Wednesday, July 2, 2008

SAVE CONEY ISLAND

The Amazing Angie Pontani, Miss Cyclone and Miss Exotic World (yeah, I know what that sounds like) sent this along to everyone on her e-list, so I'm passing it along to you:

SAVE CONEY ISLAND! WRITE A LETTER TODAY! TAKE 5 MINUTES OUT OF YOUR DAY TO SAVE CONEY ISLAND FOREVER!!!

The City's new plan almost completely abolishes the amusement district for the sake of high rise hotels and retail. Coney Island is currently zoned for 61 acres of amusements; the city's new proposal reduces the amount of amusements to 9 acres. This reduction of the Amusement Distirct will destroy Coney Island's legacy as "the People's Playground" and defeat the goal of creating a world class amusement and tourist destination.
25 to 30 story high rises and retail do not belong in the amusement district! Retail is no substitute for amusements! There is plenty of space outside of the Amusement District, in Coney Island for residential, hotels and retail! Why destroy the amusement district forever to meet this goal?
SAY YES TO REVITALIZING THE AMUSEMENT DISTRICT AND NO TO 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!!
Write a Letter!! submit a written testimony by writing a letter, expressing your opinion to:

New York City Economic Development Corporation
110 William Street
New York, New York 10038
Attention: Rachel Belsky, Vice-President
OR, Send an email to: rbelsky@nycedc.com
WRITTEN TESTIMONIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY JULY 11th, 2008
Please send a copy of your written testimony to Mayor Bloomberg, City Council President Christine Quinn, and your City Council Member.
Mayor Michael R.Bloomberg
City HallNew York, NY 10007
Phone 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)Fax (212) 788-2460,
and
[New York City Council Speaker] C[h]ristine Quinn
224 West 30th St (Suite 1206)
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 564-7757 Fax: (212)564-7347

Angie:
I may have said it a little differently, but I get the point. We've lost enough heritage.Especially around that neighborhood.
I would hate to never see and hear (and smell) Astroland again, enjoy a dog from Nathan's, see your show, the Mermaid Parade.
Good luck!

2 comments:

karie said...

Sad. Sad. Sad.
Growing up 30 or so blocks away from Coney, my parents OFTEN brought us there for affordable and fantastic “amusements." We would ride the "F" train a half dozen or so stops to Surf Ave. Mom would take us to visit the fabulous NY Aquarium (beautiful & scary sharks, beluga whales and electric eels). Ride the rides (the slides were a favorite...Cyclone, as I got older). Fun house. The Wonder Wheel. The ghostly Parachute Jump. Tattooed people (oooh! So straaaange!) Visit the flea markets. Try to catch the brass ring while riding the beautiful old carousel horses. Eat Nathan's hot dogs and fries, while Dad had fried scungilli. Watch the small round immigrant ladies make homemade knishes at Shatskin's (creamy potato, cherry-cheese-YUM). Walk the boardwalk. Wonder at the leathery people sitting with their three-fold mirrored boards to increase the tanning power of the sun. On Wednesday nights in July and August we would watch the fireworks shot from a barge, off-shore.
Affordable amusements.
For all of the people.

With the current housing crisis, you would think someone would wise up to the stupidity of making MORE un-affordable condo units. But, no. My Dad says this “plan” was politically sewn up, un-fightable, long before he did “the move south” to Florida. That was 7 years ago.

Makes me sad.

Sad. Sad. Sad.

ThirdMate said...

Professor Solomon has alerted me about his remarkable downloadable .pdf file that tells the story of Coney. At http://www.professorsolomon.com/cibookpage.html

But, I would trade all of his amazing research to spend an afternoon with you and your family among those attractions.