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

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.

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

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.”

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).

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.

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!


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

NY1 video - Coney Island Brewery opens at MCU Park

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.