Charlie Denson, the neighborhood's premiere historian, announced earlier this month that he would move his Coney Island Museum, which has long operated in a storefront underneath the Cyclone but whose lease recently expired, to the base of the Wonder Wheel—a preemptive measure, for sure, against the eviction-happy Zamperla, who was rumored for months, according to the Brooklyn Paper, to be taking over the coaster.
Hunting down a source in favor of the deal, the Brooklyn Paper dug up Dick Zigun, onetime "mayor" of Coney Island. Hard-to-find during the ongoing boardwalk-eviction brouhaha that began in November, Zigun recently got a gift from the city: landmark status for the building (which the city helped him buy) that houses his Coney Island Museum operations. Meanwhile, many other Coney Island buildings were razed over the last few months in a stunning rampage. Collusion with the mayor certainly has its benefits.