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

Monday, December 28, 2015

Coney Schedule for New Year's Eve


Attractions and venues, hours of operation, promo/discounts
  • Abe Stark Skating Rink, 7 - 11 p.m., free skating
  • Thunderbolt Roller Coaster, 8 - 11 p.m., free rides
  • B&B Carousell, 8 - 11 p.m., free rides
  • Deno's Wonder Wheel, 9 - 11 p.m., free rides
  • New York Aquarium, until 9 p.m., discounted admission
  • Coney Island USA, until 11 p.m.
  • White Castle, 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Wahlburgers, until 12 a.m.
  • Grimaldi's, until 2 a.m.
  • Applebee's, until 2 a.m., free Champagne toast at midnight
  • Nathan's Famous, until 2 a.m.
  • Peggy O'Neill's, until 4 a.m.
  • Coney Island Brewery, until 4 a.m., ticketed event: $85.00 per person — purchased in advance.   

http://pix11.com/2015/12/28/coney-island-and-prospect-park-to-host-new-years-eve-celebrations/

BP wants Coney to rival Times Square

Brooklyn Paper excerpt -

Adams hopes the extravaganza at the People’s Playground on New Year’s Eve will someday measure up to Manhattan’s greatest winter tradition, according to the Beep’s press officer.

“In the years ahead we think it’s going to be something we’d like to believe will rival Times Square,” said Stefan Ringel, Adams’s communications director.

The numbers are still on the side of the Manhattan ball drop, which crams an estimated one million people into Times Square, while last year’s Coney Island celebration drew about 5,000 people. But visitors to the seaside resort will have more options than those tightly-squeezed revelers across the river.

From 9 pm to 11 pm on Dec. 31, the Abe Stark Rink will offer free ice skating, and rides on the Thunderbolt roller coaster, the B&B Carousel, and the iconic Wonder Wheel will be free of charge. The sideshows at Coney Island USA will also be operating that night. 

Instead of a ball-drop, the People’s Playground will flaunt its own unique Brooklyn flair with a burst of midnight light from the defunct amusement park ride Parachute Jump. Bars and restaurants in the area will also extend their hours to ensure the partying masses can keep their celebrations going well into the night. 

The celebration is part of the Beep’s goal to make Coney Island a destination during the colder months of the year. 

“We’re just very enthusiastic about making Coney Island a year-round destination and introducing people to all the different things Brooklyn has to offer,” said Ringel. “Coney Island is so uniquely New York City and it has its own culture and flavor to it.”

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/38/52/24-coney-island-new-years-2015-12-25-bk.html

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Abe Stark Skating Rink open on New Year's Eve

Big thanks to Eddie Mark CB13 District Manager for coming up with the idea several years ago. I remember him mentioning this at development meetings numerous times. Besides the rollercoaster and carousel rides,  the fireworks, and the countdown at the Parachute Jump, in my opinion having the ice skating rink open on NYE is the best idea yet! I think people would love to go skating before and after midnight. And on New Year's day as well.

It makes Abe Stark Skating Rink an integral part of the Coney experience every year. A great idea by Eddie!


Friday, December 11, 2015

Latest Coney restaurant rumor!

From Twitter- 



 
Latest Coney Island Rumor: HOOTERS coming to Surf Avenue above same building under construction for JOHNNY ROCKETS...?

More Details on New Year's Eve In Coney!

Excerpts -

Brooklynites don’t need to travel across the river to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style anymore, because Coney Island is the place to be for family-friendly, exciting fun, just as it has been throughout its storied history,” said Council Member Treyger. “More than 5,000 people gathered at the People’s Playground last year to welcome 2015, and a big crowd is expected again as we say hello to 2016, continuing to prove that Brooklyn is home to some of the most exciting events and cultural attractions in New York City. Whether it is the live music, the fireworks, riding the legendary Wonder Wheel or the thrilling Thunderbolt, the experience of our beloved Boardwalk, or the area’s terrific eateries, visitors will experience a variety of activities to ensure that their New Year’s Eve experience is an enjoyably memorable one. I am proud to work with Borough President Adams, the Alliance for Coney Island, and all the people and organizations that are joining forces to help build a growing tradition that is sure to stand the test of time: New Year’s Eve in Coney Island!

As an addition to last year’s festivities, Borough President Adams announced that the B&B Carousel on the historic Riegelmann Boardwalk will be open and free of charge, as will the Abe Stark Rink, throughout New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day. Additional partners on his celebration in Coney Island include the Alliance for Coney Island, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Central Amusement International, City Ice Sports, Inc., Community Board 13, Coney Island Beautification Project, Department of Parks and Recreation, Explore Brooklyn, FDNY, Luna Park, NYPD, and Tom’s Coney Island.

“The Alliance for Coney Island is happy to work in partnership with Borough President Adams and Council Member Treyger to ring in the New Year in Coney Island for the second year in a row,” said Johanna Zaki, executive director of the Alliance for Coney Island. “Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, we want to continue the new tradition of providing New Year’s entertainment on the historic Coney Island boardwalk. Get ready for an exciting show capped off by fireworks to ring in 2016!”

“Luna Park is thrilled to participate in the New Year’s Eve celebration, which is quickly becoming a holiday tradition in Brooklyn,” said Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International. “We look forward to sharing Luna Park with all of the families and friends in the community!”

