Coney Island’s Summer Season Begins
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced today the official opening of Coney Island for the summer season, including the grand opening of the new Steeplechase Plaza, a two-acre public open space featuring the restored B&B Carousell in a state-of-the-art pavilion. The historic B&B Carousell, which includes 50 hand-carved horses that have been meticulously restored over the last six years. The carousel is housed in a new pavilion which opens up to the Boardwalk, and sits within open space that includes a water feature and the Luna Forest, an area for informal and formal events.
Learn more about events this summer at coneyislandfunguide.com
I don’t think there’s going to be any other place in New York like this chocolate factory. It’s going to be big. It’s going to be new. It’s going to be very advanced. We’re going to do so many new products. And it’s in a great location. I mean, Sunset Park is a great place where we’re going to have a lot of chocolates.
Tomorrow, get a head start on your day as Coney Island’s rides, restaurants and amusements open early Saturday, May 18th! Here’s a sample itinerary:
- 7:00 AM on: Grab breakfast at Tom’s Coney Island.
- 8:30 AM on: Catch the first runners in the Brooklyn Half Marathon crossing the finish line on the Boardwalk.
- 9:00 AM on: Head to Peggy O’Neill’s for their first live band.
- 10:00 AM on: Get on the rides at Luna Park, the Cyclone Roller Coaster and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park!
Festivities start early! Catch you on the Boardwalk.
Today Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn announced the launch of an expanded, free Red Hook Summer Ferry service starting Memorial Day Saturday and running weekends throughout the summer!
The expanded service will run from Pier 11 in Manhattan to a new stop at Van Brunt Street and then to IKEA, both in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Free transfers will be available between the Red Hook Ferry and the northbound East River Ferry, which reaches a ridership of two million later this week! Get more details on NYCEDC’s blog.
Said Mayor Bloomberg:
“Hurricane Sandy hit the Red Hook community hard, and that’s why we’re making it easier than ever for New Yorkers to get to small businesses in the area in order to help the community continue to recover.
By expanding the already successful free IKEA ferry to another stop in the heart of Red Hook, and by connecting it to the East River Ferry that is celebrating its two millionth ride this week, the free Red Hook summer ferry will help boost the local economy. I look forward to the Red Hook Ferry’s opening this Memorial Day and encourage all New Yorkers to try it.”
See you on the Red Hook ferry this summer!
Photo credit: Retrofresh! via Flickr
Tomorrow: East River Ferry Advisory
Please note that East River Ferry service at the N. Williamsburg/N. 6th St. landing will be suspended Friday May 10th from 9:30am until approximately 4:30pm for maintenance.
Service may resume earlier than expected, so please stay in touch via East River Ferry’s website and social media outlets.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
This Week at NYCEDC:
- We took a look at home ownership trends in NYC with this month’s Economic Snapshot
- We kicked off the NYC Business Innovation Challenge to encourage businesses to create a stronger workforce
- We showed you how women play a role in the NYC technology scene with this week’s Statsbee on women in tech
- We encouraged you to come build apps at this weekend’s BigApps Hackathon focusing on Jobs and Economic Mobility
- We shared pictures from our 8th Annual Development Finance Conference held this past week
Have a safe weekend, NYC!
Photo credit: Grace Cheung/NYCEDC via Instagram
Big cities, big data! Today, Mayor Bloomberg joined NYU President Sexton to announce partnerships between Center for Urban Science & Progress and Microsoft and Lutron Electronics and to inaugurate the new Brooklyn office. Find out more at NYU CUSP’s website.
Photo credit: Edward Reed/NYC Mayor’s Office
Springtime in NYC brings visions of ice cream. Find out how Mark Thompson, operator of Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory in DUMBO, is rebounding, rebuilding, and getting ready sell his ice cream to throngs of New Yorkers after being totally battered by Hurricane Sandy.
…it should be clear that everything that can be made artisanally is pretty much artisanal, now, and there are things that used to be artisanal that are now artisanal again. Like jerky. Well before the Slim Jim, people were making jerky at their homemade Laura Ingalls Wilder houses in the big woods, by hand—and yet, people are working to make it more artisanal now, to bring it back to its artisanal roots. There are grants being given for this, according to Laura Kusisto, writing in the Wall Street Journal: ‘Kings County Jerky Co. is one of three recipients of $50,000 grants from the city, which were announced last night at an event in the Goldman Sachs building in Lower Manhattan. The grants also went to kd Dids, which makes knitted athletic wear, and Kombucha Brooklyn, maker of the trendy fermented health drink.’