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Burnstein, Mensch To Build NYC Amphitheater

New York City has long been without an amphitheater, the closest one being Jones Beach on Long Island. But that should all change May 1, 2003 with a $40 million, 19,200-capacity shed with 30 luxury boxes being built on Randall's Island, which is between Manhattan and Queens and not far from the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Manager¹s Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch of Q Prime Management and their partner Kevin McCabe are the builders. Their company, Quincunx LLC, has plans to build amphitheaters in Burnsville, Minn., a suburb of Minneapolis, and Vancouver, Wash. (the greater Portland, Ore. metropolitan area.

McCabe advised CelebrityAccess that there will be 35-45 concerts and 5-10 festivals a year. The venue will be open to all promoters. "We have a good relationship with John Scher (Metropolitan Entertainment Group), and I'm sure SFX will be interested. And there are a lot of ethnic music show promoters that already have concerts at Downing Stadium."

The amphitheater is part of a $250 million renovation that Randall's Island will be undergoing, which will include the $40 million performing arts center and a $60 million water park, an extensive transportation overhaul to include a 4,000-capacity parking lot, ferry and shuttle bus service as well as some highway improvements. Downing Stadium will be partially demolished, but a track will remain.