Meet “The Coney Island Eight,” a defiant group of longtime business owners who won’t be shoved off the boardwalk without a fight.
The shops, along with a ninth that isn’t fighting, were given a Nov. 15 deadline to vanish by Central Amusement International, the developer overhauling the storied boardwalk.
But the Coney stalwarts have other plans.
“I’ll tell you right, now they’ll be there for a while, longer than they expect,” Marc Aronson, lawyer for the Coney Island Eight, told amNewYork. He plans to meet with the businesses this weekend to form a strategy.
Aronson expects to be in court in December, saying the businesses will stay at least until then unless a deal is reached, which he doesn’t expect. He didn’t say whether they planned to sue then.
Last February the city gave CAI, which operates Luna Park, permission to develop on Coney Island as part of a revitalization plan.
The company didn’t return calls for comment.
Anthony Berlingieri, who owns booted summer favorites Shoot the Freak and Beer Island, has said that CAI asked them to come up with business plans to justify renewals, “even though [parent company] Zamperla already decided to kick them out,” he told the Post.