Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Coney Events: The Authorized Coney Island Tour

Guaranteeing accuracy and humor, the authorized tour of Coney Island is developed in association with founder of Coney Island USA; Dick Zigun and licensed by NYC tour guides. It's an hour walking tour of Coney Island. (expect to get sand in your shoes).  The tour starts at the Coney Island Museum on Surf Avenue and W. 12th Street and takes you through Coney Island's significant places on the weekends all year-round.  It's $25 per person.  Is this a replacement for Captain Bob?  Ask your tour guide.  By appointment only. Part of New York Tiny Tours.  Registered tour guide: Kim Rancourt.

The Authorized Coney Island Tour
Saturdays and Sundays, all year round
$25 per person.
at Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Coney Events: A Coney Island Of The Behind

More than just an entertaining spectacle; Michael Schwartz is back with his whimsical showcase about Coney Island.  Coney Island of the Behind is a an evening full of poetry, storytelling, comedy, dance, burlesque, music and mayhem - and all about Coney Island!

from the Coney Island USA website:
Schwartz is an award winning writer, actor, director, comedian, and singer/songwriter and will be performing some of the pieces that have been wowing audiences all over New York City and that will be included in his upcoming book.
Scheduled to appear at A CONEY ISLAND OF THE BEHIND:

Michael Schwartz: poetry, storytelling, comedic characters, singing

Alfonso Cruz: burlesque dancing/comedy, singing

Robert Ross: 2011 inductee into NY Blues Hall of Fame

Pearl Quick: star of new award winning film TO BE HEARD

Aneta Brodski: star of new PBS Independent Lens film DEAF JAM

Mermaid Hawley and Bill Brovold: “The Coney Island Love Letters”

Celia Next Time: burlesque dancing/comedy

Brant Lyon: ragtime piano extraordinaire

Hank Coyote Wagner: howling harmonica

Sheridan Lee Roberts: dancing and singing

Mollye’s Muffins: the launch of scrumptious homemade Brooklyn muffin co. (never before seen recipes available at show)

Sudsy Spirits: The Freak Bar


Click here to buy tickets in advance.

Coney Artland Productions presents:
A Coney Island of the Behind!
Saturday, December 3, 2011

7 pm
$10 in advance or at the door.
at Coney Island USA - Sideshows By The Seashore
1208 Surf Ave.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

11th Annual Coney Island Film Festival Line Up

The 11th Annual Coney Island Film Festival starts its weekend of screenings this Friday, September 23rd, 2011 and runs through Sunday, September, 25th 2011.  The screening venues will be at:
SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE 1208 Surf Ave. Ground Floor and CONEY ISLAND MUSEUM 1208 Surf Ave. 2nd Floor including a special screening at The New York Aquarium's 4D Theater.

The line up for the festival include:

"The Last Immortal", a documentary film by Charles Denson kicks off the festival,  It screens at the Coney Island Museum at 1208 Surf Avenue on the 2nd floor at 7:30.

"Somebody's Hero"
The festival boasts 16 programs, full of short and feature length narratives, and documentaries.  Opening night parties on with live sideshow featuring Insectavora and Kryssy Kocktail and burlesque performances by Lefty Lucy, Creamy Stevens, and Sizzle Dizzle.  Plus variety acts and go go girls.  You can do both the party and opening night screening with the festival pass. 
"Guard Dog Global Jam"
Program 1 has; Tony Sirico from "The Sopranos" and "Somebody's Hero" about an accountant who moonlights as a superhero.  Program 2 includes a few animated films like "Guard Dog Global Jam", and "Place Stamp Here", in addition to short films exploring the lives of young adults, which include "Perspective", "DayDreams", and "Three Things".   Program 3, features the full-length "Nefertitty", which looks like some hilarious send up of the seventies underground cinema gone Tarantino!  But the titties 'nefer' ends, 'cause "Love Is Hard: A Burlesque Fairytale" screens right afterwards. 

