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We’re marking the year’s end with a look back at ATZ’s Top 10 Coney Island News Stories of 2012 along with updates. Thanks to the writers and readers who linked to our posts this year. Thanks to everyone who shared comments, both online and in person. If you’re already subscribing to ATZ updates via Feedburner, the service is now virtually defunct since Google is in the process of shutting it down. Email updates have not been going out for several days though this one was sent. We recommend resubscribing via WordPress.com’s new “Follow Amusing the Zillion” widget in the right column. There’s also an RSS feed at the top of the page.

Flood Line

Surf Avenue: Flood Line on Coney Island Mural. Photo © Jim McDonnell

1. “Photo Album: Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath in Coney Island,” October 30, 2012 and “Photos of the Day: Hurricane Sandy Approaches Coney Island,” October 29, 2012

The biggest Coney Island news story of the year was of course Hurricane Sandy. Photos of the approaching SuperStorm in Coney Island and Sea Gate by Charles Denson and the day after in Coney Island by Jim McDonnell had the most visitors followed by updates on the storm’s impact in the amusement area. During the storm surge, Surf Avenue as well as Mermaid and Neptune Avenues and adjacent streets were submerged in 4 to 5 feet of water that came from the bay, the creek, overflowing sewers and the rising tide. Jim McDonnell’s photos from the day after Hurricane Sandy show the high water mark at Surf and Stillwell, the twisted sign on the landmarked Shore Theater and the damaged Steeplechase Pier.

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy: Waves Crashing at Sea Gate. Photo © Charles Denson via Coney Island History Project

Luckily, the landmark Cyclone and Wonder Wheel will be fine and the parks are scheduled to open as usual on Palm Sunday, which is March 24, 2013. However, cleanup and rebuilding is an ongoing effort for the parks, arcades and other businesses in Coney Island’s amusement area as well as for the neighborhood. For post-Sandy news, see “Update on Coney Island’s Amusement Area After Sandy,” November 9, 2012 and “Coney Island Post-Sandy: A Few Stores Reopen, Most Delayed by Damage,” November 24, 2012. How can you help? Read “Coney Island Nonprofits Begin to Raise Funds After Sandy,” December 10, 2012.

Coney Island Zipline

Coney Island Zipline. August 18, 2012. Photo © Tricia Vita

ATZ’s #2 news story based on page views was “Zip Line Coming to Coney Island’s Stillwell Avenue in July,” June 28, 2012. There was so much interest in this high-thrill attraction that managed to open only briefly, we’d be surprised if somebody didn’t open a zip line next season. The scaffolding remains standing behind Nathan’s, apparently undamaged by Sandy. Plans to install the 60-foot-high, 400-foot-long zip line in Coney Island first came to our attention in June via an introductory special on Pinchit of 50 percent off the regular price. Originally set to open on July 1, the zip line’s debut was rescheduled for late July and then August due to permitting delays. After umpteen updates to our original post, ATZ tweeted on September 12: “Wow, will the long delayed Coney Island Zipline open this weekend?!?! Right now people are zipping across in test runs #BetterLateThanNever.” Our final update: The ride was open for a day and a half before being closed by the City for permit issues and will not reopen. On October 8th, ATZ received an email from the BK Festival operators which said: “After a very long and difficult process the city still didn’t issue the permit needed to operate the zip line.”


Remnant of Under the Boardwalk Rathskeller from 1940s. Photo © Brooklyn Beach Shop

3. In January, ATZ broke the news of the discovery of a “Remnant of Under Boardwalk Bar Found in Coney Island,” January 31, 2012. Menus of one of the rathskellers that thrived under the Boardwalk in the 1940s and ’50s were found on a basement wall by Maya Haddad of Brooklyn Beach Shop when she moved into the first floor. The name of the rathskeller remains unknown, but beer and milk were 10 cents, coffee was a nickel. The sandwich menu included hamburger, egg, cream cheese, American cheese, Swiss cheese, Sardine or Salmon, Ham, Salami or Liverwurst, Ham & Egg, and a Western. Could this be the place where the boy in the 1953 movie The Little Fugitive returned soda bottles to collect money to go on the rides?

