Tonight, the Municipal Art Society begins a two-program examination of past and future planning at Coney Island:

Coney Island: A Ride Though History
Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Charles Denson, author of Coney Island: Lost and Found, will offer an insider’s vivid history of the Coney Island that was his neighborhood. He described the predominant theme of his book as “urban planning gone awry,” a Coney Island that “never had a blueprint or anything resembling a master plan.” That is about to change. Charles Denson will provide a valuable look back in preparation for the program on Coney Island’s future on September 17. $12, MAS members/students, $15 non-members.

They continue next week with a look at the current redevelopment plan:

Coney Island at the Crossroads
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
The City of New York’s Comprehensive Development and Rezoning Plan for Coney Island calls for the creation of a year-round entertainment district, along with new housing and retail. Purnima Kapur, director of city planning for the Brooklyn office, and Lynn Kelly, president of the Coney Island Development Corporation, will present the city’s plan; a panel comprising sympathetic and critical voices will discuss its merits. $12, MAS members/students, $15 non-members

Both events will be held at MAS’s Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue. Visit MAS’s new website for more information and links for online ticket sales.