Here to make the start of the new work week interesting is Coney Island v 2.1, the successor to last fall's "glam rock" v 1.0 remake plans and to this summer's released-by-mistake v 2.0 beta "easy listening" effort, this release falling somewhere between the two. (A couple of the renderings, like the one with the pumpkin-ass bikini, have already been seen, but not in their full sized glory.) Shopping mall developer Thor Equities is promoting a roller coaster that would run "in and out of the proposed buildings." The $1.5 billion project would also include "the first multi-story carousel ever built in the Northeast" and an indoor water park:
Light and water shows – with virtual whales and mermaids dancing 150 feet in the air through a cascading waterfall -- will greet visitors at Surf Avenue and Stillwell Walk...Surf Avenue itself will be transformed...to the area's main pedestrian thoroughfare, marked by larger than life iconic street furniture, such as a mermaid swimming in a martini glass and a tattooed elephant roaming the streets.Oh, and the release also mentions, in passing, "hotels, retail, a limited amount of residential housing and a variety of culinary options." The plan would include up to four highrises--two hotels, a time-share and a condo building of up to 40 stories. No renderings of those babies are included. The design comes from Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects. More drawings after the jump.
· A $1.5 vision for Coney Island [Sun]
· The Coney Island Vision We Couldn't Make Up [Curbed]
· New Look Coney Island: Glam Rock or Easy Listening? [Curbed]