The New Coney Island - Brooklyn's Times Square by the Sea
Friday, August 27, 2010
Also Ace, the Aviators Eagle mascot, will be throwing out the first pitch at the Cyclones Game next Saturday at MCU park.
Here is a pic of Ace
Thursday, August 26, 2010
NY Times excerpt -
“Things are improving,” Mr. Miller said. “But there’s still a long way to go.”
In other words, Williamsburg may still be a place of backyard clotheslines and old-timers greeting passers-by on the street, but with swaths of gray-brick-and-chrome apartment buildings snaking through the area’s low-rise buildings, perhaps not for much longer.
“The neighborhood has been changing drastically, and it seems like every year or two there’s a quantum leap in the change,” said Ward Dennis, co-chairman of the board of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, a volunteer community-planning group. “If you’re not paying attention, you turn around one day and it’s a completely different place.”
Those changes have been under way for at least a decade, Mr. Dennis said, though a major rezoning in 2005 pushed them into overdrive, encouraging developers to build enormous towers on the waterfront and more modest apartment buildings in the interior.
The coming of a destination hotel like the Williamsburg was perhaps inevitable in a neighborhood where hotels can be built on old manufacturing plots without a rezoning or variance. One boutique hotel, Le Jolie, is already open on a stretch near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, as hoteliers seek to capitalize on the neighborhood’s increasingly young, well-heeled population.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/nyregion/17hotel.html
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Magic Johnson partnership breathes life into Brooklyn condo
A partnership co-founded by basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson has recapitalized the stalled Isabella condominium in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with $22.6 million in new financing, and the developers have retained the Corcoran Group to relaunch sales.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Greenstone, who also represents two movie theater chains, said he has a deal in the works with Thor Equities for a site in Coney Island and is in talks for one in North Williamsburg.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
All shows start at 7:30pm, rain or shine. Call 718-758-7556 for more information.
CenterStage at Aviator is located on the spacious grounds of historic Floyd Bennett Field – 3159 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.
Exit 11S (Flatbush Avenue South) off the Belt Parkway
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SEPTEMBER 2: The Spinners
& Dennis Edward’s Temptations Review
SEPTEMBER 25: Eddie Money
All events rain or shine. No refunds. Events, performers and dates subject to applicable venue fees and convenience charge.
Friday, August 20, 2010
They don't have a prayer. They really don't. The buildings are going. For some reason these preservation groups want to ignore the Coney rezoning that was enacted last year. Both the Henderson and Bank buildings are now zoned for hotel development. They can spin all they want, but the buildings will still go.
Ask yourself this question - Why in the world would Thor let old buildings in a hotel zone remain standing, while preservation groups are trying to landmark in order to stop hotels? The buildings are going.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
NY Observer excerpts
All of this comes as the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation gave the area a Determination of Eligibility as a historic district, a designation that might enable landlords to qualify for tax credits to develop in the area while incorporating the existing historic structures.
That, however, might not be of much use, should the wrecking ball indeed make its way to Coney.Mr. Sitt, however, had his own plans, and, from his perspective, it might be easier to ready his prime land for any eventual large-scale development (read: amusement-themed hotel) without the old buildings, and the looming threat of landmarking protections.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Brooklyn Paper excerpt -
A team in a new town needs a new name, right?
New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has filed paperwork with the NBA to change the name of the Brooklyn-bound team — setting the stage for countless arguments at sports bars across the borough.
“The name change will happen in 2012,” Prokhorov told Forbes Russia magazine, referring to the season when the team is expected to play in the Barclays Center at the intersection of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues.
It is unclear what the shooting Tsar actually has planned, though — apparently the paperwork needs to be filed even just to change the team name from “New Jersey Nets” to the “Brooklyn Nets.”http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/33/all_nametheteamsidebar_2010_08_20_bk.html
The city and the owners of the new Luna Park are making it a bumpy ride for some Coney Island mainstays hoping to be in on the fabled boardwalk's revival.
Inspectors this week began cleaning up the boardwalk, weeding out illegal food carts and issuing warnings about overflowing public trash cans.
Some business owners welcome the clean sweep, claiming that some of their neighbors have for years illegally subleased boardwalk space to vendors who sell booze and snub city health codes.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Nathan's could be getting some competition at Coney Island.
The trendy eateries Shake Shack and Atomic Wings are in talks with Zamperla, the Italian amusement company that launched the new Luna Park in May, sources said.
Shake Shack declined to comment, but Atomic Wings owner Adam Lippin said he likes the idea.
"I love Coney Island," he said. "I think it would be a good fit."
Boardwalk merchants are worried about the shakeup.
The 11 tenants have to turn in business plans by the end of the month, so Zamperla can decide who stays or goes.
Zamperla plans to let all the leases expire in October before deciding on tenants for next summer - and they may even tear down and replace boardwalk buildings.
"If they are a good operator ... we are going to keep them," said the firm's president, Alberto Zamperla, adding, "If you want to improve an area, you have to bring in something new."
I actually believe there will still be attempts to stop the demolition of these old dilapidated buildings by the groups that want to go against the rezoning and stop the future hotel development. Thor should get these buildings demolished as soon as possible. It is the only way to ensure that the future hotels won't be stopped.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
A representative of Luna Park, whose lease with the city to control the concessions runs through 2020, won’t say exactly what they envision for the Boardwalk in the near future, but confirmed that changes are on the way.
“All who care about Coney Island will soon have more good news to cheer about on the Boardwalk,” said spokesman Tom Corsillo.
But Corsillo told our sister publication, the New York Post — which first reported the existence of the letter — that Luna Park “isn’t intending to clear house” next summer.