Stephon Marbury

Stephon MarburyThe board of Coney Island, the beach peninsula in Southern Brooklyn, announced last week that they will erect statues of famous residents, as part of their renovation plans.

The first residents to be immortalized in stone will be former NBA starh Stephon Marbury and rapper D. Chamberz.

This is the first step in Brookyln Borough President Marty Markowitz’ Coney Island renovation project, which will also include revamping their oldest rollercoaster, the Cyclone, and its surroundings, as well as adding new rollercoasters.

The overall goal is to make Coney Island more tourist friendly, in addition to making the area a better place to live.

Resident Stephon Marbury is a former NBA star who currently plays for the the Foshan Dralions, a professional team of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Prior to joining the CBA in 2010, Marbury played several years in the NBA, on the roster of such teams as the Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, and Boston Celtics. During his NBA career, he played in two all-star games, including one for the New Jersey Nets in 2001.

D. Chamberz is another Coney Islander, who has gained recognition for his talents in music. The rapper (real name: Duval Chamberlin) uses his knowledge of the streets of Coney Island to produce a unique sound mainstream hip-hop artists have neglected. Many say his sound is the
combination of early Cam’Ron and early DMX.

His hits have included “Coney Island Warriors” and “America” featuring New York rapper Mysonne, which can both be found on iTunes.

At press time, it was unclear when the stone statues would be unveiled.