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

Sunday, December 23, 2012

3 Locals 1 National tenant in Thor building

Not so fast folks. The chains are still coming! Why wouldn't they? Coney is hot!

Brooklyn Paper excerpt -

Thor Equities owner Joe Sitt says he will lease three of the four retail spaces in his building opposite the train station to mom-and-pops, promising unique shopping opportunities days after big name chains Johnny Rockets, Applebee’s, and Red Mango rented spaces owned by a different landlord just steps away.

Sitt says the fourth space in his building on Surf Avenue between Stillwell Avenue and W. 12th Street will go to an undisclosed national tenant, but he says it’s crucial to offer space to independent business owners. 

And thank goodness for that.  Chains are not fly by night operations. They come to an area and stay. Finally Coney has it's shot at year round! Thank you Applebees, Johnny Rockets, Red Mango, and Toms and Grimaldi's too! All of these businesses have proven their year round success elsewhere. And now they believe in Coney! Chains mean year round jobs and economic growth for the neighborhood.

Here is to hoping for a Coney Outback Steakhouse or Red Lobster one day......Go Coney Year Round!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Go Nets! Go Brooklyn!

Opponents of Atlantic Yards Are Exhausted by a Long, Losing Battle



NY Daily News

A plan to replace the historic Coney Island boardwalk with fake wood can move forward, a Brooklyn judge has ruled.

Dismissing a legal challenge from environmental advocates, Supreme Court Justice Martin Solomon tossed a lawsuit challenging the plan, paving the way for construction.

"We are pleased the judge found that the Parks Department complied with the law, thus allowing this project to proceed," city lawyers said.

The first phase of reconstruction would replace a five-block portion of the boardwalk with concrete and recycled plastic. That could serve as a model to eventually rebuild the entire 42-block stretch, save for a small section near the Coney Island amusement area.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Recchia running for Borough President!

Great for Coney! Great for Brooklyn!

NY Daily News

The battle for Brooklyn borough president will be likely be decided by the borough's affluent Brownstone Belt, political pundits predict.

As expected, City Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island) plans to announce his candidacy in early January, a source close to the pol said Tuesday.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BJs Wholesale Club - Shore Parkway

On Monday, December 17, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined City Council Member Domenic Recchia, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo Scissura, Thor Equities developer Joe Sitt and BJ’s Wholesale Club Regional Manager Dan Smith to break ground on a new BJ’s Wholesale Club on Shore Parkway in Gravesend. 

“Bravo to Joe Sitt and BJ’s on raising the bar for how businesses should be run,” said BP Markowitz. “By moving up the construction time table and creating 300 well-paying jobs, they are helping to drive the economic recovery in south Brooklyn—especially in nearby Coney Island—one of the areas hardest hit by the storm. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Hurricane Sandy may have battered our city, but as Brooklynites, we will rebuild, rebound and rejoice—and today’s groundbreaking is proof of that.”

Thor press release

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Dec. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to help recruit local businesses to Coney Island, Thor Equities will slash rents at its parcels at the brand new building at Surf and Stillwell for the Summer of 2013 and fill the spaces primarily with Brooklyn-based merchants, Thor CEO Joe Sitt announced today.

"Coney Island's popularity has reached record proportions, but we can never forget what got us here – local, ahead-of-their-time business owners who brought flair, hipness and edge to the People's Playground," Sitt said. "While it is wonderful that national chains are now coming to Coney, providing needed jobs and year-round revenue to the community, we must always remember the history of this iconic neighborhood."

Thor will work with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to recruit Brooklyn-based businesses to the new building at 1232 Surf Avenue, all of which will complement national chains like Applebees, Johnny Rockets and Grimaldis that have signed leases for upcoming years. 

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Joe Sitt and Thor Equities in helping recruit local businesses to Coney Island," said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. "This program is especially important in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and will go a long way in making sure that Coney Island remains a vibrant neighborhood and tourist attraction as well as a place where small businesses can thrive and Brooklynites can get jobs."

Applebees and Johnny Rockets coming to Coney!


Newsday excerpt -

An Applebee's is planned in 12,000-square-foot space at 1217 Surf Ave. in May, said Zane Tankel, who owns dozens of franchises in that chain.

Johnny Rockets, the 1950s diner theme chain at 1223 Surf Ave., is planning in 2014 to open a $1.5 million, 6,000-square-foot restaurant next door, with an additional 2,000 square feet for expansion. The owner, Rahman Hashimi, is upbeat about Coney's future. "I might do another brand, as yet undecided, something related to a food and drink," he said.