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

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Aqueduct Resorts World Casino is a Home Run

We went yesterday. The place is absolutely packed. The way they get around the gambling laws is virtual roulette or virtual dealers all on computer screens. The slots are all like Atlantic City. It's a real casino and it's huge. Food is great too. They had a band playing at the bar in the casino as well. The casino seems larger than Atlantic City casinos to me.

This place is raking in the bucks. I can see why Cuomo wants to make casino gambling legal in NY. This would be a home run anywhere in NYC including Coney! Check out how successful this has been at Aqueduct.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dyker Heights Lights

WSJ excerpt -

There is no need to be politically correct about the holidays in Dyker Heights.

You won't find Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Festivus decorations here.

Nope, this is Christmas Italian-style, so love it or leave it.

Dyker Heights, an Italian stronghold of generously sized houses, has held on to a tradition that began more than 25 years ago, before the demographics of many of the surrounding neighborhoods began to shift with booming Asian populations.

Even after Christmas comes and goes, the lit-up lawns and trees glitter under the dark skies. Dancing bears and gigantic Santas and Nutcrackers guard stately homes. Inflatable characters and some more, um, mundane plastic characters prevail as well (to each his own, isn't that the holiday spirit?).

It's not until after Jan. 6, or Three Kings Day, that it all comes tumbling down (though some start the cleaning up process after New Year's).

And most curious, the crowds keep coming to this far-flung Brooklyn neighborhood, even days after Christmas. By car, by bus, by foot, they came this week, snapping pictures and oohing and awing in every language imaginable. Hundreds of them.

An Elmo solicited money from cars (Where are we, Midtown?) for a church. A reindeer stood outside of another house, which had a sign saying it would give all donations to a charity for special-needs children.

A Party Bus was parked on 12th Avenue near 84th Street at 7:30 p.m. A half an hour later another bus pulled up.

"Unbelievable," said an Italian tourist, gawking at a columned house with rotating carousels and a larger-than-life Santa.

Brooklyn Paper states year round Boardwalk


The freak show expansion is in stark contrast to what’s currently happening at Coney Island: thrill ride operators Central Amusement International, with the city’s blessing, is in the process of turning the Boardwalk into a glitzy — and freak free — year-round resort town.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Brooklyn Eagle mentions Coney Casino

Excerpt -

Sitt’s eyes must have widened the other day when he heard that the governor wants to bring casino gambling to the city. One of the most obvious sites for a casino is clearly Coney Island, which would bring Coney into competition with Atlantic City. Did somebody say drool?

Shake Shack opens at Fulton Mall

Brooklyn Paper excerpts -

What’s Shakin’? Chains are gentrifying Fulton Mall, that’s what

The Fulton Mall is going upscale now that Shake Shack, Gap, and even a Las Vegas developer’s theme restaurant are moving in — but small business owners who’ve been here for decades say that high-speed gentrification is pricing them out.

On Tuesday, the high-end fast-food burger joint opened in a former pizzeria at the western end of the mall, just days after Downtown boosters hailed the news that Sugar and Plumm, a touristy cafe, and American BBQ and Beer Company, a new venture by a Vegas casino operator Mark Advent, are coming to Adams Street, the latest chains to join the mix of low-end retailers and mom-and-pops.

Downtown boosters say that the influx of new stores is good for everyone.

“We’re now seeing a much broader, diverse mix of retail on Fulton, so shoppers now have more choices,” said Michael Burke, who just left his job as chief operating officer of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “The result? Fulton Street and Downtown Brooklyn are becoming the one-stop retail destination for local residents and the entire borough.”

But Borough President Markowitz, a self-proclaimed fan of Shake Shack’s offerings, is bullish on the future of the Mall.

“After too many years of decline, Fulton Mall is undergoing a historic transformation,” he said earlier this year. “I believe we can once again make it the city’s most-prized shopping district, an eclectic and dynamic commercial strip that reflects the diversity of Brooklyn.”

More on Casinos and Coney

Spoke to a bunch of people yesterday. The real question here is whether Cuomo will want more than just a casino at Aqueduct for NYC ( they already have a virtual casino- Resorts World Casino NY). If it is made legal in NYC, Coney would be the perfect place for a Casino Hotel. We should know about any real plans in the next 2 years.

