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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Gargiulo's opening up a second restaurant in Coney!

This is fantastic news! Gargiulo’s is my all time favorite Italian restaurant! I wish there was a solid timetable for Ihop and Johnny Rockets arrivals. In order to develop Coney as Times Square by the Sea you need both chains and local. Go New Coney! 

Amusing the Zillion has the story -

Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Italian Restaurant on Emmons Ave

Called "Next Door". Just opened. Great Italian food and Brick Oven pizza. Just happens to be next door to the Greek restaurant Yiasou and has the same ownership.

Watch for more restaurants as Macy's comes to Emmons in Sheepshead.

Next Door


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rest in Peace Mr. Coney Island JoeG

Bad news from Cyclones fan Ken Taylor in Port St Lucie -

Sad news to report. Joseph Guastella (Joe G) from Section 10 has passed away here in Port St. Lucie. Joe was a #1 Brooklyn Cyclone fan since day one and never missed a game up until his move to Port St. Lucie where he continued to root for our boys in their St. Lucie Mets uniforms. Joe's wife Robin has asked me to post the following information about Joe's memorial services in Port St. Lucie and Brooklyn, NY.

On Saturday May 23 - 11am @ Most Precious Blood Church, 101 Bay 46 St, Brooklyn NY.
On Sunday May 31 - 2pm @ St Elizabeth Ann Church, Port St Lucie FL.
In lieu of mass cards or flowers, donations can be made in Joseph's memory to Deborah Hospital Foundation (

 JoeG on the right. Goodbye Mr. Coney...............

Monday, May 11, 2015

7 story rental coming to Mermaid Ave

NY Yimby excerpt -

An LLC has filed applications for a seven-story, 16-unit residential building at the empty lot at 1613 Mermaid Avenue, on Coney Island. Measuring nearly 11,290 square feet in total, the average unit will be a little over 700 square feet, indicating rentals are likely in the works. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Macy's coming to Sheepshead Bay!!!!!

WOW!!!! In the old Loehmann's location

Crains excerpt -

Forget schlepping up to Woodbury Commons: More outlets are bringing the discounts to New York City. Macy's Inc. announced Tuesday that it will open its first four bargain stores this fall, in Brooklyn and Queens and on Long Island. Called Macy’s Backstage, the stores will test the off-price concept here before rolling it out to more locations, said a spokesman.

"Having the pilot locations in the New York area will allow the team to closely watch customer response and adjust as needed," he said.

The four locations are 2027 Emmons Ave. in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn; Queens Plaaza in Elmhurst; New Hyde Park, L.I.; and Huntington, L.I. Macy’s Backstage division is based in Manhattan.

"We believe we can deliver a whole new level of value to customers who appreciate fashion and love to hunt for a bargain," said Peter Sachse, Macy's chief innovation and business development officer, in a statement, noting that the planning began about six months ago.

The stores, which will each be about 30,000 square feet and staffed by 30 employees, will include unsold clearance items from full-priced stores, as well as exclusives for the outlets from fashion brands. Items will range from 20% to 80% off the original prices.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bloomberg - The Real NYC Housing Boom Isn't in Manhattan

It's in Sheepshead Bay and Coney Island!


For AvalonBay Communities Inc., the next promising area for New York development is in southeast Brooklyn, at the second-to-last stop on the B train and off a bustling strip of discount stores and fruit stands.

There, in Sheepshead Bay, the second-biggest publicly traded U.S. apartment landlord is planning 200 luxury rentals in the tallest tower the community has seen in decades. The project, about a 45-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, is also the most remote within the city for the company.

For all the attention Manhattan’s ultra-luxury condominium towers have captured -- with their sky-piercing heights and record-shattering prices -- New York City’s largest residential construction boom is in the farther reaches of the outer boroughs. Builders of rental and for-sale housing are being drawn to Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods where land is more plentiful and expenses are lower than across the East River. They’re betting on high demand for their projects as the costs of living in and close to Manhattan continue to climb.

“There’s a lot of opportunity for developers to serve New Yorkers who are not billion-dollar bankers,” said David Maundrell, president of Brooklyn brokerage, who consulted on the Sheepshead Bay project with AvalonBay’s local partner, Muss Development. “To be able to build a luxury tower near the Atlantic Ocean in New York City is an extremely unique opportunity. It’s probably the wave of something bigger.”

There are 37,243 residential units planned for outer sections of Brooklyn, beyond the borough’s popular northwest riverfront communities such as Williamsburg and Dumbo, according to data from Nancy Packes Inc., a marketing consultancy for New York developers. An additional 17,352 units are slated for the farther reaches of Queens, defined by the firm as everything outside Long Island City and Astoria. Combined, they surpass the 44,427 homes that Packes estimates are planned or under construction in Manhattan.

Coney Island

Some upcoming projects are by developers with roots in Brooklyn and Queens, including Rubin Schron, who became a billionaire as an apartment landlord in the outer boroughs. His firm, Cammeby’s International, plans 544 residential units in Coney Island a 430-foot (131-meter) tower that would be the tallest in south Brooklyn, according to filings with the city’s Department of Buildings.

In Brooklyn, the dollar volume of lot sales east and south of Prospect Park jumped more than five-fold, to $355.2 million. Buyers paid an average of $290 a square foot, compared with $652 a square foot in northwest Brooklyn, closer to Manhattan, Real Capital data show.

“Buying land well is the surest way to have a profitable development,” said Nancy Packes, the development consultant. “And spotting areas early means buying land well.”

AvalonBay and Muss bought their Sheepshead Bay lot, at 1501 Voorhies Ave., for $16.2 million last year, land records show. The partners plan 200 rentals and 50 condos on the site, 21 stops on the B train from Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. AvalonBay will manage construction, set to begin by the end of June.

Plans also call for a parking garage with a swimming pool and dog run on top, said Theresa Scavo, chairwoman of Brooklyn Community Board 15, citing a meeting with developers last year. One-bedroom condos would sell for about $700,000, Scavo said. AvalonBay, based in Arlington, Virginia, declined to comment on the project.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Get ready for the Coney hipster invasion!

It's going to be fun. With the Art Walls and Smorgasburg coming, we are going to see a lot of the Williamsburg hipsters visiting this summer. Also in 2016, the Amphitheater and the 40 story tower (rental) with Trader Joe's coming will draw in the hipsters and Yuppies as well.

We still need a movie theater and a hotel on Stillwell, but this is a good start to draw those hipsters in! Love the New Coney!