NY Post excerpts -
What the Freak?
The New Coney Island - Brooklyn's Times Square by the Sea
They offered this statement:
We, the Coney Island 8, intend to stay on the boardwalk, where we belong. There have been no offers made by either side to settle this for money. The City is lying, pure and simple -- because they are worried that their scheme to take over our authentic, local Coney Island businesses and replace us with large, uncaring and unknowing foreign corporations will not be tolerated by those who love Coney Island and what it stands for. New Yorkers are not so easily fooled. We intend to fight and fight hard. For us, it's not about money.
The Nets and principal owner Mikhail Prokhorov may get another chance to convince a star player to come to Newark before ushering the franchise into a new era in Brooklyn.
It didn't work with LeBron James over the summer. But the Nets are confident they can sell Carmelo Anthony on their vision of being a global team and that their future is brighter than that of the rival Knicks.
The Nets first have to get Denver to agree to take on the combination of young players, expiring contracts and draft picks to be offered in a multi-team deal. Then it may take a a good salesman to get Anthony to sign a three-year, $65 million extension.
The Nets believe they'll be able to do both.
Prokhorov, part-owner Jay-Z and general manager Billy King likely would meet with Anthony if a trade agreement was reached. No one is more self-assured than Prokhorov, and that filters throughout the organization.
Invesco Immobilien Fonds IV U.S. Partners, a U.S. vehicle for German investors, has bought the 20,000-square-foot, first-floor retail space owned by Thor Equities. The six-story loft building at 56 Crosby Street on Broadway was converted to luxury condos in 2000 by Howard Katz' Surtsey Realty Corporation. All Saints, of the infamous ram's skull logo, opened its first American location there in the spring.
The Building and Construction Trades Council said in a statement the group is "very receptive to discussions" with businesses that "are interested in advancing projects and entering into agreements to assure that the construction jobs created will be for union members of the building and construction trades."
Wal-Mart hasn't announced any specific locations for stores in New York, although the company has been discussing building a large store in Brooklyn with the Related Cos. And the retailer has told people involved with its local strategy that it plans numerous stores in the city, using an array of sizes, many smaller than its typical supercenters.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission just approved landmark status for the Shore Theater in Coney Island. I want to thank them for making this important decision. The Shore Theater is a beacon to Coney Island’s past, and by protecting it, we protect the history of our iconic neighborhood.
The Shore Theater was constructed in 1925, and served as a live performance vaudeville venue and a movie house. While the building has been vacant since the 1970s, it remains an important fixture of the waterfront’s skyline. My dream is that, one day, live theater will flourish again in Coney Island. This designation brings us closer to that goal.http://drecchia.com/2010/12/14/landmark-status-for-the-shore-theater/
The seven-story, 85-year-old former vaudeville playhouse has been neglected for more than 40 years. Its owner, the Kansas Fried Chicken magnate Horace Bullard, opposed the landmark status because he said it would “hinder” his ability to convert the building for modern uses. He now says he will renovate the façade and try to sell it.
“There is no way that Coney Island can evolve as an amusement district when they keep landmarking buildings,” Bullard said on Tuesday. “They’re handicapping the entire area. But fine. We’ll have it up for sale, and if we can’t do that we’ll fix it up and put some offices inside and rent it out.”
"I, of course, have a personal favorite, that I think would be perfect for this spot. Let me say this store would be the 'Apple' of my eye. And that's one of my most important jobs, bringing them here," Markowitz said.
A spokesman for Atlantic Yards developer Bruce Ratner said that the Ringling Bros. show would be the same “Greatest Show on Earth” mega-production that fills Madison Square Garden, a rival arena, though a spokesman for the circus was not 100 percent sure.
“We have three circuses on tour at the same time and they all have nine to 10 elephants,” said spokeswoman Nicole Quenqua of Feld Entertainment. “It’s not necessarily the same show as MSG.”
Repurposing the space for a retail opportunity has been a priority of BP Markowitz, who said, “The iconic and beautiful Municipal Building has the foot traffic and the perfect location to help fuel a renaissance along Court Street and add to our growing list of retail about to set up shop in Downtown Brooklyn, including H & M, Aéropostale, Filene’s/Syms and Shake Shack all coming to Fulton Mall, as well as Panera Bread and future retail opportunities at City Point and the area around the Barclays Center,” said BP Markowitz. “With all of us looking at ways to consolidate municipal space throughout the City, bringing exciting retail or other compatible uses to the Municipal Building and our vibrant, 24/7 live-work Downtown is an idea that is fortunately moving forward today with the announcement of this RFP.”http://www.brooklyn-usa.org/press/2010/dec6_FR.htm
The Aviators recently became an official rung on the ladder to the N.H.L. The Federal Hockey League is an independent minor league, roughly equivalent to Class A in baseball. The Aviators became an affiliate of the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, one of only two minor leagues directly connected to the N.H.L. The Nailers are affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens.
