Salon excerpts -
Land values in Coney Island skyrocketed when the administration made
rezoning a priority. Franchises like Applebee’s and It’Sugar have since
arrived. A new theme park, built by Zamperla, which also makes rides for
Six Flags and Disney, was constructed in 100 days and has entertained
hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. There’s Starbucks coffee available, and salads.
Chuck Reichenthal, the manager of Brooklyn Community District 13,
which includes Coney Island, stressed the importance of year-round jobs.
He was no fan of Sitt’s proposal, but, he said, the rezoning was one of
the best things to happen there. “There’s no reason why we can’t figure
out things to do during the whole year,” he said. With indoor
restaurants finally permitted inside the former C7 zoning, he imagines a
future of year-round tourism, bolstered by the Abe Stark Ice Rink and
hopefully, one day, the rehabilitation of the grand Shore Theater, which closed in 1973.
touted the number of year-round jobs already created at places like
Grimaldi’s Pizza, the Brooklyn stalwart that opened another branch on
Surf Avenue. Tom’s Restaurant, an offshoot of the famous Prospect
Heights Diner, opened last summer on the boardwalk and has plans to stay
open all winter.