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From July 30–Aug. 5, a new breed of Coney Island circus folk will come to town when the Cole Brothers Circus pitches its tent — the first time the big top has set up shop here since 1938. “This fits into the plan to turn Coney Island into a year-round destination,” said Chuck Wener, a spokesman for Cole Brothers, whose performance stay is sponsored by Thor Equities, the real-estate leviathan that’s pitching a $2-billion Coney Island redevelopment scheme.

Thor Equities is trying to show that it understands the neighborhood and the Coney spirit, and the area’s unofficial mayor, Dick Zigun, founder of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, thinks Thor honcho Joe Sitt is onto something.

“Circus and sideshow go together like peanut butter and jelly,” Zigun told GO Brooklyn. “It is something that Brooklyn families shouldn’t miss.”

The Cole Bros. Circus will run July 30–Aug. 5 just off the boardwalk, between Stillwell Avenue and West 12th Street in Coney Island. For information, visit
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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