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photo: 2014 Mermaid Parage (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mermaid Parade

The 33rd Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade happens Saturday, June 20 and this year's King and Queen are husband-and-wife freakshow/burlesque performers Mat Fraser (who was on the last season of American Horror Story) and Julie Atlas Muz (who has, among other things, performed at the Whitney Biennial and has opened for Psychic TV). The Parade starts at 1 PM and goes from West 21st and Surf Avenue, rolling to West 10th Street, then to the Boardwalk and finishing at Steeplechase Plaza. If you'd like to be in it, you can register through June 18. Unfortunately there is no Mermaid Ball afterparty this year. Poster for this year's Parade is below.

June 20 will also have fireworks, happening after the Brooklyn Cyclones season opener which is against the Staten Island Yankees. The night before (Friday, 6/19) will kick off Coney Island's summer fireworks series, which will happen every Friday through September 4. Friday night fireworks start at 9:30 PM and are shot off from the beach. There will also be fireworks after eight Saturday Brooklyn Cyclones games, plus fireworks on Thursday, July 2 which will also be after a Cyclones game. Full 2015 Coney Island fireworks schedule is below.

Continue reading "2015 Coney Island Mermaid Parade details +++ fireworks return to boardwalk every Friday & after 9 Cyclones games"

photo: Mumford & Sons in Forest Hills in 2013 (more by Diana Wong)

Mumford & Sons already played two tiny NYC shows and they have their traveling festival Gentlemen of the Road coming up and hitting the NYC-area on June 5 & 6 in Seaside Heights, NJ with The Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, JEFF the Brotherhood and more (tickets). They've now added more dates, including a NYC stop with The Maccabees just a few days before the NJ show at Coney Island's MCU Park on June 2. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at 10 AM.

Updated dates are listed, with the new video for "The Wolf" from their upcoming album, below...

Continue reading "Mumford & Sons expand tour, playing Coney Island with The Maccabees (updated dates)"

The Cyclone, not quite to the top (photo via @dipti16k)

Spring is here and today (3/29) is opening day for Coney Island's 2015 season. Unfortunately, iconic wooden roller coaster The Cyclone got stuck on the way up to the first big drop...on it's first public ride of the season. From CBS:

Erica Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Luna Park, said the ride was shut down while technicians work to repair it. Officials are hoping it will be closed no more than an hour or two.

Luna Park opened at noon. The amusement park will be open weekends until May 22, when it opens every day for the summer. It will also be open the entire week of April 6, Spring Break for most area schoolchildren.

The Cyclone made it's opening "ceremonial" run with no problems before getting stuck.

Coney Island
Coney Island boardwalk (more by Chris La Putt)

The Daily News reports:

The city is steaming ahead with a plan to convert part of the iconic Riegelmann Boardwalk to concrete, enraging officials who have sought to sustain the wooden planks that compose the popular Coney Island attraction.

The city has obtained state funding to resume the work, which kicked off during the Bloomberg administration, a Parks Department spokesman told the Daily News.

A pair of local lawmakers said the project needs to be reassessed.

"We are extremely disappointed," City Councilmen Chaim Deutsch and Mark Treyger said in a joint statement.

They have joined community activists and launched a petition, on change.org, imploring the city to stop construction.

Say your goodbyes to the wooden boardwalk this New Year's Eve, as Coney Island is hosting its own ball drop to usher in 2015.

Looking for Johnny

The 14th Annual Coney Island Film Festival runs from September 19 - 21, 2014. Things kick off tonight with an opening night party and a single screening, and then you can spend all day Saturday and Sunday watching movies in Coney Island. Titles include "Brooklyn Slice", "Keep It Real: Banksy NYC", "The Birth and Death of the BTK Band", "Passage To Coney Island", "Last Night in Astroland", "Samuel's Game", "Famous Nathan", "Looking For Johnny", and of course "The Warriors".

Looking For Johnny is a documentary about the late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, and it will be making its NYC premiere at the Coney Island film fest. $8 will get you into the Saturday, 3pm screening AND Q&A with "some of the punk period musicians who appear in the film."

