Revitalization of Amusement: Coney Island’s Growth and Gentrification

Coney Island truly contains all the charm and glamor it’s known for. But it wasn’t always this way. Photo: Mark Lennihan via AP
Beachgoers have fun in Coney Island, summer 2019.
Joe Sitt envisioned massive changes to Coney Island, including new theme park rides, hotels, and resorts.
Coney Island hit its low point in the 2000s, where gangs commonly roamed its quiet paths.
The disassembled parts for the new water ride lay empty on May 12, 2020. It remained this way until late 2021.
Even the rendering for the Ocean Dreams complex shouts “LUXURY”, a term not relatable to most C.I. residents.
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