Thursday, October 25, 2007

Will Bloobmberg Announce Coney's Zoning Plans?

Word came in a comment to Kinetic Carnival that nycartsculture, the arts and culture blog of CUNY School of Journalism wrote about Carol Albert, of Astroland, confirming, at last night's Community Board 13 meeting, that she and her husband had reached an agreement with Thor Equities. The Alberts will lease the property and open Astroland for one more year.

Nycartsculture also wrote that according to an inside source from the city, Mayor Bloomberg will be announcing the long-awaited zoning changes for Coney Island at the Bloomberg luncheon meeting that will take place November 8th at Gargiulo's Restaurant in Coney Island.

Nycartsculture is run by a group of students and the CUNY School of Journalism. The following is the post in its entirety:

A Bit of Good News in Coney Island, for a Change…

Carol Hill-Alpert, co-owner of the
Astroland Amusement Park, confirmed rumors that have been swirling in Coney Island in recent weeks last night at a meeting of Community Board 13: she and her husband have reached an agreement with Thor Equities to open Astroland again next summer.
The Associated Press
verifies it.

Turns out all the talk about Coney Island’s “
last year” was a bit alarmist; the businesses on the boardwalk will be open again in 2008, as well. The Coney Island Cassandras did turn a nice profit for everyone, though, as it was reported at Community Board 13’s Public Safety Committee meeting on Oct. 2 that crowds were up this summer!

A source in the government told me last night that the city will be announcing its long-awaited zoning changes for Coney Island on Nov. 8, around 6 or 7 pm. This will be big news, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

Over at the Coney Island USA bulletin board posters are already predicting. But buzz around Coney from Community Board 13 members has been that Bloomberg will be announcing plans to designate Coney Island as a historic area dedicated to amusemnts that will be protected from developers changing it's historic significance to New York City and the world.

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