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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Come on in, the water is just fine
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 >>
Enjoy the end of the world at Coney Island
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 >>
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 >>
Dont forget to apply the grease!
Whee! Cotton Candy and Torture!
Danica McKellar puts you to the test
Meet the first, and weirdest, and possibly best band on the bill
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 >>
We only do this once a year
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 >>
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 >>
From Coney Island to Rye Playland
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Rezoning Coney Island is inevitable, so where do you stand?
Will this be the winter of Coney's discontent?
Cyclones put Markowitz on a bobblehead doll. Now he'll pop up even more.
Creative beer receptacles and futile after-party searches after a long day at Coney Island
You'll need a memory like an elephant to remember Coney Island
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 >>
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 >>
From free cookouts to urban beaches, the best in New York's summer scenes
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
Nowhere to run to: Rent-hating New Yorkers love The Warriors' vision of the city
Festive fun that's both naughty and nice
Our realtor said she was a vegetarianeveryone moved from park slope
Reassured scenesters navigate two make-believe worlds
Indie guitar bands and their fans ride the love roller coaster
The heat is onand for a limited time onlyso get out of the house and soak it up before it's gone
Itching to eat fire? Roll up for the Coney Island Sideshow School.
Unleashing the Newest Breeds of Frankfurters