Grimaldi's Coney Island

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Coney Island. June 22, 2012. Photo © Tricia Vita

4. “Opening Today: Coney Island Grimaldi’s Pizzeria,” June 23, 2012

After three months of construction, an outpost of the famed DUMBO pizzeria Grimaldi’s opened in Coney Island on Mermaid Parade Weekend. Located on the north side of Surf Avenue across the street from the amusement parks, its illuminated sign boasts a 3-D Brooklyn Bridge and a New York City skyline. Inside the cavernous space, vintage photos of old Coney Island and the City’s rendering of the new Coney Island line the brick walls. Despite Grimaldi’s policy of “No Credit Cards – No Reservations – No Slices – No Delivery,” the new restaurant quickly became a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Its success has helped make the north side of Surf attractive to national franchisees including a Johnny Rockets and an Applebee’s, who have snapped up leases on neighboring storefronts. Grimaldi’s is among the many local businesses that suffered flood damage from Sandy and is expected to reopen in the spring.

Thor Equities

Thor Equities New Building at Surf & Stillwell. January 29, 2012. Photo © Tricia Vita

5. “Thor’s Coney Island: Generic New Building at Surf & Stillwell,” February 2, 2012

After seven years of real estate speculation and many grandiose renderings, the construction fencing came down from Thor Equities first-ever new construction in Coney Island (flea market tents don’t count) to reveal a sterile-looking building suited for a suburban mall. The site is on the southeast corner of Surf and Stillwell, the gateway to Coney’s Beach and Boardwalk as well as Scream Zone’s roller coasters and thrill rides. A few weeks later, the vacant building was encased in plywood. Just before Christmas, Thor Equities announced a plan to lease space in the building to Brooklyn business owners at a 40% rent reduction for a one-year lease term, which makes us think it’s best suited for a “pop-up store.” As much as the building looks out of place in Coney Island, we hope it can be activated for some kind of creative use this summer.

Trolley poles

Surviving century old trolley poles in front of Luna Park. February 20, 2012. Photo © Tricia Vita

6. “Thor Destroys 119-Year-Old Relics of Coney Trolley History,” February 21, 2012

When Thor Equities laid a new sidewalk on Surf Avenue in front of the building pictured in #5, two trolley utility poles which date back to the 1890s and had been documented in previous photos were demolished. What is the history of these humble artifacts? ATZ learned that when trolley service on the Surf Avenue-Seagate line ended on December 1, 1946, the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce requested that the poles on both sides of Surf Avenue be left in place in the amusement area to be used for holiday decorations. Ten years ago, 64 poles were counted. There are currently 43 poles along Surf Avenue, including the ones in front of Luna Park pictured above, which are painted red, white and blue.

Employees at Luna Park

Employees at Luna Park Coney Island. Photo © Tricia Vita

7. “Summer Jobs: From Coney Island to the Carnival Midway,” February 24, 2012

While we got hits on this post throughout the year, February is the time to begin applying for a job if you’d like to work in Coney Island or travel across the country with a carnival. In 2012, Central Amusement International, operator of Coney Island’s Luna Park and Scream Zone, and Nathan’s Famous, together with the Coney Island Development Corporation, announced their first recruitment event for seasonal positions at the end of February with subsequent events in March and April. Seasonal jobs include Ride and Game Operators, Food and Beverage Service, Park Service, Customer Service/Retail Sales and Ticket Sales Associates/Cashiers. If the idea of traveling to 20 states and 4 Canadian provinces, including 10 of the top 50 fairs in North America is appealing, then you may want to check out North American Midway Entertainment’s Careers page.


