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Hundreds come to amusement park to help Pietro

A Bay Ridge mom hoping for a cure for her son’s rare disease hosted a fun day in an amusement park for hundreds of families to raise money for research. Dayna Scarso, whose three-year-old son Pietro suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), organized the “Bump, Crash, and Smash DMD” event at the Adventurer’s Family Entertainment Center in Bath Beach on a recent Friday afternoon.


RECORD BROKEN! Joey Chestnut wins 7th contest with 69 dogs

Joey Chestnut downed 69 franks and devoured his own record in the men's Fourth of July hot dog eating contest while Sonya Thomas defended her title in the women's competition.

The San Jose, Calif., man known as Jaws ate one more wiener than his previous record to capture the mustard-yellow champion's belt. He said afterward that he was motivated by the prestige, not the $10,000 prize money.

"I'd do this for nothing," he said.


Cleaning firm owner charged in Brooklyn with violating wage, overtime laws

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced the arrest and arraignment of Jose Hector Hernandez Gramajo, the owner of the Long Island-based Royal Commercial Cleaning, in Brooklyn Criminal Court for failing to pay proper wages to workers he assigned to clean the United Artists Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 movie theater.


GASP! Coney Island Cyclone could be closed July 4

Coney Island's famous Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel may be shuttered July Fourth, one of the busiest days for its historic amusement park, as engineers inspect a 275-foot-tall observation tower that swayed in the wind.

After concerns about the tower abruptly shut down the park Tuesday evening, the roller coaster, Ferris wheel and some other attractions were to stay closed Wednesday, and it was too soon to say whether they could reopen Thursday, city Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said.


Astrotower sways, Luna Park in Coney Island evacuated

Luna Park, the Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel Park in Coney Island were evacuated and closed Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. as witnesses reported the Astrotower was swaying.

FDNY, NYPD, the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) were on the scene investigating the tower’s stability, according to a spokesperson for OEM.

“We’re working with the Department of Buildings to investigate the reports,” the spokesperson told the Brooklyn Eagle.


UFT endorses Kagan in Sheepshead Bay council race

Ari Kagan, a Democratic Party district leader in southern Brooklyn who is hoping to become the next city councilman from Sheepshead Bay, picked up an important endorsement on Monday. Kagan, one of the candidates in a crowded field running in the Democrat Primary in September, was endorsed by the United Federation of Teachers.


Community Education Council president earns highest number of votes in city

Laurie Windsor, president of the Community Education Council (CEC) of School District 20 in Brooklyn, who is entering her fifth term in office, said keeping the lines of communication open between local schools and the communities they serve is an important part of her role.

“Keeping those community ties is important,” Windsor told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in an interview on June 21. “I like to keep the schools informed about what’s going on in the community. And I think it’s important to let the community know what’s going on in our schools,” she said.


Savino throws block party to mark reopening her Sandy-damaged office

State Sen. Diane Savino was standing in the middle of the street, surrounded by children, some of whom were jumping up and down and waving at her. They weren’t lobbying for her vote. They wanted ice cream!

Savino seemed more than happy to oblige the kids. She patiently handed each one a ticket for a free ice cream. After getting their tickets, the kids ran over to the ice cream truck parked nearby.


Sandy can't stop great Mermaid Parade

Just in time for the first day of summer, Coney Island looked as great as ever for its annual Mermaid Parade, which was nearly shuttered for the year because of Sandy. Check out some great exclusive Eagle photos from our very own Mario Belluomo.

This young man is dressed up in clown makeup.


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.



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