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December, 2010

‘Freak’ out! Evicted shooting gallery is bulldozed in Coney

Coney Island: What the freak? Comments (10)

History? It’s a ‘Shore’ thing as Coney theater is landmarked

Coney Island: A decaying Coney Island icon was designated a city landmark on Tuesday — but it remains unclear what will become of it. Comments (6)

Big fish! Aquarium plans major shark center

Coney Island: Who needs Shark Week? In Brooklyn, we’ll have it all year long. Comments (1)

November, 2010

On the Boardwalk, there’s one word — plastics

Coney Island: Critics of the city’s plan to replace the famed Coney Island Boardwalk with a concret path say wood may be good, but plastic is better. Comments (8)

One last drink at Ruby’s on the Boardwalk

Coney Island: Hundreds gather to mourn the “old” Coney Island at shuttered bar. Comments (21)

‘Freak’ out! Luna Park shutters several old-time Boardwalk shops

Coney Island: Nine longtime Boardwalk businesses — including the Shoot the Freak booth and a bar dating back to the Great Depression — got the boot on Monday, part of the city’s controversial effort to transform Coney Island into a glitzy year-round destination. Comments (12)

October, 2010

Coney dream! While Sitt tears down, hopefuls push a preservation plan

Coney Island: The “new Coney Island” is about to claim two of the last remnants of the old Coney. Comments (6)

Boardwalk landlord seeks ‘sit-down’ restaurant

Coney Island: The executive who runs Luna Park — and controls the fate of the honky-tonk boardwalk business that surround it — says he’d like to see a fancy restaurant on the waterfront. Comments (1)

August, 2010

Seaside silence! Marty’s concerts go out with a whisper

Coney Island: The last show of the year at Asser Levy Park left some wondering what they just heard. Comments (6)

City to Marty: Your concerts are too noisy!

Coney Island: Borough President Markowitz’s concert series in Coney Island is in violation of a city noise law passed this summer — and opponents are calling on Mayor Bloomberg to honor his promise to shut down the controversial performances. Comments (14)

‘Freak’ out! Boardwalk stalwarts in crosshairs

Coney Island: The owner of the popular “Shoot the Freak” game on the Boardwalk in Coney Island is in the crosshairs of his new landlord, which is demanding that he and 10 other key businesses justify their existence lest they be shut down before next summer. Comment

July, 2010

Water slide park sunk! Red tape gets in the way of cool Brooklyn fun

Coney Island: In the midst of a record-smashing heatwave, an all-too-familiar villain is keeping sweating Brooklynites from a new water park at Coney Island — bureaucratic red tape. Comments (2)

Judge sides with Markowitz’s foes — but Council rule change allows summer concerts

Coney Island: A judge on Wednesday ruled that Borough President Markowitz’s summer concerts may violate a city anti-noise law — but the ruling blocking this year’s series is effectively moot thanks to a just-passed Council bill that excepts the very concerts from noise code restrictions. Comments (6)

June, 2010

Get wet and wild at Coney this summer

Coney Island: You won’t have to jump in the ocean at Coney Island to get wet and wild this summer. Comments (1)

It’s no ‘Illuscination’ — new Ringling circus is solid entertainment

Coney Island: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey open in Coney Island — and Dooley likes it (for the most part). Comments (5)

May, 2010

It’s Saturday — and a new day dawns at Coney Island

Coney Island: Luna Park, the first new amusement park in almost 50 years, opens today. Comments (6)

Luna Park boss: We’ll be ready!

