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    I just can't see that mall entrance costing $11M.....

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    ^ I was about to say the same thing.

    A few steps and planters (and not even really great looking ones either) cost $11 million now?

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    Article can be found at http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article...TATE/130229993

    Sandy victims will move to head of NYC housing line

    A new program will reserve up to 25% of the units in new city-built or -financed housing developments for low- and middle-income families displaced by the storm.


    Matt Chaban @MC_NYC
    Courtesy of the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development

    Rendering of Coney Island Commons, a new 195-unit development that will be the first project to have up to 25% of its units reserved for Sandy victims.

    Published: February 20, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    To help some of the thousands of New Yorkers who were displaced by Superstorm Sandy find permanent housing, the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development will offer units in its new developments to those who lost their homes and apartments. The first such will be a 195-unit property in Coney Island expected to open in the summer.


    "The week after the disaster, we were all just thinking very hard about how we could rally or marshal existing resources to the benefit of people who were displaced," said Housing Commissioner Mathew Wambua. "This was just one of the ideas we brainstormed."


    Starting immediately, low- and middle-income families displaced by the storm will have first call for up to 25% of the units in new projects subsidized by HPD or financed by the city's Housing Development Corp.
    Tenants still have to meet the income restrictions set for each individual project, but assuming they qualify, these families would get preference over all others up to 25% of the units.


    The city predicts this could help house hundreds of displaced families, and there is currently no sunset to the program. Rather, it will likely be in operation until all Sandy-struck, lower-income families are accounted for.


    Coney Island Commons, a 195-unit development just off Surf Avenue near Sea Gate, will be the first project to have up to 25% of its units reserved for storm victims. Any prospective residents will still have to make no more $49,800 a year for a family of four in order to qualify.


    The $79.5 million Coney Island Commons is being developed by Kretchmer Companies. The complex has a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as 39 units for the formerly homeless. Of the 156 standard apartments, as many as 39 will be available for Sandy families. The complex also includes a YMCA recreation center on the ground floor.


    Though the project was in the city's flood zone A, it came through Sandy with only minor damage and construction was not delayed, thanks in part to modern building techniques that compensated for its coastal location. Applications for the project are being accepted through March 26, and the project is expected to be finished by the summer, when families can begin to move in.


    Mr. Wambua said it was merely coincidental that the first project with the Sandy preference was located in Coney Island, and projects throughout the five boroughs will take the displaced into consideration for housing lotteries.


    "This is something we are committing to for all of our projects, not just those that are proximate to the disaster," Mr. Wambus said. "This first project could just as easily have been in the South Bronx, it just happened to be in Coney Island."


    The new development program compliments one HPD has been running since the weeks after the storm, where it made vacant units in its projects available to families displaced by Sandy. "We are going to do everything we can to help these people find safe, secure, affordable housing again," Mr. Wambua said.


    Should a project get less than 25% of its applicants coming from Sandy evacuees, the units will be assigned to the next families on the list.


    Mr. Wambua acknowledged that this new preference could lead to some families in HPD's highly competitive lotteries not getting housing where they otherwise might have, but he said he was comfortable with making this special exception. "The fact is these are still low-income folks, and these are folks who have been brutalized by the storm," Mr. Wambua said. "We do it with heads held high and without apology."



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    ^ That's atrocious looking. Commie blocks in 2014.

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    New Roller Coaster Promises Coney Island a Return of Thrills

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    The site of the new Thunderbolt was prepared for a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday. Credit Michael Nagle for The New York Times

    Fasten your seatbelts. This summer, New York City thrill seekers will be able to experience a 90-degree vertical drop, followed by a 100-foot loop and a zero-gravity roll, along with dives, hills and a corkscrew — all within two minutes.
    The Thunderbolt roller coaster is returning to Coney Island, only this time, it will be made of steel, not wood, and will reach speeds of 55 miles per hour. On Monday, the city broke ground on the new roller coaster, which will sit where the original Thunderbolt operated from the 1920s through the early 1980s. It will be the first coaster in the area since 1910 to hurtle riders upside-down.

    “The Thunderbolt roller coaster represents another exciting step forward in the continued revitalization of Coney Island,” said Kyle Kimball, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, which has overseen the restoration of Coney Island.

    The $10 million cost of building the ride represents the single largest private investment in Coney Island’s amusement strip in decades. Designed and manufactured by Zamperla, of Italy, the roller coaster will be operated by Central Amusement International, which also runs Coney Island’s Luna Park, as the amusement area is called.

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    A rendering of the roller coaster, which will be made of steel, not wood, and will reach speeds of 55 miles per hour. Credit Luna Park NYC/ZamperlaWhile the announcement on Monday featured a half-dozen ceremonial shovels, construction on the roller coaster will actually begin this week. Its 2,233 feet of track, rising 115 feet, will take shape next to the B&B Carousell, the antique merry-go-round that underwent an extensive restoration and reopened last summer. City officials said the roller coaster should be ready by Memorial Day.

