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Oh damn...that was fast.
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Get out there...


Another nice touch, and one I didn't see coming, also posted on the coneyisland.com message board from Pablo Jonsey. A nod to Steeplechase Park, probably Coney Island's most popular amusement park, and home of the Parachute Drop.

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Speaking of Steeplechase Park, it's currently the site of MCU Park (Brooklyn Cyclones stadium). Between the stadium and the boardwalk will be the western gateway to the amusement area, Steeplechase Plaza, which will get under construction later this year. No renderings have been released, but a description with images of the site plan...

http://www.nycedc.com/ProjectsOpport...Report_386.pdf

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SITE AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The proposed Steeplechase Plaza is located immediately east of the Parachute Jump Gateway and between the boardwalk and Keyspan Park Stadium on Coney Island, New York. The property is accessible from the northwest through the parking lot west of Keyspan Park Stadium and from the east through West 161st Street. The property is currently occupied by a lawn area and two fenced-in soccer fields. Current surface elevations at the site range from approximately 6.4 to 7.6 feet above mean sea level (MSL) within the area of the soccer field and between 4.6 and 7.5 feet above MSL in the lawn between the Parachute Jump and soccer field.

Based on a review of the information provided by EDAW, the proposed plaza will cover an area of approximately 2.5 acres and will include a water feature, a skate bowl and a new pavilion for the B&B carousel, which will include an observation deck and living roof.


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More Luna Park, as the opening nears...


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Coming next year...

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http://www.prlog.org/10698378-paltal...luna-park.html

Paltalk News Network To Broadcast Reopening Of Luna Park
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Paltalk, the leading real-time, video-based community with more than 4 million active members, announced today that the Paltalk News Network will be broadcasting the reopening of famed amusement park, Luna Park, from Coney Island on Friday May 28th, 2010.

With live coverage of the reopening of Luna Park on the Coney Island boardwalk, Paltalk News Network brings the beginning of summer directly to your home. Paltalk News Network's Gary Baumgarten will be there to bring you all the sights and sounds - the carnival games, world famous Nathan's hot dogs, the Cyclone roller coaster and more. He will be joined by Charles Denson, executive director of the Coney Island History Project.

The opening of Luna Park is the first step in New York City's attempts to re-establish Coney Island as one of the nation's premier entertainment and amusement destinations. Luna Park will offer 19 new mechanical rides, interactive games, food and beverage concessions and live entertainment.

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More Luna Park updates from
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Nice video in anticipation of the Luna Park opening...(channel 7 news)

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Video, thanks to Thunderbolt Kin at
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Joe Sitt of Thor Equities speaks... (NY1)

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Testing has begun at Luna Park...

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Took a walk through Coney yesterday...

MAY 27, 2010

1. The Cyclone, which is a city landmark, has been a part of New York longer than the Empire State or Chrysler Buildings...






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22. The final piece to the city's outdoor amusement park lies between the Scream Zone and Steeplechase Plaza.
The land was recently put up for sale, expect the city to take the portion along the boardwalk.



23. Finally, always love this view, with the towers of Manhattan in the background.


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Meanwhile, all the gang's at Luna (Mayor Bloomberg, BP Markowitz, even Amanda Burden from City Planning...
http://www.coneyisland.com/cgi-bin/y...num=1275053032

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I would have paid money to see Bloomberg on the "Happy Swing"...

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The media parade continues...

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Very busy weekend, but I did manage to make it to Luna Park for the opening day. It was early, and most of the larger rides weren't in action.
Some won't be open for another week or so, but still the crowds poured in.

MAY 29, 2010

LUNA PARK OPENING PART 1

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A few random clips from opening day...

MAY 29, 2010

Luna Park opening Part 2


Lynn's Trapeze

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Business was good all around Coney...(Saturn 6)

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The boardwalk is still the boardwalk...


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The opening of the new Luna Park helped create what everyone agrees was one of the greatest weekends for Coney Island in years.


