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June 12, 2006

Coney Island the place for an arena? Marty used to think so

Atlantic Yards Report

Entertainment, transportation and a welcoming neighborhood — what's not to love about a Coney Island arena?

Norman Oder takes an in-depth look into the plusses and minuses of moving the NJ Nets to Coney Island.

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Would Coney Island be a better place than the proposed Atlantic Yards site for a new basketball arena? Less than a year before Forest City Ratner's Atlantic Yards plan was unveiled, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz championed Coney Island as the location. City officials long have considered locating a Sportsplex for amateur and (later) professional sports there, first at the site of what is now Keyspan Park, and later next door at a parking lot in front of the somewhat antiquated Abe Stark Rink.

Of course, Markowitz now fervently backs Forest City Ratner's plan for a Brooklyn arena at Atlantic Yards. And a Sportsplex has been scrapped from the city's ever-evolving plans for Coney Island. But Coney Island still deserves consideration, especially given that a glitzy new development is planned just a few blocks away from the potential Sportsplex site.

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Posted by lumi at June 12, 2006 8:11 AM