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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.


Brooklyn bounces back with big Tuesday win

To a man, the Cyclones were embarrassed by the way they played in Monday night’s ugly 7-2 loss to the rival Staten Island Yankees.

The Baby Bums committed four errors, surrendered nine walks, uncorked a pair of wild pitches and committed a balk during the finale of the season-opening four-game set against their Verrazano rivals in front of the home faithful.


Thunderbolt officially opens in Coney Island

The Thunderbolt rides again.

For years the biggest attraction at Coney Island was the famous Cyclone -- but it now has company.  The Thunderbolt, a steel roller coaster that reaches speeds of up to 55 miles per hour and has four inversions, was introduced to the People's Playground Saturday.

“It was amazing,” said Mike Coleman, one of the coaster’s very first riders. “The vertical and the drop are crazy -- the barrel roll is awesome. It's exhilarating, the whole thing. It's a top-notch roller coaster.”


After a few delays, Coney Island’s Thunderbolt expected to open Friday

The legendary Coney Island roller coaster, the Thunderbolt, will ride again this summer...At some point.

The opening day for the Thunderbolt has been twice delayed already this season, but it is expected to finally open this weekend. It was supposed to open last Friday, but was delayed while construction finishes.


Pastor Constance Hulla aims to stem Coney’s violence

Constance Hulla, Pastor of Coney Island Gospel Assembly, recently hosted the NYPD’s “Gun Buy Back” Program at her Church in Coney Island. We chatted with Ms. Hulla during the event, asking her about the neighborhood, her family’s deep roots in the community, and the disturbing uptick of violence and the challenges faced by community leaders.


Treyger joins council’s participatory budgeting program

When he was a teacher at New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst, Mark Treyger liked to see class participation. Now that he’s a councilman, he still likes it when people participate.

Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) announced that he has decided to have his council district become part of the city’s participatory budgeting process.


War veterans donate monument to St. Finbar Church

A monument to fallen military men and women stands in the garden outside a Bath Beach church, thanks to dedicated members of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post who donated the granite tribute.

The monument, donated by the Capt. Vincent F. Atene VFW Post #3230, is located at Saint Finbar Catholic Church, at 138 Bay 20th St. The memorial, made to look like a gravestone, was dedicated on Sunday by the Rev. Michael Louis Gelfant, the church’s pastor, following a mass held in honor of veterans.


Dante and Chiara de Blasio: King Neptune and Queen Mermaid at Coney Island’s 2014 Mermaid Parade

The funky, only-in-Brooklyn Mermaid Parade in Coney Island will have a new King and Queen this year.

Coney Island USA has announced that Dante and Chiara de Blasio have been appointed as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid in the 32nd Annual Mermaid Parade on Saturday, June 21.

According to tradition, King Neptune and Queen Mermaid will be wheeled in the parade in an antique wicker Boardwalk Rolling Chair that dates back to 1923.


Fire union official: We could have saved Brooklyn cop

A Fire Department union official says poor communication between police and firefighters was a factor in a police officer's death at a Brooklyn fire.

Richard Alles (AL'-eez) of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association tells WNYC that firefighters didn't initially know that two police officers were trapped at the fire scene.

Officers Dennis Guerra (GEHR'-uh) and Rosa Rodriguez became trapped in the fire at a Coney Island public housing complex.

Guerra died three days later. Rodriguez was released from the hospital last week.


Brooklynite’s latest novel brings Coney Island to life

Park Slope writer Andrew Lewis Conn burst onto the literary scene in 2003 with his avant-garde novel “P.,” described in the New York Times Book Review as “rambunctious, exhilarating, surreal, funny and moving” while Kirkus anointed Conn “a writer to watch.” On June 10, Conn returns with his long-awaited new novel, bringing his remarkable talents to bear in “O, AFRICA!” (Hogarth), a sweeping historical adventure comparable in its exuberance and scope to “Ragtime” and “The Amazin



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