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Coney Island's New Coasters

Visitors to Coney Island ride the Circus Coaster, foreground, and the Wonder Wheel, background, during opening day at Luna Park in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday, April 16, 2011. The opening of Luna Park and the Cyclone marked the beginning of the season in Coney Island.

Visitors to Coney Island ride the Circus Coaster, foreground, and the Wonder Wheel, background, during opening day at Luna Park in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday, April 16, 2011. The opening of Luna Park and the Cyclone marked the beginning of the season in Coney Island.  (AP)

New York's Coney Island has opened its first new roller coasters since the famed Cyclone was built in the 1920s.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped launch four new thrill rides Wednesday. They're known collectively as the "Scream Zone."

The rides operate alongside the Luna Park rides that opened last year.

They're part of the city's renewal plan. The amusement park by the Brooklyn boardwalk had fallen into disrepair over the years.

The city has contributed more than $6 million toward the cost of the new rides for Luna Park and Scream Zone.

The mayor predicts this summer will draw the biggest number of visitors to Coney Island in more than a half century.

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