Friday, August 24, 2007

Hats Off To Coney Island USA For Making Home Permanent

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The Coney Island USA organization has officially acquired their home from the previous landlord which they have been leasing to for that past few years. Originally built as another Childs Restaurant in 1917, the 12,500 square foot structure which sits on W. 10th Street and Surf Avenue (not its original location) was purchased by the organization for $3.6 million (from $6 million kept in the funds from the Department of Cultural Affairs) with the help of the city. "We have never been so secure and permanent in the neighborhood. And that's totally thanks to the political leadership of New York City.", told Dick Zigun, CIUSA founder, to
New York Magazine for the Daily Intelligencer.

With more money at their disposal, the Coney Island USA organization is looking to buy another building to relocate the Coney Island Museum.

Zigun told the
Metro Newspaper that a 'mini' renovation will be taking place in which they intend to construct a café and new Surf Avenue entrance. They also plan to install heat and air conditioning and expand their theater from 100 to 200 seats. In addition they plan to restore the building to its original facade.

It will be good to see the US Army recruiting office get the boot as well as anything non-Coney. In fact Aaron Beebe, curator of the museum hopes to establish a small business incubator by leasing space out to "quirky, innovative, and creative" establishments, he said.

Thursday night the Coney Island USA team along with friends celebrated with a bash the purchase of the building. Now, it will be interesting to see what further plans they release as to the expansion and renovations.

Follow discussion on the
CIUSA board .

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