“This is a big step on the long road to legitimacy,” said Kevin McCabe, the founder and chief executive of the team and its home rink.Being linked to the ECHL should help on several levels. “It will make everyone work a little harder,” Miller said, especially young players with potential like Angelo Serse, Inman and Puntureri, who has ECHL experience.
Jim Brooks, co-owner of the Nailers, said his team had sent more than 40 players to the N.H.L. in 18 years. He will call up the Aviators’ most talented players and send down players to develop specific areas of their games.
McCabe said the affiliation with the Nailers would not only attract talent, but also inspire Brooklynites playing in the Aviator complex’s junior hockey program.
Today the Daily News published an op-ed I wrote about the great season we had in Coney Island. You can read it below.
Moving closer to our dream of year-round Coney success
The results are in, and we can say with supreme confidence that the revitalization of Coney Island has been a success.
Need proof? Look at the numbers from this past summer.
Since Memorial Day weekend, 14 million people visited the beach – that’s nearly double the population of the whole city. The new Luna Park welcomed 400,000 thrill-seekers who took 1.7 million trips on their 19 rides.
Luna Park, by the way, created more than 200 jobs for a community desperately in need of employment opportunities.
The best part is that this is only the beginning. Next year we’ll open more rides at the Scream Zone. We’ll begin the first phase of infrastructure work to improve drainage in the flood-prone areas and prepare for a greater influx of people.
Early next year we’re going to break ground on Coney Island Commons, which will provide 195 units of affordable housing and bring a state-of-the-art YMCA to South Brooklyn.
We’re also going to start work on Steeplechase Plaza, a western gateway to Coney Island’s entertainment district that will house the newly-restored B&B Carousell.
This is going to take some time, but by working together, we’ve laid the groundwork for a plan that will restore Coney Island to its rightful position of glory.
That’s not say we’re forgetting about the businesses and the attractions that contributed to Coney Island rich history. We’re getting closer to achieving landmark status for the Shore Theater. Gargiulo’s, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Nathan’s, the New York Aquarium, the Brooklyn Cyclones and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – they’re not going anywhere.
When we’re finished, Coney Island will be home to a 27-acre amusement district that will draw millions of visitors each year. The surrounding neighborhood will have more than 4,500 housing units, many of them affordable, and more than 500,000 square feet of neighborhood retail stores and services.
With that come six thousand permanent jobs, twenty-five thousand construction jobs and a brighter future for everyone who calls Coney Island home.
Because for generations, Coney Island’s 50,000 residents – many of whom struggle to find good-paying jobs and affordable housing – have been clamoring for their voices to be heard.
We heard them, and I’m proud to say that we delivered.
What I’ve seen in Coney Island this summer is the realization of a dream I had when I was first elected to the City Council. It was a dream where Coney Island thrived, not just for a few months during the summer, but every single day of the year.
That is our future, and it’s right around the corner.
There are a lot of people to thank, but I want to single out the community.
Coney is more than a collection of buildings and rides. It’s a frame of mind. It has a spirit all it’s own, unique to New York City and unlike any other place in the world. Take the people out of Coney Island, and you take away what’s magical about it.
So to all the people who hold Coney Island close to their heart, I want to offer my sincere thanks.
Usually the end of the summer season brings with it a twinge of sadness, as the crowds thin and this great neighborhood hibernates through the winter months, waiting for the warm weather to bring it back to life.
This year, I feel no sadness. All I feel is hope, and excitement, and satisfaction, at what we’ve been able to achieve, and what we’re going to do next.
You ain’t seen nothing yet.
Also planned: a section for an urban farming area, a tented area for community events and performances, and an open fence so passersby can see the market.
Travis said that if there’s a tenant who is really successful in the Urban Market he or she will want to be in the new building.
“We and the city didn’t want the site to be empty during the construction, which could take from two to five years,” said Travis.
“There’s nothing quite like this in Brooklyn right now,” he added. “We can learn a lot from this. It will be a test.”
On Tuesday, November 9, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined restaurateur Danny Meyer, New York City Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Rob Walsh and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan to announce that Shake Shake is coming to Fulton Mall in Downtown Brooklyn. Also representing Shake Shack were CEO David Swinghamer and COO Randy Garutti (full press release below).
“Bravo to Shake Shack for finally hitting the big time in Brooklyn, further solidifying our status as one of America’s premier culinary destinations,” said BP Markowitz. “After years of pitching Danny Meyer, I am thrilled he is bringing his legendary burgers, flat-top dogs and frozen custard to Downtown Brooklyn, right in the heart of our new 24/7 live-work city center and its diverse retail, new hotels and expanding arts and cultural corridor. Soon, you will be able to walk the “beefed up” Fulton Mall and get a ShackBurger, do some shopping and finish off with a cheesecake from Junior’s—plus everything in between.”
The space between the two buildings, where the Shoot The Freak game has been operating, will become the entrance to a new amusement park called Scream Zone. And while the new rides will draw the crowds, businesses like Paul's Daughter, which has been in operation since 1962, will not be around to reap the benefits.