“We are proud to host the 2016 New Year’s Eve ball drop celebration in our community,” said Stephen Moran, chair of Community Board 13. “We would like to thank Borough President Adams and his staff, as well as the Alliance for Coney Island, for making this happen. We look forward to working with you in 2016. Happy New Year to all!”

“We invite everyone to come out and celebrate a Coney Island New Year with us on the Boardwalk!” said Jimmy Kokatas, owner of Tom’s Coney Island.

http://brooklyn-usa.org/bp-adams-announces-2015-one-brooklyn-new-years-eve-celebration-with-fireworks-and-family-friendly-festivities-in-coney-island-and-prospect-park/


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Year's Eve - Times Square By The Sea!

Coney Island New Year' Eve Celebration



New Year's Eve in Coney Island
For the second year in a row, Coney Island will be throwing its own Times Square–style New Year's Eve party with a digital ball drop and fireworks at midnight—plus some sideshow performers as a counterpart to the glossy names across town. The festivities are centered around the historic Parachute Jump tower, where LED lights will create a visual countdown of the final seconds of 2015. Best viewing spots are Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk, but make sure to dress for the weather and not a day at the beach.


http://www.nycgo.com/articles/what-to-do-on-new-years-eve-2015-2016

Sunday, November 22, 2015

New Politics - Girl Crush

Great new song getting heavy airplay on Alt Nation

Mentions "Coney Island Freaks" in the lyrics

 

Coney Amphitheater Stage

Passed by the construction this week. Work seems to be progressing a bit, and I was happy to see that there was some work being done that seemed to be the beginnings of the performance stage. Will take some pics in a couple weeks.
 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Macy's Taste Bar Cafe with Starbucks

Now open on Emmons Ave at Macy's Backstage Sheepshead Bay!

https://www.macysbackstage.com/home

Saturday, November 14, 2015

New Amphitheater, New Aquarium, New Shopping Mall/Tower and then New Casino Hotel?

Really wondering what Thor has in mind with the purchasing of the land adjacent to Hotel zoned land on Surf Ave. We all know the Amphitheater comes in summer 2016 and the new Aquarium in summer 2017. After that comes the new shopping mall/ tower that Schron is building. 

Is Thor really going to try for a Casino Hotel in 2021? The upstate casino licenses were awarded in 2014 and the legislation calls for a 7 year moratorium after that until NYC casinos can be considered. There is significant opposition in Brooklyn to casinos. I don't know if Thor can accomplish it, and I don't know if Coney can support a 30 story hotel development without a casino. Maybe a Comfort Inn or Hampton Inn. But a huge hotel likely needs a casino. I wonder what Joe Sitt has in mind to purchase this land a good 6+ years after rezoning was done? Perplexing issue. I seriously doubt that this type of deal would have been done without a rock solid plan............

Real Estate Weekly - For builders, Brooklyn streets are paved with gold

Excerpt -

Temperatures are cooling down, but Brooklyn’s residential market certainly isn’t. Both the median and the average sale prices notched record highs as demand for tertiary living continued to thrive throughout the late spring and summer of 2015.

According to the Elliman 3rd Quarter report findings, the lower borough saw an average sale price of $856,839 for condos, co-ops and 1-3 family properties. This is an 18 percent jump compared to the same period last year.

The median price jumped by more than 15 percent to over $676,000, a new high, and the luxury market drove prices to a median level of $2,025,000 per property.

“Brooklyn reached its highest price per square foot level ever for the third quarter in a row, this is mainly due to the lack of supply combined with the aggressive demand to want to buy in Brooklyn,” Nadia Bartolucci, a salesperson at Douglas Elliman who specializes in Brooklyn properties told Brokers Weekly.

http://rew-online.com/2015/10/16/for-builders-brooklyn-streets-are-paved-with-gold/

Right across the street from the Condo development at El Greco

On the other side of Sheepshead Bay Road

NY Yimby excerpt -

Sheepshead Bay remains one of Brooklyn’s most affordable neighborhoods to buy a condo or co-op, and now a developer has filed plans for new condos there, at 1780 Sheepshead Bay Road.

The 70-foot-tall structure will rise on a vacant lot at the corner of Shore Parkway, a block south of the elevated Belt Parkway. It’ll have 6,900 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 5,400 square feet of medical offices split between the first two stories. The four remaining stories will have 19 apartments spread across 27,384 square feet of residential space, for family-sized average units of 1,441 square feet.

Amenities include a shared terrace on the second floor, a shared roof deck with a pool, and a 12-car garage on the ground floor.

http://newyorkyimby.com/2015/11/permits-filed-1780-sheepshead-bay-road-sheepshead-bay.html

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Update on Thor rumor

Is this a possible setup for a Casino Hotel proposal for Coney Island in 2020 or so? Hope so! Love the fact that Thor is still buying. Thor and Schron are 2 of the biggest real estate names in NY right now. And they are both in Coney! Go Joe! Go Coney! Keep moving forward!