Eldorado Auto Skooter, Coney Island. Photo © Tricia Vita

8. “60 Years of Family History in Coney Island End with Sale of Eldorado,” March 20, 2012

In March, Sheila Buxbaum Fitlin and Sandy Fitlin, whose families have operated businesses in Coney Island for more than six decades, sold the building that houses the Eldorado Auto Skooters and Arcade on Surf Avenue to Thor Equities. Their son Scott Fitlin was the DJ extraordinaire of Surf Avenue’s legendary disco palace of “Bump, Bump, Bump Your Ass Off” bumper cars and his untimely death at the age of 48 had left the attraction’s future in question. As it turned out, Gordon Lee who managed both the bumper cars and the arcade for the Fitlins after their son’s death, was able to negotiate a one-year lease with Thor and operated the business for the season. After a “Last Ride 2012 Party” on the eve of Hurricane Sandy, the Eldorado is expected to ride again this summer. The good news is Lee, who bought the equipment from the Fitlins last year, won a lease extension with reduced rent from Thor. The bad news is flooding from the storm soaked both the ride and the arcade, which will need costly repairs. Check out our original post to see the last music video shot at the Eldorado Auto Skooters just a few weeks before the storm.

New Boardwalk Section of Wood over Concrete

New Boardwalk Section of Wood over Concrete. February 20, 2012. Photo © Tricia Vita

9. “The 10 People Who Will Decide the Fate of Coney Island Boardwalk,” March 9, 2012

When we wrote this post to alert readers to the twice-postponed hearing before the City’s Public Design Commission to decide the fate of the Coney Island Boardwalk, we naively believed that the PDC would conduct a fair hearing, despite the fact that quotes in a New York Times article indicated two of the Commissioners had been persuaded by Parks to support the plan in advance. At the previous hearing in October, they refused to approve the Parks Department’s plan and said that more environmental and engineering studies were needed to address the questions that they had. A few weeks after the hearing we wrote this follow-up post titled “The Coney Island-Brighton Beach Concretewalk Blues,” March 22, 2012:

Boardwalk Not Sidewalk

Sign on Building Facing Boardwalk East of Ocean Pkwy in Brighton Beach. Photo © Bruce Handy

The way the meeting was conducted made a mockery of democracy and public hearings. Only seven commissioners showed up and one –Alice Aycock– left early, kissing her colleagues goodbye in the middle of someone’s testimony. How does it happen that in a city of more than 8 million people, six people get to decide the fate of the Coney Island Boardwalk and appear to have decided in advance of the so-called public hearing?” A ten-foot-wide Concrete Lane for so-called “emergency vehicles” and an adjoining Plasticwalk were unanimously approved by the Commissioners for a pilot project in Brighton Beach. In December, Judge Martin Solomon, who self-importantly told the courtroom that he knew “more about the boardwalk than probably anybody here,” ruled that the Parks Department could go ahead with the plan without doing additional environmental studies requested by Boardwalk advocates in a lawsuit. If you count the judge, seven people got to decide the fate of the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Brooklyn Beach Shop

Brooklyn Beach Shop and Scream Zone, Coney Island Boardwalk. May 26, 2012. Photo © Tricia Vita

10. “Photo Album: Coney Island Lights & Signs of the Times,” May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend in Coney Island saw the debut of new lights and signage as well as the return of some old favorites. Making their debut were the Coney Island Raceway Sign for Scream Zone’s Go Karts and the solar-powered lights on Deno’s Wonder Wheel. Ruby’s and Paul’s Daughter opened their renovated stores on the Coney Island Boardwalk and brought back some of their hand-painted signs advertising clams and fried shrimp. The new look for the Boardwalk includes lighted custom signs replacing much of the vernacular signage of recent decades. One of the Boardwalk’s new stores, the Brooklyn Beach Shop, features a glass-fronted storefront with custom brickwork and a 6-foot-tall stone Steeplechase face. Lola Star’s fashionably skinny boutique on the Boardwalk is crowned with a dazzling sign of blinking white lights encircling a pink neon “Lola Star” designed by the shop’s eponymous owner.


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We’re marking the year’s end with a look back at ATZ’s Top 10 Coney Island News Stories of 2011. We’d also like to take this opportunity to toot the horn for New York City’s local blogs, which have become a mostly unheralded source of breaking news and features for mainstream media. Please visit our links page for a list of some of our friends and faves. Thank you to the bloggers and journos who have linked to our stories in 2011. Thanks to our readers for your comments, both online and in person. Happy New Year to All and Happy New Year to Coney Island!

