Coney Island

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    City Saving Astroland Rocket (in Space-Saving Vacuum Bag)

    There hasn't been much good news coming out of Coney Island of late, unless you count the news that Nathan's is staying put even if its building doesn't. So this morning's announcement by the city of a major press conference on "Coney Island redevelopment" at noon, featuring everyone from deputy ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Nathan's Staying at Coney Island, At Least

    Well, that's a relief: Nathan's tells the New York Times that it intends to maintain its flagship hot-dog stand on Surf Avenue in Coney Island. There was some question of it when people noticed a city environmental impact statement that said Nathan's Famous, which has occupied the corner for 93 year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Talking With Donny Vomit

    The Man and the Beer Label (photo by Laurie Leber)The news coming out of Coney Island these days is enough to drive one to drink, so we suppose it's lucky there's a new lager in Shmaltz Brewing Company's line of Coney Island sideshow-inspired brews. The latest is the Coney Island Human Blockhead, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Coney Fans Offer New Plans

    image (cc) Mark Kehoe A petting zoo for cloned animals? A giant apple orchard? A freak show with yuppies in a cage? Some futuristic-looking NeoGothic towers? When a group of people gathered in Our Lady of Solace Church on Mermaid Avenue last night to discuss the future of Coney Island, the lines be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Astroland Rocket Removed

    They took the iconic rocket ship off the top of Gregory & Phil's at Coney Island's Astroland. Captain Nemo and Pablo Jonesy of the Coney Island Message Board took photos. The rocket premiered in 1962 as a ride, Astroland's first, that simulated space flight, but became a decoration in the early 7 ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 31, 2008


    Come on in, the water is just fine

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Merry Coney Closing Christmas from Thor Equities!

    Here, let us bum out your Christmas: this picture (by Jonesy at the Coney Island BB, h/t Gowanus Lounge) is from the Coney Island Boardwalk, where "For Lease" signs are going up over several buildings (so the Polar Bear Club will see them, we guess). Among the shuttered businesses is Ruby's, the big ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 26, 2008


    Enjoy the end of the world at Coney Island

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Coney Island of the Mind Game? Sources Say City Wants Astroland Back

    Though Coney Island's Astroland closed on Sunday night, anonymous city officials tell the New York Daily News they are "pushing" to reopen the amusement park in a different, presumably nearby location, on land leased from the city. This is contingent upon the city reaching an accommodation with cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Au Revoir, Coney Island

    Barring an after-the-last-minute reversal, it looks like Coney Island's Astroland amusement park is going to close. Co-owner Carol Albert has announced that, after long negotiations with the developers who bought the property, she has reached an impasse and told her employees that Sunday, September ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 27, 2008


    Don’t forget to apply the grease!

  • Columns

    August 19, 2008

    Going Waterboarding at Coney Island

    Whee! Cotton Candy and Torture!

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008
  • Voice Choices

    August 5, 2008


    Danica McKellar puts you to the test

  • Music

    July 16, 2008

    The Dragons of Zynth Open Siren

    Meet the first, and weirdest, and possibly best band on the bill

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2008


    Wednesday: Standing-it-old-school room still available for 311 and Snoop Dogg at Keyspan Park, Coney Island. 6 pm. Thursday: Coney Island Burlesque with Miss Saturn's HulaPalooza -- "an ALL HULA HOOP CABARET where comedy, burlesque, and circus converge... If you can hula hoop for more than 30 second ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 9, 2008


    We only do this once a year

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Mermaids of the World, Unite! Tomorrow's the Time on Coney Island

    Behold the great mermaid tail Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade isn't usually a place for broad political messages, except when reclaiming pasties as a symbol of women's empowerment can be considered political. These aren't normal times, however. Last year, as the battle over Thor Equities' plan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 18, 2008

    Tasting New Beers from Shmaltz Brewing Company

    Just in time to feed my summer obsession with Coney Island, Shmaltz Brewing company has rolled out several new Coney Island lagers, with freak show themes. I like both Albino Python (a spiced white lager) and Sword Swallower (a classic, bitter, hopped up lager) better than the original Coney Island ... More >>

  • Film

    June 17, 2008

    New York Neo-Realism on DVD

    From Coney Island to Rye Playland

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    "Save Coney" Protestors Rain on City's Beach-Opening Parade

