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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ocean Dreams development moves forward

Bay News excerpt

Coney condos to move forward

Community board approves three high rise towers

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 7:09 PM EDT

Luxury condos could finally be coming to Coney Island Beach nearly 40 years after they were first shot down.

Last week, Community Board 13 gave the go-ahead to change zoning on two lots at the neighborhood’s neglected western edge, 20 blocks away from the amusement hub — and steps away from exclusive Sea Gate — where a developer wants to build three high-rise condo towers and retail stores.

If the city moves ahead with the rezone, it will be the first time luxury, market-rate housing will be built on the ocean-side of Surf Avenue. The city’s 2009 re-zoning of the neighborhood allows for ocean-side high-rises just west of MCU Park between Parachute Way and W. 22nd Street, but the homes must be affordable for low-income residents — both renters and owners — according to the Department of City Planning. The condo complex and shopping center, dubbed Ocean Dreams, is slated to be built on two seaside lots between W. 34th and 36th streets, Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk. The buildings would have 400 apartments, a parking lot, and two courtyards for lounging.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Marty's press release - Seaside Concerts


“We are excited to announce that the Seaside Summer Concert Series has reached a one year agreement to host its performances at W. 21st Street in Coney Island, at the former site of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. While the shows are in a slightly different location, tens of thousands of Brooklynites and all New Yorkers will still get the same high quality, free concerts on Thursday evenings this summer. Mayor Bloomberg, the City Council led by Speaker Quinn and Coney Island’s own Councilman Domenic Recchia were unwavering partners in our efforts to keep the concerts in Coney Island. We could not have done this without the great team at Taconic Investment Partners, who own the site that will host the shows. Their generosity and hard work were instrumental in making sure that the shows will go on this summer in Coney Island. All of this hard work was necessary because a spiteful minority oppose a renovation that would provide Asser Levy Park with a full refurbishment and a state-of-the-art bandshell with covered seating for use during the summer. As it stands, permits are already being denied to neighborhood groups that have hosted events in the park for years. If these few opponents have their way, the park will lay unused all summer long.”

Sunday, May 22, 2011

2012 - Barclays Center to host 3 week Grand Opening Celebration

Press Release -

Press Release

Programming to Include Major Concerts and Events
-Public Events to be held in advance of Opening Night-

- The Barclays Center of Brooklyn will present its Grand Opening celebration with three weeks of spectacular programming beginning on Friday, September 28, 2012. "We will open the Barclays Center with a three-week run of the best and most diverse entertainment this market has ever seen," said Brett Yormark, the CEO of the Barclays Center. "Our line-up of premier concerts and events will create the most anticipated opening ever for a major new sports and entertainment venue. We plan to announce details of our programming schedule throughout this year and look forward to providing an unparalleled Grand Opening experience for our visitors at the Barclays Center."

Prior to the official Grand Opening on September 28, the Barclays Center plans to use the first several weeks of September 2012 to host public events and tours to welcome and introduce the Brooklyn community to its new building.

Including NETS Basketball, the Barclays Center will have more than 200 events annually, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, professional tennis, top college basketball and hockey, and family shows, such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice. To date, the Barclays Center has received commitments to host 149 events annually, and that list continues to grow.

Last week, NETS All Access premium season tickets for the Barclays Center were put on sale for the team's current season ticket holders. Non-premium NETS season tickets will be implemented in different phases in 2011.

About the Barclays Center

The Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 104 luxury suites, including 15 Brownstone Suites (16 seats each), 68 Loft Suites (10 seats each), 11 Cabana Suites, six Studio Suites, and four Party Suites. Suites are on sale. The arena will also include six clubs and restaurants.

Designed by the award-winning architectural firms Ellerbe Becket, ( and SHoP Architects (, the Barclays Center will be one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities.

In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, the Barclays Center currently has 12 major partners, including: ADT, Cushman & Wakefield, Stolichnaya, EmblemHealth, MetroPCS, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Willis, Jones Soda, Haier America, Phillips-Van Heusen, Anheuser-Busch, and High Point Solutions.

Located atop one of the three largest transportation hubs in New York City, the Barclays Center will be directly accessible by nine subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.

Steel began to rise for the Barclays Center in November 2010, and currently 30 percent of steel has been erected, the roof is being framed, and the facade will begin to be erected this summer.
For more information on the Barclays Center log on to

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach

Press release -

CIDC and NYC & Company announce Coney Island Flicks on the Beach to Take Place This Summer

New Outdoor Film Series Will Run For Eight Weeks in July and August

New York City, May 16, 2011

The Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC), and NYC & Company, New York City's tourism, marketing and partnership organization, in conjunction with EPIX, Verizon FiOS and Rooftop Films, today announced a new outdoor film series—Coney Island Flicks on the Beach presented by EPIX, Verizon FiOS, NYC & Company and the Coney Island Development Corporation—will take place in Coney Island for eight weeks this summer. Selected films will be shown on a jumbo 40-foot screen on the beach at West 10th Street every Monday night from July 11–August 29; screenings are free to the public and begin at dusk. In addition, each of the events will open with short films presented by Rooftop Films, expanding the audience for new films and filmmakers, and from The Coney Island Film Festival, currently celebrating its 11th year. The Coney Island Film Series is one of several new elements that make up New York City's Coney Island Revitalization Plan, which aims to preserve and grow the historic amusement area.

