Browsing: preservation

Real Estate
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Preservationists have been bracing themselves for news of the Vitagraph smokestack’s fate ever since scaffolding was placed around it in October. Now the developer who owns the 1263 East 14th Street property has filed plans to construct a new eight-story residential building with 302-units. Sheepshead Bites was the first to report that Hampshire Properties purchased the…

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The Bloomberg administration is pushing a plan to help restore the existing wetlands throughout the city, and the city has released a draft of its strategy to restore the natural environments along New York City’s waterfront. The initiative originates from a directive signed by Bloomberg in 2009, ordering relevant city agencies to create a strategy…

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Cool picture, right? I thought so, too. The United Methodist Church of Sheepshead Bay (3087 Ocean Avenue), as previously reported, has swapped contractors and gone forward with a temporarily plan to stabilize the steeples. They began putting in the supports on April 29, and now a series of steel wires sprout out of the steeple,…

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By Howard Simon PEOPLE OF EARTH! Aliens are here, at Coney Island, and there are people shooting them! No, we’re not talking about early arrivals for The Mermaid Parade, but the ones coming from Hollywood. Not to worry, though, because those Men In Black will be here to protect it, with the man who makes…

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What more appropriate place in the world is there for the third installment of Men in Black III (MiB III) to be filmed than beautiful and bizarre Coney Island? And who better to save an endangered Coney Island building than Will Smith? (Ed. – Uh… anyone?) The movie, centered around a top-secret agency that “polices, monitors and…

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State Senator Carl Kruger is attempting to prod the mayor to step in and protect Coney Island’s boardwalk businesses, which are being kicked out by the new amusement operator, Zamperla USA. New York Post reports: State Sen. Carl Kruger – a longtime critic of the Bloomberg administration’s plans to revive Coney Island – was back…

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by Ryan Maye Handy A crowd of Coney Island locals gathered on the boardwalk this Saturday to say goodbye to an old friend. After 76 years, Ruby’s Bar and Grill, the boardwalk bar known for its vintage photograph-covered walls and classic jukebox, was closing for good. Every October, Ruby’s Bar and Grill shuts down after…

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You’ve probably already heard about the odious decision to show the door to all but two of Coney Island’s boardwalk businesses. Zamperla, the Italian company that leases city properly and runs Luna Park, is single-handedly re-branding Coney Island with more upscale fare. But the businesses are not going down without a fight. Several got together…

Arts & Music
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There’s a certain lexical contortion that must be performed when writing a headline to celebrate the anniversary of a historic cemetery. I began the headline with “Happy Birthday,” then figured “happy” was not appropriate. So I went with “morbid.” But then “birthday” sounded way off, so I changed it to “deathday,” but nothing seemed right…