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Leon Freilich, the poet laureate of Park Slope, heard about developer Joe Sitt’s latest scheme for Coney Island and had this lyrical reaction, titled, “In the Cards”:

Coney Island developer Joe Sitt

Will not change the amusement Mecca a whit.

Rides and games will even be surpassed,

Bigger and better, more varied and more vast.

Mondo condo? Erase that from your mind;

Awful how real-estate men are maligned!

Time-shares and high rises in the mix?

Funhouse trips to frighten visiting hicks.

City subsidies — a 100 mil —

Guarantee that Coney Island will

In Sitt’s hands remain The Place for fun.

Ready for Three-Card Monte, anyone?

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