Saturday, September 13, 2008

Municipal Arts Society: Coney Island at the Crossroads

The Municipal Arts Society of New York continues their fall program series with 'Coney Island at the Crossroads' which will present the Comprehensive Development and Rezoning Plan for Coney Island from city officials to allow construction for vast residential and a large corporate retail which will among other amenities include a small amusement zone.

Following the presentation, a panel with varied perspectives will respond to the city’s proposal. Featured speakers include: Kent Barwick, president, Municipal Art Society; Purnima Kapur, director, NYC Department of City Planning, Brooklyn Office; Lynn Kelly, president, Coney Island Development Corporation; Carol Hill Albert, owner, Astroland; Sheryl Robertson, director, South Brooklyn Youth Consortium; Dick Zigun, founder and artistic director of Coney Island USA; and moderator Jonathan Bowles, director, Center for an Urban Future.

Coney Island at the Crossroads,
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the Municipal Art Society, 457
Madison Avenue at E. 51st Street.$15, $12 MAS members/students.
Purchase tickets online or call 235 935 2075.


Anonymous said...

it is already SOLD OUT!

Anonymous said...

There is an old aerial view perspective map of Coney Island from around 1908.You can find it on the web. Take notice of how many hundreds of different size lots and amusements there were..This should be our guide.
This modern idea that only one or two giant companies will run Coney's amusements is flawed,and is bad economics.
The old Coney was open to all entrepenuers,big and small.This increases the chances of a unique and popular idea emerging,attracting crowds.Look what happened with the "hot dog",that was invented by a small businessman.No mega corporation run by committee can come up with unique ideas.
The acreage for amusements must be increased,the lots for developers must be broken up into a mix of small,med.,and a few large(for the mega corporation's stale game).No currently existing building should be torn down,no current business should be closed,they are gold,and they will help any new developements by bringing back the millions who love how Coney is now.There is plenty of vacant lots for new developments,without ruining what is currently working.