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Coney Roundup: Grimshaw Venue, More Bling, Fish Coup

If there was "State of the Borough" speech in Brooklyn last night, then there is Coney Island news to report this morning:

1) Grimshaw Architects have been picked to design the new Coney Island Center amphitheater in Asser Levy Park whose tentative name is the Coney Island Center. Grimshaw is doing the Queens Museum redo and designed the amazing shrinking Fulton Transit Center. The amphitheater is supposed to be a venue for big summer concerts. [Gowanus Lounge]

2) The Parachute Jump will be getting a new lighting scheme. Wait, didn't it just get one in 2006? Indeed it did, but that one turned out to be "too subtle" and didn't have "enough bling." The bling job and other upgrades will cost $1.5 million and there's still talk of turning it back into a working ride. [NYP]

3) Call it the Coup d'Etat of the Fishes. Brooklyn is going to make a push to wrest control of the Coney Island Aquarium (remember the big renovation project?) from the Wildlife Society, which runs the Bronx Zoo, because it's "a perennial after-thought for funding and programming." The lions, tigers and bears say the fish aren't going anywhere. [Gowanus Lounge]