Closing Bell: Coney Islanders Want to Protect Their Garden From Marty’s Theater

Community Board 13 is meeting tonight to discuss Marty Markowitz’s pet project for a $51,000,000 amphitheater and arts center inside the landmarked Child’s Restaurant on Surf Avenue in Coney Island. Community organizers are urging residents to come out and testify in support of the community garden next to the former restaurant, which could be bulldozed for the 5,000-seat theater. Local gardeners have just finished reviving the Coney Island Boardwalk Garden in the wake of Sandy’s destruction, and they don’t want to see it bulldozed for a new development. It was designated permanent “Parks Open Space” in a settlement between the City and the Attorney General’s office in 2002, when more than a dozen gardens were threatened with demolition in 2002. The meeting is 7 p.m. tonight at Coney Island Hospital in the 2nd floor auditorium.

Marty Getting a Theater in Coney Island [Brownstoner]
Image via Wikimedia Commons

One Comment

  • Green Thumb gardens are never permanent and never “safe”. They are really there at the whim of the Parks Department and the City. If they can prove that there is not enough community use, and their standards get more stringent every year, then they can take over.

    Frankly, it sounds like this theater complex would be a greater benefit to the public and the community than the garden, and I am a community gardener myself. Sometimes you just have to give way to the public good and move on.