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Taking a roller coaster ride back in time at Coney Islandupdated: Sun Jul 01 2012 13:17:00

Brooklyn gave roller coaster fans something to scream about Saturday.

New York vs. Los Angeles: For all its grit, NYC 'sparkles'updated: Wed May 02 2012 13:43:00

New York City is crowded, cramped, expensive and dirty. In summertime, the walk down subway stairs often feels like a descent into a Gila monster's mouth. In the winter, exhaust and dog-stained snow piles turn the streets to grim, dim, narrow canyons. There are rats with the size and agility of house cats, the transit system is often thwarted by mild rainstorms, and Donald Trump is allowed to roam about as he pleases.

Wastewater leak stops, but health officials close 4 N.Y. beachesupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 22:18:00

Four New York City beaches were closed Monday, but wastewater from a nearby treatment plant has stopped discharging into the Hudson River, city health officials said.

New York beaches issued health advisories for wastewaterupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 22:24:00

Health advisories were issued for four beaches in New York City Thursday evening as wastewater from a plant continued to discharge into the Hudson River, according to a press release from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

Chestnut retains hot dog title despite rival's unofficial recordupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 17:46:00

Competitive eater Joey "Jaws" Chestnut proved himself the official top dog of the hot dog-eating world when he ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes at the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Monday, but his archnemesis Takeru Kobayashi crushed Chestnut's world record at an off-site event where he pounded down 69 hot dogs and buns.

Chestnut still the champupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 17:46:00

Joey Chestnut didn't set a new record but he chowed down 62 hot dogs and buns to win another Nathan's Championship.

Hot dog marketing magicupdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 04:19:00

Nathan's July 4th Hot Dog Eating Contest creates marketing magic. CNN's Allan Chernoff reports.

Hot dog eating championship is marketing magic for Nathan'supdated: Mon Jul 04 2011 04:19:00

World hot dog eating record holders Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas engaged in a pre-meet stare down Friday as they weighed in for the annual Nathan's July Fourth hot dog eating contest. Frank Deford: Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest may be crude, but don't blame the dogsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 19:20:00

Ah, our magnificent Independence Day approaches. The Fourth of July! Flags flying -- the old red-white-and-blue. Patriotic parades, family picnics, fireworks and oh, no! Ugh! The Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Hot dog-eating contest to welcome women this summerupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 16:50:00

The Nathan's Famous hot dog-eating contest has always separated the men from the boys, as far as eating competitions go, but this year it will separate the men from the women -- with separate challenges for the sexes.

Snow budgets piling upupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 05:47:00

Record snowfall is digging deep holes in municipal budgets, forcing some towns to get creative. Mary Snow has more.

Florida storm traps woman in carupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 22:44:00

Storms cause a gas station canopy to collapse in St. Petersburg, Florida, trapping a woman in her car.

Wingin' it: 'Black Widow' snatches victory from 'Jaws'updated: Mon Sep 06 2010 11:08:00

The 2010 U. S. Chicken Wing Eating champ is no hot dog -- not this year anyway.

Hot dog eating champ put on probationupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 14:38:00

A Japanese former hot dog eating champion walked out of a New York courtroom Thursday essentially a free man, provided he stays out of trouble for six months.

Kobayashi hungry for hot dogs in jailupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 14:38:00

The competitive eater's attorney says he was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and trespassing.