Paul's Daughter at Dusk. Oct 30, 2011. Photo © Tricia Vita

1. The top news story of the year was the victory of local Mom and Pops over a plan to gentrify and corporatize the Boardwalk with eateries run by a Miami restaurateur and French food giant Sodexo. After kicking out nine Coney Island Mom and Pops from City-owned property to make way for the newcomers, the park division of Italian ride manufacturer Zamperla did an about-face in October and offered multi-year leases to two local favorites — Paul’s Daughter and Ruby’s Bar. Even though all of the Boardwalk businesses weren’t invited back, we still count it as a rare victory for the City’s endangered Mom & Pops. It might not have happened if eight of them hadn’t banded together to take their case to court and negotiate a reprieve for the 2011 season. As we wrote in “Reversal of Fortune on the Coney Island Boardwalk”(October 20): We’re just glad some of the people in charge realized Coney Island is neither Miami Beach nor a corporate cafeteria before we lost all of our original, irreplaceable businesses and ended up with a shuttered Boardwalk.

Sodexo sign

Sodexo, the World's 21st Largest Corporation, in Coney Island: Sign directing trainees to Sodexo restaurant in Luna Park. April 12, 2011. Photo © Mr Jones

ATZ covered the year-long saga in numerous posts, including “Paul’s Daughter Dishes on the Boardwalk Brawl”(Jan. 13), “Coney Island Boardwalk 8 Lease Deal in the Works for 2011” (Feb. 15), “The Lowdown on Sodexo’s Sweet Deal in Coney Island“(March 3) and finally (and thankfully) “Paul’s Daughter Signs 8-Year Lease for Coney Island Boardwalk” (Dec 9). We hope everyone learned a lesson from this bitter chapter and can now move forward. For a sneak peek at the new Boardwalk, which features genuine Coney Island and Brooklyn businesses, see #10. Meanwhile, some of the Boardwalk vets who weren’t offered leases, including Cha Cha’s and Steve’s Grill House, are seeking to relocate nearby. As the saying goes in Coney Island, once you’ve got sand in your shoes, you can’t get it out.

Coney Island Rides

Luna Park's Electro Spin and Deno's Wonder Wheel. Photo © Jim McDonnell via smugmug

2. Coney Island Has 64 Rides and 30 Weekends of Summer! – April 22, 2011

ATZ’s #2 news story based on page views was our annual ride census. At the start of the 2011 season, the Coney Island ride count was Central Amusements International’s Luna Park (19), Scream Zone (4) and Cyclone (1); Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park (22); Eldorado Bumper Cars (1); Polar Express and 12th Street Amusements (5), and McCullough’s Kiddie Park (12). In mid-June, McCullough’s had to reconfigure the park and remove two kiddie rides when a sublease on property owned by Thor Equities expired. Coney Island finished the season with 62 rides. The total number of rides is expected to go up with the opening of CAI’s Speed Zone in 2012, which will feature Go Karts and a Sky Coaster.

Saturn 6

Rare and Classic: Saturn 6, 12th Street Amusements. Photo © Jim McDonnell via smugmug

ATZ has been doing an annotated ride census since the closing of Astroland’s 24 rides put the tally at “Coney Island Ride Count: Veteran Ride Ops 40, Joe Sitt 10!” (ATZ, June 4, 2009). Back then, the dwindling number of rides and the empty lots had people asking “Is Coney Island Closed?” and gave rise to the marketing slogan “Coney Island: Really Fun, Really Open.” In 2011, the number of rides and operators in Coney Island was still a surprise to people, since most Coney news coverage focuses on the new rides at Luna Park and Scream Zone or the landmark Cyclone and Wonder Wheel. As we explain in the comment section of the census: Coney Island is NOT and never has been a single operator park like Disneyland or Six Flags. Historically, Coney Island’s unique character and vitality comes from the fact that it is a neighborhood with many individually owned and operated amusements. Let’s hope we can keep this tradition.

