KINETIC CARNIVAL - The Coney Island Blog

A space of musings, past and current as well as the future of amusements in the legendary Coney Island and Beyond!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Brooklyn Cyclones Reach Mid-Season

How did the Brooklyn Cyclones team fare this season?
The
Brooklyn Paper writes:
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.

The midseason report card [The Brooklyn Paper]


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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Little Girl's Body Found In Brighton Beach

Little girl who was presumed drowned in Coney Island has been found.

The
NY1 News Reports:

The medical examiner said the body found by a fisherman off the coast of Brooklyn this morning is that of the 10-year-old girl who disappeared over the weekend.




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Coney Events: NY Mag's Chris Bonanos At Coney USA Museum



Magazine Editor Christopher Bonanos at the Freak Bar
Sunday, August 3, 2008

4 pm
Suggested donations: $5.
at the Freak Bar
located at 1209 Surf Avenue at West 12th Street

Coney Island Museum

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Coney Island USA New Freak Bar Construction Vid

See the progress of the Coney Island USA Freak Bar


Coney Island USA New Freak Bar Construction

Description:
Philip Tusa, Architect chronicles the construction period of his design for Coney Island USA's New Freak Bar

Posted by
pmtarch [YouTube]


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Female 'Warriors' Gang Descend On Coney

In this video trailer tough Brooklyn broads strut their toughness on their Coney Island Turf

Gang Girls 2000 trailer

Description:
"This movie has sexy chicks, campiness to spare and a rockin' soundtrack. First-time filmmaker Katrina Del Mar has put together a really fun, energized little movie that takes its low budget constraints and turns them into strengths. The film looks (and sounds) gritty, which suits the material perfectly. Click
here for more.

Posted by
katrinadelmar [YouTube]


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Fabulous Roller Rink Opening Extravaganza!!!




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More 'Summer Of Hope' Rides Leave Coney

Image courtesy of Rubys Host

Here is the ferris wheel that was sitting on the Thor Equities 'Summer Of Hope' lot. It was being dismantled yesterday to be carted away like the Ring Of Fire was the day before.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

More Coney Vid Hoopla:

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.

Historian Barry Lewis on Coney Island

Posted by
rtrx [YouTube]


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Coney Drownings AP Video

Plus4 Dead, 3 Missing in Waters Off New York4 Dead, 3 Missing in Waters Off New YorkThe Associated PressThe search for a 10-year-old girl in the waters off Coney Island has been suspended.
Coney residents and visitors angry and upset over the drowning children.

4 Dead, 3 Missing in Waters Off New York

Posted by
AssociatedPress [YouTube]


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Coney Vid: Underground NYC Visits Mermaid Parade

Underground NYC - The Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Description:
Dave Ford explores the wonders of the chaotic Mermaid Extravaganza.

Posted by
daveforddoesearth [YouTube]

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Coney Vid: NYC Coney Island

A quick visit to Coney Island for those who haven't lately.
NYC Coney Island
The video's embedding was disabled by request so click on image to go to see it.

Posted by 797Productions [YouTube]


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Astroland Goes Back To The Future

Astroland Amusement Park's orginal space-age theme is revisted through the new exhibit at the Coney Island History Project.

During the early 1960s the Albert family transformed a square block occupied by Feltman’s Restaurant, birthplace of the hot dog, into a futuristic amusement park that exists to this day.

The exhibit will open and the Coney Island History Project.

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!


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Summer Of Hope's Ring Of Fire Leaves Coney

Image courtesy of Rubys Host

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.


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Strongman Event In Coney Island

Image courtesy of Patrick Drennan (Fotki.com)


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.


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Coney Vid: Strongman Raising Awareness For Children Event

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.

Posted by relaxnbrooklyn [YouTube]


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New Group To Save Coney Forms


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
nothing has been heard of them.


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Monday, July 28, 2008

Sand Castles On Coney's Beach

Image courtesy of lornagrl (Flickr.com)

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.


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Search Called Off For Drownings At Coney Island

The Coney Island waters has still not released the bodies of two who are presumed drowned. Akira Johnson, disappeared Saturday while swimming in Coney Island.

