Coney Island Shed Stopper?
Marty Markowitz, president of Brooklyn Borough in New York, has decided to move Seaside Summer Concert Series, an event he has hosted since 1991, and the move leaves a proposed amphitheatre in jeopardy.
Markowitz has championed building a $64 million, Gensler-designed amphitheatre on Coney Island’s Asser Levy Park that would host the annual event. However, he’s moving the concert series while the courts decide the amphitheatre project’s legality. The New York Post said the concession could mean the shed project is “dead in the water.”
Markowitz hosted the concert series without incident until he proposed the amphitheatre four years ago. While some were critical of the design, likening it to a potato chip, others became vocal opponents to the concert series – including two Brighton Beach synagogues across the street from the existing bandshell – who are fighting the shows in court.
The series will move to a West 21st Street lot near the boardwalk that became available after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus dropped plans to perform there this year, the Post said.
Markowitz told the paper he has not given up on the amphitheatre project.