Childs Restaurants (Surf Avenue location)

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Childs Restaurant Building
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Facade from Surf Avenue
Map showing the location of Childs Restaurant Building
Map showing the location of Childs Restaurant Building
Location within New York City
LocationBrooklyn, New York, New York, United States
Coordinates40°34′31″N 73°58′47″W / 40.5753°N 73.9798°W / 40.5753; -73.9798Coordinates: 40°34′31″N 73°58′47″W / 40.5753°N 73.9798°W / 40.5753; -73.9798
Width63 km (39 mi)

The Childs Restaurant Building on Surf Avenue is a New York City designated landmark on Surf Avenue at West 12th Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn. It was completed in 1917 for Childs Restaurants, an early restaurant chain and one of the largest in the United States at that time. Its design, by John Westervelt, Childs' in-house architect, shows "elements of the Spanish Revival style."[1] The company built a much larger Childs location on the Coney Island Boardwalk in 1923, but continued to operate the Surf Avenue location until 1943.

In later years the building was used for other restaurants and nightclubs. In 2007 the property was acquired by Coney Island USA, a local arts organization that is headquartered in the building, which currently houses a theater, a bar, and exhibition and office space.[2] The building was designated a New York City landmark in 2010.[1]

The building sustained considerable damage in Hurricane Sandy on 31 October 2012. With the help of many volunteers, Coney Island USA repaired the worst of the damage and reoccupied the building by spring 2013.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Childs Restaurant Building" (PDF). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  2. ^ "About Coney Island USA". Coney Island USA.
  3. ^ "Coney Island after Sandy: See who's back for the 2013 season". Timeout New York. Retrieved 28 April 2014.