Mermaids Waiting for the Parade to Begin
This year's Mermaid Parade in Coney Island was on Saturday, June 18th. Officially, the Mermaid Parade “celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island,” not to mention individualism, artistic self-expression, and partial nudity. And, of course, whenever there is nudity there will be photographers--so many of them that it was almost impossible to take a shot without getting a photographer in the background..

The parade started at 2 pm and was finished by 3:30 pm. Our photographers were there from 11 am onward and captured lots of good preparade shots. Here are some examples. For from this year's parade and past parades at

King Neptune and Friend


Pirate Family


King Neptune and His Pregnant Wife

The revamped and revitalized Luna Park Amusement Park in Coney Island added several new rides this year. We sent a photographer to investigate and here are some of the photos he took. More at

The Zenobia

Screaming Eagle



The Venerable Wonder Wheel

The 54 annual Puerto Rican Day Parade moved up Fifth Avenue from 45th to 79th Streets on Sunday, June 12th. This year Parade highlighted the town of Cabo Rojo in their celebration of their 240th year and Patilla celebrating their 200th year as a city. Check out our coverage of the Puerto Rican Day Parade and all other New York City parades at

Living Puerto Rican Flag

Governor Andrew Cuomo marching in the parade

Abuelo on Rollerskates

There was some confusion about our press credentials and, since security was tight, we were forced to photograph the parade from the sidelines. It would not have been such a great inconvenience had it not been for the hundreds of police officers who blocked most our view of the parade.

Great doors but lousy windows.
We were finally forced to turn to our "skycam", a Canon G11 on a monopod with a wired remote. We were able to hold the camera above the crowd and get some interesting shots.

Skycam shot

The Hare Krishna parade is the only parade in Manhattan where the police to not close off the streets. The parade takes place on Fifth Avenue with live traffic moving by. That's because the Krishna's went to court and won the right to use 5th Avenue as a parade route after the New York City powers-that-be decided that there would be no more parades allowed.

Watching the tall floats go by
 These kids are staring at one of the large floats being pulled down Fifth Avenue by Krishna followers. The tall constructions on the floats collapse so they can make it under traffic lights and low handing wires.

New York City has the largest population of Krishna followers in the United States and judging from the large number of strollers in the parade there will be a new generation coming soon.

The parade started at 45th Street and wound its way down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park, with cross streets blocked and a lane of live traffic streaming by on the right.

When the parade reached Madison Square Park it encountered a barbecue festival in progress and even though it had started to rain, throngs of barbecue lovers lined the street to watch the parade.

Hare Krishna parade coming down Fifth on a rainy Saturday afternoon
In the photo below, barbecue lovers with wearing pig ears watch one of the parade floats pass by. I know the followers of Lord Krishna are vegetarians so it seemed a bit ironic that the parade took this particular route on this particular day.

Barbecue lovers in pig ears watching the Hare Krishna parade

Young Girl with Israeli Flag Watches from her Father's Shoulders

Over 30,000 participants marched up Fifth Ave. from 57th St. to 74th St. cheered by hundreds of thousands of spectators from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and New York Photo News was there to cover the event

Mayor Bloomberg joined Govenor Andrew Cuomo, Police Commisioner Raymond Kelly, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Lautenberg, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and others in the parade marking Israel's 63rd year of independence. Notable in his absence was embattled Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn and Queens who is usually a fixture at the parade but has plenty of photos of him at other events.

There were several Grand Marshalls including real estate developer and founder of Thor Equities, Joseph Sit, Israel’s consul general in New York, Ido Aharoni, and Israel’s minister of information and diaspora, Yuli Edelstein.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly Greets Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

At 59th and  Fifth Avenue the sidewalk on the west side of the street was filled with two groups of protesters who have appeared each year: anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox Jews who oppose Israel’s existence and supporters of a Palestinian state who hoisted their red, black, white, and green flags. The ultra-Orthodox Jews also waved Palestinian flags as marchers harangued the protesters and the NYPD worked hard to keep everything under control.

Pro skateboarder Ryan Decenzo signs autographs for fans.
The annual Maloof Money Cup pro skateboard competiton came to Flushing Meadow Park in Queens over the weekend of June 5-6, 2011. NYC Photo News was there with full coverage.

Greg Lutzka claimed the title earning skateboarding’s largest cash prize: $160,000.  Other top competitors are listed below. Held at the newly-renovated Maloof Skate Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, the event brought out more than 25,000 skateboarding fans, with thousands of lining the gates in anticipation to see the world’s best professional skaters battle it out for skateboarding’s most coveted title.

In the photo above pro skateboarder Ryan Decenzo signs autographs for fans.

Pro skaterboarder Justin Brock
 In this photo pro skaterboarder Justin Brock performs for the crowd.

We have photos of most of the competitors including Justin Brock, Dennis Busenitz, Andrew Reynolds, Ryan Decenzo, Evan Smith, Curren Caples, Ishod Wair, Eli Reed, Manny Santiago, Omar Salazar, Stefan Janoski, Sierra Fellers, Pete Eldridge, David Gravette, and a host of others. Check out the action at

The Fleet arrived in New York City on Wednesday, May 25 with the USS New York and USS Iwo Jima as the two jewels in the crown. They were saluted by fireboats from the NYFD Marine Division including the newest the "343" named in honor of the 343 NYFD firefighters and EMS personnel who gave their lives on 9/11/2001.

NYFD fireboats salute the fleet as it arrives in New York City
Various events around the city included amphibious landings by the USMC at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Flushing Meadow Park in Queens and other locations around the area. The landing at Coney Island was called-off because of dense fog.

USMC V-22 Osprey Lands at Flushing Meadow Park During Fleet Week 2011.
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) was moored in Manhattan at Pier 88 at 48th St. and 12th Ave. The amphibious assault ship USS New York (LPD 21), and three Oliver Hazard Perryclass frigates USS Kauffman (FFG 59), USS Carr (FFG 52), USS John L. Hall (FFG 32) and USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) were moored at the Homeport Pier in Staten Island and were open for visitation from 8am to 5pm. Thousands flocked to the piers to visit the ships.

USS New York
Interior of V022 Osprey at Flushing Meadow, Queens during Fleet Week 2011
 A U.S. Marine tells a young boy about a machine gun aboard the USS Iwo Jima during Fleet Week 2011