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

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cosmos Welcome Party at Gargiulos

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WELCOME PARTY: Brooklyn Chamber, Coney Island and community organizations to hold one for Cosmos

Feb 26, 2017 | New York Cosmos |

The Cosmos will receive a welcome to Brooklyn next month.

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Alliance for Coney Island, community organizations and elected officials will welcome the two-time defending North American Soccer League champions to the borough at a party at Gargiulo’s Restaurant Monday, March 6, from 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Coney Jobs Recruitment Event

From Coney Island Facebook

Looking for work? We're holding a recruitment event on March 7 & 8, from 11am- 4pm, with employment opportunities at Nathan's Famous, Luna Park NYC, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, Applebee's Coney Island and more! Available positions include ride operators, customer service/retail, and food/beverage service. Must be 18 years or older. Pre-register today to attend!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Complete schedule of Cyclones, Cosmos, College Baseball, and Ultimate Disc games at MCU Park

Here are the links to Brooklyn Baseball Banter Blog - It contains the complete list of 2017 games from February all the way through the end of October. A total of 89 games. This does not include wrestling, concerts, and other special events planned.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Woody Allen’s new movie named ‘Wonder Wheel’

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Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel will not only make a cameo in Woody Allen’s forthcoming film — it will also lend its name to the title. The celebrated and controversial director, who spent time shooting in The People’s Playground last summer, has named his upcoming 2017 offering “Wonder Wheel” after the amusement-district gem.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Brooklyn Paper - Zamperla's 2014 Plans for a Coney Water Park

Seems to be in the exact 5 parcels now available in the RFP

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The people behind Luna Park are looking to make an even bigger splash in Coney Island.

Zamperla — the company that operates Luna Park, lights the Parachute Jump, and makes the B&B Carousell go round — are in talks to build a waterpark on the former site of the original Thunderbolt rollercoaster. 

Italian-born amusement tycoon Alberto Zamperla said that he is in negotiations with Jasmine Bullard, daughter of the late Sodom by the Sea land baron Horace Bullard, to construct a slippery funzone on five parcels stretching from Surf Avenue to the Boardwalk.

Monday, February 6, 2017

New RFP for amusements near the Thunderbolt

Hoping for a water park from Zamperla!

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New York’s got a ticket to ride: More attractions could be on tap for Coney Island.

The city is looking to bring 150,000 square feet of new amusements along the Coney Island boardwalk.

A joint request for proposals (RFP) from the New York City Economic Development Corporations and the Parks Department will be released Monday, calling for the development and operation of five parcels along the boardwalk smack in the middle of the amusement district.

“Coney Island just keeps getting better,” James Patchett, president and CEO of the NYCEDC, said in a statement. “The de Blasio Administration is working to grow jobs in the amusement district, building affordable housing and investing in critical infrastructure. It’s all part of our effort to improve quality of life and expand opportunities for Coney Island residents while preserving the unique culture of this historic destination.”

The five parcels of land are located in a block along the boardwalk, right near the Thunderbolt and Wonder Wheel rides and out beyond left field of the MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Coney Development has reached a tipping point

With the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Cosmos playing in MCU Park, the new Ford Amphitheater, and Luna Park, we have finally reached a level where the Nimbys have no argument left against development. The new chain restaurants (Applebees, IHOP, Grimaldi's, Wahlburgers, Chipotle etc), and the coming New Aquarium and Neptune/Sixth shopping mall/tower only build on that momentum.

All of this has taken years for Coney to achieve. But the development community has certainly taken notice. Onward and upward to Times Square By the Sea!

Cosmos and year round Coney

Brooklyn Paper excerpt -

Plus, the stadium will roll out the green carpet — Astroturf, that is — so players won’t have to contend with clay from the diamond, and so fans won’t have to look at baselines during the footie, Harner said.

“I think that’s ideally what we’ll do so we also don’t have 100 different lines on the field and it won’t look like a grammar school gym. We’ll see what works and what doesn’t, but we’re looking forward to it to really make the ball field and Coney Island a year-round spot.”

Thursday, February 2, 2017

NY Cosmos Official Announcement

Official release -

The New York Cosmos announced today that MCU Park in Brooklyn will be the new home of the legendary soccer club. The team will host a total of 16 regular season NASL matches at MCU Park this year beginning with the home opener on April 1st.  Season ticket membership packages for the upcoming 2017 season at MCU Park will go on sale Friday, February 3rd.  

“When I took control of the club on January 10th, our immediate priorities were to stabilize the NASL, re-hire the Cosmos front office personnel and coaching staff, rebuild our team roster and relocate to a fan friendly venue within the five boroughs,” said Cosmos Chairman, Rocco B. Commisso. “In less than a month, we have achieved those objectives, including re-signing many of the starters from our 2016 Championship Team.” 

“During the Cosmos’ inaugural season in 1971, the team played at Yankee Stadium,” continued Commisso. “With our move to MCU Park in Brooklyn, we are not only able to offer fans easy access to a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, but we are also reconnecting the club to its original New York City roots.  Adding the excitement of Cosmos’ games to Coney Island’s already vibrant atmosphere will be a win-win for our club and soccer enthusiasts throughout the metropolitan area.”      

Located just steps from Coney Island's famed boardwalk, MCU Park is also home to the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the New York Mets.  The stadium sits under the majestic Parachute Jump, and is surrounded by public beaches, amusement park attractions, restaurants and bars.  This unique locale features ample parking, and is served by the D, F, N and Q subway trains and numerous bus routes from the adjacent Coney Island – Stillwell Avenue Station.  

"We are thrilled to showcase MCU Park as a multi-purpose venue and welcome the Cosmos, a storied franchise in American soccer history,” said New York Mets Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Wilpon.  “All New York area soccer fans will enjoy watching the Cosmos make their mark in Brooklyn."

"With the Cosmos coming to Brooklyn, we're adding a world class franchise to New York City's proud soccer tradition,” said New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio.  “We couldn't be more proud to welcome the New York Cosmos to the five boroughs." 

“Coney Island has been an iconic destination for generations of New York families,” said Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams. “This historic Brooklyn neighborhood’s remarkable renaissance will hopefully accelerate even further with the move of the New York Cosmos to MCU Park.”  

"The New York Cosmos are back where they belong: New York City,” said New York City Councilman, Vincent Gentile.  “Cementing themselves in Brooklyn at MCU Park in Coney Island with a passionate fan base dating back to the 1970's, the Cosmos will attract soccer fans and casual fans of the beautiful game alike."

“Coney Island and the Cosmos are a perfect fit,” said New York City Councilman, Mark Treyger.  “I welcome the Cosmos to MCU Park and back to New York City, and look forward to seeing a whole new generation enjoy one of our city’s legendary sports clubs.”

“Brooklyn scores again in the wide world of sports. Bringing the Cosmos to MCU Park gives an even bigger kick to Coney Island as a destination and provides another option for families looking to spend a fun day together,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Andrew Hoan.

"We are excited to welcome the New York Cosmos to Coney Island. Having the historic soccer club join the Amusement District will allow soccer fans to see the Cosmos while also enjoying an amazing ocean breeze and all Coney Island has to offer", Alexandra Silversmith, Executive Director of the Alliance for Coney Island.