Coney Island Frankie95
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A space of musings, past and current as well as the future of amusements in the legendary Coney Island and Beyond!
“What a privilege and inspiration. To be frank I was overwhelmed by these events which I can only describe as a ‘feast of flesh.’ Decorum was not a feature. The acres of skin on display were not those of a fashion shoot and peak physical condition was certainly not a prerequisite. Idiosyncrasy was the keynote. The superabundant visual exuberance and excess on display had a profound effect. My participation in these events totally inspired me to create this body of work: THE MERMAID BALL.”
Throughout the years, I have learned a lot about the amusement park industry and have constructed many scale models of roller coasters and other amusement park attractions.This website features many models that were built over the past several years -- most of them are wood coaster replicas and some are original designs.
Announcement from the Coney Island Film Festival:
indiefilmpage.com and Coney Island USA present the 9th annual Coney Island Film Festival October 2- 4, 2009 at Sideshows by the Seashore and The Coney Island Museum in the historic Brooklyn neighborhood Coney Island, New York!
Regular Deadline - April, 24, 2009 (postmarked) $25 entry fee.
Entry categories: Feature, Short, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Experimental, Silent Film, Animation, Music Video.
The Coney Island Film Festival is open to filmmakers working in ALL GENRES, SUBJECTS AND FORMATS.
Visit the site here form information.
Hopefully, this coming season at Coney Island will be one full of activity and lots of people.
From the Gowanus Lounge:
A memorial gathering to honor the memory of Robert Guskind will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm Saturday, April 4 at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 4th Avenue between Union and President Streets in Park Slope.
Please RSVP if you can. (There is an opportunity to sign up to speak.)
There will be an opportunity to donate to charities in Bob’s name.
Thanks to Eric Richmond of the Brooklyn Lyceum for generously donating the space.
City officials said they're trying to iron out an agreement to bring the "Greatest Show on Earth" to a site off the area's fabled boardwalk after negotiations between Ringling Brothers and Joe Sitt, the amusement districts biggest landowner, felt apart two weeks ago mostly, they alleged, because Sitt was too greedy.
The three-ring circus wanted to play at Astroland, the fabled amusement park that closed for good in September. But officials contend Sitt who is battling the city over the mayor's Coney Island rezoning plan tried to nickel and dime Ringling Brothers by insisting his company, Thor Equities, be allowed to offer concessions during event days that compete with the circus own concessions.
Sitt, they said, also wanted a section of New York Aquarium's parking lot to provide circus parking, rather than offer parking on the 10.5 acres of boardwalk land he owns.
Steve Payne, a vice president for Feld Entertainment, which produces the circus, called Coney Island "an American icon" that is an attractive area for Ringling Brothers to consider expansion, but added "it's premature" to further comment.
"It would be premature to comment on plans for any new markets that are not finalized," said Steve Payne, a vice president of Freld Entertainment, which produces the venerable three-ring circus.
Save The People's Playground featuring the music of sexy pirate rockers JOLLYSHIP THE WHIZ-BANG, sassy KISSY KAMIKAZE, the deliciously haunting TYBURN SAINTS and a fabulous array carnivalesque performers from the sultry sea of Coney Island!! DJ OLE KORETSKY will be spinning sensational dance party grooves!!
Proceeds will go to Save Coney Island, a grassroots community organization committed to the preservation of the spirit of Coney Island through the revitalization of the Coney Island amusement district.
Unfortunately, the City's plan, as it currently stands, would be a disaster for Coney Island. It would permanently diminish the amusement district, introducing high-rises of up to 30 stories in its very heart, threatening historic structures and leaving only a narrow nine-acre strip for amusements. Land that is not zoned for amusements will be lost to amusements forever.
To inform what some may feel looks like the Coney Island Surf & Turf Grill on Surf Avenue and Stillwell is closed half the time - Ruby's Host puts out the word on the Coney Island USA message board:
People have been asking, since they see the gates down frequently, if they are closing. Surf & Turf Grill is open and getting ready for another summer of fun. Surf & Turf Grill is open year round but, winter is limited hours and menu. They are starting their weekend parties this weekend. Friday night is Limo Party Night with DJ playing Top 40's. Saturday Doors open at 10 pm for the Surf & Turf Club Party - free round of shots at midnight - Hip Hop & Rap. They are working on their summer band schedule.
Check their site on MySpace for more updated info or call Chris at Surf & Turf Grill or Surf Cafe at 718-513-6491
Watch their promo video below
For those who love picture taking..add some Surf & Turf images at their Flickr group.
A famed Coney Island pizzeria won't be tossing around the dough for a while after its coal-burning oven caught fire Saturday.
The blaze at Totonno's - which some foodies say serves the best pies in the city - broke out at 9:30 a.m. and spread to the roof, causing extensive damage, officials and witnesses said.
"I don't know what it will take, but it will reopen," he vowed. "It's part of the DNA of Coney Island.", said Chuck Reichenthal, district manager of Community Board 13.
Astroland's owner, manager and staff thank you for your decades of support! Generation after generation have enjoyed countless hours of fun at Astroland, on the Cyclone and in all of Coney Island. though Astroland will not be opening in 2009!!THERE IS STILL PLENTY TO SEE AND DO!
