first and second and awesome:

from a very unofficial new york mets fan site

from a very unofficial new york mets fan site

(1) the brooklyn cyclones <mets affiliate> opening game is this friday, june 19 @7pm.   up against the staten island yankees, this evening is bound to be a fantastic time.  best part of the cyclones’ site is first FAQ: I live in the area. Can I try out for the Cyclones? interesting concept: location playing a role in drafting athletes

another entertaining cyclones bit from wiki:

In 2006, the team introduced a new unnamed mascot: a blow-up “ZOOperstars” type pelican. Despite a contest to name the character, it was never given an official name. Fans were not entertained by the pelican which has not made an appearance since the 2006 season.

suppose we’re left with sandy the seagull and pee-wee

(2) friday also marks the official kick-off to fireworks season in coney island. ka-pow!
<fireworks can be purchased just across the NJ/PA border>

(3) mermaid parade! 2pm saturday the 20th.
this is the nation’s largest art parade and one of new york’s finest spectacles.

from wiki:

from Jo Weldons flickr photostream

thnx Jo Weldon's flickr photostream

The parade pays homage to the tradition of the Coney Island Mardi Gras parades of the very early 20th century, when Coney Island was at its zenith as the primary amusement destination for the great majority of the inhabitants of New York City.
The Mermaid parade is well-known for extraordinary marine costumes, and for the occasional partial nudity. (This is not as surprising as it may sound, because it is legal in New York State for women to be topless in public, as long as this is not part of a business venture.) The parade is however very much a family event . . .

legal to be topless in public? can a lawyer comment please?

the coney island usa website boasts king neptune as harvey keitel + his queen mermaid daphna; also special appearances by the uptown string band from the philadelphia mummers parade + recording artists they might be giants on a float.  what i am looking forward to most of all is monster truck ‘blue thunder’ performing a parade prelude!

so come on down to coney island this weekend for mascots, tnt + pasties