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December, 2007

Polar Bears in hot water

Coney Island: The annual New Year’s swim at Coney Island used to be only about jumping into the frigid ocean — but now, the Polar Bear Club is finding itself in uncomfortably hot water for accepting a donation from Thor Equities, the mega-bucks developer that wants to create a Vegas-style amusement and residential district along the Boardwalk. Comments (3)

Coney Island’s wild ride

Coney Island: This year, Coney Island residents debated two visions for the neighborhood — one presented by the Bloomberg Administration, the other presented by the area’s principal landowner, Thor Equities. This week, we invited a proponent of each plan to slug it our in our first ever Coney Island Smackdown! Comments (29)

November, 2007

Coney baloney: Pols shut down meeting, say mayor’s plan for amusement zone won’t fly

Coney Island: A state senator who opposes Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island redevelopment plan claimed victory at the first public hearing on the proposal Monday night, boasting that he shut down the meeting by bussing in hundreds of people to the event. Comments (2)

Hypocrisy in Coney

Editorial: Some elected officials have come out against the mayor’s plan for Coney Island. Where were they when the mayor was making the same mistake at Atlantic Yards? Comment

Foes of Coney plan shut down meeting

Coney Island: A state senator who opposes Mayor Bloomberg’s Coney Island redevelopment plan claimed victory at the first public hearing on the proposal Monday night, boasting that he was able to shut down the meeting by bussing in hundreds of people to the event. Comments (1)

Freaks: Bloomy saved Coney

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg was hailed as the savior of Coney Island this week, even as new questions emerged about his grand redevelopment vision — one that does not differ too greatly from the maligned Thor Equities plan it replaces. Comments (3)

Coney Island’s future is in good hands: Bloomy’s

Letters: Our mailbag is bursting with letters about Coney Island, the invasion of the nuthatches, Sen. Charles Schumer’s “painful’ support for new Attorney General Michael Mukasey, a gay and lesbian political group’s rejection of Atlantic Yards, and a new rivalry on the muddy Gowanus Canal. Comment

Coney cheers Bloomy’s amusement plan

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg’s vision of turning part of Coney Island into a unified, 50-acre, city-owned amusement park met with hollers of approval among Coney stalwarts on Friday. Comment

Sitt out on Coney Island: Mayor plans to buy out Joe

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday brushed aside developer Joe Sitt’s plan to turn Coney Island into a Las Vegas–style playground on the Boardwalk — while proposing his own, remarkably similar plan. Comment

Navy Yard gets historic

Coney Island: Mayor Bloomberg (and his would-be successor, Speaker Christine Quinn) journeyed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday to unveil a $15-million historical center that will celebrate the Navy Yard’s illustrious role as a ship-building Mecca during World War II, when it employed 70,000 people. Comments (1)

Big deal. Astroland has been saved. Now what?

Letters: Our mailbag is full as usual! Comment

October, 2007

Ride on! Sitt gives Coney Island fave Astroland a new lease on life

Coney Island: Astroland — the beloved Coney Island amusement park that supposedly closed shop for good this fall — has gotten a one-year stay of execution. Comment

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September, 2007

Sitt on it

Coney Island: Embattled Coney Island developer Joe Sitt will allow the carnie attractions that line the fabled Boardwalk to remain open another year without a raise in rent — and it looks like Astroland may be next to get the long-awaited stay of execution. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Coney Island: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment

Lastroland

Coney Island: Activists rushed to Coney Island’s Astroland this Sunday to rally in support of the doomed amusement park, which is slated to be demolished. Comments (1)

All drawn out

Coney Island: Our cartoonist’s take. Comment

Clone star’s mom loves Paper’s Triple-Threat

Letters: Letters about Ed Shakespeare’s coverage of the Cyclones; the Arabic language and culture school, Khalil Gibran International Academy; racism at the McCarren Park pool; the redevelopment of Duffield Street; the state of repair — or disrepair — of the Coney Island Boardwalk; a plea to retain an artist’s Borough Hall project; redevelopment of Coney Island; and one woman’s particular love for “Alex.” Comment

