Bloomberg's Coney Island Dream

NYC has purchased 7 acres of Coney Island from a developer, with the hopes of breathing new life into the People's Playground.
November 12, 2009, 12pm PST | Alek Miller
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"'I think the city made a good choice in buying the land in order to the area along the boardwalk for amusements forever,' said Dennis Vourderis, who family runs the only amusement park left, Dino's, and the Wonder Wheel, a city landmark. 'It won't be threatened by the development of apartments, shopping malls, or anything else. Now the question is, Who do we bring in to build this billion dollar amusement park.'"

"The Bloomberg administration has said it would not allow the site to lie fallow. It plans to find an interim operator and invest money in sprucing up the nearby Aquarium, designating up to 12 acres for amusements, renovating Steeplechase Plaza, creating a new park and installing a refurbished wooden carousel."

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Published on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 in The New York Times
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