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New 4,000-seat entertainment venue to open in Coney Island this summer

Coming soon: A new entertainment venue with room for 4,000 revelers will open this summer in the People’s Playground, at Bowery and W. 15th streets.
DEG Presents

The People’s Playground is about to get a lot more fun.

A new seasonal entertainment venue will open this summer just steps from the Coney Island seashore. Amuse at the Coney Island Art Walls — located at Bowery Street and W. 15th Street — will revitalize the neighborhood’s outdoor art space with a variety of events under the summer sun, according to the honcho behind the plan.

“We felt it was a great opportunity to combine our resources,” said Eddie Dean, who owns concert and venue promotion company DEG Presents. “We’re mainly coming in to fix it up and make it a little nicer. We want to be able to do some lifestyle events, foodie events, cultural events, and paid concerts as well.”

Amuse will occupy the 50,000-square-foot Thor Equities-owned lot, which is nearly the size of a football field and features a wall of street art from a cast of rotating local and international artists, behind Nathan’s Famous on Surf Avenue.

The entertainment space will feature a tent with room for 4,000 revelers to mingle and take in musical performances away from the sun’s glare, along with an outdoor seating area where Kings Countians can sip on custom cocktails and chow down on food from a variety of local vendors, according to Dean.

But the event producer said the main attractions will be inside the tent, where he hopes he can convince music legends to play.

“Hopefully we can get some really big artists to come and perform,” he said.

Amuse will host events between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, and the festivities will feature a combination of free events and ticketed concerts, with the first act — a concert and barbecue — set for June.

Dean added that Sodom by the Sea is the perfect place to host the new space, since it is known throughout the Big Apple — and the world — as a destination for entertainment and summer fun.

“If anybody knows me they know I love Coney Island,” he said. “The amount of history and the art — it’s like a movie set to me.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@schnepsmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.

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