Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Rezoning Nathan's

The keen eyed folks at the Daily News have brought the public's attention to an interesting detail of the city's rezoning plan:

Buried deep in the plans is a provision that says of the 50 blocks being rezoned in Coney Island, only the block that contains Nathan's - at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Aves. - and one block immediately west would be rezoned for towers

Whether this means leaving Nathan's at street level and building up, or building a new building altogether, the look of the iconic corner would be severely altered. The situation provides a very specific and tangible example of the inevitable conflict between the goals of redeveloping Coney Island, and preserving its historic character.

Coney Island area near Nathan's could be rezoned for towers [Daily News]

Photo courtesy of Handschuh/News
- post by Ben Nadler

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