coney island news

nytimes article

miss me? unlikely.
miss the latest CI redevelopment plans? likely.

who could blame you? the conversation is years old
you can be pulled up to speed by the kinetic carnival blog and more in this nytimes piece.

the short of it is: city council approved high rise buildings on the south side of surf avenue.  locals, like dick zigun – unofficial coney island mayor – voices his reasons for opposition to the plan in the below video *note: i am sincerely apologetic for not informing you when it mattered. my coney: FAIL

it won’t happen again.

Dick Zigun Please consider the 5th annual Coney Island USA Spring Fundraising Gala. All proceeds go directly towards funding CIUSA’s many unique programs and the fight to save Coney Island’s amusement district.

The 2009 Coney Island USA Spring Fundraising Gala

Thursday, April 16th 2009
M2 Ultra Lounge
530 West 28th Street
(btw 10th and 11th avenues)

Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres will be served.
Festivities Include:
Benefit Guests• The Cast of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, featuring the Heather Holiday, Scott Baker and Serpentina
• The Lucky Devil Thrill show with Tyler Fyre & Thrill Kill Jill
• Aerial Artistry by Ekaterina + Harvest Moon
• NYC’s Finest Burlesque Stars including: Little Brooklyn, Trixie Little & Evil Hate Monkey, World Famous *BOB*, 2009 Miss Coney Island; Gal Friday and Jo Boobs with students from the New York School of Burlesque
• Fisherman’s Xylophonic Burlesque Orchestra
• Featuring the Great Throwdini and Bulls-Eye!
Knife in Your Name -A death defying fund raising feat by Dick D. Zigun & Throwdini
• Plus Little Jimmy’s Mini Mermaid Parade!
• A stellar silent auction of art and curiosities
• Get your portrait taken in the photo studio!

plus The New York Times City Room coverage

Ticket Info:

  • General admission tickets $100 ($80 tax deductible)
  • VIP tickets $250 ($200 tax deductible) The VIP ticket experience includes access to a private seating area with table food and drink service, goodie bag and meet and greet with our performers!

Tickets will also be available at the door.

For more information: (718) 372-5159 or

tangled alphabets: león ferrari and mira schendel @ MoMA is a show not to be missed



the whimsical nature of works on display by artists ferrari and schendel is uplifting.  the way a child’s watercolor painting is nonchalant and free form, these, too, evoke a carefree spirit.  overwhelmed with desire to trash my inhibitions once and for all, to stop using erasers or choosing undo – this MoMA exhibition was a pleasure to view and has been praised a true success.  the delightful pairing of Latin American artists, both active in the 60’s, both of whom focus on symbolic word art, is interwoven seemlessly.



from MoMA’s site:
Although their drawings, sculptures, and paintings are contemporary with the birth of Conceptualism, they are distinctively different, and have not yet been exhibited in their entirety in the United States.



although sculptures are also displayed, the focus remains ink on paper – words, letters and illegible ‘writing’ such as ferrari’s “letter to a general”<pictured below>, where he first showed signs of political activism.  simulating a letter yet containing no verbal content, this work is powerful with emotion.



the works are inspiring; the technique is simultaneously thoughtful and loose.  this exhibit opened to the public last sunday – be sure to check it out.


naturally lit

in may of 2004 the city dedicated >$190mil to renovating the sprawling coney island – stillwell ave subway terminal.  in addition to an arcade with room for shops and the police, robert wilson was responsible for an artistic contribution.  according to nyt, wilson is most widely known as “a towering figure in the world of experimental theater and an explorer in the uses of time and space onstage.  transcending theatrical convention, he draws in other performance and graphic arts”.  the  300-foot long glass block wall mural intentionally faces east, utilizing the sun’s power to highlight wilson’s work.  turns out the solar panel roof is not the only eco-responsible element to this last stop.


silk screened glass

natural rays capture scenes from decades of coney island history.  for more information on the great length it took choosing glass that is not easily vandilized and also appropriate for bright reproduction, check out pittsburgh corning‘s account.

i implied juicier and i mislead. my apologies, but happy coney tuesday!

thor rendering

thor rendering

disney vs. london vs. bloomberg. today’s nyt article elaborates on the variances between 3 contenders’ hopes for iconic coney island.

first up, neighborhood villain*: developer Joe Sitt (Thor Equities). pictured above, thor yearns for time-share hotels to offset costs.  what exactly are time-share hotels? and just last month it was high-rise luxury apartments.  i suppose bloomberg’s third term had nothing to do with that.

imagine coney

imagine coney

secondly, civic group Municipal Art Society is urging for one major attraction to lure record number visitors to coney island.  this was an effective approach with the London Eye – not so successful in Myrtle Beach.

lastly, dear residents, is Mayor Bloomberg.  with his third term, bloomberg assures coney tenants that there is room for an expanded park as well as low and middle income housing. relief! check out his less fancy rendering, but sensible overlay:

mayor revamp

mayor revamp

tonight at 6:30pm is Municipal Art Society’s final showcase of the IMAGINE coney project – featuring hundreds more artists’ renderings, concepts and visualizations. it is open to the public.

that’s it for coney tuesday.  if you are yearning for more, the nyt article goes into further detail.

xo, my coney

*i named sitt villain to locals because previously, he had attempted to strong-arm bloomberg by raising rent and “ousting some of his tenants, including Astroland amusement park, adding to the desolate and vacant lots on the waterfront.”

free admission – tonight, 7pm – 333 w23rd nyc [visual arts theater at school of visual arts]

new york times writer + front-page picture editor philip gefter in panel discussion + symposia with dear dave magazine photographer paul graham.  some of graham’s work, titled ‘a shimmer of possibility‘, is on view at moma 4 feb – 18 may.  uk born + a documentary photographer, graham is ‘recognized for his innovative and experimental contextualization of images and particularly tender observation of daily life’ writes sva.

synopsis: photographer + photo writer panel discussion this evening @ no charge.  some work to entice you:

shimmer of possibility

take-out across america

take-out across america