Circus at Coney Island Is Welcomed by Many
The recent announcement by Mayor Bloomberg that the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus will be coming to Coney Island this summer was welcomed by many onlookers, including the prestigious Municipal Art Society.
Vin Cipolla, president of the prestigious Municipal Art Society, said, “MAS congratulates the City of New York in bringing Ringling Brothers to Coney Island this summer. The city has taken a vital step toward making Coney Island the world’s greatest seaside stage once again.
“To secure Coney Island’s revitalization, we need this kind of exciting, interim programming while we also plan for its long-term future.”
“I am truly excited that the Bloomberg Administration is working with the community to bring great things to Coney Island this summer,” said Council Member Domenic M. Recchia, who represents Gravesend and Coney Island. “We are thrilled about the circus coming to town and look forward to working collaboratively on the redevelopment of Coney Island. This proves that together we can accomplish great things.”
“We know that Coney Island — with its storied rides, bustling boardwalk and beach, delicious food, and genuinely unique sense of freakishness and fun — has the creative energy of a three-ring-circus every single day,” said Borough President Markowitz. “I thank the mayor for his commitment to Coney, and commend all the partners who have come together to bring the Greatest Show On Earth to America’s Favorite Playground.
“The Coney Island Boom-A-Ring” presented by Ringling Bros. will open on June 18, with a special performance saluting Coney Island. The show will include Vincenta Pages and her seven white Bengal tigers; the Urias family, known as The First Family of the Motorcycle Globe; the New York debut of The Negrey Troupe, a world-renowned retinue of Russian acrobats; “Eccentric Personality Extraordinaire” Justin Case; and a trio of Asian elephants.
The circus tent will be located on Surf Ave and West 21st Street on property owned by Taconic Investment Partners. To bring the circus to Coney Island, NYC & Company, New York City Economic Development Corporation and Feld Entertainment, which produces Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, teamed with Taconic to secure a location for the circus.
The real estate blog Curbed had an interesting take on the situation. It said, “The city has succeeded where its Coney Island nemesis, Thor, had not: Bringing the circus to Coney Island.” It noted that Thor, the giant development company that now owns much of the amusement area, was in negotiations to bring the circus to the former Astroland site, but said these negotiations broke down.