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

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Big Brooklyn Nets rumor - Carmelo Anthony!

NY Post excerpt -

The wait continues. But it might not be that long of a wait.

Though several NBA sources said Carmelo Anthony had agreed to sign a contract extension, thus leading to a trade to the Nets, one Nets official last night said the superstar had not yet given his approval. Nevertheless, another team executive offered that the 26-year-old star was "leaning" toward accepting.

No matter, the Nets seemed poised to acquire the superstar from Denver and hope to get an extremely complicated blockbuster four-team trade finalized before the weekend is out.

Denver, league sources maintain, gave Anthony until the end of the weekend to approve the extension that could lead him to New Jersey and the opposite bank of his preferred side of the Hudson. But that's just for two years before the Nets' planned move to Brooklyn. Suddenly, the Knicks-Nets rivalry seems relevant again, even without Jason Kidd.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Final stages being reached

Once the buildings are down the protesters will have no options left to stop the Coney hotels. We are getting close to the ultimate conclusion.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Marty puts it best

Bay News excerpt -

Borough President Markowitz was even more pumped, and said this year’s successes were only the beginning of Coney Island’s resurrection.

“This is all a prelude to Coney Island becoming a year-round destination,” boomed Markowitz.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2 New Roller Coasters coming to Coney!

Hearing that Scream Zone will have not one but TWO new steel rollercoasters on Stillwell Avenue next summer. Also a Slingshot ride and a Go-Kart track.

This is great for Coney Island Development but as stated earlier there are real questions with this big of an attraction, what will happen with a Boardwalk entrance? This is supposed to be located right behind the existing Boardwalk buildings right off Stillwell. Are old businesses staying? Are new businesses coming in? Will the buildings be moved for an entrance to the roller coasters? Nobody knows yet.

NY Aviators tickets on sale now

Should be a great season of minor league hockey in Brooklyn!

Marty to speak at Floyd Bennett Field Planning Meeting

Brooklyn Eagle excerpt

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will deliver remarks at the Brooklyn community meeting on the future of Floyd Bennett Field. Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Anthony Weiner have formed a Blue Ribbon Panel to provide recommendations on possible improvements to the 1,400-acre field, part of Gateway National Recreation Area and one of the city’s largest public spaces.

The National Park Service is drafting a plan to shape the field’s future. The Blue Ribbon Panel is staffed by the Regional Plan Association and National Parks Conservation Association. The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Aviator Sports, Hangar 5, 3159 Flatbush Ave.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Barclay's signs Pro Tennis

The rumors last week came true

Excerpt -

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the sales and marketing arm of the planned Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and a sibling division to Nets Basketball, has signed a deal with sports talent management and event production firm Lagardère Unlimited to bring major professional tennis to the Barclays Center.

According to Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Barclays Center is scheduled to open in "late spring/early summer 2012." 

Through this alliance, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and Lagardère Unlimited said they would develop and co-promote at least two tennis events annually at the Barclays Center, which will include both current and former stars of the sport. Lagardère Unlimited represents several top-ranked tennis players, including Andy Roddick, Justine Henin, Caroline Wozniacki, Bob and Mike Bryan, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish. Lagardère has also produced national and international tennis tournaments and events around the world.

“We are thrilled to align with Lagardère Unlimited to bring big-time professional tennis events to Brooklyn as we continue to demonstrate that first-class programming is in-store for the Barclays Center,” Brett Yormark, president and CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and CEO of Nets Basketball. “The Barclays Center will offer our visitors the best in sports and entertainment and we look forward to making several additional major programming announcements in the coming months.”

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Rumors about Scream Zone and Boardwalk

There are rumors floating around the internet that there may be a Boardwalk entrance to Scream Zone. That would not be good news for the old boardwalk businesses unless they can somehow be repositioned along an entrance. Also articles have stated that Zamperla may be talking to Shake Shack and Atomic Wings.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Cyclones advance to championship series

Excerpt -

The Brooklyn Cyclones advanced to the New York-Penn League Championship Series with a 6-4 win over Jamestown in Game Three of the NYPL Semifinals on Thursday night. After losing the first game of the best-of-three series, the Cyclones battled back to win both games at MCU Park. The team had a 30-8 home record during the regular season, and will maintain home field advantage in the Championship Series, with home games on Sunday, September 12th and, if necessary, Monday, September 13th.

Barclays eyes pro tennis

NY Post excerpt -

Move over, Flushing.

Barclays Capital is aiming to serve up professional tennis at the Barclays Center, which is being erected as the future home of the New Jersey Nets in downtown Brooklyn.

Brett Yormark -- president and CEO of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the sales and marketing arm of the Barclays Center -- hopes to showcase at least two tennis events a year.

"This is about adding more cachet to the facility and adding more [events] to the arena," said Yormark, who added that the goal for the facility is to host 225 events a year outside of basketball, including pro boxing and music concerts.

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They are still trying to stop the hotels

They keep trying even though they have no chance at all. You have to wonder whether they will give up after the the buildings are demolished. Who knows?

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Ratner has his eye on Mill Basin

CrainsNY excerpt -

Forest City Ratner and Philips International are moving forward with their plan to bring a major retailer to a development site in Mill Basin, Brooklyn.

WSJ excerpt -

Mr. Saunders and Forest City Ratner may have a trickier time in Mill Basin. The site they're pursuing on Flatbush Avenue near the Belt Parkway is a parcel of city owned land that retail developers have been eyeing for years.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Update on City's Coney Infrastructure Plan

WNYC excerpt -

Kathleen, when the city first began pursuing the rezoning plan for Coney Island, we were in a very different economy. Do city officials still feel confident that developers still will want to come and build hotels and housing way out there?

Well, they're moving forward with the plan. They say that it will take some time -- not only for the economy to rebound but also to assess and potentially fix the infrastructure there that will make new buildings possible.

Lynn Kelly with the Coney Island Development Corporation says right now they're in the process of creating an Amended Drainage Plan or ADP. That's basically an x-ray of everything that occurs under the street -- all sewer lines, electrical lines, etc. Once they have the ADP, they'll know all the improvements that need to be done and any major development will follow. Kelly says the first phase of the infrastructure design and construction will cost the city about $137 million.

"We're encouraging development to come to Coney Island, and if a developer wants to start a project prior to the infrastructure being complete, we'll walk them through the steps that they need, but this is all being done so that we can complete the framework for full build out," Kelly says.

The results of the ADP will be complete sometime this month and Kelly says the infrastructure re-design will then commence. Next year, a shovel will hit the ground to begin the actual fixes that need to happen.

So it looks like the actual infrastructure work begins in earnest in 2011. Very good to hear!

NY Times profiles Sea Gate

Excerpt -

In late August, there were 13 properties for sale, from a $349,000 two-bedroom condo to a $1.5 million two-family house. Brokers say the number is actually high, because turnover is so rare and inventory low.

Similarly, the first six months of 2010 were also busy, with four sales at an average of $580,000 and seven contracts pending, according to Rich Schulhoff, the chief executive of the Brooklyn Board of Realtors, using data from the Brooklyn New York Multiple Listing Service.

At that pace, 2010 will surpass 2009, when five homes sold for an average of $484,000, and even the boom year of 2007, when seven homes sold at an average of $528,085, according to the data.