Coney Island Is Getting an Art Makeover—and a Smorgasburg Outpost—This Summer

Coney Island in the summer
Coney Island in the summer

As if there weren’t enough reasons to head out to Coney Island this summer—the Cyclone! the Slingshot! Nathan’s! maybe seeing Mark Wahlberg!—there’s now a couple more. We learned today via the Commercial Observer that Smorgasburg will be opening up an outpost on Coney Island and will have a 12-vendor food stand set-up, which will be housed in “shipping containers provided by SG Blocks, a company the designs retail and commercial structures out of the metal containers, which will be sending a dozen of them to the site.”

Beyond the addition of all that tasty food, Coney Island will also be home to an ambitious cultural project called Coney Art Walls. Sponsored by Thor Equities (a real estate company which owns approximately all of Coney Island), whose CEO Joseph Sitt, along with art adviser and former head of the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA , Jeffrey Deitch, have arranged for “20-plus artists that include Crash, Futura and Lady Pink to paint installments at Coney Art Walls as summertime kicks off.”

The Art Walls will be located in the area around 1320 Bowery Street, just off the beach near the New York Aquarium, and should be ready for viewing soon, with installation scheduled for next week. And, yes, that’s right near where the new Wahlburgers will be too. Everything’s coming up Coney?


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