Charles Denson: Coney's Connoisseur and Celeb Defends His Turf
Image by Coney Island Shortcakes
The latest land grab is being orchestrated by a developer who seeks to change Coney Island's unique amusement zoning. Most people agree that Coney needs improvement, but they also realize that a scenario that includes just one owner and a rezoning that allows high-rise residential development is a dangerous combination that could lead to the death of Coney Island.
Coney Island has seen vast improvement over the past decade. Crime is down, a new subway terminal and ballpark opened, and the Bloomberg administration saved the historic B&B Carousel.
Coney Island is the most culturally diverse neighborhood in New York and still serves as the people's playground, a place for people of small means to enjoy the beach and the Boardwalk. Coney has a rich history and heritage that must be preserved for future generations.
Coney's roller-coaster ride Surf's a sought-after turf, so mayor must save this paradise. by Charles Denson [NY Daily News]
Along for the Ride by Brian Childs of the Coney Island Reporter blog for [The Brooklyn Rail]