Lola Staar's Dreamland Rink Opens in Childs Building
Some history was made in Coney Island last night when Dianna Carlin opened her Dreamland Roller Rink in the landmarked Childs Building on the boardwalk. It was only the second public event the historic structure in the last half century. The building--which has been made available by Taconic Investment--was decorated in white lights and billowing pink and orange fabric. The event was sponsored by Glamour Magazine and Dreaming Tommy Hilfiger, which provided money for the rink, courtesy of a contest that Ms. Carlin won. They were shooting a documentary about the project last night. A rink was set up in the middle of the building and entertainment included what one would expect at a Coney event: hula hoop people, stilt walkers and a number of scantily clad performers. Singer Ashanti made an appearance, as did actress Marissa Tomei, who spent a lot of time on skates. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was on hand for time, and most fixtures on the Coney Island scene, such as Coney Island USA's Dick Zigun were there for a while. It was an excellent night.
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