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.”

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