Joe Sitt

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Say Goodbye to St. Clair Diner, Hinsch's

    After 92 years of business, Greek diner St. Clair has closed in Brooklyn. Brownstoner reported that the dive on the corner of Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue closed last week, and now the windows are covered in paper -- never a good sign. According to Grub Street, developer Joe Sitt bought the bui ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Open & Closed: Say Hello to The Darby; Goodbye to Marfa

    Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Cooper 35 Asian Pub, known for its $3 cocktails, will be torn down in the coming months to make room for a new Joe Sitt high-rise. [NYU News via Grub Street] CB Holding Corp. has filed for Cha ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    Actual Honest-to-God New Rides Coming to Coney in May, New Coasters in 2011

    Photo by Neil deMause​In what's becoming a bit of a Coney Island tradition, City Hall officials shlepped out to Brooklyn in a slushstorm today to make the long-rumored announcement that the Italian firm Zamperla has been tapped to open a new amusement park in Coney to replace the dearly depart ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Sitt, City Close Coney Island Deal: About 7 Acres for Us, $95.6 Million for Him

    ​Developer Joe Sitt and his Thor Equitiies closed that deal with the city they set up in November that gives New York 6.9 acres of beachfront property and Sitt $95.6 million which, as Neil de Mause earlier reported, means he's already made back his investment and still has six acres of Coney t ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    City Buys Sitt Land, But Coney Future Still Hazy

    ​ It was, Mayor Bloomberg said more than once, "a day people probably thought never would arrive." After more than a year of negotiations and at least one false positive, the mayor and developer Joe Sitt took to the Blue Room podium today to announce that Sitt's Thor Equities has agreed to sel ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    City to Buy 7 Acres of Coney Boardwalk Property from Sitt

    It's long been assumed that developer Joe Sitt, who's been letting his vast holdings in Coney Island go all to hell, has been holding out for the best price he can get from the city, which has repeatedly shown interest in buying it. Today, a breakthough: it's reported that New York will pay $95.6 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    Citi Field Crumbling, Cyclones' Attendance Fall Bring Perverse Comfort to Mets Fans

    The New York Post says Citi Field is falling apart: "Huge signs have collapsed, outfield drains have clogged and there are numerous faulty air-conditioning systems and electrical outlets." Also Jerry Seinfeld's luxury box was flooded and is riddled with mold, so it's an ill wind etc. And the Mets' ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    In Interview, Bloomberg Praises Gehry, Approves Parking Tickets

    That Bloomberg interview referred to in yesterday's papers is out now in the Brooklyn Paper. In it, the Mayor continues to defend the Atlantic Yards project against what he calls "this small group of people" who oppose it, and to pine after the Frank Gehry design that might have been. With a modish ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    Live! Coney Island Council Vote!

    ​ Photo (cc) MapDork. Against all odds, there's actually working (sort of) WiFi in the city council chamber, so I'm going to attempt to liveblog today's final vote on the city's Coney Island rezoning plan. The council's land use committee gave its preliminary blessing last week, so the last ... More >>

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    July 24, 2009

    Freak Show Man Will Sue Over Puppy's Amputated Fifth Leg; Demands Reattachment

    The amputation of that five-legged puppy's fifth leg has not ended her usefulness to Coney freak show manager John Strong, who says he had a deal to buy and exhibit the monstrosity but saw his dream crumble when a nice lady bought the puppy instead, named it Lily, and had a vet remove the extraneous ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Council Caves on Coney; Sitt-to-City Deal Still in Works?

    Photo (cc) Spuz. The way things are going, the never-ending Coney Island rezoning process is going to have more "final hearings" than Astroland had last days. Originally scheduled to meet last week to weigh in on the shape of Coney's future, the city council's land use committee instead repeatedl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    Joe Sitt Weeps for Coney; Land Use Committee Considers Plan Tomorrow

    We are grateful to Brownstoner for tipping us to the Crain's New York Business article on Coney Island developer Joe Sitt, his habit of buying up city properties and flipping them for profits, and his attempts to do the same with his Coney holdings, though he tells Crain's (with tears in his eyes!) ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Coney Island Update: Preservationists Protest, Sitt Professes Love for Astrotower

    This week the Save Coney Island crew gave a City Hall press conference to protest the proposed shrinkage of Coney's 60 acres of amusement to 12. ("When properly programmed, 12 acres is a sufficient space," says the New York City Economic Development Corporation.) They brought the usual suspects, in ... More >>