Program 4, and Program 5 gives you a bit more serious fare of the mysterious and spooky.  An aging escape artist goes over the edge in, "Goodbye Winter", while a "Posthumous Proposal" is made when a widower attempts to suppress his grief by altering his perception of reality.  There is an awkward meeting at an "After-School Special", while a lonely "Imposter" is desperate for a woman.  In the feature film "The Super", looks like he may go over the edge with his tenants.  Program 6 seems to offer a bit of the surreal with a Psycho-Fugue Circus in "Carny", and hopelessness and paranoia set into the "Holes for Eyes".  There is also "A Fable about Beauty", some "Good Taste", and feelings that are brutally unmasked at "The Dinner Meeting".
"The Open City"
There are dolls and animated characters running around in Program 7, amidst a portrait of the city as "The Open City" makes New York artists open their eyes.  Program 8 will downright horrify you!   You'll see "Boys From Coney Island" in Program 9, which also includes a silent film, "Ode To Charlie" and celebrity Chef Ronnie leads a double life in "The Craving".  A yearly ritual brings "The Warriors" - and they'll be waiting for you in Program 10.  "Tom And Sabrina Divorce" in Program 11 as "Ma In Her Kerchief" comes to terms with death, and her daughter in law.  There's a "Hidden Star" and a "Dame Factory" along with a "First Kiss", and a "Heart Break", and a few ladies of Booby Hatch that say "Suck It!", all in Program 12! Oh, there's also a film about boners with a "Flagpole".

Light fare and music can be found in Program 13.  A music video, a "Death of a Popstar", and "Tommy's Pumpkin" screen in Program 14Program 15 features a "Heavy Metal Picnic", and a "Great Disaster", while a documentary film takes an in-depth look as "Long Island Uncovered", visits the chaos, trials, and tribulations in the life of musicians.  When it comes to Coney Island films you can "Take Me There" anytime.  Whether it's to "Shoot the Freak"or "Save Coney Island", "A Day In The Life of Coney Island", is more than a "Neptune Jam" beside the "IC Waters'.  Program 16 also screens "The Blue Umbrella", which looks like another Coney Island funny film by filmmakers Amanda Jencsik and Chris DePierro.
"A Day In The Life Of Coney Island"

A special screening will be held at the New York Aquarium's 4D Theater, Saturday, September 24, 2011 at 5:30 and is of free admission. Screening will be "Atlantic Crossing: A Robot's Daring Mission"

This year Coney Island's Film Festival's Saturday Night Party starts at 7pm at the New York Aquarium, which features the bands Moto Wrays and Spanking Charlene.  Also some more burlesque and sideshow performances along with a few more go go girls.  Hosted by Adam the First Real Man.  Don't miss this huge event under a huge tent.

For detailed venue locations and prices, visit the Coney Island Film Festival website.
Order your tickets before more programs are sold out!

Coney Vid: Day To Night On The Boardwalk

(Click image to enlarge)
Stephen Wilkes stood high above Coney this past summer to take a long exposure photograph of Coney Island's Luna Park and Boardwalk. This video shows the stills as the day progressed into night.

Wilkes recently spoke about the 15-hour continuous shot to Amusing the Zillion and said, “A select group of images are then digitally blended into one photograph, capturing the changing of time in a single frame.”  He also said that a time lapse video will be made.  Well here it is!

Day To Night by Stephen Wilkes

Posted by SSTrueLoveMarinus [YouTube]

Coney Events: The 9th Annual New York Burlesque Festival

Thirsty Girl Productions presents a festival of bold bravada and sparkling campiness adorned with pinches of glamour here and there and everywhere in these four days of glitter and glamour.  Entertaining nine years of burlesque, The 9th Annual New York Burlesque Festival struts their glitz September 29th through October 2nd 2011.

