We all associate Coney Island with summer (it’s a beach and amusement park after all), but it may be a lesser known fact that there’s stuff happening at Coney Island USA all through the winter season as well. For example, most every Sunday Gary Dreifus presents his kid friendly Magic at Coney show. I was mightily entertained by Mr. Dreifus’s feats in yesterday’s show, as well as those of his special guests Magical Vince and Phil Crosson. Here’s next week’s line-up:
The magic show takes place in the Coney Island Museum, open on weekend throughout the winter. The museum has recently been spruced up with some new displays and wall text
Koo Koo the Bird Girl and her jolly friend (okay, he’s dressed like a jester, but I don’t know how jolly he is).
And now there is a whole new Hot Dog section of the museum featuring items like:
These stained glass windows are from the original Feltman’s Restaurant, birthplace of the hot dog
Thence (the real pull for the day) a special preview event for the new exhibition Five Cents to Dreamland: A Trip to Coney Island, created and curated by the New York Transit Museum.
A 1998 sideshow banner by the one and only Marie Roberts!
A genuine vintage Strength-Tester mallet.
Coney Island USA’s annual gala is happening in just two weeks, March 25! An all-star cast celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Mermaid Parade with a Corral Jubilee! Follow this magical portal for tickets and details!