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


coney by canstruction

aluminum cans were the only items used to create this cyclone, wonder wheel + parachute jump

from the sda website :

Canstruction® is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition [was] donated to City Harvest


i’m often greeted with ‘didn’t coney island close?’  to which there is no short answer. 
in fact,  the answer is a list.  behold the list of coney island attractions that will *definitely* be opened summer 009 (after eldorado ticket taker)



The Coney Island Sideshow, Coney Island Museum & Mermaid Parade (june 20th!)

The Cyclone Roller Coaster

The Coney Island History Project (exhibition center under the Cyclone on Surf Ave)

The Wonder Wheel and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park

Eldorado Bumper Cars & Arcade

McCullough’s kiddie park (Bowery & 12th St)

Polar Express ride & 12th St Amusements

Coney Island Arcade & games (Bowery)

Lola Staar’s Boutique (new location in Stillwell Station)

Lola Staar’s Dreamland Roller Rink (Child’s Bldg on the Boardwalk)

Coney Island Beach Shop (Stillwell Ave behind Nathan’s plus new location in Stillwell station)

William’s Candies

Nathan’s & 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest

The Aquarium

Beach & Boardwalk

The Cyclones Baseball in Keyspan Park

Free Summer Concerts at Seaside Park

Surf and Turf Grill

Peggy O’Neill’s

various mom- and-pop businesses and lots more (we hope)…

thanks electricia for the amazingly thorough run-down.  now quit asking.

thank you for helping me to chose a banner.wonder wheel

thank you to wonder wheel for becoming an official nyc landmark (in 1989) & thereby liberating itself from THOR‘s takeover.

thank you to bethlehem steel for inspiring Billy Joel & for creating the thril ride.

thank you for not holding me to coney tuesdays. i’m a rule bender by nature.

not cause I hate cha