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‘Freak’ out! Evicted shooting gallery is bulldozed in Coney

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What the freak?

The landlord who evicted the Shoot the Freak booth and seven other businesses on the Coney Island Boardwalk last month ransacked the paintball attraction overnight on Dec. 22, boarding up the main entrance and jacking paintball equipment, memorabilia and other props.

“They came like thieves in the night,” said booth owner Anthony Berlingieri. “Those little sneaks emptied out the place and there is nothing left, except for the Shoot the Freak sign.”

Central Amusement International — which has a 10-year lease to not only run a theme park, but fulfill a city plan to revive the entire amusement area — gave the eight businesses the boot on Nov. 1.

Berlingieri’s booth typically closes for the season, but it’s no surprise that Central Amusement cleared his land so quickly, as the company claims it is on a tight deadline to bring in new attractions and concessionaires before the summer season begins.

Central Amusement’s office was closed this week, so the company could not be reached for comment. The company will not only add more rides this summer, but new eateries on the Boardwalk where Shoot the Freak, Ruby’s Bar, Cha Cha’s and five other businesses operated.

Berlingieri and his fellow business owners will be in court early next year to challenge the evictions.

Ruby’s is planning another protest on New Year’s Day — though given what happened to Berlingieri, it’s not clear if the bar’s stuff will even be there.

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Reader Feedback

me again from the swamp says:
hardy har har
Dec. 23, 2010, 3:36 pm
joe from midwood says:
good. bulldoze the whole damn area.
Dec. 23, 2010, 11:08 pm
jj from brooklyn says:
yeah. next they should bulldoze some of the mcmansions in midwood — replace them with soviet-style apartment houses, much more efficient.

pleeeeeeeze!
Dec. 24, 2010, 10:59 am
joe says:
you jealous rat you. you couldn't afford midwood. the mansions are too big for you and your 20 cats
Dec. 25, 2010, 12:32 am
joe says:
pleeeeeeeze!
Dec. 25, 2010, 12:34 am
nancy from coney says:
jj and joe what the heck does midwood and the housing there have 2 do with coney stay on topic
back 2 shoot frek
about time they got rid of that garbage dump of a disaster
its looked horrible
it smelled horrible
and they were all a bunch of pain in the butts with their loud barking that u heard up and down boardwalk
it made the whole place look trashy
it looks really nice there now
as for the rest of the places there
fix it up clean it up
and let them stay
no fancy smancy resturants etc gonna work down there
you have struggling middle class and tourist and beach pople that wont wanna dress up after hanging out on beach all day just 2 sit there
also who will be able 2 afford those places
Dec. 25, 2010, 9:22 am
K. from ArKady says:
Perhaps the old site can be rebuilt into something more modern and appropriate to the new neighborhood. I respectfully suggest, "Shoot the Plutocrats".
Dec. 26, 2010, 1:49 pm
Dorohy from Midwood says:

The businesses being evicted from the boardwalk are the reasons people come to Coney Island in the summer. If anyone wants to go to Shake Shack they can go to Manhattan to anyone one of their many restaurants. Coney Island is unique. That's why people love it.
Dec. 30, 2010, 2:15 pm
me again from the swamp says:
they should have charged Berlingieri to haul his garbage away.........disgusting. good riddance!
Dec. 31, 2010, 4:41 pm
me again from the swamp says:
if they hadn't boarded up the entrance, no one would have noticed
Dec. 31, 2010, 4:42 pm

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