Posted in music | venues on June 2, 2009

Asser Levy Seaside Park

Two competing impressions of the new amphitheater planned for Asser Levy Seaside Park -- one fanciful, the other nightmarish -- collided head-on in Coney Island last week at a contentious and often ugly meeting of Community Board 13's parks committee, held at the New York Aquarium's Education Hall.

The world-famous Cyclone might be located right next door, but it was no match for the thundering roar that residents opposed to the plan produced.

One thing has emerged from the cacophony since: while residents living near the park view the amphitheater as a $64 million millstone tied around the community's neck, Borough Hall views it as the gleaming gateway to a new and reinvigorated Coney Island.

"There is a sea change that is about to happen," Borough Hall spokesperson Laura Sinagra told this newspaper. "Coney Island is going to enter another heyday and this [amphitheater] is going to be a part of that."

Planners are anticipating breaking ground on the new amphitheater by the end of the summer, but profound questions about the project remain...[YourNabe.com, May 28, 2009]

In related news, the Mermaid Parade and the Siren Festival are back this year.

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Comments (12)

naysayers. looks like these angry peeps will have heart attacks at any moment.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 11:13 AM

didn't the fall of Hillary2008 mean that we don't have to listen to senile old jews anymore? no offense, but they were going all Glenn Beck during the primary

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 11:18 AM

^^ Anonymous | June 2, 2009 11:18 AM

Not over sensitive and I can take a joke... but that kind of comment is offensive to some and unnecessary. My grandmother reads this website all of the time (she's 93)

Maybe post your thoughts on youtube instead.

Posted by Burg | June 2, 2009 11:45 AM

"didn't the fall of Hillary2008 mean that we don't have to listen to senile old jews anymore? no offense, but they were going all Glenn Beck during the primary"

I'll take senile old jews any day over anti-semitic hipster douchebag cowards. You wouldn't have the balls to say that in person, you pathetic fuckwad.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 11:52 AM

11:18 - you are an anti -semitic disgusting loser who knows nothing at all about the issues concerning that park so why don't you keep quiet - you vile loser.

and I agree with those people 100%. There more than enough places to put this in coney island without causing offense. this is in the middle of a residential neighborhood - it has no business there. there is so little park space available as it is.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 12:23 PM

Coney MEHland

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 1:41 PM

MEHwes

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 2:28 PM

leave it as it is. flat land, folding chairs for $5, creeps sitting next to you without caring/knowing who is actually on stage. in short, charming

Posted by dave | June 2, 2009 2:39 PM

hippiefest!

denny laine!!

nights in white satin!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2009 6:27 PM

Huey rocked the Ass' last summer (yes, my knickname). It ended at a decent hour, so nobody really complained about the noise. Unless the retired folks just don't dig them some "Heart & Soul". But you'd think some of them just might get "I Want a New Drug".

In all seriousness, what I don't get is why the city is wanting to mess with the current shell/ampitheater. There's nothing wrong with it. Maybe there's a cool multi-million dollar no-bid contract out there...

If this does go through, it better not screw with my Siren routine... the Ass' is a good place to burn one and chill out for a bit. Those port-a-potties are handy, too, since one of them is usually unlocked.

Posted by Sherm | June 2, 2009 6:39 PM

I'd like to know what gives these politicians the right to spend money on these projects without the taxpayers permission. It's our money and they are dictating to us what they are going to do.

Posted by alan cohn | August 28, 2009 1:09 AM

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