Islanders renew interest in BX ice arena

Excitement over the New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn has renewed interest in an ice rink in The Bronx. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is

THE BRONX - Excitement over the New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn has renewed interest in an ice rink in The Bronx.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is getting behind a proposal to bring an ice arena to the Kingsbridge Armory. If passed, nine rinks and a 5,000-seat arena would be created at the empty armory.

Diaz says a rink would bring living-wage jobs to the area, give inner-city kids a chance to play hockey and ice skate, and even give the Islanders a place to practice.

The future of the Kingsbridge Armory has been a hotly debated topic. Another option on the table is a sports and media complex, which developers say would be a bigger draw to tourists.

The city's Economic Development Corporation is expected to choose a proposal by the end of the year.

Kingsbridge Armory debate heats upArmory ice rink proposal wins support of borough president

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