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Coney Island Baby

November 4, 2010
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Speaking of fuckjobs, the developer who has been handed the rights to the Coney Island boardwalk has unilaterally decided not to renew the leases of some of the longstanding businesses on the boardwalk. Nathan’s remains, but pretty much everyone else is getting screwed. Shoot the Freak, gone. Ruby’s, gone. Cha Cha’s, gone. Paul’s Daughter, gone. Grill House, gone. Gyro Corner, gone. Beer Island, gone. Pio Pio Riko, gone.

This story has been well-covered, so here’s a selection of some of the news and commentary.

Out With the Old in Coney Island: Only 2 of 11 Boardwalk Businesses Invited Back « Amusing the Zillion

“They didn’t have the vision that we have for the Boardwalk,” Ferrari told ATZ. “It’s a business decision.” He says Zamperla/CAI’s vision is to revitalize the Boardwalk by making it a lively place open 365 days a year. But it’s also a matter of investment dollars. Luna Park is investing $1.4 million in a new restaurant at the corner of Surf and 10th Street, formerly occupied by Gregory & Paul’s. A Boardwalk restaurant/bar hoping to get a lease renewal would have had to make a million dollar investment as well, Ferrari said.

Coney Island Tenants Won’t Go Down Without a Fight : Going Down Fighting : Eater NY.

In an email with a link to this petition, a rep for the Concerned Citizens of Greenwood Heights writes, “If you give two shits about C.I.’s past, present or future…sign the petition…I am not saying Ruby’s or any of the establishments are the be-all-end-ll of C.I., but there must be a discussion, not a corporate take over.”

And that’s not the only resistance being formed against this week’s sudden string of Coney Island boardwalk evictions. Grub Street reports that the owners of many of the establishments that were given two weeks to pack up and move out, including Cha Cha’s, Ruby’s, Shoot the Freak, the Grill House, and Gregory & Paul’s, are meeting with a lawyer today to find a way to fight the owners of Luna Park. Meanwhile, Ruby’s will open on November 6 for a final farewell/rally to save the place

Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York: The Rape of Coney.

What’s to come? Upscale restaurants and middle-brow chains, the Xeroxed world we’re all subjected to, inured to, numbed to–and powerless to stop. Between Thor’s demolitions and Zamperla’s evictions, Coney Island is going to look like a massive car-wreck victim after multiple plastic surgeries. We won’t recognize her.

Said Ruby’s co-owner to the Daily News: “It’s really saying, ‘To hell with Coney Island the way it is and the way it was. We want to create a brand new, clean Coney Island for upscale people only.'”

Cha Cha Says Coney Businesses Will Fight ‘Criminal Act’ — Grub Street New York.

Lauryn Chinnici, a waitress at the Mulberry Street and Coney locations of Cha Cha’s, told us, “My heart is broken. I want to break down and cry. They’re going to try to turn it into A.C., but what they don’t understand is it’s an urban community and the urban is not going to move out of that community. Bloomberg does not go to bat for the people that live here and it’s all about the tourists and what they can bring in.” Cha Cha agrees: “Coney Island is the poor man’s paradise, and they’re full of baloney about making it a year-round amusement park. Unless they’re going to dome it, it’ll never be year-round. If these people think they’re going to go in there and pay year-round rent, it ain’t going to happen.” Citing boardwalk rumors presumably based on a Daily News item back in August, Cha Cha says, “To throw out people who’ve been there in order to bring in newcomers like Atomic Wings and Shake Shack is not the thing to do.”

Parting Shot: Freak Out — ANIMAL.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2010 9:14 am

    sad, sad bullshit!

  2. jco permalink
    November 4, 2010 10:43 am

    Horrible.

  3. November 4, 2010 1:55 pm

    They actually are going to pull up the wooden boardwalk and cover it with cement. One less place to go next summer. A sports bar in Ruby’s? Shoot the Freak and me while you’re at it.

  4. Fat Al permalink*
    November 4, 2010 4:56 pm

    Just wait for the announcement of the deals with Olive Garden and TGI Friday’s.

  5. jco permalink
    November 4, 2010 5:17 pm

    Yes. I read about the cement. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s a cement boardwalk.

  6. November 4, 2010 5:58 pm

    The world sucks, bad.

  7. Miriam Etienne permalink
    November 9, 2010 4:24 pm

    SAD SAD NEWS !!!

    AS YOUNG GIRL DAD AND I USED TO GO RIFE THE CYCLONE AND GO EAT JOSHUA KNISHES, NATHAN’S HOT DOGS, ZEPPOLI, FRIEND FISH NUGGETS, GINGER BEER, CORN DOGS, HUSH PUPPIES……………ANTHING MY LITTLE GIRL HEARTU DESIRED !!!

    I WASOLD BY A FRIEND OF THE FUTURE CLOSINGS BUT I DID NOT BELIEVE IT WAS GOING T O BE FOR REAL !!!

    SO THIS LAST JULY I WENT ALL MY MYSELF TO ” THE ANNUAL ROCKABILLY FESTIVAL AND JAMBOREE “…………….THANK GOD I DID !!!

    I STILL CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT……………THE CONEY ISLAND OF MY CHILDHOOD DREAMS IS…………….GONE……………….TRASHED AND ALL BECAUSE OF BIG SMART MONEY THAT HAVE BIG PLANS TO CONVERT CONEY INTO A …………..SOPHISTICATED ELITE SUPER RICH SPOT FOR THE WELL TO DO WHERE MOST OF US WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO PARTY……………IT WILL PRICE US OUT OF THE AREA…………….FOREVER !

    yOU KNOW THAT HAPPENED TO US HERE IN ………….HOBOKEN………….EVERYTHING IN ” HOBOKEN , n j ” IS SO MIGHTY EXPENSIVE PEOPLE H AD TO MOVE OUT !!!

    PEOPLE OF CONEY ISLANG GO TH IS 14 OF NOVEMBER AND FIGHT IT BACK !!!

    GO RALLY ON THE BOARWALK THIS NOVEMBER 15, RALLY OVERR AT CHA- CHA’S !!!

    THIS LAST DAY OPEN……………NOVEMBER 14, 2010

    FIGHT BACK PEOPLE OF CONEY !!!

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