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VIDEO: On the set of 'Back In The Day,' starring Alec Baldwin

On Set Of Alec Baldwin's New Film Back In The Day

William DeMeo fondly recalls the days when growing up in Brooklyn meant playing stickball in the streets, sitting out on the stoop until late at night and entire neighborhoods coming together for block parties in the summer.

He prefers those days to the current ones, where Facebook has become the new stoop and mothers are more likely to call their kids in via text message than poking their heads out the front door.


$3M in Sandy funding approved for Coney Island’s Steeplechase Pier

U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday announced more than $3.4 million in federal funding for Sandy-related repairs to the Coney Island Steeplechase Pier. This Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding has been awarded to the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYCDPR).


Photo: Alec Baldwin and Michael Madsen shooting 'Back in the Day' in Brooklyn

Alec Baldwin (l.) and Michael Madsen were shooting scenes from the upcoming movie "Back in the Day" at the Romanoff Restaurant in Sheepshead Bay on Monday. Bensonhurst native William DeMeo (not pictured), the writer and director of the film, invited the Brooklyn Daily Eagle to visit the set this week. Stay tuned this for an article and a behind-the-scenes video from the set, coming to later in the week. 


New book highlights enchantment of old New York

The enchantment of New York at the turn of the century and the weird, wonderful world of side shows and human circuses are vividly brought to life in Leslie Parry’s “Church of Marvels”


Fontbonne grads open their hearts to child with cancer

The loud, pulsating music filling the Saint Finbar Church hall made it impossible to sit still, or even sit at all, for that matter. Dozens of people were up gyrating and performing various Zumba moves under the watchful eye of an instructor onstage.

But this was no ordinary Zumba class taking place on Sunday afternoon. The Zumba dancers were working up a sweat for a good cause.

A group of Fontbonne Hall Academy graduates organized a Zumba-thon event to raise money for the family of one of their own: a Fontbonne alum whose nine-year-old son is battling cancer.


City opens Workforce1 Sandy Recovery Career Center in Coney Island

Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) Amy Peterson, and New York City Council Member Mark Treyger, today announced the opening of a new Sandy Recovery Workforce1 Career Center, located at 1906 Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island. The Coney Island Sandy Recovery Center is part of the administration’s commitment to expedite economic recovery in Sandy-impacted neighborhoods by training and connecting individuals to recovery and resiliency-related career opportunities.


Coney Island cop saves drowning teen while on Florida vacation

Even when a cop is off-duty, the officer doesn’t rest. Case in point: Police Officer Albert Mammon of the 60th Precinct in Coney Island who saved a teenager’s life while he was on vacation in Florida in February.

Mammon, a 14-year veteran of the New York Police Department (NYPD), received a proclamation from State Assemblymember Bill Colton at the lawmaker’s district office at 155 Kings Highway on Sunday for his vacation heroics.


Opening Day Nightmare: Coney Island Cyclone gets stuck

Coney Island And Luna Park Season Opening

The popular Coney Island Cyclone, a roller coaster ride at the beachfront amusement park, failed to give thrill-seekers the adrenaline rush they had hoped for on Sunday.  

The annual flag off to the re-opening of the amusement park was short lived after the famous roller coaster came to a grinding halt moments after taking its first set of riders upward to the famous drop.

About 24 passengers on the first run of the 87-year-old Cyclone at Luna Park were preparing for the initial drop when it suddenly stopped.


St. Finbar kids show adults the meaning of Good Friday

The children turned into teachers and the adults sat back in their pews and became students for a night at Saint Finbar Catholic Church in Bath Beach as students from the parish’s Religious Education School offered a dramatic presentation of the Stations of the Cross to help parishioners prepare for Good Friday and Easter.



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