Starving for Attention

Monday, June 23, 2008

Charles Denson, director of the Coney Island History Project and author of Coney Island: Lost and Found, joins us to talk about the City's latest plan for the future of Coney Island and tomorrow's public hearing. Also, 2008 Coney Island Mermaid Queen and the director of the Church of Stop Shopping, Savitri D, talks about her hunger strike to save Coney.


Savitri D and Charles Denson

Comments [17]

Rita from Brooklyn

Enough Blight and honky tonk. Redevelop and bring Coney into the 21st Century. Movie theaters bowling alleys and stores beats empty lots in the winter.

Jun. 23 2008 10:36 PM
Lee from NYC

Nostalgia is wonderful, but Coney is currently in need of a major fixer upper. It's fun to wax nostalgic about what was and the deep historical past. Reality is, times have changed and Coney needs to be redevloped for the future of locals and visitors. The need for year round jobs and economic revitalization should be emphazied along with preservation of amusements. Times are tough and an infusion of economic prosperity is long overdue. If retail is the driver then so be it. There is a balance and it can be achieved, with an open mind.

Jun. 23 2008 04:34 PM
Dave from New York

You rich yuppie transplants just STFU.

Coney Island is real New York, baby. That's why you don't like it, it represents everything you're trying to destroy.

Jun. 23 2008 01:19 PM
mc from Brooklyn

I don't want to see the unique sort of carny atmosphere completely go away at Coney Island. At the same time the people who live down there are so poor. The neighborhood is awful. Keyspan Park was supposed to bring jobs and opportunity and I don't see any evidence that it has gotten better for the people who live there.

Jun. 23 2008 01:03 PM
Amy from manhattan

I think malls are a bad idea, but frankly what is so wonderful about a littered beach, old, crotchety rides and a boardwalk filled with deep fried foods? Not much in my opinion.

Jun. 23 2008 11:05 AM
peter from manhattan

coney island needs to be spruced up.more people will go if it is nicer.

Jun. 23 2008 10:58 AM
Steve from Manhattan

Pressure valve indeed - and we're going to need it when the Bush Depression gets underway.

Jun. 23 2008 10:57 AM

I grew up near Coney Island and this is all sad, but honestly the problem is that (1) small businesses are dying in NYC in general and (2) owners in Coney Island sold these places out and created this problem.

R.I.P. Coney, but at this point I don't see what most people can do to save the place.

Jun. 23 2008 10:57 AM
tF from 10021

do the rich white people, who are buying apartments there, know what kind of people go to Coney Is. i was down there once. the beach is disgusting!

Jun. 23 2008 10:57 AM
Marcio Kelmanson from Brooklyn, baby..

Brian, of course the people defending the mall obviously are not interested in culture and don't listen to WNYC, threfore you don't get anyone defending it!

Jun. 23 2008 10:56 AM
Jon from NYC

This reminds me so much of the Hotel Pennsylvania, where developer$ strip everything of historical, architectural, emotional, or even tourist value in order to replace it with shopping malls that turn into abandoned lots as soon as the economy tanks...

Jun. 23 2008 10:56 AM
Kate Brehm from Manhattan

Charlie mentioned that he was working with the city to change Coney Island, but then they suddenly changed the way they were dealing with him. Can he say more about that?

I think developers tend to submit one plan, which gets approved and then change it later to something that wouldn't have gotten approved in the first place.

Jun. 23 2008 10:56 AM
hjs from 11211

this is happening (this rape of the city) all over the city!
it will continue until working people start working together.

Jun. 23 2008 10:52 AM
Katie from Forest Hills

What does the Mermaid Queen represent?

Is she queen of the gay pride parade? Please explain more.

Jun. 23 2008 10:52 AM
Tara from New York, NY

Mermaid hunger strike? Give me a break!

Jun. 23 2008 10:50 AM
mike from manhattan

I'm sympathetic to his point, but rhetoric like "predatory speculator" and condos like "cancer cells" really turns me off. It may be a worthy cause, but it's not the holocaust.

Jun. 23 2008 10:50 AM
Mary Kaushansky from Coney Island, New York

She lives in Windsor Terrace. Some people will do just about anything for a cause. People who don't live there don't know what people that do live there want.

Jun. 23 2008 10:47 AM

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