Jenna Flanagan has been an Associate Producer and contributing reporter for WNYC's All Things Considered, local news since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for 3 years as a general assignment reporter for the WBGO news department and won a Garden State Association of Black Journalists award.
City Buys 7 Acres for New Coney Park
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The city is now set to buy nearly seven acres of land at Coney Island from a Manhattan development firm, for more than $95-million.
Negotiations over the property have long been stalled. Now, the city's expected to begin work to transform the waterfront into a year-round destination. Dick Zigun, who runs the Coney Island Museum and its annual Mermaid Parade, says he's optimistic about the city's plans.
"Hopefully, the city will also be good on its word and put up the money to build Steeple Chase Plaza around the Parachute Jump, bring back the B & B Carousel underneath the Parachute Jump," says Zigun.
Zigun believes rebuilding the amusement park will revitalize Coney Island.
The deal gives the city control of almost all 12 acres to be used for the new outdoor park. The mayor's office plans to make a formal announcement about the deal today.