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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Adams talks Brooklyn Development including Coney

Crains excerpt -

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams broached an idea to sell air rights in the borough—presumably, in downtown Brooklyn—with the money then used for "land banks" that would fund affordable housing. "Brooklyn must remain affordable," said Mr. Adams, who is hoping to revitalize poorer neighborhoods such as East New York and Brownsville. He also said he planned to look at developing armories in the borough, and to continue to develop Coney Island, which was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, "to draw people through the borough." Development boomed in Brooklyn under his predecessor, Marty Markowitz, but some African-American communities in the central and eastern parts of the borough missed out on the renaissance.

Eric Adams comments on the Cyclones and building Coney Island

NY1 excerpt -

"The Cyclones, by bringing together the All-Stars and playing on that field, are sending a strong message: Coney Island is back, we're going to continue to build, baseball is alive and the people of Coney Island are also alive,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

NY Penn League All Star game to highlight transformation of Coney Island

 Brooklyn Daily excerpt -

 MCU Park to host New York-Penn League showdown for first time since 2005

Who needs the Superbowl — the New York-Penn League All-Star Game is coming to Brooklyn!
The best and brightest of the Class-A short-season league will go to bat at MCU Park in Coney Island on Aug. 19, 2014 — marking the first time since 2005 that the Cyclones’ home has hosted the match-up.

Top brass at the ‘Clones organization said the game will not only showcase the batting, pitching, and fielding skills of the young baseball players, but also the enormous transformations the People’s Playground has undergone in the last decade.

“It’s been almost 10 years since we hosted the game, and we are excited for the opportunity to show the fans, players, and executives from around the league the transformation that Coney Island has undergone,” said Mini-Mets vice president Steve Cohen.

New York-Penn officials said they picked the Pride of Coney Island’s stadium to host the game because the team has led the league in attendance every year since it came to Brooklyn in 2001.
“The Cyclones have consistently set the bar for excellence in their operations, overall fan experience, and community involvement,” said league prez Ben Hayes.

WSJ - Amphitheater

The demolition—carried out by developer Coney Island Holdings, a subsidiary of commercial real-estate investment firm iStar Financial STAR +1.80% —was one of the first steps toward building a $53 million, 5,000-seat amphitheater.

The amphitheater will be operated for 10 years by iStar Financial. The city owns the garden's plot of land, and iStar will sell the land around the garden to the city for $16.1 million, a city official said.

The venue is scheduled to open in 2015 and no shows have been booked yet, said Marty Cottingham, a spokesman for Coney Island Holdings. "This project will change Coney West. With jobs, with development, with opportunities for the local folks that they deserve," he said. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Full scale Brewery coming to Coney!

Brooklyn Daily excerpt -

The People’s Playground’s alcohol content is about to rise!

The company behind Coney Island Lager will soon debut a full-scale brewery in the beer’s namesake neighborhood, this paper has learned.

A source at craft-brewer Alchemy — a subsidiary of Boston Brewery, which produces Sam Adams — said that plans are underway to start mixing the barley malt and hops at an as-yet undecided spot near the world-famous amusement district. The insider said the fermenting facility should be making suds by summer, in time to quench the crowds thronging the beach and the rides.

Thunderbolt press release

Luna Park In Coney Island To Unveil Brand New Thunderbolt Roller Coaster For The 2014 Season 

New York's Historic Amusement Park Welcomes First 'Loop' Coaster Since 1910

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Roller coaster fanatics from around the world have a new reason to visit Luna Park in Coney Island this year. This Memorial Day Weekend, the amusement venture will be welcoming its first-ever vertical lift steel roller coaster, The Thunderbolt, to its lineup of joy rides. The new coaster will sit where the original wooden Thunderbolt thrilled riders from the 1920's through the 1980's, and will be the first roller coaster in the area since 1910 to send riders upside-down in a vertical loop. This will be Coney Island's first custom roller coaster since 1927, the year the Cyclone Roller Coaster was built.

Reaching speeds of 55 miles per hour and standing at 115 feet tall with 2,233 feet of track, the Thunderbolt will be built by Zamperla S.p.A and operated by Central Amusement International, operator of Luna Park. The approximately 2 minute ride begins with a jaw-dropping 90-degree vertical drop, followed by a 100 foot vertical loop, a 80 foot zero-g roll, a 112 degree over-banked turn, a unique heartline dive, a corkscrew, and several airtime hills. The coaster will join Luna Park's assortment of rides which include the legendary Cyclone Roller Coaster, Boardwalk Flight, Coney Island Raceway, Air Race, Water Mania and more.

"Luna Park in Coney Island is reaching even greater heights with the addition of the powerful Thunderbolt Roller Coaster," Alberto Zamperla, President and CEO of Zamperla S.p.A.  "We are thrilled to welcome this exhilarating new attraction to our repertoire of rides that are sure to please every type of coaster enthusiast.  The Thunderbolt's many twists and turns, and 100-foot vertical loop, will thrill visitors from near and far, as we continue to commit ourselves to the revitalization of our beloved Coney Island."

The Thunderbolt will make its premiere at Luna Park, offering 3 cars, each with a capacity of 9 passengers, and will be located near the historic B&B Carousell and the new Steeplechase Plaza. 

