Dick Zigun Hospitalized and Asking for Financial Help

Coney Island’s unofficial mayor laid up at Bushwick hospital

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The unofficial mayor of Coney Island is in the hospital — and he’ll gladly give you some old timey People’s Playground postcards if you pay his medical bills.

Dick Zigun, founder of Coney Island’s Sideshows by the Seashore, tripped and fell at his Coney Island USA headquarters on Surf Avenue and W. 12th Street while retrieving a bottle of seltzer on Oct. 3, hitting his face on a countertop as he went down.

He’s currently on the mend at Woodhull Medical Center in Bushwick, he told his Twitter followers, assuring them that alcohol didn’t play a role in his accident.

“Send $ not flowers,” he wrote, already feeling the weight of his mounting medical bills for the two ambulance rides, multiple specialists, two emergency-room fees, and a prolonged hospital stay. “If you’re kind enough to help me with my sudden medical bills I’m offering some cool Coney souvenirs for $20 donations.”

The cool souvenirs, it turns out, are Coney Island postcards. Zigun wouldn’t say which postcards he’s willing to part with except to say they depict the People’s Playground in its hey day. A postcard of the old Dreamland amusement park is currently on sale on Coney Island USA’s website for $1.

Hospital doctors say that the freak-show barker, who has limited insurance and a high deductible, shattered several orbital bones in his fall and would need surgery, according to Coney Island USA publicist Rob Leddy.

“While he will ultimately be as good as new, he has a long road of medical needs ahead of him,” said Leddy.

Yet Zigun isn’t going to let his hospital stay slow him down: he’s still directing his upcoming “Dirty Work at the Waxworks” Creepshow play — a political satire involving maniacal statues of American presidents — from his hospital bed.

“You can’t keep a good man down,” Leddy said.

Those interested in lending Zigun a hand are asked to make a PayPal donation via the website, or by sending a check or money order to Richard Zigun, c/o Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave., Brooklyn NY 11224.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at Follow him on Twitter at
Updated 5:36 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joey from Clinton Hills says:
was he drunk?

Also, last time I checked, Woodhull was in Williamsburg...did it move?
Oct. 9, 2012, 9:18 am
Joe from Williamsburg says:
Was the floor wet?
Did he fall on the damaged concrete boardwalk?
Oct. 9, 2012, 9:55 am
Rob Leddy from Coney Island USA says:
Dick was not drunk. Also, for clarity, the postcards he is offering up are authentic postcards from his personal collection in limited supply. Our $1 Dreamland postcards sold in the Coney Island USA gift shop are reprints.
Oct. 9, 2012, 10:06 am
Frank Rizzo from Brooklyn says:
Looks like a pair of Irish Sunglasses to me
Oct. 9, 2012, 11:27 am
Tacy from Sideshow Graduate says:
I did my part to help, donating $40 because I admire the man SO much! I also post a link to this article on my facebook page.
Oct. 9, 2012, 11:29 am
Bonnie Pearl from Coney Island says:
Hi Dick ~
Quick recovery to you !!! I just don't get why you were taken to Woodhull, when we have other hospitals that are closer to Coney Island. I will send you something in tomorrow's mail as you have requested for help towards your bill. Your faithful love for Coney Island over the years has given me great admiration for you.
CI Native Bonnie Pearl
Oct. 9, 2012, 6:23 pm
JonnyHammerStick from Brooklyn says:
Let me ask you all something. When was the last time you guys gave a kid with cancer money to pay for their medical expenses. You guys kidding me with this clown?

OOOOOOH BOY. Can't wait to get me a post card from an idiot.
Oct. 10, 2012, 7:06 am
steve from greenpoint says:
I wish him well but he was a jerk to me and to others, just an arrogant nasty guy with a little bully pulpit and a big raging ego - and I think he has nerve begging for money due to his own stupidity - we reap what we sew, mr. ziggun!!
Oct. 10, 2012, 9:57 am
George C. Tilyou from Gravesend says:
Not alcohol related?
...and the haunted houses in Coney Island are really haunted?... Get Well Soon!
Oct. 10, 2012, 11:44 am
Carmine Sapoda from Brooklyn says:
Now THAT'S a genuine Coney Island side show smile!
Oct. 10, 2012, 3:05 pm
Miller from Park Slope says:
Keep the postcards. Get well soon Dick!
Oct. 10, 2012, 4:58 pm
Paul from Long Island says:
You CI USA guys have your hand out all the time, but
this takes the cake. Actually, it's quite pathetic...
Oct. 10, 2012, 8:35 pm
Joe. from Bergen Beach says:
This guy really thinks who the f*** he is. My mom is in a hospice and we don't ask no one for anything. This isn't even news. This guy walks around the Coney Island boardwalk for 30 years and he thinks everyone should pay his bill for him. Screw that. Get a life you f****** loser. Anyone who gives this guy a dime is pathetic. You want to donate money? Donate it to humble silent people who suffer when you don't even know it.
Oct. 10, 2012, 10:19 pm
David. from Brighton Beach says:
This man has no shame.
He has screwed over more people than I care to count.
A truly nasty, mean, bitter old man.
And thankfully most of Coney Island knows it.
Selfish people best get what they deserve with self-inflicted injuries......hallelujah, for that!!
Dec. 20, 2012, 3:05 am
Yinka from Woodside, Queens says:
I feel sorry for all you guys who make mean
comments, because you really don't know Dick
Or perhaps it is jealousy. We all step on each others
toes in our lives. Let me tell you Dick is a great guy.

Much love to you Dick,
Jan. 5, 2016, 3:19 pm
Misty from Sheepsheadbay says:
I'm no hater...but he became more arrogant with age!!!
Hes not the nice Dick I use to know.
I guess karma is a b*tch huh!
And to ask for help paying for his medical expenses he put himself in is ridiculous!!! I remember he made a couple million dollars a few years ago...what happened to that money? Did he send it to his African mail order bride? Or on viagra and cocaine?!!!. Yes this is true.
July 24, 2018, 12:54 am

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