Tag Archive | Coney Island

Bacon Thing Of The Day: Mini Bacon Plush

Mini Bacon Plush
Photos By Gail

How long has it been since I featured a Bacon Thing of The Day on this site? The answer is: So very long. The wait is now over, however, as a I recently located an apprioriate Bacon Thing of The Day in the form of this teeny Plush Bacon Toy. Oh, the cuteness.

Mini Bacon Plush

Mini Bacon Plush is by Yummy World, and you can see by the tag that they make an entire line of cute mini-plush food item toys. Because someone had to.

Photographed at It’Sugar, Located at 1318 Surf Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

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Pink Thing Of The Day: Giant Pink Banana Game Prize!

Pink Banana Carnival Prize
All Photos By Gail

Close to the end of every summer, I make my annual Friday evening pilgrimage to Coney Island to walk on the boardwalk, explore the rides and games at Luna Park, eat a hot dog, watch the freaks, and check out the amazing fireworks show!

Pink Banana Carnival Booth

After a short while spent observing the scene, you will start to notice folks lugging around various huge, oversized stuffed toys they’ve won playing the games. This year, the Giant Pink Banana was a popular prize for several of the games!

Pink Banana Carnival Booth

Look how cheerful he is! Pink Banana!

Pink Banana Carnival Prize

Video Clip of The Week: Swervedriver, “Spiked Flower”


‘Transcendent’ is not a world that I find myself using very often these days when talking about modern music, if I talk about it at all. I looked at the Billboard charts a couple months ago for the first time in probably a decade — just being serious — and when I realized that every band or artist in the top 20 or so positions on that chart was either someone I’ve never heard of, or someone I am familiar enough with to have a strong distaste for their songs, I knew l’d made the right decision to abandon rock journalism and start writing about art and food. Because I would rather listen to The Beatles or Led Zeppelin for one hundred million billion years than any of the boring, shitty, derivative, eardrum excoriating garbage that ‘the kids’ are downloading for 15 minutes. Fuck the kids.

Of course, it’s not that everything sucks, but the really good stuff is now back in the underground, and this is why it takes me a week to uncover even one song worth featuring in this column. Fortunately, hard work pays off. This week’s clip, “Spiked Flower,” comes to us from the band Swervedriver, who were being pitched to me when you were in diapers: when I was cranking out CD reviews and long-form interviews with top musicians at a pretty steady clip. How are they still around, and how do they still sound so fucking good? “Spiked Flower” is song that’s transcendence distilled, and I don’t even feel compelled to defend it beyond offering that it sounds like if Husker Du had a baby with the Jesus and Mary Chain. Sometimes the only quality that good music has to have to is that it sounds good“Spiked Flower” can be found on Swervedriver’s upcoming album, Future Ruins — earning bonus points for featuring Coney Island’s iconic Parachute Drop and Thunderbolt roller coaster on its cover — which will be released on January 25th, 2019 on Dangerbird Records. Enjoy!

future ruins hi-res cover

Video Clip of The Week: Boss Hog, “Ground Control”


I believe that if you happen to be a famous person — and good-looking famous person at that — it is worthwhile to reinvent your look every so often, if only to keep people from getting bored of looking at you. Take The Beatles as an excellent example; a band whose members’ personal styles and sense of fashion evolved wildly from album to album, just as their sound morphed from the Backstreet Boys to Radiohead. No wonder they continue to serve as such significant cultural touchstone. But what started me thinking along this path on a Sunday morning is this week’s Video Clip, “Ground Control” from the legendary NYC band, Boss Hog. For those not in-the-know, Boss Hog’s core members are husband and wife team Jon Spencer (of the eponymous Blues Explosion) and Cristina Martinez (ex-Pussy Galore). As you will see by this video, since we last saw them, Martinez has adopted a sort of Pris from Bladerunner persona, while Spencer is rocking a classic Andrew Eldrich look which, I  think you will agree, works for him. Bravo, you two.

