Coney is ‘Jonesing’ for concerts

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It’s the ultimate battle of the band-shells: Coney Island may someday have an outdoor summer concert venue to rival the seaside theaters at Jones Beach and the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey.

Borough President Markowitz’s dream of building a modern ampitheater in Asser Levy Park is finally becoming a reality as the city gears up to begin construction next year on the $64-million stage set to open in 2012.

“It will make our borough a natural stop on the summer concert circuit for entertaine­rs,” Markowitz said.

The taxpayer-financed coliseum, on Surf Avenue near West Fifth Street, is just blocks away from Keyspan Park, the publicly funded Brooklyn Cyclones baseball stadium that also hosts concerts.

Stadium officials told The Brooklyn Paper they were not concerned about competing to schedule hot acts. They added that the presence of another attraction in Coney Island would have an overall positive impact by bringing more people to the amusement cradle of America.

The planned Coney Island Center, which has acquired the nickname “The Saddle” due to the shape of its roof, would have 5,000 covered seats, plus lawn space for 3,000 people.

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jerry from coney island says:
Markowitz should get his priorities straight in this economic crisis in the City of new York. With cuts to the Fire Dept. , Police Dept., Education & Libraries, this $ 64 million dollar "Marty Markowitz Monument ", is not what the communities of Brooklyn need right now. We don't need a "Marty Markowitz Concert Hall" , we need to keep more services for the people of our Borough. More affordable housing, more health care & schools etc. etc. etc. When they want to cut the Magnet School program in Mark Twain , in Coney Island, He should be ashamed of his selfserving project. This project goes to Marty's BIG ego, that's all it will do.
Nov. 11, 2008, 1:52 pm

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