The stages are set to shine with the following performers:
Angie Pontani (NYC), Miss Exotic World 2011 Indigo Blue (Seattle), Imogen KellyCherry Typhoon (Japan), Gentry de Paris (France), The Stage Door Johnnies (Chicago), The World Famous Pontani Sisters (NYC), MsTickle (NYC), Besty Bottom Dollar (Victoria, BC) Obskyura (Toronto), Albert Cadabra (NYC), Gin Minsky (NYC), Little Brooklyn (NYC), Bobbie Burlesque (Hollywood), Liza Rose (Seattle), Darlinda Just Darlinda (NYC), Miss Saturn (NYC), The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue (Victoria, BC), The Dolls of Doom (Chicago), Harvest Moon (NYC), Go-Go Harder (NYC), Honey Wil de (London),Helen Pontani (NYC), The Shanghai Pearl (Seattle), Minnie Tonka (NYC), Viva La Muerte (Chicago), The Love Show (NYC), Shelly Watson (NYC), Leroi the Girl Boi (NYC), and many more! (Australia),
Thirsty Girl & Pontani Productions Present
The 9th Annual New York Burlesque Festival
Sept 29th-October 2nd, 2011
4 Days & Nights of Glitter and Glamour in Gotham
Featuring over 100 performers from around the Globe!
Thursday September 29th:
The Teaser Party
Hosted By The World Famous *BOB*
149 7th Street (between 2nd & 3rd),
Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm
$10 advance, $15 at the door
Friday September 30th
The Premiere Party
Hosted By Scotty the Blue Bunny
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave,
Brooklyn NY 11211
Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm
Cover charge: $10
Saturday October 1st
The Saturday Spectacular
Hosted by Murray Hill
237 West 42nd Street, NYC
Doors 6:00, Show 7:30
$25 advanced general admission, $30 at the door
$65 VIP advanced
Saturday Night Official NYBF After Party
Featuring DJ’s, GOGO’s & More!
11pm-1am @ Lucille’s Bar
(Next door to BB Kings and free for all Saturday ticket holders)
Sunday October 2nd
The Golden Pastie Awards
Hosted by Miss Astrid
Highline Ballroom
431 16th Street
NYC, 10011
Doors: 7pm
Show: 8pm
$20 general Admission advanced, $25 at the door
$30 VIP, $35 at the door
GA seating is first come first serve
Sunday Night Official NYBF "All Stripped Out" After Party presented by BurlesqueBeat.com
DJs 2BTs, cocktail specials, mini-burgers and more!
11pm - 2am
POP Burger 60 9th Avenue btw. 14/15th Streets
For More information & to purchase our 4-Day Pass please visit

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

11th Annual Coney Island Film Festival September 23rd To 25th 2011

It's over a decade strong and the 11th Annual Coney Island Film Festival is set to screen this weekend; September 23-25, 2011 at the one and only Sideshows By The Seashore and at the Coney Island Museum and with additional screenings and festivities at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island!

Full Schedule see the Coney Island Film Festival website.  A summary of ticket pricing is listed below.  visits the website for more information, descriptions, images, trailers and to purchase tickets online!

Full Festival Pass $55. Click here for info.
Opening Night Screening $6. Click here for info.
Opening Night Party $25. Click here for info.
Saturday Screening Pass $15. Click here for info.
Sunday Screening Pass $10. Sold Out!
Saturday Night Party at the NY Aquarium. Click here for info.
Annual Special Screening of The Warriors $10, Click here for info.
Individual Screenings are $6, see below.
Special Free Screening at the NY Aquarium Saturday 5:30pm

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Coney Island Shuts Down For Hurricane Irene

Image courtesy Jim McDonnell (facebook)

As Mayor Bloomberg announces Coney Island and the rest of Zone A to evacuate before the first major threat of the 2011 hurricane season hits the north eastern states, police SUV's rove the streets warning Coney residents to leave, boardwalk businesses board-up and flee, and all Coney events cancel and post-pone.

