Parachute Jump Lighting Designer Peeved at New Plan
The Coney Island Parachute Jump illumination is an internationally recognized symbol of Coney Island and Brooklyn - created in close collaboration with NYC's Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Brooklyn Borough President's office and the respected engineering firm STV...For over two years, this design - depicting seasons, moods and the Coney-by-the-Sea carnival tradition - has appealed to audiences, young and old and from every walk of life.By the way, if anyone recalls the amount that was spent on the original lighting project, please let us know. We've looked all over the place and can only find the aggregate amount spent on rehabbing the entire structure ($5 million). The new project, including rehabbing the base of the structure would cost $1.5 million.
It has been celebrated in publications worldwide, and it has received awards from professional engineering, construction, lighting and landmark associations.
When a politician flies in the face of all this goodwill to divisively demand more "bling" and less "art," New Yorkers should ask themselves: What's wrong with this picture?
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