The Cyclones reached the halfway mark in their 76-game season with the completion of their game on July 26, and they ended their first half with a record of 18–20 and in last place in the McNamara Division, trailing the first place Staten Island Yankees by six games.
In this video trailer tough Brooklyn broads strut their toughness on their Coney Island Turf
Gang Girls 2000 trailer
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Many Coney vids found today on YouTube. Here; Arhictuctural historian Barry Lewis is interviewed on the history of Coney Island, New York in this CBS video posted by the Rapid T. Rabbit on YouTube and the Coney Island USA message board.
The exhibit honors the Albert Family’s four-decade commitment to Coney Island and includes the original plans of the park and photographs of the construction of the Astrotower, Mercury Capsule Skyride, Diving Bells, AstroRocket, Water Flume, Cyclone, Space Orbit and the Astroland Restaurant, formerly Feltman’s
The Coney Island History Project presents THE ASTROLAND ARCHIVES PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: 'Back to the Future' Opens Saturday, August 2, 2008 through September 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm at The Coney Island History Project's Exhibition Center under the Cyclone Roller Coaster 1000 Surf Avenue - just east of 10th St. Phone 718-266-0012 Exhibition Center hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-6pm Also open September 1, Labor Day (Monday), 1pm-6pm FREE ADMISSION FOR ONE AND ALL!
Here is the Ring Of Fire attraction that was sitting on the Thor Equitie's lot being dismantled and carted away from Coney Island and joining many other attractions that have come and gone quickly. Thanks to Rubys Host who caught this image of the ride being collapsed.
Just prior to noon this past Sunday the Dock Builders Union - Local #1456, Commercial Divers, Coney Island Polar Bears, Camp Sunshine, and friends of Coney Island got together to support and witness a celebration of selflessness. Strongman Steve Ekstance performed feat of strength. You can view some of the images posted on Fotki by Patrick Drennan.
This past Sunday Strongman Steve Ekstance came out to Coney Island in full force to show his muscles in a Strongman stunt to raise money for awareness of terminally ill children. Here is a photo collage in a video posted on YouTube.
Coney Island Strongman - raises awareness and money
Description: Coney Island Strongman - raises awareness and money for charity supporting families of terminally ill children.
The Coney Island United is a newly formed group began as an informal meeting of various people with a similar common goal; a desire to preserve the integrity of Coney Island's history in it's future. Those individuals include Rev. Connis Mobley of the United Community Baptist Church, Aurthur Lenick of the City Streetcar Company, Charles Denson of the Coney Island History Project, James Prince of Major Meats, and others. Their mission statement is:
The purpose of Coney Island United is to create and move forth an agenda for the preservation and enhancement of the Greater Community of Coney Island; the preservation and upgrading of services for the existing residential community; the updating of the crumbling infrastructure; the improvement and expansion of the already existing amusement area; the restoration of Coney Island to its former glory as America’s Playground for those of every means.
Coney Island United's agenda is all inclusive, encompassing all elements in Coney Island united for common cause.
A few posters at the Coney Island USA message board feel that another group to 'save Coney' is lessening the strength of one organization is confusing and spreading our messages too thin.
Their main concerns address the burden the community would face on its infrastructure if they city and developer's plans of high rises would place of Coney Island's already weakened infrastructure. Besides the website of Coney Island United
Artistic sandcastles were created on the sands of Coney Island this past weekend. Above is a photo by Lornagrl. The 18th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest is brought to you by the Astella Development Corporation.
The Queens student was one of seven presumed drowning victims during a weekend of mayhem at city and Long Island beaches. The drownings appear to be linked to rip currents from "long-period" waves produced by winds out of the south, according to the National Weather Service.
There is also search for a 22-year old man who has also been missing after going swimming in Coney Island this past weekend.
The amateur boxing match took place at Coney Beer Garden and was presented by the NYPD and The Boxing Federation who have rented out the space for a few more matches coming up. Each event is a walloping $20.oo to view from inside. And all of that goes to the NYPD. However, we shouldn't complain because the NYPD's heavy presence is what keeps our Coney Island much safer than most people assume.
Rubys Host says:
They do 3 rounds with several fights. At midnight they were still going on. It started about 8:15. I took a bunch of shots then went to see Smokey Robinson. While walking home at about 11:30, they were just starting another round of fights
Strongman Steve Ekstance will show off his muscle powers to raise funds for Camp Sunshine's cause to help poster child Sienna Cavallo who is currently undergoing much needed medical treatments. Strongman Steve will attempt to use his teeth to pull a dump truck as well as dead lift thousand of pounds. The spectacular stunt will take place at the Beer Garden directly behind Steve's Grill.