The CIDC's Coney Island Fun Guide has put out an important Hurricane Announcement.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke this morning from Coney Island informing New Yorkers about the city's transportation and power stoppages during the hurricane. Most of Coney Island events for the weekend have been canceled.  They include: The Cyclones baseball game, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, and CIUSA's Ask The Experts Series.  Indie Rob Leddy, Coney Island USA administrator has put out detailed information on the Coney Island USA message board about event cancellations and postponements for their organization. 

Many Coney Islanders are bracing for what is not a usual event in New York.  They are expressing their concerns on their Facebook spaces.  "Starting to slightly rain in Coney - breeze going - waves crashin", writes Rubys Host.  "I think it's time to go to the grocery store, you know, before hell breaks loose", says Coney photographer Lorna Keuning.  Lola Star, hopes to be laughing after it's all over, realizing we were all just being over-cautious. "I hope we laugh about the paranoid way we fortified you [her store] by making a wall with our outdoor displays and sandbags to keep the water out", she writes on her Facebook.  It now seems that paranoid we're not being. Irene is considered a major threat despite its waning strength.  "The Red Flags of Coney Island were back in force tonight as they prepare for Irene", writes Jim McDonnell with his photograph (image above) on Facebook. 

(Image courtesy of Eric Kowalsky)

Coney photographer, Eric Kowalsky snaps an ominous shot of W. 12th Street, which depicts an impending doom to loom over Coney in the next few hours.

To maintain a current live view of Coney Island's amusement area, keep an eye on EarthCam's Coney Island Cam. (hopefully a constant picture stream will not be affected by the Hurricane).

The beach along Zone A, stretches from Sea Gate to past Manhattan Beach. And is under a mandatory evacuation ordered my New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A mandatory evacuation has, supposedly, never been ordered in the New York City area in our life time.

In 2008, KC reported about a possible flood of biblical porportions that could inundate America's Playground.  As reported in the Weather Channel's documentary, "It Could Happen Tomorrow".  the documentary depicts the possibility that scientists predicts could happen in the next couple of years when the next big hurricane travel up the east coast could head directly for New York City.  Let's hope this scenario doesn't happen here tomorrow. 

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Coney Events: The 21st Annual Sand Sculpting Contest

The annual sand sculpting contest and Unity Day is this Sunday, August 6th, 2011 at noon. Get your buckets and creative juices out to the Coney Island beach from 10th to 12th streets.  Amateur sand sculptors are invited to pile it up on the sand and make something spectacular.  The event is presented by Astella Development Corp. and the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium.

Excerpt from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website:
The amateur sculptors, coming from Coney Island, other parts of NYC, and beyond, will compete in five categories: Individual Adult, Individual Child, Adult Group, Child Group, and Mixed (Children and Adults). First, second, and third place winners in each category will be awarded generous cash prizes.
In addition to amateur sand sculptors, a professional will wow spectators with an unbelievable “How did he do that?!” creation in the sand, commissioned by the Aquarium.

Entertainers will rock the boardwalk while the contestants are at work. Face painting and craft activities for children will be part of the day’s festivities. In addition, along the boardwalk, local organizations will provide informational materials, along with give-a-aways.

The event is FREE of charge.  Those interested in the Sand Sculpting visit to apply online at: www.astelladevelopment.org, or register at the event.

Above Image by lornagrl

The The 21st Annual Sand Sculpting Contest
on the Coney Island Beach at 10th & 12th Streets
Sunday, August 6th, 2011
12 noon to 5pm
FREE of charge

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Coney Island Loses A Passionate Soul

Images courtesy of Charles Denson

He became passionate about his dream of bringing a one-of-a-kind electric Himalaya back to Coney, where he would man the ride, blasting Motown favorites out onto the new Coney Island. His dream will now live on. Perhaps the Himalaya will return in his honor. He was Andy Badalamenti; a Coney Island ride operator who passed away this past Monday. He was a resident of Coney his whole life and a ride operator of classic rides including the Tornado Roller Coaster, The Bobsled, and one of his favorites; the Himalaya.

