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We're back! Live and in person at Sideshows by the Seashore and The Coney Island Museum! The 21st Annual Coney Island Film Festival! Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th! Tickets and passes are on sale now!
indiefilmpage.com and Coney Island USA Present: The 21st Annual Coney Island Film Festival, September 18 - 19, 2021 at Sideshows by the Seashore and The Coney Island Museum, in the historic Brooklyn neighborhood, Coney Island, New York. 108 films in a jam packed weekend!
Coney Island Film Festival Voted "One of MovieMaker Magazine's Coolest Film Festivals in the World"!
Tickets and passes are on sale now for in person screenings!
All attendees must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear masks.
Check out the schedule and get tickets at the links below.
Coney Island Film Festival Website
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Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue
21st Annual Coney Island Film Festival Streaming on Xerb.tv, September 18-25! Tickets on sale now!
Can't make it to our in person film festival but still want to watch the films? Well, you can watch all 108 films from the comfort of your home or anywhere with an internet connection! Watch any or all programs, 24/7, over 7 days, at your convenience!
All access pass (watch any or all of our 16 programs) $20
Invidual program tickets $7.
Puppets Come Home! presents... Fire!, Thursday, September 9th, 9pm, ET!
WHERE: Live online!
WHO: Adults Only
Get ready for the hottest puppet show around!
Our third slam of the season is dedicated to FIRE!
Aakaar Puppet Theatre
Ali Goldaper & Bonnie Kim
$5 Tickets available here.
(Ticket sales end on Thursday, September 9th at 7pm. Ticketholders will be emailed a viewing link one hour before the event).
This season, we're exploring puppetry through the ELEMENTS!
Coney Island has been shaped by WATER, AIR, FIRE, and EARTH over the years...
WATER - Multitudes of beachgoers drop in seasonally to commune with the ocean, while inclement weather has been known to bring waves dangerously ashore.
AIR - Since the turn of the last century, Coney Island has been home to world famous amusement rides that propel, project, and plunge adventurous souls through the air.
FIRE - Historically, Coney Island was called the "city of fire" for its abundance of incandescent lights, while blazing infernos razed parts of the neighborhood time and again.
EARTH - What goes up, must come down... Fantastic structures have risen and fallen back to the earth in Coney Island, while the seashore holds so many secrets buried in the sand.
WATER - July 8th
AIR - August 12th
FIRE - September 9th
EARTH - October 29th
Puppets Come Home! at Coney Island is a series designed to celebrate Coney Island's 150-year legacy of puppetry & provide a platform for contemporary cutting-edge puppeteers!
Puppets Come Home! is made possible in part through the generosity of The Puppet Slam Network (www.puppetslam.com).
Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Coney Island USA, This Sunday, September 12th, 8am-6pm!
Coney Island USA is proud to partner with NYC Health + Hospitals Mobile Vaccination Program on Sunday, September 12.
On the day that would have been this year’s Mermaid Parade, we hope to help people protect themselves and their communities. From 8 am to 6 pm, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID 19 vaccine will be available on a walk-up basis. If you have not received your first dose or need your second dose, both will be available to you. In support of this event, Coney Island USA will be providing street-side entertainment and attractions at our historical building on the Corner of Surf Ave and 12th Street (1208 Surf Avenue).
You can find CDC Information on the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine at:
NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED
Who is eligible?
Any person age 12 or older
What do I bring?
Any form of ID (including national passport or consular ID)
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue
Congress of Curious Peoples, In Person and Online! Sunday, September 26th, 7pm!
Featuring: JIM ROSE’s First Interview In A Decade!
MR. DEAD GUY explains How To Keep Performing, When You’re Dead!
SIDESHOW HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS & INDUCTIONS with:
Dick D. Zigun
Sunday, September 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Only 25 VIP Exclusive Tickets for the Live In-Person Show at Sideshows By The Seashore
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ALSO: Live Online!
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All in person attendees must show proof of vaccination and wear masks.
