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

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stillwell Pedestrian Plaza

NY Post excerpt -

How do you make Coney Island more like Times Square? Put in a pedestrian plaza!
The city Department of Transportation on Wednesday will reveal its plan to Community Board 13 to replace the street with a plaza of tables, chairs and potted plants on the southern end of Stillwell Avenue.

The plaza — which would strip the neighborhood of 15 coveted metered parking spaces — would run for a block between the Boardwalk and Bowery. The dead-end street is currently flanked by the Scream Zone amusement park, go-kart tracks, a beach bar and a 110-foot-high Boardwalk Flyer thrill ride.

Valerio Ferrari, president of Zamperla USA, which runs the adjacent amusements, said he supports the plaza “100 percent” because “losing a few parking spaces” isn’t as important as “beautifying” the boardwalk’s main gateway and “making it more family-friendly.”

Wow, this Applebees sounds great

  I am trying to find out more info on the Johnny Rockets coming to Coney as well -

Crains -

When Applebee's opens in Coney Island in May, it may not have much competition, at least initially. Surf Avenue, where restaurateur Zane Tankel is developing a $3 million Applebee's franchise, took a beating during Superstorm Sandy. Many retailers, including Nathan's Famous, the flagship of the iconic hot-dog chain at 1310 Surf Ave., remain closed. 

"There are only one or two stores that have reopened," said Mr. Tankel. 

He signed a lease for the 10,000-square-foot space about two months before the storm. Though the building, which had been empty for several years, did not flood, Mr. Tankel's design plans are now focused on ways to seal the entrance to avoid water damage in the future.

He is also considering several ideas to make the restaurant a destination in the neighborhood, including a huge fish tank that would separate the dining room from the bar area and a second-floor patio with a long fireplace "to keep you warm as you look out at the ocean during the colder months."