Strongman Fund Raiser Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 12pm Noon at the Beer Garden behind Steve's Grill located on Stillwell Ave - off the boardwalk Coney Island, New York
The show, the Acme Miniature Flea Circus, is an authentic Victorian flea circus that features trained fleas Midge and Madge who perform spectacular circus stunts as seen before (and on top of) the crowned heads of Europe. Midge and Madge will perform their star turn at Coney Island's historic Museum.
Details magazine called the show "One of the top alternative circuses in the country." The New York Times said "The appeal is irresistible... Gertsacov is every bit the fantastical impresario, in his purple top hat and cash-register voice, introducing us to the wondrous insects itching (sorry) to perform" And the Los Angeles Times says that "Professor Gertsacov holds the audience (and the stars of the show) in the palm of his hand."
ACME Miniature Flea Circus Sunday, July 27th 4pm $5, Free to Coney Island USA members Coney Island Museum 1208 Surf Avenue
A new source for your local news covering the greater Coney Island area is coming soon. Ben Nadler who has written for Kinetic Carnival is part of this news outlet. This new news source is not affiliated or produced by Kinetic Carnival. And the logo above is not part of this news outlet. Stay tuned for further announcements.
Coney Island lover Ruby's Host wants to set the record straight. She doesn't want the press to set the wrong tone about the closing of Coney Island. In a recent e-mail burst she expresses her concerns:
Coney Island IS Not "SHUTTING DOWN" the rides as quoted by "Tricia Vita" that are "packing up" are not the Actual Coney Rides as Astroland and Deno's. They are a group of traveling carnivals with rides, games etc that were only contracted by Thor to be here from Memorial day weekend to the end of July. They are scheduled to be in TN for - I believe a state or county fair. Coney Island is still here. We, as owners/operators were told they would be here for a short stay this summer. Coney Island has always had traveling carnivals " Stop by for short visit" .
There was a second traveling carnival that was here as well that left the middle of June as their contract with Thor had stated. The property that the traveling carnival housed was purchased by Thor about 4 years ago.
We are trying to preserve the acres that are zoned as the amusement park section along with the heritage of Coney Island etc. The true section of Coney Island is about 3+ miles long not just the main artery of Stillwell and Surf Ave. Coney Island is a spirit of adventure - the birth place of roller coasters, food, boardwalk, friends, beer, new and strange wonderful - mysterious things not just a ride by the beach. This struggle will be on going for the next few years now that Thor and the city have started their Public Scoping hearings etc.
Despite what feels like a dwindling down of the Coney spirit under the hot and humid air, many are seeing small businesses and attractions closing down and leaving Coney Island. Crowds are looking thinner at times and a few biz numbers are down. But for Lola Staar she isn't sitting around just dreaming - instead - the Dreamland Roller Rink is already open for business. With the Siren Festival over she hopes the rink will do better this coming weekend. The buzz around is that she is planning another opening party sometime around the August 2nd weekend. Watch out for official announcements coming up real soon.
The Dreamland Roller Rink is located on the legendary Coney Island Boardwalk inside the historical landmarked Childs Building. 3052 West 21st Street. The HOURS of operation are Fri 7PM- 12PM, Sat 12PM- 12AM, Sun 12PM- 7PM. Admission is $10. Skate rentals are $5. And YES, you can bring your own skates or roller blades!!
The Coney Island USA renovations for the additional museum space and new Freak Bar is almost complete. Soft cool pastel colors in retro Miami Beach flavors adorn the new space and already have been utilized for a few small events. A few weeks ago, while still in progress, it housed the hunger striking Queen Mermaid who starved live on-cam over the internet for the cause to save Coney Island. In the last few weeks it hosted a musical xylophone event.
The Coney Island USA's construction blog writes:
Expect a big push in the next few weeks, especially as the lights go up.
[Click image to go to YouTube and play ] The embedding in this video was disabled by request Description: The birthplace of the roller coaster and American hot dog could be headed for an upscale redevelopment makeover.
Ready for some simply savory food matched with a variety of new and original beers? Then head down to the East Village on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 as Chef/Owner Damien Brassel of Knife + Fork (108 East 4th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue, NYC, NY 10003; 212.228.4885; www.knife-fork-nyc.com) will be creating a 5-course tasting menu, pairing his inventive, modern European fare with Coney Island Lager’s unique selection of “freakishly good” beers.
This year's Coney Island state of Coney Island by Dick Zigun will take place as part of the Coney Island USA 'Ask the Experts' series.
From the Coney Island USA website: Join us on Sunday, July 20th at 4pm as The Permanently Unelected Mayor of Coney Island will discuss lessons learned on his recent fact finding trip to Orlando, Florida researching current trends in the amusement industry.
