Last week, the open-air Ford Amphitheater on the Coney Island Boardwalk, at 3052 West 21st Street in southern Brooklyn, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 5,000-seat venue debuted its first show, Impractical Jokers, on Friday. Live Nation is operating the amphitheater, according to Crain’s, and the location now serves as the new home of Seaside Summer Concert Series, which hosts free shows during the summer months. The three-story former Childs Restaurant Building, an individual landmark, was renovated and incorporated into the new amphitheater structure. The 90,164-square-foot building will also feature a restaurant on the ground floor and the rooftop, although it’s unclear when that will open. The rest of the property includes 40,000 square feet of public open space. The project is the work of iStar Financial, the nonprofit Coney Island USA, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). Gerner, Kronick + Valcarcel (a.k.a. GKV Architects) is the architect of record.
Coney Island-based PYE Properties has filed applications for a two-story, 14,517-square-foot commercial building at 825 Surf Avenue, located on the corner of West 8th Street on Coney Island. According to the Schedule A, the 27-foot-tall building will house an amusement arcade, which will help to revitalize the disinvested and still Hurricane Sandy-damaged amusement park. Frank Martarella III’s Staten Island-based thinkDESIGN Architecture is the architect of record. The 15,369-square-foot lot has 213 feet of street frontage and is positioned right below the West 8th Street-New York Aquarium stop on the F/Q trains. PYE Properties acquired the vacant lot in 2015, according to Amusing The Zillion.
Developer iStar has filed applications for a nine-story, 135-unit supportive housing project at 2002 Surf Avenue, at the corner of West 21st Street on Coney Island, located seven blocks from the Coney Island-Stillwell Av stop on the D/F/N/Q trains. The structure will encompass 118,743 square feet, and will feature 7,815 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The apartments above should average 732 square feet apiece, and amenities listed in the Schedule A include bike storage, a fitness center, a laundry, a community room, an courtyard on the second floor, an a rooftop terrace. Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect of record. The developer is ground-leasing the 18,867 square-foot property from the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), according to The Real Deal.
In the summer of 2015, iStar Financial and Coney Island USA received the green light to begin renovation work on the dilapidated three-story, 56,300 square-foot Childs Building, an individual landmark, at 3052 West 21st Street, on Coney Island. The building will be anchored by a restaurant but will also have community space and a rooftop terrace. An interconnected 5,000-seat amphitheater is also planned on the adjacent lot. The New York Times now reports construction is finally underway on both the Childs Building and the performance venue, and the amphitheater’s metal framework can be seen taking shape. The complex is expected to be complete later this year. The developer are leasing the land from the city through a 10-year contract.
The city is moving forward with plans to seize multiple Coney Island waterfront properties along the amusement park’s Boardwalk, New York Post reports. The properties will total 75,000 square feet. 60,000 square feet of vacant land will be acquired between West 15th and 16th streets, where the old Thunderbolt roller coaster once stood, another vacant tract of land between West 22nd and 23rd streets will change hands, and, finally, a 9,000-square-foot amusement shop at West 12th Street is targeted. The Parks Department will build a long-planned esplanade connecting the park’s existing attractions at the Thunderbolt site, in addition to building new attractions. In the process, infrastructure work will occur in order for mixed-use developments to rise within the surrounding neighborhood. The eminent domain actions are expected to take a year.