In the meantime check out Resorts World Casino. I'm heading over there tomorrow. It's easy to get to from Brooklyn. Right off the Belt Parkway exit 17. Just a couple minutes from Gateway Center Mall.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Daily News - Bloomberg supports Cuomo's casino idea

Excerpt -

Bloomberg: I’ll support Gov. Cuomo’s casino plan, ‘whatever he decides to do’

But the mayor says the city must get its fair share of the $$

Tuesday, December 27 2011, 5:55 PM

Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday he is game to bring a casino to the city — despite not being a big fan of gambling.

Hizzoner said he would support Gov. Cuomo’s plan to possibly bring a casino to a place like Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens — as long as the deck isn’t stacked against the city.

“The governor has the problem of trying to come up with ways to provide the services that people want and are getting harder and harder to afford — and whatever he decides to do, we’ll be supporting him,” Bloomberg said.

Cuomo wants to legalize casinos because of their potential to generate revenue for the state — and Bloomberg said the city must get its fair share of the poker chips.

“I just want to make sure that if there is gambling, some of those revenues come to New York City,” Bloomberg said. “We need the revenues as well, just like every other part of the state.”

Read more:

Cuomo is pro NYC Casino

Found this Daily News link on Eddie Mark's Facebook page. Eddie is Chairman of Community Board 13

Excerpt -

ALBANY — Looking back on a successful first year in office, Gov. Cuomo vowed to make “eye-catching” moves in 2012 — and for the first time said he is open to rolling the dice on a casino in New York City.

“Do I support casino gaming at a New York City location? . . . Yes,” the governor told the Daily News in a year-end chat.

Like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Cuomo said he doesn’t want to see a casino in a densely populated part of the city, but would be open to putting one at a place like Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, which already has a virtual casino.

Cuomo expects to call on the Legislature in his Jan. 4 State of the State address to give the first of two needed votes to a state constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling in the state.

He stressed he is not “preselecting” New York City or any other area for possible casinos.

“I’m not excluding any locations at this time,” he said, adding that establishing a casino in a part of the city “certainly can” make sense because the operation would capitalize on the massive population.

“New York City is a real location,” he said. “Albany is a real location. Buffalo is a real location.”

Cuomo wants the Legislature in 2012 to pass the amendment without specifying how many casinos would be authorized or where they would be located.

He would spend the year coming up with a casino plan, then finalize details in 2013 — the earliest the issue could go before the voters for a required public referendum.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cafe and indoor event spaces in Steeplechase Plaza

I just found out that 2 adjacent indoor spaces in the Carousel Pavilion will be over 1000 square feet each. They will be for a food service concession (cafe) and an indoor event space. Capacity for each room should be about 50-75 people.

Add another boardwalk building that will be able to accommodate Coney year round visitation. This particular one is coming in 2013 though. A place to eat right after your carousel ride.

Free skating at Abe Stark rink this morning

Bensonhurst Bean excerpt -

For the fifth consecutive year, the children of Southern Brooklyn will have the chance to enjoy free ice skating at the Abe Stark Rink (1902 West 19th Street) in Coney Island.

This year’s star skater, former New York Ranger Nick Fotiu, will be hitting the ice to hand out prizes, sign autographs, and offer his assistance to first-timers.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Another record month of views for this blog

Thanks everyone! It seems to be increasing by hundreds of pageviews every month. But most importantly, Coney is making real progress this winter towards year round development. And that is what Brooklyn is about - The neighborhood, jobs and year round economic development. Go Coney! Love it!

As we wait for the Boardwalk to finally be revitalized this winter

A warm note about July 4th week at Coney. Here is a list of 6 Fireworks nights including July 4th at Coney in 2012! From the Brooklyn Cyclones calendar I received -


Friday June 29th
Saturday June 30th
Monday July 2nd
Wednesday July 4th
Friday July 6th
Saturday July 7th

Coney is going to be lit up and rockin July 4th week courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nice article in The Brooklyn Ink

Rose emailed me for leads about a month ago. I hope I pointed her in the right direction. Good job! Coney is a ghost town during the winter


“How many people are working along the boardwalk in the winter? Very few, at a time when you need to create jobs [and] at a time when unemployment is extremely high,” Friedman explains.

Robert Dankner also believes that Coney’s gentrification will benefit the neighborhood without losing its cultural identity. “It’s less about making [Coney] upscale, and more about changing the landscape so that there are things to do there for people other than the residents. It just brings money into the community as it would with any community.” Dankner’s real estate company represents Horace Bullard, who owns three acres of land that is within Coney’s new zoning boundaries.