Clips from the film with more information below...

Continue reading "Johnny Thunders documentary premiering at Coney Island Film Festival (which is this weekend)"

photos Chris La Putt

Vic Mensa / fans / where's Molly?
Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa
Vic Mensa

We already posted one set of pictures from Saturday's Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island's MCU Park (only one of the many Mad Decent Block Parties happening this summer). We've now got one more set of pictures from that, including shots of rapper Vic Mensa, and of course plenty more of everyone who came to party.

Part 1 of the pictures HERE. More of part 2, below...

Continue reading "PICS: Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island's MCU Park w/ Vic Mensa & more (part 2)"

photos by Chris La Putt


2014 Mad Decent Block Party
2014 Mad Decent Block Party
2014 Mad Decent Block Party

The 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties are underway, having just hit NYC on Saturday (8/9) in Coney Island's MCU Park. The lineup included label boss Diplo plus rapper Vic Mensa who was fresh off a Lollapalooza performance where he covered The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" which he did again at the block party on Saturday. As always, the party -- which also included Dillon Francis, Diplo, Flosstradamus and a bunch of others -- was a wild time with nonstop dancing all day.

UPDATE: PART 2 PICS HERE. More pictures of part 1, below...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Party in Coney Island's MCU Park (part 1 pics)"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The de Blasio's on their way to the Mermaid Parade (via Mayor's Office Flickr)

You couldn't have asked for a nicer day for the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade which happened on the first day of Summer (6/21). While the freak flag flies high at this with pasties considered as formal wear, it was fun for at least one whole family. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was there with wife Chirlane and their two kids Dante and Chiara who were also the official Mermaid King and Queen this year. Pictures from the 2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade are in this post and continue below...

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photos by Misha Vladimirskiy

Dum Dum Girls in San Francisco last night - 6/19/2014
Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls

It may feel pasty outside now, and it's going to be be even more "pastie" this Saturday in Brooklyn thanks to the annual Coney Island, pastie-filled Mermaid Parade! Look out for the de Blasios at the beach-side, burlesque extravaganza.

From there, hop on the F to Park Slope because the pastie-loving Dum Dum Girls play what is probably their biggest NYC show yet, a headlining appearance in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. Hospitality and TEEN round out the all-female-fronted, indie rock bill on the stage where the National just played three nights in a row. This is a great bill of music AND FREE.

That said, Celebrate Brooklyn is a family friendly environment, so we bet that the Dum Dums will go with a more conservative version of their outfits (we love them no matter what they wear). That was not the case at a Goose Island sponsored FADER party last night at Folsom Street Foundry in San Francisco though. There, Dee Dee did just the opposite and wore a top that is definitely Not Safe For Instagram. We applaud her bravery. NSFW/NSFI pictures from the show are in this post along with their 14 song setlist (Smiths cover included). More below...

Continue reading "Dum Dum Girls went sheer in San Fran (no pasties), play big, free NY show Saturday (after pastie-filled Mermaid Parade)"


One good thing about having a Brooklynite for a mayor is that the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are now back on the East River, after a four-year stretch of being on the Hudson. Said Bill de Blasio:

I'm thrilled that, after years of working with Macy's and my colleagues to make this a reality, the fireworks will return to the East River this year! Now even more New Yorkers will get to take part in this extraordinary celebration, against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge, the harbor and our skyline.
Macy's first moved them to the Hudson in 2009 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river, and kept them there.

In other NYC fireworks news, one of the city's other big 4th of July displays -- Coney Island -- is still up in the air for 2014. The city has granted fireworks permits for all the other Fridays this summer EXCEPT Friday, July 4. Does this have anything to do with Macy's move back to the East River? The Department of Parks and Recreation declined to comment when NY1 inquiried. We shall see.

