Here's How a 40 Story Building in Coney Island Would Blend
Lost in some of the publicity about Coney Island redevelopment is the fact that developer Thor Equities wants to put several highrise condo towers on or near the boardwalk. One building would be up to 50 stories tall. The others would clock in at 40 stories. All would be in the current amusement zone, which has emerged as a significant point of contention. So, what might a 40-story building look like in Coney Island?
We were a little tired of our Coney Island Scale-O-Matic, so we were grateful when Adrian Kinloch who is the person behind the Brit in Brooklyn and the Only Coney blogs, hit us off with this little rendering that he created. While we're certain that Thor's buildings would have more architectural merit than this monolithic thing that looks like a 1960s public housing creation on steroids, it gives a sense of what people might look up and see from the beach someday. And, this is an understated version. The Wonder Wheel is 12 stories tall and the building shown is only about 35 stories.
Also, we realize that the highrises probably wouldn't be located in this exact spot, which is the Astroland property, more or less, nonetheless, we think the rendering makes the point that the Coney Island future may look very tall. Very tall.
BONUS REMINDER: What promises to be a very interesting Save Coney Island demonstration takes place at City Hall tomorrow (3/30) at Noon. For details, check the item we posted yesterday or go to the Save Coney My Space page.
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