The founder of Coney Island’s Astroland amusement park has passed away.
Jerome L (Jerry) Albert died on March 15 at the age of 74 from complications resulting from Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Carol, son Bradley, daughter-in-law Amy, grandson Tosh and several nieces and nephews.
Jerry, along with his father Dewey, founded Astroland Park in 1961. The New York City attraction revived and maintained Coney Island’s amusement area after the closing of the Steeplechase Park in 1964. Jerry Albert brought in a number of new rides that had never been seen in Coney Island, including a flume ride, the Astro Tower and the Sky Ride.