"Which way Coney Island?", in a symposium on it's future at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute tonight at 7 pm, April 29th 2009.
New York City Planning Commissioner Amanda M. Burden will be among the speakers at “Which Way Coney Island? A Symposium on Its Future,” on Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m., at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (20 Cooper Square, 7th Floor, between 5th and 6th Streets). Subways: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street). The event, which brings together many of the most important voices in the debate over the future of Coney Island, is free and open to the public.
In recent months, New Yorkers have been wondering what’s in store for Coney Island, New York City’s famous amusement park. For more than a century, Coney Island has been New York City’s playground, amusement park and, in the words of entertainer and symposium panelist Dick Zigun, the “Capital of the Weird.” But it is also a neighborhood facing serious struggles.
Moderated by NYU Journalism Professor Suketa Mehta, author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found, the symposium will feature the city’s proposed comprehensive plan for Coney Island, currently in public review, with a presentation by New York City Planning and responses by the Municipal Art Society and Thor Equities, LLC, a major landowner in the amusements section. Panelists include: Purnima Kapur, Brooklyn director of City Planning; Dan Jennings, Thor Equities; Melissa Baldock, Kress/RFR fellow for Historic Preservation and Public Policy, the Municipal Art Society; Charles Bendit, Taconic Investments; Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush, El Diario/La Prensa; Dick Zigun, Coney Island Circus Sideshow; and Ahsanullah “Bobby” Khan, Coney Island Avenue Project.