Entries tagged with: Coney Island
"We don't know about all this talk about the city negotiating with developer Joe Sitt to buy his land, incuding Astroland, in the heart of Coney Island's amusement district. What we do know for sure is that the amusement park is being dismantled. There are many photos and much discussion on the Coney Island Message Board and rumors that the rides may be sold to an amusement park in Australia. As one Coney insider told us, "when the 300 foot crane shows up to take down the Astrotower, you'll know for sure that it's over." The rides are being put in shipping containers. Both the city and Mr. Sitt have said rides will operate on the property next year." [Curbed]Photo courtesy of Deborah Matlack (via ConeyIsland.com) (via Curbed).
In other news, Asbury Park is on the up and up.
Video of Coney Island in 1940 below...
New York City has bought the one-acre site of the Wonder Wheel for $11 million as part of the Bloomberg administration's plan to preserve the historic character of Coney Island, the city announced on Wednesday. [NY Times]Astroland closed in September.
In related news, Coney Island USA will be holding a benefit at Rebel on November 3rd. Performers include lie Atlas Muz, Prof. Jo Boobs and Angie Pontani.
When Baby Dee insists that her life is "incredibly boring," one has to wonder what she's comparing it to. After all, the fifty-something, classically-trained musician has ridden a large tricycle across Europe while playing the harp, has been an elevator operator, a construction worker, a go-go girl, and for a while a circus freak - billed as a "bilateral hermaphrodite" - at Coney Island.Baby Dee plays with Dorit Chrysler at Knitting Factory in NYC on October 3rd. Tickets are on sale. All dates below...
"It was lovely there," she recalls of Coney Island. "That whole venture was about turning the tables on people. I'd been living in that transitional hell of being gawked at in public. The sideshow taught me that when you're on stage -- or up high on a tricycle -- you can get away with things that could get you killed anywhere else." [GayWired]
"Free rides and food for Thor guests on Thursdays in August. Won't see any of this next year! It'll be an empty lot. Goodbye Astroland! Farewell Break Dance!" [by me-myself-i]Don't say farewell to Break Dance. Buy Break Dance! It's currently going for just under $300,000. The entire list of rides for sale is HERE.
The Cyclone and Wonder Wheel are landmarks though, so even after the last trace of Astroland disappears, those will always be there to ride, or at least look at like the old Parachute jump. More pictures below...
Astroland, Coney Island (Klingon65)
After 46 years of calling Coney Island home, Astroland is tearing down and packing up its rides for good.Marty Markowitz's quote makes no sense.
Owners say they could not come to terms with developer Thor Equities over a lease extension.
Co-Owner Carol Hill Albert says the developer forced her hand and gave her no choice but to shut down. In a statement, Albert says, in part:
"The safety of our customers and our commitment to employees means our time has run out. Ride parts must be ordered a minimum of eight to 10 months in advance. My employees cannot live in a state of limbo any longer."
Borough President Marty Markowitz said he had wanted Astroland to stay, but wants thrills to be a permanent part of Coney Island.
"Our focus will be to bring a major amusement operator to that space in Coney Island next year. Because I truly believe that if you can make it in Coney Island you can make it anywhere," said Markowitz.
Thor Equities issued a response saying it's disappointed that Albert has decided to "give up on the future of Coney Island."
It says the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel will both reopen next summer as part of a new Coney Island landscape. [NY1]
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Watch Her Dance, Coney Island (New York Observer)
Hopefully by the time you read this you will be recovering from some dancefloor devastation no matter what you decided to do. Options abound for the weekend as well (for those staying in town) (or those visiting):
Originally billed as a "mystery guest", Peter Frampton will play the free concert in Coney Island tonight (at the future home of a new amphiteater). "Starship starring Mickey Thomas" is also on the bill.
Brian Wilson show in Coney Island - July 17, 2008 (Rubys Host)
Borough President Marty Markowitz brought home nearly $90 million worth of bacon in capital funding from the fiscal year 2009 city budget, according to Borough Hall documents.
