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Who Is Coney Island?

thunderbolt triumphasDoes Toad dare investigate? Is Coney Island handball or hoops? Where does Coney fish, & where does it play tennis? How did that African market end up next to a Mexican grocery? What was BZA doing on the terrace in 1982? (Wasn’t she scared?) Why don’t we read about multi-ethnic Coney Island more often? The Russians & the Jamaicans? The Puerto Rican gardens with plastic vaca grazing? Old folks at the Jewish nursing home? Did Al Capone really say “Nice ass, honey”? Whither Mermaid Variety? (Could most writing about Coney Island– or Gowanus– be any… whiter?) Is it still “Sexier in Sea Gate”? (Was it ever, truly?) Shook ones: He Got Gsietsema armsame or Requiem For A Dream? And hey, is WWIB’s Swan the same dude from The Warriors? (& shit– which Warrior was responsible for tagging up on the way to the Bronx? Not JA… Ah, Rembrandt!) Another afro deity*: Mr. Mondo in full Sam Fuller Tigrero effect, gone to Coney Island, came back with Amos Wengler & more– second verse!


The Music Director explains: Although wearing Mr. Mondo’s tradmark hat here, Rick (aka Ricky) Luanda, writer, director & star of the epic Mondo Manhattan, has, in his other life role as the singer for NYC underground kings, Chain Gang, sported both an amazing mohawk & wild black Irish afro. Photos forthcoming, if BZA can find any.

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