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MAS Launches Imagine Coney on Monday

astroland coney island signOn Monday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Brooklyn Borough Hall,MAS will launch Imagine Coney,an initiative bringing together a world-class team of designers, engineers, producers and economists to develop new ideas for Coney Island – for amusement rides, structures, events and interim activities. Coney Island was once one of the most astonishing places on earth – from the minarets and lights of Luna Park to the water chute rides and freakish sideshows of Dreamland. However, over the last several decades, it has declined and the area needs revitalization. The City has taken several critical steps towards that goal. Last November, it announced a rezoning initiative, which you can view here, but it will take more than the efforts of the City alone to restore Coney Island to its greatness. It will require the focus, creativity and entrepreneurship of New Yorkers and Coney Island fans like you. The team MAS has brought together will assemble at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Monday, October 27, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 noon to listen to presentations from key stakeholders, and then will return on November 13 & 14 to participate in a “charrette” – an intense design workshop – to develop new ideas. The team will present their work publicly on November 17. The aim is to restore Coney Island to be one of the world’s most exciting and original entertainment and amusement destinations once again. But first the team will need your input. In mid-November, the MAS will be hosting two public workshops with our local partners, as well as an online “Call for Ideas”. The details of these meetings and the website will be announced next week. So stay tuned, and start “Imagining Coney”! To read more about MAS advocacy on Coney Island, visit www.mas.org/imagineconey