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Strategic Plan

In September 2003, the Mayor, the City Council and the Brooklyn Borough President formed Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC) to spearhead and implement a comprehensive planning process for Coney Island and to create a coordinated economic development strategy for the area.

Crafted in collaboration with community residents and businesses, this Strategic Plan was released in September 2005 and provides a roadmap for CIDC and its partners. The plan outlines a vision for Coney Island with three major goals.

The vision for coney island

  • Year-round entertainment destination
  • Enhanced amusements and seaside attractions
  • A vibrant neighborhood providing opportunities for everyone

Components of the plan

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Four main components make up the plan. To explore how these components connect to specific areas within Coney Island, view our Strategic Plan Map.

Restore & Construct

Restore & Construct historic and new features to anchor new development and preserve Coney Island character

Implementation

Short Term

  • Develop Multicultural Community Center
  • Light Parachute Jump
  • Enhance active and historic amusements

Long Term

  • Enhance Aquarium
  • Reactivate Shore Theater
Design

Design public space improvements to make Coney Island attractive for residents and visitors

Implementation

Short Term

  • Design and build streetscape, gateway and boardwalk improvements
  • Support Mermaid Avenue enhancements

Long Term

  • Construct Steeplechase Plaza
  • Build Stillwell Midway
  • Create new pedestrian streets
Connect

Connect Coney Island to the surrounding region with accessible transit and parking options

Implementation

Short Term

  • Study pier and ferry feasibility
  • Study internal transit loop
  • Refine parking strategy and identify off-site parking location

Long Term

  • Implement study recommendations
  • Implement parking strategy
  • Encourage private construction of public parking
Activate

Activate vacant and underutilized land to generate year-round activity and create seaside attractions that retain and grow the Coney Island spirit

Implementation

Short Term

  • Prepare zoning recommendations & design controls
  • Market Coney Island
  • Program interim cultural activities
  • Provide job training

Long Term

  • Seek public approvals
  • Develop City-owned land
  • Attract private development
  • Provide job placement