Coney Island redevelopment plan marries best of past with bright new future

Posted Friday, November 9, 2007 9:52 AM | Contributed by Lord Gonchar

In the first comprehensive look at the beachfront Brooklyn neighborhood since 1964, city planning officials proposed a 15-acre amusement park run by a single operator and 5,000 apartments and condos, with 20% earmarked for affordable housing. The new project also threatens to block developer Thor Equities from completing its controversial $1.5 billion plan, which included amusements and hotels on land now eyed for the city's park. City officials said the 21 acres proposed for parkland - of which Thor owns a sizeable chunk - would be opened up to proposals from amusement concessionaires.

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Friday, November 9, 2007 9:56 AM
The coaster geek in me had to chuckle at the improbable coaster they threw in the artwork. As my friends used to comment about my coaster drawings in school, "You're gonna kill someone with that!"
Friday, November 9, 2007 10:48 AM
Look at that blocking :)

~Rob Willi

Friday, November 9, 2007 12:05 PM
Any coaster without shoulder harnesses is a good thing. To unify the site and clean up the buildings and land is a great thing.
Friday, November 9, 2007 7:45 PM
It could've been the overcast and rainy April weather, but when I visited Coney Island in 2005 the park(s) sure looked gloomy and dated. The new plans look great, but judging how long these stories have been around, I don't think the change will be anytime soon, if there even is one.

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