Another day, another batch of Coney Island stories. First things first: The city has confirmed that it's negotiating with developer Joe Sitt to buy 10.5 acres of land he owns in the "amusement district" in Coney, including Astroland. AP reports that:
Andrew Brent, a spokesman for Robert Lieber, deputy mayor for economic development, confirmed that talks are in progress between the city and Thor Equities for purchase of the acreage, which includes the 3.1-acre Astroland amusement park that closed in September after its longtime owner broke off negotiations with Thor for a year's extension on its lease.Meanwhile, the Municipal Art Society ramped up its push for a new Coney "vision" with new renderings, its Imagine Coney website and a raft of new proposals for revamping Coney Island, some of which could be put in place as early as next year. AYR described the MAS session this way: "Several hundred people filled the BAMcafe and, while the crowd (to my eye) skewed hipster, there was good diversity in ages and geography (and some in ethnicity), each with Coney Island memories." Ideas include a cable care ride, "digital skin signage" on buildings, a retractable roof for good and bad weather, plus graffiti contests, an express subway line, a ferry to Coney Isand Creek, a revived Shore Theater and more.
· NYC, arts group hint at Coney Island rejuvenation [AP/Forbes]
· Imagine Coney thinks big (and small) [AYR]
· Imagine Coney: First Glance [Tropolism]