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Excellent. Just the beginning of what will be a spectacular renaissance of Coney Island.
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Looks great. I'll take the family out there this weekend maybe. Are there more amusement parks slated for Coney?
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Are there more amusement parks slated for Coney?
Next summer.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...googlenews_wsj
Coney Island: Strides Amid Rides


Coney Island's Surf Avenue is drawing interest from commercial developers and amusement-park operators.

By BRITTANY HUTSON
June 11, 2010


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For decades, many New Yorkers stayed as far away from Coney Island as possible. But that's starting to slowly change as plans to revitalize the decrepit area begin to unfold.

Coney Island, long dubbed the "people's playground," sprawled over nearly 60 acres along Brooklyn's Atlantic waterfront in 1910. After decades of decline, the area had shrunk by last summer to just three acres of active amusement attractions.

Now it's expanding again. Plans unveiled by the city and private developers in early 2009 call for a 27-acre district that Includes a 12-acre amusement park as well as other entertainment venues, parks, hotels and retail space.

While it's expected to take as long as 10 years before the redevelopment is completed, the first phase—the resurrection of Luna Park, a 3.1-acre amusement park with 19 new rides—is already drawing new visitors to the area since opening over Memorial Day weekend.

"Coney Island saw more foot traffic than it has in 50 years on Memorial Day," said Joseph Sitt, chief executive of real-estate development firm, Thor Equities, which owns much of the commercial real estate in the area. "And what's wild is there ain't nothing there yet relative to what's coming."


A Brooklyn native who enjoyed spending time at Coney Island as a child, Mr. Sitt has a personal investment in its revitalization. Mr. Sitt owned nearly 10 acres in the amusement zone but sold 6.9 to the city for $96 million last year.

Luna Park, which was built by New Jersey-based Central Amusement International, already takes up half of that. CAI, which also operates an amusement park in New York's Central Park, plans to build another Coney Island park called Scream Zone, on another 3.1 acres, scheduled to open next summer. The remaining 0.7 acres will be used for the redevelopment zone.

Zamperla, an Italian company that creates nearly 200 rides annually for parks such as Disney and Six Flags, is providing rides for both Luna Park and Scream Zone. CAI has invested $30 million to build and operate both parks and has signed a 10-year agreement with the city to operate them.

Mr. Sitt's Thor Equities also owns a large percentage of the retail space along Surf Avenue, the main business strip north of the Riegelmann Boardwalk and amusement park.

According to Brian Hanson, first vice president of sales for Massey Knakal Realty Services, leasing rates for most retail space along Surf Avenue are around $30 to $35 a square foot. Commercial developers, including amusement- and water-park operators and beach vendors have expressed interest in acquiring space along Surf Avenue, although Mr. Hanson says so far there's been no economic push to warrant an increase in lease rates.

That could change if Luna Park continues to attract new visitors. "Leasing prices will go up depending on the success of Luna Park and the progress of the area's entire redevelopment," he said.


Currently, Surf Avenue is a motley mixture of furniture stores, vacant lots, fast-food vendors, games and arcades. But it also has several historic buildings such as Nathan's Famous, the original hot-dog stand cofounded by Nathan Handwerker in 1916 and the Shore Theater—a venue that once featured live performances and movies for an audience of 2,500.

Also in January 2009 the Bloomberg administration adopted a redevelopment plan for a 19-block area as far west as West 24th Street, north to Mermaid Avenue, south to the boardwalk and east to West 8th Street calling for new hotels, restaurants and retail locations.

Not everyone is happy with the plans. Some community advocates are concerned that several historic buildings on Surf Avenue, including Henderson's Music Hall, where performers such as the Marx brothers got their start, could be demolished.

"It's crazy to treat the legacy as an obstacle to development as opposed to a big asset," said Juan Rivero, spokesman for Save Coney Island, a grass-roots organization devoted to restoring Coney Island.

Thor Equities wouldn't be specific about its demolition plans. But in an emailed statement, a company spokesman said Coney Island "needs to be more than a museum…it needs a new vision…a place that people can come year-round."

An application was submitted to the city Landmarks Preservation Commission in May to protect some of the buildings as part of a historic district. But Mr. Rivero said that the application was denied.
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