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!) that “It’s my passion to make Coney Island better… It is the place where I played hooky and grew up.” The article also helpfully mentions that Sitt is a “childhood friend” of councilmember Dominic Recchia. This we knew, and that he protested in 2007 that Sitt and Thor Equities would not stand to see the site of Astroland “stay vacant.” And in a way, that came true, though not in a way many people like.
Recchia just happens to have issued a release promising to visit City Hall tomorrow morning with members of Coney Island for All to “demand the City include guarantees for good jobs and affordable housing in its plan to redevelop Coney Island” — that is, reject a proposed plan that he thinks doesn’t have enough of either — in advance of a Land Use Committee Hearing at 10 a.m. Representatives of unions and ACORN will go with him. Maybe Recchia can bring some of his rhetorical chops to the event: