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

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The show goes on!

NY Daily News excerpt

The outgoing Borough President hopes his legacy will live on with plans for the $53 million Seaside Park and Community Arts Center at W. 21st in Coney Island. The tentative plans, revealed last month, would build a 5,000 person amphitheater with a removable covering that would allow for months of outdoor concerts, rain or shine.

It’s what Markowitz has dreamed of since that snowy January night 35 years ago: a viable music venue able to hold crowds of Brooklynites who summer in the borough instead of the Hamptons.
“So many people call my office in February, March and April to plan their summer vacations around their favorite performers,” Markowitz said.

State Sen. Eric Adams, the lone candidate in the race to replace Markowitz as Borough President, “would very much like to work with Marty to continue the series,” a spokesperson said.
That’s good news for Markowitz, who was unsure of the series’ future.

“This is how we’re able to show folks living here that they’re valued,” he said.

A concert by Chicago, the bandshell at W. 21 St. and Surf Ave., Coney Island. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For more visit

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