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“We’re fighting again to save Coney Island’s soul”
Massive rent increases may force some longtime business owners on the Coney Island Boardwalk to shutter their stores, but they’re not going away quietly.
The New York Post spoke with Dianna Carlin, aka Lola Star, who has operated a souvenir store on the boardwalk since 2001. According to Carlin, Zamperla, the Italian company that operates much of the boardwalk (including the Luna Park amusement park), plans to raise her rent five times over what she currently pays; the hikes would also affect other old-timer businesses like Ruby’s Bar & Grill and Paul’s Daughter.
Carlin was one of the business owners who pushed for the 2009 Coney Island rezoning, which established a 27-acre “urban amusement and entertainment district” and helped some of those stakeholders stay in business. Now, she says she feels “stabbed in the back and betrayed” by the current turn of events. A coalition of area stakeholders known as Save Coney Island is planning a rally on the steps of City Hall for December 2 to push back on the hikes.
And in other news…
- Now it’s official: Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg is joining the crowded field of people vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
- Nine NY Waterway ferries have been yanked out of service due to safety concerns.
- More dog poop wars, this time in the West Village!
- Wednesday is a gridlock alert day, and is expected to be the worst day to get out of New York City for the holiday weekend.
- A plan to build a massive parking garage in the Pacific Park megaproject isn’t sitting well with its neighbors.
- Thomas Heatherwick’s Chelsea building with lantern-shaped windows is getting more, well, lantern-y.
- Did you see FedEx’s weird delivery robots roaming around lower Manhattan last week?
- One of the Jehovah’s Witnesses former Dumbo properties is on its way to becoming housing for formerly homeless New Yorkers.