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thursdays seaside summer concert series has been listed on the official site: + i didn’t think anything could beat last year’s blondie or hall & oates – but 2010 has promise . . .

july 15 neil sedaka, brenda lee
july 22 the beach boys happy together tour 25th anniversary feat. mickey dolenze
july 29 george thorogood & the destroyers w/southside johnny & the asbury jukes
aug 5 john legend
aug 12 aretha franklin

all concerts are FREE and held at asser levy / seaside park @ w5th & surf ave between coney island + brighton beach.  ride the train to awesome outdoor beachside loveliness

saturday was perfect for merpeople, rides, cyclones opening game @ mcu park + fireworks!
last year’s drizzle did not damper the parade and this year, with a high pushing 90, crowds were just as sticky + enthusiastic

fortunately i know a certain rooftop to be super breezy + viewed the marchers sweat-free

though i found last year‘s viewpoint to be equally exciting, crowds can be so intense on cement

many marching jellyfish publicly wished harm on bp + well for their inspiration in the gulf
and then i met these guys, and the day was complete.

100 years later – coney will again boast a LUNA PARK!  modeled after the originals of 1903, an italian amusement maker, valerio ferrari,  is adding 19 new rides to coney island this summer (with more promised each year)  highlights include a giant pendulum, teacups, log flume, surfboard stimulator and roller coaster named Tickler!

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having been away from coney for several days, i conveniently missed the awful storm that passed through it <well i felt it where i was, but no comparison> upon my return, i noticed the denny’s ice cream sign + figured they were revamping it for summer season.  on the boardwalk, plenty of vendors paint over old signs to freshen up + make as vibrant as possible.

unfortunately for denny, this was not the case – that is water damage.  and to the left, the awning from the coney island museum is busted.  these damages <and more from the neighborhood> have been cataloged on the coney island usa message board. oy.

woohoo deno vourderis! the 28 year old, 3rd generation family owner of the wonder wheel will be taking his personal mindful eco-friendly energy efficient principals to the family business.  this summer, vourderis plans to use solar panels on the 16 swinging cars <8 stationery cars will remain bare for now>  “I really only need a sunny day every other day or every third day to run the lights,” he tells the daily news.

initially, the solar energy will be used to have a light in each panelled car – something only recently removed, in the 1980s, because the electrical wiring concerned vourderis.  if all goes as planned, next summer he hopes to install more panels – running the entire ride with thanks to the sun!  i can’t wait for summa

if i weren’t STILL!! on crutches, i’d have photographed coney in the incredible snow storm (like last year) – plus new addition of my dog in snow.  black dog + white fluff would have been pretty great.  but: shoulda/woulda/coulda right? instead i’ll admire hugh crawford‘s image from otbkb

i love how timeless + serene it is. ahh vicarious livin’

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