Frederic Schwartz Architects


New York, NY

Coney Island Master Plan

The Dynamic Group, headed by Brad Zackson along with a development team, is working to create a spectacular all year round Urban Theme Park in Coney Island. The parcel of land to be developed is the site of the famous Steeplechase Park opened in 1897 and closed in l964. The land lies between West 15 Street and West 22 Street from the Boardwalk to Surf Avenue, with approximately 2,000 feet of ocean frontage. The total square footage of the assembled site is 983,550 and the buildable square footage is approximately 3,000,000, equivalent to 69 acres, the approximate size of Disneyland.

The goal was to design a structure that is forward looking, sweeping in its scale and extent, yet consonant with the historical seaside location. The building typology used across the development parcel mixes the old and the new. The first two levels are given over to a mix of retail, entertainment and education at the scale of the existing fabric and utilize the idiom of Coney Island - buildings with historical ambiance and lots of signage and neon. A vertical amusement park rises above.

The two buildings, connected by a tube with people movers, flank the existing Keyspan Stadium and frame the landmark Parachute Jump. A second level public viewing deck, one of the ways the design increases the available public space, overlooks the boardwalk and the ocean. On the interior, the glass enclosed, sky lit atrium is a year-round space for shopping and social gathering that is open to the public. The retractable roof above will open to the sky on warm days, even in the winter. Environmentally and people friendly, the roof’s design will be a combination of energy saving insulated glass and energy capturing photovoltaic (PV) glass. Encompassing some 7 acres, it will be the largest PV roof in the Metropolitan Region.

The purpose of using large expanses of glass for this skin is multifold: the use of a field of glass will permit interior designers to design with light, the use of holographic images projected on the exterior, and allow visitors to look out at the ocean as well as beach-goers the chance to look in. The buildings utilize vibrant new technology, such as LED’s (light emitting diodes) and other materials and features that will make it positively futuristic in design and concept. Just as Coney celebrated the new technology of the 1900s, so will The New Coney Island structures for this century.







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