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Make a day of it at this world-class, accessible resort BY FRANK RIZZO FRIZZO@ANTONMEDIAGROUP.COM

The Cyclone, the Wonder Wheel, the Parachute Jump—all on the National Register of Historic Places. In a borough rich with history, Coney Island stands out as a fabled spot. Just naming the attractions will elicit countless memories for those who spent many a happy day at the oceanside resort. You can add Astroland, Luna Park, Nathan’s Famous, the New York Aquarium and the 2½ miles of beach along with the boardwalk. And now that Brooklyn is once again a “cool” place to live and visit, the seaside resort is striving to keep itself a vital destination. After decades of decline following its mid-20th century peak, Coney Island has seen a revival. For city dwellers, the resort is served by a slew of subway lines. For suburbanites, it’s the Cross IslandBelt parkways combo. No matter how you get there, the list of leisure and entertainment is endless. Lazying on the beach or watching the parade of humanity on the

boardwalk? Check. Attending the Brooklyn Cyclones minor-league baseball game? Check. Catching a show with such acts as Sting/Peter Gabriel or the Beach Boys at the new Brooklyn Amphitheater? Ditto. For the thrill seekers, the Thunderbolt roller coaster in Luna Park features a “two-minute rolling adventure over 2,233 feet of steel track” with a 90-degree vertical drop, top speeds of 55 mph and a 100-foot vertical loop. Those who have a bent for the past will enjoy the Coney Island History Project’s 1½hour walking tours, which include a private visit to the exhibit center with mementos of a rich past. The current special exhibit is “The 50th Anniversary of Fred Trump’s Demolition of the Steeplechase Pavilion.” It details how Coney’s most beautiful and imposing structure was demolished by developer Fred Trump, Donald Trump’s father, 50 years ago. The Circus Sideshow will appeal to those who want to experience this weird and wonderful aspect of the

As one of the world’s greatest living artists, Peter Max has cast quite a bit of influence through his melding of psychedelia and pop art and a prolific output that’s found him literally putting his mark on everything from canvas

The Whirl of the Whirl at Luna Park in 1905. (Photo by Detroit Publishing Co.)

past, featuring wonders, curiosities and of course, freaks. Another slice of the past can be found at B&B Carousel with its restored merry-go-round horses. Mark your calendars for the Mermaid Parade on June 18. It is billed as “the largest art parade in

and album covers to cruise ships and airlines. The cover of this Coney Island-themed issue is an exclusive commission for Long Island Weekly. Peter Max will be featured in the Peter Max

Gallery Shows on June 25 and June 26 at LaMantia Gallery located at 127 Main St. in Northport. RSVP required: 631-754-8414 or James@lamantiag To read a full feature on Peter Max, go to page 14A.

the nation,” and is a celebration of ancient mythology and rituals of the seaside, showcasing more than 1,500 creative individuals from the five boroughs and beyond. For complete listings and information, visit www.coneyisland

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heyday years of the carnival town. Singer said the collection began in the late ’70s and although there are tens of thousands of items in the museum’s collection, only a small portion of the items are displayed at one time. This is the largest private collection of Coney Island memorabilia on public display in the world. Co-tour guide Marissa Solomon said, “The most popular things in the exhibit are the old-time postcards,” which she said attract museum-goers from all over the world. The Coney Island Museum is operated by Coney Island USA, a nonprofit founded in 1980 by Costa Mantis, Jane Savitt-Tennen and Dick Zigun, which also founded and hosts the annual Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, Burlesque at the Beach, the Coney Island Film Festival and many other programs and exhibitions. Don’t forget to buy a ticket to the sideshow while you are visiting Coney Island. Stop

Check out three generations of bumper cars (above), vintage signs and memorabilia (left) and special art exhibits (below). by the gift shop where you can find vintage jewelry, memorabilia and other cool finds. You can even host a private party, event or wedding at the museum, where there is space also available for photo shoots, movie holding and staging areas. The museum, located at 1208 Surf Ave., is suitable for all ages, however the sideshow should be viewed under adult discretion. In addition to finding more information about Coney Island USA programs, events or becoming a member, visit where you can also get local tourist tidbits about the boardwalk and attractions. Visit www. coney-island-museum for more photos.



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t’s not enough to say you have experienced Coney Island to its fullest until you understand the historical foundation of this seaside carnival town. True, a trip to Nathan’s or a stroll down the boardwalk is part of the attraction, but Coney Island USA has captured and preserved all that has made Coney Island great, starting at its Coney Island Museum. The Coney Island Museum actually began out on the boardwalk, moving to its present location in the 1990s, to a building that dates back to 1916, originally home to Childs Restaurant. “I’ve been all around the world and there are knockoffs of Coney Island everywhere,” said museum tour guide Jay Singer. “In my grandfather’s time, Coney Island was an entity within itself,” said Singer about his 1903 Brooklyn-born grandfather. The items in the collection date back to the

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Nathan’s is just one dining option at Coney Island.

