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Take a bite out of this potato chip, concert fans!

Here’s a first look at the updated design for Borough President Markowitz’s dream project, the Beep’s $64-million outdoor amphitheater in Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park.

The just-released, potato-chip-influenced design from Manhattan-based Grimshaw Architects, significantly refined since an earlier version was leaked in January, adds in some flourishes to make it more fitting with what the city hopes will be a revived amusement zone just to the west.

Markowitz has justified the capital expenditure by saying that the borough needs such a venue to steal some summertime concert business away from Jones Beach, making Brooklyn “a natural stop on the summer concert circuit for entertaine­rs,” Markowitz told The Brooklyn Paper last year.

His own concert series, of course, is one of them.Markowitz hopes “The Chip” will be open by 2011.

Neighbors, however, aren’t so sure. Earlier this year, residents of the quieter portion of the neighborhood said Markowitz’s dream concert hall would ruin one of the neighborhood’s only open spaces, which is on Surf Avenue near West Fifth Street, three blocks east of the Cyclone.

But according to BD, an architecture trade magazine that broke the story on Thursday morning, 3,000 seats out of the amphitheater’s 8,000 overall capacity, will be removed when not in use to allow for the space to be used as a park.

The magazine suggested that locals are already calling the project, “The Pringle,” because of its shape, but our reporting indicates that people prefer “The Potato Chip.”

Markowitz could not be reached for further comment owing to the Passover holiday, but on Friday morning, we received this statement:

“The renovation of Asser Levy Park will only enhance the surrounding community,” the borough president said. “Residents will benefit from a new playground, park house and community facilities, in addition to upgrades throughout the park. Replacing Asser Levy’s antiquated band shell with a state-of-the-art one will ensure that free cultural programming (it was used for 45 different community events last year) remains in Coney Island. Moreover, this beautiful new park will be a key component of a revitalized Coney Island for visitors and the community in the days and years ahead.”

Updated 11:52 am, April 10, 2009: Updated to include a Martygram.
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jerry from brighton beach says:
The obvious venue to put Marty's "Potato Chip" is in the amusement area of Coney Island. It makes more sense their & would jump start Coney Island development. They will have the restaurants,hotels etc. NOT IN A RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD with 2 JEWISH CENTERS & HIGH RISE RESIDENTIAL HOUSING. OR the other alternative if he loves it so much, LET HIM PUT IT PARK SLOPE, where he lives in peace & tranquility.
April 9, 2009, 10:37 am
JudahSpechal from Bed-Stuy says:

Everyone seems to for get that this city is for all to enjoyment?
If we are not careful more of NYC will become like that beach community across the Gil Hodge Bridge. Where outsiders can't enjoy the beaches out there. Even thought, the Parks Dept. runs it.

This new development is way better than what's there. You've got to kidding insane to oppose this.

Let them build.
April 9, 2009, 11:52 am
sharon from coney island says:
I guess it will not be free anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!
April 9, 2009, 2:04 pm
mark from carrol gardens says:
i agree it will take business away from jones beach and the pnc in nj.
April 10, 2009, 7:48 pm

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