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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Grab your post-Soviet bib in Brooklyn
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 >>
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 >>
The New Ohio hosts the old Coney Island
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 >>
A Brooklyn restaurant leaves herds of sheep testicle-free
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
WikipediaConey 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 >>
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]
A soapy battle in Coney Island
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
via Ruby's Coney IslandYesterday 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 >>
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.
Ruby's Bar and GrillIn 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Here's looking at you, Coney Island
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Photo by Neil deMauseIn 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 >>
New Year's Eve...no 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>