AmusingtheZillion has the story on the purchase rumor-

http://amusingthezillion.com/2015/11/09/thor-equities-buying-3-lots-on-coney-islands-bowery-mom-pops-await-rent-increase-amid-rumors-of-hotel/

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Rumor - Thor bought more property in Coney

From Zigun's Twitter - 




Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Neptune/Sixth

NY Yimby excerpt (thanks guys!) -

An underground garage will offer parking for 106 cars. Across the street at 532 Neptune Avenue, plans currently call for an incredible 890 parking spots, spread between the first two floors.

The 470-foot-tall apartment tower will include 544 apartments, in addition to 146,411 square feet of retail and 15,521 square feet of community facilities. SLCE Architects filed plans in January, and the complex got its first work permits in June.

http://newyorkyimby.com/2015/10/revealed-retail-for-coney-islands-future-tallest-tower-626-sheepshead-bay-road.html

Monday, October 26, 2015

Express F Train Coming to Coney!

News12 excerpt -

CONEY ISLAND - The amusement district is busier than ever. To ensure its success streak continues, city officials have plans to restore the F train express service to Coney Island.
 
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have already agreed to fund the plan for the next four years. The renovations will be one of the many advancements Coney Island is making during its renaissance.


http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/city-officials-to-restore-express-f-train-service-to-coney-island-1.11012183?pts=77975

Friday, October 23, 2015

300,000 sq feet of retail coming to Coney!

plus 2 parking garages with 500 spaces! 

Introducing the combo of 532 Neptune Ave and 626 Sheepshead Bay Road.

Phase 1 completion - Spring 2017, which will be  626 Sheepshead Bay road

http://neptunesixth.com/

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Eminent Domian public hearing

NY Post excerpt -

“We believe this project is critical for the long-term sustainability of Coney Island,” said Adriana Scotti, a vice president for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

The owners of the old Thunderbolt site didn’t attend the hearing.

But the owner of the lone active lot called it an “abuse of power.”

“My property has been home to a business for the past 100 years without interruption. There is no blight,” said Carol Murray, owner of a targeted 9,000-square-foot parcel now occupied by the Polar Express and other rides.

The city plans to use the land to build a grand walkway connecting three landmarks: the Cyclone roller coaster, Wonder Wheel and Parachute Jump.

http://nypost.com/2015/10/20/city-plan-to-seize-coney-island-land-supported-at-public-hearing/

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Confirmed by Supermarket News - Compare Foods wins first bid on Waldbaums in Sheepshead Bay

Excerpt -

Fransula Foods, a Charlotte, N.C.-based operator of Compare Foods stores, would be the next largest gainer, getting sites in Passaic, N.J., Paterson, N.J., and Brooklyn (Ocean Avenue). 

http://supermarketnews.com/ap-bankruptcy-2015/ap-reveals-first-bid-winners-most-stores-go-unsold

http://comparesupermarkets.com/

Reviews of the Compare Foods Supermarket in Crown Heights

http://www.yelp.com/biz/compare-foods-brooklyn-6


New rumor - Fransula Foods owns Compare Foods Supermarkets?

This may be what is coming to the Waldbaums on Ocean Ave in Sheepshead Bay.

http://comparesupermarkets.com/

Rumor that Fransula Foods bought the Waldbaums on Ocean Avenue

Anybody have any idea who Fransula Foods is? Send in info. Thanks. I have never heard of them until I heard this rumor.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Daily News - Brooklyn's Pacific Street is the new gold coast for luxury real estate

Excerpt - 

Brooklyn has a new gold coast for luxury real estate.

Forget the slender brownstones of Brooklyn Heights’ Willow and Pierrepont streets. Quirky, industrial-style homes on Pacific St. between Fourth Ave. and Henry St. are the new cash cows for investors in the city’s coolest borough.

“Quietly, Pacific St. has emerged as the most exciting strip of real estate in Brooklyn,” said broker Alex Maroni of Douglas Elliman, who recently sold a $15.5 million mansion on the street. “No one expected that we would ever see the prices we’re seeing along this corridor.”

A string of residential mega-deals has put a spotlight on a stretch of Pacific St. that runs through Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill — from the Barclays Center and surrounding megaproject to the former Long Island College Hospital, which is being converted to apartments.

In June, Maroni sold the six-bedroom carriage house at 177 Pacific St., between Clinton and Court Sts., to famed shutterbug Jay Maisel, shattering the record for the most expensive home ever sold in Brooklyn.

Also this spring, “Feels like Home to Me” singer Norah Jones, who already owned a home around the corner on Amity St., nabbed a $6.25 million house just blocks away, at 172 Pacific St., bringing even more star power to a neighborhood colonized by Hollywood in 2005, when Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger bought a Boerum Hill pad on the nearby corner of Hoyt and Dean Sts.

Now, investors are looking to leverage the growing momentum on the strip by filling in vacant patches of land with cool, amentity-laden homes that are impossible to build in nearby Brooklyn Heights or even in the West Village.

One of those new houses is about to list for $12.5 million, or more than $2,000 a foot.

High prices apply to condos, too.

Buyers will have to fork out more than $1,400 a foot, or about 40% more than the neighborhood average, for apartments at a new 30-unit condo development at 465 Pacific St., designed by architect Morris Adjmi.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/pacific-street-brooklyn-new-gold-coast-article-1.2382259

WSJ - A Sea Change for Brighton Beach

Thanks to a reader that sent this in 

Excerpt -

In fact, the most expensive known sale took place only eight months after Sandy, at 125 Oceana Dr. East, when a 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom duplex penthouse traded for $3.5 million, or $1,250 a square foot, Mr. Miller said.

