Heritage, Rides, and Redevelopment: What’s Next for Coney Island?

We are very excited to be co-sponsoring a panel discussion hosted by CUNY on the role that Coney’s extraordinary past could play in its future redevelopment. The panel will be moderated by Pulitzer-prize winning historian Mike Wallace, and the following speakers are confirmed to present:

  • David Malmuth, former Disney vice-president and developer of Times Square’s New Amsterdam Theatre
  • Valerio Ferrari, president of Zamperla USA, operator of Coney Island’s new Luna Park
  • Michael Immerso, historian and author of “Coney Island: The People’s Playground”
  • Lisa Ackerman, Vice-President of the World Monuments Fund

The presenters will address the question of how Coney Island’s rich history could factor into its redevelopment.  How can we build a 21st-century Coney Island that successfully capitalizes on Coney’s heritage?

Given the situation of several historic buildings in Coney Island, this conversation could not be more timely.  It will be a fantastic discussion, and we hope that you will join us.

The event will be free, though registration is strongly encouraged. Click here to register (and forward to your friends!).

WHEN – Thursday, September 30; 6.30 – 8.30PM
WHERE – CUNY Graduate Center; Proshansky Auditorium; 365 5th Ave (at 35th Street)

Sponsored by the Environmental Psychology Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, the NYC Graduate Urban Research Network, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, Save Coney Island, the Historic Districts Council, Coney Island USA and the Coney Island History Project.

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