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BROOKLYN EAGLE VIDEO: Coney Island Cyclone gets stuck on opening day

Coney Island's Cyclone Gets Stuck On Track Midway

A beautiful grand season opening day for the Cyclone in Coney Island was off to a great start until it got stuck in its tracks- literally.

The legendary Cyclone roller coaster got stuck midway through its ride, forcing the riders to disembark and walk down on the tracks to safety. Here's the Brooklyn Eagle video from the scene.


Coney Island opening ceremonies this Sunday

Along with peeping birds, blooming crocuses and longer days, Brooklyn’s symbol of the end of winter has arrived: Coney Island is officially opening this Sunday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony, the 30th Annual Blessing of the Rides at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park, and a ceremony by the NYC Fire Department Color Guard.

Make sure to arrive early -- the Blessing of Rides takes place at 10:30 a.m. and Deno is gifting free rides on the Wonder Wheel to the first 95 people in honor of their 95th year. The park is also giving away free rides for 300 kids from the local Salt N Sea Mission.


House members demand Sandy insurance fraud probe

Eight members of New York City's congressional delegation, including three representing Brooklyn, have written a letter to Inspector General John Roth of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security demanding an investigation into alleged fraud in the insurance claims process perpetrated against Superstorm Sandy victims who filed claims through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA operates under the jurisdiction of the Dept. of Homeland Security.


Council passes Treyger finance education bill

More than 50 million Americans carry student loan debt, including over 1.3 million New York City residents, according to Councilmember Mark Treyger, who said that the Class of 2014 is the most indebted class ever.

And the Class of 2015 is expected to surpass the Class of 2014.


Treyger predicts Sandy task force will make big difference

Councilmember Mark Treyger, who attended the City Hall ceremony at which Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to help residents in coastal communities prepare for the next Sandy-type of natural disaster, predicted that the new law will make a big difference in the lives of New Yorkers.


James Madison HS grad coordinates Navy funeral honors

Angela Boyle, in addition to being a massage therapist, a volunteer for Susan G. Komen’s Race for a Cure and a volunteer for United Service Organizations, is a petty officer 2nd class in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

She serves as an aviation ordnanceman and is currently stationed at the Navy Operational Support Center in Charlotte, where she serves as the Funeral Honors coordinator.

Boyle graduated from James Madison High School in 1999, and went on to graduate from Bucks County Community College in 2007.


Coney Island lawmakers demand homeland security funding

Wednesday’s arrest of three terror suspects from Brooklyn, one of whom told investigators he wanted to bomb Coney Island, is proof that Congress should vote to provide full funding to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to keep the agency from running out of money, according to two local lawmakers.


Council passes Treyger bill on Sandy church task force

The City Council has approved legislation proposed by Councilmember Mark Treyger that would provide more assistance to houses of worship and charitable organizations that help victims in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy types of natural disasters.

If the bill becomes law, it could lead to religious institutions receiving reimbursements from the government for helping victims in the wake of Sandy.


Kearney upsets St. Edmund Prep in regular season finale

The Bishop Kearney Tigers pulled off a stunning upset, beating the previously undefeated St. Edmund Prep Eagles 51-48 behind a tremendous 24-point performance from senior Jen Kaye in Sheepshead Bay on Monday.

“This was a big game,” said Kearney head coach Rocco Sellitto. “It was supposed to be at our place, and then we couldn't find a neutral gym. We didn’t want to play [at St. Edmunds Prep], but we had to play somewhere, and I knew that, even if we lost, to come to their gym and play them right before the playoffs would be a great test for us.”


NY breaks ground on Coney Island beach-protection project

New York elected officials have broken ground on a $25 million project to protect the shoreline at Coney Island.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the Army Corps of Engineers project will replenish and repair beachfront areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The work is being funded by federal Sandy relief dollars. It will include a series of rock jetties that will protect the Coney Island peninsula.



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