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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Just announced for the Coney Amphitheater

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Aug. 17 / 7:30pm 

On Sale Friday at 10am 

98 Degrees with O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera
With four of the hottest pop groups that shaped the late ‘90s/early ‘00s landscape ready to present every pop music lover’s dream line-up come true, 98 Degrees have announced the My2k Tour, enlisting Ryan Cabrera, Dream and O-Town to join in on a celebration of the most infectious pop music of the era.

New Amphitheater And Other Major Coney Island Businesses Hiring For Over 800 Jobs at April 25-28 Recruitment Event

Press Release-

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), the Alliance for Coney Island and Council Member Mark Treyger today announced a recruitment event to fill over 800 jobs at businesses in Coney Island.  Over 200 of the available positions are with the Amphitheater at Coney Island, a premiere concert venue opening in summer 2016. The recruiting event began on Monday, April 25 and will continue through Thursday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MCU Park. While walk-in applicants are welcome, attendees can expedite the screening process by pre-registering online at  Through the first day, over 1,000 people have already registered for the four day recruitment event.

“Not only will the Amphitheater at Coney Island bring arts, entertainment, and investment into the local economy – we’re also making sure it’s providing jobs for New Yorkers in the neighborhood, said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “All told, this job fair will provide the Coney Island community with access to over 800 jobs with ten great local employers.”

“SBS is committed to opening doors to employment and economic opportunity through our Workforce1 Career Center system.   Summer opportunities like the ones offered in Coney Island can be an important step toward long-term employment, and we look forward to supporting NYCEDC and Alliance for Coney Island in sourcing candidates and ensuring local businesses have the talent they need,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services.

“The Alliance for Coney Island is happy to be a part of the second round of workforce screening events in 2016,” said Johanna Zaki, Executive Director at the Alliance for Coney Island. “With businesses both old and new in the Coney Island community participating in this event, they are able to hire qualified local candidates that can take advantage of job opportunities within their own community."

“Summer in Coney Island means fun in the sun for New Yorkers and visitors from across the globe, but it also means employment opportunities for residents of our community,” said Council Member Mark Treyger. “I believe strongly in the need to ensure that Coney Island’s amusement district serves the needs of Coney Island residents, as well as visitors. The amusement district is only as successful as the hardworking employees behind the scenes. With the addition of the new Amphitheater, there are ample positions available. These recruitment fairs provide interested jobseekers with an efficient and informative way of getting their foot in the door. I encourage those seeking employment to make their way to MCU Park and apply today! Thank you to Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Small Business Services, the Alliance for Coney Island, iStar, Livenation, Legends, and the Brooklyn Cyclones for working together to provide an easily accessible location where interested local residents can have all of their questions answered.”

“We are very excited that the new Coney Island Amphitheater is creating new and exciting economic possibilities for our community,” said Assembly Member Pamela Harris. “This project has not only created hundreds of new jobs for hardworking families in Brooklyn but is a unique opportunity to grow our local businesses.”

The brand new Coney Island Amphitheater is seeking to fill front- and back- of house jobs including bartenders, cooks, maintenance staff, and supervisors. The Amphitheater has an impressive lineup scheduled for this summer, including Erykyah Badu, Jill Scott, Impractical Jokers, The Beach Boys, Ziggy Marley, Boston, Sugar Hill Gang, Jane’s Addiction, 311, and Matisyahu, among others. In addition to the Amphitheater, the adjoining Childs Building, a New York City Landmark, will feature a restaurant with hospitality services provided by Legends and other local businesses will be offering positions available for a May start-date. Positions include supervisors, bartenders, security guards, ushers, bar backs, alcohol compliance representatives, cooks, and prep cooks, among others.

The Amphitheater at Coney Island is a key component of NYCEDC’s efforts to revitalize the iconic Coney Island amusement district. Incorporating the historic former Childs Restaurant, the 5,000 seat venue will join the new Seaside Park Community and Arts Center, nearly 2.5 acres of newly accessible public space on the Coney Island Boardwalk. NYCEDC helped facilitate a deal with iStar to develop the Amphitheater.

The recruitment event will also offer an additional 600-plus jobs, spanning across iconic Coney Island businesses including Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, Luna Park, Nathan’s Famous, Ruby’s, and other local businesses. Facilitated by NYCEDC’s HireNYC initiative, the event offers a streamlined-hiring process for attendees in partnership with the City’s Workforce1 center network. Applicants can pre-register for the event or walk-in the day of, be screened by Workforce1 representatives, and be scheduled for an interview should there be a good fit. Most positions begin in May.

In the 2015 season, HireNYC’s Coney Island recruitment events helped place over 350 candidates. Over the past 6 years, over 1,500 candidates have been hired through these events.    HireNYC is a free program that connects the city's workforce development services to economic development projects. HireNYC collaborates with NYCEDC, real estate developers, businesses and communities to assess business opportunities and job creation. Learn more at

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

iStar's first Coney building will include supportive housing

Brooklyn Daily excerpt -

The development will include “supportive housing” — below-market rate apartments aimed at the formerly homeless, domestic violence victims, and recovering addicts coupled with on-site social service staff — according to filings.

The ground floor will include two separate commercial spaces, nine enclosed parking spaces, and a bike-storage area. A mezzanine area will have a laundry room, a gym, offices, and conference rooms, plans filed with the city show. The second floor will feature an outdoor courtyard. A lounge and outdoor terrace will occupy space further up on the ninth floor, and the building will have a roof deck. Real estate blog The Real Deal first broke the news.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Newly added to the Amphitheater line-up

 The Avett Brothers

August 13 On Sale April 22 at 10am

I Love The 90’s feat. Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa (w/ Spinderella), Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Coolio, Young MC

September 2 On Sale April 22 at 10am



Willie Nelson & Family – Live In Concert w/ special guest Aaron Lewis

September 13 On Sale April 22 at 10am


Friday, April 15, 2016

iStar files plans for 9 story residential bullding next to the Amphitheater

Real Deal excerpt -

Real estate lending and development firm iStar filed plans Friday for a new nine-story supportive housing project rising next to the Coney Island boardwalk – part of larger ambitions the firm has in store for the historic beachfront site.

