Evicted Coney Island Businesses May Get One Last Summer

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 7:23 PM EDT
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Some Coney Island businesses are getting booted from the beach by the owner of the new park. The bad news came yesterday for the owners of the popular "Shoot the Freak" attraction and other longtime boardwalk establishments. So how do you feel about these old time favorites getting forced off Coney Island? Is it fair? Sound off on our facebook page, http://facebook.com/nbcnewyork or tweet us @TodayInNewYork.

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Several longtime Coney Island boardwalk establishments that were evicted last year may now be able to stay open for one more summer -- but on the condition that they shutter for good next November.

The deal might not save all eight businesses fighting eviction.  According to the Daily News, Shoot the Freak, whose booth was prematurely demolished last month, could be left out.

The eight businesses -- Ruby's Bar & Grill, Beer Island, Paul's Daughter, the Grill House, Cha Cha's, Gyro Corner, Shoot the Freak and Coney Island Souvenirs were evicted by their new landlord Zamperla USA -- an Italian based firm -- which wants to clear the businesses to make room for new sports bars and restaurants.

The deal would reportedly give the businesses a one-season reprieve before forcing them out for good next fall. A lawyer for the boardwalk businesses would not discuss details but said talks were ongoing.

Only three businesses, the world famous Nathan's, Lola Staar boutique and the Beach Shop souvenir store -- were given new leases.

The fate of the vendors has been unknown since Zamperla, which is owned by Central Amusement International, signed a 10-year lease for about 6 acres of Coney Island, paying the city $1 million plus part of gross receipts.

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