Coney Island

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    Four New Beers You Should Drink Right Now

    The seasons are changing and so should your drinking routine. If you're looking for some new brews for your warm-weather escapades, check out three recent releases and a special one-off for inspiration.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2014

    Hit Hard by Sandy, Coney Island Museum Will Re-Open May 26

    After being closed for a year and a half due to Hurricane Sandy-related renovations, the world-famous, sideshow-hosting, awesome-stuff-having Coney Island Museum will re-open May 26, just in time for Memorial Day. We're so excited we may show up dressed as a topless mermaid. Coney Island was hit e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    The Partial Dismantling of the AstroTower Also Decimated Coney Island's Fourth of July Business

    After reports on Wednesday that it was "swaying dangerously," the Department of Buildings dismantled the top portion of the AstroTower, one of Coney Island's last historic rides. As welders lopped off about 53 feet and a stunning 44,000 pounds of the structure, the Cyclone and the area around it rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2013

    Killer Picnics for Brooklyn Beaches at Brighton Bazaar

    Who can argue with bacon-wrapped bone-in chicken parts as perfect picnic fare? The first picnic of the spring season is pending. I recommend the Brooklyn beaches, as laid-back as they ever get, including plenty of places to hunker down and dine with a surreptitious bottle of wine, with sand or wit ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 5, 2012

    Uzbek, You Bet, at Nargis Cafe

    Grab your post-Soviet bib in Brooklyn

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2012

    Nargis Cafe: 5 Must-Try Dishes

    How 'bout a little suzma on your salad? Today Counter Culture skates in to Nargis Cafe, a jewel in Coney Island Avenue's culinary crown, and just about the only Uzbek restaurant in town where you can sashay in and be seated at peak hours--without being a banquet, that is. The fare hits all the Sil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Nathan's Famous, Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano Still Shuttered After Storm

    Nathan's Famous has been dark for nearly two weeks -- perhaps for the first time in its 96-year history. Today I took a bicycle tour of Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Sheepshead Bay. Those areas of Brooklyn along the Atlantic Coast are more devastated than has been reported. One stumbles on par ... More >>

  • Theater

    November 7, 2012

    Coney: Sideshow by the Hudson

    The New Ohio hosts the old Coney Island

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Coney Island Brewing Company Returns for the Summer Season

    Shmaltz Brewing Company is launching the second official season of Coney Island Brewing Company -- a/k/a the World's Smallest Brewery -- located, yep, in the heart of Coney Island. Last summer saw the launch of the brewery, which produces a whopping one gallon of beer per batch. For the upcoming re ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 8, 2012

    Kavkaz: Nuts to You

    A Brooklyn restaurant leaves herds of sheep testicle-free

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Mutton Eggs. Ever Tried 'Em?

    Wait a minute. Do geriatric sheep lay eggs? A few nights ago, some friends were sitting around Kavkaz, a restaurant on Coney Island Avenue specializing in the food of the Caucasus (that's a region in the former Soviet Union, not an electoral process), when we spied an unusual dish on the menu styl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Coney Island Elegy

    ​The bald and rotund hamburger guy welcomed generations of boardwalk strollers to Astroland, itself in danger of extinction. Coney Island as we know it is clearly on the way out, as real estate interests given the green light by the Bloomberg administration prepare to turn the place into th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Nudists Want a Little, Naked Piece of Coney Island

    ​Hasn't Coney Island seen enough of sorrow, tribulation, and nakedness? Perhaps not. The American Association for Nude Recreation would like Coney Island to have a designated nude beach for reasons including Coney Island's accessibility via mass transit as well as the opportunity to "attract m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    The Great Coney Island Toilet Paper-Rationing Crisis Is Over

    Wikipedia​Coney Island was not all fun and hot dog eating contests this holiday weekend. In fact, there was a silent, misty menace seeping through the crowds (cue Jaws soundtrack): a lack of toilet paper. In an "exposé" Monday, the Post explained that Parks Department employees were "ratio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2011

    Brave Dogs Masquerade in the Rain For Owners' Amusement

    via Katie Sokoler/Gothamist ​ These selfless canines braved the crappy weather yesterday to please their weirdo owners who had entered them in a costume contest on Coney Island. This little guy is the Phantom of the Opera. [Gothamist] [@_rosiegray]

  • Voice Choices

    June 8, 2011


    A soapy battle in Coney Island

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    The Coney Island Eight Will Get One-Summer Reprieve

    ​Following a several-month-long eviction fight, members of the so-called Coney Island Eight have agreed to a deal that would let them stay on the boardwalk for one last summer before Zamperla and Sodexo step in to ruin everything.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Coney Island Boardwalk Truce: Businesses to Stay for Summer?