The
NY Daily News writes:


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.

Photo courtesy of Egan-Chin/News (NY Daily News)


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Friday, July 25, 2008

Boxing Match At Coney's Beer Island

Image courtesy of Rubys Host (Flickr.com)

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



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Coney Events: Strongman Fund Raising Event

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


Image courtesy of Tampen (Flickr.com)


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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Coney Events: ACME Miniature Flea Circus

From the Coney Island USA website:

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


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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Coney Island NEWS Source Coming Soon!

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.

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Ruby Host Rant: Coney Is NOT Shutting Down!

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.

Best,
Rubys Host




Image courtesy of Rubys Host (Flickr.com)


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Grease Your Wheels And Rev Up That Coney Spirit

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!!

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Monday, July 21, 2008

2008 Siren Festival Pics And Vids

Image courtesy of hn0j (Flickr.com)

Here are some Flickr pics from the 2008 Siren Festival in Coney Island.

And here are some videos of the festival via Gowanus Lounge


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Coney Events: Fisherman Plays the Harley Sadler Tent Show

Listen to the melody clangs of Harley Sadler as he works his xylophone at the Coney Island USA Freak Bar.


Fisherman plays the Harley Sadler Tent Show Marimba/Xylophone
Saturday, July 26th
3pm-7pm
at the Coney Island USA Freak Bar



Image courtesy Norman Blake



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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Cool Pastel For Coney USA New Freak Bar

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.

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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Coney Vid: A Portrait of Coney Island

A Portrait of Coney Island















[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.

Posted by on
travisgfox [YouTube]

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Coney Vid: 1969 Student Film

See some long gone attractions from a late 60's Coney Island zip by this fast pasted psychedelic student film shot at Coney Island

CONEY

Description:
1969 student film

Posted by
ffeinberg [YouTube]

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Freak Beer Pairing At The Fork & Knife

With an inventive modern European fare coinciding with the Freakish Beer selections from Coney Island Lager is the tasting menu of five courses being dished out at the Fork & Knife restaurant.

The
Bayer Public Relations blog writes:
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.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

State Of Coney Island Addressed By Dick Zigun

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

Photo courtesy of Don Wiss


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Coney Events: Astella's 18th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest

From the Astella Development's website:

Astella's 18th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest and Coney Island Unity Day Prizes, live music, dance performances, information tables


Astella's 18th
Annual Sand Sculpting Contest
Sunday, July 26th

12 pm - 5 pm
on the beach between West 10th and West 12th Streets




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Coney Events: AVP Volleyball Tour In Coney Island

Photo courtesy of Finstr (Flickr.com)

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


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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Coney Vid: Smooth Sailing On The Boardwalk

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.

Coney Island Walk

Description:
Funny stop-motion walk. Coney Island. NYC, september, 2006

Posted by
escarolaeabobrinha [YouTube]


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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Lola's Dreamland Roller Rink Is Coming Back For Remainder Of Season

This announcement comes from a close source: Lola Staar's Dreamland Roller Rink will open for July 19th until mid October from 12 noon to midnight every weekend.

Official announcement should be expected really really soon!


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More School Bus Parking On Thor Lot

Photo courtesy of me-myself-i (Flickr.com) via CIUSA board


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.


Video posted by
coney112006 [YouTube]


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Coney Attractions: Canoeing On The Coney Island Creek

Photo courtesy of William Mebane for The New York Times


From the New York Department of Parks & Recreations Department:

Explore Coney Island Creek by canoe as we go in search of wading shore birds, the remains of NYC's shipping history, and float by the wreck of a real submarine. Paddling experience required.


Canoeing Coney Island Creek
Saturday, Jul 12, 2008 - Friday, Jun 13, 2008
12:00 p.m.
To register call (718) 421-2021 after 9:00 a.m. on July 7.



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Coney Events: Hotsy Totsy Burlesque

From the Coney Island USA website:

A high camp burlesque soap opera, featuring twirling tassels, flying underpants, and death defying nudity!Hosted by Donny vomit. Featuring: Plum Manchego, Cherry Pitz, Rosie 151, Fem Appeal, Amber Alert, Connie Baker & Ginger Fringe.