He worked at the Tornado Roller Coaster while being one of the few Coney Islander's who's ever actually lived under a coaster. Marked forever into Coney Island folklore is the image of Andy atop the smoldering ruins of the Tornado Roller Coaster as he stood promising a rebirth and a mighty comeback for the coaster. “We’re gonna fix it! The Tornado will be back!”, proclaimed Andy, as written by Charles Denson, author of "Wild Ride: A Roller Coaster Family".

He later went to work for the police stables in Brighton Beach, where he was able to fulfill his other passion for animals.

He worked as a keeper for Coney Island land hoarder, Horace Bullard, guarding some of Coney's most precious relics, while driven with a dream of restoring them to their former glory. But one which could have only gone as far as Horace would care to allow, as they sat unkempt for many years. The illegal destruction of the Thunderbolt coaster by the Giuliani administration was a hard blow for Andy. One which he never was able to overcome.

Andy looked like he might have been a tough man in his youth, who has quelled as he began to mature. Thought he was still quite young. He always wore a smile and would always have a sparkle in his eyes as he lit up when talking about Coney Island. He was a contemporary Coney Island fixture and one of Coney Island's real characters.

He was battling with cancer. He legacy will live on. He will be missed.

Andy's wake was held yesterday and will also be held today July 28th from 2-5pm and 7-9pm at Cusimano and Russo Funeral Home, 2005 W. 6th St at Avenue T, in Brooklyn. The funeral will be at 9:45am on Friday, July 29, at the Church of Saints Simon and Jude, 185 Van Sicklen St at Avenue T.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Coney Events: The Mermaid Parade Ball At The New York Aquariuam

This year the Coney Island Mermaid Parade will be held at the New York Aquarium.  This pool-side party is sure to be a spectacular event.

From Coney Island USA:

Calling all Mermaids, Mermen, and Spectators! Join us for the 2011 Mermaid Parade Ball, the Parade’s official after party. We will celebrate the night together and listen to live music, watch burlesque, experience mermaids leaping out of the pool, watch a sea lion show, and catch great sideshow acts performed by some of New York City’s most fantastic and unique performers.

Hosted by Adam The First Real Man

Featuring Burlesque by Little Brooklyn, Creamy Stevens, Lefty Lucy, Kat Mon Dieu, Princess Pat, Fem Appeal, Nasty Canasta and Miss Dixievon Trixie

Go Go: LaMaia, Mary Cyn, Dangerrr Doll, Evelyn Vinyl, Sarah Hassan, Celia Next Time, Fifi Dupree, Marni Halasa,

Kitten Kabooty

Mermaids: Bambi the Mermaid, Julie Atlas Muz, Sita Lange and Sasha the Fire Gypsy

Hula Hoopers: Justina Flash, Cosmic Swirl, Sasha Fire Gypsy

Live Music by The Moto-Wrays, Labretta Suede and the Motel 6

DJ Fresh Prince of Darkness.

Special appearance by the cast of the 2011 Coney Island Circus Sideshow

Synchronized swimming show by the Gotham Synchro-Synchronized Swim Team

Walk around magicians; Danny T, Gary Dreifus and Lee Alan Barrett

Luna Park's Lunatic Dance Team

And in a new innovation, we'll be announcing the Mermaid Parade winners at the Ball!

For ticket information visit the Coney Island USA webiste.

V.I.P. VIP fun galore!!! Magical Mermaids and oceans of fish will gather together for a little mermaid play!! This is the very reason you should become a VIP! You will receive exclusive VIP center - stage seating and a chance to play with live mermaids and kiss nature’s finest sea lions. In our mermaid VIP lounge you will get a chance to taste some light hors d’oeuvres, drink Smuttynose Beer, enjoy wine from Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, sip cocktails and listen to live music!! $75.

