Coney Island Update: Send in the Clowns
2) The latest Coney eviction consists of Vincent Garcia and his pit bull, Crazy. Mr. Garcia, described in the New York Times as a "stocky, tattooed ex-convict known as Cuba, has lived in a tattered tan trailer in a parking lot on Stillwell Avenue near the Boardwalk. He began staying there while working as a security guard at the lot, he says, after losing his apartment nearby to higher rent. Today, the graying Mr. Garcia...and his trailer blend into the landscape of tired rides, greasy fast food joints and vagrant Boardwalk regulars. But a snazzy reincarnation is planned for the crumbling seaside neighborhood, and the parking lot Mr. Garcia, 44, calls home is not part of that future. “I spend half my life in here,” he said. “I don’t want to leave." Thor hand-delivered an eviction notice and has told him to leave by Dec. 28. Mr. Garcia wants more time. Thor's spokesperson, Lee Silberstein, refused comment about Mr. Garcia or his situation to the Times.
3) If Vegas and the Australians can approximate versions of Coney Island (kind of...sort of...), will Thor be able to turn the trick? We were amused to find the photo below (and others) post on the Coney Island Message Board of an Australian establishment known as Luna Park. If we had any sense that the Thor vision included something like that rather than developments that trade on the Coney Island brand name while bearing no relation to Coney's history, we would be very upbeat about their plans. To borrow a phrase that the Clinton campaign used many years ago, "It's about the amusements, stupid."
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