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

Friday, October 31, 2014

Target coming to City Point

Daily News excerpts -

CityTarget, Target's slimmed down answer to urban markets, will occupy the entire second floor of City Point, the 675,000-square-foot retail center currently under construction in Downtown Brooklyn, sources told the Daily News.

The 125,000-square-foot deal, which was inked over a year ago, also includes some storage space on the third floor of the retail complex.

"We know that Brooklyn is on the rise," a spokesperson for Target told the Daily News. "We know it's filled with everyone from urbanites to students to tourists. CityTarget will be incredibly well suited to serving the neighborhood as well as visitors."

The store will open in 2016. Other big retail anchors of the complex include Century 21 and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Rents start at over $20 a square foot and top out at around $40 a square foot, industry sources said.

Bay News - Trump tower talk true: Source saw rendering

Excerpts -

The rumors that Trump Village Shopping Center will be demolished to make way for a massive residential tower were finally confirmed this week by a source who has seen a rendering of the development.

“There are definitely plans — there’s no question about that,” said the source, who said he saw the plans last month and asked to remain anonymous because he is not authorized to discuss the development. “I’ve seen a drawing — a rendering. It is a tall, sleek high-rise. From looking at the picture, it is over 40 stories.”

The owner of the Sheepshead Bay site, real estate mogul Rubin Schron, has not yet filed paperwork with the city about redeveloping the property, but there is no requirement for him to submit any plans to the community for approval — even for a 40-story building — before starting work. The tower can be built as-of-right, because the area is residentially zoned with a commercial overlay for businesses.

Monday, October 27, 2014

17 acre Coney site on the market

Crains excerpt -

National Grid is looking to long-term lease a nearly 17-acre parcel of land in Coney Island that was once home to one of the utility's predecessors, the Brooklyn Borough Gas Works facility.

The parcel, which is being marketed by a team from Massey Knakal Realty Services, is one of the largest undeveloped pieces of land in the city, and comes with the right to build nearly 1.5 million square feet of space—more than the entire square footage of the Chrysler Building, for example. The property is bounded to the north by the Shore Parkway and to the south by Coney Island Creek, and is zoned for manufacturing, though it could accommodate a variety of commercial or retail uses.

"There are some nuances to the transaction, but based upon its location and the density over there, I think this screams large-scale retail," said Stephen Palmese, partner at Massey Knakal.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Coney Real Estate soaring

WSJ excerpt

“There are a lot of national tenants who just moved in or are about to open doors,” says Alex Svetlakou, of the real-estate firm Massey Knakal. “It’s near the trains, plus you’re near the ocean, near the Belt Parkway, so logistically it’s just a great area to be in.” 

Real estate includes the Trump Village cooperatives, where two-bedroom units are listed for around $350,000. Single-family houses may sell for around $400,000. Apartments in a new luxury building, the Oceanview Condominium on West 32nd Street recently hit the market, with asking prices ranging from $450,000 for a one bedroom to $1.1 million for the penthouse.

“People are finding they can get a lot more for their money and unique views that they wouldn’t be able to get in other neighborhoods,” says Marcie Bachar of Warren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty, who is selling the Oceanview condos. In neighboring Brighton Beach, she says, comparable apartments would probably cost $200 to $300 more a square foot.

The median price for all residential listings in Coney Island last week was $499,000, says.

Watch the Bolts win on ESPN3

Whole game replay here-

Recchia on target in Sitt's role in CI redevelopment

It never would have happened unless Joe Sitt invested. No other developer did for decades. excerpt -

In an Advance Editorial Board with Grimm, Recchia said, "We had to find a developer; we went from developer to developer to see who was interested in it. Thor Equities was a developer that was interested in Coney Island. And because of their investment, Coney Island is what it is today. If it wasn't for Joe Sitt, we might not have had the success we have in Coney Island today."

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Fireworks after Bolts game tomorrow night

Feel the electricity as the Brooklyn Bolts return to action Friday night at MCU Park when they take on the Omaha Mammoths. Kick off your weekend with some Beers, Brats, BOOMS and Bolts Football. It's Oktoberfest featuring special Autumn brews, the music of the Polka Bros. and post-game fireworks. #BringTheThunder to MCU Park. Tickets start at just $20.

Photo: Feel the electricity as the Brooklyn Bolts return to action Friday night at MCU Park when they take on the Omaha Mammoths.  Kick off your weekend with some Beers, Brats, BOOMS and Bolts Football.  It's Oktoberfest featuring special Autumn brews, the music of the Polka Bros. and post-game fireworks.  #BringTheThunder to MCU Park.  Tickets start at just $20.