As you know the Cyclone is the most famous attraction in all of Coney island and on one of the most famous roller coasters in the world. Make it the cornerstone o fa trip to Coney island that includes the Beach, Boardwalk, Aquarium, games, great food and drink!
Thor Equities, which owns a total of 10.5 acres on Coney Island, including the Astroland site, is fighting the city's redevelopment plan. The company insists that it will fill the void left by Astroland by bringing in some sort of amusements, but details are sketchy. Meanwhile, local politicians and businessmen alike are becoming anxious.
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Community leaders maintain that even without Astroland, the area will have plenty to offer this summer.
Coney Is. plan a go, but void remains [Crain's New York]
There is hope that Coney will still somewhat thrive, but with having to constantly remind people last year, attendance was still low. This year, with Astroland gone, Coney Island could be facing their lowest attendance in decades.
In Brooklyn, even the hidden world under the Coney Island Boardwalk isn't safe from development. Recent repair work near Shoot the Freak has revealed and destroyed the Freak's domain. Luckily, there are still forgotten areas further down the boardwalk, stretches of quiet land that are home to tunnel lairs, foxholes, abandoned building entrances, discarded sharks, guard-doves, love nests and campsites. It is, as Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote in A Coney Island of the Mind -"a kissproof world of plastic toilet seats tampax and taxis/[...]and all the other fatal shorn-up fragments/of the immigrants dream come too true/and mislaid/among the sunbathers."
On a personal note - these photos are dedicated to Robert Guskind, who's encouragement and support, beginning with a single photo in 2006, helped inspire me to document Brooklyn's entire industrial waterfront. He was a generous friend who advised me in creating this website, and then wrote a story about nearly every photo essay on it for Curbed and The Gowanus Lounge, bringing thousands of people to my photographs.
The CB13 land use committee, in its meeting on Monday, had recommended a "yes" vote, but accompanied by a bizarre hodgepodge of no less than 20 stipulations: Eliminate the "Wonder Wheel Way" that the city wants to build from the Cyclone to the Parachute Jump, retain the Keyspan Park parking lot instead of building on it, redevelop the Abe Stark ice rink, do traffic studies, create a Special Amusement Zone to protect ride operators from being forced out by development, refrain from using eminent domain, fix local infrastructure, build nothing that would "eclipse the height" of the Parachute Jump, create affordable housing, rebuild the Boardwalk, upgrade the Aquarium, provide better subway service, allow stores up to 10,000 square feet, provide funds for the Coney Island Hospital ER, create off-street parking, allow Gargiulo's to expand, fund job training programs, limit hotels to the north side of Surf Avenue, build a new school, and turn the derelict Shore Theater into a community arts center.
As the rezoning plan moves through the Uniform Land Use Review Process, Save Coney Island urges the City to fix its plan. The City needs to expand amount of land reserved for amusement uses beyond the shrunken 9-acre strip allotted under its current plan and keep high rises and generic commercial establishments outside the core amusement area.
For the Mayor to accomplish its plan, the city must acquire - by purchasing or condemning - 10 1/2 acres from Sitt, who has promised to own his own gleaming, tourist destination of rides, hotels an shopping. sources say the two sides are far from reaching a deal, as they have been for much of the past year and more.
“I go through phases every few years–getting more with new life experiences,” he says. With tattoos in almost every location feasible, what part of the body hurt the most? Eak can attest that his most painful tattoo is on the inner thigh".
Seth Pinsky, president of the city's Economic Development Corp., said that despite what the document says the administration still doesn't "think [eminent domain] will be necessary," adding he believes deals will eventually be reached to buy the private land needed.
Because of this, many New Yorkers have actually called on the city in public meetings to take Sitt's land through eminent domain - a rare example in the Big Apple of support for the controversial tactic.
Still very numb and quite in shock over our friend Bob Guskind's untimely passing, we take a look at this short video and revisit Guskind in Carol Gardens.
Further into the park and Midway Mr. Strong noted 5 grind shows!!! -Count-em Baby! All in key corner locations. The list includes - Giant Rat, Snake, Little Horse and Spidora and the Headless Woman. The corporate sponsor is begging for the 2-heading baby show - but is hesitating to pay Mr. Strong the extra money to set it up. Furthermore, Mr Strong is calling out to the Circus community to help him staff the spectacular Circus that the Dreamland is contracting him to do. Next the famous Cycole Roller Coaster. Fire performers are not needed as they have already demanded his Famous Batman Stunt Show - including his WORLD RECORD HUMAN FIREBALL BLOW.All of this will be done in the Shadow the spectacular rides formerly of the M. Jackson's Neverland Park. Many of these rides were customed design for M. Jackson and have never been seen by the public. Directly across the midway in another large building John will be running a old fashioned arcade with a center piece of a major Jam Auction.The mascot for the New Dreamland is none other than Jocko - Mr. Strong's famous organ grinder's monkey- who is trained to collect $20 bills and passout POP bands to throngs of fans their to see the New Dreamland Amusement Park.