For now, Michael Sarrel and his family are celebrating –they found out in early December that Ruby’s lease was renewed for eight years.

“It’s a new challenge for us,” Michael says, as he considers what’s in Ruby’s future. “We have to redevelop the place, rebuild the place – there’s going to be different dynamics in Coney Island than there were before so we’re both anxious and excited.”

There’s some hesitation in Michael’s voice even though he is happy that Ruby’s is staying on the boardwalk.

“[The city] wants a more uniformed look to the boardwalk. So if you look at the boardwalk now each store has it’s own unique personality and look.” Michael admits that the boardwalk could use a facelift. “It’s all dicey looking and needs to be cleaned up but now they want everything to sort of fit, for everything to seam together.”

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Coney rumor - Saturday Night Live Stage Set

Interesting rumor I heard from a good source that within the next 2 years the SNL main stage set will change from the current Grand Central station theme to a Coney Island theme. This would be fantastic news for Coney visibility and future development prospects.

I informed the CIDC and Marty of the rumor. There will be further investigation into it. If anyone has any additional details please shoot me an email. Thanks!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Joe Sitt Brooklyn buys continue

WSJ excerpt -

Brooklyn-born developer Joseph Sitt has been buying up pricey retail development sites on Fifth Avenue and in the Meatpacking District. But his latest venture takes him back to his more modest roots.

Mr. Sitt, chief executive of Thor Equities, has purchased an apartment building at the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street in Brooklyn, with plans to renovate the first two floors for as much as 6,000 square feet of retail space.

The former co-chairman of Brooklyn's Fulton Street Business Improvement District has been a major player in the outer boroughs with investments in Coney Island and a proposed retail project near Gravesend Bay.

He bought the new site for $5.4 million in a foreclosure auction. The purchase is paltry compared with some of his recent buys, but Mr. Sitt says he's betting on downtown Brooklyn's rapidly developing retail scene, which includes a new Shake Shack, H&M and Panera Bread.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cuomo's 2012 agenda - Casino Study

Daily News excerpt -

Gov. Cuomo Thursday morning said a constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling in New York may not spell out where the gambling dens would go.

Cuomo, appearing on Talk 1300 AM this morning, said he wants to take next year to “do our homework and let's talk about it and let's start to work on it and do a real study.”

Legalizing casino gambling requires two successively elected state Legislatures to pass a constitutional amendment before putting it up for public referendum.

Cuomo today said he does not believe an amendment needs to specifically spell out locations for the casinos. That could be decided on separately.

“You can pass (an amendment) next year without getting into the regulation of the industry,” he said.

“You can amend the constitution with language without getting into what regions and where... We have two years, frankly, to put a system together.”

Brooklyn Eagle on Development

Excerpt -

Not to be forgotten, and maybe as prominent a development as any others I have mentioned, is the plan for Coney Island. This will be a whole new place and a whole new center of activity. Go to Wyoming now and come back in 10 years and you won’t believe your eyes.

If planners keep their eyes on the ball, Coney Island could become a new Atlantic City, linked to the rest of the city by high-speed, water-borne transport.

These are not will o’ the wisp kinds of visions. They are quite possible, if not probable, developments.

January 12th - Spotlight on Brooklyn South

Spotlight on Brooklyn South

180 Remsen St, Brooklyn, NY, FREE

St Francis College hosts "Spotlight on Brooklyn South." Featured speakers will include:

  • John Reinhardt, President, Fillmore Real Estate
  • Nate Bliss, President, Coney Island Development Corp.
  • Eddie Sitt, CEO, Sitt Asset Management
  • Zachary Kerr, President, M & R Management Corp.
  • Ned Berke, Blogger, Sheepshead Bites

Friday, December 16, 2011

Walking the boardwalk all winter

It reminds of when Keyspan (MCU) Park was first built 10 years ago. My wife and I went just about every winter weekend to see the progress. This is history in the making folks. We are going to have all new construction taking place for a year boardwalk by April of 2012. First time ever! I may even post some pics here of the boardwalk businesses' progress over the winter. It's freakin exciting!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marty comments on Nets owner's run for Russian presidency

NY Post excerpt -

The news that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is planning a long-shot bid for the Russian presidency in 2012 against Vladimir Putin has many people talking – except, of course, other Nets brass.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said: "While I wish him the best of luck in his run for the Russian presidency, the Prokhorov campaign that's the most important to Brooklyn is the campaign to bring [Orlando Magic star center] Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets!"