$5 Free to Coney Island USA members Coney Island Museum 1208 Surf Avenue
The 2008 AVP Crocs Tour in Coney Island Brooklyn, New York presented by Cushman and Wakefield. The world's best players travel to the world's greatest city. Watch as the AVP invades New York's Coney Island during the 2008 Brooklyn Open.
AVP Pro Vollyball Tour July 18th thru July 20th 9 am Coney Island Beach
Ahh! If only the Coney Island boardwalk could be finally fixed the right way and one could take a nice morning sail along the seamless boardwalk. Well, if we don't want to dream we could skate at Dreamland Roller Rink opening soon.
For most of the Carnival rides that were placed at the Stillwell Avenue lots owned by Thor Equities, their stay was brief. It now seems that on their lot on W. 12th Street across from Deno's they have moved in more of those unConey yellow school buses. Some posters on the Coney Island USA message board are asking weather this is legal for a C7 zone.
It's interesting that Thor's Joe Sitt proclaims in the video below his vision for Coney Island of the future . "You take a look at a lot of Coney Island today and it's hard to believe, but you've got hundreds and hundreds of buses being kept in a storage here in the boardwalk, on the beach", says Sitt in the video clip, which attempts to win you over with their plans of a very small, tight, and vertical space of an 'action packed environment' in a dramatic rescue of Coney Island that only the Thor super powers could achieve.
I am happy to have chugged on posting about Coney Island here at Kinetic Carnival for this long and intend to continue on. I thank all those who've supported me throughout the last couple of years. And may our efforts to save the true character of Coney Island win over the corporate and political mentality.
Lola Staar's "Dreamland" documentary is part of a film series to help promote Tommy Hilfiger's fragrance for women, 'Dreaming'. In collaboration with Glamour Magazine. The series is called Glamour Reel Docs:
Glamour Reel Docs is a documentary film series brought to you by they award-winning production team at Glamour magazine. In partnership with Dreaming Tommy Hilfiger.
Now we can see more clearly what Lola Staar was doing on the night of the Scoping Meeting. Diana Carlin aka Lola Staar rolled out her fabness on the red carpet at the premier of her new doc film, "Dreamland". The event was accompanied by Tommy Hilfiger, Rosie Perez, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Angie Pontani, Gavin Degraw, and Lola's very own 90 year old grandmother, Pasquale.
Note: May only be suspenseful for those who've thought of or dared to take their beloved cameras up on a wild ride.
Shooting a movie on the Cyclone Coney Island END OF THE LINE
Description: This is bonus footage from the movie End of the Line. This sequence was crucial to the film, in which the main character (played by Britten Darrow) is riding the Cyclone in an attempt to hide from a murderer who is stalking him throughout Coney Island.This is the raw footage that was shot on the cyclone that night.It has been subtitled so you get the full effect of it.For those of you who havent seen the movie, search ELWOOD GENTRY END OF THE LINE.
In recent weeks, Coney Island has been receiving much bad press by the local major media, especially the New York Post, and Coney amusement fans are smelling something fishy. Could there be a conspiracy by the city or Thor Equities that is trying to hurt Coney’s amusement business to gain favor in their cases?
The New York Post reported:
Amusement-safety consultant Walt Reiss, asked by The Post to conduct checks at local funfairs, said that if it were up to him, he would padlock a fairground set up on land on Coney Island owned by developer Joseph Sitt.
Posters on the Coney Island USA message board speculate that this is a conspiracy that connects Thor to the Post via Stefan Friedman, spokesman for Thor Equities who also used to work for the Post. But since newspapers always use headline grabbers, it’s difficult to detect a ‘conspiracy’. Though more accurate would be to point out the rides in question which are those that Thor Equities contracted that were inspected by amusement ride inspector Walter S. Reiss. It makes sense that the papers would generalize it with: ‘Coney Rides’. Also since the rides on the inspectors warning list are those rides brought in through Thor Equities onto their property, it would not make sense for the Thor spokesman to bring attention to the unsafety of those rides.
Yet there is an interesting string of recent negative press that make some seem like conspiracies; problems with the Cyclone and obvious problems like the deteriorating boardwalk (though not a conspiracy in itself but the city neglecting it surely stinks anyway), and other such things that simply occur with plain bad luck – like the man who fell through the floor at Ruby's Bar into a pile of dirt. Yes 'shit' happens as observed by Curbed:
This [Post 'unsafe rides' story] is not to be confused with a report a few weeks ago that the Cyclone, which is operated by Astroland, was causing some injuries and is in no way connected to the problems with the boardwalk, which has been causing average trip-and-fall injuries due to its crappy condition. Also, it is totally unrelated to the "unfortunate accident" in which the dude fell through the floor of the bathroom at Rubys on the boardwalk and emerged covered in crap dirt.
So, unless there is a continued string of negativity associated with Coney Island, the stench of a conspiracy will be difficult to smell.