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

Thursday, March 31, 2011

BK Festival - Flea Market

Daily News excerpt -

Vendors from the former Aqueduct Flea Market in South Ozone Park may have a new place to peddle their goods in Brooklyn if a new market opens.

Plans for a new carnival and flea market in Coney Island with former Aqueduct management at the helm are taking shape, the Daily News has learned.

While officials from the attraction, dubbed "BK Festival," declined requests for comment regarding details, the website set up to lure Aqueduct vendors speaks ambitiously of the new venture.

"Aqueduct's Flea Market Management, Tommy Walker & Tommy Brady, welcomes you to our new market bigger & better!!" reads the message on

The single-page website includes a registration form for interested vendors and promises "over 100,000 square feet of shoppers delight" and claims to be "opening soon for the 2011 season."

Richard David, executive director of the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, said several of the merchants are considering making the cross-borough move.

"A lot of vendors from Aqueduct will be headed to BK Festival once it opens," he said.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Aviators advance to the championship series

After a great 5 game series, the New York Aviators defeat the Danbury Whalers in OT 4-3. Goals were scored by Chris Holmes (1), Nick Grove (1) and Matthew Puntureri (2). The A's advance to the finals and the first game will be Friday, March 18th at 7:05pm. Come out and catch all the high flying action. For tickets call 718-758-7580 or visit our website at!/pages/New-York-Aviators-As/351513775494

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Boardwalk deal

Brooklyn Paper excerpt -

It may indeed be just one more summer. Berligieri’s beer garden sits on land controlled by Central Amusement International, the city-picked theme park operators that will likely expand further next year.

And the Monday night deal with the other seven businesses — including Ruby’s Bar and Cha Cha’s — stipulates that the operators cannot protest another eviction when the current leases expire on Nov. 1.

NY1 video - Rollercoasters and Cyclone Cafe

Like that they mentioned the name of the new restaurant on Surf Ave this summer -

Excerpt -

Since opening Luna Park last year, Zamperla has quickly expanded its presence in the area. It will now operate the landmark Cyclone roller coaster, oversee all of the boardwalk concessions and open a new restaurant on the corner of Surf Avenue and West 10th Street called Cyclone Cafe.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

NY1 video - 7 of 8 businesses get one more summer

Rumors around the net are that it goes through next November at which point Coney's year round plans are announced.

Domenic comments on year round Coney and jobs

Excerpt -

We’re getting close to the summer season in Coney Island, which means we have to start filling open positions at Luna Park, the Cyclone Rollercoaster, and the new Scream Zone.

I’m proud to be working with the Coney Island Development Corporation, Zamperla, and its food-concessions partner Sodexo, to fill more than 200 full- and part-time seasonal jobs with Coney Island residents.

As I’ve said from the beginning, the Coney Island redevelopment plan was meant in large part to provide jobs for the community. I’m proud to say that we’re getting even closer to my ultimate goal of year-round employment opportunities.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Land swap in the works?

This makes a lot of sense since the southern 1 acre of Thunderbolt land is zoned for amusements and the other 2/3 is zoned for hotel and indoor entertainment. Also in order for Bullard to sell that indoor zoned portion privately he could use the outer strips of land the city owns. Very logical.

Real Deal excerpt -

City officials told the Journal that they have been in preliminary discussions with Bullard about expanding its amusement park area into the southern portion of his site as part of a land swap involving a city-owned strip on West 15th Street. Robert Danker of Prime Manhattan Residential is marketing the lot on Bullard's behalf and said he expects it to sell for between $75 million and $90 million.