Monday, December 12, 2011

Today's Daily News renderings

Zamperla's renderings in today's paper edition of the Daily News were just outstanding! I can't wait to see what this Year Round Boardwalk looks like in April/May. Huge change is coming. Absolutely Huge! I told my wife tonight I feel like crying I am so happy. I just can't wait! I am seriously expecting a press release in the next couple of days. Maybe tomorrow.

2012 - Coney Year Round Begins. It is really happening! It's freakin really came true! I can't believe it. We must have been to close to 100 CIDC meetings since 2003. All worth it.

Walk the boardwalk this winter and watch it be created before our very eyes! History in the making. Coney Year Round for the first time EVER!

Tom's Restaurant will seat 100 people and be open 8AM to Midnight

I personally can't describe what a dream come true it is for me to see all the Coney Island Boardwalk businesses go Year Round! Celebration time! Thank You Marty! Thank You Nate! More news coming.....

Brooklyn Daily excerpt-

Tom’s owner said the 75-year-old diner’s Coney outpost will open next April after a $500,000 to $750,000 renovation that will turn the former Cha-Cha’s Bar into a sit-down restaurant for 80–100 people with an expanded menu featuring seafood dishes and a takeout counter. It will be open from 8 am to midnight.

“It’ll be Tom’s with a little bit of a seafood twist,” said Jimmy Kokotas. “This is a wonderful opportunity to take what we’ve got here and bring it to Coney Island.”

Marty says Boardwalk is going Year Round!!!!

YESSSS! NY Post also says the businesses have agreed to Year Round!!! Domenic says more to come in a year!

NY Post excerpt -

“These new leases will help ensure that Coney Island continues to be a year-round, affordable entertainment destination for families throughout New York City,” said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Critics had worried that an influx of chain eateries could rob Coney Island of its character. But, as part of the lease agreements, all the companies agreed to make substantial investments in their rental properties.

The businesses also agreed to stay open year round and to hire new staff from the neighborhood.

“I can tell you we are going to have a full, blown-out boardwalk this summer,” said Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island). “This is just the beginning. We are supposed to open more spots and expand next summer.”

One of the newcomers will be Tom’s Restaurant, a storied 75-year-old Prospect Heights diner that will open on the boardwalk this summer.

The restaurant, famous for such old-fashioned Brooklyn comforts as egg creams, will be the first breakfast spot on the beach.

It will be housed in the former location of beach bar and grill Cha Cha’s.

Tom’s, along with Ruby’s and Paul’s Daughter, could be open as early as April.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Daily News says Tom's Restaurant plans to be Year Round

Still no word on year round for Rubys and Pauls Daughter, although the rendering of Ruby's in the article looks like quite a change is coming. Also confirmation on Steve's Grillhouse eviction. Beer Garden going near there. Does that building stay with a new tenant or will it be knocked down? Nathan's and Brooklyn Beach shop got 8 years leases in addition to Ruby's and Paul's Daughter. Press release tomorrow?

Daily News excerpt -

Tom’s owner Jimmy Kokotas said the 75-year-old diner, which regularly draws lines around the corner, is eager to open a new location in the seaside amusement mecca. They’ll offer up a similar menu, plus some seafood additions.

“[There’s] the tradition and history of Coney Island, and we have a rich tradition and history of our own. Bringing them both together, I think it’s going to be great,” he said.

Kokotas plans to open by May and hopes to eventually be open year-round. Customers waiting on line will enjoy the same Prospect Heights’ perk — free coffee and cookies.

“If we have lines, we definitely will,” Kokotas said.

Zamperla, the Italian ride maker tapped by the city to take over its Coney Island land last year and open new amusement parks, did go ahead with evictions of several businesses: Beer Island, Cha Cha’s bar, Coney Island Souvenirs, Grillhouse, and Gyro Corner.

Also set to return with eight-year leases are the Lola Staar boutique, Coney Island Beach Shop, and Nathan’s — in a new bigger space.

Rounding out the Boardwalk space will be more new rides — including go-karts and the 109-foot SkyCoaster — and a beer garden run by Zamperla, Ferrari said.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Remember the rumored terms of the boardwalk deal in the NY Post article

There is real hope here. Let's hope they stick to year round-

NY Post excerpt from October -

Ruby’s, which was expected to shut down after 77 years in business on Oct. 29, and Paul’s Daughter, a four-decade-old food stand, are now among the likely candidates, sources said. They would have to agree to significant capital improvements, staying open year-round and filling new jobs locally.