The 9th Annual Mermaid Parade Ball
The official after-party of the Mermaid Parade
Saturday, June 18th 2011
7 pm to 11:30 pm (21 and over)


Friday, June 17, 2011

The 29th Annual Mermaid Parade In Coney Island Saturday June 18th 2011

It's going to be a fun-filled Mermaid Parade with a new Coney Island that now boasts a new amusement park with thrill rides and roller coasters.

from Coney Island USA:

A completely original creation of Coney Island USA, the Mermaid Parade is the nation's largest art parade and one of New York City's greatest summer events!

1year's King Neptune and Queen Mermaid of The 2011 Mermaid Parade are Brooklynnative Adam Richman from the Travel Channel's Man V. Food and Cat Greenleaf from the New York Emmy Award winning television show, Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf!
1208 Surf Ave.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Luna Park Opens This Saturday, April 16th 2011

Central Amusement International / Zamperla opens their one-year-old shiny Luna Park amusement park this Saturday, April 16th 2011, along with their new Cyclone Cafe. A full service restaurant located at the foot of the Cylcone where the Coney Island History Project was situated since 2007 at Surf Avenue and W. 10th Street.  The cafe will offer a balanced meal menu including healthy alternatives.  Adorned with Coney Island memorabilia, the cafe promises to be a delightful addition to the new Coney.

This year Zamperla also unveils its new Scream Zone loaded with four big thrill rides.  Touted as an extreme park that will feature which include; Soarin' Eagle, Steeplechase, Slingshot, and Zenobio!

The new Cyclone Cafe (or restaurant) is not located at the foot of the Cyclone as we thought, but instead across the street at former Gregory & Paul's on Surf and W. 10th.  And The Coney Island History Project's new address is 3059 West 12th St, which is located on West 12th Street, just off the Boardwalk at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Kinetic Carnival - The Coney Island Blog's iPhone Version

The Coney Island summer season is gearing up.  And Kinetic Carnival is not slipping away.  We'll be back with more.  Now, you can view our upcoming Coney Island and beyond posts on your iPhone with our mobile version of this blog.  Go to: KineticCarnival.com and it will automatically show in your iPhone version. 

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Coney Events: Congress Of Curious People 2011 A Ten Day Event

Image courtesy of Coney Island USA

The convention of the curious and bizarre has begun.  The 10 day event will showcase the strangest, the most bizarre individuals this side of planet Coney.  You’ll hear lectures and witness the lengths people will go to, to amaze and bewilder you.

The Coney Island USA cultural arts organization brings us this annual event: "Congress of Curious People".  The spectacle started yesterday.  So, get your tickets before they run out.  This ten day event (now nine left) takes place at Sideshows by the Seashore and at the Freak Bar in the Coney Island USA building from April 8th to the 17th 2011.


The Congress is a ten-day series of lectures, performances and symposia exploring curiosity and curiosities, broadly considered.

10-day Congressional Passes ($75 in advance/$100 at the door) allowing access to ALL Congress events–including those that are sold out!; more on that here.

Full schedule line follows: [after the jump]

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Coney Events: The 2011 Coney Island USA Spring Gala "Electric Eden"

As Coney Island begins it's wake from a quiet winter lull that kept rumbling in preperation for a fun-filled and exciting 2011 summer season, the Coney Island USA organization revs up the season with their annual spring gala.  It's going to be an "Electric Eden"

From Coney Island USA:
A dazzling display of daring feats executed by the cast of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, Donny Vomit, Scott Baker, Heather Holliday, Insectavora and Serpentina. Featuring the burlesque stylings of Lefty Lucy and Legs Malone.With your master of ceremonies for the evening, Adam Rinn.As well as an assemblage of ambient artistry featuring aerial acts, go go dancers, hula hoopers and so much more!

