Make It A Coney Island Weekend!

PHOTO CREDIT: DNAinfo/James Fanelli


This weekend, members of Save Coney Island will be joining the ongoing volunteer efforts in Coney Island (see call for volunteers below). If you can’t make it but are looking for ways to help, keep scrolling down for a listing of other requests — donations are needed by numerous organizations. Over the past week, we’ve all seen New Yorkers coming together to help neighborhoods in need.  As the days pass, let’s continue to support the work of essential service organizations and of our beloved cultural institutions in Coney Island.

When you’re all tired-out from long days of volunteering, considering checking out these two upcoming events:

Coney Movie!

Saturday, November 10th at 9:30pm is the world premier of Zipper, a beautiful documentary by Amy Nicholson.  It will be shown at at SVA Theater in Chelsea (23rd between 8th & 9th) as part of DOC NYC 2012.  You can find out more information about it here.

Coney Exhibit!

The incomparable Richard Eagan will be performing Alive on the Inside this Sunday, November 11 at 4:40 PM at the 440 Gallery in Park Slope.  This is part of the exhibit The Art of the Coney Island Hysterical Society.  You can find out more about it here.


Call for Volunteers: SAT NOV 10TH & SUNDAY NOV 11TH 9AM – 5PM.

Register at Tom’s Restaurant on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Ave, No RSVP required. Donation requests to help with Saturday’s work:
 Power strips, extra flashlights, outdoor brooms. 

Dress warmly, wear sturdy footwear or boots, and bring work gloves. If you can, bring your own flashlight (with extra batteries), a backpack, a shovel, outdoor broom, contractor bags and snacks/water for yourself for the day. Please note that bathroom access on site will be very limited.

DONATIONS & More Volunteer Needs
The FEMA donation site is looking for donations of: nonperishable goods, individually wrapped sandwiches, toilet paper, baby formula, diapers, blankets, outerwear and baby clothes. There are also daily volunteer opportunities at this site! Drop items off at:
The Shrine Church of Our Lady Of Solace
2866 West 17th Street, between Mermaid & Neptune
Brooklyn, New York 11224

Pamela Harris, Executive Director of Coney Island Generation Gap, is also accepting donations for seniors and families:  canned goods, water, hot foods, socks, gloves, scarfs, hats, sweaters, hoodies, rubber boots, blankets, toilet paper.  If you can bring any of these items, or if you can volunteer your time, call her at  or email her at  . You can also mail donations to Coney Island Generation Gap, 2904 Neptune Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Coney Island USA took a major hit from the storm. They could use the following to assist the cleanup of their flooded ground floor at 1208 Surf Ave: daily food for workers, coffee, dehumidifiers, space heaters, fans, squeegees, mops, mop buckets, protective clothing such as hazmat suits, household heavy duty rubber gloves, N95 disposable respirators, paper towels, cleaning cloths, brooms, Lysol concentrated cleaner, disinfectant, first aid kits, Neospirin and hand sanitizer. They will accept them from noon – 6pm, seven days a week. Bring or ship to Coney Island USA, 1208 Surf Ave. Brooklyn NY 11224. They are also seeking volunteers with water-hardy clothing and footwear to clean and move objects– email them at  or check their site for updates or to make a monetary donation:

Coney Island History Project is working to rebuild their exhibit center and will need to raise funds to reopen in the spring. You can help with restoration efforts by making a tax-deductible contribution or becoming a member.

Lola Staar has compiled an list of ways that you can help Coney Island during the hurricane aftermath:  Also, proceeds from Lola’s magnificent “Coney Island Forever” design will be donated the people and businesses in Coney Island devastated by Hurricane Sandy!

Parks will also undertake huge clean up events on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Register through NYC Service and click on “Volunteer in a Brooklyn Park” link.

We are doing our best to update our Facebook page with all of the  volunteering and other needs, so please check back. And do keep checking the social media outlets of your favorite Coney Island organizations, to find out about urgent requests that they might be posting. Occupy Sandy has updates about relief efforts across the city, including Coney Island.

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