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Coney Island Businesses Banding Together to Take on Landlord

Sunday, December 19, 2010

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The businesses on the Coney Island boardwalk that were asked to vacate last month say they'll be around in the new year and beyond.

 
The businesses on the Coney Island boardwalk who were asked to vacate last month say they'll be around in the new year and beyond. The restaurants, concessions, and food stands known as the Coney Island 8 have jointly hired a lawyer and public relations firm fighting their evictions. In the meantime, they're organizing a rally on January 1st to coincide with the annual Polar Bear swim.  Michael Sarrell is one of the owners of the longest operating business - Ruby's Bar.
 "Our goal in all of this is to remain a part of Coney Island as Ruby's has been for the past 75 years and how many businesses have also been for multiple years."
Sarrell says they're fighting the evictions on the grounds that the landlord did not act in good faith and gave the tenants reason to believe they could stay to be a part of the new Coney Island.
A spokesperson for leaseholder, Central Amusement International, says it looks forward to improving spaces formerly occupied by tenants such as Ruby's.
The eviction proceedings could take months. CAI would not say if new tenants could be moved in by the opening of the amusement park in May.

The restaurants, concessions and food stands known as the Coney Island 8 have jointly hired a lawyer and public relations firm to fight their evictions. In the meantime, they're organizing a rally on January 1 to coincide with the annual Polar Bear swim. Michael Sarrell is one of the owners of the longest operating business, Ruby's Bar.

"Our goal in all of this is to remain a part of Coney Island as Ruby's has been for the past 75 years and how many businesses have also been for multiple years," Sarrell said. He said they are fighting the evictions on the grounds that the landlord did not act in good faith and gave the tenants reason to believe they could stay to be a part of the new Coney Island.

A spokesperson for leaseholder, Central Amusement International, said it looks forward to improving spaces formerly occupied by tenants such as Ruby's. And that it is part of a plan that includes investing millions in updating the area.

The eviction proceedings could take months. CAI would not say if new tenants could be moved in by the opening of the amusement park in May.

 

 

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janet lynn from coneyisland

look at asberry park nj and venis beach ca. great places let coneyisland be a great place also. change is needed safety is needed. if you do not live in coney island you cannot understand how bad change is needed.

Jan. 02 2011 04:48 PM

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