This article was posted here around 11am this morning, but somehow got deleted.  Here is a repost.

Coney Island keeps the new attractions coming, its latest is the Water Slide Beach

BY Erin Durkin
DAILY NEWS WRITER – Wednesday, June 23rd 2010, 4:00 AM

An artist’s rendering of Coney Island’s Water Slide Beach, which will make its debut weekend of July 4.

There’s a new way to make a splash on the Coney Island beach this summer.

A Water Slide Beach – with three inflatable water slides and bungee jumping – is coming to the spot next to Steeplechase Pier.

The main attraction is the Steeplechase Slide, a three-story blowup water slide, said Anthony Gach, owner of Party Magic USA, which was tapped by the city Parks Department to run the attraction.

“It’s a giant inflatable water slide,” Gach said. “You’ve never seen anything like it. It’s really a treat.”

After a grand opening Fourth of July weekend, Water Slide Beach will be open every day through Labor Day, complete with lounge chairs and food.

The other two blowup slides are the kid-sized Big Cahuna and the Niagara Falls, which shoots riders out onto a slip and slide landing.

Less adventurous visitors can lounge on rental beach chairs with umbrellas in a tropical-themed cabana area and snack from food stands that will include a mini-Nathan’s franchise.

The third time was the charm for the Parks Department, which launched previous searches for a “beach adventure” concession in 2005 and 2007, but didn’t get any takers.

Gach said he jumped at the chance when he heard about it last year.

“What’s better than having a water slide at the beach?” he said.

America’s Best Beach Boardwalks

Savor summer at these family-friendly ocean-side attractions from Maine to California.

From June 2010 By April Orcutt (Travel & Leisure)

Savor summer at these family-friendly ocean-side attractions from Maine to California.

“All the couples take pictures on the Wonder Wheel. We push our heads together so the photo shows the New York City skyline behind us,” says Shani Coleman, a 20-year-old student who likes to snuggle with her boyfriend on the landmark 1920 Ferris wheel on Brooklyn’s Coney Island Boardwalk. Growing up, she spent many summer hours here with her family and still orders marshmallows dipped in bright red candy-apple coating.

Everyone loves beach boardwalks, with their mix of sea air and easy strolling. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel too far to find one: about 60 U.S. towns have boardwalks, and 25 percent of those include amusement parks that come alive in summer. Visiting one is a quintessentially American summer experience.

These amusement parks are in a continual state of change. According to Jim Futrell, a historian at the National Amusement Park Historical Association, 16 seaside parks closed in the past decade, but they seem to be making a comeback. Four new boardwalks opened in 2009, and at least two more will open this year.

One of them is at iconic Coney Island, where the boardwalk amusement park Luna Park—which closed some 60 years ago—is poised for a renaissance. The elephant rides, three-legged men, and Dragon’s Gorge roller coaster may be long gone, but the summer of 2010 will see a shiny new Luna Park, with nearly 20 state-of-the-art rides. The rebirth comes courtesy of the Zamperla Group, a major Italian manufacturer of theme-park attractions, which spent $30 million (re)creating this three-acre playland, including its grand 1903 entrance.In a desire to appeal to families, New York City planners want to expand amusement parks here to 12 acres and return the boardwalk, which has slowly deteriorated over the decades, to its former carnival glory. “It’s the beginning of a new Coney Island for the 21st century,” says Dick Zigun, a longtime resident who runs the nonprofit organization Coney Island USA.

But not all beachside promenades are neon-lit attractions. On the isolated Long Beach Boardwalk, built over cool, windswept dunes in southwestern Washington, bird-watchers flock to see adorable but endangered snowy plovers in one of the few places in the world where they still nest. Parents wander with their children on paths trod by Captain William Clark in 1805, when members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition explored here.Oregon resident Bonnie Teschner Carey has been visiting Long Beach since she was a child 60 years ago: “It’s still a quiet place, not trendy, not known,” she says, “just like when I was a child.” Only now it has a boardwalk, so even with two knee-replacements she can still enjoy the beach.

Whether it’s an iconic summertime destination like Coney Island or a seaside oasis like Long Beach, such family retreats and playgrounds can inspire more than lifelong loyalty. Sacramento resident and roller-coaster buff Gerry Watt says, “If there is a heaven, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is there.”

This year, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson were crowned King Neptune and Queen Mermaid at the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade.

It didn’t rain on this year’s parade.  Each year the costumes get more creative, and the participants get younger.  There were several groups voicing their opinion about the Gulf oil spill.  Overall a good time was had by so many. 

It had been reported that some people became unruly trying to get a better view of the parade.  The Boardwalk was still under reconstruction, making a tight situation even tighter.  Many of the businesses were not allowed to put their tables or items for sale outside until after the parade.  However, the parade was such a success and grows in popularity each year.

Here are some links for photos of the Parade Courtesy of Pablo57:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/pablo57/sets/72157624212335775/ (these are some of his favorites).   Also http://www.flickr.com/photos/pablo57/sets/72157624331845242/(Pablo’s complete set).  He does wonderful work capturing the true essence of the event!

A great time was had by all!  See you at the 2011 Parade!

Happy Summer Everyone!

Diane

 

Ringling Brothers Circus returns for a second season with another spectacular line up of performers!  Check out their site for more info:

http://www.ringling.com/TopLanding.aspx?id=35906&parentID=1066&assetFolderID=1070

Enjoy the show!  Enjoy Coney Island!