August, 2007

Readers respond to The Paper’s Arabic school coverage, editorial

Letters: Our Inbox was stuffed with letters about our coverage of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, our coverage of Councilman Simcha Felder (in a note from the Councilman himself!), the development of Coney Island, parrots in Park Slope, a neighborhood brothel, luxury development Downtown, and a strange omission on Borough President Markowitz’s Web site. Comment

PR war in Coney

Coney Island: The city has brought in new troops in its ongoing public relations war against a would-be Coney Island developer, hiring a high-powered former state Assemblywoman for a new PR blitz a month before the fight is set to begin in earnest. Comment

Nathan’s grandson chides Paper for pro-Thor editorial

Letters: This week’s mailbag is full of letters about our coverage of Thor Equities’ Coney Island plan, Borough President Markowitz’s dream of a Brooklyn Nordstrom, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, a bike lane on Ninth Street, an unstable stable near a construction site in Kensington, and, of course, our recent award as “Newspaper of the Year.” Comment

Hotel Deno

Coney Island: Coney Island carney seeks rooms of his own as city acts to derail Thor’s plan. Comment

Why not Thor?

Editorial: What does the city have against Joe Sitt and his company, Thor Equities? Comments (1)

Zigun: Zip for Sitt

Coney Island: Coney Island developer Joe Sitt is being accused of backing out of a deal to save a historic Coney Island building. Comment

June, 2007

To get Coney job done, Sitt looks to Ratner’s playbook

Coney Island: Coney Island developer Joe Sitt is now hawking for a “binding agreement” with local leaders to make his $1.5-billion amusement and hotel fantasyland become reality — hinting this week at a Atlantic-Yards-style solution to his ongoing problem of gaining support for his glitzy proposal. Comment

Coney cool to scaled-down plan

Coney Island: Mega-developer Joe Sitt says that Coney Island responded “Go, Joe, go” when he showed off his revamped plan to transform the area’s beleaguered amusement area — but actually the neighborhood is saying, “No, Joe, no.” Comment

Let Joe Sitt build

Editorial: The Paper urges the city to get out of the way and let the market dictate what developer Joe Sitt can build in Coney Island. Comment

Coney wants one more ride

Coney Island: Coney Island’s historic Astroland Park did the tilt-a-whirl this week — first putting all its rides up for sale, then apparently pulling them back as elected officials scrambled to give the doomed amusement park one last ride. Comments (3)

Circus is coming to Coney Island

Coney Island: Coney Island is not dead yet, apparently. The carnival community will crawl with freaks for at least a few more days this summer, thanks to 13 performances by the Cole Bros. Circus, starting on July 30. Comment

April, 2007

Freaking out over Coney Island

Coney Island: Carnies descend on City Hall to protest waterfront condos. Comment

March, 2007

Coney Island looks like bomb hit it

Coney Island: Joe Sitt is clearing land throughout Coney Island, even as his $2-billon Vegas-on-the-Boardwalk plan appears stalled. Comments (2)

February, 2007

Freak to city: Good job

Coney Island: The city’s rejection of a plan to build new residential towers along Coney Island’s fabled Boardwalk has the neighborhood’s biggest freak, Dick Zigun, cheering. Comments (1)

Marty’s Coney plan not a done deal

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz has a flashy plan for a new “state-of-the-art” performing arts venue in Coney Island — but not everyone in the rundown Riviera is cheering. Comments (1)

Roadblock! City not ready to yield to Thor

Coney Island: City planners have thrown up a roadblock to an ambitious plan to turn Coney Island’s rundown amusement area into a Vegas-style theme park complete with a hotel, a new roller-coaster, entertainment venues and hundreds of units of housing. The housing, apparently, is the problem. Comments (2)