Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Coney Island

by staff, 05/14/2014

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  • Mermaid Parade and Other Special Events
    The Mermaid Parade has sent nautically (and often scantily) clad ladies and gents in colorful, over-the-top floats down the boardwalk since 1983 in a joyous celebration of New York City spirit and individualism. Music, antique cars and an abundance of mermaids always make the event a memorable one. And don't forget about the celebrity king and queen—in the past, the roles have been filled by such big names as Harvey Keitel and, fittingly, Queen Latifah, among many others.

    Other special events to watch for this summer at Coney Island include Friday night fireworks on the boardwalk and Flicks on the Beach, a Monday night series of free outdoor movie screenings presented by Rooftop Films, the Alliance for Coney Island and NYC & Company (the parent organization of

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