"Luna Park in Coney Island is New York's Playground and we are committed to making sure that kids, in age and at heart, have something to look forward to when they visit," said Valerio Ferrari, President of Central Amusement International, operator of Luna Park.  "The Thunderbolt will give these thrill seekers the chance to experience a 'loop' coaster in New York City for the first time in over a century, and our entire team is eager to unveil this revolutionary coaster to the world."

About Luna ParkNamed after an iconic piece of Coney Island's history, Luna Park ( continues to represent the largest investment of amusement ventures for its area. Luna Park provides New Yorkers and tourists the opportunity to experience a variety of family-friendly events and thrill  rides including the historic Cyclone Roller Coaster, Air Race, the Soarin' Eagle, Coney Island Raceway, and Boardwalk Flight. In close proximity to the beach, boardwalk and other top attractions, Luna Park offers over 40 attractions, rides and roller coasters and is an admirable destination for any age to enjoy. 

Luna Park features over 20 rides by Zamperla S.p.A., the world's leading designer and manufacturer of amusement attractions, as well as a world-class mix of games, entertainment and food.  For more information about Luna Park, including a full list of rides, entertainment, food and more, please visit,  

About Central Amusement InternationalCentral Amusement International, LLC is an international amusement park planner, developer, and operator whose management team has more than 150 years of combined amusement industry experience.  CAI was founded in 2002 with the goal of establishing a seasonal amusement park in New York City's Central Park.  That vision came to fruition in the summer of 2003, when CAI opened the gates of its first amusement park, Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink. Seven successful years later, CAI opened Luna Park at Coney Island, a brand new amusement destination that helped America's Playground see its most successful summer in decades.

About ZamperlaAntonio Zamperla S.p.A., in conjunction with Zamperla, Inc., designs and manufactures amusement rides. The Zamperla family has been creating projects in the amusement industry since the mid-1800s.  Based out of Altavilla Vicentina (Vicenza), Italy, Antonio Zamperla S.p.A. is the largest designer and manufacturer (by annual volume) of amusement park rides in the world. Crafting everything from timeless carousels to iconic ferris wheels to world class roller coasters, Antonio Zamperla S.p.A. draws on the Italian tradition of fine artistry to create attractions that inspire the playful nature in all. Every attraction and project that carries the Antonio Zamperla S.p.A. name is built and executed with precision, quality, and care.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Brooklyn High Note

WSJ excerpt -

It costs up to $67 a ticket for a ride to the top of the Empire State Building. But the view from the highest point in Brooklyn atop a sleek glass-and-aluminum apartment building is free—at least with purchase or rental of an apartment in Downtown Brooklyn's newest tower.

The new building, the first big condominium development in Downtown Brooklyn to come on the market since the financial crisis in 2008, is part of a second wave of residential development that is also bringing high-end groceries and retail stores to the borough's once-faded central business district.

"We are in the middle of a building boom," said Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. He said 3,300 apartments were now under development in the area.

The tower at 388 Bridge St. will have an illuminated crown at the top with a residents-only observatory bathed in a changing-color light display, like the other tall buildings across the river. The lights will be powered by two 17-foot-high, curved wind turbines that look like large globes from windows in nearby buildings.

It is 53 stories and 590 feet high from the curb, according to Roger Fortune, a vice president at the Stahl Organization, which is developing the project. It is listed at 575 feet in plans submitted to the Department of Buildings, but both figures are tall enough to take the title of the tallest building in Brooklyn—at least for the next year or so.

The new building, known as 388 Bridge, eclipsed the Brooklyner, a 531-foot building in Downtown Brooklyn that opened at the end of 2009. The Brooklyner in turn took the title from the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower at 512 feet, which held the record since the 1920s. The bank building was converted condominiums in 2007.

Now just across Bridge Street, construction crews are working on the foundation for a rental project that could top 388 Bridge by a few feet. The new building, being built by AvalonBay Communities Inc., is due to rise to 596 feet and have 826 apartments. It is due to open in 2015.

The 388 Bridge building is part condo, part market-rate rental and part low-income rental, and is due to open in a few weeks. The project is a test of the strength of the condo market in Downtown Brooklyn, after years in which banks were reluctant to bankroll condominium development, especially in less established, more risky markets.

The Stahl Organization filed for a building permit in 2007, but halted foundation work the following year, when a bank that had promised a construction loan faced its own financial problems. Construction resumed in 2012, only after the developer agreed to put up 40% of the cost of the building, Mr. Fortune said.

Since then, Downtown Brooklyn, once a bastion of mom-and-pop stores, has seen a resurgence of interest in retail and a modest increase in dining destinations to serve its growing nighttime population.

Retailers that are planning or are established downtown include Armani Exchange, Gap, H&M and Banana Republic. Sephora, the cosmetics emporium, and a Neiman Marcus outlet are moving into retail space in the Brooklyn Municipal Building.