Men in Black 3 Set

Men in Black 3 Set on Coney Island Boardwalk. Photo © Diana Taft Shumate

3. Men In Black 3 Rescues Coney Island’s Oldest Building – April 10, 2011

In April, ATZ broke the news that Men in Black 3 had leased Coney Island’s oldest building, the Grashorn, from Thor Equities and rescued it from oblivion. The production crew fixed up the gutted interior of the vacant building located at Surf and Jones Walk to use as their location headquarters. Over the past two years, the Grashorn Building had fallen victim to squatters, blight and burst water pipes. Sideshow operator John Strong as well as two different arcade owners tried but failed to lease the space from Thor. The building, which dates back to the 1880s, remained shuttered and vacant during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Susquehanna Hat Co

HBO Brings Susquehanna Hat Co. to Grashorn Bldg. June 6, 2011. Photo © Charles Denson/ConeyIsland History Project

In May, Men in Black 3, which stars Will Smith as Agent J traveling back in time to 1969, filmed on the Coney Island Boardwalk, which was outfitted with retro-looking carnival booths. Then in June, HBO’s Bored to Death transformed the Grashorn into the Susquehanna Hat Company for an episode that aired this month in which Stacy Keach played the shop’s proprietor. With the exception of the film shoots, Coney Island’s oldest building remained vacant in 2011, though squatters were again locked out last week.

Coney Island flea market

BK Festival Flea Market Vendor next to Scream Zone in Coney Island. May 14, 2011. Photo © Tricia Vita via flickr

4. Aqueduct Flea Vendors Close to Deal in Coney Island – March 29, 2011

The buzz about the displaced Aqueduct Flea Market relocating to Joe Sitt’s empty lots in Coney Island, which ATZ first reported last December, continued through the first quarter of 2011 as Queens vendors showed up to check out the new lot. When the flea market called the BK Festival opened in May we photographed it for “Thor’s Coney Island: Aqueduct Flea Vendors Make Dismal Debut.” It was not in any way “like a state fair,” as hyped by the festival management in advertisements, nor did it feature “upscale product,” as hyped by the New York Times in a puff piece on Joe Sitt.

flea market

Spice, 2 for $5: Aqueduct Flea Market Vendors Come to Coney Island. May 14, 2011. Photo © Tricia Vita via flickr

Like Thor’s 2009 “Festival by the Sea,” the new flea market billed itself as a festival because a flea market is not a permitted use on this property in Coney Island. In response to ATZ’s query about the zoning, Purnima Kapur, Brooklyn City Planning Director, confirmed in an email: “The C7 zoning district in Coney Island does not permit Flea Markets as a permitted use; however small scale retail and restaurants are permitted in addition to amusements.” There are Use Groups A, B and C, with A being for Amusements, and a formula for their allocation. But of course, no one reads the zoning and in any case the City rarely enforces its own zoning against flea markets in Coney. To people who say it’s better than an empty lot, ATZ says it’s a desecration to have a flea market on hallowed ground where the Tornado Roller Coaster and other amusements thrived for more than 100 years until Joe Sitt bought the property and evicted the remaining amusement operators.

Coney Island Film Series

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach Summer Film Series. Photo Courtesy of EPIX

5. Coney Island 2011: Free Movie Screenings on the Beach – April 27, 2011

In April, Rooftop Films, a nonprofit which has been showing underground films outdoors in New York City since 1997, tweeted the news that it would bring free outdoor movie screenings to Coney Island’s beach in the summer of 2011. The Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC), NYC & Company and EpixHD partnered with Rooftop to launch the new Coney Island Film Series. The event drew over 3,000 attendees to its eight movie screenings featuring such popular films as Saturday Night Fever, Annie Hall and Moonstruck along with pre-show entertainment and contests. Flicks on the Beach was a welcome new addition to Coney’s roster of free summer-long events, which include Friday Night Fireworks, Karaoke on the Boardwalk, the Coney Island Dancers and the Seaside Summer Concert Series.

Luna Park

Luna Park, Coney Island. Photo © Bruce Handy via flickr

6. Coney Island’s Luna Park Hiring for 2011 Season – January 27, 2011

Last January, Luna Park jumpstarted the process for job seekers by posting some plum jobs on Craigslist. They were looking for an Assistant Operations Manager to help oversee the park operation (salary of $30,000-$40,000 per year) as well as a Seasonal Assistant Operations Coordinator and a Seasonal Assistant Administrative Manager (pay rate of $14.45-$19.25 per hour). Information about entry level jobs such as ride operator, game operator, ticketseller and retail sales was also available on the park’s website. In November, a press release from the Mayor’s Office noted that over 400 jobs were created by the new amusement parks with approximately half filled by local residents.