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    May 17, 2009

    Coney's Giant Rat Stays In Out of the Rain

    Joe Sitt's much-hyped Festival By The Sea, famed of story and subway ads, was supposed to have its grand opening this weekend, but it was called on account of rain. Or alleged rain: Total precipitation for Friday and Saturday was less than a tenth of an inch, so skeptics will be forgiven for wonderi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Ruby's Bar on Coney Opens on Easter

    Ruby's, the big old boardwalk bar at Coney Island, its walls lined with photos of vintage Coney scenes, its jukebox stocked with vintage tunes, and its men's room graced by a vintage bog, will open on Easter Sunday. There was some question of it closing down -- Ruby's has had some trouble with the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Coney: New Dig, Times Dis, Cyclone Opens Sunday

    Kinetic Carnival looks at Joe Sitt's big dig at Stillwell Avenue and the Boardwalk at Coney Island and wonders what's up. Captain Nemo's readers speculate: new supports for the Boardwalk? Tents? A "Dream Land Amusement Park" is announced by lamppost sign for part of the blighted property. Gowanus' B ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Circus Coming to Coney Island?

    No, we're not writing to correct the date of the elephant parade again; that's totally on for Monday night. Here is other circus-connected news: The Brooklyn Paper's sources tell it that the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to Coney Island next summer. The expected circus site belo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Coney Community Board Votes Yes to Rezoning Plan, No to Plan's Actual Details

    It took four years, but the fate of Coney Island's future finally began the deliberative phase tonight, with a meeting of Brooklyn's Community Board 13 in the packed, sweltering auditorium of Coney Island Hospital to vote on the rezoning plan put forward last April by the Bloomberg administration, w ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009

    Coney Fans Offer New Plans

    image (cc) Mark Kehoe A petting zoo for cloned animals? A giant apple orchard? A freak show with yuppies in a cage? Some futuristic-looking NeoGothic towers? When a group of people gathered in Our Lady of Solace Church on Mermaid Avenue last night to discuss the future of Coney Island, the lines be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Thor Equities Not Done Ruining Coney Island

    Having turned the swaths of Coney Island under his control into wreckage, Thor Equities developer Joe Sitt is gunning for more: now he's offering $91 million for the three acres upon which the Thunderbolt ride sits. (The Post story contains the fun fact that the 'Bolt is owned by the guy who also ow ... More >>

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    November 24, 2008

    Astroland Going, Going...

    photos by Neil deMause Take a look at Astroland from a passing Q train, and you might not notice anything out of the ordinary: The Astrotower, the pirate ship, and other landmarks are still there as always. Approach the gates, though, and the first signs of demolition are obvious. The teacup ride s ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008
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    September 5, 2008

    Au Revoir, Coney Island

    Barring an after-the-last-minute reversal, it looks like Coney Island's Astroland amusement park is going to close. Co-owner Carol Albert has announced that, after long negotiations with the developers who bought the property, she has reached an impasse and told her employees that Sunday, September ... More >>

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    August 12, 2008
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    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

    April 24, 2008

    Locals Fear City Will Destroy Coney Island In Order To Save It

    Its ass is Gras? The Grashorn Building, dating to the 1880s, could be replaced by a 30-story hotel. When the city Economic Development Corporation announced last week--via a New York Times article by Charles Bagli--that it was revamping its years-in-the-works rezoning plans for Coney Island, much w ... More >>

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    March 17, 2008
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    November 9, 2007
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    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 >>

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    October 15, 2007
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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    September 7, 2007

    Rally Sunday to Save Astroland

    The Zipper is packed up and on a flatbed truck. The Zipper and The Spider are both heading for an amusement park in Honduras, according to the New York Post. The call to arms has gone out on the Coney Island Message Board: Rally for Astroland. Noon. Sunday. Surf Avenue Entrance to Astroland. Se ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2007

    Labor Day Pains

    Will this be the winter of Coney's discontent?

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    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 >>

  • News

    July 24, 2007

    Hot Dog With Relish

    Cyclones put Markowitz on a bobblehead doll. Now he'll pop up even more.

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    June 18, 2007

    Thor Throws a Coney Island Curveball

    No condos for Coney? Photo by Sidney Lo Developers Thor Equities dropped a bombshell yesterday afternoon, sending out a terse two-paragraph e-mail declaring that it had "completely eliminated the residential component of its proposed plan" and will instead offer "a plan that is compatible with ... More >>

  • News

    May 22, 2007

    On the Outs in Brooklyn

    The city's complicity behind the borough's soaring eviction rate

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    April 30, 2007
  • 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