07/02/15 4:42pm
Only one face should be allowed to lord over Coney and demand your money with his eyes. via flickr user Loozrboy

And if the cops don’t drive the mascots out, this face will. via flickr user Loozrboy

There’s a new Biblical plague in town. It comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s making a torrential descent onto the Coney Island boardwalk. According to Brooklyn Paper, a number of Times Square mascots seem to have relocated to the People’s Playground, after abdicating their midtown Manhattan posts due to recent police crackdowns on costumed solicitation.

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07/02/15 1:11pm
Like this, but minus baseball plus bands. Via Flickr user Eden, Janine & Jim

Like this, but minus baseball plus bands. via Flickr user Eden, Janine & Jim

There’s no shortage of summer concerts to while away your summer evenings on a blanket in the park or on a pier by the sea. But here’s just a few more gigs you can get excited about! Now in its 35th year, the Seaside Summer festival in Coney Island will bring an eclectic roster of live music to MCU park, otherwise known as the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

It’s a short little festival happening Wednesday, July 22 through Friday, July 24. But it’s managed to squeeze in sounds for every taste. Oh, and enjoy this #tbt: the first performance is by JT Taylor, formerly of Kool & the Gang.  (more…)

Some people took their newfound fishdom pretty seriously. Photos by David Colon

Some people took their newfound fishdom pretty seriously. Photos by David Colon

As you might have seen on Twitter, we didn’t just get to enjoy the Mermaid Parade in a haze of drunken irresponsibility this year. No, this year we enjoyed the Mermaid Parade as judges, which as it turns out, still means a good amount of of drunken irresponsibility, but also there are free tacos. And bribes, lots of people just giving you things like alcohol, candy, sexy dances and flowers in the hopes you’ll vote for their float or costume. Also we could get closer to the parade than usual. Still, our judging duties weren’t going to keep up from getting plenty of pictures of the day, since it lets us relive all the madness and share what we saw with anyone who couldn’t make it. (more…)

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If you’ve got a nicer way to watch a movie, we’d love to hear it. via Flickr user David Tan

You’ve already got opportunities to watch outdoor movies in parks and in bars this summer, but seeing as how it’s beach season, maybe you want to be able to both go to the beach and see a movie and ride a roller coaster n the same day. In that case, thank your lucky stars that Flicks on the Beach will be returning to Coney Island this summer with another killer lineup of favorites both new and old. At least if you consider “old” to be movies made in 1984 to be old (which please don’t do that because it would make us feel old). (more…)

06/05/15 9:00am

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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!”

Want a free beer at Ruby’s? Grab your South Brooklyn and Rockaways Beer Book and let your summer drinking adventure begin!

05/27/15 2:00pm

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Freak Bar
1208 Surf Avenue
(Corner of W. 12th Street)
Coney Island

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What it is: The bar and museum on the ground floor of Coney Island USA headquarters; gateway and social lubricant into the world of all things “freak” and sideshow.

Why we love it: Having a beer in the kitschy fun house serves as a disarming pre-game to the sites you’ll witness next door at the Circus Sideshow ($10). You’ll need a beer after the show, too.

What to order: A local microbrew on tap, from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint or Coney Island Brewery. Bring friends visiting from out of town who want to experience a real legendary Brooklyn attraction; circus freaks you have known; your boardwalk companion who’s ready for some post-beach-and-rides action.

Regular tip: Check Coney Island USA so you can make a trip out in conjunction with a Circus Sideshow, burlesque performance, or other special event.

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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…)