Pandemic imperils Coney Island, the ‘people’s playground’ of New York | AFP

The coronavirus pandemic has silenced the famous New York boardwalk in Coney Island, causing one of the most difficult periods in its 150-year history, and sparking fears for its future.

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Champions weigh-in for New York’s hot dog contest

Competitors have weighed-in ahead of the annual hot dog eating contest in New York’s Coney Island on Saturday. (July 3)

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‘It feels great’: New York City beaches reopen for swimming | AFP

New Yorkers enjoy a dip in the sea at Coney Island as the city reopens its beaches to swimmers. Once at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City is gradually reopening, despite a surge of new virus cases in other US states.

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New Yorkers allowed to swim after months of pandemic shutdown | AFP

A few New Yorkers are enjoying Coney Island beach before noon, after months of pandemic shutdown. The city will not proceed with indoor dining from next week as planned because of a nationwide surge in coronavirus infections. IMAGES

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Here’s the latest for Wednesday, July 4th: A Fourth of July Tradition on Coney Island; Speculation over UK illnesses; American senators travel to Moscow; Barcelona activists climb statue.

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Hundreds Enjoy Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

An annual Coney Island tradition, the Polar Bear Club plunge, took place as scheduled Monday, despite a forecast high of only 19 degrees. Hundreds start off the new year at the famed beach by jumping into the Atlantic Ocean. They’ve never canceled because of the cold. (Jan. 1)

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‘Jaws’ downs 72 hot dogs in minutes to win US holiday eat-fest

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, a competitive eater, downed 72 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at the annual wiener-eating contest on New York’s Coney Island, a tradition that marks every Independence Day holiday in the United States.

Fred V & Grafix – Like The Sun (Official Video)

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Fred V & Grafix bring a breath of fresh air with their long-awaited second album ‘Oxygen’. The 15-track venture strips away any uniformity, opening up into dreamy, synthesized waves of drum & bass, elements of elegant electro-pop, down-tempo beats, unsuspecting instrumentation and everything in between.

Their progression is clear from the off, the gorgeous ‘Ignite’ details infectious guitar and heartfelt harmonies from Fred V himself and their newest top-line finding, Amy J Pryce. She also appears on vocal led tracks ‘Altitude’ and ‘Electrify’ that push the pair even further into songwriter territory. They’ve spent months working with close friend Tudor Davies – whose vocal leads on romantic slow-mover ‘One Of A Kind’ – to create expressive, honest lyrics and enticing melodies throughout the LP.

Fred V & Grafix’s soundtrack style stands up tall in ‘Nearly There’ and ‘Our Story’ adding a surprise collaboration with Bloc Party front-man Kele to the mix. Both tracks encapsulate the epic, ‘hands in the air’ euphoria that Fred V & Grafix deliver to devoted crowds worldwide. Their drum & bass dancefloor roots remain strong with tracks ‘Stay Here’ and ‘Together We’re Lost’ picking up the pace.

In the debut album ‘Recognise’ we got a taste for their skills as live musicians. In take two we get even more from Grafix guitars, to drums, keys and Fred V’s own vocals, every element is faultlessly infused with title track ‘Oxygen’ as the perfect example.

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