NY 1 excerpt -
The former Child's Restaurant is not only a part of Coney Island
history, it's also a city landmark. The once-grand building had its
heyday back in the 1920s. It's been vacant for a long time but sources
tell NY1 the city is in talks to turn the Spanish Colonial Revival
structure into an entertainment complex.
"I think it would be
incredible if the Child's building was re-opened as an entertainment
venue," says Coney Island historian and author Charles Denson. "It's one
of the gems of Coney Island. The arches in front have the most
beautiful terracotta. It's all nautical themed."
Sources say its
centerpiece will be a new concert venue. Borough President Marty
Markowitz has long dreamed of building an amphitheater to hold his
annual outdoor summer concert series by the sea. Sources tell NY1
Markowitz has raised about $50 million for an enclosed concert facility
but that money will now be used for this project.
the lot west of the building will also be developed as part of the
complex. NY1 has also learned that the historic B&B carousel, which
will be housed in this newly created pavilion, has a new operator.
Sources say the city chose Zamperla, which already runs the Cyclone,
Luna Park and Scream Zone.
Over on Surf and Stillwell Avenues,
sources tell NY1 a Wet Willies Daquiri Bar franchise deal is in the
works. It would be the first in the city for the Georgia-based frozen
And across Surf, a contractor says he's building
space for two restaurants. Hooters reportedly has an interest in the
site after finding opposition in other parts of the borough. That news
is drawing mixed reaction.
The New Coney Island - Brooklyn's Times Square by the Sea
Monday, August 13, 2012
Daily News excerpt -
BY Ken LovettHere is the lead item from my "Albany Insider" column today:
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hasn’t played his hand on where he’d like to see a casino in the city, but he is open to Coney Island or Willets Point, the Daily News has learned.
While talks won’t heat up for several months, Silver favors a location that is either already a “destination resort area” in the city, or could become one, a source close to the speaker said. Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens is also a place he would consider, the source said.
Some insiders want a casino to be part of a redevelopment of the Jacob Javits Convention Center on the West Side. But Silver remains adamant about keeping gambling dens out of Manhattan and other densely populated parts of the city, the source said.
The speaker has not shut the door on Coney Island, which is being promoted by many influential types in Brooklyn — including Borough President Marty Markowitz — as a way to bring more people to the historic seaside destination, which has its famed amusement park and now a minor league baseball stadium.