Friday, February 08, 2008

Coney Island #3: Grimshaw to Design "Coney Island Center"

Grimshaw Architects have been picked to design a possible Coney Island amphitheater in Asser Levy Park in Coney Island. The announcement came from Borough President Marty Markowitz's who said the Grimshaw firm, which has dozens of high profile projects around the world in its portfolio and is doing the redesign of the historic Queens Museum building in Flushing Meadow Park as well as the (much diminished) design of the Fulton Transit Center in Manhattan, will design a new "Coney Island Center" that would become a stop on the summer outdoor concert circuit akin to Jones Beach. There has been community opposition to the noise such a facility would create, as it is surrounded by apartment buildings.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This man is an awful architect. Especially his newsstands, how can people accept this trash? It's like our Mayor is pushing a "new" new york on all of us! Stop it! Protest! Fight Back! Resist corporate takeover and the destruction of our communities!

10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#1, Are you nutz? The firm is tremendous, and we're lucky to get their work. No, I don't work there: in fact, my firm competes with them frequently (and we lost the Coney Island job to them) so I'm the farthest from a shill.

I'd hate to see what you like (my guess is that it is ersatz historical, good ol' contextual looks-like-its-been-there-forever muck, that will never be more than a Disney version of a past that never existed). Well, that was my guess. Maybe you actually appreciate good architecture, but just hate the name, "Grimshaw." Naw, bet I was right the first time.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about that beautiful old bldg on the boardwalk the old chocolate factory on West 22nd-lots of surrounding land for parking w/the add'l parking at KeySpan--no noise, no residents--clear sailing and a beautiful view.

11:06 AM  

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