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Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will have a summer engagement in Coney Island, Mayor Bloomberg announced last week, one month after The Brooklyn Paper first reported the so-called Greatest Show on Earth would be coming to the People’s Playground.

The special production, called the “Coney Island Boom-a-Ring,” will feature acrobats, motorcycle stunts and peanut-munching elephants on a site near the corner of W. 21st Street and Surf Avenue every Thursday through Sunday from June 17 to Sept. 7.

“The circus is coming to town. I’ve always wanted to be able to say that,” said Bloomberg outside of Nathan’s Famous hot dog stand on the corner of Stillwell and Surf avenues.

The mayor said that Ringling Brothers would present “a Norman Rockwell kind of circus,” which could be a wholesome shot of Americana for Coney Island, which last year saw the closing of Astroland theme park.

The announcement came as the Bloomberg Administration seeks approval for its controversial plan to buy land in Coney Island and build a new city-owned park adjacent to privately owned hotels and year-round tourist attractions in the historical amusement area between the Cyclone roller coaster and Keyspan Park. That zone is home to seasonal diversions and vacant lots now. Bloomberg also wants to build thousands of new apartments to the north and west of the funland.

Other interim entertainment is planned for land owned by Joe Sitt, the mayor’s main adversary for control of the future of Coney Island. Sitt owns more than 10 acres in the core amusement area and is wrangling with the city over an appropriate price for his land.

Sitt says he will install dozens of rides and carnival sideshows later this spring on the grounds where Astroland stood, at Surf Avenue and West 10th Street. A flea market with food stalls featuring the popular Latino vendors from Red Hook Park is scheduled for Sitt’s land on Stillwell Avenue.

“Coney Island Boom-a-Ring,” June 17–Sept. 7. Tickets, $10. Visit www.ringling.com for info.

Updated 5:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Publius from Bklyn Heights says:
RBB&B is 19th century animal cruelty. Shame on the Brooklyn Paper for promoting it.
April 17, 2009, 10:10 pm
Mike Bloomersberg from Snootyville, US says:
I guess you guessed right because there was no deal when you reported the deal. Pretty lucky.
April 20, 2009, 1:06 am
Virginia from Brooklyn says:
Any circus that uses animals is using animal cruelty to train them. Keeping elephants apart from their babies and each other amounts to torture since they are family units.

A circus is NOT family entertainment, it is animal abuse and it's about time someone took responsibility for the abuse they suffer as well as the horrible living conditions.

When the elephants can't tolerate the abuse any longer and "go rogue" they are killed after spending their entire lives in SLAVERY.

PLEASE don't buy tickets and support abuse of this circus. Do some checking on conditions they endure and educate yourselves and your children to show compassion for all creatures, they were NOT put here for our amusement.

Take your kids to volunteer at a shelter or some sort of rescue missions available in all cities, just google it & you'll find a lot of opportunities to teach them the truth and the proper way to deal with other beings on this planet---it all amounts to RESPECT.
April 20, 2009, 1:07 am
Sheri from Denver, Co. says:
I totally agree with the above comment. Do educate yourself and your family. It is easy to find the truth if you look for it. It is a very sad situation for the animals and no excuse for it.
April 20, 2009, 11:20 pm

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