rodriguez, to fill the closer role because right now we have Lus Ayala. Billy Wagner, our real closer, isn’t coming back. He threw his last pitch with the Mets this past season so we should just up and get a closer. As for middle releif, as least get someone like Brian Fuentez.

AS for starting pitching, since we’ll most likely be without Pedro, why don’t they look into AJ Burnett? He’s a good pitcher but prone to injuries…it’s a risk we should take though. Also, re-sign Oliver Perez, we need him! Considering that signing all those players would cost a ton of money, let’s take cues from the Bronx Bastards across the way and make money a non-factor. Well then Manny Ramierez should be signed as our new left fielder!

Pedro is actually a special case. I think the Mets should offer him a contract for a 1 million with a 10 million incentive if he wins 15 games. If he refuses and wants to same old “Pedro money” then they should tell him to go scratch. This isn’t Montreal Expos Pedro anymore, it’s post surgery Pedro. A Pedro who is still searching for a way to reinvent himself as a pitcher.

As for players that should not see a Mets uniform next year, here’s my list:

  • Scott Schoenwiss
  • Aaron Heilman
  • Luis Castillo
  • Duaner Sanchez
  • Moises Alou
  • El Duque (is he dead or something?!)

Finally I’dl ike to say that I’m going to miss the hell out of Shea Stadium and hate how the Mets are getting a small stadium in CitiField! I saw my first big league ballgame there and have been there many times through the years. People might say that the stadium was a dump, mostly Phillies fans with their little deluxo minor league park. Well Shea was our, the fans, dump! But one thing that put Shea apart from other venues was that the place had such an electric astmosphere. When a go-ahead homerun was scored at Shea, the decibel level from cheering fans was off the scale. Even during one game when the Mets looked dead down by 5 runs in the 9th. I stayed around to the end with maybe 8,000 others and watched as the Mets mounted a rally. They eventually lost the game by one run, but the remaining fans made enough noise to put a full capacity Citizens Bank Park to shame.

Stats, stats, stats…

I think any website owner likes to pour over stats, I know I do! Besides the fact that it’s fun to see trends it’s also somehting you have to do in order to see what could be improved or what simply should be axed. Luckily for DoD3, I don’t have to worry about the axing part yet as I still have a nice amount of space and bandwidth. So, you all wanna see my stats? No? Well too damn bad, becasue here they are!

Let’s start with some Alexa stats. Alexa runs a ‘traffic ranking’ service that shows what position pages are on the internet. For example as of today, Yahoo has a traffic rank of ‘1’ meaning that it’s the most heavily visited site on the internet. The site Theme Park Review has a traffic rank of 30,342 meaningthat it’s a popular site but 30,000+ sites have a better rating.

  • Domain of Death 3 has a traffic rank of 4,002,680.

That’s shit basically. However in the past 3 months my site has shot up the traffic rankings by 7,178,439! That’s not bad I guess, it means that my site is gaining popularity…but is still sitting around in the internet boon docks.

Here’s a few stats from Statcounter, my page counter of choice.

That’s ok I guess…just ok.

Statcounter also allows me to see what keywords were used to fine my site through search engines. Here are some of them for this week:

  • action park nj (looking up Action Park)
  • rides at new jersey state fair (good ones)
  • does el toro turn inwards (what?)
  • friends of animals ship people contact guestbook email @ 2008 txt (…what?!! This keyword directed to the Meadowlands Fair 2008 page btw.)
  • crickets in sub pump (I have a page on killing cave crickets, and the usually hang out in the sub pump closet.)
  • baki grappler surgeon (that would be Kureha Koushou.)
  • flint strikers man v.s wild (Bear Grylls really doesn’t need that.)

Google Devolper Tools has some neat features as well. One particular feature allows me to see what search terms were used when my site gets listed in Google’s search engine, and how often. Unfortunately this is the result…

  • #1: 47% of the time the word ‘scat’ lists my site.
  • #19: <1% of the time ‘scat face’ lists my site.

Ah shit! Er…no pun intended. And before anyone thinks I’m some sick asshole, the reason for ‘scat’ listing my site is becasue I have a WTCR review of the Venture manufactured Scat ride. Luckily my site’s listing is pretty far down according to the stats. Still, I’ve gotten quite a few hits in the past from the keywords ‘scat’ and ‘scat hub.’

So that’s my stats for now! Until next time…