Taking the kids -- to a theme park this summerupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 09:15:00

The negotiations went right down to the wire. Frank Deford: Usually quiet, this summer's sports events go over the topupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 14:38:00

Now that those awful soccer horns have finally stopped blowing, could we please maybe all quiet down and perhaps just have some nice, subdued games? Good grief, has sports ever endured such a summer of excess? Everything has been overdone, over-long, over-emphasized, over the top. And, of course, most of it has been foisted on us, relentlessly, by the television network of which sports is now a wholly-owned subsidiary: ESPN ... or, more accurately: ExcessPN. Ex-Hot Dog Eating Champ Freed from Jailupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 13:27:00

Takeru "The Tsunami" Kobayashi crashed the annual Nathan's Coney Island contest

Fourth of July celebrations abound across countryupdated: Sun Jul 04 2010 17:11:00

From sea to shining sea, as the song goes, Americans are celebrating Independence Day in a variety of ways Sunday, from the traditional barbecue to a decades-old hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island. 13-Year-Old Lost in NYC Subway for 11 Daysupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 12:50:00

The runaway boy lived off food from newsstands before being reunited with his family

Missing boy spent 11 days wandering New York subwaysupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 10:24:00

A 13-year-old teenager with Asperger's syndrome spent 11 days in October wandering New York's vast subway system until a police officer recognized him from a missing persons' poster, according to police and the youth's mother.

Speed eaters gain weight, clog arteries but have few regretsupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 09:41:00

Don Lerman set a record by eating seven sticks of salted butter in five minutes. During six years of competitive eating, he gained 100 pounds. Kevin Armstrong: Stephenson signs financial-aid agreement with Cincinnatiupdated: Wed Jul 01 2009 20:04:00

Lance Stephenson, the leading scorer in New York high school history, signed a financial aid agreement with Cincinnati Tuesday. Since he has not inked a National Letter of Intent, other colleges can still recruit him and the commitment is non-binding. The Bonus: What's next for Lance Stephenson? The world will find out soonupdated: Tue Mar 31 2009 16:28:00

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Less than two minutes into his Public Schools Athletic League semifinal, Lance Stephenson, the leading scorer in New York schoolboy history, pilfers a cross-court pass and pushes the ball up the middle. Inside a stuffy Carnesecca Arena, the one they call "Born Ready" looks back at a defender and gauges his lead. No Boys & Girls High player can catch him. His Abraham Lincoln High teammates stop near half court and watch. Approaching the rim, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound wunderkind wags his tongue and elevates for a thundering right-handed dunk.

45 pizza slices in 10 minutesupdated: Mon Oct 13 2008 09:35:00

Joey Chestnut is nicknamed a "god among eaters" after winning the Famous Famiglia World Pizza Eating Championship. NFL Power Rankings, Week 3updated: Wed Sep 17 2008 13:52:00

This is going to shock you, so make sure you're sitting down when you read it. I don't care about US vs. the World in the Ryder Cup Golf. Never have been inspired by Old Glory flying over the golf course. Here's another observation, before we get into the rather grainy business of placing 32 NFL teams in proper marching order: Listening to Jaws and Tony Korn describing the Monday nighter, like a bunch of giddy teenage girls riding the Cyclone in Coney Island, just took me away from the game and made it hard to concentrate.

Dangerous currentsupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 03:59:00

At least seven people have been swept away by strong ocean currents in the New York City-Long Island area. 3 Dead, 3 Missing in NY Ocean Watersupdated: Sun Jul 27 2008 01:00:00

Three swimmers drowned and three were missing Saturday in two days of treacherous ocean currents at Long Island and New York City beaches

Hot Dog Eating Contestupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 23:28:00

American Joey Chestnut remains top dog at the July 4th hot dog eating contest.

American keeps hot dog-eating crown in overtimeupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 23:28:00

World-record holder and defending champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut held on to his hot dog-eating title Friday in an unprecedented tie-breaker at Nathan's Famous Fourth of July contest. Tension Over Coney Island Planupdated: Fri Jul 04 2008 11:00:00

This year, there is an undercurrent of tension surrounding the Brooklyn beachfront that has been an escape for generations of New Yorkers. The fight is over how to redevelop the nostalgic New York landmark A Brief History Of Competitive Eatingupdated: Thu Jul 03 2008 11:40:00

How a fairground staple became a Fourth of July spectacle Kevin Armstrong: Real-time documentary chronicles Stephenson's riseupdated: Mon Feb 11 2008 14:01:00

Surrounded by younger fans focusing their cell phone cameras on him and trailed by one camcorder late Saturday night at the Sovereign Bank Arena, Lance Stephenson Jr. appeared to be getting along swimmingly in his fishbowl.

