Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Design Commission Vote Delay On Markowitz's $ 64 Million Asser Levy Amphitheater

Brighton Beach resident Ida Sanoff addresses the Design Commission on Monday night at City Hall. The playground reconstruction vote relating to Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's proposed $ 64 million amphitheater was tabled by the Commission after much community opposition. 


The city’s Design Commission today opted to hold off a key vote for Coney Island’s $64 million amphitheater project after irate opponents gave commissioners an earful over the controversial plan, according to the New York Post.

The taxpayer-funded, 8,000-seat amphitheater plan for Asser Levy Park is a pet project of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and also includes the relocation of the park’s playground.

Many opponents expected the commission to sign off on the new playground design today and the amphitheater design at a later date. But after hearing testimony from opponents, commissioners opted to table the vote until they could review both parts of the plan simultaneously. This, because, the amphitheater can’t be built unless the playground is relocated.

City Design Commission puts Coney amphitheater vote on hold
New York Post - Brooklyn Blog - December 14, 2009 - By Rich Calder

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Marty's amphitheater worries commission 

Bay News - December 15, 2009 - By Joe Maniscalco


  1. I think this is a small but great victory for this neighborhood. Hopefully with all the information said at yesterday's meeting and what will be said at the next meeting in regard to the Ampitheater will send this plan goodbye. This 8,000 seat Ampitheater does not belong in this Residential community, this is not Jones Beach, or Westbury Music Fair, Nokia Theater, or Radio City. This is a residential park the only green one and that's how it should stay. As for the playground, what the architects want to build is crazy,and not handicapped accessible. This is not an amusement park or Disneyland this again is a quiet, private residential park

  2. This a great small victory but shows that his is not a Done Deal and the fight will go on until we put this whole topic to rest.

  3. Yea to the Design Commission.
    Yea to Ida Sanoff.
    Yea to Geoffry Croft.
    Yea to Friends of Seaside Park.