03/28/17 5:30pm

We salute you with cotton candy, oh wondrous wheel. Photo by @laurenswells

The Spring Equinox has come and past but the world, or at least New York, still feels grey and damp, so here’s a surefire sign that spring weather and good things are coming: Coney Island’s Opening Day is just over a week away (!).

The Happiest Place on Earth (ya, we know that actually refers to Disneyland but, like, Coney is proof that money and sterile fairytales can’t buy you the same quality happiness decaying theme park rides, funnel cake, and drunk boardwalk dancing with topless strangers can) is coming back to life from its winter dormancy on Saturday, April 8 for the start of its official 2017 season. (more…)

12/14/15 9:55am
It's like, life goes around in a circle, so why not make it literal on the New Year's Eve. via Flickr user Kilgub

It’s like, life goes around in a circle, so why not make it literal on the New Year’s Eve. via Flickr user Kilgub

Last month, we mentioned that the Wonder Wheel would be open on New Year’s Day for the first time in its 95 year history. That’s exciting, and some of you might already be making plans about how you’ll manage your New Year’s Eve substance abuse so you can make it to Coney Island and ride the Wonder Wheel. Now we’ve got even better news: The Wonder Wheel will be open on New Year’s Eve also, and it’ll be free to ride. Finally, a chance for you to sing “Auld Lang Syne” on a Ferris wheel and not have people look at you like you’re crazy. (more…)

Quite a place to say hello to 2016. via Flickr user Kilgub

Quite a place to say hello to 2016. via Flickr user Kilgub

Every day, we’re getting closer to the best holiday of the year, and if you’re anything like us, you’re very excited. No, not Thanksgiving or Christmas, we mean New Year’s Eve. And of course after New Year’s Eve is the holiday’s cousin, New Year’s Day, also known as International Hangover Day, during which you lie on the couch and recover from the previous evening’s heavy indulgence of LSD and Glug. On the other hand, you might be able to actually move around and stuff after New Year’s Eve, so if you’re up for what could be a chilly adventure, amNewYork reports that you can ride Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel on New Year’s Day for the first time in the ride’s history. (more…)

Beyonce, doing her part to show that a pixie cut doesn't mean you can be trusted

Beyonce, doing her part to show that a pixie cut doesn’t mean you can be trusted

Ah the celebrity sighting. Even the coolest customer will suddenly lose their veneer of not giving a damn if they see Derek Jeter buying condoms or Jim Cramer just trying to sneak out of the Trader Joe’s undetected. Of course, what people fail to realize about celebrity sighting is that they can also cause some chaos, like what happened over the weekend to the poor woman trapped at the top of the Wonder Wheel while Beyonce, Queen of Brooklyn, took some pictures in it. (more…)

03/21/13 8:51am
He doesn't look THAT angry

He doesn’t look THAT angry

1. See Curtis Eller, America’s “angriest yodeling banjo player” do his thing at Branded, because this is Brooklyn in the year 2013 (Friday)

2. It’s a fundraiser/pizza making contest, so you can show off, fill up and still claim to be doing good for the world. A rare win-win-win (Friday)

3. The Brick hosts plays based on conversations with internet chat machine Cleverbot. Expect things to be…robotic? (Friday)

4. The Toothaches and Eskalators really ramp things up at Death By Audio (Friday) (more…)

And after all, you're our Wonder Wheel. via Facebook

And after all, you’re our Wonder Wheel. Photo by James and Karla Murphy, via Facebook

OK, so it’s snowing, in March. Might not be the best time to be thinking about frolicking on the beach when it’s so hot that your sweat is sweating. Or maybe it’s actually the perfect time to be doing that. Keeps you warm. Whatever side of the debate you come down on, both sides can agree on one thing: riding the Wonder Wheel is great, doing it for free is even better. Oh and hey, look at that, when the Wonder Wheel opens on March 24, everyone can ride for free. (more…)