Front-seat ride on the Cycloneupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 14:13:00

I-Reporter Wendy Chao of Boston, Massachusetts, films a ride on New York's Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island.

I-Report: Your photos, memories of Coney Islandupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 14:13:00

The quirky seaside expanse of Coney Island, which draws visitors from throughout the U.S. seeking out its colorful rides and freaky entertainers, may soon be losing one of its key attractions.

CNNMoney: Subprime woes hit junk bonds - Grossupdated: Tue Jul 24 2007 02:28:00

Woes plaguing the subprime mortgage market are spreading to junk bonds, according Bill Gross, manager of the world's largest bond fund. 4 Wounded in Vegas Casino Shootingupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 11:40:00

A man standing on a walkway over the New York-New York casino gambling floor opened fire on the gamblers below early Friday, wounding four people Joey Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Eating Contestupdated: Thu Jul 05 2007 14:26:00

Hot dog history was made this Fourth of July, with Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Calif., shattering records - including his own - and winning the Yellow Mustard Belt at the 2007 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Will Reigning Champ Show for Hot Dog Eating Contest?updated: Wed Jul 04 2007 00:33:00

The Dog Day of July is nearly here, and there's still no official word on whether six-time Yellow Belt winner Takeru Kobayashi of Japan will participate in Wednesday's annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. Andy Gray: Chestnut aims to bring hot dog crown back to U.S.updated: Tue Jul 03 2007 02:18:00

Joey Chestnut was like any other nervous 23-year-old on a first date as he drove to San Francisco with Nikki, a fellow San Jose State student he'd met at a party earlier that week. The two hit it off instantly. She was immediately attracted to how normal and down to earth he seemed. Though the choice of venue for the couple's first date -- a wing eating contest -- was a little odd, she loved sports and had never witnessed people eat so much so quickly. Little did she know that her date would soon be the king of the competitive-eating jungle. As the night drew to a close, Joey had a confession for his date: "I took you here for a reason. This is what I do."

CNNMoney: Relishing a hot dog stockupdated: Mon Jul 02 2007 23:58:00

It's that time of year again. Many Americans will dust off their grills to celebrate the 4th of July, wave flags and watch firework displays. Hot Dog Eating Champ Diagnosed with Arthritic Jawupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 22:32:00

Takeru Kobayashi of Japan, the hot-dog eating champ of New York City's Coney Island, may be out of commission for next week's annual July 4th contest. Big East baseball tourney a thrill on Coney Island updated: Thu May 31 2007 02:23:00

New York City loves it some baseball. So people in the Big Apple should be blowing off work a little early this week, hopping on the "D" train and riding it all the way to hardball heaven in ... Coney Island? Lincoln Heights updated: Tue Mar 20 2007 10:18:00

Along the assembly line of time, the basketball greats from the Coney Island section of Brooklyn have left their footprints in the Island's sand.

Money Magazine: 05 Couples Travelupdated: Mon Dec 12 2005 16:40:00

and pamper yourself with an unforgettable weekend in New York City. Or you can spend a full week kicking back at one of the plush resorts that dot the American West. Either option will set you back the same $5,000. The first one delivers more anything-can-happen excitement and variety. The second promises more of the one thing children don't add to your life: free time. --DONNA ROSATO AND KATE ASHFORD ...

Money Magazine: 05 Couples Travelupdated: Thu Sep 01 2005 00:01:00

If you have children at home, you know that hitting the road without them is the only way to have a true vacation. So go ahead, take the in-laws up on their offer to watch the kids for a few days a...

