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Cancer awareness advocates vow to keep putting pressure on Empire State Building

Advocates for children with cancer scored a major victory when the owners of the Parachute Jump, the famous Coney Island landmark, agreed to a request to light the tower in gold in tribute to kids with cancer next month. It’s part of the Gold World Project, an international effort started by Tony Stoddard, a New Hampshire resident, to raise awareness of pediatric cancer by having the lights of famous landmarks across the globe bathed in gold in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Stoddard launched the drive in memory of his five-year-old son Cole, who died of cancer.


Coney Island hosts annual sand sculpting contest

Castles and other sandy sculptures rose into the Coney Island air Aug. 16, vying for best creations under the Brooklyn boardwalk.

In super-competitive New York City, more than 70 people aimed to outdo each other at the 24th annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest.

Abraham Cruz's "Lady Liberty," Arri Blumenfeld's "Imagination Animal" and Bradley Pion's "Giant Turtle" won the individual categories for adult, child and youth ages 14 to 18, respectively.


Girl finds loaded gun on beach at Coney Island

The beach at Coney Island is supposed to be a place to find sea shells, not deadly weapons.

A 10-year-old girl discovered a loaded 9mm pistol in the sand at Coney Island Monday afternoon, according to police, who said the youngster and her mother turned the weapon in to the lifeguard on duty.

No one was injured in the incident, which police said took place on the beach in the vicinity of West 19th Street.


The Muppets take Coney Island to make two little girls’ wishes come true

When Avalon Mercado hooked up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, her options were wide open, but once she saw that her and her family could fly to New York and meet The Muppets there was no other choice in her mind.

“Most kids choose to go to theme parks, but when they told me I could meet the Muppets, I just said, ‘Oh my gosh, of course,’” Mercado said. “I mean, they’re timeless, always entertaining and put a smile on your face even during difficulties.”


Coney Island turns into a giant biology classroom for kids

The Coney Island shoreline became a giant classroom for a group of Brooklyn fourth-and fifth-graders who took part in a unique program designed to turn students into junior marine biologists.

Wearing chest waders, the students gathered water samples to test quality and used seine nets to collect flora and fauna for biodiversity sampling and identification during the shoreline lesson on July 31. The kids also learned about aquatic habitats and the impact of pollution on the environment.


‘Support for Israel’ rally draws thousands to Brighton Beach boardwalk

The turnout for a pro-Israel rally on the Reigelman Boardwalk on Sunday was so large that the line of demonstrators stretched from Brighton Fifth Street all the way to Ocean Parkway, according to organizers, who said the event was a solid show of solidarity for Israel during a time of heightening tensions.


Trump stopped from challenging Coney Island tenant rent reduction

A Brooklyn judge has stopped the real estate magnate Donald Trump from challenging a rent reduction order for tenants in the Coney Island complex Trump Village Apartments. 


OPINION: The legacy of Horace Bullard, Coney Island’s would-be developer

Brooklyn Daily Eagle real estate editor Lore Croghan’s recent article about the long-vacant Shore Theater in Coney Island and its uncertain future put the spotlight on its late owner – Horace Bullard, a tragic, controversial figure who was one of the first to re-envision Coney’s renaissance  in the 1970s and ‘80s.


Report recommends steps to help elderly survive natural disasters

An eye-opening report by medical professionals contends that changes need to be made to help the city’s elderly survive in the event another Hurricane Sandy-type disaster hits here.

The report, “Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life,” was released by the New York Academy of Medicine on Tuesday.

Among its recommendations: the city should concentrate on community preparedness and look at how communities can help the elderly, rather than focusing on encouraging individuals to prepare “go-bags” and other disaster coping mechanisms.


Treyger wants Dept. of Investigation to monitor Sandy funds

The city should create a monitor at the Department of Investigation to look at how dollars earmarked for Hurricane Sandy recovery are spent, according to two City Council members who sponsored a bipartisan bill aimed at keeping close tabs on expenditures.

Council members Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and Eric Ulrich (R-Belle Harbor-Breezy Point-Howard Beach) both represent districts that suffered devastating damage from Hurricane Sandy.



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