Cropsey Avenue - Gateway to Coney Island

Client: New York City Economic Development Corporation
Faculty: Carter Craft and Mitchell Moss
Team: Matt Berk, Seth English-Young, Jane Rudolph, Dina Rybak, Greg Zwahlen
Year: 2006
New York City's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) was charged by Mayor Bloomberg with designing and implementing an economic revitalization for Coney Island, Brooklyn. A Coney Island Strategic Plan was created which calls for enhanced entertainment attractions that take advantage of the area's unique appeal and historic legacy, a new community center for job training and recreational uses, and the increase of affordable housing on vacant City-owned land. This Plan strongly emphasizes the transformation of the area into a year-round oceanfront destination. For this purpose, one component of the Plan calls for the re-envisioning of a stretch of Cropsey Avenue and West 17th Street as a vibrant gateway to the seaside amusement area and the surrounding residences. The Capstone team conducted extensive research into existing conditions on the stretch and produced recommendations regarding short and long term zoning, traffic, streetscape and signage improvements that will transform Cropsey Avenue and West 17th Street into a welcoming gateway to Coney Island.

This Capstone was made possible with the support from The Moody’s Foundation and an anonymous donor through FJC: A Donor-Advised Fund.