Today’s priciest offering: $10 million for a gated waterfront mansion. 

Owner Gary Vinbaytel, 46, a Ukraine-born builder of East Village condos, said he upped the tab $2 million last week after receiving multiple offers. “I rolled the dice,” he said. “It’s worth more.”


Those are dizzying prices even for Manhattan-fronting areas like Dumbo, Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights. But they represent a sea change in this one-square mile, historically middle-class enclave bounded by the boardwalk on the south, Shore Parkway on the north, Ocean Parkway on the west and West End Avenue on the east.

“The gap between southern Brooklyn and northern and middle Brooklyn has been steadily shrinking,” said Jason Muss, 44, a principal at Muss Development LLC, whose family constructed the 15-acre Oceana Condominium & Club fronting the Boardwalk.

It replaced the Brighton Beach Baths, a members-only pool club that opened in 1907 and was renowned for mah-jongg games, Yiddish-language gossip and performers like Milton Berle and Herman’s Hermits. In the 1960s, it had 13,000 members; there were 1,100 when it closed in 1997.

The Oceana, with 927 high-end units in 16 buildings, was built in phases over the past 14 years and quickly became a magnet for Jewish and other immigrants from the former Soviet Union.


“When we first told people in 2000 we were building condos in south Brooklyn, they looked at us as if we were crazy,” Mr. Muss recalls. “But it was a precursor to the overall boom in Brooklyn.”

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-sea-change-for-brighton-beach-1443234849

Councilman Treyger comments in the Brooklyn Paper

Interesting comments in the Eminent Domain article

Excerpt -

“The land that is now being contested by the city is owned by the same landlord who owns the historic Shore Theater, which has been languishing in decrepit condition for many years,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island). “They have not been responsive to numerous attempts to discuss the future of that site. If they had plans or ambitions to fix up their property, then the community would be all for it, but to let the land rot goes against everything that we’re working for to make Coney Island a year-round neighborho­od.”

The city has been working for years to try and buy the area’s vacant and crumbling properties outright, but landlords have been holding out, hoping the garbage-filled lots will turn into golden eggs amid the Brooklyn’s development rush, Treyger said.

The councilman isn’t taking the mayor’s exercise of eminent domain powers lightly, but he said in this case, it’s warranted.

“It is always preferable for normal and regular real estate business to take place,” Treyger said. “But they’re just speculating to see how the market shapes up. It is extremely frustrating for residents and myself to walk by and see vacant lots holding back our ability to actualize a common vision for the future of our iconic neighborho­od.”

The city will take possession of lots on W. 12, W. 15th, and W. 23rd streets, city officials said. One lot includes the former site of the original Thunderbolt Roller Coaster. It will be at least the second time the city exercised authority over the land — in 2000, then-mayor Rudy Giuliani razed the derelict wooden thrill ride that stood there since 1925.

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/38/40/bn-coney-eminent-domain-2015-10-02-bk.html

It also looks as if the Bullard family responded in the comments below the paper's article

Monday, September 28, 2015

Could the Coney Water Park be moving forward?

Remember the Water Park that Zamperla was proposing a year or 2 ago, right next to the New Thunderbolt? That's Bullard's land and now it looks like the city may be looking to take it through eminent domain

NY Post excerpt -

Frustrated by stubborn Coney Island landowners, the de Blasio administration plans to seize property under the city’s rarely used power of eminent domain in order to spur long-stalled economic development in the People’s Playground, The Post has learned.

The Parks Department plans to create new amusements and other amenities by grabbing up three vacant beachfront sites through condemnation proceedings — including a 60,000-square-foot tract that once housed the original Thunderbolt roller coaster immortalized in Woody Allen’s 1977 film “Annie Hall,” officials said.

It’s unclear what type of attractions the city wants to bring to these sites, which together total 75,000 square feet and also include smaller tracts off the Boardwalk on West 12th Street and on West 23rd Street.

City officials said they’re turning to eminent domain because they’ve been unable to cut “fair-market” deals with the property owners after exhaustive efforts.

http://nypost.com/2015/09/28/city-to-seize-and-rebuild-coney-island-property-through-eminent-domain/


Here is the story from March 2014 concerning the proposed Water Park

http://coneyrocks.blogspot.com/2014/03/brooklyn-paper-more-on-water-park.html

Friday, September 25, 2015

Eddie in the Bay News

What a terrific choice for Coney Island!




Excerpt -

Community Board 13 finally has a new district manager.

More than eight months after the last district manager resigned, a selection committee for the board that represents Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gravesend, and Seagate has hired Eddie Mark, a former CB13 chairman, to fill the position.

Mark, a sign maker by trade who has lived in Coney Island for more than two decades, said he could hardly contain his excitement about the appointment, because he has big plans to modernize the board and its image.

“I definitely want to get us out there on social media and on the board’s website,” said Mark. “It’s a changing environment. We want to get more young people involved, and people from different ethnic backgrounds. These are our future leaders.”

Mark served as chairman for a pair of two-year terms between 2010 and 2014, and said he feels like he is volunteering in various community events “seven days a week.” But he thinks he will be able to get more done through his new position — because now he is actually getting paid to do what he is passionate about.

