Coney Island

Brooklyn struts its stuff at Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Coney Island nearly went the way of Atlantis when Superstorm Sandy swept up the East Coast last fall, but even that couldn't stop Brooklyn's strutting mermaids from hitting the boardwalk on the first weekend of summer.

Hundreds of thousands of people mobbed the seaside amusement district Saturday for the spectacle of outlandish floats, wacky costumes and bare skin that is Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade.


Savino hosts block party outside her Coney Island office

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island) is celebrating the reopening of her Coney Island district office with a block party. And she’s inviting the whole community to join her!

Savino’s block party will take place on Sunday, June 23, from noon to 3 p.m. on West 15th Street between Neptune and Mermaid Avenues. There will be a petting zoo and face painting for the kids, according to one of the senator’s aides. Representatives of the New York Aquarium will be there to give away prizes.


Storobin picks up Independence Party support for council bid

Former state senator David Storobin, seeking to make the switch from Albany to City Hall, has been endorsed by the Independence Party in his bid for a City Council seat. Storobin, who is running in the 48th Council District in Sheepshead Bay, has already won the support of the Republican and Conservative parties and will appear on three ballot lines in the November election.


Thompson tells Coney Island city must do better job preparing for emergencies

The city needs to do a better job of preparing and responding to natural disasters, former comptroller Bill Thompson said after taking a tour of areas of Coney Island damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

During a visit to a Coney Island senior center on June 13, Thompson, one of the six candidates running in the Democratic Party Primary for mayor in September, outlined a series of steps he said would help prepare the city for the next natural disaster or terrorist attack.


Brook-Krasny to tour Coney Island with Comptroller DiNapoli

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, whose district is still recovering from the damage left by Superstorm Sandy, will be touring hard hit areas with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli on June 14.

Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) said the Coney Island end of his district was devastated by the Oct. 29 storm. He will offer the comptroller a tour of the heavily damage areas, he said. The two men will also meet with community leaders and residents.


Hair-raising 'Thunderbolt' roller coaster coming to Coney Island

A major new roller coaster, the “Thunderbolt,” is going up at Coney Island and will open in time for next year’s summer season, the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced on Tuesday.


Kagan picks up support from a former rival in council race

The campaigns for City Council seats in Brooklyn districts are starting to get serious, as political hopefuls with no chance of winning a primary face reality, drop out, and throw their support behind candidates they had been running against.


Brooklyn's Catholic churches celebrate Feast of Corpus Christi

Catholics all over Brooklyn marked the Feast of Corpus Christi with masses, processions, and benedictions on June 2 celebrating one of bedrock beliefs of the church – that the Eucharist distributed during Communion is the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Corpus Christi is Latin for “Body of Christ.”


Mermaid Parade is saved! $100G Kickstarter campaign meets goals

On June 3 at midnight, the 27-day $100,000 Kickstarter campaign to save Coney Island's Mermaid Parade will come to a close. On the morning of May 30, the initial goal was met through small contributions from people around the world.   Widespread attention from media and celebrities (Alec Baldwin, Darren Aronofsky, etc.), created a veritable flash flood of support for the 30-year-old event.


FEMA funds to pay for repairs of Coney Island boardwalk lights

Nathan’s Famous is back and Coney Island is on the upswing seven months after Superstorm Sandy. The latest news on the community’s comeback comes from Washington DC. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced May 29 that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds will be used to pay for repairs to street lighting along the famous Coney Island Boardwalk.

FEMA will use more than $1 million in funding to fix the lights.



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