Browsing: save coney island

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We received the following e-mail from Save Coney Island, a group dedicated to, um, saving Coney Island. To give you the gist: in order to help preserve the district’s character, the group asked the Landmarks Preservation Committee to create a historic district that would protect many of the buildings on and around Surf Avenue from…

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On Friday, NYC Economic Development Corporation sent out its request for proposals (RFP) for amusement operators on the shiny new land it just bought. Worked into the guidelines is a requirement that all applicants must have attractions in place for the Summer 2010 season on a lot that accounts for roughly half the city-owned land.…

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(MAS flyer) Here is the information about the meeting from the flyer: The future of Coney Island is at stake. Come to a Public Meeting about the Coney Island amusement area. When: Wednesday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. Where: Our Lady of Solace Church, 2866 W. 17th St What: Presentation of new ideas and designs…

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(Coney Island Shrine – Courtesy of Tricia Vita) Everyone is invited to meet at the Astroland Park gates on New Year’s Day for an opportunity to share the loss of Coney Island, as we know it, with others in a memorial event and to add to a shrine. Here is the letter we received from…

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We had some pretty chilly temperatures this week and don’t you wish it was still summer? If it was still summer, you would probably be heading out to Coney Island on this Friday night for some fireworks, fun, and rides at Astroland Park (nice to see the website is still up) in Coney Island. But,…

Bits & Pieces
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This came in via email: Dear Friends, On Sept 7, the closing day of Coney Island’s historic Astroland Park, I was part of a grassroots effort by the Save Coney Island group which distributed 10,000 flyers to visitors. City Hall must have gotten a gazillion emails and calls on 311. A couple of days later,…

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The latest issue of Bay Currents features a front-page article by yours truly covering the June 24 Coney Island Development Corp. scoping hearing. The full text of the article is below: If there’s any one word to describe the development of Coney Island, it’s confusion. Private developers, city agencies, development advocates, union groups, artists, councilmen,…

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Reverend Billy, one of my favorite characters in contemporary activism, came out to this morning’s Save Coney Island Demonstration, and helped rally the troops for the cause. The reverend is a dramatic anti-commercialism minister, who adopts the style of televangelism to preach against product-worship and the excesses of capitalism. Check out the video of him…