Update: The Coney Island dolphin has died, according to the Riverhead Foundation. Another deceased dolphin was spotted near Point Lookout on Long Island.
Coney Island is not a destination for humans, let alone marine mammals forced to swim in the filthy water, but this morning a dolphin who “appeared to be lost” was found running laps near Cropsey Avenue and Bay 54th St, in the Coney Island Creek.
She’s A Survivor
A celebrity sighting in New York is something most people like to brag about. Dorris Hone, a 47-year-old single mom and Manhattan resident, had a more traumatic story to tell Thursday night after her run-in with Beyoncé, according to the Post.
Ms. Hone, who suffers from vertigo, said she was riding the Wonder Read More
Coney Island’s historic boardwalk, for months left ravaged and desolate in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, seemed fully revived last Saturday. Nathan’s fielded long lines for hot dogs, delighted screams traveled from amusement park rides, and thousands of mermaids and mermen descended on Surf Avenue for the 30th annual Mermaid Parade, a celebration of summer Read More
Fries with a side of doom
Sad news today from the shark-infested waters of the Coney Island Applebee’s. First, a shark died after colliding with an underwater ferris wheel, and then another shark went on a fishy killing spree. Or, as the Daily News put it, “death is on the menu.”
Who could have predicted that putting a Read More
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Coney Island is okay and all—it has the Mermaid Parade and the Cyclone, the boardwalk and the beach—but some “hip” national chains like Applebee’s are poised to take the seaside destination to another level, according to the New York Daily News.
Because not only is the suburban staple “hip,” it is also glitzy—two words that though not often used in the same sentence, no doubt spring to the lips of New Yorkers when they think of strip malls, highway exit ramps and establishments that serve chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and oversized, sugary cocktails.
Back in the early days of Coney Island, there wasn’t anything amusing about amusement park rides. They were more horrifically scary than anything else: compared to the Parachute Jump or horse diving, the boardwalk’s two roller coasters, The Cyclone and Thunderbolt, must have seem tame in comparison.
But we’ve long since learned that simulating a skydiving with steel cables acting as your landing gear isn’t the safest thing in the world and throwing a horse and rider into deep water from a diving board is downright cruel. Add to that the constant battle over converting AstroLand into Luna Park, Hurricane Sandy’s destructive path and the closing of Coney Island Eight , and one could be forgiven for doubting that the glory days of Coney would ever return.
Yet somehow, miraculously, Luna Park was able to open again this summer, as was Nathan’s, both of which experienced damage after Sandy. And the news today is even more cheering: the return of the Thunderbolt, which was bulldozed in 2000 to make room for the Brooklyn Cyclone’s stadium.
Wet Wild 'N' Weird
Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade was nearly dead in the water, until Amanda Palmer saved the day. Maybe she’s not so shellfish after all.
On May 25th, the cult musician and controversial web personality held a benefit at the Bowery Ballroom and managed to raise $10,000 for the parade’s Read More
The Parade Must Go On
Six months ago, Superstorm Sandy left Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade high and dry. Now, parade participants are hoping their new Kickstarter campaign will help them get back on their flippers.When Sandy struck Coney Island last October, it completely flooded the Mermaid Parade’s headquarters on Surf Avenue. With thousands of dollars of Read More
on the waterfront
While the Bloomberg administration has largely come in for praise for its Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, questions remain over whether City Hall made things worse by encouraging waterfront development. The Independent Budget Office certainly believes so in a critical analysis it has issued looking at the seemingly hypocritical policy initiatives Mayor Bloomberg had championed.
On the one hand, the city had taken pains to reduce its carbon footprint as it acknowledges the dangers posed by rising sea levels and superstorms. At the same time, the administration continues to encourage new residential and commercial projects in the very areas it is wringing its hands over.
We have all had that moment, post-Sandy, where the breadth of the storm’s damage has finally sunk in. For New Yorkers for Parks, that moment came on Nov. 9, when the group was asked by the Coney Island Development Corporation to do a survey of the neighborhood’s public spaces. What its staff found shocked them.
“The open spaces of Coney Island felt forlorn and forgotten when the staff of New Yorkers for Parks arrived,” wrote the group in an account on its site. “Scenes were eerie as we began our assessment. The neighborhood seemed frozen in a moment of shock. Formerly flooded cars were parked hopelessly with open hoods. Residents waited on corners below broken traffic lights, asking when food would arrive. Some lingered by waterlogged couches, chairs and dining room sets waiting for garbage pickup. Boxes of rotted bananas, once slated for delivery, stretched half a block near the Haber Houses. There was little moving, other than the occasional utility truck or emergency vehicle. The next day, several hundred volunteers would arrive, eager to help. But that Friday provided a tragic post-Sandy snapshot.”