How many of THESE can you wolf down in 11 minutes?

How many of THESE can you wolf down in 11 minutes?

If humanity is remembered for anything, we hope it’s sandwiches. They’re portable, delicious, doughy, delicious magic that we can only wish we could devote more of our days to. But while no restaurants will reply to our requests to be their sandwich testers, Sheepshead Bites reports one place has heard our call, and recognized our need to make a couple bucks: as part of Sheepshead Sumer Stroll, Jimmy’s Famous Heros (1786 Sheepshead Bay Road) will be having a sandwich eating contest with cash prizes, and they need some eaters to answer the call. (more…)

These are uh, something else

These are uh, something else

Hey 90s kids, are you tired of only being pandered/advertised to by BuzzFeed lists, dance parties, TV marathons, film remakes and reboots and sequels, music samples and band reunion tours? We know, when will anyone ever pay attention to the 90s? The Brooklyn Cyclones are doing their part next Wednesday, August 27 with a 90s Nickelodeon night. Why should you go, besides the baseball? Well, Kel Mitchell is throwing out the first pitch, so it’ll answer your “Hey, where’s Kel Mitchell been these days?” question. (more…)

coney island sand sculpture competition

Oh yeah, show off why don’ you? Jerk. via Flickr user Jeffrey Ball

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating summer’s arrival, but believe it or not, it is almost over already! Before you blink and it is too late to really enjoy a beach day, head down this weekend to the 24th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest. On Saturday, August 16 at the Coney Island Boardwalk near Wonder Wheel Park there will be food, music, and festivities to accompany the competition. (more…)

coney island handball

Who will win? Probably the person who can hit the ball the hardest. via Flickr user Jonathan Gleich

Handball, everyone loves handball. The players love it because of its simplicity and fast pace, and spectators because of…well, the same thing. Still, like all sports, we have to determine who the best in a regional or national area is, and you can see that happen this Saturday when finally, the Red Bull Slaps handball tournament comes back to Coney Island. (more…)

Like this, but in Coney Island

Like this, but in Coney Island

What’s green, plays the banjo and hits Coney Island this Monday?  No, not you after scarfing too many Nathan’s dogs and riding the Cyclone – Kermit the Frog!  On Monday, August 4, Kermit and friends will make a special appearance at MCU Park as the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the hated Connecticut Tigers. Fresh off being revealed as the reason that you moved to New York City, the Muppets will be trying to bring some luck to the Cyclones in their pennant chase. (more…)

astroland rocket

Don’t just look at the rocket, look IN the rocket. via Facebook

New Yorkers have been swarming the beaches and amusements of Coney Island for decades, and when that happens, history is bound to accumulate like so many ice cream stained napkins in a trash. While we think of a better metaphor for lovely memories, you think about the fact that Coney Island will be celebrating all that history with the 4th Annual Coney Island History Day at Deno’s Wonder Wheel (3059 West 12th Street) next Saturday, August 9. This year’s main attraction? You can get a peek inside the recently returned Astroland Rocket, which had been sealed shut for 45 years before this. Ooooooh, spooky! (more…)

bill de blasio mermaid parade

Mayor de Blasio bravely dressing exactly the way the tabloids have been framing him. Photo by Tim Donnelly

Ah, the Mermaid Parade, where a metropolis’ worth of grit and glitter converge at Coney Island for an afternoon of music, muscle cars, and of course, mermaids. This year’s parade kicked off with Chiara and Dante DeBlasio, looking… rather blue as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, followed by Mayor Bill d’yarr Blasio decked out as a pirate, plundering a small percentage of wealthy New Yorkers’ income for the benefit of swashbuckling pre-K children. The marchers included everyone from adorable tykes in homemade mermaid tails, to grown adults in little more than body glitter and a few strategically placed seashells. Low-brow and high-energy, The Mermaid Parade offers a glimpse of Coney Island’s freaky past for one afternoon each year, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the summer. (more…)

flicks on the beach

Movies on the beach means everything is awesome. via Facebook

Paying for movies (or even Netflix, really) is so unnecessary over the summer. You may not enjoy the free air conditioning, but bringing your own snacks and sitting in the warm NYC breeze while watching that movie you kept meaning to see is one of the best parts of a New York Summer.

Speaking of all that, this year’s fourth annual Flicks on the Beach lineup, Coney Island’s free outdoor film festival, has finally been announced! Cool off (and sing along) with Frozen, enjoy summer classics like Dirty Dancing (try and carry a watermelon down to the screening), and vote for the audience choice film on August 18. (more…)

thunderbolt coney island

It’s fine, nothing to worry about. You definitely won’t accidentally be shot into orbit around the Earth, don’t be silly. Photo via Allen Shweky of Brooklyn Views

Showing the kind of concern for safety and details that their carnie forbears definitely did not, Zamperla Amusements, the company behind new Coney Island roller coaster The Thunderbolt, are pushing back the official opening the machine for the third time. We’re sure everything is fine though, and that this has nothing to do with the unintended consequences of the coaster going so fast it violates certain laws of physics. (more…)

Drink on brosef.

Champagne for my real friends; real tickets for sham advertising. Photo by Tim Donnelly.

Hey look, it’s suddenly legal to drink on the beach in Coney Island! Huzzah! I mean, what else would be the explanation for this ad showing three white people who are most definitely standing on the beach in Coney Island, Brooklyn? Because they’re most certainly not something an ad company pulled out of some stock art website after a search for “Ed Hardy douchehat vacation seduction scheme” keywords. Champagne surf party for everyone! Except, no of course it’s not legal. (more…)