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Bklink: NYT Says No Hotels on South Side of Coney’s Surf Ave!

February 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The world’s most important newspaper has paid virtually no attention to the Coney Island story, but today it runs an editorial that misses a lot of points–like why the city doesn’t have an interim plan for keeping Coney going–but makes one very good one: “The city’s version displays Mayor Bloomberg’s commendable effort to keep Coney Island from being overwhelmed by oceanfront condominiums. On the 60-acre spread proposed by the city, there are thousands of possible housing units, but most are at a distance from the entertainment areas. The hotels are a different story. This zoning proposal would allow a row of four hotels [buit by developer Joe Sitt] between the Stillwell Avenue subway stop and the outdoor entertainment area. The hotels could too easily become a wall, blocking public access to the sideshows and the rides, the boardwalk and the ocean. The hotels also squeeze the outdoor rides into a narrow strip of about 12 acres — an area that is simply too small to attract enough rides and attractions to bring back the big crowds.” Bravo.–NYT

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  • 1 Jack // Feb 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    Excellent stuff! And for those unfamiliar with this stuff, the south side of Surf Avenue is now 100% amusements. And it should stay that way. There’s tons of land across the street and deeper west that could be the home for larger hotels and such. Leave the amusement zone alone.