Tag Archives: Coney Island

At The Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Contest [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Joey Chestnut proved it again: He’s second to bun. The king of competitive eating slammed down a record 74 franks in steamy Coney Island to easily capture his 11th Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog contest in the last 12 years. He gobbled up 10 more than the next-closest chomper in the annual Fourth of July …

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At The Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge [VIDEO]

The Staten Island Advance reports: Temperatures were in favor of the 2,000 brave individuals who plunged into the icy waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn for the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge on Sunday. Some individuals stripped down to their ‘birthday suits’ and swimming attire, while others took a run for the water fully clothed. The Polar …

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At The Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge [VIDEO]

Via Gothamist: Yesterday afternoon thousands of totally insane people took off their clothes and ran into the Atlantic Ocean for the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s swim. Afterwards, most of them claimed it was “fun” or “invigorating” or “a great way to start 2016”, but the guy shivering so violently that he couldn’t talk or even sip …

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At The Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

Yesterday about 2500 people took part in the annual Polar Bear Plunge during sub-freezing temperatures at Coney Island, where lifeguards warned participants not to proceed deeper than their waist and not to remain in the water for more than one minute.

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61 Hot Dogs In Ten Minutes

New York City’s most disgusting holiday tradition took place at Coney Island yesterday where “competitive eater” Joey Chestnut won for the eighth consecutive year by downing 61 Nathan’s hot dogs in ten minutes.

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The Leaning Tower Of Coney

The amusement park at Brooklyn’s Coney Island was evacuated yesterday after boardwalk strollers reported that the 275-foot tall Astro Tower ride, which closed five years ago, was swaying and “making funny noises.”  The fire department inspected the site and found “no immediate danger.”  The park should reopen today. No, thank you.

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Shrinkage-Fest 2011

Last Sunday’s mid-blizzard dip was only a trial run for yesterday’s massive attendance at the annual Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge, where thousands endured the needle-sting of the 35-degree North Atlantic for the bragging right of having done so. Oh, the shrinkage! Like a frightened turtle! (Via – Gothamist)

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Could It Be Magic? Yes, Yes It Could.

Last night DC blogger Jimbo, Dr. Jeff and I made the 90-minute haul out to Coney Island to watch Donna Summer’s free concert at Seaside Park. And holy crap, what an enormous crowd. Easily the largest outdoor show I’ve ever been to. We couldn’t get within a half-mile of the stage and watched much of the show from a sidewalk …

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Polar Bear Plunge 2009

Hundreds of New Yorkers made their annual Polar Bear Plunge into the icy waters off Coney Island yesterday despite the near-zero temperatures.

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The End Of Astroland

Coney Island’s Astroland, the nation’s most legendary boardwalk arcade, closed forever this weekend although some still hope that it will someday return. The Wonder Wheel and the world famous Cyclone roller coaster are landmarked and must remain where they are. The Astroland property is set to become a giant “destination” ocean side resort with luxury condos. Sigh. This year’s extraordinarily …

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It Don’t Gitmo Better

New on Coney Island’s boardwalk, the Waterboard Thrill Ride, where beach lovers can add torture to their mix of sun, surf, and sand. If you climb up a few cinderblock steps to the small window, you can look through the bars at a scene meant to invoke a Guantánamo Bay interrogation. A lifesize figure in a dark sweatshirt, the hood …

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Bears Invade Coney Island

Yesterday hundreds of members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club made their annual dip in the 42 degree surf. Over $30,000 in pledges was raised for Camp Sunshine, a camp for seriously ill children and their families in Casco, Maine. And then all the bears went to beer bust. I’ve always wanted to do the dip, but somehow I’ve …

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25th Annual Mermaid Parade

Today the Farmboyz and I schlepped out to Coney Island for the gayest not-really-gay event in NYC, the 25th Annual Mermaid Parade, the first time any of us had attended. The day started a little bit chilly with the giant clock (see below) facing Central Park reading 57 degrees. In June. But by the time we reached the beach, the …

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