Meanhwhile, the rest of the summer's fireworks at Coney Island are all set. The season kicks off with "Fireworks Week" at Brooklyn Cyclones stadium, with displays going off after the first three home games of the season: Opening Day (Saturday, June 14), then Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17. There will then be fireworks after every Friday game through August 22 (with Fourth of July still a question mark, though they're listed on the Cyclones schedule). There are a few other nights fireworks will happen at Coney Island, all of which are also "theme nights":

Saturday, July 5 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) "Seinfeld 25th Anniversary Celebraton"

Saturday, July 19 (vs Williamsport Crosscutters) "Country Music Night"

Saturday, July 26 (vs Vermont Lake Monsters) "Elvis Night"

Saturday, Aug 2 (vs Connecticut Tigers) "Star Wars Night"

Wednesday, Aug 13 (vs Lowell Spinners) "Kosher Kaboom Fireworks"

Saturday, Aug 23 (vs Tri-City Valley Cats) "Princess Night"

Sunday, Aug 27 (vs Staten Island Yankees) last game of the season

And don't forget June 21 is the 2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

Mermaid Parade 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Mermaid Parade

Having persevered through Sandy-related setbacks last year, Coney Island's annual Mermaid Parade happens this year on June 21, beginning at at West 21st St and Surf Avenue. It starts at 1 PM but, like usual, you should get there earlier if you want a good spot. And if you want to be in the parade, registration is open now.

This year's king and queen have been selected but aren't announced yet. Stay tuned. Each year the official afterparty, the Mermaid Ball, follows the parade though details on that have not been announced yet.

Meanwhile, much sooner than that in Coney Island is the first weekend of Burlesque at the Beach, the Coneylesque Carnival, "all the things you love and more about Burlesque & Circus under one roof!" That goes down on May 8 at 9 PM. Tickets are on sale now. More info below...

Continue reading "2014 Coney Island Mermaid Parade date set; meanwhile: Burlesque at the Beach"

Seaside crowd for Aretha Franklin, 2011 (more by Jacob Blickenstaff)

One of NYC's longest-running free outdoor show series, Marty Markowitz's Coney Island Seaside Summer Concert Series, will not happen in 2014. It will not be gone forever, though:

In lieu of the proposed construction of the Coney Island Ampitheatre down the block from the West 21st street site that we have used for the past three summers, we decided that it was best not to produce the concerts this summer and put our energy and resources into planning for the future when we have a permanent home.

So after 35 years and hundreds of thousands of people enjoying our free shows, the Seaside Summer Concert Series is taking the summer off. We look forward to returning to Coney Island.. better than ever!

Major bummer. We look forward to Seaside Summer Concert Series' return in 2015.

Dillon Francis at Mad Decent Block Party 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)
Dillon Francis

The dates and venues were recently announced for the 2014 Mad Decent Block Parties, and now the lineups have been announced. Artists playing include Outkast (lucky Denver!), Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Chance the Rapper, Fatboy Slim and many more.

The NYC stop, happening on August 9 in MCU Park @ Coney Island has Dillon Francis, Diplo, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and a headliner who hasn't been announced yet. (Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, and Diplo with Major Lazer all played last year's too.) Tickets for that one go on sale Friday (4/11) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting Wednesday (4/9) at 10 AM. There's also an ongoing presale for each date at the Mad Decent Block Party website which includes an exclusive Diplo mix, a Mad Decent Block Party zine (with "no words" because "reading sucks"), Mad Decent x Pizzaslime stickers, a Mad Decent Block party sticker, and a Mad Decent patch.

Flyer with full artist announcement and the list of dates/venues/individual city lineups, below...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Party 2014 lineups (Outkast, Diplo, Action Bronson, A$AP Ferg, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis & more)"

Mad Decent Block Party NYC 2013 (more by Dylan Johnson)

The Mad Decent Block Parties return to over 20 North American cities this summer. The NYC stop happens on August 9, and unlike last year's in Williamsburg Park, this time it happens in MCU Park @ Coney Island. There's an ongoing presale for the block parties, though most (including the NYC one) are already sold out. Stay tuned for the general on-sale and lineup announcements.

As you may remember, there's also the Mad Decent Boat Party this year.

All block party dates are listed, with the tour flyer, below...

