… And now for something completely useless: The public offers its vision for Coney Island

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With the plans for redeveloping Coney Island mired in conflict among the city, developer Joe Sitt and Boardwalk boosters, the People’s Playground has become an Urban Planner’s Playground.

The Manhattan-based Municipal Arts Society released its vision for “saving” Coney’s amusement zone, showing off a series of outrageous — and, like one of the “world’s tallest building” (pictured) and another of a bullet train from Manhattan operating on regular subway lines — unbuildable.

The group’s “Imagine Coney Island” project overlaps with the city’s current plan in that it also recommends that the Bloomberg Administration buy up land in the amusement zone.

And it calls for new signature rides — though neither the city nor the Municipal Art Society has explained where the money is going to come from.

The Bloomberg Administration has said it wants to build a nine-acre city-owned amusement park surrounded by blocks of privately held attractions like bowling alleys, movie theaters and hotels to keep the summer fun going all year round.

But that ambition collided with Sitt’s stated goal of building his own tourist Xanadu on the seasonal, honky-tonk Boardwalk.

The two sides have been battling it out while also confronting the complaints from merchants and Coney fanatics who say that both plans do not preserve enough rides and the beloved carnie atmosphere.

Updated 5:10 pm, July 9, 2018
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Perry from Coney Island says:
I envision a great Coney Island. My number one priority is a "food free beach and boardwalk"...I have never seen a beach whereby people come eat and just "throw" their gargage on the sand and the boardwalk...don't beleive me?...check out Coney any day at 6 AM in the summer before the crew of 100's clean it's disgusting...Ban the food and you can beautify Coney instantly and save millions of dollars of cleanup.....All these grandious plans and we can't even get a clean Coney Island!!!!! Someone draw a picture of that!!!!!
Jan. 15, 2009, 6:01 am
JoeS from says:
Originally those of us here at Whor Equities imagined Coney Island as a wonderful, magical place full of condos that no one can afford and no one wants, and unique one-of-a-kind retailers like Nike and Toys'R'Us. But now that the economy is in the crapper and the city isn't in bed with us anymore, we're going to extort the city for hundreds of millions of dollars and leave Coney Island a smoking, blackened wasteland.
Jan. 15, 2009, 10:20 am
NY Artist from Billyburg says:
The picture of the tallest building in the world was submitted as a satire on Thor Equities. Mas didn't realize it was a joke and was taken in
Jan. 15, 2009, 10:55 am
Michael from Gravesend says:
Thank you JoeS of WhorEquities for your website. At last somebody is telling us the lowdown dirty truth about Coney Island redevelopment. Hey can you give me the phone number of the porno girl who bought your old website the future of coney island? I tell her Joe sent me.
Jan. 15, 2009, 12:46 pm
Aaron from Coney Island says:
I'm a little disappointed, Mike, that you missed the real point of the meeting, which was to emphatically stress that anything the city or the developer undertakes will fail if it is mediocre. No one suggested that the world's tallest building was buildable in Coney Island, but that this is the kind of thinking that needs to happen if an amusement area in Coney Island is going to be successful.

It's a cheap and easy to make light of the renderings without looking at the real issues here. What MAS proposed is that the city needs to think big and be willing to invest if they hope to see the kind of return that is possible from a successful project like this. Coney Island can be a huge moneymaker for the City if dealt with properly, but current plans are way too small and way too lame to bring the revenues and the long-term jobs everyone wants to see.
Jan. 15, 2009, 4:46 pm
Henry Jones says:
I never suggested to build a bullet train on regular subway lines. That is your own fabrication. I proposed a new bullet train tunnel, from Manhattam. Get your facts straight.
Jan. 19, 2009, 7:21 am
mosesnbklyn from Coney Island says:
Aaron is 100% right-on! The city has a golden opportunity to change a ghetto into a diverse and functional community. Its not as dangerous as in the past but residents dont enjoy the poverty, crime, prostitution, drugs, and ignorance that plague the community. Scale and function are critical, other countries are building new modern cities from scratch as NYC gets left by the wayside...come on Bloomberg show us that you are not the elitist advocate everyone thinks you are.

No food by a popular beach? have you been smoking w/ the locals again? every popular beach in the world has core ammenity restaurants and entertainment - CA coast, France, VA beach, NJ shore, Australia, the Hague (Netherlands), etc.
Jan. 21, 2009, 6:40 pm

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