The 144 condos on high floors with the best views at 388 Bridge will go on the market at prices ranging from about $730,000 for a smaller one-bedroom with a view to nearly $6 million a four-bedroom penthouse.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

MCU Park - Youth Baseball Month

May is going to be baseball month at MCU Park. Our goal is to have AT LEAST one game a day all month long. High Schools, Colleges, and now even Little Leagues are invited to make our home their own. Space is filling up fast, so call us to reserve your game ASAP.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Right across from City Point

Crains excerpt -

Brooklyn deal raises residential possibility

The sale of the building across from the City Point mega-project highlights not only downtown Brooklyn's large-scale development, but the desirability of sites citywide that can accommodate apartment towers.

The real estate investment firm Savanna has acquired a development site across the street from one of Brooklyn's largest construction projects.
Savanna purchased 141 Willoughby St., a three-story building in downtown Brooklyn, for an undisclosed price from the Institute of Design and Construction, a school that provides construction training and that occupied part of the property. The site could support a fresh development of up to 240,000 square feet.

It sits just across the street from City Point, a massive new development with more than 500,000 square feet of retail space and two residential towers as well as a third residential spire at least 60-stories high on the drawing board. The development has come to reflect the growing interest in large-scale development in downtown Brooklyn. Together with the development of the Atlantic Yards a few blocks to the south, City Point is expected to usher in a new wave of residents and solidify the area's already-growing attractiveness as a residential neighborhood and a place to shop.

Savanna, which has been successful in the city in recent years buying real estate assets at opportune moments, like some other prominent owners, such as TF Cornerstone, is now taking its stake in the area's transformation.

"141 Willoughby St. is a prime location in downtown Brooklyn and we see tremendous future value in this ... property," Christopher Schlank, a managing partner at Savanna, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to be a part of the ongoing transformation of the immediate area."



Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bad news - Loehmann's on Emmons Ave closing

The third time the company has gone through bankruptcy. This time they are closing all of their 40 stores. Sheepshead Bites has the story -

Hopefully another big retailer takes the space soon.

Brooklyn Daily - Rita's, Subway and a Cafeteria

Excerpt -

It’s out with sofas and footstools, in with sandwiches and frozen treats on Surf Avenue this summer!
A pair of chain eateries and a locally-owned cafeteria are due to open on the People’s Playground’s most famous thoroughfare, replacing a pair of decades-old furniture stores.

A Subway sandwich shop will take over part of the location of Lago Furniture, a 30-year-old home furnishings dealer opposite Jones Walk swamped during Hurricane Sandy — while a locally-owned cafeteria will move into Astroland Furniture’s spot at W. 10th Street. And gelati giant Rita’s Italian Ices will open a location at the corner of W. 15th Street in time for the amusement district’s hot season. 

Joe Vitacco, the real estate agent behind the Subway and Rita’s deals, said the hero-making franchise will use the corporation’s upscale “Tuscany design,” complete with couches and a fireplace.
“It’ll be more of a place to sit down and eat, a little nicer ambience,” Vitacco said.

Vitacco said he was in talks with potential tenants to take over the rest of Lago’s space. 

The owner of Astroland Furniture’s old location — who refused to give his full name, and asked to be identified as “Ted” — said he was unsure what his new tenant would name their business, but said it would serve pizza, ice cream, and other fast food in a self-serve format.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the New Aquarium

MEDIA ADVISORY: Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium To Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony For Ocean Wonders: Sharks!

Friday, January 10, 2014, 11 a.m., at the New York Aquarium

Several public officials and community leaders expected to attend

Event will emphasize the WCS New York Aquarium’s contribution to the economy, education and conservation in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and throughout New York City

New York Aquarium divers will be in attendance

Media: Please arrive by 10:30 a.m.

Brooklyn, N.Y. – January 8, 2014 – The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium will celebrate the groundbreaking of Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, a new 57,000-square-foot facility, on Friday, January 10 at 11 a.m.

Elected officials scheduled to attend: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; City Council Member Mark Treyger; Former City Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.; Council Member Vincent Gentile; Council Member Mathieu Eugene; Council Member Robert Cornegy; Council Member Alan Maisel; and other officials.

The event will highlight the New York Aquarium’s impact on the economy, education and conservation in Coney Island, Brooklyn, and the City of New York.

The Ocean Wonders: Sharks! project was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy. It is set to open in 2016. It will feature more than 100 species of marine animals including sharks, rays, sea turtles, thousands of schooling fish and more. The immersive and interactive exhibits will bring visitors close to the animals, highlight rich local seascapes where sharks thrive and showcase WCS shark conservation work.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Adams calls Brooklyn "Center of the Universe"

He's right

Daily News Excerpt -

Brooklyn may soon have the drop on Manhattan’s New Year’s tradition.

Incoming Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said he’s already working on a version of the celebrated “ball drop” so the county of Kings can properly ring in 2015.

“We’re no longer living in the shadow of Manhattan,” Adams told the Daily News. “We have our own identity, and one way of stepping out of the shadow is from the bright lights of the ball drop.”
And if it touches off a New Year’s war with Manhattan, Adams says he’s okay with that.

“We think they’re going to just raise the white flag,” Adams said. “They realize Brooklyn has become the center of the universe.”

The Times Square Alliance, which oversees the internationally known party at the Crossroads of the World, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.