Coney Island USA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization founded in 1980 that is dedicated to the cultural and economic revitalization of the Coney Island neighborhood of the Borough of Brooklyn in New York City. Its landmark building in the heart Coney Island's amusement district houses a theater in which the organization presents "Sideshows by the Seashore", a showcase for performers with unusual talents that runs continuously during the warmer months, as well as the Coney Island Museum. It is also notable as the organizer of the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, the first of which took place in 1983. The Coney Island Museum features artifacts and memorabilia about the amusement park, beach and neighborhood's history and culture, as well as changing exhibits of art and culture. The museum is open seasonally. Coney Island USA was founded in 1980 by Costa Mantis, Jane Savitt-Tennen and Dick D. Zigun. Coney Island USA is governed by a Board of Directors currently composed of Jeff Birnbaum, Mark Alhadeff, Jane Crotty, Kate Dale, Carol Spawn Desmond, John di Domenico, Harris M. Falk, Marie Roberts, James Quigley, Anita Durst, Jon Dohlin, David Loewy, Lisa Mangels, Dick D. Zigun and James Fitzsimmons. Legal Advice is provided by Gibson, Dunn & Crutscher, LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP and Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz, PC; financial advice is provided by Chris Yeboa, CPA, Yeboa & Lawrence, CPAs, & Business Consultants. Coney Island USA is funded, in part, by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Fund for the City of New York; the Independence Community Foundation, the Lemberg Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York Community Trust, the New York Council for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York City Councilman Mark Treyger and its members.
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