The 135-unit development will span nearly 107,000 square feet at 2002 Surf Avenue and include nearly 8,000 square feet of commercial space, according to permit applications filed with the city’s Department of Buildings.

iStar leased the property from the city’s Economic Development Corporation last year, according to records, and the residential development will rise next to a new 5,000-seat amphitheater and waterfront restaurant that iStar is currently constructing at the landmarked Childs Restaurant site in Coney Island.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

BisNow - New Amphitheater In Coney Island Heralds 'Wave Of Development' Hitting The Area Soon


For Marty Markowitz (above), a longtime state senator and former Brooklyn borough president, the amphitheater’s opening this July represents the culmination of a long-held desire to remake Coney Island for the 21st century. 

Not to mention the nearly eight-year-long process of legal wrangling and deal-making it took to finally get the project off the ground. "

For a long time I’ve felt that for Coney Island to truly live up to its title of ‘America’s playground,’ it needed three things—a hotel and convention center, year-round indoor amusements and entertainment, and a venue for music and live events," Marty says. “Now, with the amphitheater, we can finally cross one of those off the list.”

There are several signs that the amphitheater is just the beginning, however.

A new, 40-story multifamily tower at nearby 532 Neptune Ave will be breaking ground soon, and back in January Pye Properties bought Coney Island’s iconic, but long-vacant, Shore Theater for $20M. The developer has promised to restore the landmark to its former glory as a year-round entertainment site, possibly crossing another item off Marty’s list in the process.

Comments made by Pye’s lawyer to Brooklyn Daily seem to confirm that vision. The people of Coney Island “don’t want this to be just a seasonal venue—it will be for all seasons benefiting not only tourists, but the people here year-round,” he tells the paper.

In addition, Thor Equities closed on several Coney Island parcels last year, although its plans remain unclear at the moment. The New York Aquarium, located on the Boardwalk, is also unveiling its $127M renovation this year, and late last year the city moved forward on plans to use eminent domain to seize neglected Coney Island plots and turn them into a "grand walkway."

Beyond the amphitheater, iStar has further ambitions in the area as well—the developer owns a site with over 1M BSF just across from the new venue, bordered by Surf Avenue, West 20th and 21st streets and the Riegelmann Boardwalk.

Julia Butler, an EVP at iStar, says the amphitheater should be a boon to that specific slice of Coney Island in particular, as well as the neighborhood in general.

“We liked this project because it would bring a cultural anchor to what was previously a very desolate stretch of Coney Island,” she says.

Although the amphitheater and iStar’s development site are only a few blocks from the subway, previously there was little in the area to draw tourists away from the main boardwalk.

What does it all mean? Do the projects in the Coney Island pipeline represent a few one-off developments, or is there actually a trend underway here?

Marty, for one, thinks it’s the latter.

“I think you’re definitely seeing a trend towards greater development in the area right now, and frankly I think it’s long overdue,” he says. “In any other large, successful A-list city, the closer you get to the water, the more valuable the property becomes.”

“For a variety of reasons that has never really happened with Coney Island, but I think you’re seeing people start to recognize the potential there.”

Julia is even more direct. “I think there’s a huge wave of development coming online in the next few years,” she says.

New Coney Aquarium will have a Rooftop Restaurant

Excerpt -

When complete, visitors will be able to see the boardwalk from the building’s top floor, where there will be a classroom called the Learning Laboratory and a rooftop restaurant that will serve sustainable seafood and drinks with a view! 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Coney Island Live site is now LIVE

Check it out!

Culture Club, Jane's Addiction, Rick Springfield and The Romantics and to the Coney lineup!

PIX11 excerpt -

1-Jul The Impractical Jokers
3-Jul Sting & Peter Gabriel
4-Jul The Beach Boys
10-Jul Hollywood Vampires - Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp
13-Jul Culture Club featuring Boy George
15-Jul Jane's Addiction with Dinosaur Jr.
16-Jul 311 with Matisyahu*
17-Jul Kidz Bop Kids
23-Jul Slightly Stoopid with SOJA*
31-Jul Dark Star Orchestra - Tribute to the Grateful Dead
3-Aug Erykah Badu
5-Aug Deftones with Refused*
6-Aug OAR
7-Aug The Carnival of Madness Tour featuring Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry & Whiskey Myers
10-Aug Boston - 40th Anniversary Tour
12-Aug Funk Fest featuring Kool & The Gang, Bootsy Collins, Morris Day and The Time, Doug E. Fresh
14-Aug Jill Scott
18-Aug Rick Springfield with Night Ranger & The Romantics
19-Aug Flogging Molly and Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
20-Aug The Disco Biscuits
27-Aug Dresden Dolls
3-Sep Freestyle Funhouse featuring TKA, George Lamond, Judy Torres & more
21-Sep Don Henley

More shows will be announced in coming weeks. Tickets will be available at starting Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m.

Sting and Peter Gabriel, Ziggy Marley, and the Beach Boys coming to Coney!

Daily News excerpt -

Construction of the Coney Island Boardwalk amphitheater is on track for the venue’s opening in the summer, officials said.

The preview opening will be June 25 with a performance by Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse.
The official grand opening weekend will be July 1-4 with performances by the Impractical Jokers, Sting and Peter Gabriel, and the Beach Boys.