Update on the Trump Village Shopping Center zoning

Concerning the rumored 40 story luxury condo tower. My guess, because there is no need for rezoning, this will happen fairly quickly. Within a year or 2. Perhaps with large ground level retail as well.

Bay News excerpt -

The owner, real estate mogul Rubin Schron, hasn’t filed paperwork yet for any new project, but the area’s zoning — residential with a commercial overlay — means the rumored redevelopment would be as-of-right, and wouldn’t have to go before the community board for approval.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Coney New Years Eve!

Hot Rumors flying again. Big event at the Parachute Jump and more. Times Square by the Sea baby!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Coney Water Park

Rumors flying tonight about the New Coney Water Park by Zamperla possibly being built by summer 2015. Next to the Thunderbolt.

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Alliance Press Release -

Event to Complement Area’s Fall-Themed Attractions

CONEY ISLAND, October 16, 2014 — This Brooklyn seaside destination, famous for being the

birthplace of the amusement park and the hot dog, will bring more smiles and laughter this fall

on Saturday, October 25th, 2014. From 11 AM to 3 PM (EST), New York State Senator Diane

Savino, New York State Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny, New York City Council

Member Mark Treyger and the Alliance for Coney Island (ACI) will host the 5th

Island Children’s Halloween Parade. Featuring giveaways and a costume contest, this free

event promises to be larger than last year with an expected 2,000 people in attendance.

"I am thrilled once again to be a part of the Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade,” said

State Senator Diane Savino. “Every year we have seen this wonderful event grow and grow, I

want to thank all the sponsors and families that are helping to continue this great event.”

“I am very proud and honored once again to be a part of the great Coney Island Children's

Halloween Parade. It is always a treat for me to see all the children parading around in their

costumes and enjoying their day,” said Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny. “I would like

to thank the Alliance for Coney Island as well as all my colleagues in government for continuing

this wonderful, fun-filled tradition.”

WHO: State Senator Diane Savino, Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny, Council

Member Mark Treyger and Alliance for Coney Island

WHAT: 5th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade

WHEN: Saturday, October 25, 2014 | 11am

WHERE: MCU Park (1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11224)

"It is always exciting to see so many children, families and the young at heart come together

for a spooky good time at this great Coney Island tradition. I look forward to joining families

from across the community and city to enjoy many of the fun attractions and restaurants that

make Coney Island so unique and great,” said Council Member Mark Treyger. “My thanks to the 

Alliance for Coney Island for partnering with my office, Senator Savino, Assembly Member

Brook-Krasny and the local businesses to make this annual event a huge success on behalf of

the children.”

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“Brooklyn Community Board 13 thanks New York State Senator Diane Savino, New York State

Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny, New York City Council Member Mark Treyger and the

Alliance for Coney Island for continuing the sensational tradition of the Coney Island Children’s

Halloween Parade. They have shown, once again, that there is always a place to have fun in

Coney Island,” said Stephen “Butch” Moran, Chairperson of Brooklyn Community Board

"Nathan's Famous is proud to continue its support for the Coney Island Children's Halloween

Parade by providing our world-famous hot dogs. As in the past, this event promises to be a

spectacular day of fun for the local community, solidifying the area as a year-round destination.

As Nathan's prepares to celebrate its centennial anniversary, we look forward to continuing to

support community programming," said Wayne Norbitz, President of Nathan's Famous, Inc.

and Alliance for Coney Island Board Member.

“We are excited to be a part of The Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade and to have

the opportunity to support the kids and community with seasonal festivities and our Halloween

Harvest each year,” said Valerio Ferrari, President of Central Amusement International,

which operates Luna Park in Coney Island, and Alliance for Coney Island Board Member.

“As we are in our final weeks of the season, it's is a perfect time to come together with the rest

of our Coney Island family to celebrate and partake in these fun traditions.”

The entertainment begins at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league

baseball team, with food, games, giveaways and free entertainment. The first 1,500 children

to register will receive a free 2-Hour, Unlimited Ride Wristband to Luna Park valid on 22 rides

and a candy bag filled with treats. A costume contest will be judged by ACI members with

10 winners receiving a trophy and prize package composed of items and gift cards from ACI

members, including Coney Island USA, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, New York Aquarium

and Tom’s Coney Island.

