Don't blame Luna Park, the Post reports. Its attendance numbers rose more than 40 percent, to 640,000 from 450,000. People took 2 million individual rides as opposed to 1.7 million the year before. The Scream Zone, a multi-roller coaster complex that opened this year, probably accounts for the uptick in Luna Park visits.
So what's with the lower overall numbers then?
It was the unusually wet summer. I found this Accuweather headline from August: "NYC Gets Two Months Worth of Rain in One Day." There were daily accumulations of precipitation levels that were literally off the charts I just looked at. "More people hit the amusement parks [but] fewer hit the beaches and boardwalk," the tabloid reports. "Tropical Storm Irene shut down the boardwalk for a week, and other lousy weather also drained profits of seaside businesses." Apparently people don't go to the beach during a little tropical storm.