But first, a stop at Nathan’s Famous for one or five of those iconic weenies is a must. Now in its 100th year, Nathan’s still beckons to the throngs of visitors with it’s loud marquee sign screaming “frankfurters,” “clam bar,” “fresh cut fries” and more. Eaters adorn their dogs with whatever toppings they crave, be that mustard, sauerkraut, chili, cheese or even ketchup—there are no judgments on Coney Island. For the adventurous eater, Nathan’s hides a few oddities including its fried frogs legs, which have been on the menu since 1958. With a flavor reminiscent of an aquatic chicken, these amphibian hindquarters are served in pairs and are a fun to eat finger food. Also be sure to grab a soft shell crab sandwich at Nathan’s. For a slice of heaven—hot, crusty, cheesy heaven—some of the city’s finest pizza is found in and around the Coney Island neighborhood. Totonno’s, 1524 Neptune Ave., is an 80-year-old pizzeria serving thin-crust whole pies (sorry, no slices), and some contend that it is indeed New York’s best pizza.


(Photos by Christy Hinko)


t’s crucial to keep your belly full when soaking in Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Tooling around the boardwalk can be exhausting and that 12th ride on the Cyclone is sure to stir anyone’s hunger pangs—but the food found around Surf Avenue goes beyond historic hot dogs and delivers options as colorful as the peninsula’s vibrant attractions.

Rather than argue that point, enjoy a piping-hot pie and then move on to more slices at Grimaldi’s (1215 Surf Ave.), On The Run Pizza (1627 Mermaid Ave.) and the euphoria-inducing L&B Spumoni Gardens (2725 86th St.). For a decidedly more south of the border flavor profile, check out Dona Zita at 1221 Bowery St. Taco options include chicken, fried pulled pork, steak, Mexican sausage and vegetarian. Beyond tacos, Dona Zita offers tortas, gorditas, quesadillas, flautas and cemitas, which is a Mexican sandwich with various taco fillings on

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Frogs legs, soft shell crab, corn and caramel apples are on the boardwalk, while L&B Spumoni Gardens (below) is nearby.

DINING from page 6A a tender toasted sesame-seed bun. When you’re looking to cool down and get away from the rides, fire-eating, bearded ladies and other assorted freaks, it is time for beer. Boston has Cheers and Coney Island has Ruby’s—a divey, beach bar at 1213 Riegelmann Boardwalk. History flows through this watering hole, with original boardwalk wood from the 1920s used to make the tables, bar, walls and ceiling. Grab a Ruby’s Amber Ale or any number of full bar options or settle down in the friendly confines for some beach bar fare. The Coney Island Brewing Co. is another

option for sun-soaked suds at 1904 Surf Ave. Gaining in popularity and increasingly visible in local grocery stores, Coney Island Brewing offers an array of fantastical brews, including Overpass IPA, Irish Goodbye Imperial Potato Porter, Double Header Double IPA and Cotton Candy Kolsch. The brewery recently released its summer hours and is now open for tastings, tours and growler refills—check out www. And for some of the sweet stuff, dessert options at Coney Island are seemingly unlimited, with ice cream and more dotting the boardwalk. For a fancier treat, stop at Coney’s Cones for some

decadent handmade Italian gelato. Summer has only just began—get to Coney Island and let your food freak flag fly.


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It is with a heavy heart that I write this, but I just can’t believe what happened last week. I had the honor of speaking with Marine Captain Jeff Kuss just three weeks ago, as he was the feature story in Long Island Weekly’s Memorial Day issue. When I learned that his plane crashed in Tennessee shortly after take off and that he was killed during a practice run for an upcoming air show, my stomach sank. My heart goes out to Captain Kuss’ family, friends and his fellow Marines and Blue Angels. I hope his family will keep that story as a reminder of the amazing, passionate and dedicated man he was. I hope you rest in peace, Captain Kuss, as you are now flying higher with the Blue Angels. —Jennifer Fauci


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The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk is a new 5,000-seat venue kicking off its inaugural 2016 Summer Concert Series. Musical diversity is the key for this lineup and includes numerous genres including rock, hip-hop, country, gospel and dance music. Visit www.ConeyIslandLive. com for up to date lineup information. June 25 Ziggy Marley and Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest, Ed Robinson July 1 The Impractical Jokers July 3 Sting & Peter Gabriel July 4 The Beach Boys July 9 Maxwell with Ro James July 10 Hollywood Vampires: Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp July 15 Jane’s Addiction with Dinosaur Jr. July 16 311 with Matisyahu July 17 Praise By the Sea featuring Reverend Hezekiah Walker, Marvin Sapp, Kim Burrell, Tye Tribett July 23 Slightly Stoopid with SOJA July 29 Art of Rap featuring Public Enemy, Ice T, Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio, Naughty By Nature, Mobb Deep, Kurtis Blow, EPMD July 30 Andrew Dice Clay July 31 Dark Star Orchestra: Tribute to the Grateful Dead Aug. 2 Fifth Harmony Aug. 3 Erykah Badu Aug. 5 Deftones with Refused Aug. 6 O.A.R. Aug. 7 The Carnival of Madness Tour


