“Coney Island 8″ Likely to Receive One-Year Reprieve, Big Fucking Deal

02/16/2011 1:03 PM |

Zamperla to Rubys: Welcome back. Now start packing.
  • Zamperla to Ruby’s: “Welcome back. Now start packing.”

Though a deal has yet to be finalized, it appears that most of the eight small businesses on the Coney Island boardwalk who months ago had been given the boot—including Ruby’s—might be able to stay for one more season, Amusing the Zillion reported. Every business except Shoot the Freak, which has already been illegally bulldozed to make way for the boardwalk entrance to new rides, will pay similar rents for their spaces, providing they abide by certain conditions, including signing a confidentiality clause that will block owners from discussing their deals publicly.

Amusement operator Zamperla, who had evicted the businesses, has been portrayed negatively in the press since the announcement, sullying the reputation it had garnered as a savior of Coney Island with an understanding of the area’s history. It’s likely to emerge as the good guy here, even though the Coney Island 7—one down, seven to go!—will have to pack up and split before spring 2012. This time, though, they won’t be able to rally their supporters thanks to confidentiality agreements, and the ongoing corporatization of Coney Island will continue as planned, just with significantly less media attention.

Anyway, the continuing devastation happening all across Coney Island is as significant as the boardwalk evictions, except who actually gives a shit about anything other than their ability to play slumming tourist for a summer’s day?