The parade will kick off on the Riegelmann Boardwalk by MCU Park with participating children

and families marching along the historic boardwalk, and will end at the rear entrance to Luna

Park. “The Alliance for Coney Island is proud to work with State Senator Diane Savino, State

Assembly Member Brook-Krasny and Council Member Mark Treyger in what promises to be the

best Children’s Parade yet,” said Johanna Zaki, Executive Director of the Alliance for Coney

Island. “The Coney Island renaissance continues as we add more programming to our fall

season so that the amusement district will be a family-friendly experience from Palm Sunday to

Halloween. Coney Island has truly become a year-round destination with many local businesses

open in the winter.”

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In addition to parade festivities planned for later this month, Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder

Wheel Park are both open weekends through the end of October. Luna Park is hosting

Halloween Harvest, a month-long event that has the park decorated for the fall season.

Halloween Harvest features pumpkin picking and painting and free activities like magic shows,

balloon twisting, face-painting, caricature portraits and more. An iconic Coney Island ride,

Spook-A-Rama at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park is a perfect, autumn experience.

To further add to the fall fun, the Brooklyn Bolts, part of the new Fall Experimental Football

League, will play another game in October at MCU Park. Coney Island USA will produce

Dead End Dummy with many performances throughout the month. Written by the “unofficial

mayor of Coney Island,” Dick Zigun, the show promises to continue the great entertainment

that the not-for-profit arts organization is known for. As always, the New York Aquarium is

a wonderful year-round attraction. Many other Coney Island businesses will also be open for

visitors throughout the year, including Applebee’s, Gargiulo’s, Grimaldi’s, Nathan’s Famous,

Peggy O’Neil’s, Tom’s Coney Island and Totonno’s.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bolts Win!

Daily News excerpt

The fans in attendance were into the action, cheering every big Brooklyn play, undeterred by the downpour, and seem committed to supporting the new club. The other two home games are on Fridays and the team has sold twice as many tickets for each of their remaining two games as it did for Wednesday’s. 

“I think the concept is great,” said 55-year-old Charlie Mandracchia, who lives in Bensonhurst and teaches at Lafayette HS. He wore a black Brooklyn Bolts cap he got through a ticket promotion and came to the game with his sister, Linda, and his niece, Amanda. Linda bought tickets immediately after they found out about the league over the summer and they plan on attending the other two home games.

“Hometown football team,” Mandracchia added. “I put it up on Facebook: Live football in Brooklyn.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Are you ready for some Football Brooklyn?

NY Post excerpt -

The Cyclones, who are sharing the Bolts’ revenue with the league and running its day-to-day operations, decided to get involved as a way to expand their brand. The fall is usually a dead period in Coney Island as visitors dry up. But Cyclones vice president Steve Cohen envisions families coming out, for the price of $20-$35 a ticket.

With a short turnaround, the plan was to sell 6,300 tickets for the three home games, and he expects to hit that number by Wednesday. That would equate to 2,100 fans per game, filling up less than a third of the stadium, which has a capacity of 7,500.

“It just seems like something that has long-term legs,” Cohen said.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Brooklyn Bolts at Borough Hall

Brooklyn Eagle excerpt -

On Tuesday at 2 p.m.Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will welcome the Brooklyn Bolts of the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) at a rally on the steps of Borough Hall. The Bolts will kick off their season on Wednesday with a home game at MCU Park against the Boston Brawlers. Adams will cheer on the borough’s first professional football team since 1944 and speak to the importance of sports to Brooklyn’s culture.

Joining Borough President Adams will be the team’s players, coaches, including Head Coach John Bock, FXFL Commissioner Brian Woods, Councilmember Mark Treyger and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura.
The Bolts, who are owned and operated by the FXFL, have a marketing and facility agreement in place with the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Bolts are owned jointly by the FXFL, New York Mets, Mets owner Jeff Wilpon and the Brooklyn Cyclones. The FXFL season consists of five games, with the Bolts facing the Brawlers, Omaha Mammoths and a traveling all-star squad known as the Blacktips.  Rosters for all teams consist of players who are at most three years removed from college and all of which have some experience in the NFL, with the goal of further developing in hopes of making it back to that league.

Development interest booms in South Brooklyn

With all the stories of the condo towers coming to our part of Brooklyn, here is a list of the developers that own these properties-

Muss Development- Oceana Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay Tower - Voorhies Ave/ Sheepshead Bay Road

AvalonBay Communities - Sheepshead Bay Tower - Voorhies Ave/ Sheepshead Bay

Meng Hua Wang W&L Group Construction - Bath Beach Tower Cropsey Ave

Rubin Schron, Cammeby's International Group  - Trump Village Shopping Center

The great news is big development interest is spreading down to South Brooklyn as the Brooklyn boom continues......

