Coney Island Development Corporation

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    New Yorkers Rally to Save 76-Year-Old Coney Island Bar, Ruby's

    ​You've probably heard that a number of Coney Island boardwalk businesses -- including iconic spots like Ruby's bar -- have lost their licenses. And this probably, if you're anything like us, makes you sad. Thor Equities has apparently given Ruby's just two weeks to vacate, according to Patell ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Nathan's In Danger...Or Is It?

    Yesterday, the Brooklyn Paper reported that Nathan's Famous hot dog stand in Coney Island might be closed as part of Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to build a 27-acre amusement park called "People's Playground." Eek! Where would we sober up after a day stumbling along the boardwalk, if not at the hot do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Mermaids of the World, Unite! Tomorrow's the Time on Coney Island

    Behold the great mermaid tail Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade isn't usually a place for broad political messages, except when reclaiming pasties as a symbol of women's empowerment can be considered political. These aren't normal times, however. Last year, as the battle over Thor Equities' plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    "Save Coney" Protestors Rain on City's Beach-Opening Parade

    Another sign that the weather gods hate Coney Island this year: Rainclouds and bitter winds met this morning's official ceremonies marking the reopening of the beach for the summer season. "It's a beautiful sunny day!" Parks Commissioner Adrian Benape taunted a crowd of schoolchildren shivering unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007
  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Bloomberg Unveils Coney Redevelopment Plan

    Locked in a stalemate with a developer over the future of Coney Island, city officials unveiled a new vision for the area that seemingly solves the problem: Make the disputed land into parkland. The parcel of Coney that includes the much-beloved Astroland would keep its current amusement zoning bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    Astroland Lives For One More Summer!

    The pirate ship will take flight again: In what seemed inconceivable only a few months ago, Astroland operator Carol Hill Albert and her landlord Thor Equities have agreed to a new lease that will keep the 45-year-old Coney Island institution open for another season. "I'm very pleased for my emplo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    Astroland Looking Like History

    Looks like the dream is over for Astroland. Barring a last-minute reprieve from developer Joseph Sitt, Astroland appears to be heading the way of Luna Park. The New York Post reported Friday that the city hasn't been able to find a new Coney Island home for the beloved 45-year-old amusement park. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    Last Ride at Astroland

    Save Astroland campaigner Brian Gotlieb tries to keep the dream (or at least the swinging pirate ship) alive. Photos by Neil deMause Yesterday was the official last day of business for Astroland, and supporters of the 45-year-old Coney Island institution turned out in hopes of sparking an 11th-hour ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2007

    Labor Day Pains

    Will this be the winter of Coney's discontent?

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007

    Will City Land Swap Make Coney Squabble Vanish?

    A reported land swap would preserve Coney Island's amusement area—and give Joe Sitt a nice little windfall. Photo: Wallyg via flickr In a Coney Island summer that has mostly been devoted to rumors and the report of rumors - Carol Albert is putting Astroland's rides on the block! Now she's taking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2007

    Coney Island Lives! Astroland, Maybe Not

    The remains of go-kart rides demolished by Thor Equities await the city's rezoning decision. Last night, the somewhat unlikely pairing of the Municipal Art Society (representing white-haired Manhattan urban planning geeks) and Coney Island USA (representing a different kind of geek) sponsored "Cone ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    April 3, 2007

    Coney Island's Last Ride? The Bulldozer!

    Behind the scenes, a scary game of chicken between the city and a developer who dreams of high-rise condos that won't amuse you

  • NYC Life

    June 21, 2005

    Scary Ride at Coney Island

    Extreme makeover not amusing to everybody in the amusement district