"With the addition of this summer film series, we are making amazing progress towards establishing Coney Island as a year-round, 21st Century amusement and entertainment destination," said Coney Island Development Corporation President Nathan Bliss. "These films will activate the beach throughout the summer, and along with the new Scream Zone and Luna Park, will help us attract more visitors than ever before."

"We are proud to introduce a new element to the Coney Island institution this summer that will cater to New York City residents and visitors alike," said CEO of NYC & Company George Fertitta. "Free outdoor films on our world-famous beach is just one more reason to experience Coney Island in 2011."

"Rooftop Films has been bringing communities together via outdoor movie screenings for 15 years and we can't think of a better way to expand that mission than to help present films on the beach at Coney Island," said Rooftop Films Program Director Dan Nuxoll. "There is no more iconic spot in Brooklyn than beneath the Coney Island Cyclone, and we are sure that these screenings will be memorable events for all who attend."

"We are proud to be working with The Coney Island Development Corporation and NYC & Company to make free movies available to Coney Island and to bring New Yorkers together around film," said Mark Greenberg, CEO and President of EPIX.

"The Coney Island Film Series is a fantastic addition to this year's summer season," said Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. "The beach is a great venue for movies, and by offering a mix of blockbusters and independent short films, we're introducing new audiences to New York City's talented filmmakers. This is just another reason why Coney Island is this summer's best, most exciting destination."

"An outdoor film series is just one more great reason to visit the new Coney this summer," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. "Visitors can go from 'scream to screen'—after taking in the thrilling rides at Scream Zone at Luna Park and visiting old favorites like the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel, they can enjoy silver screen favorites such as Saturday Night Fever, Annie Hall and Moonstruck, all shot in Brooklyn. And the Oscar goes to…the Coney Island Development Corporation, NYC & Company, EPIX, Verizon FIOS and Rooftop films for bringing the big screen to the 'big stage' of Coney Island, Brooklyn, USA!"

"Coney Island is the People's Playground and we are pleased that in addition to a sparkling beach and thrilling amusements, it will now host a series of film screenings on a giant 40-foot screen," said Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe. "I am grateful to the Coney Island Development Corp. and NYC & Co. for bringing classics with a New York City flavor such as Saturday Night Fever, Annie Hall, and Moonstruck, directly to New York City's favorite summertime destination."

The eight-week line up includes:

  • July 11 – Saturday Night Fever
  • July 18 – Rango
  • July 25 – Top Gun
  • August 1 – Iron Man 2
  • August 8 – Annie Hall
  • August 15 – Moonstruck
  • August 22 – Justin Beiber: Never Say Never
  • August 29 – How She Move

More details can be found at

In addition to Coney Island Flicks on the Beach, a number of new attractions have been added to the boardwalk area this summer. Scream Zone, a new amusement park featuring four thrill rides will operate alongside the year-old Luna Park; the Cyclone Café, a counter-service restaurant with diverse food offerings will serves patrons year-round, and Coney Cones, a new ice creamery on the boardwalk, is set to open in a few weeks.

To promote the outdoor film series in Coney Island this summer, CIDC and NYC & Company have created multiplatform marketing elements which will include a microsite on and print collateral.

The film series and marketing campaign are part of the City's Coney Island Revitalization Plan, which will preserve and grow the historic amusement area; create a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood with new retail options and nearly 5,000 new units of housing, including 900 income-targeted units; and generate more than 25,000 construction jobs and 6,000 permanent jobs. In total, the plan is expected to generate more than $14 billion in economic activity for New York City over 30 years.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

BK Festival opens this weekend

SAT & SUN MAY 14 & 15
10AM - 7PM








Ric Flair and TNA coming back to MCU Park

Following the massive success of the first-ever wrestling event at MCU Park last year, TNA Wrestling will return to Coney Island this summer with even more non-stop action! MCU Park will once again be the site of thrilling, daring, high-flying TNA action on Friday, July 1st at 7:00 PM.

Last year over 5,000 fans witnessed TNA’s first visit to MCU Park, in what was their largest show in the United States, and this year will undoubtedly be even more popular. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on May 7th.

Appearing live and in person will be "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, “King of the Mountain” Jeff Jarrett, Mr. Anderson, Matt Hardy, Mickie James, Eric Young and more of your favorite stars from the world of TNA Wrestling.

If you are interested in purchasing a suite for the TNA Event - which includes 18 tickets for the night - please contact Ian McFate at 718-37-BKLYN.