New 4,000-seat entertainment venue to open in Coney Island this summer

Coming soon: A new entertainment venue with room for 4,000 revelers will open this summer in the People’s Playground, at Bowery and W. 15th streets.
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The People’s Playground is about to get a lot more fun.

A new seasonal entertainment venue will open this summer just steps from the Coney Island seashore. Amuse at the Coney Island Art Walls — located at Bowery Street and W. 15th Street — will revitalize the neighborhood’s outdoor art space with a variety of events under the summer sun, according to the honcho behind the plan.

“We felt it was a great opportunity to combine our resources,” said Eddie Dean, who owns concert and venue promotion company DEG Presents. “We’re mainly coming in to fix it up and make it a little nicer. We want to be able to do some lifestyle events, foodie events, cultural events, and paid concerts as well.”

Amuse will occupy the 50,000-square-foot Thor Equities-owned lot, which is nearly the size of a football field and features a wall of street art from a cast of rotating local and international artists, behind Nathan’s Famous on Surf Avenue.

The entertainment space will feature a tent with room for 4,000 revelers to mingle and take in musical performances away from the sun’s glare, along with an outdoor seating area where Kings Countians can sip on custom cocktails and chow down on food from a variety of local vendors, according to Dean.

But the event producer said the main attractions will be inside the tent, where he hopes he can convince music legends to play.

“Hopefully we can get some really big artists to come and perform,” he said.

Amuse will host events between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, and the festivities will feature a combination of free events and ticketed concerts, with the first act — a concert and barbecue — set for June.

Dean added that Sodom by the Sea is the perfect place to host the new space, since it is known throughout the Big Apple — and the world — as a destination for entertainment and summer fun.

“If anybody knows me they know I love Coney Island,” he said. “The amount of history and the art — it’s like a movie set to me.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 11:35 am, May 1, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
How many football fields does the Brooklyn Paper think the typical reader encounters in our lives? This is the second article in a row that I've read that uses that comparison, but how do I know what that means? I walk around and I know about city blocks. This isn't Friday Night Lights around here.
May 1, 2019, 12:34 pm
Anna k from Coney says:
This is amazing! All we’re missing are a few quality restaurants with creative cuisine, and awesome coffee shops with more luxury developments and dog friendly establishments and this area is going to be amazing!!!
May 1, 2019, 1:23 pm
Brooklyn Guy from Coney Island says:
So many years and this Coney Island area is still a junk, it attracts only trash people with all the food and entertainment it offers. But City of New York should b proud.. it kept a piece of history and never sold it to private investors who could build a really good entertainment and change demographics of the people who come there during summer. I never go there with my kids, very unsafe and feels like you are in the middle of housing projects people.
May 1, 2019, 1:37 pm
Eduardo from Sunset Park says:
Will this be like the Ford Amphitheatre? After the inaugural season, then only booked D list artists.
May 1, 2019, 3:50 pm
Tilda from Swinton Hall says:
Build a casino/hotel there instead.
May 1, 2019, 11:25 pm
Max B from Coney Island says:
How about NOT spiking everyone's rent with this reckless land development? It's difficult as is to live in a neighborhood that is struggling between new and old. Last we need is more hipster bait to just artificially increase the land worth of the average Coney Island home.
May 2, 2019, 3:28 am
Anna from Coney Island says:
This has been covered hugely in the posts here. [url][/url] This has been covered hugely in the posts here. [url][/url] There is no argument about its gentrification, many have inside information the proceedings of the large developers and future of CI. As has been mentioned about Sunset Park..many have already made great profits in a matter of a 2 years since the release of the cities *gentrification or community betterment initiative which CI and East NY is also part of. Same goes for CI now. Read through the comments that have factual information and possible outlines about development data and you will see the trend. Get your hand on the 18'/19' purchases of land in CI and you will be shocked. Wait for the privatization of Nycha and read why the 3500 Nycha units in CI are irrelevant when the market rate developments surrounding it will flourish, considering Chelsea still has roughly 2000 units which you don't notice due to the volume of high rises and policing. Anyways enough ranting, invest in coney if you can...I personally have several properties and within a years time gained a tremendous increase in their value!! Many who were smarter and more risk-prone who managed to snag properties 4-10 years back are even luckier. Read more:
May 2, 2019, 12:25 pm
David from Coney Island says:
Max, it’s already to late for that. Anna I am on that thread as well great post :) Coney Island is for the taking, I support the new developments. Always for some new coffee shops :) Kudos to Eddie Dean for this venture, I know the younger generation in the club scene are thrilled by this.
May 2, 2019, 12:31 pm

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