Vox Pop: Should a casino open in Coney Island?

Coney Island sounds off on casino gambling

for The Brooklyn Paper
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“Yes, as it brings the fun closer to the city. Casinos are fun.” Dolly Namdarian Manhattan
“Yes and no. Casinos generate money and employment but mess up the community. There are many low-income people in Coney Island that will end up gambling and lose their rent and food money. It will generate jobs, but create financial problems for many.” Edward Rivera Coney Island

“Casinos would be good in Coney Island because they would be close to my house.” Mike Scodese Gravesend
“Yes, it brings money to the city.” Howie Stozki Dekran, New Jersey

“I would love to see a casino in Coney Island. Casinos are cool.” Anaelle Caroline Paris, France

“I’m not in favor of bringing a casino here. It is gross gentrification” Margaret Powers Providence, RI

Mayor Bloomberg and Borough President Markowitz are at odds over bringing casino gambling to Coney Island. Markowitz says that the People’s Playground would be a perfect fit for what he sees as a job-and-money generator for the neighborhood, but Bloomberg — who is personally opposed to gambling — say there’s no proof casinos improve the areas they’re built in.

We walked along the Boardwalk to see what both residents and visitors thought of bringing casinos to Coney Island:

Reach Deputy Editor Thomas Tracy at or by calling (718) 260-2525.
Updated 5:35 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mickey Shea from Greenpoint says:
Bloomberg is a moronic midget moonbat.
Queen Nanny.
Aug. 22, 2012, 7:42 am

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