Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Please Ignore The Ugly Coney Island Drawings

Aerial-View-lg with Words

We almost wet ourselves when we saw the story in the Sun that mentioned those ugly Coney Island drawings that we shared last week. You remember, the ones that made Coney Island look like a Times Square themed shopping mall? The drawings with highrises so tall they make the Wonder Wheel look like a little toy?

Well, as it turns out, we weren't supposed to see them after all. (And, boy, do we understand why, given how awful they are.) The drawings were "inaccurate" and "posted erroneously." (Was the rogue poster of the drawings taken out and spanked?) What's interesting is that it turns out that Miami-based Arquitectonica--which designed the 45-story Westin Hotel in Times Square--has been "quietly working" on Coney plans for the Coney Island Development Corp. How this fits in with the work that Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn has been doing for Thor Equities, the developer with the big Coney plans, we're not sure. What is more clear is that they aren't talking to each other.

Left hand, meet right hand. Right hand, meet left hand. Now, go play.

So, a spokesperson for the architect (which posted the now disowned drawings) and for the developer called the posting on the EE&K website "unauthorized." Said spokesperson is suggesting that there will be new "official" drawings after Labor Day. Although, again, we're not clear if they'll be Arquitectonica's or EE&K's or another secret consultant. Maybe, the dynamic between the two will turn out to be Coney Island's version of the Danny Libeskind-David Childs World Trade Center Site Fest 'O Love.

What GL wants to know is, does this mean that the really tall buildings in the swag drawings really don't exist? Or only that they'll look like Times Square Westin instead of a standard-issue Thor Equities highrise?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! Well that figures. I was wondering who had the bright idea putting a super-ferris wheel on a pier.

How annoying is it that someone released these rederings?

Conspiracy theorists will blame it on Ratner -- it sure gave Brooklynites something else to chew on for a couple of days. ;)

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like SIM City!

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to know how much will those apartment cost????????

2:45 PM  

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