7:15 PM, June 16, 2010
By RICH CALDER 
Students at a public elementary school in Coney Island will no longer have to eat lunch and play ball in the same space.
The city broke ground today on a gymnasium to serve the 600 students at Michael E. Berdy Public School 188 on Neptune Avenue. Since the 85-year-old school has never had a gym, its cafeteria has been used for the dual purpose
The majority of the project’s funding was secured with little fanfare last summer during negotiations between the City Council and the Bloomberg  administration on how best to revitalize of Coney Island. Besides city funds, elected officials dipped into their individual pork barrel pots, including $500,000 each from Recchia, Borough President Marty Markowitz , state Sen. Diane J. Savino, and state Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny.