The New Coney Island - Brooklyn's Times Square by the Sea
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The city now says it's about to launch a major revamping of Coney Island's drainage system that will include raising the grade of the land at the boardwalk by nine feet and building new sewers to drain storm runoff into Coney Island Creek to the north. The first phase, costing $130 million, is projected for completion by 2014; subsequent phases won't be completed for at least another decade.
If this timeline is true, hotels logically can be built within 4 years. Seems reasonable.
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.
NY Post excerpt -
Brooklyn leaders are pushing a public-promenade plan that would reconnect the exclusive seaside neighborhood of Manhattan Beach with the rest of the borough’s less affluent southern shorefront.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Take a look here
Sunday, November 21, 2010
It is obvious that the city is not stupid. The 2 biggest voices in the protests against hotels and year round Coney have their future secured in the new Coney. Now the question is how relevant will they be in year round Coney that continues its development march around them? That's an open question.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
"Hockey is obviously a rough and tough sport, and the whole Brooklyn persona is kind of that way," said Aviators coach Rob Miller. "And I think that the community will buy into just for that. It's hockey, it's rough and tough and exciting as well."
There will be 40 160-square-foot enclosed units with shopfronts, described as work/sell spaces. They will be set in five rows — “like miniature streets with small stores,” he said — and will include both eateries and boutique shops. The rents will be $1,200 per month with an “easy-in, easy-out type of license.
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.”
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
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.”
But Luna Park was just the beginning of a process intended to fully restore Coney Island to the glory it enjoyed during its Golden Age. In 2011, Central Amusement International will unveil two additional components: a second amusement park called Scream Zone and a world-class Boardwalk. As I mentioned, the goal is ultimately a Coney Island capable of attracting visitors 365 days a year. It will be challenging, to be sure — but we believe it is possible. And a resurgent Boardwalk is essential to accomplishing this goal.
The multi-million dollar program will bring back the world-class mix of entertainment, dining and nightlife that was once a hallmark of the famed Boardwalk. It will feature some of Coney Island’s current tenants, as well as new tenants like a sit-down restaurant and sports bar — both of which will operate year-round. Like the new Luna Park, the Boardwalk will reflect the unique character and innovative spirit of Coney Island, bringing it into the future so that new generations of visitors can enjoy America’s Playground.
Valerio Ferrari is president of Central Amusement International.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Really interesting. They fight for their love of Coney Island. The boardwalk is going to go year round, and Scream Zone is coming next summer. and the old dilapidated buildings are coming down. Coney is obviously changing and the opposition to it is in total disarray.
By comparison 700 children showed up for the Halloween Parade last week -
I can't believe there was such a low turnout today. I am shocked.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
The old buildings are coming down thus hotels can't be blocked, new year businesses are coming to the boardwalk, and city infrastructure spend starts next year.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Excerpt from Marty's comments
Ny Mag/Grubb St-
I could not be more thrilled with Luna Park and Zamperla’s commitment to a year-round entertainment and venues that celebrate the ocean views and maximize the beachfront location. But change is often difficult. As a Brooklynite, I have great respect for all boardwalk businesses that have kept the faith during hard times, therefore I’m calling on the City to see if we can help them stay in the area if not on the boardwalk.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Still cannot believe we haven't seen a statement from Save Coney Island? Could it possibly be because Lola Starr is Save Coney's founder and and she is staying according to reports? Is that why they are not talking? I don't know. Very Very strange.
Quite honestly I wonder what is going to happen to the whole stop Coney change blog movement. What's left for them to argue about? My guess is they will go back to blaming Thor for everything.
Monday, November 1, 2010
"We're going to try to bring businesses here that are going to be open year round," said Ferrari. "The main anchor that we are trying to feature is going to be a sit-down restaurant with an ocean view, open 365 days a year, able to serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also a very large sports bar."
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
Early on Monday, the owners of Shoot the Freak, Ruby’s bar, Coney Island Souvenirs, Gyro Corner, Beer Garden and four other boardwalk operators were informed that their leases would not be renewed.
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.