Burlesque at the beach
Hotsy Totsy Burlesque
Thursday, JuLY 10th
10pm
$10
Sideshows By The Seashore
Corner of Surf and West 12th Street

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Monday, July 07, 2008

Coney Vid: We Go To Coney Island

Here's a nicely done creative video

WE GO TO CONEY ISLAND


Description:
Do you know Coney Island ?

Posted by
CINEVIBES [YouTube]


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Friday, July 04, 2008

Chestnut Wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest Again

Wath the ESPN telecast.

Official Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest 2008 (part 1)


Official Nathans Hot Dog Eating Contest 2008 (part 2)

Description:
Nathans Hot Dog eating contest 2008. The top 2 people tied at the end so they had a death match. Joey Chestnut won.

Both videos posted by
andrew39611 [YouTube]


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Kinetic Carnival Turns Two Today on 4th of July!

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.


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Thursday, July 03, 2008

Dose Of Lola 2: Watch The "Dreamland" Film Doc

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.

Watch "Dreamland" click here.



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Dose Of Lola 1: She Struts Her Pink On The Red

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.

Check out teh Roll Out the Red Carpet Photos!

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

2008 Mermaid HOOPLA!

Image courtesy of siberfi [YouTube]

Mermaids [iKonic Vintage: High Five Fridays]
Weekend on tap: Mermaid Parade, Summer Solstice [NewYorkology]
Dottie Lux has been sighted in Coney Island! [dottavio - LiVeJOURNAL]
Save Coney Island! Zigun Resigns & Mermaid Queen Hunger Strikes. [Found In Brooklyn]
The 2008 Mermaid Parade [Gowanus Lounge]
Coney Island Mermaid Parade [Killing Denouement]
2008 Mermaid Parade Ball Rocks Coney [Gowanus Lounge]
Mermaid Parade on Coney Island [strolling new york]
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade [Citizen of the Month]
Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2008 [A Brooklyn Life]
Mermaid Parade Holds On To Coney Island History [MyFox Houston]
Mermaid Parade, Coney Island, New York State [Libby Hobday]
2008 Mermaid Parade on Coney Island - Part 1 [Famous Ankles]


Other HOOPLA!:
Coney Island [Old Hollywood Glamour]
Will Skate For Change: Coney Island Roller Queen Drumming Up Cash For Rink [The New York Observer]
Vote For Dick [Pelicula 64]
Coney Island [Berkeley College International - Sweden]
A CONEY ISLAND OF THE MIND [More Intelligent Life]
Up on the Roof: A Rarely Seen Coney View [Gowanus Lounge]
Ditch Cannes for Coney! Here Are 8 Reasons Why [AdRants]
Coney Island: It wouldn't be possible without the people [I could not stay in Strewberry Fields Forever.
Return To Coney Island [Jonepeaks]















Images:
siberfi's 2008 Mermaid Parade photo set [Flickr.com]
Coney Island weekend of 6/20-21/08 [jimvid - Smugmug]
Coney Island [Killer Boots]
The Mermaid Parade at Coney Island photo collection [House of LeMay]


Videos:
MTH MTA R40 Slant NYC Subway Set to Coney Island [YouTube]
GL Sunday TV: Early 2008 Mermaid Parade Vids [Gowanus Lounge]



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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Coney Vid: Fun Raw Footage Riding The Cyclone

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.

Posted by
ElwoodKramer [YouTube]


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Coney Rides Marked Unsafe In Media String Of Bad Press

Image courtesy of Leslie F. Miller (Flickr.com)

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.


Follow the discussion at the Coney Island USA message board

Expert Calls Coney Island Rides Unsafe [NY Post]
Should Health Insurance Be Part of Coney Discussion? [Curbed]
Some Rides at Coney Island Unsafe, Inspector Says [Gothamist]



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posted by Omar Robau @ 7/01/2008 02:20:00 AM  0 comments links to this post