    The Thunderbolt will serve as a modern counterpoint to the Cyclone, the beloved, clattering, wooden roller coaster — and New York City landmark — that opened in 1927. It will feature three cars, each with a capacity of nine passengers.

    The new attraction had visitors enthused.

    Scott O’Malley, of Manasquan, N.J., succumbed to the pull of the boardwalk after attending a friend’s funeral on Long Island. He was taking photographs in the late-winter light and reliving childhood memories. A native of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Mr. O’Malley said that he spent his summers at Coney Island and rode the Cyclone “at least 100 times.”

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    Workers adjusted the tracks on the original Thunderbolt in 1954. It opened in 1927. CreditNeal Boenzi/The New York TimesBut he said the new roller coaster would help Coney Island stay competitive. “How far is it to Six Flags?” he asked, referring to Great Adventure, the giant amusement park in Jackson, N.J. “It’s what the public demands.”
    The new Thunderbolt, which will rise near Surf Avenue and West 15th Street, is part of a broader effort by the Economic Development Corporation to re-energize Coney Island, which in recent decades had become rundown and shed visitors.

    In 2009, the City Council adopted a plan calling for expansion of the historic amusement area, the creation of new housing and investment in municipal infrastructure. Last summer, Coney Island’s Luna Park had three million visitors, a record high.

    “Any new addition to the amusement park is really beneficial to the entire area,” said Johanna Zaki, director of operations for the Alliance for Coney Island, a nonprofit group that represents local merchants. “It’s a boost to the local economy.”

    The old Thunderbolt roller coaster operated on the site from 1925 until 1982 and was dismantled by the administration of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in 2000. The ride had a star turn in the Woody Allen film “Annie Hall.” In the movie, the faded house directly beneath the Thunderbolt was the fictional home of Alvy Singer, the character played by Mr. Allen. The house burned down in 1991.




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    How much you wanna bet a single ride is going to cost more than a port authority bridge/tunnel toll

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    There won't be a shortage of people waiting in line to go on it though.

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    Of course, they'll be operating a money printing press. And those that don't feel like waiting an hour for 3 minutes of overpriced death-defying action will instead be spending on overpriced trinkets, fried foods, and other Luna Park rides

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    Watch: Historic Coney Island Recreated Using a 3-D Printer

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    Scale model details the fantastic Luna Park from a century past


    TIME Magazine
    May 23, 2014

    “More remains of ancient Rome than of turn-of-the-century Coney Island,” says Brooklyn artist Fred Kahl, explaining why he chose to create a detailed scale model of an amusement park from 100 years ago. “This is … about a deep love of Coney Island as the cultural melting pot and showcase for presenting cutting-edge technology as entertainment.”

    The result of his passion is the world’s largest-ever 3-D printed art installation. It fills an entire gallery at the Coney Island Museum, which reopens Memorial Day Weekend after being shuttered since October 2012 to repair damage from Hurricane Sandy.Kahl began working with 3-D printing a few years ago. He created his own open-source hardware for making full-body scans using an Xbox Kinect game controller to capture 3-D images of his subjects. He raised over $16,000 via Kickstarter to get the Coney Island project started in 2013; a year later, he has assembled hundreds of 3-D prints and produced over an estimated 10,000 hours of print time for the installation dubbed, “Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3-D Printed by the Great Fredini.”

    The video above was produced by filmmaker Ronni Thomas, creator of The Midnight Archive web-video series. He says he was drawn to make “Printing History,” as a fellow artist and borough-mate of Kahl’s: “As a born and raised Brooklynite,” Thomas says, “Coney Island has long been a beacon for the peculiar and the other-wordly obsessions i’ve held since my very first childhood memories.”

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    Blech ! "Renaissance" needs to be removed from the thread title forthwith!


    Sadly, Coney Island's First New Hotel in Decades Isn't Pretty

    April 8, 2015, by Hana R. Alberts


    Photo by Diana Baggott via Amusing the Zillion.

    It's the farthest possible thing from Coney Island's erstwhile high-end resorts from the Victorian era, but it's something. Amusing the Zillion reports that a Sleep Inn at Stillwell Avenue and Avenue Z will open in about three months, marking a milestone—the first hotel to open in the neighborhood in "many decades." Sure, it's not an attractive building, but it'll provide ample affordable accommodation for tourists without messing up the vibe of old-school Surf Avenue. Nostalgia (and vintage photos) remind us that the Coney Island of the past was much more idyllic, but let's try to prioritize function over form in this case. Just this once.

    Coney Island Area's 1st Hotel in Decades to Open This Summer [AtZ]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...snt_pretty.php

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