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Coney Island in Focus in September, Moynihan Station Round-Up

coney island surf avenue by jay specAs part of its ongoing advocacy on Coney Island, MAS is holding two public programs in September which focus on the past and future of “America’s Playground”. Titled, respectively, Coney Island: A Ride Though History and Coney Island at the Crossroads, the programs will first set the scene with a vivid history of the area featuring Charles Denson, author of Coney Island: Lost and Found, and then representatives of the Dept. of City Planning and Coney Island Development Corporation will present the city’s plan, and a panel comprising sympathetic and critical voices will discuss its merits. For more information and reservation details for these programs, visit www.mas.org/programs. What’s more, today’s Brooklyn Paper covers upcoming programs and tours focused on Coney Island also in September. These include a slideshow with MAS’ Melissa Baldock, Kress/RFR Fellow for Historic Preservation & Public Policy and a tour with long-time MAS tour guide and architectural historian Francis Morrone. Note: these two events are organized by Historic Districts Council (HDC) and not MAS. Also today, we have August news coverage on Penn Station and transportation/infrastructure issues. In other news, MAS has joined a coalition to support the reduction of mandated parking in residential developments (Community-Based Planning). MAS Issues in the Press: – The City Planning Commission approved the rezoning of the eastern portion of 125th Street in Harlem, though a developer has yet to be selected (Crain’s New York Business). Joe Sitt, owner of Thor Equities property in Coney Island, is expected to convert the former Revere Sugar Factory site in Red Hook into a BJ’s Wholesale Club (Brooklyn Paper; New York Post). – The economic crunch has cities considering leasing public infrastructure to private companies (New York Times). While costs in New York City make green roofs less profitable for an individual building owner, their accumulation will be an enormous relief for the City’s infrastructure (New York Times). – Demolition of the historic Kent Avenue power plant in Williamsburg Brooklyn has residents fearing they are inhaling dust thick with toxic asbestos (New York Daily News). – CUNY and Boricua College join Columbia, NYU, and Fordham among the many New York City universities undergoing major expansion (New York Sun).