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Brooklyn Cyclones to wear Star Wars themed jerseys in August

The Brooklyn Cyclones will host its second annual Star Wars night on Aug. 2 with a special themed jersey, a mascot bobblehead giveaway and more.

The Cyclones will appropriately be wearing a Darth Maul (of the Sithclones) themed jersey with Brooklyn across the chest in the Sithclones' native Aurebesh. The Cyclones' Twitter feed compared its upcoming Star Wars themed jerseys to other minor league teams that have done this promotion in the past, calling their own Sitclone outfit the very best.


‘Zipper’ chronicles Coney Island’s storied history

Coney Island has changed quite a bit over the past few years, especially since the building of Luna Park and the Scream Zone. However, there are those who miss the old, anarchic, slightly seedy but always in-your-face Coney Island. 

Filmmaker Amy Nicholson is in the latter category, as evidenced in her documentary “Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride,” which, just two weeks after Coney Island opened for the 2014 season, will premiere on WNET-Thirteen. The film, which first premiered this past summer at IFC, will air Monday, April 28 at 10 p.m.  


Southern Brooklyn to join worldwide commemoration of Holocaust victims

On April 27, residents of southern Brooklyn will join the rest of the world in commemorating the loss of millions of victims of the Holocaust.

Sunday is Holocaust Remembrance Day, in which citizens all over the world pause to reflect on the lives lost because of Nazi atrocities and to vow to let it never happen again.

In Israel, where Holocaust Remembrance Day has taken place every year since 1953, citizens will stop what they are doing at precisely 10 a.m. and remain silent for two minutes.


Gentile honors boxing coach cited by Obama

A Bath Beach boxing coach who works with at-risk young people and was cited by President Barack Obama for his work has won another accolade – this time from the New York City Council.

Councilman Vincent Gentile, whose district includes parts of Bath Beach, stopped by Willie Vargas’s gym to congratulate the boxing coach.


Former All-Star Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli: “blessed” to have grown up in Brooklyn

Brookyn native and famous former Boston Red Sox All-Star shortstop Rico Petrocelli was born in Coney Island Hospital just off Ocean Parkway near Coney Island Avenue in 1943. Petrocelli is the youngest of seven children whose family lived near the hospital on West 3rd Street.


Stringer announces NYC's Sandy Oversight Unit

On Thursday, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer announced the formation of a Sandy Oversight Unit which will draw upon the Comptroller’s Audit, Contracts, Budget and Policy Units to hold government accountable in the rebuilding of New York City from Superstorm Sandy. Comptroller Stringer will hold Town Halls in the Rockaways, Breezy Point, Coney Island, Staten Island and at other locations over the coming months to discuss program ideas and audit recommendations.


Treyger to MTA: Protect subway riders from Metrocard skimmers

After a skimming device was discovered in a MetroCard vending machine in the Columbus Circle subway station, Councilman Mark Treyger renewed his call to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to take steps to safeguard all of the machines to protect straphangers from identity theft.

Treyger had requested that the MTA inspect Metrocard vending machines in the wake of the discovery of skimming devices in ticket vending machines at several Long Island Rail Road stations last year.


DA Kenneth P. Thompson announces felony murder indictment related to the death of NYPD officer Dennis Guerra

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson today announced the indictment of Marcell Dockery, 16, for a top count of felony murder for allegedly setting a fire that resulted in the death of NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra. If convicted, Dockery faces a maximum sentence of 25-years-to-life in prison.


Coney Island amusement rides open for the summer

The Coney Island amusement park opened Sunday for another season — with a 1920s wooden roller-coaster and a new, steel one ready to roll at breakneck speeds.

In Luna Park, Italian amusement tycoon Alberto Zamperla joined Eric Adams as the Brooklyn borough president christened the Cyclone roller-coaster with a local tradition: cracking a bottle of egg cream on the first car.


Housing director tours Coney Island to assess post-Sandy rebuild

Councilman Mark Treyger played the role of tour guide, showing a newly appointed city official the sites of Coney Island on Monday. But it wasn’t a bid to boost tourism.

Treyger, chairman of the council’s Recovery and Resiliency Committee, said he wanted Amy Peterson, director of the city’s Housing Recovery Office, to see first-hand the rebuilding efforts going on in Coney Island, a community that was devastated by Super-storm Sandy in 2012. Seventeen months after the storm hit, residents are still struggling to rebuild their damaged homes.



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