After Borough President Marty Markowitz stands up for the city’s plan to protect Coney Island from big box retail and developer vulnerability, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg gives him praise for his recommendations.
As Bloomberg said when commending Marty Markowitz on his recommendations for the city’s plan to revitalize Coney Island:
"Coney has always been a place where families of every economic means could come to play and to dream. It’s where I spent summers as a child and remains an essential part of childhood for generations of children past, present and future. It’s not about profits, it’s about families".
For pro-amusement-like minds, this is a step in the right direction. For those who wish big development to come to Coney without staying true to what Coney Island has been throughout its history is in tune with the same type of thinkers who helped bring about a boring public park space that you could see anywhere else, subsidized housing that you have everywhere else, another airport where you have enough, big box stores where you could put somewhere else in Brooklyn, another abandoned lot which is an eye sore, another expressway where we have enough, more condo towers where there are too much, a freight yard that should be covered, a truck facility that should be left for an industrial zoned area, and another mall where we have enough!
That is what has happened to all of New York City’s past amusement parks!
Here is a list of NYC’s past amusement parks and what has happened to them now. The information posted on the Coney Island USA message board by frequent and informative poster, Switchback.
Even though Coney Island as a whole is what we are trying to protect. Coney Island has already suffered losses of its own amusement parks to these similar downfalls:
Steeplechase Park turned into a minor-league baseball stadium, Astroland Park turned into a temporary parking lot and temporary weekend-only flea market, and Luna Park turned into Luna Houses.
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