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With Any Coney Meeting, Come Coney Protestors Opponents

January 20th, 2009 · 1 Comment

No sooner had embargoed new renderings from City Planning landed in the GL Inbox yesterday afternoon than an email showed up from the Save Coney Island group, urging opponents of the zoning scheme to attend tomorrow’s meeting. (The image above is a download that people were asked to print and bring to the City Planning Commission meeting.):

On Tuesday, January 20th at 1:00 PM, the City will make a formal presentation of its zoning plan before the City Planning Commission. This is the formal beginning of the public review process which will alter the zoning of the Coney Island Amusement District. This process will determine wether Coney Island remains an Amusement Park or if it will become another shopping mall filled with retail, high rise buildings and hotels. This presentation is open to the public. We need Coney Island lovers to show up to this meeting with “save coney island” signs (which you can download at the link below) to make our presence felt. We want to put the City on notice that people are paying attention, and that we won’t let their plan be pushed through the zoning process without opposition. The Coney Island rezoning is the first item on the agenda and it should not take more than 30 minutes. Please note that this is not a protest. If we are too disruptive, we will be thrown out.

The meeting is in Spector Hall at 22 Reade Street.

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  • 1 Isis // Jan 20, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    While the “Save Coney” protestors are well intentioned, they don’t realize that performance art is not an effective tool for achieving their goals. Curiously, they are neglecting some powerful potential allies – the folks who oppose construction of an amphitheater in Seaside Park, which is just a few blocks away. Word is that the “Save Coney” leaders are afraid of pissing off a certain Brooklyn politico.

    Those of us who are experienced in fighting civic battles have learned that we all stand together, or we hang alone.