Quieting The Opposition

Supporters of the planned Coney Island Center in New York are trying to convince naysayers to have a more positive outlook toward the $64 million amphitheatre.

The Center, which would be built on the site of an existing bandshell, would not have the same acoustical intrusiveness, Grimshaw architect Mark Husser told the New York Daily News.

The state-of-the-art sound equipment and design will direct sound toward the audience rather than nearby homes, Husser said.

The shed is being championed by Borough President Marty Markowitz, who is surprised by local criticism.

“It’s hurtful because I don’t deserve it,” Markowitz told the Daily News. “I’ve entertained the people in that neighborhood since 1991. I’ve put a smile on their face for 31 years. Why would I want them to frown?”