The future of Coney Island is now porn! Sitt gives up site — and now it’s XXX rated

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There goes the neighborhood!

A Web site created by Coney Island landowner Joe Sitt to herald “the future of Coney Island” is now an adults-only site that hawks “the best porn on the Net.”

So much for the future of Coney Island!

As first reported by the Web site Curbed on Monday, visitors who used to go to to read about Sitt’s $1.5-billion Vegas-style plan for the so-called “People’s Playground” were instead met with a sexy come-on.

“Here is the best porn site on the Net,” the text reads (we’re translating from the French, by the way).

Then, by clicking on the word “porno,” the viewer is taken, a racy Belgium-based site registered to Davina Cukier.

Attempts to reach Cukier — for journalistic purposes, we assure you! You know, to get renderings of her plans for Coney Island — were unsuccessful. Cukier’s site did suggest one possible future of Coney Island, though it is unclear if city officials would approve of turning the entire area into a nude beach.

Closer inspection revealed that Sitt’s site was not hacked, but actually picked up by Cukier after Sitt’s company, Thor Equities, allowed it to lapse last fall.

Sitt’s decision to no longer maintain the “future of Coney Island” site cast new doubt on the developer’s interest in continuing his battle with city officials over a zoning change that he needs in order to build his 24-7-365 amusement, hotel and retail complex in an area roughly between the Cyclone roller coaster and the Keyspan Park baseball stadium.

The newly sexed-up Web site was the talk of the Coney Island Message Board this week.

“[Thor has] abandoned the future of Coney Island!” wrote a poster who goes by the screen name Electricia. “The future of Coney Island is now porno.”

Sitt’s spokesman did not return repeated requests for comment. He told the New York Post that the developer had simply opted not to renew his ownership of the Web address.

Updated 5:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse from Park Slope!!! says:
it costs less than $10 to renew a website for a year.
Jan. 12, 2009, 3:31 pm
Brooklyn Mom from Park Slope says:
This is an outrage. Bring back Astroland's kiddie rides! Throw out the pornographer!
Jan. 12, 2009, 4:30 pm
WhorEquities from Brooklyn says:
Hey, that's not funny, we here at Whor Equities are working hard to turn Coney Island into a world-class parking lot. Anyhow, just go to our new website
Jan. 12, 2009, 4:57 pm
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
Maybe Coney Island can become a red-light district for New York?
It has always been kind of seedy, and red-light districts are magnets for tourists. It's something to consider.
Jan. 14, 2009, 11:23 am
Marianne from Brooklyn says:
Maybe that's what "WhorEquities" is already up to they're doubling and tripling the rent to get rid of the remaining businesses and empty out the place. They are scumbag speculators. The city should be ashamed letting them get away with this
Jan. 15, 2009, 8:56 am
cummdumper from coney island says:
all we need is an official xxx movie shop with booths in coney island,
Aug. 12, 2010, 10:17 pm
AnnoGame from New York says:
ANNO1777 is an online game that simulates an economic political and military system, like the real world. You are a citizen of the seventeenth century who fights on all levels to advance the social hierarchy. You can open businesses, become governor or you can build a military empire.
Everything is up to you. Unlike other games of this type, the virtual money from ANNO1777 can be exchanged for real money and vice versa. In other words, a financial success in the virtual world of the game becomes a financial success in the real world.
ANNO1777 can be played directly from a browser like Internet Explorer and requires no downloads.
Sept. 18, 2010, 9:59 am

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