The 2000 Coney Island USA Spring Gala "Electric Eden"
Thursday, April  28th 2011

7 pm to 11pm
General Admission ticket:
In advance: $125 Click here to purchase.
At the door: $150

609 West 29 St (Between 11th & 12th Aves.)
New York, NY 10001

VIP ticket: Includes private seating area! Meet and greet with our fantastic performers! You will leave with swag VIP gift bags valued at over $250 with items such as a week's pass to CRUNCH Gym, CRUNCH gym back pack, Black Hennessy Infused Chocolate Truffles, Free Fencing lesson to the New York Fencing Academy, discount coupon to Oasis Day Spa, coasters to protect your coffee table courtesy of Jones NY, and special treats from the Coney Island USA Gift Store. Plus, at the event, get your back rubbed and shoulders squeezed by the experts from Oasis Day Spa. Also, it wouldn't be VIP if we didn't offer you an electrifying open bar and some great hors d'oeuvres.

In advance $275 Click here to purchase.

At the door $300

How else can you help support Coney Island USA?....read on [after the jump]

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Zamperla Plays Nice Landlord For One More Year

Image courtesy of urbanmemoryproject (Flickr.com)

Amusement operator of Luna Park; Zamperla, which recently starting showing Thor-like signs has had a change of heart and let the small businesses on the boardwalk stay for another year. As reported on Amusing the Zillion, the Boardwalk ,8 as they've been called, were supposed to sign leases yesterday.  Also noted by ATZ was that the deal could still go either way.  Sources said the lease has many stipulations, including a confidentiality clause which, may indicate the make or break in the deal.  No word yet on whether the Boardwalk 8 has already signed the lease.  All but Shoot-the-Freak will stay in their current locations.  The paint but attraction will relocated to make way for the entrance to Scream Zone; the long awaited coaster for Coney Island.  

This reprieve from Zamperla is supposedly temporary.  At the end of 2011, the Boardwalk 8 must vacate to make way for Zamperla to continue with their plans to remake the boardwalk in their own taste.  A taste some will scoff at and some will welcome.

ATZ writes:
The one-year reprieve for the Mom and Pops would end on November 1, 2011, when they will be required to pack up and go. The lease is said to be for the same amount of rent as previous years. Ruby’s, Paul’s Daughter, Cha Cha’s and others paid $100,000 for the season. An additional season would give the businesses an opportunity to set aside some money for moving costs and time to find a new location. Zamperla’s Central Amusement International has a 10-year lease on the City-owned property. As ATZ first reported last year, Zamperla also has an exclusive contract with Sodexo for food and facilities management.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coney Vid: The Secrets Of The Universe Revealed

The best presentation of Coney Island yet.  Amazing still images by our Coney Island connoisseur, Charles Denson, (author of "Coney Island: Lost and Found" and director of the Coney Island History Project) brought to life in this wonderful short film, now finally revealed and displayed to the public at large.   We thank Charlie for sending us this wonderful piece that was shown at last year's 2010 Coney Island Film Festival. 

As an era that came and went with Astroland's theme of the future, along with what stayed from Coney's heyday; Coney Island was like a time machine, with reflections from both the past and the future at the same time.  Now many of those future symbols have stepped into the past, itself.  But before most of them are gone, to make way for the conventional - brought in by the power structure, they've been captured ominously in this stunning and inducing short film.  This medley of Denson's hypnotic imagery echoes the reality in a place of fantasy and wonder that's forced into the trite and predictable.

CONEY ISLAND: Secrets of the Universe

A film by Charles Denson. Coney's iconic cosmology comes into play when a mysterious crypto-governmental force seeks domination of the island. Secrets of the Universe probes Coney Island's hyper-mythological role in fantasy, neo-symbolism, and the infinite! www.coneyislandhistory.org

Posted by CONEYOLOGIST [YouTube]