“As a district manager, I have more connections with city agencies and local groups,” Mark said. “I had that access as chairperson, but I was a volunteer. I had to go to work all day and then work on that. Now, being in a position where I can get paid to help this community, that’s a great advantage for me.”


http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2015/39/bn-eddie-mark-new-community-board-13-district-manager-2015-09-25-bk.html

Sunday, September 20, 2015

World Baseball Classic coming to MCU Park in 2016

ESPN excerpt -

NEW YORK -- MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, will host a World Baseball Classic qualifier Sept. 22-25, 2016.

Teams from Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Pakistan will compete at the Coney Island ballpark for the right to participate in the 2017 WBC.

The other three qualifying sites will be located in Sydney, Australia (Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and South Africa), Mexicali, Mexico (Mexico, Czech Republic, Germany and Nicaragua), and Panama City, Panama (Colombia, France, Panama and Spain).

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/110816/brooklyn-to-host-world-baseball-classic-qualifier

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Trader Joe's coming to City Point

Commercial Observer excerpt -

California-based Trader Joe’s has signed a 13,700-square-foot lease to be the grocery anchor tenant of City Point, a 1.8 million square feet mixed-use development in Downtown Brooklyn.

The new Trader Joe’s is expected to open in 2016 on the concourse level of the Acadia Realty Trust and Washington Square Partners development, which is located between Fulton and Flatbush Avenues. Rents on the concourse level range between $40 to $75 a square foot, as The New York Post first reported.

City Point’s Trader Joe’s will be adjacent to DeKalb Market Hall, a 26,000-square-foot food hall slated to open next year that will offer between 35 to 55 food vendors. The grocery chain will also join a host of retailers in the development, including Century 21, CityTarget (an urbanized version of Target) and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

http://commercialobserver.com/2015/09/trader-joes-to-open-location-at-city-point-in-downtown-brooklyn/

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Congrats to Eddie Mark!

The New District Manager of Community Board 13! A wonderful person and great times ahead for the New Coney Island! We love you Eddie! What a great great choice!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

BP Adams talks Coney Amphitheater and also New Year's Eve in Coney!


                                                                   https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=9&v=0Y9mw7AGDNI

The New NY Aquarium

New York Aquarium
Been to Coney Island recently? Our Ocean Wonders: Sharks! project is really coming along! We're hard at work installing tanks and filtration systems. You can sneak a peak from the boardwalk.


https://www.facebook.com/nyaquarium/photos/a.391477803398.173926.35100253398/10153561221928399/?type=1&theater

Been to Coney Island recently? Our Ocean Wonders: Sharks! project is really coming along! We're hard at work installing tanks and filtration systems. You can sneak a peak from the boardwalk.
Posted by New York Aquarium on Friday, August 28, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015

New York Islanders billboards roll out in Brooklyn

Daily News excerpt -

The temperature may be in the 90s in Brooklyn, but the first hints of ice are on the horizon.

Billboards touting the borough’s newest sports heroes, the New York Islanders hockey team, are going up Monday across the borough, the Daily News has learned.

The “Tradition’s New Home” campaign by Barclays Center, which will be the Isles’ home ice starting this upcoming season, will featuring 20 billboards spotlighting a storied history that includes four Stanley Cup championships.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/new-york-islanders-billboards-roll-brooklyn-article-1.2341637

Brooklyn Eagle - Macy's Backstage Grand Opening

Excerpt - 

Macy’s opens new Backstage store in Sheepshead Bay


You won’t have to go to Herald Square to shop at Macy’s anymore. The iconic department store has set up shop in Sheepshead Bay, at the site of the former Loehmann’s.

On Wednesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place to mark the grand opening of Macy’s Backstage at 2027 Emmons Ave., as hundreds of local residents lined up outside for the chance to be the first to shop in the new store.

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/9/4/macy%E2%80%99s-opens-new-backstage-store-sheepshead-bay

Bay News - Pro Football back at MCU Park

Excerpts -

Lightning will strike twice in Coney Island.

The Brooklyn Bolts are back for a second season in the four-team Fall Experimental Football League at MCU Park, the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Tickets and season-ticket plans are already on sale for the team’s three home games, which start next month. The Bolts play six games total.

http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2015/36/bn-bolts-back-2015-09-04-bd.html

Lines out the door at Wahlburgers last night

We went there after the Cyclones game at about 9PM. Just as I thought the place is a huge hit already. Everybody wants to eat there.......Likely will attract even more year round restaurants to Coney.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

NY1 video - Coney Wahlburgers will be open year round

Excerpts - 

Singer says the restaurant is gearing up just as the summer season is winding down, because it took a whole year to secure permits and finish construction. He wants the roofdeck to become a year-round destination, though. He showed us the plans for a glass enclosure covering most of the dining area. 

"It will have a completely glass roof, with glass bi-fold doors so in the summer you can open the doors and it's as if you're sitting outside. In the winter, we close all the doors. We have heat," Singer says.

There's a planned Times Square site on Eighth Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets. In Coney Island, Wahlburgers joins a growing list of national eateries—but the locals don't seem worried the neighborhood's character is in jeopardy.

