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Summer youth programs in Coney Island are a respite

From torrential downpours to evenings thick with humidity, Coney Island youngsters have found a way to escape the oppressive weather while also staying safe.

Thanks to summer youth programs at the Carey Gardens Community Center (sponsored by the Heartshare Human Services Program) children ages 6 to 13 now have a range of after-school programs at their disposal: everything from math games, music time, billiards, foosball, and the all-popular game of hoops.


A privileged peek inside the Shore Theater

Surely the ghosts of vaudeville players past are here, just out of sight behind the faded curtain.

After all, the great Al Jolson himself performed on this Coney Island stage.

This haunting photo of a rubble-strewn yet magnificent auditorium was taken inside the late Horace Bullard's long-vacant Shore Theater by Coney Island historian Charles Denson.


Bullard isn't budging on sale of Coney Island's Shore Theater

The Shore Theater, a locked-up landmark by the sea, has would-be buyers longing to bring it back to life.

But they can't get owner Jasmine Bullard to give them the time of day.

Real estate investors, preservationists and Coney Island business boosters all wonder what will happen next to the long-shuttered Coney Island picture palace, which the late Horace Bullard's daughter inherited when he succumbed to Lou Gehrig's disease in April 2013.


Transit Museum Takes You to Coney—1930s Style

The Transit Museum hosted a nostalgia ride to Coney Island last Saturday using a train made of 1930s subway cars.

The ride began at the Transit Museum, which is located in an unused subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, then went down the F line to Coney, with a detour over the Fulton Street (A/C) line for switching purposes.  On the way back later in the afternoon, the train took a different route, over the Q line.


Chestnut proposes to girlfriend before winning hot dog contest

In a moment that he'll relish forever, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend before he roasted the competition in the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island last Friday.

Chestnut won the competition by eating 61 hot dogs to hold onto the mustard yellow belt. Last year, he won by eating 69 hot dogs and buns. The second place finisher, Matt Stonie from San Jose, only managed to put away 56 franks.

"Winning was the only option," Chestnut said afterward. "I wasn't going to taint today with a loss."


'Seinfeld Night' a huge success for Cyclones

Free Keith Hernandez bobble heads for the first 2,500 in attendance and a host of other gimmicky exploits were a hit with ‘Seinfeld’ fans at MCU Park Saturday evening. The ‘themed’ Cylcones home game in Coney Island revolved around the legendary ’90s television show to commemorate its 25th anniversary debut.


VIDEO: Montage from Coney Island's Mermaid Parade

The 32nd annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island was quite the visual spectacle of vibrant colors, outrageous costumes and groovy music filling the beachside streets. To capture all that excitement in 45 seconds seems like a tall task, but our Dipti Kumar put together a wonderful montage of all the sights, sounds and glory of the parade.


Kingsborough presents free jazz concerts on summer nights

Hey Brooklyn, we’ve got the perfect way for you to spend your Saturday nights this summer. And it won’t cost you a thing!

On Stage at Kingsborough, the performing arts series at Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach, is presenting a series of free outdoor concerts on Saturday nights during the month of July.

The shows take place at the Kingsborough Bandshell, located on the campus at 2001 Oriental Boulevard. And all of the concerts start at 8 p.m.


Coney Island seniors create art to rebuild from Sandy

Senior artists at the JASA Scheuer House of Coney Island Senior Center unveiled a new mural composed of ceramic tiles, symbolizing the reconstruction of the a community devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The mural was created by JASA seniors who are also members of the NYC Department of Aging’s SPARC Program (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), a community arts engagement program that places artists-in-residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City.


De Blasio and family lead 32nd Annual Mermaid Parade

Maybe we should call him Parade-Leader-in-Chief.

One week after becoming the first New York City Mayor to lead a Pride Parade, Bill de Blasio became the first mayor to lead the Mermaid Parade in costume when he marched down Surf Avenue dressed as a pirate with his wife and two kids in tow.



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