    Another sign that the weather gods hate Coney Island this year: Rainclouds and bitter winds met this morning's official ceremonies marking the reopening of the beach for the summer season. "It's a beautiful sunny day!" Parks Commissioner Adrian Benape taunted a crowd of schoolchildren shivering unde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Party for Coney Island's Right To Fight (To Stay Cheap)

    Photo by Norman Blake Coney Island’s cheap, sure, but keeping it around ain’t. That’s why multitudes of tireless seaside talent—mermaids, roller girls, and so on—will be swallowing swords, spinning from ropes, and generally raising hell next Wednesday at the Coney Island USA Sprin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Siren 2008: Partial Line-Up Announced with Stephen Malkmus, Broken Social Scene, and More

    Every year, this here black-and-white publication puts together a free all-day festival on Coney Island. Last year at Siren, M.I.A. played songs from Kala for the first time in the U.S. This year, Pavement's gonna reunite—psych! just kidding!— but here's the line-up so far: SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Locals Fear City Will Destroy Coney Island In Order To Save It

    Its ass is Gras? The Grashorn Building, dating to the 1880s, could be replaced by a 30-story hotel. When the city Economic Development Corporation announced last week--via a New York Times article by Charles Bagli--that it was revamping its years-in-the-works rezoning plans for Coney Island, much w ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 4, 2008

    OH, CONEY!

    Rezoning Coney Island is inevitable, so where do you stand?

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2007
  • News

    August 21, 2007

    Labor Day Pains

    Will this be the winter of Coney's discontent?

  • News

    July 24, 2007

    Hot Dog With Relish

    Cyclones put Markowitz on a bobblehead doll. Now he'll pop up even more.

  • Music

    July 17, 2007

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Dearth of Post-Siren Action

    Creative beer receptacles and futile after-party searches after a long day at Coney Island

  • NYC Life

    July 3, 2007

    Ghost World

    You'll need a memory like an elephant to remember Coney Island

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2007


    We are just as excited as you. Screw that, we are more excited. Especially since this will be her first U.S. appearance for Kala, unless more dates are announced. They better let her in the country this time. Plus, CURSIVE and WHITE RABBITS. And all the people you already knew: NEW YORK DOLLS WE ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2007

    Coney Island Lives! Astroland, Maybe Not

    The remains of go-kart rides demolished by Thor Equities await the city's rezoning decision. Last night, the somewhat unlikely pairing of the Municipal Art Society (representing white-haired Manhattan urban planning geeks) and Coney Island USA (representing a different kind of geek) sponsored "Cone ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    May 8, 2007

    Get Your Cool On

    From free cookouts to urban beaches, the best in New York's summer scenes

  • News

    April 10, 2007
  • NYC Life

    April 3, 2007

    Coney Island's Last Ride? The Bulldozer!

    Behind the scenes, a scary game of chicken between the city and a developer who dreams of high-rise condos that won't amuse you

  • NYC Life

    December 6, 2005

    Gangs of New York

    Nowhere to run to: Rent-hating New Yorkers love The Warriors' vision of the city

  • NYC Life

    November 22, 2005
  • NYC Life

    November 15, 2005

    . . . And to All Some Good Nights

    Festive fun that's both naughty and nice

  • NYC Life

    July 26, 2005

    All Together Now

    Our realtor said she was a vegetarian—everyone moved from park slope

  • Music

    July 12, 2005

    Be Your Own Potter

    Reassured scenesters navigate two make-believe worlds

  • NYC Life

    July 27, 2004
  • Music

    July 13, 2004

    Beach Noise

    Indie guitar bands and their fans ride the love roller coaster

  • NYC Life

    May 4, 2004

    Cabin Fever

    The heat is on—and for a limited time only—so get out of the house and soak it up before it's gone

  • Art

    April 6, 2004

    Get Your Freak On

    Itching to eat fire? Roll up for the Coney Island Sideshow School.

  • NYC Life

    December 30, 2003


    Wet Dreams

  • NYC Life

    May 20, 2003
  • NYC Life

    May 13, 2003
  • NYC Life

    May 13, 2003

    Dog Day Afternoons

    Unleashing the Newest Breeds of Frankfurters

  • NYC Life

    August 20, 2002
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