"Before, other than Nathan's---that was it. Now, we got Wahlburgers. It's a great addition to us. It brings more people," says business owner Yaniv Haddad.


www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/news/2015/09/4/wahlberg-brother-opens-restaurant-in-coney-island.html

NY1 video - Coney Island Brewery opens at MCU Park

http://www.ny1.com/nyc/brooklyn/news/2015/09/4/coney-island-brewery-opens-for-business.html

Friday, September 4, 2015

Macy's Taste Bar Cafe

Excerpt -

Each location will be outfitted with a Sunglass Hut outpost, and each store will have something different and signature to offer. Both the New Hyde Park and Sheepshead Bay locations will house a Fur Salon, and shoppers in Brooklyn will enjoy the first-ever Macy’s Taste Bar Café in New York. The eatery will feature a Macy’s menu of signature salads, soups and sandwiches complementing Starbucks "We Proudly Brew" program of coffees and treats. The Café will open in the coming weeks with additions to the menu including beer and wine. 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/its-showtime-for-macys-backstage-2015-09-02

Monday, August 31, 2015

Coney Wahlburgers now open!

Daily News excerpt -

Wahlburgers, the Boston-based burger chain from Wahlberg brothers singer/actor Donnie, rapper-turned-actor Mark and their chef brother Paul, has finally opened Monday on the boardwalk after months of delays.

The 6,800-square foot space at 3015 Stillwell Ave. — across the street from the original Nathan’s Famous — fell behind schedule due to a pending certificate of occupancy, which is issued by the city’s Department of Buildings.
The DOB told the Daily News last month that the chain was waiting on a construction inspection, in which the department had to check for exit signs, emergency lighting and any outstanding safety issues.
The former New Kids on the Block boy band members put all “The Right Stuff” on the menu including a BBQ Bacon Burger, beef hot dogs, tater tots and the vegetarian-friendly Portobello Mushroom Cap.
“What really drew us to this location is the rooftop. The view is just phenomenal — there's no better place to take in the sights of Coney Island while enjoying burgers and drinks with friends,” Donnie Wahlberg said in a statement.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/wahlburgers-opens-coney-island-month-delay-article-1.2343182

Another record breaking month for ConeyRocks

More visitors to the blog this August than any month in our history by far. Thanks for reading! 

Times Square by the Sea - 2016!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Update - Macy's Sheepshead Bay is now open!

They had a soft opening on Friday, with the official Grand Opening scheduling for Sept 2nd. But they are open now and the place looks fantastic!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

4 Wrestling Shows in 3 Days in Brooklyn

Tonight - Ring of Honor MCU Park and NXT Takeover in Barclays Center. Tomorrow Night - WWE SummerSlam at Barclays Center. Monday Night - Raw at Barclays Center.

NXT Takeover, SummerSlam, and Monday Night Raw will all be broadcast live around the world on the WWE Network.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Women's Pro Hockey coming to Aviator Sports Center

Queens Courier except -

The New York Islanders won’t be the only professional hockey team to call Brooklyn home this coming season.

The New York Riveters of the newly formed National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) will play their home games at the Aviator Sports and Events Center located at Floyd Bennett Field.

Nicknamed for the iconic World War II-era “Rosie the Riveter” poster that became a symbol for women’s rights, the Riveters are one of the four inaugural teams that begin the NWHL season this October along with the Connecticut Whale, Boston Pride and Buffalo Beauts. The Riveters will play their first home game at the 2,000-seat sports center on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. against the Boston Pride.

http://queenscourier.com/new-york-riveters-citys-first-female-pro-hockey-team-set-to-take-ice/

Monday, August 17, 2015

Waldbaums - Ocean Ave in Sheepshead Bay

Since A&P declared bankruptcy last month there has been a lot of talk about closings and takeovers of Waldbaums, Pathmarks and Food Basics. All owned by A&P.

I know the Pathmark on Crospey Ave in Coney is being taken over by Stop & Shop. Does anybody have any info on what is happening with the Waldbaums on Ocean Ave in Sheepshead? If so, please send the info in to this blog. I haven't heard any solid info on this store yet? Thanks.

Updated  - Rumors circulating that ShopRite or Key Food may be interested.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Macy's Backstage Opening Date

The new Macy's on Emmons Ave in Sheepshead Bay will be opening September 2nd. More info coming soon.

Blazes plays free concert in Coney

Per a request sent in from the Coney Island Blog, here is a link to their story on the August 21st concert

http://www.theconeyislandblog.com/?p=2026

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Brooklyn Bolts info




Need more info to get ready for the 2015 season? Visit the all-new BKLYNBolts.com

Monday, August 10, 2015

Coney Tower renderings include Gap, Ralph Lauren, Duane Reade, and a Whole Foods!

NY Yimby excerpts -

Job applications for the building indicate its residential portion will be especially large, comprising 514,000 square feet to be split between 544 apartments. YIMBY’s tipster sent word that the unit count has been revised down to 524, possibly indicating ongoing changes. The retail component will total 162,000 square feet on the first three floors, replacing an existing 120,000 square foot strip mall.

While NIMBYs have expressed unfounded anger over the closure of the Trump Village Shopping Center, the new building will be a major improvement compared to the existing structure, bringing more retail, a significant number of new apartments, as well as community amenities (the smallest component will be a 16,000 square foot community facility space).

