Outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz will realize his dream of creating a theater on Coney Island, and it’s going to be housed in the now-empty but landmarked Childs Restaurant — the building with the terra cotta seashells. The city plans to team up with a private developer to turn the building into a year-round, 5,000-seat music hall and theater, reported The New York Times. Markowitz will contribute $48 million from his capital budget, and the city has previously pledged another $10 million. The developer, iStar Financial, plans to restore the facade to the historic building, as well as expand the theater into the community garden next door. It’s also possible that the theater may include an adjacent lawn from which people can view performances. The work is expected to take two years. And Childs Restaurant isn’t the only thing getting a facelift in Coney: The Daily News reported this morning that the parachute jump received a $2 million upgrade and is now equipped with 8,000 colored LED lights that can be programmed with rhythmic displays for shows and concerts. Gonna be another fun summer in Coney Island!
Next on the List for Coney Island: A New Theater [NY Times]
Coney’s Parachute Jump Gets $2M Upgrade and 8,000 LED Lights [NY Daily News]
New Ideas for Coney Island Child’s Restaurant Landmark [Brownstoner]
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