Only Brooklyn Is Over the City's Housing Bust

Bloomberg excerpt -

Housing prices in four of New York's five boroughs still haven't reached their pre-crash highs. The outlier? Brooklyn.

Housing prices in Brooklyn now are more than 8 percent above the peak reached in 2007. The other four boroughs, meanwhile, are all more than 10 percent below their highs, with the Bronx still down by almost a quarter.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Research on the Trump Shopping Center zoning in Coney

I read this in a reader comment in the Bay News a couple of weeks ago -

This developer has something called “as of right,” which means he can come in without prior notice and close everything down and start building. Because of this, most of the community does not even know this is happening.

So I did some research on the city zoning site Zola

For the Trump Shopping Center I found R6 zoning with a C1-2 commercial overlay.


Zoning Information:


Commercial Overlay: C1-2

Special Purpose District:
Special Ocean Parkway District

Zoning Map:

Historical Zoning Maps:

R6 is the exact same zoning the Bath Beach property has that is already slated for a condo tower. So it is quite possible the developer in Coney Island already has the zoning for the residential tower with retail attached. No rezoning may be necessary. It could be as of right. We shall see. I could be wrong, but from the zoning info I see this may be a fairly fast build with no rezoning process. No real detailed info from the development has come out yet, so we really don't know for sure.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Brighton Beach , Sheepshead Bay, Bath Beach

The big new developments in Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Bath Beach are a direct result of the wonderful Coney Island turnaround that is ongoing. A century ago the exact same thing happened, and as expected, history is repeating itself.

Also the Brooklyn development boom spreading south along the train line stops and Belt Parkway exits is inevitable.

Friday, October 10, 2014

24 story tower coming to Cropsey Avenue across from Caesars Bay Shopping Center

NY Yimby excerpt -

Yesterday, YIMBY brought you news of a new building permit filing for a site in Sheepshead Bay, destined for a 30-story tower catering to the neighborhood’s burgeoning Russian population.

Now, one neighborhood over, southern Brooklyn’s other major growing immigrant group – the Chinese – are getting a tower of their own. Yesterday, a new building permit was filed for a 24-story tower at 2300 Cropsey Avenue, between Cropsey and the Belt Parkway in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn, sometimes thought of as a part of Bensonhurst.

At 273 feet and 24 stories, the Michael Kang-designed tower will be by far the tallest new building catering towards Chinese buyers in the outer boroughs, nearly twice as tall as the medical center and hotel building that Richard Xia is developing in Flushing. It also marks the ascendency of the Chinese as the dominant ethnic force in real estate across southern Brooklyn, certainly with the largest expanse of land.

The nearly 350,000-square foot building at 2300 Cropsey will contain 170 apartments – we’re guessing condos – divided over 200,000 square of net residential space, for a roomy but modest unit size of almost 1,200 square feet. There will be 60,000 square feet of community facility space, likely marketed towards doctors, with 337 garage parking spaces and a surface lot that will hold 32 stalls.

The developer listed on the deed and building permit is Meng Hua Wang at Flushing-based W&L Group Construction, but YIMBY has also heard that Richard Lam of Success Team Realty is involved. The parcel traded for $19 million in January. The site is currently a gutted six-story building that was last used as a nursing home.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Brooklyn home prices hit a new record!

NY Mag excerpt

It may be the most basic economic principle in the books — low supply, high demand — but it's having its way in Brooklyn's real-estate market. Though the number of sales practically plateaued at 2,077 transactions, according to third-quarter reports released today by Douglas Elliman, the median price for the borough now sits at a new record — $587,515 — above pre-financial-meltdown levels from 2007, a feat even Manhattan has yet to accomplish.

Those looking to buy in Brooklyn will have to shorten their timeline, too: It now takes about 92 days for a property to sell in the borough compared to 143 this time last year.

New developments still dominate the conversation — the median price for those properties is up 9 percent to $832,000, per the Corcoran Group, and the average price per square foot is up to a six-year high of $960. Corcoran's Frank Percesepe says there simply aren't enough places to satiate buyers hungry for them. "We've had such an incredibly low inventory, and so [what] did come to the market was snapped up right away," he says.

