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NYCEDC and NYC Parks Release RFP for New Amusements in Coney Island

Feb 06 2017

Builds on de Blasio Administration’s investments to enrich Coney Island community

BROOKLYN, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and NYC Parks today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development and operation of new amusements, games, or entertainment in Coney Island’s historic amusement district. NYCEDC and NYC Parks are seeking proposals for the development of five parcels totaling 150,000 square feet alongside of the Thunderbolt, Wonder Wheel and other iconic Coney amusements.

The City is seeking plans to activate five parcels along the boardwalk to enhance the Coney Island experience for visitors and residents, and create quality jobs. Proposals could include amusements and entertainment uses such as rides, attractions, concerts and other performances. The City is also seeking proposals that align with Coney Island’s tradition of public access, including affordable pricing.

The five parcels are located between Surf Avenue and the boardwalk, between West 16th and West 10th Streets, in the heart of Coney Island’s historic amusement district. NYCEDC will be hosting an optional site visit for interested respondents on February 17th and proposals are due on March 17, 2017. Questions regarding this RFP should be directed to [email protected].

“Coney Island just keeps getting better," said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. "The de Blasio Administration is working to grow jobs in the amusement district, building affordable housing and investing in critical infrastructure. It's all part of our effort to improve quality of life and expand opportunities for Coney Island residents while preserving the unique culture of this historic destination.”

“We’re excited about the continued development of Coney Island and look forward to the completion of this project,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “The new attractions coming to Coney Island will bring significant economic opportunities to this neighborhood, and give visitors yet another reason to visit New York’s most iconic beach and boardwalk. We appreciate the collaborative efforts of NYCEDC, the Mayor's office, and the local elected officials who all play a major part here.”

"Expanding the already exciting array of activities in the iconic Coney Island amusement district means more employment opportunities for local residents and more reasons for New Yorkers to continue making the People's Playground one of our city's premier recreational destinations. As we continue working to secure more integral quality of life upgrades for members of this community, I commend NYCEDC, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor's administration for a victory that benefits all local stakeholders," said Council Member Mark Treyger (47th District).

"I am thrilled to see the next step in the revitalization of Coney Island. I commend the Mayor and EDC in this important bridge from previous commitments toward the future revitalization. With jobs, economic development, and desirable attractions on the way, I am excited to see the vision continuously move forward," said State Senator Diane J. Savino.

"We are please to have this new area designated for RFP for amusement use. This would tie in the East end to the West end of the amusement area. We hope this will bring more attractions to the area and fills in the vacant parcels," said Eddie Mark, District Manager, Community Board 13, Brooklyn.

The creation of new amusements builds on Mayor de Blasio’s recent investments to promote economic development and improve quality of life in Coney Island. This past summer, Mayor de Blasio celebrated the recent opening of the Ford Amphitheater and the grand opening of 2.5 acres of publicly accessible open space along the Coney Island boardwalk. In 2014, the de Blasio Administration committed $180 million in infrastructure and other capital improvements through the Housing New York plan to support new affordable and market-rate housing.

In 2009, a 19-block rezoning created a 27-acre amusement & entertainment district in Coney Island, along with plans to develop new amusements and thousands of housing units, both affordable and market-rate. Full implementation of the plan are expected to generate up to 6,000 permanent jobs, 25,000 construction jobs, and $14 billion in economic activity.

NYCEDC released an RFP in 2009 for amusement and entertainment operators in Coney Island’s amusement district, which led to the 2010 opening of Luna Park, which spurred continued growth of the Coney Island Amusement District. Last spring, NYCEDC, the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), and Workforce1 hosted a HireNYC recruitment event last year to connect local residents to nearly 1000 positions in the Coney Island amusement district.

The de Blasio Administration is committed to ensuring Coney Island grows as a true live, work, play, community with opportunities for residents. In addition to the de Blasio Administration’s $180 commitment to infrastructure and capital improvements, the City celebrated the opening Ford Amphitheater, which created over 200 new jobs in the neighborhood.

New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.