Casinos in Coney Island?


With Governor Cuomo’s dreams of a gambling mecca at Aqueduct in Queens dashed, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is reviving his calls for a roll of the dice in Coney Island. (He initially raised the idea back in January.) “It would be a tremendous thing for the future of Coney Island,” Markowitz told the Daily News, “and it’s the right place to put it.” And evidently some influential locals are in favor of the idea. “Coney Island is closer to Manhattan. It already has major transportation, four subway lines, we’re immediately off the Belt Parkway,” said Coney’s unofficial mayor Dick Zigun. “And we have other things to do with an amusement park and a beach.” As the photo above shows, there used to be gambling in Coney Island before the state made it illegal. What do you think of bringing it back?

Marty Markowitz renews push for gambling in Coney Island [NY Daily News]
Photo from New York Transit Museum

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