Property next to Trump Shopping Center was also bought

 Interesting that the owner of the Trump Village Shopping Center bought an adjacent property last year -

Real Deal 2/7/13 -

Real estate investor Ruby Schron has forked out $25 million to buy a 49,000-square-foot building at 532 Neptune Avenue near Coney Island, according to public records filed with the city today. But the notoriously low-key real estate mogul isn’t just looking to be closer to the Cyclone.

Schron plans on tearing down a fence on the edge of the property and combining his latest acquisition with the adjacent Trump Village Shopping Center, which he has owned since the early 2000s, he told The Real Deal via a spokesperson. The three-story building he purchased has eight commercial units. Retailer Walgreens occupies the ground floor.

Schron has been active in the area for a decade. An investment group led by the businessman purchased a 6,000-unit apartment portfolio in the neighborhood from the family of property magnate Donald Trump in 2003. Trump’s father, Fred Trump, had reportedly acquired and developed the portfolio over the course of six decades.

The seller of the Neptune Avenue property was Lake Success, N.Y.-based Norse Realty Group. Norse principal Michael Levine was not immediately available for comment.

The deal for the property closed January 24. It was not immediately clear if there were any brokers involved in the transaction.

As The Real Deal previously reported, Schron may be the next New York City real estate mogul to crack Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans, thanks to a recent deal for the Woolworth Building at 233 Broadway.

Rumor - 40 story tower to replace Trump Village Shopping Center

Bay News excerpt -

“The store owners are very upset — they were told they weren’t going to have their leases renewed,” said Hacken. “Everyone is so upset.”

The district manager for Community Board 13 said the board has heard the rumors and believes such plans are afoot, but as of now, there is no official paperwork to verify the authenticity of the claims.

“The owner — from what we have been told, unverified — wants to build a 40-story tower,” said CB13 district manager Charles Reichenthal.

“There is no paperwork on this at all yet.”

Coney Fun Guide Newsletter

Football & Fireworks in Coney Island

Yes, you read that right. The Brooklyn Bolts will be battling (and defeating) the Boston Brawlers this Wednesday. The half-time show at MCU Park will include a fireworks extravaganza so grab your tickets now.
Opening Night of Coney Island USA's Dead End Dummy is this Friday. The vaudevillian melodrama follows an aging ventriloquist on his quest to kill Thomas Edison.

Luna Park will let the dogs out at their Halloween Harvest Dog Parade on Saturday. Luna Park and Deno's Wonder Wheel Park will be open October 11th through 14th, including Columbus Day and some of Sukkot.

Explore the birthplace of the amusement park and the hot dog with the Coney Island History Project.

FREE walking tours start at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays through October with advance online registration.

Don't forget: Applebee'sGargiulo's, Grimaldi'sNathan's, Tom's Coney Island and Totonno's are open daily and year-round. Fall is in full swing at Coney Island. Check out the latest happenings at the Coney Island Fun Guide Events Calendar!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Remember the Bolts Football Game, Halloween Parade, and Brooklyn Triathlon to end the month

October 24th, 25th and 26th. What a weekend in Coney!

LA Dodgers owner in talks to buy Brooklyn Nets

NY Post excerpt -

Brooklyn’s former and current teams are close to teaming up.

Guggenheim Sports and Entertainment, which owns the LA Dodgers, is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about a “combination of assets.”

The proposed deal would include both the Nets and the 2-year-old Barclays Center, according to a report.

Guggenheim, which bought the Dodgers in March 2012 for $2.15 billion, the highest price ever paid for a Major League Baseball team, is valuing the Nets at $1.7 billion and the arena at $1.1 billion, NBA league sources told The Post.

That’s a pricey sum for the Nets — about 20 percent more than the team would fetch if they were sold on the open market, one sports banker said.

Guggenheim is offering the premium to pre-empt any auction for the whole team and arena, the banker said.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire, is expected to remain in control of the Nets, according to Nets Daily, the website, which first reported the talks.

Bruce Ratner, who controls Barclays Center, would retain that same control after the deal, if it is completed, according to the report.

Friday, October 3, 2014

October in Coney

Alliance Press Release

Fun and Thrills Ride Into the Fall at the One and Only ~ Coney

Coney Island Announces Fall Lineup of Events

CONEY ISLAND, September 26, 2014 — The fun and thrills of the 2014 summer season are

continuing into the month of October with an exciting lineup of family-friendly events and

activities at your favorite Coney Island attractions.

