This Week: BAM Unveils Expansion Plans, Coney Island Rezoning Gets City Approval

January 23, 2009, 11:55 AM EST

Even though there are various other approvals still in the pipeline for Coney Island, hundreds of design ideas submitted to the Municipal Arts Society seek to retain the Brooklyn area's amusement park past.

Rendering: Courtesy of the Municipal Arts Society

  • The Brooklyn Academy of Music plans to expand with new buildings that include theater, cinema, and exhibition space. [BizBash]
  • As the deadline for a formal contract between the M.T.A. and Related Companies for the Hudson Yards project approaches, could financing troubles delay development? [NYO]
  • It's not all bad news for the hospitality industry: Hotelier Sam Chang has secured the loan for his 170-room hotel in Union Square. [The RealDeal]
  • The Department of City Planning approved the rezoning of Coney Island, which paves the way for the construction of performance venues and 800 hotel rooms. [Brooklyn Eagle]
  • A new cocktail lounge is planned for Midtown, and tax hikes could cause problems for the hotel project opposite Carnegie Hall. [NYP]
  • Struggling to survive in the recession, high-end restaurants have dropped their prices. [WSJ]
  • Mansion, one of the biggest club spaces in New York, ran into some financial troubles and will reopen next Friday as M2, with music acts organized by the Ministry of Sound. [NYP]
  • With a record number of participating restaurants, NYC & Company may extend Restaurant Week to February. [Crain's]
  • Restaurant critic Ryan Sutton delivers a harsh review of the Rainbow Room's food, saying that the Ciprianis “should be banished” and “should apologize for desecrating one of Manhattan’s great sky-high vistas with sky-high prices for airline food.” [Bloomberg]
  • Daniel, the Upper East Side flagship of chef Daniel Boulud, maintains its four-star status and Frank Bruni proclaims that the restaurant “remains one of New York’s most sumptuous dining experiences.” [NYT]
  • For Steve Cuozzo, Jeffrey Chodorow's chophouse Center Cut doesn't cut the mustard. [NYP]
  • Danyelle Freeman isn't impressed by Macao Trading Company, chef (and Chanterelle owner) David Waltuck's new spot, where the dishes are “an uneasy negotiation” between Chinese and Portuguese cuisines. [NYDN]
  • According to Jay Cheshes, Midtown East's Inside Park at St. Bart's is “one struggling spot that actually deserves our dining dollars.” [TONY]

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