At the Coney Island Aquarium, Sea Life Goes On
It was just a few short weeks ago that the New York media was gushing over the arrival of Mitik — the adorable baby walrus — to the New York Aquarium, where he seemed to be loving city life. But when Hurricane Sandy hit last week, sending more than 12,000 water animals into darkness, the aquarium, just off the boardwalk in Coney Island, faced the biggest challenge of its life. The aquarium’s basement flooded with 15 feet of water, damaging generators and cutting electricity. Tanks full of freshwater fish were doused with murky storm overflow, while the ground floors — home to the major exhibits — filled with up to three feet. For four days straight, aquarium staff worked around the clock to make sure the animals were safe — many of them neglecting their own damaged homes. Eighteen stayed through the storm. “It was an intense couple of days,” says aquarium director Jon Dohlin.
The aquarium is now closed indefinitely, and struggling to recover — with generators powering the exhibits’ environmental controls. We went behind-the-scenes to see firsthand.
Sometimes these rides resemble festive torture devices. Luna Park, Coney Island.
Luna Park Skeletor, Coney Island
Wonder Wheel, Coney Island
Luna Park, Coney Island
Wonder Wheel, Coney Island
The 2012 Coney Island Mermaid Parade is June 23rd. If you’re dying to check out the trashy magnificence that is Coney Island and shoot enough pastied boobs to last a lifetime this is the event for you. Here’s what I did wrong last year:
1. Leave extra time for the trip because Brooklyn subway service on summer weekends is reliably snarly, something that I always forget.
2. If you’re standing on Surf Avenue try to get a spot on the ocean side because for whatever reason everyone was facing that way.
3. Meet your friends beforehand because there will most likely be no cell service once you get there and you’ll have no one to ride the Wonder Wheel with.
The Tale of Dr. Takeshi Yamada and his Noble Sea Rabbit
One of my favorite things I found last year was also one of the strangest (and let’s be honest, I’ve posted a lot of fucked up things), the story of the esteemed and his noble Sea Rabbit, Seara. Dr. Yamada has spent myriad years trying to bring the Sea Rabbit, a water-faring mammal, back from the brink of extinction. To help rehabilitate the noble creature and reintroduce it to the wilds, Dr. Yamada chauffeurs Seara around so it can become re-accustomed to the harsh world that nearly drove it away forever. A heartwarming tale, as the good doctor’s work is never done, as seen from his hundreds of photos on flickr.