Coney Island

Wahlberg brothers preview Wahlburgers Coney Island

Donnie Wahlberg, Paul Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg attend the Wahlburgers Coney Island preview party on Tuesday. The restaurant — the first of several locations to come to New York — will open to the public in early July (at 3015 Stillwell Ave.), serving gourmet burgers and specialty drinks made popular by the original fast-casual burger restaurant in Boston.


Mermaids, aquatic creatures turn out for Coney Island Parade

A steady drizzle didn't keep revelers from Coney Island's 33rd annual Mermaid Parade.

The colorful parade up the boardwalk Saturday was part of a tradition that marks the start of summer for many New Yorkers.

The event draws tens of thousands of revelers to the beach every year.

Lia Perotta of Brooklyn said she has dressed as a mermaid every year for 10 years. She said the parade is "all about the glitter."

Joe Coddington of Queens was wearing a crab hat and a shirt that said "butter me up."


Man killed after stabbing NYPD officer at Coney Island subway station

A man was shot dead by police on the Q train’s Ocean Parkway subway station after stabbing another police officer in the neck and shoulders early Thursday afternoon.

According to an NYPD spokesperson, the incident happened at 1:17 p.m. The assailant’s weapon was later recovered, and the officer was removed in stable condition to Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park.

Preliminary reports indicate the attacker had assaulted a woman in the station before the officer intervened, according to the Associated Press


Treyger demands de Blasio hire 1,000 more cops

In the wake of a series of shootings in Coney Island, Councilman Mark Treyger called on the de Blasio Administration to hire 1,000 additional police officers to patrol city streets.

Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) said Mayor Bill de Blasio should include funding in his executive city budget to allow the New York Police Department (NYPD) to hire 1,000 cops to be deployed in Coney Island and other areas with incidents of gun violence.

Treyger also renewed a call he had previously made for the NYPD to bring the ShotSpotter technology to Coney Island.


Saturday by the sea is so fine in Coney Island

Three cheers for Coney Island crowds.

Another of today's Eye on Real Estate postings shows photos of Brooklyn's iconic seashore on a June weekday when the kids are still in school. In those images, the beach is eerily empty.

We returned to the shoreline during the weekend to snap additional shots. There were throngs of beach-goers, which made us smile because that means more dollars in Boardwalk business owners' cash registers.


On Stage at Kingsborough sets summer concert series

Summer is almost here and On Stage at Kingsborough, the performing arts program at Kingsborough Community College, has put together a warm weather concert series featuring jazz, swing, and ragtime music that is sure to get your fingers snapping and your toes tapping.

And it’s free!


A Coney Island Smorgasburg sampler

Bring on the mahi mahi ceviche tacos and the BLT lobster rolls.

Smorgasburg has come to Coney Island.

It's a smaller version of the open-air food fest than the Smorgasburg operations in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Williamsburg. But the caliber of the food is just as high.

The Coney Island venue is a blacktopped lot at 1320 Bowery that belongs to Thor Equities, where art curator and dealer Jeffrey Deitch has organized an exhibition called Coney Art Walls. See related story.


This is what Coney Island looks like without crowds

These photos are for fellow Brooklynites who are chained to their desks today.

On June weekdays while the public schools remain in session, the Coney Island shoreline is especially  enchanting. It's eerily uncrowded — as though the Boardwalk and manicured beach were made just for a small cadre of privileged people with freedom to roam in the middle of the workday.


A checklist of Thor Equities' Coney Island properties

What happens after the art departs?

Thor Equities is hosting an open-air exhibition called Coney Art Walls on its blacktopped lot at 1320 Bowery on the west side of Stillwell Avenue. See related story. The show, organized by high-profile art curator and dealer Jeffrey Deitch, is expected to run until fall.

When it's over, what comes next for this property plus a site on the Bowery and the east side of Stillwell Avenue?


All hail Jeffrey Deitch's Coney Art Walls project

A little fun is a good thing — especially in the heart of America's Playground.

This summer, Thor Equities is bringing fun of the artsy sort to a blacktopped lot on Stillwell Avenue and the Bowery, which sits smack in the middle of Coney Island's amusement district.

Joseph Sitt's development firm is collaborating with renowned art curator and dealer Jeffrey Deitch on a buzzed-about project called Coney Art Walls at 1320 Bowery on the west side of Stillwell Avenue.



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