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…)
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that New York is a city of islands. It has 520 miles of coastline — more than Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco combined. Brooklyn alone, projecting outward from the Southwestern corner of Long Island, is mostly surrounded by water: the East River, the Upper and Lower New York Bay, Jamaica Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Three things you might know about the waters surrounding Brooklyn:
1. The waters around Brooklyn are rich with marine life. In fact, they were once, like, buy-a-brownstone rich, with 12-inch oysters and six-foot lobsters.
2. Back when explorers like Giovanni da Verrazzano and Henry Hudson (of bridge and river fame, respectively) sailed into New York Harbor, sturgeon were so abundant that the fish were considered hazardous to boat passage.
3. Today, despite decades of unchecked use, the New York seascape still hosts everything from whales, to seals, to more than 338 species of fish.
Most New Yorkers don’t even think about this rich marine life living just off their shores. The New York Aquarium is trying to change that, helping residents and visitors understand these vital waters, and protecting them from growing threats, including expanded shipping, dredging, overfishing, and energy development.
Every day, we hear about all the cool stuff Brooklyn has to offer. You know what it doesn’t have enough of, though? Sharks.
Fortunately, there’s something we Brooklynites can do to rectify this situation. By donating to the ongoing renovation of the New York Aquarium, you will be helping to bring to Brooklyn a massive shark exhibit called Ocean Wonders: Sharks! The plans for the exhibit call for a jaw-dropping, 500,000-gallon tank that will allow visitors to watch several species of sharks and rays. How cool is that?
The transformation of the aquarium won’t be confined to the interior. Outside, a gorgeous, ocean-inspired art installation will wrap the building in a “shimmer wall” made up of tens of thousands of reflective tiles that ripple with the wind like waves on the sea.
You can help make this vision a reality by donating a personalized tile on the virtual version of the shimmer wall on the New York Aquarium website. With your donation, you will be joining your Brooklyn neighbors in helping to bring the aquarium to the next level. More importantly, you will be doing your part to bring sharks to Brooklyn — finally.
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…)
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…)
3. Former child actor Giuseppe Andrews has made 30 underground films with close to no money with the help of trailer park neighbors and homeless friends. Giuseppe Makes a Movie follows him as he creates his latest film. (Friday)
4. Keep it loose, keep it tight with Amos Lee at Celebrate Brooklyn. (Friday) (more…)
A happy recap is even happier when it comes at half the cost. via Facebook
At 31-38 and sitting perilously close to last place in the NL East, the Mets might be inspiring feelings of sadness and frustration if you’re a fan. “It’s depressing,” you’re probably thinking, “that 400-year-old Bobby Abreu is probably the team’s best hitter. Can the Mets even physically score more than five runs in two straight games?” It’s okay, we’re here to help, with half-price Brooklyn Cyclones tickets, so you can catch future Mets who might make watching the parent club more bearable. (more…)