Friday, December 28, 2007

Markowitz's Vision for Coney

As in past years, Brooklyn Paper editor Gersh Kuntzman conducted a 'year in review' interview with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

The general focus of the interview was the possibility of Markowitz running for mayor, but many of the more pressing issues facing Brooklyn were discussed as well. Naturally, the redevelopment of Coney Island was one of these issues.

"I want to make sure that the amusement area grows and is preserved — you can't mix that with residential. That's what makes Coney Island unique and urban; it's the only family amusement area. The [Six] Flags, the Dorney Parks, even Disney — it all began at Coney Island."

The BP's comments make even more sense when considered in the context of other comments he made earlier in the interview.

"Lonely Planet naming Brooklyn as a must-see tourist spot with New Orleans and Hawaii, certainly was an exciting thing for Brooklyn. … tourism is off the charts this year. It's a result, very directly, of this office being involved. We go to all the tourism conventions, all year long. We're bringing in bus operators and hotel concierges, travel writers. We very aggressively go after that market. It's good for Brooklyn."

The state of his borough: Marty sits down for his annual chat with The Brooklyn Paper [Brooklyn Paper]

Image courtesy of David Shankbone

- post by Ben Nadler

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Bruce/Muscle, no comments about your 'buddy' Marty on Coney Island development? Because he isnt talking like you want him to. He understands something that you never will, the importance of keeping Coney Island meaning amusements, not condos.