Event Includes Audience Voting and Drinking Game Toasts for both In person and Online Audiences!
Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Ave.
Closed Until September 18th, to Prepare for Our Future!
Coney Island USA has temporarily suspended our indoor operations at 1208 Surf Avenue, while we reorganize to meet the incoming City policies for verifying vaccine status for patrons. Rather than take any risks with being underprepared, we are focusing our efforts to ensure a safe, healthy, and fun experience for all of our patrons and supporters.
Opening Reception, Bowery Street: An Exhibition of Photographs by Larry Racioppo, Saturday, Septenber 25th, 3pm-7pm!
FREAK BAR GALLERY
1208 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11224
All attendees must be masked and present proof of COVID-19 Vaccination.
September 25th to October 17th, 2021
Opening Reception Saturday, September, 25th, 3 to 7 PM
The color and B/W photographs, exhibited here for the first time, are part of Larry Racioppo’s extended project examining the old, undeveloped sections of Coney Island’s amusement area, which stretches from W 15th Street to W10th Street, and extends from Surf Avenue to Bowery Street to the Riegelmann Boardwalk.
Coney Island’s historic rise, fall, and rise again are told within these blocks, from the demolition of the original Thunderbolt rollercoaster and its replacement by the Zamperla Corporation’s modern version, to the still active original Cyclone rollercoaster on W10th Street.
Just three blocks long, Bowery Street is the home of the remaining small, often family owned, booths and concessions offering games of chance and skill — games with regulation size basketballs and narrow rims; games with water pistols and darts; rings to toss and bb’s for shooting zombies. Larry employed both large format and panoramic equipment to photograph the intensely decorated game booths and rides. Using medium format or digital cameras, he also created portraits of the men and women who own these small businesses, the mostly seasonal workers who operate the games, and the visitors who flock to play them.
Larry Racioppo was born and raised in South Brooklyn, and he has been photographing throughout New York City since 1971. A former VISTA volunteer and participant in the CETA Artists Project of New York City’s Cultural Council Foundation, Larry had his first solo exhibition in 1977 at Brooklyn’s f stop Gallery. In 1980 Scribners published his first book of photographs, Halloween.
From 1989 until 2011, Larry was the official photographer for the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, hired to document the city’s rebuilding of distressed neighborhoods, from Bed- ford-Stuyvesant to Harlem to the South Bronx. After receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in photography in 1997, Racioppo took a leave from the HPD to work on a series of personal projects, including Forgotten Gateway: The Abandoned Buildings of Ellis Island, a traveling exhibition of his photographs that originated at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
Larry Racioppo is one of 500 New York City-based artists to receive $5,000 through the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.
2021 Mermaid Parade Canceled
Dear Friends of Coney Island USA:
It is with sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Mermaid Parade.
When we set the September date, we hoped that the Parade, the largest art parade in the nation and a point of civic pride for Coney Island, would represent a return to normalcy. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not finished with us quite yet.
The Parade draws hundreds of thousands to Coney Island every year, including large numbers of children, many crowding onto mass transit for the ride out to Stillwell Avenue. It is the centerpiece of the CIUSA calendar, and we are very proud of the positive impact that the Parade has on our Coney Island community. However, the risks to our sponsors, patrons, community, and our wonderful staff—who have risen to every challenge—were too much to bear.
We are all disappointed and apologize to those of you who, like us, were looking forward to this annual celebration of life, creativity, and togetherness, post-2020.
Please be assured that the Mermaid Parade will return in 2022, better than ever!
In the meantime, help support Coney Island USA by attending one of our ticketed events, becoming a member, and above all—BY GETTING VACCINATED!!
from the Officers and Directors of Coney Island USA
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Generosity from folks like you ensures that Coney Island USA can continue to bring you innovative Arts programming like the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, The Mermaid Parade, Burlesque at the Beach, The Coney Island Film Festival and the Coney Island Museum, for many years to come.
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