Continue reading "Mad Decent Block Parties 2014 dates & venues"

Beyonce riding the Cyclone

Beyonce took the internet by storm last week when she released her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere, and it's still dominating much of the online music discussion. SPIN gave it a 9/10 and named it a Spin Essential, and in Stereogum's Premature Evaluation, they said "there's some chance that Beyoncé's new self-titled album is the best album that anyone has released in 2013." Sales aren't too bad either. It broke an iTunes record, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in three days and is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard albums chart. Don't look for it at Target though.

As you may know, Yoncé released the album with a video for every track, and she's since made some of those videos available online to watch. The video for "XO" sees her hanging around Coney Island, riding the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel, and enjoying other parts of the neighborhood. You can watch that video, along with the one for "Drunk in Love" which has Bey and Jay Z on a beach, below.

Beyonce's tour has her at Barclays Center Thursday (12/19) and Sunday (12/22). Thursday's show is sold out but a limited amount of tickets for Sunday's show are still available.

In other Coney Island news, Borough President Marty Markowitz's mission to turn the vacant Childs Restaurant into a 'seaside amphitheater' music venue to host concerts like his Seaside Summer series, is moving forward The Brooklyn Paper reported that on December 4, a major public oversight board voted unanimously to go forward with Markowitz's plan. He still has his opponents though:

But critics have long complained that sinking $50 million of taxpayers' money into transforming the 90-year-old building into a for-profit, upscale eatery and music venue is a severe misallocation of funds. They have pointed out that the neighborhood still suffers from sporadic heat and power outages, and is home to shuttered storefronts a year after Hurricane Sandy, plus the issue of sewers that flood during heavy rains.

Others have raised fears that the 40 planned yearly concerts will afflict nearby residential blocks with ear-splitting noise and nightmarish traffic congestion. Some have said that they would accept the new venue only with a community benefits agreement -- a legal contract guaranteeing that the development would hire exclusively Coney Islanders at a living wage.

The Council voted on the project yesterday (12/16), and we think it's all good news for fans of the theater, but stay tuned. Meanwhile, Marty Markowitz is leaving his job as as Borough President after 12 years due to term limits.

In more related news, the documentary on Zipper, the ride that was on West 12th Street in Coney Island, is available on iTunes. It screened at Nitehawk not long ago (10/30), and a review at Indiewire reads:

The Zipper itself is a twisting, thrashing carnival ride, one of the last remaining parts of the former Coney Island, left standing for months as the territory surrounding the ride was bulldozed, in an attempt to reach new lows in gentrification. To the locals, it is a landmark; to the suits, it's a relic.

For those out-of-towners, Coney Island was one of the very last vestiges of weird in the post-Giuliani-era New York City. Parades, attractions, and rides suited both those happy families eager to soak in the beach and the local weirdos, madmen and trend-setters that made the Brooklyn location a safe haven from the increasingly-hostile corporate landscape of Manhattan. That all changed when the imposingly-named Thor Equities made an aggressive purchase of the land, a transaction not made in good faith.

You can watch the trailer below.

And in even more related news, Coney Island got its first YMCA, which opened yesterday (12/16) at Surf Ave and 29th St. You can take a look inside the new 44,000-square-foot facility in the video on News 12 Brooklyn. A big day for Coney Island with the new Beyonce video coming out AND a YMCA!

Beyonce and 'Zipper' videos below...

Continue reading "Beyonce's "XO" video was all filmed in Coney Island (watch) +++ Seaside Amphitheater progress & other Coney Island news"

Lynyrd Skynyrd

As discussed, the annual Seaside Summer Concert Series is returning to Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue) this year with free weekly concerts from July 12 to August 21. Opening night is this Friday (7/12) with Cheap Trick and support from The Cringe. Like all of these shows, it begins at 7:30 and is totally free.

When we first spoke about this year's lineup, next week's (7/18) show was TBA, but it's since been announced that Lynyrd Skynyrd will be headlining. Which means it won't cost you anything to yell "Free Bird!" and actually hear it.

Updated Seaside Summer Concert Series schedule below...