Keeping things close to home, the video for “Ground Control” appears to have been shot on early-morning location at Coney Island, as you will see the band members pass by the How & Nosm mural at the Coney Art Walls as well as recognizing the unmistakable sky line of the Luna Park thrill rides. The complete desolation of the landscape works well for this modern, dystopian protest song, on which Martinez and Spencer share vocal duties in their own unique  styles. “Ground Control” does not disappoint as a minimalist, punk-blues aural assault, punctuated by with James Bond-soundtrack flourishes. Pretty awesome.

“Ground Control” can be found on Brood X, the band’s first album of new music in 17 years – wow! – which was released in March. Read a true New York Story about the last time I spotted Martinez and Spencer wandering anonymously on the Streets of NYC at This Link Right Here! Enjoy!

Boss Hog By Jeri Lampert
Boss Hog’s Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer By Jeri Lampert

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Panther on the Coney Island Board Walk!

Pink Panther on the Boardwalk
All Photos By Gail

Jamie and I were out at Coney Island to see the Fireworks on the Friday before the Friday before the Labor Day Weekend. As we sat eating hot dogs and fries at the boardwalk-adjacent tables by the Nathan’s that faces the beach, I noticed a Pink Panther earning some cash by posing for photos with tourists. Because a panther’s gotta make a living.

Pink Panther on the Boardwalk
Also, Batman.

Warriors Mural By London Police at Coney Art Walls

London Police Warriors Mural
All Photos By Gail

I don’t pretend to be an authority on the subject, but I’d guess that there’s no modern-era film more closely associated with the locale of Coney Island, Brooklyn than Walter Hill’s 1979 adventure/ drama, The Warriors. If you haven’t seen the film, I recommend it. Two thumbs up! My point being that it’s completely appropriate that this year’s Coney Art Walls installation includes an underwater-themed, mermaid fantasy mural by British street art collective, The London Police that includes an homage to this now classic, cinematic favorite.

Three Warriors Left

At the mural’s very top, you will recognize the likenesses of six of the film’s main characters. Above are the three Warriors on the left side of the wall.

Three Warriors Right

And here are the three Warriors seen on the wall’s right side. Can you dig it?

Let’s Go: Coney Island Summer Friday Fireworks!

Boardwalk at Dusk
All Photos By Gail

If you haven’t been out to Coney Island yet to see the Summer Fireworks, then don’t forget that the Friday of Labor Day Weekend is your last chance to experience the magic until they start again next June! So, you must plan your trip right now. Let’s go!

Nathan's

First of all, you should plan to arrive on the scene early enough so that you can get a Hot Dog and some Fries (or whatever else you like to eat) at Nathan’s. There is also a Nathan’s right on the Boardwalk, if you prefer a bumped up level of quality freak watching to that which is available at the original location on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues. The food is equally delicious at either location.

Art Wall By Crash
Art Wall By Crash

Don’t forget to stop by the Coney Art Walls, which will be up until October!

Art Wall By Nychos
Art Wall By Nychos

Art Wall By D-Face
Art Wall By D*Face

Snow Cone Stand

As you stroll along the Boardwalk, stop by this Snow Cone Stand and treat yourself to an additional refreshment!

Carousel Seat

At the north end of the Boardwalk you’ll find an old fashioned Carousel, for kids of all ages!

Stop The Zombies

And don’t forget to check out the games and other fun attractions!

Wonder Wheel Sign Reflection

View of Boardwalk from Sand

Even if you are going to pass on checking out any of the Luna Park rides, because you have just eaten at Nathan’s and do not want to barf,  it is wonderful just to look at everything when it is all lit up against the night sky. Head out to the sand early and watch all of the action from the beach, while you listen to the delighted screams and shrieks from people on the rides! Wee!

Scream Zone

Wonder Wheel

Oh, the beautifulness.

Parachute Jump at Night

Now it is 9:30 PM, and time for the Fireworks to begin! Lets go to the video!

The full show lasts much longer than 2 minutes, but you get the idea.

Luna Park at Night

Williams Candy Shop

And then stop by Williams Candy Shop on the way to the train to pick up a sweet treat to take home! What a fun adventure!

Coney Island Summer Friday Fireworks

Find out more about the Coney Island Fireworks, as well as other fun stuff to do on your visit, at This Link!

Red Wheel