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Coney Island polar bears—not just New Year’s

When TV news-watchers saw hundreds of brave bathers ringing in 2014 with a plunge into the icy ocean off Coney Island, many were unaware that the Coney Island Polar Bear Club sponsors cold-water swimming every Sunday morning throughout the winter season.

The club, president Dennis Thomas told the Eagle, has about 135 members, about 80 to 100 of whom are active. They range in age from their teens through their 70s. They meet at the nearby New York Aquarium, and their average time in the ice water is 10 minutes.


Coney Island gardeners vow court fight after garden is destroyed

“Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” Well, if Mary belonged to the Boardwalk Community Garden in Coney Island, the answer to the old nursery rhyme would be “not at all.”

Gardeners were outraged after their carefully cultivated community garden was bulldozed early Saturday morning by a company hired a property developer planning to construct the Seaside Park and Community Arts Center at the location – West 22nd Street next to the boardwalk.


OPINION: Give loved ones a virtual piece of the New York Aquarium for the holidays

What do you give the animal lovers, environmentalists and conservation-minded individuals on your holiday list? How about a virtual part of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium as it continues to move from recovery to resilience a year after Hurricane Sandy?


VIDEO: Markowitz and Recchia unveil new fitness center at Lincoln High School

Seven years ago, Lincoln's Athletic Director Renan Ebeid set out on a mission to overhaul the Coney Island school's sports program. She couldn’t do that without the proper facilities though so she put in a call to local councilman Domenic Recchia.

“Every single month for seven years I hounded him,” Ebeid recalled. “I made sure he never forgot who I was and the worst thing he did was give me his cell phone number.”


Markowitz rejoices as council approves his dream concert venue

Marty Markowitz is leaving office in less than two weeks, but a City Council vote that took place on Thursday will assure that he will leave a lasting legacy.

The council voted overwhelmingly to approve Markowitz’s dream project, the Seaside Park and Community Arts Center in Coney Island, an ambitious endeavor that will include the construction off a 5,000 seat amphitheater, green space and a restaurant at the former site of Childs Restaurant on West 21st Street. Specifically, the council approved a 10-year special permit to develop the property.


Lincoln hoops off to good start in quest for state title

Lincoln High School rolled through the playoffs, beat Jefferson High School at Madison Square Garden and won the Public School Athletic League city title for the first time since 2009 last season. Now, Isaiah Whitehead has his sights set even higher — on a state championship.


VIDEO: Lincoln celebrates PSAL football title

After the Lincoln High Railsplitters' dramatic 28-27 win over Tottenville to win its second PSAL football title in three years, Eagle sports reporter Rob Abruzzese was able to take some exclusive video of the team's joyous celebration and an interview after the game with All-American Thomas Holley.


Lincoln beats Tottenville to win its second city title in three years

Lincoln needed a fourth-quarter safety and a last-second defensive stand to hold off Tottenville, 28-27, on Tuesday night at a frigid Yankee Stadium for its second Public School Athletic League title in three years.

Brooklyn’s Railsplitters jumped out to a 20-0 lead, but adversity struck early when quarterback Javon “Spanky” Moore twisted his ankle on the very first play of the game.

The senior signal-caller tried to fight through the injury, and for a while he was able to, but he began to slow down in the second quarter and Lincoln’s momentum disappeared.


Coney Island YMCA expected to bring jobs, economic boost

A new YMCA in Coney Island will provide an economic boost to the neighborhood by providing jobs for local residents, officials are predicting.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Coney Island Y took place on Dec. 6. Councilman Domenic Recchia, whose district includes Coney Island, and outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz joined officials from the YMCA of Greater New York at the new Y on West 29th Street to celebrate the opening of the spacious, 44,000 square foot facility.


Broadway performers 'Sing For Your Supper’ at Kingsborough

Performers who have appeared in some of the most memorable Broadway shows in recent years will be singing for their supper at Kingsborough Community College on Saturday night.

Matt Scott, who played Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys,” is among the stage veterans lending their talents to “Sing For Your Supper,” a special concert featuring dozens of songs from Broadway musicals that will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m., as part of On Stage at Kingsborough, a performing arts series at the community college.



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