Continue reading "Lynyrd Skynyrd playing Coney Island's Seaside Concert Series (which kicks off with Cheap Trick Friday)"

photos by Sachyn Mital

Cyclones mascot Sandy the Seagull at 2013 Mermaid Parade
2013 Mermaid Parade @ Coney Island - 6/22/2013

For those who don't want to go to the West Side of Manhattan or New Jersey to see Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza on the Fourth of July, there is a Brooklyn option: Coney Island. Fireworks will be going on as part of an Independence Day celebration held at MCU Park (where the Cyclones play). That includes cover bands, a "beers of New York" beer garden and a performance from the Brooklyn String Orchestra who will play at 9 PM with the sky lighting up at 9:30 PM. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and will go benefit the Brooklyn Public Library and Hurricane Sandy relief charity, #ConeyRecovers. 4:30 PM start.

You can see fireworks at Coney Island a lot this summer. They'll go off every Friday through August 30 at 9:30 PM. Additionally, there will be fireworks after certain Brooklyn Cyclones games, all of which are themed to music. That includes tonight, which, appropriately, are set to Patriotic works and will go off right after the game finishes (they play the Staten Island Yankees). That makes three nights in a row of Coney Island Fireworks, starting tonight.

The rest of the Cyclones' fireworks shows are all Saturdays, dates (and themes) as follows:

Saturday, July 20 (vs. Batavia Muckdogs) - Springsteen Fireworks
Saturday, Aug 10 (vs. State College Spikes) - Billy Joel Fireworks
Saturday, August 17 (vs. Vermont Lake Monsters) - Disney Fireworks
Saturday, August 31 (vs. Aberdeen IronBirds) - Beatles Fireworks
Like tonight's, those fireworks go off right after the game finishes.

For more Coney Island fun, dont' forget about Marty Markowitz's free Seaside Summer Concert Series which starts next Friday (7/12) with Cheap Trick.

And while on the subject of Coney Island, you've already seen one set of pictures from the 2013 Mermaid Parade which happened on June 22. Another set from the barely-dressed festivities are in this post.

More below...

Continue reading "fireworks at Coney Island happening on 4th of July, Fridays & after some Cylones games ++ more Mermaid Parade pics"

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Mermaid Parade 2013

While their was some worry the Coney Island Mermaid Parade might not happen this year, the crowd-funded 2013 edition went off without a hitch on Saturday (6/22); perfect weather, and with barely a stitch of clothing. It was the 30th anniversary of the Mermaid Parade this year with Judah Friedlander and Carole Radziwill as this year's King and Queen. Pictures from the parade are in this post.

They continue below...

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Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick @ 'Sound City' NYC (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Rick Nielsen

The annual Seaside Summer Concert Series that Brooklyn Borough president Marty Markowitz does in Coney Island (West 21st Street & Surf Avenue) is back this year with free weekly concerts from July 12 to August 21. The shows are all on Thursdays at 7:30, except the opening night, which is a Friday (7/12), and the closing night, which is a Wednesday (8/21).

Artists playing this year include Cheap Trick (7/12), Smokey Robinson (7/25), The Go-Go's with Tom Tom Club (8/1), Huey Lewis and the News' - "Sports" 30th Anniversary Tour (8/15), and more.

Marty Markowitz also presents the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series with free shows at Wingate Field.

Full Seaside Summer Concert Series lineup below..

Continue reading "2013 Seaside Summer Concert Series lineup (free Coney Island shows w/ Cheap Trick, Smokey Robinson, The Go-Go's, more)"

Mermaid Parade

Thanks for PETA for reminding me that the Mermaid Parade is this Saturday in Coney Island! How did PETA remind me? With an email subject that said "NEARLY NAKED PETA BEAUTIES TO JOIN CONEY ISLAND MERMAID PARADE", and this text:

What: Wearing little more than "fins" and "tails" and holding signs that read, "Fish Are Friends, Not Food," two sexy PETA members will dress as mermaids and take part in the Coney Island Mermaid Day Parade on Saturday to encourage onlookers to give fish a break and stop eating them.

