Ruby's Old Tyme Bar & Grill

Author of Dreamland Social Club, a novel set in Coney Island, who got engaged on the Wonder Wheel
Tara Altebrando is a native New Yorker who rediscovered what a magical place Coney Island was when she was in her 20's. The author of 11 novels, she says her favorite is Dreamland Social Club, which is set in Coney Island and was published in 2011...
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Sea Gate artist, writer, educator and year-round swimmer
Hawley Hussey recounts "getting in the Gate," moving to a beach mansion in Sea Gate in 2001, her Coney Island-inspired art and writings, and swimming year-round.  A member of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club as well as an ephemeral upstart group...
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Architect who grew up in Coney Island in the 1980s and designed the renovated Ruby's Bar & Grill
Eric Safyan grew up in Coney Island's Brightwater Towers overlooking the Aquarium. His parents were political refugees who emigrated from Odessa in Ukraine when he was 3-1/2 years old. After graduating from Brooklyn Tech and architecture school in...
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An immigrant sign painter recounts his journey from Jamaica and the UK to Coney Island.
(Hector) George Wallace tells the story of his immigration from Jamaica to England to Coney Island, where he has been an itinerant sign painter for the past four decades. Wallace's painting style is ubiquitous, and can be seen on the facades of Ruby...
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Runners from Manhattan in the Brooklyn Half Marathon
Diana and Sean describe their visit to Coney Island after finishing the Brooklyn Half Marathon. After running 13 miles, they stopped for drinks at Ruby's and then took a ride on The Cyclone.
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