Resiliency and Economic Revitalization on Coney Island

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
CM | 4.50
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You'll learn about:

  • The ecology and history of Coney Island Creek 

  • Why and how New York initiated comprehensive planning efforts in one of its most historic neighborhoods and the role public-private partnerships played in the overall neighborhood revitalization, including the creation of new housing 

  • How the parkland alienation process and land disposition helped to grow the amusement area as an economic engine for the neighborhood 

  • How city investments in infrastructure and public realm helped unlock potential for growth

Explore the historic—but long- neglected—Coney Island waterfront and learn how resilience and community planning are redefining how New York responds to rising sea levels and threats from climate change to the area. Walk throughout the district to key sites while learning about Coney Island's history, planning background, economic development goals, and recent projects, as well as projects in the pipeline.

After Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, New York recognized that Coney Island Creek posed a significant vulnerability to southern Brooklyn due to its low-lying topography and degraded shoreline conditions. As significant flooding came from Coney Island Creek, flood-risk mitigation promised to protect critical infrastructure, residents, businesses, and the livelihoods of many. On this mobile workshop, you will explore Coney Island Creek—one of the most unique natural landscapes in the city—as well as learn about the city’s plan to protect it from flooding and the community engagement and regional planning efforts that seek to redefine the creek's relationship to the city and local community.

You will also explore the Coney Island amusement area and learn about New York's efforts to bring economic development to one of the world’s most unique destinations. View completed city-sponsored public-realm improvement projects and observe active infrastructure improvement construction, future affordable housing development sites, and important cultural institutions like the new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, MCU Park, and Luna Park.

Coney Island, of course, is where the theme park was invented, and it continues to serve to this day as a destination for all New Yorkers. End the tour by seeing (and riding, if you’d like!) old and new attractions and indulging in an original Nathan’s Famous hot dog.