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 on the fabled boardwalk today, this time saying he hopes to work with the mayor to help keep eight longtime boardwalk businesses from having to shut down.
… Kruger (D-Brooklyn), who met the business owners and members of the press, said he wanted to try and broker a deal with Zamperla and the city to save the businesses.
“I think what we are talking about is David taking on Goliath,” said Kruger (D-Brooklyn), on why he wanted to help the underdog merchants.
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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 the summer season. But this year, when Italian amusement park behemoth Zamperla did not renew the lease, Ruby’s owners opened their beloved bar for one last round.
“Today is not a day of mourning. Today is a day of celebration. Let’s celebrate Ruby’s the way Ruby wanted,” said co-owner Michael Sarrel to a crowd of Ruby’s regulars.
Keep reading and view a photo gallery of the Ruby’s rally.
Ruby's Bar & Grill in Coney Island. May 28, 2010. Photo © Tricia Vita via flickr
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 recently to discuss legal action and at least one, Cha Cha’s, feels crossed after being told his lease would be renewed.
Now they want the public’s vocal support. Fans of Ruby’s bar is asking everyone to sign their petition to renew the boardwalk staple’s lease. And the bar is having a rally and party tomorrow to show the powers that be that they will not go quietly into the freaky night.
From a Ruby’s rep, on the Coney Island Message Board:
NOW ITS TIME TO YELL – GET READY CI PEEPS _ SAT. NOV 6th anytime after 12:30 pm – ? ITS TIME TO RALLY AND LET ZAMPERLA/ RECCHIA/ MARKOWITZ/ CIDC & BlOOMBERG NOW HOW WE FEEL
It may very well be Ruby’s last day of operation, so it’s worth showing up just so you can tell the kiddies you were there for the death rattle, when they tell you they read in school about some amusement park in Coney Island – that place they only know for condos and shopping.
So sign the petition and show up to Ruby’s Bar & Grill on the boardwalk near Stillwell Avenue between 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to show your support and play a role in a tragically historic Southern Brooklyn event!