New York City Council passes mayor's plan for Coney Island

Posted Thursday, July 30, 2009 11:07 AM | Contributed by Jeff

With the Bloomberg administration laboring furiously to conclude a deal with a Coney Island landowner, the City Council on Wednesday afternoon approved the mayor’s ambitious plan to redevelop the seafront district once known as the world’s largest playground. It was an expensive and bruising victory for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose administration wants to establish a 27-acre entertainment district between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk, with 9.4 acres devoted exclusively to freak shows, arcades, and roller coasters and other rides. New zoning, approved by the Council, would allow high-rise hotels on Surf Avenue and 4,500 apartments north and west of the amusements.

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