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Plantain pork sliders on the beach? Yeah, we could do that. via Facebook

Lately when we’ve had announcements about new businesses coming to Coney Island, it’s been something like a giant Subway or a Wahlburgers or some other big chain that’s trying to complete Coney’s transformation to Myrtle Beach. For once though, we’ve got some news about a local business setting up shop there, with word from the Brooklyn Flea that they’re going to be hosting 12 vendors and two bars in shipping containers they’re setting up in a previously empty lot by the boardwalk. Now that’s news we can really sit back and savor. (more…)

Don't test him, you still might not be too old for detention

Don’t test him, you still might not be too old for detention

Sitcom nostalgia! It’s so hot right now, from writing spec scripts for Fuller House to our national pastime honoring Saved by the Bell later this summer. That last one might be of particular interest to you 90s kids out there, and if attractions like a friendship bracelet station, an I’m So Excited fan cam and garish purple jerseys weren’t enough to whet your appetite for Saved by the Bell, now the Cyclones have dropped the news that you can meet Dennis Haskins, Mr. Belding himself, at the game. (more…)

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When we say o.g., we mean “before photography was commonplace” o.g. via Facebook

If you didn’t know, Coney Island hot dogs have a long history, going way back, possibly even to before the time when your great-grandparents were getting their names Americanized at Ellis Island. Nowadays, the Coney Island hot dog scene is being dominated by Nathan’s, but their seemingly unshakeable grip is being challenged any day now by an old competitor from the past. Yes, Coney Island is seeing a good old fashioned hot dog war soon, because, per The Coney Island Blog, o.g. hot dog maker Feltman’s Coney Island Hot Dogs is coming back to town and offering their hot dogs for half the price of a Nathan’s dog. (more…)

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Woahhh…hey… via Flickr user Caitlin Slaninka

It’s been a tough road to spring, what with the various starts and stops and false hopes that this time, finally, is the last bit of snow and bundling up for 10 minutes before leaving the house that everyone will have to put up with. Hell, our phone was so beaten down, it displayed the damn snow icon in the weather app this morning. Just in time for our spring that seems stuck in first gear, we got a perfect metaphor for all of it, with the Cyclone’s opening day derailed by the coaster getting stuck near the top on its second run. (more…)

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Just don’t dance so hard it ends in the death of a disco dancer

1. We were going to suggest you go to this Smiths party at The Bell House to find yourself a Charming Man, but decided against it since that joke isn’t funny anymore. (Friday)

2. Dance to free indie slash synthpop in tandem at Tandem Bar. (Friday)

3. If you can hear anything over the sound of your self viciously devouring free pizza, you’ll probably enjoy the comics at Videology’s Comedy Killed the Video Star. (Friday)

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Jersey Thursday is going to be ‘better than ever’ this year. Image via brooklyncyclones.com

Most people like Thursdays because it means Friday is coming. For Brooklyn Cyclones fans, it means Jersdays, the days when the Cyclones give away special jerseys to fans. As per usual, the Cyclones are going all out this summer, with an announcement on their website that they’re going Back to the Future in July with specialized Cyclones/Marty McFly jerseys. (more…)

02/23/15 3:39pm
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Welcome to your new office. via Flickr user David Tan

Hey, as long as we’ve got some summer vibes going on this chilly day, why not keep them going? After all, it was all the way up to 45 degrees yesterday! Anyway, if you’d like your job during the summer to be one that more closely aligns with the carnie life of strapping people into rides and tricking them into playing your games they’ll never win, you’re in luck. Amusing the Zillion noticed there are a slew of Coney Island jobs available for the enterprising summer lover living in New York City. (more…)

Wear this and we could be friends forever.

Wear this and we could be friends forever.

Thanks to Jimmy “Hey Let’s Recreate All of the 90s in Real Time” Fallon, Saved by the Bell nostalgia is at a fever pitch this week. Brooklyn’s minor league baseball team has taken notice too. So tuck your shirt into your jeans because the Coney Island Cyclones announced yesterday they’re hosting a Saved by the Bell night this summer against the Tri-City ValleyCats (yes, that is their actual name). It will feature some of your favorite retro-humping 90s high school gags that are sure to leave a green ring of joy around your finger. Players in the June 24 game will sport those special jerseys above, and the themed antics will include a Zack Morris “TIMEOUT” race around the bases, an Oldest Cell Phone in the Park contest and, naturally, an “I’m so excited!” fan cam. If you’re a fan, you might say this event will take the fun to the MAX. More details on how to screech screech screech for the home team here: (more…)

01/25/15 8:59am

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Ruby’s Bar and Grill
1213 Riegelmann Boardwalk
(Between W. 12th and Stillwell Ave)
Coney Island
718-975-7829
*open seasonally

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What it is: Iconic Coney Island boardwalk establishment since 1934.

Why we love it: It feels old-timey and festive, littered with throwback photos of historic Coney Island and Mermaid Parades past. Regulars sing along to Rat Pack hits on the famed jukebox. With over 25 beers, seafood and standard bar fare of burgers and dogs, it’s the perfect place to stop in for drinks and grub after a day of beach and rides. Bring your Coney Island day partner and Cyclone screamer; a grandparent (yours or maybe you can borrow one?) who hasn’t set eyes on the boardwalk in 50 years.

What to order: Ruby’s Amber ale on tap, and a dozen clams.

Regular tip: In 2012, Ruby’s tables, bar, walls and ceiling were renovated using wood from the original 1920’s Coney Island boardwalk; hence the saying, “Ruby’s is the last bar in Coney Island where you can still walk under the original boardwalk!”

01/25/15 8:56am

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Peggy O’Neill’s
1904 Surf Avenue
(Between W. 16th and W. 17th)
Coney Island
718-449-3200

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What it is: Year-round Coney Island mainstay and Irish pub located right next door to MCU Park.

Why we love it: Pride for amateur Brooklyn leagues Cyclones and the Bolts runs deep here, with pre and post game tailgates most game days. From live bands all day on Saturdays, to karaoke on Mondays, there’s a draw for everybody. Hit up the bar with your fellow Cyclones and Bolts fans before and/or after catching the game, or wander over at the end of the day with your beach-and-ride compatriots.

 What to order: Coney Island lager on tap, and a sample “platter” of bar food classics like wings, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers.

Regular tip: The name is an homage to Irish lass Margaret “Peggy” Devaney, historic survivor of the Titanic.