Ruby’s Will Open for New Year’s Boardwalk Bash

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Photo: Jim Kiernan

Well, our New Years plans just solidified. Rubys has announced on its Facebook page that it will be having a HUGE protest on New Years Day, when the Polar Bears traditionally hit the bar post-swim. According to Amusing the Zillion, the Coney 8s court hearing last week was postponed till January 10; a Gothamist source thinks the court battle will last eight months, though that doesnt necessarily mean theyll be able to open next season.

Yesterday the Post picked up on previous posts about Sodexo, the widely reviled food-service giant, and confirmed with a Zamperla spokesman that it will have a significant boardwalk presence next year. As if thats not depressing enough, the Times has a slideshow of iconic Coney Island buildings that are facing demolition, including the Shore Hotel and the former Fabers Fascination, where Harpo Marx debuted (the Shore Theater, at least, was just landmarked).

Goodbye to Old Coney Island [NYT]
Coney Island 8 Eviction Hearing Adjourned Till Jan 10, 2011 [Amusing the Zillion]
Coney Island food-firm furor [NYP]
Ruby's Opening for New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim, Protest [Gothamist]