2009-05-15 / Letters

Get Coney Island Facts Straight

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the article that Shevy wrote about Coney Island. Having just participated in the annual fundraiser for Coney Island USA, the non-profit organization that runs the Freak Show, the Mermaid Parade and many other events at Coney, I can assure the readers of the Wave that the rumors of the Freak Show's death have been greatly exaggerated. In fact, it is alive and well. They will continue running the Freak Show, have weekly "Burlesque at the Beach" parties, and I for one will definitely be at the Mermaid Parade this year. Articles like this, however, make it seem like a bygone era, reducing the chances that people will go to Coney this year for one of their events. I know the point of his article was about the anniversary of Trashed, but he got the facts about Coney wrong, and I wanted to set them straight.

SUSANNA GRAVES

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