Coney Island


Senators announce $1.25 million for immigrant assistance

A Brighton Beach-Manhattan Beach group that helps immigrants is one of the organizations that will receive a portion of a $1,250,000 pot being handed out by the federal government to community-based groups, according to New York’s two senators.

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the federal grants will be distributed through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services program.


On Stage at Kingsborough presents fall show line-up

Tap dancers, giant-sized puppets and a Russian jazz band will all be taking the stage at Kingsborough Community College this fall as part of a new season of performances for the school’s performing arts program On Stage at Kingsborough.


Parachute Jump to be bathed in light for kids with cancer

When the sun goes down on Friday night, the Coney Island Parachute Jump will be bathed in light as community residents gather on the Riegelman Boardwalk for a ceremony designed to raise childhood cancer awareness.

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Zamperla, the company that owns the Parachute Jump, agreed to a request to light the famous ride as a way of paying tribute to the courage of children with cancer and to raise awareness for the need for more funding for research into a cure, according to Councilmember Mark Treyger.


A president with a vision

Private Citizen Farley Herzek pushed into the No. 42 bus filled with Kingsborough Community College students. “Hi. Do you go to Kingsborough? And where do you live? Manhattan? Why travel so far?”


Tiny Morton will return to coach Lincoln basketball

Lincoln High School's famed head coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton is returning to run the Railsplitters’ basketball program in Coney Island just one year after he left to be an assistant coach at Seton Hall.


B'KLYN's fascinating fixer-uppers: The Mermaid Avenue Chase branch building

In manicured, marvelous Brooklyn, fixer-upper buildings really stand out.

Some are splendid despite their disrepair. The messiness adds to their allure. Some are just a mess.

The Coignet Building, a sweet little landmark surrounded by a big Gowanus Whole Foods, is the most famous of the fixer-uppers we've been obsessing about lately. Here's another:

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Why is the top half of this building gone?


Working Families Party endorses Harris for Assembly

With the Democratic County Committee poised to meet this week to select a candidate to run for the state Assembly seat vacated by Alec Brook-Krasny, would-be candidates are busy working behind the scenes to try and secure the support of committee members.

Pamela Harris, a Coney Island civic activist; Kate Cucco, Brook-Krasny’s chief of staff; former Councilmember Michael Nelson; and Bay Ridge lawyer Cody McCone are all campaigning to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for the seat in the 46th Assembly District (AD).


Macy’s opens new Backstage store in Sheepshead Bay

You won’t have to go to Herald Square to shop at Macy’s anymore. The iconic department store has set up shop in Sheepshead Bay, at the site of the former Loehmann’s.


Superstorm Sandy informs Treyger’s City Council philosophy

Much of Councilmember Mark Treyger’s public life has been taken up by his non-stop efforts to help Superstorm Sandy victims recover and move on with their lives. There’s a good reason for this, according to the freshman lawmaker who won his council seat in 2013, a year after Sandy hit.



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