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featuring Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry and Whiskey Myers Aug. 10 Boston: 40th Anniversary Tour Aug. 12 Funk Fest featuring Kool & The Gang, Bootsy Collins, Morris Day and The Time, Doug E. Fresh Aug. 13 The Avett Brothers Aug. 14 Jill Scott Aug. 16 Counting Crows & Rob Thomas Aug. 17 98 Degrees with O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera Aug. 18 Rick Springfield with Night Ranger & The Romantics Aug. 19 Flogging Molly and Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls Aug. 20 The Disco Biscuits Aug. 27 The Dresden Dolls Sept. 3 Freestyle Funhouse featuring TKA, George Lamond, Judy Torres & more Sept. 7 Bryan Adams Sept. 8 Culture Club featuring Boy George Sept. 9 & 10 Widespread Panic Sept. 13 Willie Nelson & Family Sept. 14 & 15 Phil Lesh & Friends Sept. 21 Don Henley

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ire-eaters, contortionists and sword-swallowers are just some of the attractions that await guests looking for amusements at the Coney Island Sideshow. An area landmark, the sideshow is a house of wonders, drawing audiences from around the world, curious to see the spectacular oddities that are performed inside. The historic Sideshows by the Seashore facility is the perfect venue for the show, which is the last traditional 10-in-1 continuous sideshow performing in a circus or amusement context. Show guests can see 10 performers, who will wow audiences with talents typically only seen under a big top. The acts are scripted with traditional dialogue, but include audience participation as guests are invited to interact with performers and some are even called up on stage to take part. The family friendly show is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Sword

Watch Leo the Human Gumby twist and curl his elastic body.

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juggling, fire breathing and feats of strength amaze, as do the bed of nail feats, glass eating, magic tricks and contortion acts. Watch the Human Gumby contort his body through a

tennis racket while another performer swallows a knife. A snake charmer dances with a seven foot python with another entertainer hammers nails into his face. The world-class performers, who don flashy costumes and saucy personalities, are masters in their art and many of them have performed around the world as well as on TV. The sideshow is a Coney classic, and provides welcome reprieve from the crowded boardwalk or lines for rides. Tickets to the show are $10 for adults and $5 for children with performances running continuously. Find out more about the show at coney-island-circus-sideshow.

BOOKS & WINE A bookstore and café that serves light fare, coffee, wine, craft beer and more. Come by and see for yourself. June 10th, 7PM: William Handwerker, grandson of Nathan’s frankfurter company, and author of Nathan’s Famous: The First 100 Years of America’s Favorite Frankfurter Company. June 14th, 7PM: Former producer and playwright Tracy Barone, author of Happy Family. June 21st, 7PM: World-Renowned Medium George Anderson will be launching his latest book, Life Between Heaven and Earth. $30 ticket price includes copy of book. Event at Sandel Senior Center, 50 S. Park Ave. Rockville Centre. Call 516-323-4444 for tickets and details.

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Scott Kazmir (2001) Kazmir continues to haunt Mets fans. As part of a trade that brought converted infielder/right hand pitcher Victor Zambrano to the Mets in 2004, the hard-throwing lefty went on to pitch for the Devil Rays, Angels, Indians, Athletics, Astros and is currently taking the mound for the Dodgers. The 32-year-old hurler is also a three-time All-Star and was the 2007 American League strikeout leader.

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Signed to the Mets as an international free agent in 2007, Mejia spent time with the Cyclones and Gulf Coast League Mets the following season. He was with the big club from 2010 to 2015 and was named the closer in 2014. After testing positive for PED use three separate times, Mejia was the only other person besides Pete Rose to be permanently banned for life from the MLB.



hen the Brooklyn Cyclones arrived to play at KeySpan Park (currently known as MCU Park) in 2001, it was the first time since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles that Kings County had professional basis. Since that year, there have been 56 players who have suited up for this Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League franchise and then gone on to appear in the major leagues. Here are five notable alumni who played in a game for the Cyclones prior to making their major league debut.

Ike Davis (2008) The son of former New York Yankees relief pitcher Ron Davis made his major league debut in 2010. During his one Cyclones season, Davis had a league-leading .998 fielding percentage, committin only one error in 492 total chances. A Met from 2010-14, Davis was with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2014), Oakland Athletics (2015) and is currently in the Texas Rangers minor league system.

Michael Conforto (2014) The 2016 New York Mets starting leftfielder was also a 2014 first-round draft pick. Prior to arriving in Brooklyn, Conforto represented the Northwest Region in the 2004 Little League World Series, set the Oregon State University single-season RBI record with 76 and was named the preseason Sporting News College Baseball Player of the year prior to the 2014 season.

Daniel Murphy (2006 and 2008) Currently a Mets nemesis feeding off his slot hitting in front of Washington Nationals cleanup hitter Bryce Harper, Murphy’s 2015 late season heroics were preceded by two Cyclones tours. The Florida native’s most recent adventures at second base were preceded by minor league stints patrolling the outfield and playing the hot corner in Brooklyn.

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This week, Long Island Weekly heads to Coney Island and checks out the food, fun and history of the boardwalk and amusement park. A very spe...

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This week, Long Island Weekly heads to Coney Island and checks out the food, fun and history of the boardwalk and amusement park. A very spe...