    Not for another year!​The hotly contested beachfront businesses on the Coney Island boardwalk look set remain and keep that decades-old charm, if that is what you call it, for one more year. Attorney Marc Aronson, who represents the eight boardwalk businesses in the eviction case against thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Coney Island in Winter: Our Own Antarctica

    ​Things may be looking grim for Coney Island's future. Old haunts like Ruby's have poured their last beer, and although Central Amusements International and Sodexo plan to make the neighborhood into a 'year-round' destination, it's worth mentioning it's a pretty magical one right now. Take a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Subway Rider Mutiny Involves Taking Over N Train for Warmth

    ​New York subway riders will not be stopped! Well, technically, they will be stopped. But when they are stopped on a D train at Coney Island because it's freakin' blizzards outside, they will COMMANDEER another train regardless of what the MTA and NYPD say! (This is good, because we really don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Evicted Coney Island Businesses Say City Is Lying, They Never Asked for a Buyout

    via Ruby's Coney Island​Yesterday the New York Post reported that the businesses being evicted from the Coney Island boardwalk (including longtime institutions like Shoot the Freak and Ruby's Bar) had "drawn a line in the Coney Island sand" and were demanding a buyout of $2 million to leave t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Ruby's Will Hold 'HUGE' New Year's Day Protest

    ​Although the future of Ruby's Bar & Grill is in peril, the Coney Island bar isn't abandoning its place on the boardwalk without a fight.

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    City May Relocate Ruby's Bar and Grill to Surf Avenue

    Ruby's Bar and Grill​In the latest chapter of the sorry saga unfolding on what remains of Coney Island, the Post reports that the city is considering moving the so-called Coney 8 -- eight longtime boardwalk businesses that include Ruby's Bar and Grill -- one block away from the boardwalk, to S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    The Coney Island Boardwalk Army Meets Tonight to Fight the Concrete Menace of Change with...Recycling.

    ​Many people -- especially Brooklynites -- are of the opinion that Coney Island is going to gentrified culture-dead hell, as a bunch of classic Coney businesses are being given the boot by its new owners. Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz knows, and kinda cares. But what of the actual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2010

    The Short, Sad History of the Corn Dog

    ​What's the mustard hiding? Read on to find out. When I was a little kid in Minnesota and went to the state fair, one of the main gastronomic attractions were corn dogs, and my brothers and I would beg to have one the minute we hit the fairgrounds on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. Except they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    The Debate Rages On: Jiggers v. Free-Pour; Eddie Huang's All-You-Can-Drink Four Loko Jam Nixed

    ​Hundreds of patrons gathered for one last drink at Ruby's Bar in Coney Island on Saturday to protest a landlord's decision to shut down the Depression-era dive. [NY Post] The latest wine by Bordeaux's Château Latour is actually a Burgundy, which is rather surprising considering the two regi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Sign a Petition to Save Ruby's

    Ruby's Bar & Grill​ Ruby's Bar & Grill may have gotten the shiv from the barbarians at Zamperla, but it's not going down without a fight. Per Amusing the Zillion, the bar, which has sat on the Coney Island boardwalk since 1934, is holding a party-cum-rally this Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Everyone Is Leaving Coney Island

    ​Next summer may be a lonely one at Coney Island -- nine of the boardwalk's businesses, including the owners of longtime establishments like Ruby's bar, Coney Island Souvenirs, Gyro Corner, Beer Garden, and Shoot the Freak, have lost their leases and are moving out.

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Striped-Jumpsuit Prisoners No Longer Acceptable Setup/Cleanup Crew For Coney Island Shows

    ​Here is one problem, at least, the Jelly Pool Parties don't have: They didn't just lose their cheap supply of chain-gang labor. Per The Brooklyn Paper comes news that whatever trash you left behind at last week's B-52s show at Coney Island was picked up by a prison inmate. Striped jumpsuit an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Aretha Cancels Concerts, Will Miss The Food

    ​The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, had to cancel her free Coney Island concerts next week because of "fractured ribs and a pain in the abdomen." Our hearts are with her, but it's obvious that the woman hasn't become that unglued by this cancellation, seeing as she's still thinking about the ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 27, 2010

    MEMORIES . . .

