Shake your Coney-maker to ‘save’ the People’s Playground

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One awesome party next week might not be enough to save Coney Island, but it can’t hurt.

A night of punk rock, DJs, burlesque dancers and sideshow acts — dubbed “Fight for Your Right to Coney!” — is geared towards raising money for Save Coney Island, a self-styled advocacy group whose name evokes a former amusement area buffeted by the closure of Astroland and the shuttering of bars and shops along the Boardwalk. The group is also critical of the city’s plans to turn the area into a 24-7-365 hotel and theme park attraction.

But you don’t have to care about urban planning to shake your Coney-maker on the last day of March.

Diana Carlin, the creator of Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink near the Boardwalk, organized the bill that headlined by buccaneer band Jollyship the Whiz-Bang.

Also performing are Tyburn Saints, “a dark haunting band,” Carlin said, and Kissy Kamikaze.

“They’re a little more rowdy, a little punk,” said Carlin.

Prior events have included strippers stuffing money into their bras — a fitting metaphor for Coney Island, if we ever heard one.

Coney Island benefit party at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. at Third Avenue in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510)], Tuesday, March 31, 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door. For info, visit

Updated 5:11 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Claire from Park Slope says:
I love bellhouse, and Tyburn Saints are truly excellent. I'll be there!
March 18, 2009, 1:33 pm
JoeS from says:
Don't fight for your right to Coney. Instead, just fight for your right to Money! Yes, greed is good. So give all your cash to my company, Whor Equities, and we promise we'll bring the world's finest inflatable bouncy castles and schoolbus parking lots to Coney Island for another year in a row. It'll be great! Also, please bring us babies so we can eat them.
March 18, 2009, 3:08 pm

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