Now, more than ever before, the seed of 27-7, 365-day-a-year Coney Island is again being planted in the area’s fertile grounds, as talk is again sprouting up around bring Casino hotel to the People’s Playground.
Such a plan will bring long-needed employment to so many residents, long piled high in tall high-risers, with no nearby industries, other than the fun-factory amusement area, open just a few short months each year.
Indeed, Coney’s assets — abundant residents — have also become its handicap because industry has few areas available to expand.
So many years ago, Channel 7 did a broadcast from a Boardwalk bench in mid-winter, interviewing two renowned Coney greats, Ida Israel and the late Al Sinrod, then president of Coney Board of Trade. When the interviewer asked “What does Coney Island need most of all?” Al replied “Three things: jobs, jobs, and jobs.”
That testament remains true today.
Can you think of a better bargain for our new governor to strike? Isn’t Coney a better area for a casino hotel development than an empty race track in less-accessible Queens? Aren’t oceanfront hotels more desirable than those that view the airport?
The time to answer the call to redevelop our Coney Island is at its ripest while our state is in session. We now have the opportunity to catch up, neigh, surpass New Jersey, and bring development to god’s great acres, the sunny sands along the sparkling Atlantic Ocean in our very own Coney Island.
We’ve got it all — every train connects to Coney with a single fare; three airports all less than an hour away, and our beloved Boardwalk, waiting to support so many happy feet and share its salty healthy breezes.
Come alive Albany and put your best foot forward, don’t’ sell your best bet short.
All Americans need some soft sand beneath their toes, sprinkled with god-given sunshine. We’re proud to launch the drive to put our best foot forward in Coney Island, where casino’s must rise.
This is Lou Powsner.
Lou Powsner's column appears twice on month on BrooklynDaily.com. He is 92 years old, and does not have an e-mail account.