Coney Island casino would spruce up aging NYC boardwalk
Coney Island is already home to the world’s largest casino – the rickety, wooden and ancient Cyclone roller-coaster – so a casino seems like a natural fit.
With that in mind, bidders for one of the city’s few casino licenses released their vision Friday of what it would look like.
A sparkling new “Cony” casino and hotel will be built just steps from the storied Brooklyn Boardwalk and beach, nestled between the iconic Cyclone and Wonder Wheel. Show presentation.
A sleek, glass-enclosed hotel with a multi-colored roof will be built just behind the casino. The plan also includes a convention hall.
The renderings were released by a Coney Island consortium for one of three downstate licenses, including developer Thor Equities, gaming operator Saratoga Casino Holdings and The Chickasaw Nation and Legends, a sports and entertainment firm co-owned by the Yankees.
The consortium also released an image of the casino’s black-and-white logo: “The Coney Casino Resort & Resort Entertainment District. Brooklyn.”
The gaming facility would both enhance and blend seamlessly with the existing Coney Island boardwalk, said former Brooklyn councilman Robert Carnegie, consultant to the consortium.
“I’m happy with the way the buildings blend in with the boardwalk and the streetscape,” Kornegy said.
He said the proposed casino, if approved, would supercharge the boardwalk — anchored at one end by the aquarium and at the other by Cyclones Stadium, the ballpark for the Mets’ minor league baseball team.
The casino will have a Las Vegas-style entertainment hall where visitors can watch top entertainers and an adjacent convention hall will provide event space for businesses in South Brooklyn, which currently lack a large venue.
He said the project will also be a job booster for the Coney Island area.
“We have a responsibility to bring economic development to the underprivileged communities. Connie Casino does that,” Carnegie said.
Other gaming operators are vying for one of three downstate casino licenses.
Gaming giant Bailey’s is betting on The Bronx — proposing a casino on the Trump Organization’s public golf course at Ferry Point.
Owners of existing slot parlors at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park, Queens and Yonkers race tracks – Genting/Resorts World and MGM’s Empire City – are expected to expand their offerings to include table games. will submit bids for
Meanwhile, Mets owner Cohen is eyeing a casino near the team’s stadium in Flushing, Queens — possibly a partnership with Seminole Hard Rock. A 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium is also planned in the vicinity.
Others planning bids to run casinos include a Steve Ross-related companies/Wynn Resorts partnership for Hudson Yards, landlord SL Green/Caesars Entertainment team in Times Square and a consortium pushing for a gaming facility at Coney Island. , whose partners include the Legends, co-owned by the Yankees organization.