Coney Island: Never mind all the construction cranes and mud, Luna Park operators say that they will be ready to welcome Coney Island thrill seekers to the amusement park starting at 11 am on Saturday, May 29 as planned. Comments (3)

Coney was always the place for excitement

Coney Island: I grew up in Sheepshead Bay. As a child, we came to Coney Island, to Steeplechase Park, which was an enclosed park then. You paid your admission and got a card, which was really a circle. I loved playing Skeeball and going on the Bobsled rollercoaster. Comment

Denson: I’m high on Coney

Coney Island: The head of the Coney Island History Project offers his take. Comments (1)

Luna Park will restore the fun

Coney Island: On May 29, when we open the gates of Luna Park to the world, we will begin a new chapter in Coney Island’s spectacular history. This is an incredible investment in America’s Playground — an iconic destination beloved by generations of New Yorkers and visitors alike. Comment

Municipal Art Society: Luna Park is a step forward

Coney Island: Today, as we celebrate the opening of the new Luna Park, the Municipal Art Society takes pride not only in our early efforts to make Coney an accessible destination, but also in our recent work creating a vision for Coney Island’s revitalization. Comment

Judge: Coney suit baloney

Coney Island: The city acted properly when it rezoned portions of the Coney Island’s amusement distirct, shrinking the area available for rides from 47 acres to 12-1/2, and allowing hotels and housing to be built along the waterfront, a judge ruled yesterday. Comments (3)

Spiked! Pro volleyball tourney to skip Coney Island this summer

Coney Island: The recession has claimed another casualty: Frolicking bikini-clad athletes in Coney Island. Comments (3)

Arcade fire! Blaze guts Coney funhouse

Coney Island: It’s game over at the Coney Island Arcade — at least for now. Comment

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday for Ringling Bros. magical ‘Illuscination’ circus

Coney Island: “Greatest show on earth”? We’ll see — but first, you have to buy tickets. Comment

Demolition man! Sitt to tear down the spot where Harpo Marx made his debut

Coney Island: Coney Island is gearing up for a summer of new rides and circus attractions, but the neighborhood’s main private landowner is instead tearing down historic buildings — including the place where Harpo Marx made his comic debut — and replacing them with a temporary fast-food stand. Comments (6)

Coney Island’s new Luna Park will turn you inside-out this summer

Coney Island: Get ready to lose your lunch. Comments (2)

April, 2010

A concrete Boardwalk? Call it the Riegelmann Sidewalk in Coney

Coney Island: Is Coney Island’s famed Boardwalk becoming a sidewalk? Comments (16)

Amphitheater critics give concert promoters an earful

Coney Island: More protests over Marty’s $64-million “Potato Chip” concert venue. Comments (4)

A ‘Star’ returns to the Boardwalk

Coney Island: Lola Star is back where she belongs, thanks to the city. Comments (1)

You’ll be a human guinea pig this summer on Coney rides

Coney Island: The Italian ride manufacturers behind Coney Island’s newest amusement park say they will try out their latest scream machines right here in Brooklyn, making local thrill seekers either test pilots or guinea pigs. Comments (1)

Smile! And you can work at Luna Park!

Coney Island: The man running Coney Island’s newest amusement park has some advice for all those hoping to land a job at the People’s Playground this summer: smile. No, really smile. Comments (1)

March, 2010

Revival tent! Ringling Brothers circus to return to Coney this summer

Coney Island: The good news keeps on coming for Coney Island. Comments (7)

It’s a ‘Shore’ thing! Boosters back landmarking Coney theater

Coney Island: Advocates of landmarking a decrepit, 90-year-old Coney Island theater are pushing ahead — though the building’s owner is not on board. Comments (1)

Parking? Lots — if you’re a Cyclones ticket holder, that is

Mean Streets: The Parks Department makes it tougher to park in Coney Island this summer — except for Cyclones fans. Comments (6)

February, 2010

Coney Island is the next mayor’s problem

Coney Island: The Brooklyn Paper editorial board remains skeptical of Mayor Bloomberg’s chances of success in Coney Island. Comments (6)

It may actually be a summer of fun at Coney Island

Coney Island: The first phase of Mayor Bloomberg’s overhaul of Coney Island into a major amusement park took shape on Tuesday, with Hizzoner unveiling 19 new rides that he said will be in full-swing by Memorial Day in what is being called “Luna Park.” Comments (1)

January, 2010

Big news for Coney! Big gun to run theme park this summer

Coney Island: Coney Island’s going back to the big time, as the city announced last Wednesday that the amusement wizards behind the popular Victorian Gardens theme park will begin running an amusement park by the Boardwalk this summer — and they’re using the throwback name Luna Park! Comments (1)

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