"Although we might not be as familiar with fish, when it comes to feeling pain and having a will to live, they're just like all other animals," says PETA "mermaid" Ashley Byrne. "And the more we learn about these sensitive and intelligent animals, the less likely we are to stick a hook or a fork in them."

Scientific studies show that fish are intelligent, sensitive animals who experience pain and fear when they are hooked or netted and pulled from the water. A recent issue of the journal Fish and Fisheries cited more than 500 research papers on fish intelligence that prove that fish are smart, can use tools, and have impressive long-term memories and sophisticated social structures.

Where: The parade starts at the intersection of W. 21st Street and Surf Avenue, Coney Island

When: Saturday, June 22, 1 p.m.
PETA of course won't be the only nearly naked people walking around Coney Island Saturday thanks to the support of hundreds of generous donors who helped save the annual parade of scantily dressed people. More info on the main event and the Riverboat Ball at Coney Island USA. There's also a "Drunken Mermaid Gala" at Gowanus Ballroom with Extra Action Marching Band, Vic Thrill and more.


We didn't have any doubts, especially when we saw they picked a king and queen even before the Memorial Day weekend benefit concert, but here's the good news from Coney Island USA about this year's Mermaid Parade:

We've reached $100,000!!!

Thank you to the 2,332+ individual contributors that have pledged so far!!! You are a part of history!

The campaign is still not over.

We still have a few days left to accept pledges for these amazing rewards:

- Signed posters by The Goon's Eric Powell!
- A photo with and t-shirts from Tails of Glory!
- VIP roof deck viewing of the parade!
- March and party with the Sexcamaids!
- A photography adventure with Harvey Stein!
- Pasties! Temp tattoos! Glory!
- AND to march with the Royal Entourage!!!

They'll be gone forever after June 3rd!
Don't forget: the top two contributors to the campaign get to open the parade on a float with Brooklyn Bourough President Marty Markowitz!

Watch a video from Marty below...

Continue reading "The Mermaid Parade is Saved"

Mermaid Parade 2012 (more by Sachyn Mital)
Mermaid Parade

Dear Friends of the Mermaid Parade:

I have two important announcements for you today:

1) Registration for this year's Mermaid Parade is now open. Click here to register.

2) We do not know whether there will be a Mermaid Parade this year.

Don't panic just yet-we have a plan. But first I want you to understand where we are and what we're up against.

Our first parade back in 1983 had more participants than onlookers. It is because of you-whether you've been marching for years or are joining us for your maiden voyage-that the Mermaid Parade has grown into the largest arts parade in the country.

A Free Parade is Expensive

This year we face unprecedented challenges. As the crowds have grown over the past years, the city has begun imposing new regulations and restrictions that have sharply increased the cost of the event. On top of that, Hurricane Sandy, that malevolent sorceress, wreaked havoc on the Coney Island community. We as an organization, like many others, are still recovering from the damage. What this all means is that the Mermaid Parade now has a budget shortfall of $100,000. This is an impossible gap for a tiny non-profit arts organization like ours.

The Plan

On May 7th , we'll be launching a "Save the Mermaid Parade" Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for the Parade. We'll be actively updating our website and sending out news and information as the campaign to "Save the Mermaid Parade" progresses.

Next week you will receive a link to our Kickstarter campaign. Once you have it, please spread the word. If we don't meet our funding goal, there'll be no parade.

Registration this year is more important than ever before, but we also need to ask for even more from you to preserve our beloved cultural institution. Be advocates. This is your parade - get on your bullhorns!

Dick Zigun
Founder & Artistic Director
Coney Island USA


No more shelter at the Park Slope Amory. DNA Info reports:

The Hurricane Sandy evacuees that were staying at the Park Slope Armory YMCA have moved out of the building and it will reopen soon to YMCA members -- but officials don't know exactly when.

The last of the evacuees -- many of whom were elderly people from senior homes in the Rockaways damaged in the storm -- left on Sunday, according to City Councilman Brad Lander. One group moved back into an adult care facility, and two other groups will stay in "transitional housing" at other assisted living facilities while their buildings are repaired, Lander said in an email.

