Who Needs Sundance?
Last years festival winners included 'Two Tickets to Paradise (a unique twist on the road trip/buddy movie), and the documentary, "Blood, Boobs, and Beast".
A space of musings, past and current as well as the future of amusements in the legendary Coney Island and Beyond!
The unused steel tower is a favorite perch for the local peregrines. I usually go to about 8 [cyclone] games a year […] and it was during my first or second game that I discovered the raptor's choice perch. Our seats were along the first base line, in line with the tower. I noticed one, then two, then several feathers fluttering passed. The source was from the top of the tower. A Peregrine Falcon had just caught a pigeon and was plucking it from its perch on the parachute ride. It was a nice diversion during a slow inning.
Brooklyn is the home for cultural awareness
So in all fairness, you can never compare this
Some good, some bad. little hope for
the weak Dangerous streets and Coney Island Beach
- Gangstarr, 'The Place W here We Dwell'
Coney Island has always kind of been off on its own, kind of excluded from the rest of the borough. It's a nice little vibe out here, man. It's about a 25- 30 block radius, everybody knows each other, there's only 3 avenues, so, about 25 blocks everybody pretty much knows each other, knows what's going on. For the most part, it's a nice close knit community; of course it's like any other hood. We got our crimes and little problems amongst each other. But for the most part Coney Island it's all love out here. […]
Coney is more famous for the ball playing than the emceeing, but there are a few dudes that are out to change that…
Mr. Markowitz originally called the redone stucture "a beacon of light for this and future generations, harking and heralding Coney Island as a place where dreams come true." Last week, he said it needed "more bling."Particularly displeased with the plan to revamp the lighting was Leni Schwendinger, who designed the current lights. Schwendinger responded to Markowitz's announcement with an editorial in Wednesday's Post:
The Coney Island Parachute Jump illumination is an internationally recognized symbol of Coney Island and Brooklyn - created in close collaboration with NYC's Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Brooklyn Borough President's office and the espected engineering firm STV ("City To Do the Light Thing for Coney LandMark," Feb. 8).
For over two years, this design - depicting seasons, moods and the Coney-by-the-Sea carnival tradition - has appealed to audiences, young and old and from every walk of life.
It has been celebrated in publications worldwide, and it has received awards from professional engineering, construction, lighting and landmark associations.
When a politician flies in the face of all this goodwill to divisively demand more "bling" and less "art," New Yorkers should ask themselves: What's wrong with this picture?
Principal Light Projects LTD, Manhattan
The Bolivian Indian Village exhibit was located on Tilyou Walk at the Ocean, at what would now be West 16th Street. Indigenous natives were common attractions at Coney Island at the end of the nineteenth century, and the humane treatment of the odd visitors became a cause for reformers who monitored the shows for abuses. American Indians, Philippine tribesmen, and Eskimos were among those displayed in re-creations of their native habitats.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that The Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC) has hired Nicole Robinson-Etienne as their new outreach coordinator.
- post by Ben Nadler
Was it barely two years ago that the lighting scheme esigned by Leni Schwendinger was unveiled? Well, the very subtle lighting debuted to mixed reviews and apparently hasn't done the trick and, now, Borough President Marty Markowitz is pushing a $1.5 million project that would include another redo of the lighting for Brooklyn's Eiffel Tower.
Markowitz's who said the Grimshaw firm, which has dozens of high profile projects around the world in its portfolio and is doing the redesign of the historic Queens Museum building in Flushing Meadow Park as well as the (much diminished) design of the Fulton Transit Center in Manhattan, will design a new "Coney Island Center" that would become a stop on the summer outdoor concert circuit akin to Jones Beach. There has been community opposition to the noise such a facility would create, as it is surrounded by apartment buildings.
"They billed me as 'The Bilateral Hermaphrodite'," she remembers. "My job was to pick out the most threatening man in the whole place - the one who hated my guts the most - and say: 'You're not going to be able to see from way back there, sir.' The more they booed, the better the act was."
Image 'f-coney island 17' courtes of penmadison
Classic Coney Rides [Brooklyn Museum]
One of the unique things about being an actor based in New York for so long is my relationship with the city: Certain locations are forever set in my mind as ouchstones. I can never walk past the boat pond in Central Park without thinking of the day when I pushed a young kid into the water for a scene during the shooting of Weekend at Bernie's, and it's impossible for me to go to Coney Island and not remember kissing Mary Stuart Masterson under the boardwalk in a scene from Heaven Help Us
No line, 16 voters so far, smooth voting. The Church School's gymnasium was empty except for one voting booth, the occasional voter and five volunteers who are discussing bakeries and coffee shops with the police officer assigned to the station.
Sal Napolitano at the Central Park Carousel just told me today he recently heard from organ restorer Gavin McDonough who in turn told him that Carousel Works was not awarded the contract to restore the B&B Carousel, instead it went to the only other company that bid on the work. It's not the other company in Ohio either but a firm that's "smaller" than Carousel Works.
Buried deep in the plans is a provision that says of the 50 blocks being rezoned in Coney Island, only the block that contains Nathan's - at the corner of Surf and Stillwell Aves. - and one block immediately west would be rezoned for towers