    Here's looking at you, Coney Island

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Siren Festival: The Missed Connections

    ​It is pretty much our job to try to help here if at all possible. Anybody? (Related: this was the only one of only nine Siren-themed Missed Connections over the weekend. Let us hereby congratulate all the bright young things we saw walking around Coney Island on Saturday for being so impossib ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Pix from Coney Island Taste Peruvian Restaurant in Brooklyn

    ​A Study in Yellow: Papas ala Huancaina, a mountain dish that resulted when Indians and Consquistadors put their culinary might together. Sing a song of Coney Island Avenue, that arrow-straight thoroughfare that connects Brooklyn's Parade Grounds with Brighton Beach on Coney Island, sojournin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2010

    Happy Summer: Coney Island's Luna Park Is Open for Business

    ​New Yorkers have a bunch of ways of telling that it's summer. Power grids being overloaded is one way. Everyone you can't stand leaving the five boroughs is another. But the first surefire indicator that it's summer -- beyond sweating in places you forgot you had the ability to sweat in, of c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    Astroland Dead, Did Not Fall at Hands of The Warriors

    ​Everyone who claims to have legitimately enjoyed Coney Island's Astroland while nervously worrying for their safety on rides which were eventually going to off someone can now relax, they no longer have to pretend to enjoy it for its kitch New York Value. It's dead. Supposedly.

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Actual Honest-to-God New Rides Coming to Coney in May, New Coasters in 2011

    Photo by Neil deMause​In what's becoming a bit of a Coney Island tradition, City Hall officials shlepped out to Brooklyn in a slushstorm today to make the long-rumored announcement that the Italian firm Zamperla has been tapped to open a new amusement park in Coney to replace the dearly depart ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Week in Review: Let Us Soak in Positive Forces

    New Year's idea, basically. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.​In the week we learned that Animal Collective's manager is apparently endowed with a baby leg, in the one dark place where that would be a meaningful statement, we did our best to otherwise cleanse the ol' SOTC soul, apologizing to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2009

    Interview: Dick Zigun, Mayor of Coney Island, on What's Good and Not So Good About the City's Coney Plans

    Photo (c) Robert Schaffer. Dick Zigun is the artistic director of Coney Island USA. His Sideshows by the Seashore not only features the last "10 in One" sideshow, but showcases burlesque, houses a museum, and plays hosts to many events, including the Coney Island Film Festival, and is the headqua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    PETA Video Shows Circus Elephants Beaten, Whipped

    Here's that PETA video everyone's talking about in which Ringling Brothers personnel beat their circus elephants with bull hooks and whips. It looks bad. Maybe the circus folk have an explanation. They better hurry and bring it -- the circus has several more shows at Coney Island this summer, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Siren Festival 2009: Q&A With Grand Duchy's Violet Clark

    "I like games where you can throw things and break things." This is purposefully washed out, though we have no idea why. Violet Clark comprises half of the force behind Grand Duchy, a collaboration between her and her husband Frank Black. With Clark taking a majority of the vocals, you'd never kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Coney Island Update: Preservationists Protest, Sitt Professes Love for Astrotower

    This week the Save Coney Island crew gave a City Hall press conference to protest the proposed shrinkage of Coney's 60 acres of amusement to 12. ("When properly programmed, 12 acres is a sufficient space," says the New York City Economic Development Corporation.) They brought the usual suspects, in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Greatest Show on Earth, Animal Abuse Come to Coney Island

    Tickets for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' "Coney Island Boom a Ring," scheduled for Coney Island this summer, go on sale today. (Warning: link plays horrible music.) A Ringling exec tells the New York Times, "this opening night in June will be a celebration of Coney Island." "J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Siren Festival 2009 Announced: Built To Spill, Monotonix, Micachu and the Shapes, The Raveonettes and More

    Built To Spill It's a 90-degree day in April and there is nothing we'd rather be doing than thinking about rollercoasters and beaches and sun and Coney Island hijinks and rubbing butts with half-naked strangers who should really be wearing more than that, come on now. So we're downright ebullient ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2009

    Totonno's Returns!

      Pizza blog Slice reports that beloved Coney Island pizzeria Totonno's will be returning in early June, following a March 14 fire that closed the place. Apparently, delays were caused by the application for work permits. Fork in the Road can't wait for it to reopen.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats--Chapli Kebab

    Madina Restaurant is on the Pakinstani stretch of Coney Island Avenue in Kensington (bordering Ditmas Park), Brooklyn. The sign on its awning is admirably inclusive (Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi food!), but it mainly focuses on hearty Punjabi-Pakistani dishes. But my favorite item at Madina is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2009

    Totonno's Burns!

    Saturday morning around 8 a.m. a fire of indeterminant origin broke out at Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano of Coney Island, the city's greatest pizzeria, and one of the oldest. The fire burned for two hours before it could be extinguished, according to WNBC news. No news yet as to whether the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Man Dragged From Queens to Coney by Minivan

    A guy got hit by a Chevy minivan in Corona this morning, and was dragged all the way to Coney Island before being discovered -- a 17-mile trip, reports the Times' City Blog. "The pedestrian, apparently a male," they add, "is dead." The driver, who like the victim is at this writing unidentified, not ... More >>

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