“It’s not a done deal, but there could be an announcement very soon where at least some return,” said a source.

Read more:

One thing is going to be really fun this winter. Watching all this new construction happening throughout the boardwalk. All of this has to be ready by April. Less than 4 months away.

Will we get a press release next week on the Boardwalk plan?

I'm certainly expecting one. And hopefully we get clear details concerning the year round plan and what is to become of the Steve's Grill House building.

Video - Rumor that Dwight Howard will demand trade to the Nets!

Deron Williams and Dwight Howard? Wow!

ESPN excerpt -

Dwight Howard will ask the Orlando Magic to trade him to the New Jersey Nets, and a deal could go down as soon as Friday, sources close to the situation said.

Howard's representatives have already told the Nets that they are his preferred destination.

When Howard speaks to the Magic, he will tell them that he will not re-sign with the team after this season, sources said. There is also a chance that Howard will not attend the opening of training camp Friday, according to a source.

As reported last week, the Nets are ready to offer the Magic a package built around center Brook Lopez and two first-round draft picks, New Jersey's own and one the Nets acquired from Houston in a previous trade, according to sources.

New Jersey is also willing to take back Hedo Turkoglu and the three years, $34 million remaining on his deal.

The appeal of the Nets for Howard is the chance to play with All-Star point guard Deron Williams and the Nets' move into a new arena in Brooklyn for the start of the 2012-13 season.

Williams and Howard spoke several times about teaming up during the lockout.

Video here -

Barclay's Center to host Legend's Classic


ESPN Networks to Telecast Classic Games on November 19-20, 2012

Thursday, December 7, 2011

BROOKLYN – Barclays Center continues to bring major college basketball to Brooklyn, as it will host the Legends Classic on November 19-20, 2012.

Produced by the Gazelle Group, the tournament will be in its 6th year and will be telecast on the ESPN networks. The tournament field will be announced in the spring of 2012.

"The Legends Classic has consistently produced great match-ups and exciting tournaments and we are excited to bring it to Brooklyn," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "We are looking forward to having ESPN telecast the games and propel Barclays Center and Brooklyn into the national spotlight for college basketball fans. The Legends Classic furthers our commitment to make Barclays Center a significant national collegiate sports venue."

"We are excited to bring the Legends Classic to Barclays Center," said Gazelle Group president Rick Giles. "In five short years the Legends Classic has made an undeniable mark on the college basketball landscape and has produced many memorable moments. We look forward to enhancing the event and creating even more memorable moments in Brooklyn."

Past champions of the Legends Classic include Vanderbilt (2011), Syracuse (2010), Florida (2009), Pittsburgh (2008), and Texas (2007). In the first four years of its existence, the Legends Classic featured six teams that went on to advance to at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The Legends Classic will become part of the expanding BROOKLYN HOOPS college franchise for Barclays Center. Last month, Kentucky head coach John Calipari announced at a press conference that the Wildcats would tip-off against Maryland in the inaugural Barclays Center Classic on November 9, 2012. Long Island University, Morehead State, and Lafayette are the additional three teams included in the tournament.

Other major college basketball programming for Barclays Center includes the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship tournament, and Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, one of the early-season college basketball showcase events.

Currently under construction, Barclays Center will be a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue when it opens in September 2012. Barclays Center will offer approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and will have one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena.

Now we know the setup on the boardwalk except for one!

Here it is - Tom's Restaurant, Brooklyn Beach Shop, Ruby's, Lola Staar, Nathan's, Famiglia, Coney's Cones and Paul's Daughter. The one we still don't know - What is replacing Steve's Grill House?

Friday, December 9, 2011

NY1 reports Tom's Restaurant, Ruby's and Paul's Daughter all sign 8 year leases

Video -

Still waiting for word on year round for Ruby's and Paul's Daughter.

Amusing the Zillion reporting Paul's Daughter signed for 8 years

Here is the link

What's not addressed is the whole key to all of this. If Paul's Daughter has signed and Ruby's may be soon, Will They Be Going Year Round? We know Tom's Restaurant, Brooklyn Beach Shop and Nathans will be going year round on the Boardwalk. Will Paul's Daughter and Ruby's do the same? That's the big question. Hopefully we see some kind of official announcement with the important details soon!

Have Rubys and Paul's Daughter signed deals as well?

