Coney Island

Two Brooklyn men freed after two decades in prison on wrongful conviction

Two men wrongly convicted for a triple murder have been freed after spending more than two decades in prison. Anthony Yarbough and Sharrif Wilson were released Thursday after a Brooklyn judge overturned their convictions based on new DNA evidence. They were accused of killing Yarbough's mother, Annie, his 12-year-old sister and another girl in 1992.

The victims were found strangled in their Coney Island home, which authorities said was a crack den.


Brooklyn Cyclones & MCU Park to host 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game

The Brooklyn Cyclones will host the 10th annual New York-Penn League All-Star Game this coming summer. MCU Park, which hosted the first-ever New York-Penn League All-Star Game in 2005, will once again welcome the best the league has to offer on Tuesday, Aug. 19th.


Council freshmen flex their muscles

A lawmaker usually has to be on the City Council a few years before having any real clout.

But two of the council’s “youngsters” are bucking conventional political wisdom by moving up far and fast.

Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and Councilman Carlos Menchaca (Sunset Park-Red Hook), who were elected to their posts in November, demanded a month later that the council’s leadership create a committee to oversee the still ongoing recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy.


Company that cleaned Sheepshead Bay theater penalized for underpaying workers

New York state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Friday announced the conviction and sentencing of Jose Hector Hernandez Gramajo, the owner of Royal Commercial Cleaning, which cleaned the United Artists Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 Movie Theater in Sheepshead Bay.

Hernandez Gramajo was sentenced to weekends in jail for 90 days by Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Alexander Jeong.


Brook-Krasny speaks out against boycott of Israel

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) denounced a boycott of Israel organized by the American Studies Association and showed his disgust with the academic group by sponsoring legislation to prohibit colleges from using state aid to fund organizations that have passed resolutions to promote discriminatory boycotts.

The normally mind-mannered Russian-born lawmaker is hopping mad over the academic group’s boycott of Israel.


Thomas Holley changes commitment from Penn State to Florida

It was nearly one month ago that Thomas Holley announced his commitment to Penn State, but things changed when head coach Bill O’Brien left to coach the NFL’s Houston Texans. As a result, Holley has switched his commitment from Penn State to Florida, according to Derek Tyson of ESPN.


NY Aquarium breaks ground on shark exhibit

The Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium has broken ground on a new building that will house sharks and other marine wildlife.

The 57,000-square-foot facility will be called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! In addition to sharks it will house 115 species including skates, rays and sea turtles.

The new exhibit will include a laboratory where schoolchildren can learn about marine life and habitats.

The $157.1 million project is slated for completion in 2016.


Volunteers graduate CERT training

This photo shows six graduates who successfully completed the Community Emergency Response Team’s (CERT’s) training program, sponsored by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). They completed the program through their involvement with the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA), a non-profit organization in New York whose ultimate mission is to sustain and enrich the lives older adults. Their expertise will help seniors at JASA sites in Coney Island, Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach.


Treyger says snowstorm exposed lingering Sandy problems in Coney Island

Winter Storm Hercules, meet Superstorm Sandy.

The snowstorm that hit New York City last week exposed a lingering problem that was caused by Superstorm Sandy and has never been properly addressed, according to Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst), who said he is pushing for a solution.

A temporary boiler installed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) at the O’Dwyer Houses in Coney Island in the wake of Sandy in 2012 broke down during Hercules, leaving 600 families with no heat or hot water, Treyger said.


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.



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