Coney Island Not Amused
March 27th, 2007

Last fall Coney Islands Astroland amusement park was sold to developer Thor Equities, who plans to build a massive Las Vegas complex. Now some city officials say they believe that the developer may sell off the property if the city doesn’t allow him to construct 700 luxury condos on the beach.

Gothamist provides an overview of the latest news.

Curbed has a helpful rundown of the fight between the various parties.

Gowanus Lounge summarizes a recent story from the Brooklyn Eagle about talks between the developer and The Coney Island Development Corp.

And this Friday, the freaks and side-show acts will stage a protest at City Hall, which promises to be more lively than the routine press conferences held on the steps.

By on March 27, 2007, 7:44 am
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3 Responses to “Coney Island Not Amused”

  1. R Says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 12:14 am

    This is awful. Coney Island is a LAND MARK it means something to SO MANY PEOPLE. It is truly a tragedy that someone would do this! Why isn’t there a way to protect our beloved CONEY ISLAND? It carries an amazing history and has continued to create magic in every true new yorker’s life.

  2. Perry Says:
    March 29th, 2007 at 5:22 am

    This development is the best thing to happen to Coney Island in the past 6o years. For the past 60 years Coney Island has been a wasteland….street after street of dirty deserted lots……a territory living on it’s past from the early 1900’s…the few rides left are archaic and the current small business owners are selflessly looking to make another buck at the expense of the new owners….let the redevelopment of Coney Island begin…it is long overdue…the most undervalued piece of property in the world should be developed and made LIVABLE once again….and SAFE…just 4 weeks ago I was mugged on the famous Coney Island Boardwalk…all in broad daylight!!!!!..I am sick of the few people and freaks that come down there once or twice a year making decisions for the FULL TIME RESIDENTS that live there all year round….and want the REDEVELOPMENT to begin as soon as possible…and that means getting rid of the rides and bringing in fresh blood to the area…….

  3. vanessa Says:
    April 1st, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    Perry just because you redevelop Coney Island and you add more residents doesn’t mean you are not at risk of getting robbed or worse. You live in N.Y.C. for Christ sake. I mean your not safe anywhere. i am really sorry that that happened to you but you can’t blame it on Coney. I am not saying that Coney Island is safe but you can make it safer without having to redevelop it. Who says that after everything is finished the same people you are trying to avoid will not go to the new constructions,on the contrary this will attract even more people and possibly more crime. Besides Coney Island is a landmark. I am sure you loved it as a child cause i know i did and still love it to this day. Tearing down the past will not guarantee a better future. They should just improve on what’s already there not start from scratch.

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