Andy Badalamenti

Andy Badalamenti Tries Out the 120-year old chair at the Coney Island History Project, August 29, 2008. Photo © Tricia Vita

7. Coney Island Lost A Good Friend: RIP Andy Badalamenti – July 27, 2011

Among the notable deaths in 2011 were Rabbi Abraham Abraham, the leader of the Ice Breakers, whose synagogue was the beach, and Andy Badalamenti, who operated such legendary rides as the Tornado and the Bobsled, and lived in the house under the Thunderbolt roller coaster when he worked as its caretaker. This photo of Andy trying out a 120-year-old chair from Feltman’s Maple Garden Restaurant was taken at the Coney Island History Project on August 29, 2008. Astroland was set to close forever on the next weekend. After winning a one-year reprieve, many of us felt despondent about not being able to save the park again. But Andy wasn’t about to give up hope. He had dreams of moving the rides a few blocks away and was busily talking up the idea. Rest in peace, Andy. Coney Island misses you.

Beachfront Condos Under Construction on Boardwalk at 32nd St, Coney Island. Photo © Bruce Handy

8. New Construction: Coney Island’s 1st Private Beachfront Condos on Boardwalk – February 17, 2011

After realizing that this February post was among the Top 10 for 2011, ATZ asked photographer Bruce Handy to take an updated photo of the construction, which we posted last week. Current prices are $510,000 for a one-bedroom, $685,000 for a two-bedroom and $840,00 to $910,000 for a three-bedroom unit. Located in the West End of Coney Island, across the street from the NYC Housing Authority’s Coney Island Houses, this 11-unit beachfront project is a harbinger of more beachfront condos to come further east, where 5.5 blocks of vacant land west of MCU Park were rezoned for high rise condos. It’s not surprising people are waiting to see how it fares. Coney Island History Project director Charles Denson, who grew up in Coney Island Houses, told ATZ that the lot on West 32nd Street has been vacant since 1982. “It was the site of Sam’s Knishes and the Lincoln Baths,” said Denson. “Sam’s had the best cherry cheese knishes in the world and the Lincoln Baths go back over 110 years.”

Sling Shot

The Sling Shot Ride in Coney Island's Scream Zone Thrill Park. Photo © NYCEDC via flickr

9. Coney Island Scream Zone’s Official Opening Set for Today – April 20, 2011

Scream Zone, Zamperla USA’s thrill park in Coney Island, officially opened when Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz pulled the switch on the Sling Shot to launch a couple of daring 12-year-old kids into the air. The park’s four rides include Zamperla’s Turboforce (“Zenobio”), a Steeplechase-themed MotoCoaster and a Volare coaster (“Soarin’ Eagle”). You can see them in action in “Coney Island 2011: Videos of New Scream Zone Rides” (ATZ, May 2, 2011)

Pauls' Daughter

Architectural rendering for the new Paul's Daughter shown at November 11 Coney Island Panel at AIA. Photo via Amusing the Zillion

10. Coney Island 2012: What’s New on the Boardwalk – November 12, 2011

In November, ATZ attended an AIA panel on “Planning the Future of Coney Island’s Amusement District,” at which an audience of architects and Coney Island regulars got a sneak peek at what the Boardwalk might look like in 2012 and beyond. Luna Park’s plans for Go Karts and a Sky Coaster in a new “Speed Zone” were unveiled along with the Boardwalk businesses renderings for new stores in 2012. Among the designs shown in the photos are Ruby’s Bar and Paul’s Daughter, as well as Brooklyn Beach Shop, Lola Star and Nathan’s. The rendering for Paul’s Daughter, a Boardwalk icon founded in 1962 as Gregory & Paul’s, shows the spruced up Burger statues on the roof and what appears to be new hand-painted signage along the bottom. Like Ruby’s, Paul’s Daughter signed an 8-year lease with Zamperla this month, and will be back along with a mix of other Coney Island and Brooklyn businesses. The Boardwalk will not be gentrified or corporatized after all! It’s looking like a Happy New Year for Coney Island.

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