Leading the charge were two of Markowitz's pet projects: a new amphitheater at Asser Levy Park in Coney Island ($29.3 million) and renovations to the historic Loew's Kings Theatre on Flatbush Avenue ($10.75 million).
"The Coney Island Center will be a much-needed community resource as well as bring to Coney Island the kind of state-of-the-art performance facility Brooklyn deserves," said Markowitz, who has been holding a summer concert series in the park since he took office.
"New York City's first covered, outdoor performance space will make our borough a natural stop on the summer concert circuit for entertainers who now play Jones Beach and Westbury Theater and the PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey," he added.
Markowitz said the amphitheatre will also serve as "a cherished landmark at the gateway to the revitalized Coney Island, and help to ensure Coney remains the 'Playground of America' for this and future generations."
According to sources, the proposed amphitheatre will have an 8,000 seating capacity, and a schematic design is in process now with a groundbreaking expected in late summer 2009. [Your Nabe]
photos by Leia Jospe
photos by Bao Nguyen
The year's festival could be the last in its established location. As usual the bands played on two stages on parallel streets leading to the boardwalk. The main stage was so close to the landmark Cyclone rollercoaster that drumrolls could easily segue into the clatter of the coaster rounding a turn.Part 1 HERE. Polaroids HERE. More pictures below....
Siren isn't the most comfortable of rock festivals. The sound systems are mediocre and the pedestrian routes between the stages are irrational. But Siren does place the tattooed-nerd fashion sense of indie rock in the diverting context of Coney Island's other freaks and sideshows.
A prospective redevelopment, replacing the old amusement area, could break ground next year. The rides of Astroland, next to the Siren main stage, were supposed to close forever last year, but reopened this year in a reprieve. The area's fate is still hanging. "It's my first time here," said Kevin Drew, the leader of Broken Social Scene, as the band ended its set. "I don't want it to be the last."
photos by Bao Nguyen
Siren Festival Girl - m4w - 32 (* see below)Pictures Continued below...
hey...you know who you are...we exchanged glances, (or was i suffering from heat stroke and imagining the whole thing??). you are the adorable indie-looking girl
approx 25-30. * this was either at the dodos, ra ra riot, steven malkmus, bss, the boardwalk, surf ave...
after i saw you i had to jump in the ocean to cool off, and i think i may have ingested discarded medical waste in the process, so don't you see...i am very deserving of your reply. [Craigslist] (via)
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"Break Dance", Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY (bok bok)
I have been totally slacking on the going out front. Luckily this week there is plenty of really exciting dancing to be done (both when I'm here and when I'm going to be away - more on that later). On to this week:
photos by Eric M Townsend
The 30th Annual Seaside Summer Concert Series performances are held Thursday nights 7:30 pm Asser Levy/Seaside Park at West 5th Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, across the street from the New York Aquarium.
2008, Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYThese FREE shows are in Brooklyn, NY (map below).
July 10 - an evening with Michael Bolton
July 17 - an evening with Brian Wilson
July 24 - Smokey Robinson, Russell Thompkins Jr. & the New Stylistics
July 31 - classic rock night w/ "mystery guest" and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
Aug 07 - an evening with Liza Minnelli
Aug 14 - Salsa by the Sea w/ TBA
Aug 21 - Huey Lewis & The News w/ special guest Paul Thorn
A Huey Lewis (!?) video, and Coney Island map below....
Islands and Ra Ra Riot have been added to the 2008 Village Voice Siren Festival - a free outdoor concert that takes place on two stages in Coney Island every year. This year's date is July 19th. Stephen Malkmus, Broken Social Scene and the rest of the lineup HERE.
Coney Island, August 23, 2003 (via Bjork gigography)
I'll never forget showing up late to the Bjork / Sigur Ros in Brooklyn five years ago. I was upset that I was missing it, but hearing the unmistakable music of Sigur Ros pouring out of Keyspan Park on to the streets (and boardwalk) of Coney Island completely made up for it. It's what I remember most about the show.
Bjork and Sigur Ros just announced another show together, but this time it will be in their shared home-country of Iceland....
