Coney Events: Coney Themed Halloween Party in Park Slope
Coney Island Night of the Dead
Wed Oct 31
at 227 4th Ave in Park Slope
$20 / $15 advance
- post by Ben Nadler
A space of musings, past and current as well as the future of amusements in the legendary Coney Island and Beyond!
Thor has shown willingness to work with the community. After being pressured by residents who live near the development site, it scaled back its plans by 1 million square feet. The community board is also not entirely opposed to change. It supported the city’s 2003 rezoning to strengthen the amusement district’s core by allowing new jobs and residential development there. City officials have also allocated $83.2 million to area improvements, including the creation of new streets, parking, open space, and a community center. It’s also building Steeplechase Plaza, a low-to-middle-income affordable housing complex, and will renovate the New York Aquarium, located on Surf Avenue.
Picture this: Coney Island, circa 1908, Atlas is sunning himself at the beach and trying hard to make time with a pretty girl. Up walks this gorilla and literally kicks sand in Atlas's face and walks off with the dame. After this humiliating experience, Atlas beheld the statue of Hercules at the Brooklyn Museum and vowed that he would never again have anyone kick sand in his face.
Coney Island Fans Jubilant at Astroland’s Reprieve [New York Times: City Room
Saving Coney [Journal Magazine]
Good News About Coney Island, for now... [Found in Brooklyn]
Memories Of Summer: Daft Punk At Keyspan Park, Coney Island [A Brooklyn Life]
Coney park to return for another summer [The Real Deal]
Coney Island's Astroland to reopen for 2008 season [Newyorkology]
BREAKING: Another Astroland Season for Coney Island [Gothamist]
Coney Island Art Auction [The 411 from Ross Reports]
Coney Island Bather...For Sale! [The Coney Island Reporter]
Coney Island: The Lost Horizon [Coney Island: The Lost Horizon]
A picture from the series Coney Island Bather, New York, was published in Harper's Bazaar in 1941 as a vivid counterpoint to the artifices of fashion.
A Bit of Good News in Coney Island, for a Change…
Carol Hill-Alpert, co-owner of the Astroland Amusement Park, confirmed rumors that have been swirling in Coney Island in recent weeks last night at a meeting of Community Board 13: she and her husband have reached an agreement with Thor Equities to open Astroland again next summer.
The Associated Press verifies it.
Turns out all the talk about Coney Island’s “last year” was a bit alarmist; the businesses on the boardwalk will be open again in 2008, as well. The Coney Island Cassandras did turn a nice profit for everyone, though, as it was reported at Community Board 13’s Public Safety Committee meeting on Oct. 2 that crowds were up this summer!
A source in the government told me last night that the city will be announcing its long-awaited zoning changes for Coney Island on Nov. 8, around 6 or 7 pm. This will be big news, so keep your eyes and ears peeled.
Here is part two of "Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle in Coney Island" posted on YouTube by Dutchmazz.
Chamber of Commerce President Carl Hum has been named to the Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC) Board of Directors.
Two people are dead and two others have been rescued after a collision between a barge and a 24-foot yacht in the waters off Coney Island.
One person was found in the water by a fishing boat. The victim was taken to a hospital on Staten Island. None of the victims have been identified.
Thor Equities and Astella Development team up for some Halloween festivities.
The Creepshow is Coney Island’s only Halloween extravaganza and one of the best haunted tours in all of New York City. Come see what the New York Press called "not only the best and wildest haunted house in town, but the smartest as well."
The Creepshow at the Freakshow is live entertainment at its spookarific best! Audience members are greeted by live entertainment and taken on a half-hour guided tour featuring a frightening array of ghosts and ghouls. Due to the intense nature of this event, the experience is not recommended for small children. Older children will be admitted with parental approval only! Hold onto your hats and prepare to be petrified!
"Whenever I'm traveling to a contest and I tell the person next to me on the plane that I'm going to an eating contest, they say, `Oh, are you going to compete against that little Japanese guy who eats all the hot dogs?'
"Now, I'm finally able to tell them that I beat him."
'Luna Park: 1913' (above)
May 19, 1913. Promenaders at Luna Park, "The Heart of Coney Island
'Coney Island Bathers' (above)
On the beach at New York's Coney Island circa 1910-1915.
Australian filmmaker Michael Maher, who shot a documentary about the gentrification of the Chelsea Hotel and Chelsea neighborhood for his "Postcards from New York" series, is back in action again, having set in sights on another threatened New York institution, Coney Island. In case you haven't heard, what's happening out there, is that developers are tearing down most of the seedy old amusement park so they can build condos for rich people who, apparently, don't like to have fun. (Is anyone taking bet on how long it will be before they complain about noise, drunks, etc., from the Cyclones ballpark next door.)
Coney Island is my favorite because its creepy as hell. This sim is probably the one we pulled the most from RL. We have the Coney Island subway station, the freak show, the wonder wheel... there's the Boardwalk and the beach, and that's the Grand Tour!
- post by Ben Nadler
‘Grace Nichilo Way’ debuts in Coney island [Bay News]
So when I look at a vision of what the new Downtown Brooklyn will look like, it's hard for me to conjure up matters relating to soul. Nor, when I see the remains of the old Coney Island, and plans to build a new one, do I think of soul.
Set to a contemporary remix of Ella Fitzgerald singing "Take the A Train," the TV spots merge video of a family's visit to New York with fanciful animation. Flying hot dogs pass over Coney Island's ferris wheel; a giant pair of red heels makes its way across Fifth Avenue; the Yankees' baseball diamond suddenly transforms into a slice of pizza.
Image by RGuskind (Flckr.com)
Coney Island #2: Astroland Open Again...for a Film Shoot The Gowanus Lounge]
- post by Ben Nadler