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Help save Coney Island.

Help Save Coney Island

Coney Island is a cultural landmark, and one of the last bastions of true freakishness in the United States. Please do what you can to keep it from being bulldozed, sanitized, and turned into a fucking strip mall.

My family hails from Sheepshead Bay, so this holds special significance for me.

If you live in the area, please consider attending the public hearing at Lincoln High School on June 24, 2008 at 6pm:

Lincoln High School
2800 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11235

Details of the Scoping Document

If you cannot attend, or live out of the area, please send your thoughts to:

New York City Economic Development Corporation
Attention: Rachel Belsky, Vice-President
110 William Street
New York, New York 10038
rbelsky (at) nycedc (dawt) com

You can also send a postcard to:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007

Or email Mayor Bloomberg using this link.

NO to 26 New High Rises of up to 30 stories each in the current Amusement District!
NO to Retail, Malls or “Entertainment Retail” in the Amusement District!
NO to shrinkage of the Amusement District from 61 acres to 9 acres!
YES to preserving Amusement Zoning in the Amusement District!!
YES to keeping Coney Island the People's Playground- providing accessible Amusements for ALL to enjoy!!

Additional information can be found on MySpace.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 20th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this information!
Jun. 20th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Its a goddamn shame. =(
Jun. 20th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Oh, that is so sad.
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Jun. 20th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
What I wrote:

Mr. Bloomberg,

Please do not go through with these changes to Coney Island. It is a landmark, a place incredibly meaningful to so many people and a historical piece of American culture that should not be changed and should not be sanitized into a shadow of its former self. Please, consider the following:
Do not build high rise buildings there - gentrification through this sort of development will destroy the character of the place.
Do not add retail space - the world does not need another cookie-cutter mall.
Do not reduce the size of the Amusement District - condensing the existing amusements into one tiny area defeats the original scope and purpose of Coney Island.
Please keep Coney Island what it always has been - a place for amusement, to get away from the bustle of the city and the pace of everyday life. The history of the place alone should inspire this respect. What sort of legacy will it be when all of NYC has been paved over, replaced by condos, retail establishments and a false identity that betrays the rich history of the city?

(my full name)
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