Concert Talks For Coney Island

Officials in Brooklyn, N.Y., are reportedly in discussions with Live Nation to bring large-scale concerts to the Coney Island seashore.

A spokesman for the borough’s Parks Department recently told the New York Post that Live Nation is one promoter that’s been consulted regarding future Coney Island shows but he would not confirm whether the company is at the top of the list.

Other performances being floated for the beachfront include three operas in September as well as the possible return of the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour, the paper reported.

If greenlighted, the events could be a boon to the neighborhood’s entertainment district, which suffered the loss of the historic Astroland Park last fall and continues to undergo repairs to its deteriorating boardwalk.

Chuck Reichenthal, manager of a Coney Island community board, told the Post he’s hopeful the city cuts a deal for the beachfront concerts.

“I think the concerts and operas would be great,” Reichenthal said. “Anything that is going to get people here.”

Coney Island has hosted the annual summer Siren Festival and concerts at Asser Levy Park Amphitheatre in recent years, but the Post reported the rumored beachfront shows could bring in major acts and as many as 100,000 concertgoers.

Discussions are also ongoing to replace the bandshell at Asser Levy Park with a $64 million amphitheatre that would cover eight acres with 5,000 seats and lawn space for 3,000 additional people.