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NYPD: Freezing temps may have claimed man's life in Coney Island

Authorities say freezing temperatures may have claimed the life of a man found dead on the Coney Island boardwalk.

Police identified the 77-year-old victim as Bai-Ping Wen.

According to the Wall Street Journal, investigators believe he died of hypothermia. The medical examiner will make the final determination.

Police say he was found unconscious at Stillwell Avenue around 7 a.m. Monday.

Temperatures Monday morning were in the single digits. Bitter cold was expected to continue until the end of the week.


Coney Island school gets more than $16M for Sandy-related repairs

U.S. Sens. Chuck E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday announced $16.2 million in federal funding to the New York City School Construction Authority for permanent work of P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School of Coney Island, as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Flooding from storm surge caused severe damage to the public school. Federal funding is being obligated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program. 


Wahlberg Brothers’ Wahlburgers joint coming to Coney Island

Wahlburgers — the franchise owned by actor brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their brother Paul, a chef — is coming to Coney Island, and the Brooklyn joint is slated to be featured in a reality TV show.


Anthology tells the story of Coney Island in historical fiction and non-fiction

The history of Coney Island is fairly well known. In the early 19th century, it was known as a place where people could commune with nature and only a few guest houses existed. By the early 20th century it had been transformed into an amusement mecca, complete with expensive hotels, amusement parks and music halls featuring entertainers like Al Jolson, the Marx Brothers and Mae West. These big attractions maintained high standards, but in the alleys, one could always find prostitution, illegal gambling and more.


Stringer criticizes Trump Village redevelopment project

A developer’s controversial plan to build a 40-story tower in Coney Island – a project that has drawn the ire of neighborhood residents – has come to the attention of City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Stringer spoke out against the Trump Village redevelopment plan at a recent meeting at Abraham Lincoln High School on Ocean Parkway, charging that the size and scope of the project would be out of character with the neighborhood.


Parks Dept. defends Coney Island Boardwalk project

Responding to protests by residents of Coney Island and Brighton Beach over the reconstruction of the historic Reigelmann Boardwalk, officials from the New York City Parks Department are vigorously defending the controversial project.

In an email to the Brooklyn Eagle, Parks Department spokesperson Maeri Ferguson wrote that the new boardwalk will be environmentally friendly and will be better able to withstand future natural disasters like Superstorm Sandy.


Protesters demand city preserve Coney Island’s boardwalk

Residents from Coney Island and Brighton Beach turned out in force for a Jan. 18 rally to demand that the New York City Parks Department halt a project currently underway to renovate the historic Riegelmann Boardwalk because the work entails pulling up wooden parts of the boardwalk and replacing the sections with concrete.

More than 100 residents braved a driving rain to take part in the rally organized by council members Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-parts of Bensonhurst) and Chaim Deutsch (D-Brighton Beach-Sheepshead Bay-Manhattan Beach).


Open rehearsal brings viewers closer to ‘Cool Hand Luke’ action

Audiences can see a play before its opening night on Broadway by attending a preview performance of the show. But imagine getting the chance to see a play even before it starts previews.

Onstage at Kingsborough, a performing arts program at Kingsborough Community College, is offering theater buffs the ultimate backstage pass.

As part of OnStage at Kingsborough’s Insider’s Look Series, visitors will be able to watch a rehearsal of the Godlight Theatre Company’s production of Emma Reeve’s stage adaptation of “Cool Hand Luke.”


New-look Lincoln Railsplitters have same championship aspirations

Lincoln High School’s former head coach Dwayne “Tiny” Morton — responsible for producing NBA talents like Stephon Marbury and Lance Stephenson — has gone off with his latest star, Isaiah Whitehead, to Seton Hall University. In his place is new head coach Kenny Pretlow and an entirely new group of starters that includes two promising freshmen.


Treyger wants task force to focus on Sandy recovery at churches

Councilmember Mark Treyger is pushing hard for the creation of a special city task force to study the damage that houses of worship and charitable organizations suffered during Hurricane Sandy and the expenses they incurred while helping victims during and after the 2012 storm.

Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst), chairman of the council’s Committee on Recovery and Resiliency, and held a public hearing on his task force proposal in mid-December.



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