With the departure of Borough President Marty Markowitz, so goes the annual Seaside Summer Concert Series at Coney Island. Have no fear though, concerts will (possibly) resume in 2015, when a proposed new amphitheater is built.
Markowitz is nearing the end of his 12-year borough presidency and is not seeking another office. So as he lets go of public life, so go his outdoor concerts.
But as one of his last projects, Markowitz set aside some $50 million dollars to build an amphitheater.
The Seaside Park and Community Arts Center is expected to hold as many as 40 concerts between May and October. While cleared through landmarks, the project still needs to go through the public review process.
It will go to the community board, the City Planning Commission and the City Council. Markowitz says if it gets the approvals it needs by the end of the year, construction will begin next year, under a new borough president.
“I hope the next borough president will extend an invitation to me and I want the next borough president to know I accept,” Markowitz said.
The goal is to have the amphitheater open in 2015. [NY1.com]
Seaside Summer Concert Series
07/18 Lynyrd Skynyrd
07/25 Smokey Robinson
08/01 Go-Go’s and Tom Tom Club
08/15 Huey Lewis and The News
The 35th Anniversary Seaside Summer Concert Series performances are held Thursday nights at 7:30 pm except for FRIDAY, July 12th and WEDNESDAY, August 21st at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island next to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones
MLK Summer Concert Series
07/15 Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Joe
07/22 Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Whodini, Chubb Rock
07/29 Marvin Sapp, Israel Houghton and The New Breed, Christian Cultural Center Choir
08/05 Morgan Heritage, Kes The Band, Might Sparrow
08/12 Toni Braxton
08/19 Gladys Knight and O Jays
The 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series performances are held Monday nights 7:30 pm at Wingate Field, which is located on Brooklyn Avenue between Rutland Road and Winthrop Street opposite Kings County Hospital.