"This is the real Coney island. And it's a shame. This is a sad day,” said Coney Island historian Charles Denson.
Businesses who lost their lease have been given 15 days to pack up and leave.http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/top_stories/128133/ny1-exclusive--coney-island-boardwalk-concessions-learn-their-fate
Tenants will receive letters from Luna Park operator Zamperla informing them whether their leases will be renewed.
All their leases expired yesterday.
NY1 has learned that the Italian company will allow fewer than half to stay.
Luna Park wants to make the boardwalk one of the neighborhood's main attractions, and has a grand vision for the area. Preliminary plans feature more food variety, a sit-down restaurant, a sports bar, and free WiFi.
Two businesses have already been told they can return, including Nathan’s hot dogs and the Lola Starr Boutique, whose owner – along with the other tenants – had the chance to submit a proposal and business plan, explaining why they should stay.
We’re going to start on the Boardwalk behind MCU Stadium at West 19th Street. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and lineup starts at 12:15 p.m.
The parade will start at 12:45 p.m., and the route will run down the Boardwalk to Luna Park, on West 10th Street.
There will be prizes for best costume, treats for the children and a party at Luna Park to round out the day. And while we’re encouraging children from far and wide to come participate, parents are encouraged to dress up, too.
So come out and enjoy the fun. This is going to be an incredible event, and it’s just another sign that Coney Island is moving closer toward being the best year-round entertainment destination in New York City!
Parks Department officials announced on Wednesday night that concrete fared far better than wood or artificial material as a replacement for the battered and broken planks stretching from Brighton Beach to Coney Island — an announcement that led locals to the inevitable conclusion that the iconic, 69-year-old Boardwalk will soon become a sidewalk.http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/45/bn_concreteboardwalk_2010_11_05_bk.html
Mermaids, step aside. This isn’t your parade.Costume-clad children and their parents will be hitting Coney Island on Saturday as the seaside neighborhood hosts its first ever Halloween parade.
Our GRAND OPENING is on Veterans Day (Thursday, Nov 11th), and skating continues all winter long! Have fun with new and old friends and share the joy of outdoor ice.
Come join the skating community!
Location: Cooper Ave. at 81st — across from the shops at Atlas Park.
Days/Hours: Monday – Thursday 3pm – 8pm.
Friday 3pm – 9pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 10pm.
Admission: Adults $8, Children $6, and skate rentals $5.
Group and school discounts available. Call 718-758-7500.
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Upcoming Board Meeting
A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Coney Island Development Corporation will be held on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, via conference call. The meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. View the agenda here.http://www.thecidc.org/About/BoardMeetings.html
The parade will start 12:45 p.m. on the boardwalk behind MCU Stadium at West 19th Street and it’ll run east to Luna Park at W. 10th Street. Luna Park, which will host a party afterwards, announced earlier this year it was extending its season through the end of October to celebrate the holiday in spooky style.
The hotel wave is coming more than a decade after the 1998 opening of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn's first new luxury hotel in a half century. Now dozens of new lodgings are coming to the borough, as well as to Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx.
For instance, the 321-room full-service Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel opened its doors in June, and it will be followed by a boutique-style hotel, the Aloft Brooklyn, with 176 rooms in January. Both are brands of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
A full-service hotel, the Hyatt Place, is planned for a 2012 debut at the corner of Nevins and Schermerhorn streets. McSam Hotel Group LLC is developing the property near the future Nets basketball arena in Brooklyn, according to the NYC & Company Inc., the convention bureau. A boutique hotel and condominium project, the Hotel Williamsburg and the Residences at the Williamsburg, are scheduled for opening next spring.
Meanwhile, limited-service properties like Choice Hotels International Inc.'s Comfort Inn, InterContinental Hotels Group PLC's Holiday Inn Express and others are taking root near subway and railroad stations across the city, usually close to hospitals, airports or major highways.
"New York is a very, very hot market and everybody wants to be there. The availability of debt financing and land is the only issue" says Jan Freitag, vice president of Smith Travel Research Inc. in Hendersonville, Tenn., a hotel-data provider.
About 19 new hotels are under construction in the outer boroughs and dozens more are in the planning stages, including a Hilton on Gold Street in downtown Brooklyn, Mr. Freitag says.
Friedman added that the destruction of Henderson’s would soon commence, “assuming all permits are in place.”The demolition is yet another sign that Coney Island is undergoing a significant transformation
First reported in the New York Post, the newly merged discount store is taking a prime spot on the mall, in the building at 490 Fulton St. on the south side of the mall at the corner of Bond Street and opposite the new plaza and the future City Point development.
Commented Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, “The addition of Brooklyn’s first Filene’s Basement/Syms brings yet another reason to ‘Shop Brooklyn.’ Filene’s Basement/Syms joins a growing list of retailers setting up shop in our borough, including our top-performing Trader Joe’s and IKEA, Aéropostale and H&M, both coming to Fulton Mall, and, opening today on Atlantic Avenue, Barneys Co-op. So, bye-bye, Manhattan and ‘buy, buy’ Brooklyn.”