CNNMoney: Getting paid to eatupdated: Fri Jul 01 2005 10:26:00

Takeru Kobayashi, the 137-pound Japanese man universally proclaimed the world's greatest eater, successfully defended his hot dog-eating title at the "Olympics of Competitve Eating" in Coney Island this Fourth of July.

CNNMoney: Getting paid to eatupdated: Fri May 27 2005 11:03:00

When most of us eat out, we pay for our food. But some people are starting to get paid to eat. The trick is, they must devour mass quantities of food in short amounts of time.

CNNMoney: Overeaters: Have we got meals for youupdated: Thu May 05 2005 13:33:00

In the classic Paul Newman movie, "Cool Hand Luke," the hero bets he can eat 50 hard-boiled eggs in an hour.

FSB: Light Fantasticupdated: Fri Oct 01 2004 00:01:00

At the age of 3, Matt Dilling wanted his chocolate birthday cake in the shape of an electrical plug. By 13, he was informally apprenticed to an electrician. At 19, the art school dropout opened Lit...

105-pound woman wins lobster-eating contestupdated: Sun Aug 22 2004 09:28:00

America's top speed-eater wolfed down 38 lobsters in 12 minutes Saturday to win the World Lobster Eating Contest.

'Tsunami' scoffs hot dog titleupdated: Sun Jul 04 2004 23:35:00

In his fourth victory in a row, a Japanese man retained his hot-dog-eating title Sunday by eating 53.5 of the wieners in 12 minutes.

Officials: Security tight for New Year's Day activitiesupdated: Thu Jan 01 2004 01:21:00

The focus of security concerns shifted coasts Thursday from Times Square's confetti-filled atmosphere at midnight to the chilly but flowery Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, where police officials said they expected no damper on the day's festivities, despite the nationwide orange terror alert.

Money Magazine: Rudy's NYC THE MAYOR TELLS WHY NEW YORK IS (STILL) THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD.updated: Sat Dec 01 2001 00:01:00

In August, I treated myself to a night on the town: mouth-watering Italian fare at Brooklyn's Coney Island followed by a Brooklyn Cyclones game at Keyspan Park, the picturesque stadium built for th...

Fortune: Take That Apology And Spend Itupdated: Mon Jun 11 2001 00:01:00

They're sorry. So sorry. After making job offers to a slew of college and MBA students from the class of '01, many belt-tightening employers--including Cisco, Dell, and Intel--have suddenly asked t...


From the early 1930s to the mid-1940s, Arthur Fellig was at every tenement house fire, gangland shooting, shipwreck, and major disaster--natural and otherwise--that took place in New York City, cap...

Fortune: HOT CHILIupdated: Mon Oct 27 1997 00:01:00

There are few dishes so distinctly American as a bowl of chili, and fewer still that inspire such regional crankiness. Texans generally despise tomatoes in theirs, while Midwesterners often serve t...

Money Magazine: Mystery Trains What primordial urge sends us hurtling groundward at speeds that would be illegal on an expressway? No one knows,updated: Tue Aug 01 1989 00:01:00

If atheists are scarce in foxholes, I muse as we begin clanking up the 20- story-high steel mountain, they must be nearly as rare here. This climb up the first hill of the world's tallest, fastest ...

Fortune: FORTUNE Magazine contents page APRIL 10, 1989 VOL. 119, NO. 8 updated: Mon Apr 10 1989 00:01:00

EXECUTIVE LIFE/Cover Story 50 THE WORKAHOLIC GENERATION Three decades ago, the Organization Man gave a lot of time to home, hearth, and the good life in the suburbs. By contrast, his successors tod...

Fortune: TACKLING LIABILITY Help for high-risk groups that cannot afford insurance.updated: Mon Apr 28 1986 00:01:00

THE U.S. liability insurance crisis is already crimping summer fun. The Coney Island roller coaster may not roll on opening day, municipal swimming pools across the country may be without diving bo...

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