Someone from The Hook got in touch to let me know that they're not going out just like that. There will be one final party at the closing venue on October 27th, and strangely - it will be a Halloween party called "The Death of Astroland" - "a laying rest of the Coney Island we all once knew". So basically the final party at the Red Hook venue will be in honor of the closing of Astroland in Coney Island. I guess, why not? More details below....
I didn't end up seeing that much at Siren this year. I would have watched the bands all day, and I definitely wanted to see Black Lips, but I got there to late. Ends up the only artist I saw from start to finish was M.I.A. I would have watched all of Voxtrot, but it was impossible to see even one song of them since they ended up playing at the exact same time as M.I.A. I saw most of Matt & Kim, and I went back and forth from New York Dolls to Cursive twice. I wasn't 100% in the mood to watch either of them. Anyway, M.I.A. made my day....
I was gonna see Fujiya & Miyagi at the Seaport and what not on Friday night, but last minute I felt the need to get away - and, so I escaped to Coney Island in time to catch the ridiculously awesome, weekly fireworks they shoot off from the beach. If you haven't been to Coney Island on a Summer Friday night, and sat on the beach - both near the ocean and within a few yards of where they shoot the fireworks off, then I highly recommend you go check it out. It made the fourth-of-july-fireworks still fresh in my memory seem absolutely boring. The show starts every Friday at 9:30 pm, and ends around 10:00. The fireworks are serious too - it's not a cheap display. They are loud, big, go on for a while, and are in your face. Go before it's too late.
2007 Mermaid Parade, NYC - June 23, 2007 (CRED)
2007 Pride Parade, NYC - June 24, 2007 (CRED)
I missed two of my favorite parades this weekend. Saturday I had to take care of something that ended up taking all day, and Sunday I just stuck with McCarren Pool. Good thing there's Flickr. More Mermaid Parade pics HERE. More Pride Parade pics HERE.
Aa is playing again this weekend at The 2007 Mermaid Parade Ball which is the official after-party of the 25th annual Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NYC, USA. Also playing the ball: Jill Cunniff of Luscious Jackson, The Shapes, Mighty Fine, The Atomic Grind Show, DJ Jess, DJ Xerox and a whole bunch of burlesque dancers. It's at the Childs Building (June 23).
Speaking of Luscious Jackson, Gabby Glasser is also pursuing her solo career. She has a new album ('Gimmes Splash') out next week, and is playing Union Hall in Brooklyn on June 28th. She's also offering the chance to hang out with her if that's your thing.
More Jill Cunniff tour dates & mermaid stuff below...
Experience Hippiefest, the musical flashback celebrating the bands that defined music's most influential decade: the '60s. The second annual Hippiefest marks the fortieth anniversary of the Summer of Love – an era of liberation, experimentation, long hair and flower power – with impresarios The Turtles, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, The Zombies, Mountain, Mitch Ryder, Badfinger, Country Joe McDonald, Iron Butterfly, Denny Laine and Melanie.
Tour creator Toby Ludwig explains, "This festival is for people who weren't around in the '60s and '70s or were and just can't seem to remember. Bring your parents, your grandparents and your kids. Come be a Hippie for a day!"
Hippiefest is a tour that hits the free "Seaside Summer Concert Series" in Coney Island on July 26th.
@ Asser Levy/Seaside Park, Brooklyn, NYC in 2007 - FREE
July 12 - Tommy James & The Shondells, Jay Black, Johnny Maestro
July 19 - Billy Ocean & Air Supply
July 26 - Hippiefest
Aug 02 - mystery night
Aug 09 - The B-52's w/ Patty Smyth (an annual tradition?)
Aug 16 - mystery night
Aug 23 - Salsa by the Sea w/ TBA
So will it be Daft Punk, Beastie Boys, The Hold Steady, The Black Crowes OR THE B-52's? Actually, it should be noted that the B-52's and Daft Punk are both in Coney Island. The other free concert in Coney Island is on July 21. And then there's the Rockabilly Festival in August.
Martin Luther King Jr concert series dates HERE. All Hippiefest & B-52's tour dates below....