Coney Island redevelopment.

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Coney Island redevelopment.

Postby ctesiphon » Tue Sep 11, 2007 11:01 am

I just heard about the proposed redevelopment of the amusements at Coney Island- thought it might be of interest here.

I visited it in 2001, around March or April, and though it was out of season I was struck by the activity even at that time of year. Sure, the place was a bit run down, but it was humming with life in a way that gentrified neighbourhoods rarely do.

http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/070827coneyisland.asp
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Re: Coney Island redevelopment.

Postby paul h » Tue Oct 02, 2007 2:21 am

Its been around for a while now
The usual controversy, developer wants massive residential onsite, locals object.....
But all in all its a long overdue revamp, most of the existing attractions were in place 100 yrs ago!!!
Its a bold plan to create a year-round resort type place, much of it will have to be indoors im sure
New York winter is not for the faint hearted!
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Re: Coney Island redevelopment.

Postby paul h » Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:10 pm

BLOOMBERG UNVEILS NEW PLAN FOR CONEY ISLAND
By RICH CALDER
November 8, 2007 -- Coney Island's fabled beachfront area would become home to America's largest urban amusement park, about 4,500 new apartments and a bunch of major retail establishments under a grand plan unveiled today by Mayor Bloomberg.

The goal of the rezoning plan is to turn the rundown summer amusement area into a year-round attraction – but without giving up the freakishness for which Coney is so well known.


City renderings show the new amusement park incorporating the landmark Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel with new indoor and outdoor attractions - including a new, looping roller coaster winding around the park and a new, iconic ride rivaling the size and shape of the 262-foot-high Parachute Jump.


Property at the base of the Wonder Wheel would be set aside for an ice skating/roller skating rink.

"When you combine that with the aquarium and with KeySpan Park, we will have 50 contiguous acres of public park with the best in recreation that Brooklyn or New York has to offer," Bloomberg said.




The mayor's plans for a new 21st Century Coney Island seem to signal a death knell for developer Thor Equities' controversial $1.5 billion proposal to build a Vegas-glitz entertainment complex in the heart of the amusement district. The administration isn't providing zoning needed for that project to break ground.

But Bloomberg's long-anticipated plan includes rezoning 47 acres of prime Coney Island real estate running along the boardwalk from W. 24th Street east to the New York Aquarium on W. 8th Street.

The proposed zones set aside 15 acres for the amusement park running from Stillwell Avenue east to the Aquarium - much of which is part of the existing Astroland Park site and other land owned by Thor CEO Joe Sitt.

The city would need to acquire Sitt's land and other privately owned parcels before choosing a partner to develop the urban amusement park.

World-famous Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen has expressed interest in expanding to Coney Island, as have other amusement operators.

Land directly above the new park near Surf Avenue - some of which is also owned by Sitt - is expected to someday house hotels totaling 500 to 600 units, indoor and outdoor performance venues, retail space, restaurants and a movie theater, officials said.

About 20 percent – or 900 - of the 4,500 units of new housing would be set aside as affordable for low- and middle-income families.

The entire rezoning plan must go through the city's land use review process, which includes public hearings and requires approval of the City Council and other governing bodies. City officials said they have no immediate plans to acquire any private land through eminent domain.

The city hopes to break ground in 2009 and that the overall project would take 10 to 20 years to complete.

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An artist's rendering of the new Coney Island proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who hopes to revitalize the area while keeping its historic character intact.


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A huge roller coaster will span the 4-acre site, dwarfing the classic, wooden Cyclone, which will remain standing on the east side of Astroland.


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In this artist's rendition, the site is shown at night from afar, giving the full scope of the project. The original parachute jump (far left) will be moved and a new one will be erected (center). The Aquarium will also be given a face-lift (far right).


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This image details the area proposed for rezoning and what it will become.


NEW YORK POST


Say what you like about Bloomberg but he sure thinks big, its quite heartning
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Re: Coney Island redevelopment.

Postby ctesiphon » Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:16 pm

A damn sight better than the Thor proposal, that's for sure. Thanks for the info.

That night-time render looks amazing.
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Re: Coney Island redevelopment.

Postby paul h » Sun Mar 09, 2008 9:18 pm

It may be last ride as Coney Island whirls into action

by Jotham Sederstrom
daily news staff writer

Thursday, March 6th 2008, 4:00 AM
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Astroland will open a week from Sunday its 47th and likely final season because of impending development.

Astroland, Deno's Wonder Wheel and a whirling, buzzing array of spectacles will open unusually early this year as Coney Island gets set for what could be its final season.

Brooklyn's world-famous amusement mecca will kick off the 2008 season Sunday, March 16, because of an early Palm Sunday, the traditional opening day for the legendary parks.

At Astroland, which begins its 47th and likely final season because of impending development, the first 100 visitors will get a chance to ride the Cyclone for free.

"We're very happy to be opening for another grand and glorious season and looking forward to it," said Astroland owner Carol Hill Albert.

"Miss Cyclone" Angie Pontani will be on hand to welcome the new season, Albert said.

Astroland got a last-minute reprieve in October after developer Thor Equities agreed to a one-year lease extension that allowed the 47-year-old park to remain open for another season before bulldozers rumble in.
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