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Johnny Rockets is just one of the new franchises headed to Surf Avenue. (Source: Thomas Hawk/Flickr)

With less than a month to go before beach season kicks off, a slew of construction is going on over in Coney Island with the hopes of having new restaurants and attractions ready in time.

Aside from the construction of the Thunderbolt roller coasterAmusing the Zillion points out that several businesses are in the works.

Among them are two mom-and-pop businesses: Lunatic Ice Cream and Luna Park Cafe are currently under construction on Surf Avenue and both aim to open in May, the site reports.

Of course, it wouldn’t be the “new” Coney Island if it didn’t include more franchises. The neighborhood received an Applebee’s and It’Sugar last year, adding to Popeye’s, Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s.

But there are several more in the works, according to Amusing the Zillion. Currently under construction are Johnny Rockets, Burger-Fi, Subway Cafe and Red Mango.

Tricia at AtZ has been documenting the construction, and gives some background on those locations. Check it out.

Sleep Inn Hotel

Construction site for the Sleep Inn Hotel (Source: Amusing the Zillion)

Amusing the Zillion reported last week that Sleep Inn Hotel is now under construction on Stillwell Avenue and Avenue Z, just north of the Coney Island Creek, making it the first new hotel in the neighborhood in decades.

The site reports:

A sign on the construction fence says “Anticipated Completion: Fall 2015.” Mahesh Ratjani, one of the partners in the project, tells ATZ: “We are hoping to have it completed by the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015.” According to DOB records, a 12,989 square foot, four-story hotel will occupy the 13,000 square foot lot. Sleep Inn is a member of the Choice Hotels Group.

Documents on the Department of Buildings website show the hotel will have 53 guest rooms.

The problem is that the 2590 Stillwell Avenue lot, which was purchased in 2007 for $1.9 million, isn’t really part of Coney Island. ATZ says it’s the border of Gravesend and Bath Beach, and I’d agree. Regardless, it’s far flung from the amusement district, and ain’t the kind of hotel we were thinking when we heard hotels were coming to Coney Island.

Soruce: Claudio Forquina

Soruce: Claudio Forquina

Every New Year’s Day, dozens of bold (crazy) people flock to the shore to join members of the Coney Polar Bear swim club and plunge into the frigid ocean, all for a chance to feel what it is like to have ice cold water lap against their private parts. What a lot of people don’t know is that the New Year’s Day swim, which anyone can participate in, is only one in a series of otherwise exclusive icy swim outings undertaken by the Polar Bears all winter. Amusing the Zillion is reporting that the Polar Bear’s are accepting new members and are employing a lottery system to divvy out the open spots.

While the media makes it seem that the Polar Bears are out only on January 1, the club has an active schedule all winter. Every Sunday at 1 p.m., from November 3 until April, enthused Coney Polar Bear members gather to brave the frosty waters of the Atlantic, refusing to deny themselves ocean splendor until the hot summer months.

If this sounds like your idea of a great time, you can join them by registering for a lottery that will select 10 lucky people. Amusing the Zillion broke down what is expected of selected new members:

To register for the lottery, you must sign up here and will be notified of the results by November 9th. Selected applicants are required to pay a $25 application fee (non-refundable), participate in 12 swims within a single season between November and April and be voted in by a majority of the membership. The club has approximately 150 full-time members with about 100 coming out for weekly swims…

You can also join the Coney Polar Bear Club for one guest swim. Just show up at the Bears “Clubhouse” at the Aquarium’s Education Hall on the Coney Island Boardwalk at West 8th Street by 12:30 pm with your bathing suit, a towel, surf boots or an extra pair of sneakers, and some warm clothing.

On the registration page, I found the last perk to be the most interesting one promised to members:

The privileges of membership:

  • Participation in our weekly swims and other Club activities
  • Use of our changing facilities
  • Full voting rights
  • The right to own and wear the official Club patch
  • Bragging rights to your wimp friends

Yes, your wimp friends will have no choice but to bow down to your official Polar Bear club patch all while you brag about the time you flung yourself into 12 degree water last February.

Anyway, their swims on New Year’s Eve, which are open to all, are done to raise money for Camp Sunshine and other charities for children with life threatening diseases. According to Amusing the Zillion, the Polar Bears pull down $20,000 annually for their causes, which is amazing and should be applauded.

Anyway, the Polar Bears are announcing their new members on Saturday, November 9, so if you want a shot to join them, you best register quickly. Good luck!

At the end of the cult classic movie The Warriors, when the radio DJ, who had been broadcasting the “big alert”- ordering the city to chase the Coney Island toughs in revenge for the death of an assassinated gang leader, realizes that “the earlier reports were wrong… all wrong,” she responds to our pursued protagonists with a curt “sorry ’bout that.”

That could be the same type of apology grudgingly given by the New York Times once the issue of new Coney Island Boardwalk materials is finally settled.

Tricia Vita over at Amusing the Zillion thinks the Gray Lady jumped the gun by giving its readership the impression that the debate to replace the boardwalk’s wooden slats with plastic and concrete was pretty much a done deal, as part of an article she sees as unfairly slanted in favor of proponents for the aesthetically unpleasing plastic and concrete.

In reality, “the so-called compromise plan was in fact voted down by the Community Board last year,” according to ATZ.

Vita also pointed out the cancelling of two different hearing so far this year as evidence of the “Goliath” Parks Department sticking it to the workaday members of the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance. She explains that working people who may have had to take off from work to attend the hearings may be less willing to attend future ones.

Check out ATZ for more – including a copy of the letter from the Alliance to the Public Design Commission, refuting the Parks Department’s claims.

And while you’re at it, please visit the Coney Island-Brighton Beach Boardwalk Alliance’s online petition, to make your voice heard!

Evidence of an old below the boardwalk bar has been unearthed during renovation work that’s currently underway in Coney Island’s amusement area.

The menu for the underground beer hall, or ratskeller, was found on a cellar wall under the former first floor location of Coney Island Souvenirs, writes Amusing the Zillion. Continue Reading »