Looks like it according to Lola Staar's twitter post-

thanks! Yes! Ruby's & Paul's Daughter will be on the boardwalk as well!!/Lola_Star_

If she is correct, I hope they came to a deal for year round, and we hear concrete details soon.

Lola Staar signs 8 year Coney lease and is disappointed?

Look at what she wrote on her Facebook page -

Lola Staar Well, Dana, that's not to say that the fabulous world of Lola Star isn't going to grow far beyond that little shop in those 8 years! I am disappointed that they did not give me that opportunity to grow into a larger space. The opportunity was there and they have it to a different, more generic souvenir shop! But I am still planning on growing! I am disappointed that the opportunity to grow wasn't granted to me in Coney Island, but I'll find another neighborhood in Brooklyn or Manhattan to make my dreams of growing my business into a reality!

Obviously she was also interested in the space that is going to Brooklyn Beach Shop.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Video - Brooklyn Independent TV profiles Tom's Restaurant

How popular is Tom's? Check out this awesome video as well -

Now we know the 3 year round anchors!!!

Tom's Restaurant, Brooklyn Beach Shop, and Nathans all open year round on the Boardwalk starting this spring! YES!!!!!! FINALLY!!!

Tom's restaurant coming to Coney Boardwalk Year Round!

NY1 exclusive -

A Brooklyn institution hopes to set up shop on the Coney Island boardwalk in April under a new deal that's expected to be signed by the end of the week. NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.

Stepping into Tom's Restaurant is like stepping back into time. It has tile floors, an old fashioned counter and fountain drinks like egg creams.

Tom's has been a Brooklyn institution on this Prospect Heights corner since 1936. Now it's looking to expand to a new location on the Coney Island boardwalk.

"I think bringing this to the boardwalk and to Coney Island would open up a wonderful opportunity for the people of the beach, for the people of Coney Island," says Jimmy Kokotas, owner of Tom’s.

Kokotas has been negotiating with the boardwalk's landlord Zamperla to lease the space, which is the former site of ChaCha's and Nathan's boardwalk concession.

Sources say a deal is expected to be in place by the end of the week. Kokotas hopes to make use of the building's rooftop and says he may add a few seafood items, though basically his menu would stay the same.

"We'd like to stay open as much as possible. The ultimate goal is 52 weeks so people can come and have pancakes and eggs and whatever else they'd like on the boardwalk in December, in January and February," says Kokotas.

Video and full story here -

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

RFP issued for Coney Creek Hotel/Retail Development site

NY Post excerpt

After years of working to revive Coney Island’s fabled beachfront, the city is finally showing some love to a long-neglected waterway in the seaside community.

The city Economic Development Corporation today began soliciting proposals from developers interested in buying and developing a 48,000-square-foot site on Stillwell Avenue off Coney Island Creek, possibly for retail space, office space, hotels, community space or industrial use.

"This site would be perfect to support the anticipated development of hotels and year-round amusements within the entertainment district, and I remain hopeful that respondents will explore providing public access to Coney Island Creek—along with habitat and shoreline restoration—which I envision as an ideal place to promote human-powered boating," said Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

"I look forward to working with the mayor, EDC, our elected officials and community partners to see this property developed in a manner complimentary to the objectives of the Coney Island Plan, which will help ensure that Coney’s best days as America’s Playground for the 21st century are yet to come," he added.

Ruby's - No deal yet

Unbelievable how long this process is taking. I wonder if there are outside negotiations going on. There is a time limit on construction for opening in 2012.

From Ruby's Facebook page -

Rubys Bar and Grill no deal signed yet Yesterday at 4:02pm

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Strange headline on Ruby's Web site

This headline still hasn't changed -

After 77 years of serving the community, Rubys, the oldest continually running business on the Coney Island Boardwalk, is being EVICTED. Come join with us on our last day which will be Sunday Oct. 30, 2012. This additional season has happened in part due to the support of our great customers, and fans THANK YOU and see ya soon!!!

Now if they are working on renovations and thus have a new deal, why would their website still say they are being evicted??? Quite strange.

Word may be getting around about renovations

This is a quote from Amusing the Zillion from yesterday-

Will the Coney Island Boardwalk remain a magnet for video and film shoots when it’s mostly shiny and new and neon?

The shiny and new part is certainly much needed for the boardwalk businesses. But still no word on Paul's Daughter that I can find on the net thus far.Link

Looks like Rubys is starting renovations

According to their Facebook page they are working on their floor today. One would assume they have a deal if they are working on renovations already.