The building’s height is slightly larger than the 430-foot figure we first reported, which only measured to the highest occupied floor. 532 Neptune Avenue will actually top-out 470 feet above street level, giving a significant boost to the Coney Island skyline, which is currently dominated by clusters of 20-odd story apartment blocks.

With 162,000 square feet of retail to be included, the number of tenants in the new base is likely to be substantial. While no leases have been confirmed, the renderings include Gap, Ralph Lauren, Duane Reade, and a Whole Foods.

No completion date has been announced, but partial job permits were issued in early June, likely indicating that construction will soon be underway if it isn’t already.

http://newyorkyimby.com/2015/08/revealed-532-neptune-avenue-coney-islands-future-tallest-building.html

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Sheepshead Bay 30 Story Tower signs are up

Signs for Avalon Sheepshead Bay are up on Voorhies Ave near the train station. Estimated completion is Fall 2017. This is a joint venture between AvalonBay and Muss Development (Oceana developers). 70% rental (Avalon), 30% condo (Muss). Get ready for the hipster invasion in Sheepshead.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Brooklyn Bidding Wars

AMNY excerpt -

Brooklyn's real estate market is so hot now that buyers aren't even limited by the asking price when it comes to securing the perfect home.

A study put out Thursday by StreetEasy, a real estate listings site, said bidding wars in the second quarter of 2015 led to homes in nearly half of the borough's neighborhoods being sold for more than sellers sought for them.

Homes around Prospect Park saw the greatest surge when it came to buyers crossing that threshold. Prospect Heights had a median asking price of $799,000 in the second quarter of 2015, and homes typically sold for 4.1% more than the initial asking price. Park Slope, meanwhile, had a median asking price of $1.05 million, and homes typically sold for 4% more than the asking price.

"It speaks to how competitive and willing buyers are to bid against each other," said Alan Lightfeldt, a data scientist at StreetEasy.

http://www.amny.com/news/brooklyn-homes-reach-record-highs-buyers-pay-more-than-asking-price-report-1.10689572

Cosmos coming back to Coney in November!

Brooklyn Eagle excerpt -

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams welcomed the New York Cosmos leadership to Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, to announce that the Cosmos’ opening game of the NASL postseason Championship in November will be played in Brooklyn and also to kick off the week-long Cosmos youth soccer camp that will take place at Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park.

The Cosmos postseason game will be held at Brooklyn’s MCU Park in Coney Island, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, on November 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. ET.

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/7/30/bp-eric-adams-joins-new-york-cosmos-kick-brooklyn-events

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Brooklyn Bolts Football returning this fall to MCU Park

3 Games in October on 2 Fridays and a Saturday. More info soon......

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Crains- Brooklyn housing boom pushes sale prices and rentals to new highs

Excerpt -

Rents and home prices reached record levels in Brooklyn during the second quarter of 2015, according to a market report released Thursday.

The average sale price for a Brooklyn home reached a record $788,529 during the second quarter, according to a report by Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The price inched above the previous high-water mark the same time last year by $5,233. Historically low inventory, a lack of new product being built and tight credit conditions contributed to the increase.

As a consequence, many people who would have purchased a home continued to rent, especially in popular Brooklyn neighborhoods. That pushed median rent in the northwestern portion of Brooklyn, which runs from Greenpoint and Williamsburg down through Park Slope, to an all-time high of $2,964 a month. 

"Whether you're renting or buying, you're looking at higher housing costs," said Jonathan Miller, chief executive of Miller Samuel, the firm that prepared Douglas Elliman's report. "As a general rule, this is not necessarily a good thing for a city that is creating jobs, because the people who fill them might not be able to afford to live here."

Granted, Brooklyn did record a 35% increase in the supply of for-sale homes compared with the same period last year, according to a report from the Corcoran Group. But those apartments came on the market after three quarters of declining inventory, and were being snapped up at a historically high pace, only sitting on the market for an average 71 days. 

Sheepshead Bay Macy's has signs up

Scheduled opening Fall 2015. Just a couple of months away. Old Loehmann's location on Emmons Ave. All indications are a Starbucks and a cafe will be attached. Just wonderful news!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

More on the Amphitheater site

Seaside Park is being designed by the same firm that did Brooklyn Bridge Park - Michael Van Valkenburgh

Excerpt from ISTAR's site -


As a catalyst for residential development, iStar is developing a ~5,000-seat covered outdoor amphitheater, restoring the historic Childs Building as a restaurant/event facility with rooftop bar, and building out a one-acre Michael Van Valkenburgh Public Park.

The park will include graded walking paths, shaded picnic areas, a sloped sunning lawn and a children’s playground. Once the amphitheater and park have been created, we intend to build one million square feet of housing on our neighboring Bath Site.

http://istarlanddev.com/communities/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Birdair press release regarding Coney Amphitheater

Coney Island’s Seaside Park Amphitheater to Feature Birdair Membrane

The Seaside Park will include a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater which will be topped with a Birdair PVC membrane roofing system

Published: June 17, 2015
Sometimes the best way to replace a deserted historic landmark is with a new community-centered space. The Seaside Park and Community Arts Center is a new development aimed at making Coney Island, New York, more of a year-round destination. The estimated $53 million project will include an entertainment complex and public park that will be housed in the empty landmarked space that was once home to the historic Childs Restaurant, one of the country’s first restaurant chains, which flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. The Seaside Park will include a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater which will be topped with a Birdair PVC membrane roofing system. The project is set to be completed in May of 2016.          

