The Seaside Park and Community Arts Center project includes the construction of a new publicly accessible open space with an approximately 5,000-seat amphitheater as well as the restoration and adaptive reuse of the former Childs Restaurant building (a designated New York City Landmark) as an indoor entertainment, banquet, and restaurant facility. The project site is approximately 3.1 acres in size and is generally bounded by the Riegelmann Boardwalk to the south, West 23rd Street to the west, West 21st Street to the east, and Surf Avenue to the north (Block 7071; Lots 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 76, 79, 81, 130, 142, 226, and 231; as well as the beds of Highland View Avenue and a portion of West 22nd Street, approved for demapping in 2009 in the Coney Island Rezoning). The proposed Seaside Park and Community Arts Center is intended to continue the City of New York’s efforts to reinvigorate Coney Island by introducing a recreational and entertainment destination on the boardwalk. During the summer months, the open space’s amphitheater would serve as a venue for a variety of concerts, community events, and public gatherings, such as the Seaside Summer Concert Series. The proposed indoor entertainment, banquet, and restaurant facility at the Childs Restaurant building would be open year-round.
If the proposed project is approved, it is anticipated that the amphitheater would be operational in mid-2015 and the first full year of operation of the entire project would be expected to be 2016.