Astroland is gone and fiesty seaside merchant Dianna Carlin‘s popular Lola Starr Souvenir Boutique has been banished from the boardwalk.
But historic and architecturally challenged Coney Island watering hole Ruby’s Bar & Grill will open for the season on Easter Sunday, April 12, after operator Michael Sarrel and family successfully negotiated Read More
We told you last week about funky, fighting Coney Island boardwalk retailer Dianna Carlin getting evicted by landlord Joe Sitt’s Thor Equities. And we told you about the rather accusatory literature (see above) circulating regarding Mr. Sitt and the Bloomberg administration’s would-be development plans for the amusement district.
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Here’s a look at some of the latest creations from a boisterous group of Coney Island enthusiasts, newly energized as Coney mega-landlord Joe Sitt has begun not renewing leases. The group, the Coney Island Coalition, sent an email to us on Wednesday saying they were planning a rally today at the boardwalk where they Read More
Thor Equities, the mall developer angling to transform Coney Island’s ragtag carnival of independent shops into a spangled $2 billion resort by the sea, has exiled Coney Island’s reigning misfit Dianna Carlin, declining to renew her clothing boutique’s lease on the Coney Island boardwalk, reports The Brooklyn Paper:
“They have malicious plans Read More
Coney Island merchant Dianna Carlin continues her quest to reopen her Lola Staar Dreamland Roller Rink in the abandoned Childs Restaurant building with the first of two fund-raisers tonight.
Ms. Carlin is trying to raise the necessary funds for an assembly permit to cover the whole 60,000-square-foot building — the cost Read More
"How about making some noise for opening the beach?" Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe said from the podium, as brightly dressed protesters standing behind a police line chanted, "Thor no more! Thor no more!"
So began another politically charged season at Coney Island under appropriately gloomy skies on Thursday morning.
"I was so glad Read More
Coney Island merchants sent out a terse press release Friday afternoon in response to "an ominous fence which is obstructing the entrances to an entire block of businesses on the boardwalk."
The Parks Department, which erected the fence a day earlier, issued the following explanation via email to The Observer:
The Parks Department Read More
Seaside merchants have long complained about the sorry state of Coney Island’s rickety boardwalk.
And some say the city’s latest attempt to address the situation isn’t really helping:
"Instead of fixing the boardwalk in front of the businesses that go from Stillwell [Avenue] to 12th Street, the Parks Department decided to build this Read More
"It was a great night and it was definitely a huge success by all accounts," gushed Coney Island T-shirt maven Dianna Carlin following last Saturday night’s splashy grand opening party at her Lola Staar Dreamland Roller Rink in the abandoned landmark Childs Restaurant building on the boardwalk.
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Curbed and Gowanus Lounge have photos (and video!) from Saturday evening’s opening party for the Lola Staar Dreamland Roller Rink in Coney Island. The rink is the brainchild of Dianna Carlin, whom my colleague Chris Shott profiled in last week’s Observer.
Ms. Carlin got the money for the rink from Read More