The Armory, which usually houses a YMCA branch complete with an indoor running track and spinning and yoga classes, will reopen "as soon as possible" to its members, a spokeswoman said, but she declined to speculate on an exact date.

A bit of good news at least (for the shelter residents, and the YMCA members).

Park Slope residents (or anyone) looking to still lend a helping hand can do so via Congregation Beth Elohim who have been posting sign up sheets with jobs ranging from "Food Preparation in the CBE Kitchen" to "Volunteer for Field Work in Coney Island." If you choose the latter, just make sure to stay healthy.

As always, Occupy Sandy (who held a big benefit concert over the weekend) can also use your help.

relief efforts in Coney Island...
Coney Island

Head to ConeyRecovers.org and Occupy Sandy to find ways you can still help out in hurricane-ravaged Coney Island (one way is just to donate).

Watch an amazing time-lapse video, taken from an apartment window as water from the ocean started to cover cars in Coney Island during Sandy, below...

Continue reading "WATCH: Time-lapse video of Hurricane Sandy in Coney Island (where help is still needed)"

photos by Nick Childers

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC - photos from 11/6/2012
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island
Hurricane Sandy Aftermath - Coney Island

I'm just going to publish this letter in full:


I have spent the better part of four days volunteering with Hurricane Sandy victims in Coney Island.

I am working with Occupy Sandy AND the Presidents of the Coney Island Houses and the Odwire Houses. This is Mutual Aid- we are working WITH the community, not simply giving charity. The NYCHA residents I have personally dealt with- Deborah Reed the President of the Coney Island Houses and Ilma the president of the Odwire Gardens Houses are incredible women. They are, however, spread thin and have no-one to help them answer to the thousands of residents that they represent.

There are ZERO agencies with a big presence out in the Coney Island Housing, Odwire Gardens Housing or Surfside Housing as of right now. NO FEMA, NO RED CROSS, NO NYC HOUSING, NO AUTHORITIES WHATSOEVER. The FEMA tent is a 20 minute walk away. The Red Cross has BARELY been there [they sometimes send one truck for 15-20 buildings once or twice a day]. There are elderly people stuck on the top floors of pitch-black buildings with NO FOOD AND WATER. Families with no food to feed their children. Mothers with no baby formula or wipes. Diabetics and asthmatics with no medicine. THERE HAS BEEN NO POWER, HEAT OR WATER FOR OVER A WEEK AND A HALF. Next to no one has flashlights and/or batteries. My small crew of volunteers PERSONALLY gave out these goods to the above people in need and encouraged them with what little info and energy we had. We saw the issues first hand. Today we used the community rooms in multiple buildings a relief sites- distribution for all necessities like food, water, batteries, baby supplies, feminine products ect. We expect to do this in more buildings.

All of the supermarkets and bodegas within a 15 minute walk of the above Housing have been flooded or looted. THERE IS NOWHERE TO BUY FOOD. Please link to these images - use them as much as you please- courtesy of Nick Childers.



Non perishable and hot FOOD
BATTERIES of any size


Please understand, this email is a direct account of what is happening now. NYC IS NOT BACK TO NORMAL. Every area mentioned above has Katrina-level devastation and needs with only small citizen groups to aid everyone and distribute everything. Please help by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the word. This is the only article I have found on the subject and it is accurate for the housing it represents but not for Coney Island: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/living-hell-nycha-houses-article-1.1197748 - Conditions were similar but there we some glaring problems on top of what they reported about.

I will be setting up a distribution center at 2828 Neptune Avenue tomorrow and will write back with more info. Please call me at 201.658.6194 with any questions.
Please help.

Eric Moed

Help if you can, and keep tabs on Occupy Sandy's site for other ways to do it.

We previously posted pictures of the damage in Coney Island, but continue below for a more current look at the situation...

Continue reading "Relief efforts continue in CONEY ISLAND, HELP STILL NEEDED (pics & info) "