Cheer for the Cyclones on Elvis Night
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 >>
Oh good lord. Coney Island's Luna Park was evacuated late yesterday afternoon, after reports that a nearby ride, the bagel-on-a-stick-shaped AstroTower, was swaying and looked potentially unstable. Around 3:15 yesterday, the city's Office of Emergency Management tweeted that due to a "structural ... More >>
Earlier today, we told you that parts of Coney Island's Luna Park as well as a stretch of Surf Avenue were closed following reports that a decades-old ride, the AstroTower, was swaying and appeared unstable. But Coney Island blogger Tricia Vita at Amusing the Zillion called bullshit, saying the who ... More >>
THE SAINT AT LARGE® presents RITES XXXIV: THE BLACK PARTY® "Rough Trade At Luna Park" 11PM - Saturday March 23, 2013 until Sunday Afternoon Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street Featuring Strange Live Acts Dress: Heavy
The NY Botanical Garden makes the city in miniature
viaIf you watch Boardwalk Empire you are aware that the Atlantic City of yore was filled with some pretty bizarre attractions (exhibits displaying babies in incubators, Paz de la Huerta). Well, now one attraction that originated in the 1920s is set for a return, and is making animal activists ... More >>
Tricia Vita/Amusing the Zillion via FlickrSnowdrifts on the third rail have the DNQ trains crawling along toward Stillwell Avenue like they were headed for the last stop on the Trans-Siberian. Polar bears have been seen canvassing the shallows. It's home to white skeletons of roller coaster s ... More >>
Ruby's Bar & GrillAnother day, another big step for homogenity: Ruby's Bar & Grill, which has sat on the Coney Island boardwalk since 1934, will close in two weeks. Gothamist reports that the bar is being pushed out by Zamperla, the management company responsible for turning Astroland into Lu ... 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.
AP• Israel is holding more than 600 activists from the Gaza convoy, and international criticism of the country is mounting, with the UN condemning the acts that on Monday killed 9 civilians -- many of them Turks, a country that had once been a friend of Israel -- aboard the flotilla that ha ... 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 >>
Requiem for a dreamland
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 >>
Looks like the dream is over for Astroland. Barring a last-minute reprieve from developer Joseph Sitt, Astroland appears to be heading the way of Luna Park. The New York Post reported Friday that the city hasn't been able to find a new Coney Island home for the beloved 45-year-old amusement park. ... More >>
You'll need a memory like an elephant to remember Coney Island
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Bars with inexpensive drinks and a backyard
Extreme makeover not amusing to everybody in the amusement district
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Photographs By Regina Monfort