A Community Centerpiece
In addition to the 5,000-seat seasonal, open-air amphitheater which will host approximately 40 concerts between May and October, the project will also include a playground, an amusement park district and a 20,000 square-foot restaurant. The food served in the restaurant is expected to be similar to the pancakes and other breakfast fare served by the old Childs Restaurant.

The project is being developed by iStar Financial, an affiliate of Coney Island Holdings LLC, in partnership with the community-based non-profit Coney Island USA.

“We hope the amphitheater is a catalyst for a neighborhood resurgence,” said Julia Butler, senior vice president at iStar Financial, in a statement. “Neighborhood programming from movie nights and poetry slams to high school graduations and community theater performances are all envisioned for the Amphitheater.”

A Team Effort
The Seaside Park and Community Arts Center was designed by Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects. The team also includes FTL Design & Engineering Studio as the tensile roofing consultant, WSP USA as the structural engineering firm and Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers for the geo-tech engineering. Hunter Roberts Construction Group will serve as the general contractor for the project. The team selected Birdair for its design-build expertise with tensile structures.

The unique and iconic Birdair roof on the Seaside Park Amphitheater will feature approximately 40,900 square feet of a PVC membrane exterior and 32,565 square feet of a PVC membrane liner with two acoustical curtains supported by multiple structural steel arches.  The structure is temporary and will be put up and taken down once a year.

“The intricate complexities of the site and its use required a seasonal structure which could be demounted during the off season and stored on site. Fabric solutions offer one of the few possibilities for such a condition and the PVC fabric is especially well suited for this application,” said Nic Goldsmith, Senior Principal of FTL Design & Engineering Studio. “Our design approach combined the inherent stability of two pairs of leaning arches defining smaller scaled fabric fields that allow for demountable conditions.  The clear span arches give unobstructed sightlines throughout both for the enjoyment of performances and infrastructure support for sound and lights.”

PVC membrane is a cost-effective alternative to traditional roofing systems and can be produced in a multitude of colors to coordinate with individual building project needs. When produced in bright white, this flexible fabric membrane reduces radiant heat gain, keeping interior temperatures cooler during warmer weather conditions. Technically, PVC is a molecule comprised of carbon, hydrogen and chlorine. The combination of these elements results in a single-ply membrane that is simple to manufacture. During fabrication, remnants can be recycled and melted down to be reproduced, resulting in less waste.

Because PVC is a thermoplastic, this membrane can be softened into a semi-solid state and infused with UV light inhibitors and anti-soiling fungicides. During installation, multiple sheets of the fabric can be overlapped and fused together in a process known as weldable seam technology. Once cooled at room temperature, these sheets form one continuous membrane.

Lastly, PVC membrane is fire resistant and meets numerous energy code standards, including those set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Why Tensile Architecture?
Birdair’s expertise in the construction of tensile structures in the entertainment and leisure sectors is reflected in a variety of completed amphitheaters, resorts, and casinos worldwide.

These venues are designed and engineered to encourage relaxation and celebration, ideals that reinforced aesthetically by the use of architectural fabric membranes. No other material is as versatile; a membrane roof can be contoured into just about any imaginable shape. In daylight, tensile membrane translucency offers soft diffused naturally lit spaces reducing the need for interior lighting. While at night, artificial lighting creates an ambient exterior luminescence.

When it comes to entertainment venues, the lightweight membrane provides a cost-effective solution requiring less structural steel to support the roof or façade, enabling long spans of column-free space. In addition, membrane offers facility owners reduced construction costs and maintenance costs compared to traditional building materials. 

http://www.birdair.com/press/coney-island-s-seaside-park-amphitheater-feature-birdair-membrane

Sheepshead Macy's will have a separate cafe as well as Starbucks!

Previously reported a Starbucks job opening at the new Macy's coming to Sheepshead Bay. Now here is an ad for a Cafe position -

Job Description 

Team Member, Restaurant Supervisor: Brooklyn, NY, Macy's Backstage Sheepshead Bay Taste Bar Cafe

 https://macys.taleo.net/careersection/macys_retail_jsa_career_section/jobdetail.ftl?job=71064643&src=SNS-11281

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Boxing at the Beach!

NY Post excerpt -

Former IBF, WBA and NABA International Junior Welterweight Champion Dmitriy Salita and his Brooklyn Brawl Series are heading to Coney Island on Aug. 25, starting a year’s worth of events with a professional fight at the minor league complex.

Headlining the opening card is Alex Miskartachian (25-3-1), a world-rated former world title challenger and two-time European Champion, taking on NABO champion Cornelius Lock (22-7-2) in a main event featherweight clash.

“I am very excited to bring the Brooklyn Brawl series to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones in Coney Island,” Salita said in a press release. “Coney Island is a world-famous gathering place and a hub in New York City, where people come to get rest, relaxation and fabulous entertainment.”

 http://nypost.com/2015/07/15/brooklyn-brawl-series-heading-to-cyclones-complex/