Opponents seek to end a bungee-jumping venue, citing environmental and safety concerns tied to the death of two bungee jumpers. In 2012, a man died jumping off a 10-story building.
By the end of May, a lawsuit alleging that the city was “negligent in its operation and maintenance” of Coney Island’s Skycoop and Skytop was scheduled to go to trial. But the suit was dismissed as frivolous. It was a decision that had significant environmental and safety implications for the future of the landmark amusement park.
On August 17, 2012, three bungee jumpers jumped off Skycoop. Two jumped off the north tower, and one jumped off the south tower. They died, and their deaths were investigated.
The City Council voted 3-2 to demolish Skycoop and erect a parking structure to bring the park in compliance with the Briceland neighborhood’s redevelopment plan. But City Councilman Steven Fulop dissented.
The case, filed in 2016, was the first of its kind in Manhattan. It was a class-action suit on behalf of a group of the park’s 60-plus skycoasters, for the death of the two jumpers on Skycoop. It was against all the operators of the Skycoop and Skytop, as well as the city.
The lawsuit alleged that the park was illegally occupied, including illegally operating and in a dangerous environment. The suit said the park had no valid business license, and that the City Council, Mayor de Blasio, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation were each negligent because they had failed to do their “utmost” to ensure the park was properly licensed and regulated.
“We’re going to hold [the Skycoop and Skytop] accountable for the very real, very direct threat to the public safety of a bungee