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Saturday, March 4, 2023

Coney Island Casino Proposal

More and more stuff coming out about casinos and casino proposals. Here is what the Coney Island folks are trying. 

From the NY Post.

 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 both spruces up and seamlessly blends in with the existing Coney Island boardwalk, said Robert Cornegy, the former Brooklyn councilman who is a consultant with the consortium.

“I am pleased with the way the buildings blend in with the boardwalk and streetscape,” said Cornegy. 

He said the proposed casino, if approved, would supercharge the boardwalk — anchored at one end by the aquarium and the other by Cyclones stadium, the ballpark for the Mets’ minor league baseball team. 

The casino will have a Las Vegas-like entertainment hall where visitors can see top entertainers perform and a nearby convention hall would provide space for events for businesses in southern Brooklyn, which currently lacks a large venue. 

The project would be a jobs booster for the Coney Island area as well, he said. 

“We have a responsibility to bring economic development to underserved communities. The Coney casino does that,” said Cornegy. 

Other gaming operators are vying for one of three downstate casino licenses.

Gaming giant Bally’s is betting on The Bronx — proposing a casino on the Trump Organization’s public golf course at Ferry Point.

The owners of the existing slots parlors at the Aqueduct race track in Ozone Park, Queens and Yonkers race track — Genting/ Resorts World and MGM’s Empire City — are expected to submit bids to expand their offerings to include table games. 

Meanwhile, Mets owner Cohen is eyeing a casino near the team’s stadium in Flushing, Queens — potentially partnering with Seminole Hard Rock. A 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium is also planned in the vicinity.

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