Monday, June 08, 2009

Legislative Breakfast And Briefing On Coney's Future

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A quick briefing on Coney's future will be served for an early breakfast to rev up the motors for the demonstration rally on the steps of City Hall. The Coney Island USA, Save Coney Island group, Carol Albert (Astroland owner), and the Municipal Arts Society invited guests to share ideas on the future of Coney Island and help persuade the city to take notice of its flawed rezoning plan that threatens the character of Coney Island.

From the invitation:
While we welcome the City's interest in Coney Island's redevelopment, we have misgivings about several aspects of it's plan. We would like to share your concerns with you in advance of the City Council ULURP review.

The breakfast meeting will be Wednesday, June 10th at 8:30 in the morning.

Afterwards, while digesting breakfast invited participants along with as many people as possible (we hope) will descend on the steps of City Hall for a big and loud 'Don't Shrink Coney' Demonstration'.

"The future of Coney Island is in danger!", reads, the invitation including:

The City's current flawed rezoning plan would destroy Coney Island's unique character and undermine its historic amusement district: It allows high-rise towers up to 30 stories tall in the heart of Coney Island's amusement district. It limits the area reserved for the outdoor rides to a narrow, nine-acre strip of land. It endangers Coney Island's historic buildings.

And time is running out!

With the City Planning Commission now reviewing the rezoning plan, Save Coney Island is rallying those who love Coney Island to urge the City to fix its plan:

* Expand the acreage for outdoor rides and amusements. Nine acres isn’t
* Keep high-rises out of the heart of the amusement district.
* Protect small businesses, create amusement jobs, preserve Coney
Island’s historic structures.

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