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WNYC News

FEMA to Give NYC's Public Hospitals $1.6 Billion in Sandy Aid

Thursday, November 06, 2014

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Four public hospitals are slated to receive the "largest single upfront" payment in FEMA history. 

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The Takeaway

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island

Monday, October 13, 2014

A new book chronicles the head-hunting Filipino Igorrote tribe, their journey to American in 1905, and how they became the hottest spectacle of the year at Coney Island. 

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WNYC News

$108 Million in FEMA Funds to go to Housing Project Hit by Sandy

Friday, September 05, 2014

Nearly two years after Sandy, five buildings at the Coney Island Houses have been approved for $108 million in FEMA funds.  

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WNYC News

Summer Begins with Egg Cream Splash at Coney Island

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Luna Park Opens, but the Cyclone is too scary for some.

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WNYC News

Police Officer Who Investigated Housing Project Fire Dies

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A police officer died after investigating a fire in a Coney Island public housing building. 

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WNYC News

The Rebirth of a Coney Island Coaster

Monday, March 10, 2014

WNYC

Get ready for the return of the Thunderbolt by Memorial Day.

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WNYC News

Shoddy Public Housing Boilers Cost City $1 Million a Month

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The 26 temporary boilers the New York City Housing Authority installed after Sandy are costly and unreliable. Residents say they smell, too.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Libraries Reopen For First Time Since Sandy

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Coney Island library on Mermaid Avenue received a $2.7 million upgrade after it was damaged by Sandy. It re-opened Wednesday, see photos of the renovated library, which includes futuristic-looking chairs, a ceiling made of reclaimed boardwalk planks and vintage Coney Island photos on the walls.

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Studio 360

Coney Island with They Might Be Giants

Friday, July 12, 2013

Studio 360 hits the beach. Kurt Andersen visits Coney Island with They Might Be Giants, who sing an ode to that guy with the metal detector looking for … whatever he’s looking for. Plus stories about mermaids, seashells, and a sand sculptor who takes his castles very seriously. (Originally aired: ...

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Studio 360

They Might Be Giants

Friday, July 12, 2013

Kurt spends the day at Coney Island with John Linnell and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants, who perform some of their beachiest numbers, and a Beach Boys cover for good measure. The band got its start in 1982 singing for food in Central Park; they now have ...

Bonus Track: They Might Be Giants, "Metal Detector"

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Studio 360

Design for the Real World: Parachute Jump

Friday, July 12, 2013

Design historian Steven Heller tells the story of the parachute jump, the seaside landmark known as the "Eiffel Tower of Coney Island." Originally built as an amusement ride for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, the structure mirrored the architectural boom that was happening ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michael Daly Tells the Story of Topsy

Monday, July 08, 2013

In 1903, on Coney Island, an elephant named Topsy was electrocuted, and over the past century, this bizarre, ghoulish execution has reverberated through popular culture. But it really happened, and many historical forces conspired to bring Topsy, Thomas Edison, and those 6600 volts of alternating current together that day. Michael Daly tells the story of this astonishing tale in Topsy The Startling Story of the Crooked Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison.

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WNYC News

The Swaying Tower of Coney Island Gets Cut Down to Size

Friday, July 05, 2013

An iconic pillar gets dismantled but it is still unclear whether it will disappear completely.

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WNYC News

After Months of Quiet, New York Aquarium Set to Make a Splash

Monday, May 06, 2013

VIDEO. For six months, the animals of the New York Aquarium have not seen any visitors besides their dedicated staff because damage caused by Sandy. They're eagerly awaiting the re-opening later this month, and the crowds that will — hopefully — follow.

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WNYC News

Coney Island Health Clinic Damaged By Sandy Still Closed

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The city’s Health and Hospitals Corporation is looking for a piece of high ground in Coney Island to replace a neighborhood health clinic irreparably damaged by Sandy.

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Schoolbook

More Schools Return Home Two Months After Sandy

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

By the end of the week, all but two schools displaced by storm Sandy will be back in their original locations. P.S. 288 on Coney Island welcomed back students Monday with great enthusiasm after two months making do at a host school.

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WNYC News

A Glimpse Into the City's Lowest Household Median Income Neighborhood

Thursday, December 06, 2012

A Coney Island neighborhood that stretches along the waterfront is where the city's lowest median household income residents can be found. According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, households here take in around $9,500 a year.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg's Waterfront Development Comes Under Scrutiny from Sandy's Impact

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Sandy is making planners, architects and scientists take another look at Mayor Bloomberg's effort to put high-rise apartments on New York City's waterfront. They say measures meant to make the new development withstand flooding may not be enough as sea levels continue to rise.

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WNYC News

Sandy Forces Nathan's To Shut For First Time

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

For the first time in its history, Nathan's Famous on Coney Island will be closed this winter.

Sandy Forces Nathan's To Shut For First Time
For the first time in its history, Nathan's Famous on Coney Island will be closed this winter.
Just like so many other buildings along Surf Avenue, Sandy caused significant flooding and damage to the store.
Matt Soohoo, a visitor from California, journeyed about an hour from Manhattan, only to be disappointed when he arrived at Nathan's.
"I'll probably walk on the boardwalk a little bit. Man, I just wish I had a Nathan's dog too," Soohoo said.
Since opening in 1916, Nathan's  landmark store had operated every single day 365 days a year, until Sandy forced it to close. About 50 staff have been laid off. 
In a statement, Nathan's Famous said it aims to reopen in the Spring, leaving plenty of time to prepare for the Fourth of July annual hot dog eating conte

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sandy Community Check-Ins

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 

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