A 5,000-seat amphitheater that has been in the works for the Coney Island Boardwalk in New York since 2006 is on its way to completion with a July due date.
The facility, a collaboration between developer iStar and the city, will cost the latter $60 million. This is the same venue that had an original design that looked like a potato chip, at least to the locals, which dubbed it an atrocity and led to several delays.
The shed, which will for the foreseeable future be leased by Live Nation, will have help from Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment for branding and programming. BSE oversees the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets.
The amphitheater will be part of the Seaside Park Arts Center, itself a refurbishment of the Boardwalk’s Childs Restaurant building. Built in 1923 and dormant for years, Childs Restaurants was one of the country’s first restaurant chains. A local group is suing to halt construction, claiming the arts center will illegally destroy their community garden, according to Gothamist. “After Hurricane Sandy came and dropped all that sand on that garden, those people worked feverishly, wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow, to take that sand out and rebuild that garden.
So what Sandy couldn’t destroy, iStar did,” New York City Community Garden Coalition Director Aziz Dehkan told the New York Times. The stage can be raised and lowered, according to the weather. Its 50-foot-high side doors will open in summer, with the stage lowered. In winter, the doors will close and the stage raised to be level with a restaurant yet to be built, according to Gothamist.