Jackpot or bust? Neighbors split on casino construction in Coney Island
Coney Island plans for a casino are now brewing problems for those living in the neighborhood.
The new proposed casino 'The Coney' is viewed by the Business Improvement District as a way to revitalize the neighborhood. While some neighbors see this casino as a jackpot in the neighborhood, others don't feel as lucky. The project has created a clear divide among Coney Island's residents.
Neighbors held signs rallying against the plan, causing neighbors to clash on the streets of Coney Island shortly before a scheduled meeting with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso over the building of the casino.
Backed by real estate giants Thor Equities, Saratoga Casino Holdings and Chickasaw Nations and Legends, the proposed project would stand close to the iconic boardwalk.
No one has received a license for the casino yet. Reynoso says they're still discussing it with the governor and that the final decision rests with the state.