Reign of Coney Island’s ‘Mayor’ Ends in a Sideshow by the Sea

Dick Zigun, who spent decades restoring the Brooklyn enclave to its carnivalesque glory, is forced out of the organization he helped create.

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Abandoned Boats of NYC and the Man Who Removes Them

‘The waters around the city haven’t been this clean since the Civil War, and I’m determined to help keep it that way.’

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As Omicron Spreads, Some Nursing Homes Struggle to Boost Residents

Medical experts say the government should do more to get booster shots into long-term care residents in New York.

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A Ferry Is Coming to Coney Island. Here’s Why Some Residents Are Angry.

Critics are concerned the ferry service would release toxic pollution and disrupt the habitat of horseshoe crabs, toppling an entire food chain.

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The Eternal Charm of Nathan’s Famous Hot-Dog Stand

For over 150 years, Coney Island has been a beloved summer refuge for New Yorkers looking to escape the heat — and eat the season’s best snacks.

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Where Are the Fans for Israel’s National Baseball Team? In New York.

The Tokyo-bound Israeli national baseball team has more supporters in New York than in its home country.

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New York City Is Reopening. But Some Aren’t Celebrating Yet.

After a year of cancellations and delays, some people are still cautious about planning large gatherings.

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Why Bill de Blasio Is Finally Having Fun as Mayor

Mr. de Blasio is stepping out of the shadow of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is facing various scandals, and emerging as a cheerleader for New York City’s recovery.

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Coney Island Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

New York’s charming old amusement park delivers the springtime joy we all need.

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10 Weeks to the Finish Line: The N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Heats Up

With the primary weeks away, candidates are sharpening their attacks, ramping up in-person events and preparing to spend the millions of dollars that they have stockpiled.

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Helping Homeless People in N.Y.C. Get Stimulus Payments

Many homeless people in the city did not receive their stimulus checks, but it’s not too late.

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How New Yorkers Are Coping with Holidays Alone

For many in New York City, their pandemic-imposed loneliness has been even more pronounced during the holiday season.

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Plants, Piano and Takeout: How New Yorkers Are Coping with Holidays Alone

For many in New York City, their pandemic-imposed loneliness has been even more pronounced during the holiday season.

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This Carousel Has Had Quite a Ride. Will Anyone in Japan Save It?

The 113-year-old merry-go-round, which arrived in Tokyo after stints in Germany and Coney Island, is now in storage, its fate uncertain in a country that tends to preserve only the very old.

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Coronavirus Silences the Wonder Wheel

A 100th anniversary celebration was planned for this star attraction on the Coney Island boardwalk this year. The owners are determined that it will spin again.

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With Plexiglass and Piles of Hot Dogs, a Fourth of July Tradition Lives On

“They’re going to be burping and groaning, and I’m just going to have to focus on my hot dogs,” the winner of last year’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest mused of a quieter, crowd-free competition.

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New Yorkers Embark on a Summer of Uncertainty

Memorial Day weekend in New York City usually marks the beginning of a vibrant summer to come. But this year traditions have been altered under the shadow of the coronavirus.

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How Quarantine Saved the Hot Dog

Facing a summer with no baseball and no picnics, the makers of the original Coney Island red hot feared the worst. But even with an empty boardwalk, business is booming.

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Can Coney Island Survive This?

A dismal season is predicted. If there is one at all.

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Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History

A few hundred years in the borough, from the brownstones to the shipyards. Our critic chats with a fourth-generation Brooklynite and historian.

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Keeping a Distance, From Everything but Nature

As warm weather beckons, New York City residents are slowly venturing back outdoors. We suggest some spots families can enjoy while staying safe.

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