Excerpts - from the Environmental Assessment Statement
The proposed project involves the development of approximately 2.55 ‐ acres of publicly accessible open space, which would include 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) in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn Community District 13. The project is intended to continue the City of New York’s efforts to reinvigorate Coney Island by introducing a new recreational and entertainment destination on the Riegelmann Boardwalk. It is anticipated that the proposed amphitheater and other project components would be completed by summer 2015. The first full year of operation would be 2016. The proposed amphitheater would be an interim use authorized for a period of ten years pursuant to a City Planning Commission Special Permit. Upon completion, the amphitheater would be owned by the City of New York and operated by a not ‐ for ‐ profit entity under a long term lease with the city. The amphitheater would serve as the venue for a variety of concerts, community events, and public gatherings, such as the Seaside Summer Concert Series.
The proposed publicly accessible open space and amphitheater would extend outward from the western façade of the restored Childs Restaurant building and would be roughly bound by the Riegelmann Boardwalk to the south, West 23 rd Street to the west, and Surf Avenue to the north. While the site plan and design of the proposed project have not yet been finalized, amphitheater seating would generally be concentrated between the Childs Restaurant building and West 22 nd Street, with greenspace and landscaping extending westward from the amphitheater to West 23 rd Street. A pathway from the northern edge of the project site at West 22 nd Street to the Boardwalk would provide pedestrian access to the Boardwalk and beach as well as the proposed open space and amphitheater. The restored Childs Restaurant building and proposed amphitheater would be physically connected, sharing some stage and “back of house” areas that would make it possible for the Childs Restaurant building to provide year ‐ round indoor entertainment. Restaurant and banquet uses would occupy the remaining space in the Childs Restaurant building and would operate year ‐ round in conjunction with the indoor entertainment use.
The proposed public open space and amphitheater would occupy approximately 111,004 sf (2.55 acres) along the Riegelmann Boardwalk at Coney Island. The amphitheater would be comprised of a stage house and paved seating areas for approximately 5,000 attendees. As previously noted, the amphitheater would serve as the new home of the Seaside Summer Concert Series as well as other concert events, cultural performances, and public events. For conservative environmental analysis purposes, it is assumed that the amphitheater would attract an additional 1,000 standing attendees (for a total of 6,000 patrons) and that the concert season would extend for Seaside Park and Community Arts Center EAS Attachment A: Project Descri ption & Preliminary Screening A-4 approximately 15 weeks, from Memorial Day through the end of September (currently the concert season extends from Independence Day to Labor Day). It is also anticipated that the proposed amphitheater would host a combination of free and paid events both during the week and on weekends. The proposed publicly accessible open space and amphitheater would enable the 34 year old Seaside Summer Concert Series to continue to host top ‐ name performers in a broad range of musical genres, thereby also serving area residents that would otherwise have to travel to other concert venues in the City. During the summer months, it is envisioned that the proposed amphitheater would host evening concert events on both weekdays and weekends. In addition, the proposed amphitheater would also provide a space for smaller events such as cultural performances, school graduations, and fairs. The new public open space and amphitheater would also provide the community with year ‐ round recreational opportunities, as it is expected that the amphitheater would be available for public use and events during the off ‐ season.