Coney Island

City dedicates street corner in memory of Coney Island civic leader

Councilman Domenic Recchia hosted a ceremony marking the dedication of a Coney Island street corner in memory of a civic and political leader in the community.

At the Aug. 22 ceremony, the northeast corner of Seabreeze Avenue and West Fifth Street was officially re-named “Paul Podhaizer Way” to memorialize Podhaizer, who served as Democratic district leader in the 46th Assembly District, chairman of the tenants’ council in Brightwater Towers, vice president of Temple Beth Abraham and was a member of Community Board 13.


Markowitz endorses Treyger for City Council

Borough President Marty Markowitz might only have a few months left in office, but that isn’t stopping him from making his voice heard in local elections around Brooklyn.

On Monday, Markowitz, who is in the final months of his third term in office, announced that he was endorsing Democrat Mark Treyger for the City Council seat in the 47th Council District, a seat that covers Coney Island, Gravesend and parts of Bensonhurst. Domenic Recchia, who currently represents the district, is term-limited.


PAL brings ‘Christmas in Summertime’ to Coney Island

Christmas came more than four months early to a group of Coney Island kids, thanks to the Police Athletic League (PAL) and the Brooklyn Cyclones, who co-hosted a “holiday” party at MCU Ball Park on a recent Friday afternoon.

So what if Christmas isn’t until December? That’s doesn’t mean children should have to wait to celebrate, right?


Judges’ retirement age will be up to voters

This November election, New York voters will have an opportunity to decide whether or not state judges are allowed to remain on the bench past the age of 70.

The current rules governing judgeships mandate that judges must retire once they reach 70. Elected justices, however, are permitted to seek three extensions of two years each. These extensions thus allow justices to serve until they are 76, barring any physical or mental disabilities.


Beauty on the Boardwalk

If you’re walking down the Coney Island boardwalk at night or watching a Brooklyn Cyclones night game these days, this is what you’ll likely see when it gets dark. Coney’s landmark Parachute Jump was outfitted with lights in 2006, but Borough President Marty Markowitz was unhappy with the job. So he and other officials hired lighting design Leni Schwendinger an paid $1.5 million for a makeover. Now, the tower has 8,000 colored lights, up from 450 in the previous incarnation.


Nelson endorses Lisyanskiy for council seat next door

City Councilman Michael Nelson, who is term-limited and cannot run for re-election, has made an endorsement in a council race – not the contest in his district, but in a neighboring community.

Nelson (D-Sheepshead Bay) recently announced that he is backing John Lisyanskiy in the Democratic Primary for the seat in the 47th Council District covering Coney Island, Gravesend, and parts of Bensonhurst. The district is located next door to Nelson's.


Child hurt at Coney Island's Deno's Wonder Wheel ride

A 5-year-old boy suffered lacerations to his left leg and head after falling off a kiddie ride at an amusement park in Brooklyn, police said Wednesday.

Police are investigating how the boy, who is expected to survive, was able to get out of the Sea Serpent Roller Coaster at Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park in Coney Island.

The boy, whose name was not released, was taken to Bellevue Hospital where officials said he was in stable condition Wednesday evening.

The boy may have crawled under the safety bar before ride stopped, officials said.


Coney Island to host diversity day in response to defacing of Jackie Robinson statue

Last week, vandals defaced the statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese, located outside MCU Park in Coney Island with hateful words and symbols which have since been removed.  In light of these recent events, the Cyclones and Alliance for Coney Island will join together with community leaders to host Diversity Day in Coney Island, for what will be a historic doubleheader on Monday, August 19th in conjunction with the Coney Island Flicks on the Beach screening of “42” later in the evening. 


Police search for Brooklyn senior last seen at Sheepshead Bay bus stop

The NYPD is looking for Brooklyn senior Norma James, who was last seen near a bus stop at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue V in Sheepshead Bay.

James is described as 69 years old, 5'5" tall, 200 lbs., with brown eyes and salt and pepper hair in braids. She was last seen wearing a gray skirt, a green shirt, and gray shoes near the B44 bus stop located near her residence at around 1:10 p.m. on Monday.

If you see Ms. James, please call 1-800-577-TIPS(8477) or visit www.


Thompson unveils plan to combat hate crimes

Calling the statue of Brooklyn Dodgers immortal Jackie Robinson and teammate Pee Wee Reese “a symbol of racial tolerance and healing,” former comptroller Bill Thompson unveiled a three-point plan to combat hate crimes in the wake of the ugly graffiti incident involving the statue outside MCU Ballpark in Coney Island last week.



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