2019 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island

by NYJ Team

PRESS RELEASE:

CONEY ISLAND, November 12th, 2018 – It’s no secret that Coney Island has been the birthplace for fun since the turn of the century. Celebrating its 115th year, the originators of the time honored tradition of the Polar Bear Plunge are proud to announce a partnership with local non-profit organizations to help their neighborhood: Coney Island.

The Plunge, taking place on January 1st, 2019  is a free event, however individuals and teams must register to participate and are encouraged to fundraise for the cause. Walk-up registrants are welcome and are encouraged to arrive early, as on-site registration will open at 10 a.m., and the first wave of plungers start at 1PM sharp.

Last year, despite freezing temperatures, the plunge raised over $40,000. For 2019, the goal is to raise $80,000 which will all go toward local Coney Island nonprofits including the Alliance for Coney Island, New York Aquarium, Coney Island USA, Coney Island History Project as well as other arts and community organizations.  Supporters of Coney Island can show their commitment by fundraising to help ensure the growth and livelihood of this iconic destination and neighborhood.  Funds help support free events such as Friday Night Fireworks, arts programs, environmental and educational programming, and continue to improve quality of life issues and support workforce development programs for the Coney Island neighborhood which is home to over 50,000 residents.

To register or learn more about the 115th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island, please visit: www.polarbearclub.org

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Alliance for Coney Island

The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. We swim in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island every Sunday from November through April. Since 1903, we have been hosting a public New Year’s Day Plunge for all brave souls to welcome the New Year. While the event is free, we do encourage plungers to make a donation to our charity sponsors. In the past decade, the Club has raised over $500,000 to support charities. This year we are supporting the NY Aquarium, the Alliance for Coney Island and local non-profit community organizations in the Coney Island Community.

9th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade

by NYJ Team

PRESS RELEASE:

CONEY ISLAND, October 26th, 2018 – The Alliance for Coney Island, in partnership with Councilman Treyger, State Senator Savino, and parade sponsors Paul’s Daughter, Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Liberty Coke and CBS’s new prime-time show “God Friended Me” present the 9th Annual Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade on Tuesday, October 30th 2018.

This annual event brings a day of “spooktacular” family fun and entertainment for children to celebrate Halloween and participate in a costume contest showing off their creativity. Welcoming children 14 years of age and younger, they can enjoy a wide variety of activities including face painting, bounce houses, caricature art, magic shows and of course, the official Coney Island Halloween Costume Contest. Participants will he judged in the following categories for their chance to win great prizes: Best Group Costume, Most Creative Costume, Funniest Costume, Best Handmade Costume and lastly, Best Overall Costume. Beginning at 4pm, participants can register at the MCU Park located at 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224. Media outlets are not only welcomed to revel, but are also encouraged to interview, photograph and video the day’s activities.

WHO: Alliance for Coney Island
WHAT: 9th Annual Coney Island Coney Island Children’s Halloween Parade
WHERE: MCU Park, 1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224
WHEN: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 4PM – 6:30PM
PRESS TIME: Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 4PM – 6:30PM

Alliance for Coney Island

The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

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Coney Island Neighborhood Rallies Together to Raise Awareness of Need for Ferry Service

by NYJ Team

PRESS RELEASE:

CONEY ISLAND, October 3rd, 2018 – This morning, Coney Island businesses, residents, community leaders, a representative from State Senator Diane Savino’s office, and Community Board 13 held a press conference calling on the City to commit to studying their community for ferry service and to raise awareness of EDC’s open portal to submit Coney Island as a location to study.  Currently, Coney Island residents, businesses and visitors have the longest average commute to Manhattan out of any outer-borough location that is not currently served by ferry service.

With the NYC Ferry passing in the background, the press conference held on the Boardwalk united the voices of many Coney Islanders in bringing the City’s attention to the area and the needs of the community with over 50,000 residents, hundreds of businesses, and more housing development on the way.

The community urges local residents and all New Yorkers to submit Coney Island to the open portal at the below link before it closes on October 15th to make sure the City knows how critical a study for Coney Island ferry service is:  https://www.nycedc.com/resources/studies/2018-ferry-feasibility-study or www.allianceforconeyisland.org/ferry-service.

“This morning’s rally illustrated the demands of the Coney Island community and the critical need for transit alternatives for our growing neighborhood.  Our residents have long commutes on a daily basis in addition to the many new residents that will arrive in the coming years. It is essential that City Hall and EDC acknowledge the demand and need in Coney Island and officially commit to studying the area for ferry service,” said Alexandra Silversmith, Executive Director of the Alliance for Coney Island.

“Ferry service to Coney Island will allow the City of New York to realize the full potential of the public-private partnerships that underlie the economic growth in the area—and meet its responsibility to the residents of the area who deserve reliable transportation alternatives,” said Jon Dohlin, Chairperson of the Alliance for Coney Island and Vice President and Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

“Coney Island is in need of ferry service and better transit access.  We are a growing community and need to better service our local residents, neighborhood and visitors. ,” said Eddie Mark, District Manager of Community Board 13.

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