Today, the amusement area contains various rides, games such as skeeball,
ball tossing, and a sideshow; games of shooting and throwing and tossing
skills. The rides and other amusements at Coney Island are owned and managed by
several different companies, and operate independently of each other. It
is not possible to purchase season tickets to the attractions in the area.
The Norman Chapel in Durham Castle, built around 1078 by Saxon stonemasons has what is reputed to be one of the earliest artistic depictions of a Mermaid in England. It can be seen on a south-facing capital above one of the original Norman stone pillars.
The B&B Carousell (that was how the
frame's builder, William F. Mangels, spelled it). In addition to its unusual
spelling, it is Coney Island's last traditional carousel, now surrounded
by furniture stores, near the old entrance to Luna Park. The carousel is
an especially fast one, with a traditional roll-operated band organ. When
the long-term operator died unexpectedly, the carousel was put up for auction,
and it was feared the ride would leave Coney Island or, worse, that it would
be broken up for sale to collectors, being one of the last intact traditional
carousels in the U.S. still in private hands. In an act of brinksmanship
with the owners, the City of New York bought the B&B Carousell a few
days before the auction. It has been dismantled and will operate in Coney
Island; the specific location is still to be determined. All the other carousels
on Coney Island are kiddie park-style.
Mermaids were noted in British folklore as unlucky omens ? both foretelling disaster and provoking it. Several variants of the ballad Sir Patrick Spens depict a mermaid speaking to the doomed ships; in some, she tells them they will never see land again, and in others, she claims they are near shore, which they are wise enough to know means the same thing. Mermaids can also be a sign of approaching rough weather. Source: Wikipedia.
Thunderbolt, a roller coaster across the street from Steeplechase Park that
was constructed in 1925. The ride closed in 1983. It was torn down by the
city "to protect public safety" in 2000 during the construction
of nearby Keyspan Park.
During the Renaissance and Baroque eras, dugongs, frauds and victims of sirenomelia were exhibited in wunderkammers as mermaids. In the 19th century, P. T. Barnum displayed in his museum a taxidermal hoax called the Fiji mermaid. Others have perpetrated similar hoaxes, which are usually papier-m?ch? fabrications or parts of deceased creatures, usually monkeys and fish, stitched together for the appearance of a grotesque mermaid. In the wake of the 2004 tsunami, pictures of Fiji "mermaids" circulated on the Internet as supposed examples of items that had washed up amid the devastation, though they were no more real than Barnum's exhibit.
In August 2006 Coney Island hosted a major national volleyball tournament sponsored by the Association of Volleyball Professionals. The tournament, usually held on the West Coast, was televised live on NBC. The league built a 4,000-seat stadium and 12 outer couts next to the Boardwalk for the event. Its promotional partner is Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment. The tournament would return to Coney Island in 2007 and 2008.
The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is a group of people who swim at Coney Island throughout the winter months, most notably on New Year's Day when additional participants join them to swim in the frigid waters.
Sea Gate is one of a handful of neighborhoods
in New York City where the streets are owned by the residents and not the
city; it and the Breezy Point Cooperative are the only city neighborhoods
cordoned off by a fence and gate houses.
Some mermaids were described as monstrous in size, up to 2,000 feet (610 m). Mermaids have also been described as being able to swim up rivers to freshwater lakes. One day, in a lake near his house, the Laird of Lorntie went to aid a woman he thought drowning; a servant of his pulled him back, warning that it was a mermaid, and the mermaid screamed after that she would have killed him if it were not for his servant. On occasion, mermaids could be more beneficent, teaching humans cures for disease. Source: Wikipedia.