Kicking off Pumpkin Season is Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest. Luna Park will be open at

noon every Saturday and Sunday through October 26th for pumpkin painting and FREE

activities including trick or treating, daily entertainment, costumed characters, caricature artists,

balloon benders, magicians, and more! The park will have a pumpkin patch on site and for $5

visitors can paint a pumpkin at the painting station and bring it home.

In addition, Luna Park is hosting a series of contests with cash prizes. At any time Guess the

Weight of one of the largest pumpkins in New York City for a chance to win $1,000. On

October 4th, participate in the Pie Eating Contest from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM for a chance to win

$250. On October 11th, dress your dog up and stroll over to Luna Park for the Dog Parade. The

best-dressed dog will receive a super bag of goodies and $100 for their owner. On October

18th, put your carving skills to the test for the Pumpkin Carving Contest. Participants will have

three hours to carve their vision into a 10lb pumpkin and compete for cash prizes. Halloween

Harvest is fun for the whole family, so join Luna Park in Coney Island to celebrate Halloween for

the entire month!

Over Columbus Day Weekend, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park will

be open. Also open for the weekend, in addition to the remainder of the year, are the New York

Aquarium, Applebee’s, Coney Island USA, Gargiulo’s Restaurant, Nathan’s Famous and

Tom’s Coney Island.

The fun continues on October 15th as the Brooklyn Bolts, Brooklyn’s first professional football

team since 1944, open their inaugural Fall Experimental Football League season against the

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Boston Brawlers at MCU Park. The Bolts are one of four teams in the FXFL, a developmental

football league for players, coaches and referees who are on the brink of fulfilling their NFL

dreams. The Bolts will play two additional home games in their six game season. On October

24th, the Bolts battle the Omaha Mammoths and on November 7th they face off against the

Florida Backtips. Get your tickets for as low as $20 to watch professional football right here in

Coney Island.

Rounding out the month will be the Brooklyn Triathlon on Sunday, October 26th. Triathletes

are storming Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk. There are competition distances for everyone

regardless of age or fitness level. Register at

The fun never stops in Coney Island and many Coney attractions and restaurants are open

throughout the fall. To plan a trip to Coney Island and stay up-to-date on all Coney happenings,

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Five Guys Burgers opening soon in Caesars Bay

Right next to the new Vitamin Shoppe and down the block from the new BJ's Brookyn store. Should be great for that shopping center which includes Best Buy, Kohl's, Babys R Us, and Toys R Us.

FXFL signs an ESPN deal

Forbes excerpt 

ESPN Agrees To Broadcast New FXFL Professional Football League 

The National Basketball Association has the NBA Developmental League (D-League).  Major League Baseball has Minor League Baseball. The National Football League has no true “minor league” system where players not fortunate enough to find themselves on a 53-man roster or team’s practice squad can continue to perform in conditions similar to NFL-style game play.  The Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) hopes to become that “minor league” for the NFL and a broadcasting agreement with ESPN will help the FXFL achieve its goals.

The FXFL and ESPN have signed an agreement that will obligate ESPN to broadcast the FXFL’s inaugural season on the ESPN3 network. The deal will provide the FXFL national coverage on ESPN, which serves as ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network on the Internet.

FXFL Commissioner Brian Woods says that the arrangement with ESPN is a welcome addition to the existing relationships that the FXFL has cultivated with regional networks.  He says that the FXFL’s current distribution with regional networks will put the FXFL in front of 80-90 million cable subscribers, including SportsNet New York (SNY), New England Sports Network (NESN) and Comcast Chicago.  Woods adds that the FXFL seems to pick up another regional partner every three or four days and remains optimistic that the FXFL will land a few more partners before the inaugural season kicks off on October 8 at 8:00 p.m. EST when Boston plays at Omaha.

The FXFL wishes to become a true developmental platform for players, coaches and prospective NFL referees.  Opportunities are few and far between for NFL franchises to develop young players that cannot make the cut onto a 53-man roster or practice squad.  The NFL knows it needs a developmental league for those players as well as to test out proposed rules changes and additionally prepare prospective referees before throwing them into regular or preseason NFL match-ups.

“We have kept an open line of communications with the NFL and I definitely think there are interests on their end,” Woods said who has spoken to NFL executives throughout the formative process of the FXFL.  ”The long-term goal of this league is to establish an official relationship or be recognized by the NFL as its official developmental league.  ESPN has a very close tie-in with the NFL and I think many people including John Clayton, Mike Golic and others have really shown me their support on this.  Having an affiliation with ESPN is something that is going to enhance us with our efforts to build that bridge into the NFL.”