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“The Seaside Park and Community Arts Center will add even more energy
and excitement to one of our nation’s top destinations for family
amusement and entertainment, which will increase local tourism and
stimulate our economy,” the borough president said. “The city’s
first covered seasonal amphitheater will create hundreds of quality
jobs; the developer has committed to prioritizing local residents both
for construction jobs and when the amphitheater is up and running."
The development of the area will have long-term positive effects on Coney Island, he predicted.
“This project will catalyze residential and commercial development
and keep our city’s attention focused intently on the needed
infrastructure improvements that residents of Coney Island’s West End
have been seeking for years,” Markowitz said. “By adaptively
reusing the Childs building, which has been closed to the public since
the 1940’s, we can breathe new life into this under-utilized section of
the Riegelmann Boardwalk. By building a lush neighborhood park, we can
jumpstart the Coney Island Plan and deliver on the city’s promise of
building green spaces."
To pave the way for the project, the council passed resolutions that
included the creation of a special zoning district, the acquisition of
land between West 21st and West 22nd streets, and the elimination of the
street between West 22nd Street and West 23rd Street, the Bensonhurst
In his statement, Markowitz thanked several city officials, including
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman
Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island). He also thanked Community Board 13
leaders, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel, City
Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden Economic Development Corporation
(EDC) President Emeritus Seth Pinsky, current EDC President Kyle Kimball
and his former chief of staff Carlo Scissura, now president and CEO of
the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
Scissura called the council’s action “yet another step in the transformation of Coney Island.”
The amphitheater “will make Coney Island New York City’s top
destination for family entertainment -- and not just in the summer, but
all year around,” Scissura wrote in an email to the Brooklyn Eagle.
“It will help grow the local economy, create jobs and increase the
number of visitors to Brooklyn from all over the country and the world,”
In a nod to his former boss, Scissura wrote that he thrilled “that a
project near and dear to Borough President Marty Markowitz will be
realized in the next two years.”