First of all, thank you to all of you who made it to the meeting this morning, especially on such short notice. I again want to thank everyone for the enthusiasm you showed for this Guinness World Record attempt and publicity opportunity. The planning for the event has been moving very fast, and we felt it was important to loop in the Coney stakeholders as early as possible. (For your reference, the sign-in sheet from the meeting is attached.)
Unfortunately, we received some bad news on the way back from the meeting, and it looks definitive at this point that despite best efforts of all involved—including the NYPD—the event will not proceed due to concerns with public assembly coordination on short notice. While we had suggested to you at the meeting that this was a fear and a possibility, I wanted to give you all that information as soon as I had it. NYC&Co relays their sincere regrets and explains that the event had looked locked-in until just today—indeed, many of the supplies were already on order. And as I’m sure you could tell from today’s briefing, the NYC&Co team had spent quite a bit of time working on this event, and did so at a truly break-neck pace.
Please know that we are always trying to find new ways to create buzz and attention for Coney Island, and we’ll be spending some time with the NYC&Co entertainment team thinking about how we can collaborate going forward and how we can better organize around big events on tight timelines like this one.
Thanks again, and I’m sorry that I have to be the bearer of bad news, and I’m sorry again for taking up your time this morning. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call at 212-312-4263 or 347-672-6293. Otherwise, best wishes for the weekend.