The New Coney Island - Brooklyn's Times Square by the Sea

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Mayor de Blasio comes through for Coney

You gotta hand it to de Blasio. He has come through for Coney development by following up on Bloomberg's rezoning and getting the developers to build a mix of affordable housing, market rate housing, retail and office.

Just look at the sidebar to this blog and you can see the tremendous amount of development happening right now in the area. iStar, Taconic, Prusik, Rybak, Schron, and Catsimatidis are all currently developing in Coney.

Here is a look at the area surrounding MCU Park and Taconic's, Prusik's and iStar's plans -

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Sea Breeze Tower and Coney Island North Venture renderings added to ConeyRocks sidebar

Look at the pics to the right. Times Square by the Sea on the way........

Some clarity on the 2009 rezoning and the effect on Taconic and iStar developments

Very clear that the rezoning included 35% affordable housing and 65% market rate housing. I expect to see just that split in the 1000 units proposed at Surf Vets Place - 7 buildings eventually (iStar) and Coney Island North Venture 1000 units (Taconic)

Excerpt from the 2009 Bloomberg press release -

it will create 4,500 new units of housing – 35 percent of which will be affordable to low- and moderate-income families. In all, the plan will create 6,000 new, permanent jobs and 25,000 construction jobs, and generate an economic impact of $14 billion over 30 years.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

"King described the recent development activity as a coming boom that is almost biblical"

Bisnow excerpt -

Taconic is one of a growing number of firms that are planning large-scale projects for the area. John Catsimatidis’ Red Apple Group is planning Ocean Dreams, a development with 440 units at 3514 Surf Ave. which will come with its own trolley service running 21 blocks to the subway. Cammeby’s International is also developing a mixed-use building at the site of the Trump Village Shopping Center on Neptune Avenue.

One of the major attractions of the area for developers is the availability of land, according to CPEX Managing Director Tim King.

“[Taconic’s development] is a monstrous site," he said. "Coney Island is one of the places that you can find acres and acres of land."

King described the recent development activity as a coming boom that is almost biblical.

“What you are going to end up having is several thousands of new families living in the area," he said. "This is a grand-scale project that is going to be sweeping in its impact."

Taconic and Prusik Group plan massive mixed use development across the street from MCU Park

Everything we fought for in the CIDC meetings going back to 2003 through the 2009 rezoning is now happening. Coney Island will go year round. iStar - 7 buildings eventually and 1000 units. Taconic office retail and 1000 units. Neptune Sixth 575 units, office retail. Seabreeze Tower 114 units. Ocean Dreams 440 units and retail. Coney changes to year round now.

Excerpt -

A massive 1,000-unit mixed-use project is planned right off the Coney Island boardwalk

coney island north

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Shorecrest Towers

Another Coney/ Brighton Beach project from Schron, very close to Neptune/Sixth

Press release -

Cammeby’s Unveils Andres Escobar-Designed Residences and High-End Amenities at Newly Renovated Shorecrest Towers in Brighton Beach
Enhancements Create Premier Oceanside Living Experience; Add to Neighborhood’s Continued Revitalization 
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Dec. 20, 2017) – The revitalization of Brooklyn’s oceanside neighborhoods continues with Cammeby’s announcement that it has recently unveiled its newly completed renovations to Shorecrest Towers, a luxury rental community situated in Brighton Beach.

The reinvention of a South Brooklyn icon, the new Shorecrest Towers feature upgraded studio-to-three-bedroom apartments, designed by the world-renowned designer Andres Escobar and Associates to maximize each residence’s living space and stunning ocean or city view. Additionally, Cammeby’s has made a number of very notable upgrades and enhancements to the community’s amenities and common areas, including a new lobby, fitness center, and resident lounge.

We’ve introduced a new level of luxury living in South Brooklyn, and in doing so, we’ve created a dynamic culture at Shorecrest Towers that has energized the community and is attracting new residents,” stated Gregg Kravchuck, senior property manager for Shorecrest Towers. “We’re excited about the dynamic lifestyle that this rental community now affords.”

The renovation of Shorecrest Towers brings Cammeby’s closer to realizing its vision for the creation of a new residential, shopping and commercial district that creates connectivity throughout Brighton Beach and Coney Island, called Neptune/Sixth. Currently under construction, Neptune/Sixth encompasses a free-standing office and retail building at 626 Sheepshead Bay Road that is scheduled to be completed by year’s end, as well as 532 Neptune Avenue, a mixed-use retail and luxury rental apartment building, for which work has also commenced.

“As we make progress on creating a new neighborhood destination for retail and businesses, our investment in enhancing Shorecrest Towers will ensure that we are providing an improved living experience for area residents as well,” stated Jacob Cohen, executive vice president of development at Cammeby’s. “The feedback from existing Shorecrest residents about our new amenities and apartment offerings has been extremely positive, and we look forward to welcoming new residents that will add to the community’s vibrancy.”

Conveniently situated between Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach, the Brighton Beach neighborhood housing Shorecrest Towers has been a getaway destination for New Yorkers for more than 150 years. Residents are just a block from the boardwalk and beach, featuring boutiques and European-style markets, numerous waterfront dining options, and popular entertainment venues such as the NY Aquarium and new amphitheater. The property is also within walking distance of the Q subway line and B1 bus stop. 

Dan Shapiro, a life-long resident of Brighton Beach, moved into Shorecrest Towers three years ago, approximately six months before work on the renovations began. Like many residents who have witnessed the community’s transformation, he is extremely pleased with the upgrades and new amenities that have been incorporated. 

“Ownership has done a great job making Shorecrest feel upscale and in many ways similar to the luxury buildings you see in places like Soho and downtown Brooklyn,” said Shapiro. “Being so close to the beach, it’s great to see how a building like this is attracting new people to the neighborhood and livening the area. I grew up right across the street and still have family nearby, and I love that I can stay close to them and still have a great, modern apartment to come home to.” 

Added Shapiro, who lives at Shorecrest with his dog, Thor: “It’s also important to me that where I live be very dog friendly, and Shorecrest really does a nice job of accommodating pet owners like me.” 

Shorecrest Towers’ apartments have been refurbished by Cammeby’s to offer an inviting living experience, featuring oak flooring, stainless steel appliances, stone countertops and back-splashes, modern white high-gloss cabinets, sleek modern lighting, and ample closet space. Bathrooms include warm grey porcelain floor and wall tiles, and chrome fixtures by Danze. Most residences feature private balconies with tranquil Coney Island beach and Atlantic Ocean views, or spanning Brooklyn and Manhattan skyline vistas.

Residents also benefit from access to numerous upgraded amenities that provide a complete lifestyle experience, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, a renovated 24-hour attended lobby, children’s playground, new residents lounge with fire place that can be rented for private events, and a renovated community room open daily. Additionally, residents have access to on-site valet services that provide dry cleaning, laundry, shoe repair, tailoring and pet and housekeeping services for an additional cost. 

Shorecrest Towers’ on-site leasing office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. To schedule an appointment or for more information about the new Shorecrest Towers, visit

Sunday, November 19, 2017