Thursday, November 17, 2011; Posted: 05:11 PM  – by BWW News Desk – Broadwayworld.com

Coney-Island-USA-Purchases-New-Building-20010101Coney Island USA, operators of the last stationary 10-in-1 Sideshow in the  nation, the Coney Island Museum, and the Mermaid Parade, is pleased to announce  the purchase of the Denny’s Ice Cream building (1214 Surf Avenue). The purchase  was finalized on Monday, November 14, 2011.

Denny’s Ice Cream is immediately next-door to Coney Island USA’s landmarked  headquarters (1208 Surf Avenue) and guarantees space for Coney Island USA’s  long-term growth. Immediate plans call for the continued operation of  Denny’s business while Coney Island USA begins work with architects to transform  the space into a new exhibition and special events venue which will be available  for weddings, performances, and special events. Coney Island USA will continue  the tradition of storefront retail on Surf Avenue even after the space is made  available for artistic programming. Coney Island USA Executive Artistic Director  Dick Zigun said, “By owning both of these properties, Coney Island USA has  guaranteed that 100-years from now, Coney Island will remain a quirky and  exciting place for live performance and spectacle.”

 

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Stillwell Avenue

Years ago, the subway station was vibrant with concession stands and a long ramp to the street.  It fell into disrepair.  It became dark, the concessions closed and was not a pleasant or safe place to use (Photo:  A. Sandy (c))

Approxmately 45 years ago, there was a souvenir shop on this street, owned by my friend’s father.  He owned it for over 20 years.  It later became a liquor shop.

Before the Newport sign was the Coppertone Baby, who welcomed visitors.  Times have changed and so eventually did the subway station.

New construction of the old station with a bit of Coney charm.

Surf Avenue (Photo:  Jimvid (c))

Coney Island Souvenir T-Shirt Shop.

Denny’s Ice Cream Shop.

Williams’ Candy Shop, the only remaining candy store in Coney.

The famous Eldorado “Bump Your Ass Off” the music never stops! (Photo:  A. Sandy (c))

The Shore Theater, home to vaudville shows and many other transformations over the years.  The theater has been closed for years..  Murry Zaret’s Animal Nursery was next door.  The nursery had exotic animals as well as house pets.  I adopted a Maine Coon Kitten there.  (Photo:  C. Denson, “Coney Island Lost and Found” (c))

Hone of the minor league Mets.

For those who are really hungry…

Nathan’s Famous

You haven’t eaten a hot dog until you’ve had one at Nathan’s Coney Island, the Original.

The snap of the frank, the toasted bun, mustard, kraut, onions, the long lines, and of course the embiance of eating the best frank and food.  As “they” say… it always tastes better at the beach!

Of course, Stillwell Avenue was home to Philip’s Candy Shop from the 1930’s until the train station closed for renovation.  The shop is currently located on Staten Island.

Another icon, B&B Carousell which closed in July 2001.

Mike operated the Carousell for many years.  He passed away on July 4, 2001.

Magic Bowling now replaces the Carousell (Photo: D. Matlack (c))

Stillwell Avenue & Henderson Walk.

The Coney Island Museum was once located on the Boardwalk and relocated to a store front on Mermaid Avenue.  Dick Zigun and colleagues gave worked hard to turn Sideshows by the Seashore into a beautiful store front on the corner.

The new location of the Coney Island Museum and Freak Bar.

Stillwell Avenue view (Photo:  Jimvid (c))

Of course, there have been additional changes on Stillwell Avenue, be sure to come back for more photos.