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

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Coney Development

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. 

Sources say 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 drink chain. 

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.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Coney Casino

Sheldon Silver Open To NYC Casino At Coney Island Or Willet's Point

Here 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.