Posts Tagged ‘Coney Island Rezoning’

Summer 2008: Thor Equities Future of Coney Island tarp hides empty lot where evicted amusements once thrived.  Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Summer 2008: Thor Equities Future of Coney Island tarp hides empty lot where evicted amusements once thrived. Photo © Tricia Vita/me-myself-i via flickr

Save the dates: This weekend Coney Island heavy hitters Charles Denson and Dick Zigun will be giving talks about the precarious present and imperiled future of the People’s Playground. If you want to know what’s likely to happen in Thor-land if the City’s rezoning of Coney passes the upcoming City Council vote, your presence is required at one or both of these events.

On Saturday, Charles Denson, noted historian and author of the award winning book Coney Island: Lost & Found will give a slide talk at the New-York Historical Society. Denson, who grew up in Coney Island in the ’50s and ’60s, began documenting his neighborhood at age 12 amid rumors that Steeplechase Park was going to be torn down. Denson’s talk will follow a showing of the Ric Burns documentary about Coney Island. The program is free and open to the public. Saturday, June 27, 1 – 4 pm, Free. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th St

On Sunday, Dick Zigun, Coney Island USA Founder and Artistic Director and “Permanently Unelected Mayor of Coney Island” will give his annual State of Coney Island Address. Last year’s address was on July 20, nearly a month later than this Sunday’s talk. Time is of the essence since the all-important City Council review, the next to the last step in the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), is scheduled for this summer July. At the recent “Don’t Shrink Coney Island” rally at City Hall, Zigun called on the City to increase the acreage for outdoor rides, move the high-rise hotels to the north side of Surf, and protect Coney Island’s historic resources.
Sunday, June 28, 4 pm, $5, Free for members of Coney Island USA
Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave. between Stillwell and West 12th St

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Guardian Spirit atop the Spook-A-Rama in Deno's Wonder Wheel Park. Photo © Tricia Vita

Guardian Spirit atop the Spook-A-Rama in Deno's Wonder Wheel Park. Photo © Tricia Vita


Legislative breakfast and briefing on the future of Coney Island’s amusement district

Coney Island USA, Save Coney Island, and Astroland co-owner Carol Albert invite you to the first of several breakfasts that we, advocates for a vibrant Coney Island amusement district, will host this summer to share our thoughts and ideas about the City’s proposed rezoning plan for the area.

Coney Island is a world-renowned amusement destination and a “People’s Playground” for New Yorkers of all backgrounds and incomes. Its future is a matter of city-wide concern.While we welcome the City’s interest in Coney Island’s redevelopment, we have misgivings about several aspects of its plan. We would like to share our concerns with you in advance of the City Council ULURP review. We hope to see you or a representative of your office at our briefing.

Wednesday, June 10th at 8:30 a.m. at the Puffin Room, 435 Broome St. between Broadway and Crosby, SoHo. Please RSVP to 212-608-0333 or info@saveconeyisland.net

Rally: Don’t Shrink Coney! Fix the City’s Plan! Save Coney Island Demonstration on the steps of City Hall

With the City Planning Commission now reviewing the rezoning plan, Save Coney Island is rallying those who love Coney Island to urge the City to fix its plan:

The future of Coney Island is in danger! The City’s current flawed rezoning plan would destroy Coney Island’s unique character and undermine its historic amusement district: It allows high-rise towers up to 27 stories tall in the heart of Coney Island’s amusement district. It limits the area reserved for the outdoor rides to a narrow, nine-acre strip of land. It endangers Coney Island’s historic buildings.

And time is running out! The Planning Commission will vote on the plan in just a couple of weeks!

We must urge Mayor Bloomberg, Council Member Recchia, and the rest of City Council to fix this flawed plan:

* Expand the acreage for outdoor rides and amusements. Nine acres isn’t enough!
* Keep high-rises out of the heart of the amusement district.
* Protect small businesses, create amusement jobs, preserve Coney
Island’s historic structures.

Wednesday, June 10, 1 p.m., New York City Hall, Broadway and Park Place. Meet at 12:30 at the Fountain. Parade immediately after the demonstration


World Premiere of “Sea Legs” by Craig Butta at the Brooklyn International Film Festival

Sea Legs is a vivid, harrowing journey through the funk, vitality and downward spiraling world of Coney Island. With the power of gesture and a minimum of words, a riveting character embarks on a doomed enterprise — his responsibility for his father’s inheritance is transformed into a search for elusive, otherworldly beauty.

Craig Butta is a native New York artist who has been working in film and theater for most of his life. His short film Coney Island, USA, which he wrote, directed and starred in, premiered at SXSW in 2007, then traveled the country playing various film festivals and finally was acquired by PBS for their ReelNY series.

Thursday, June 11, 8 p.m., Brooklyn Heights Cinema, 70 Henry Street. View trailer and purchase tickets here.

Burlesque at the Beach featuring Scott Baker’s Coney Island Babies, The Old Time Naughty, Bawdy Laugh Riot

Photo of Scott Baker by Laure Leber via Burlesque at the Beach/Coney Island USA

Photo of Scott Baker by Laure Leber via Burlesque at the Beach/Coney Island USA

It’s the Minsky’s show gone mad at Coney Island, featuring the old-time Burlesque comedy routines we love but haven’t seen in twenty years or more.

Every Thursday & Friday during the Summer season, The Great Fredini & Bambi The Mermaid present our popular Burlesque on the Beach program- A revival of the most glorious and notorious of the “girlie revues” in Coney Island history.

Thursday, June 11, 9 p.m., $10

Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave at W 12th St, Coney Island


Pay What You Wish Fridays at the Aquarium

Admission on Fridays beginning at 3:00 p.m. is pay-what-you-wish. Suggested donation is $13 for adults, $9 for children, and $10 for seniors.

New York Aquarium, 3-5 p.m, Surf Ave & W 8th St, Coney Island

Dreamland Roller Rink Funk & Soul Skate

Every Friday night skate to Funk, Soul & Gospel, 8 – 11 p.m. All Ages. $10 Admission, $5 Skate Rentals. Group discounts available,

Dreamland Roller Rink, Boardwalk at W 21st St., Coney Island


Rides & Attractions: New York Aquarium, Cyclone Roller Coaster, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, Eldorado Bumper Cars and Arcade, McCullough’s Kiddie Park, Shoot the Freak, Dreamland Park

Food & Drink: Nathan’s Famous, Ruby’s, Cha Cha’s, Gregory & Paul’s, Grill House, Gyro Corner, Denny’s Ice Cream, Footprints Café

Shops: Coney Island Beach Shop, Williams Candy

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