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Swastika found near Coney Island Jewish community center

Locals were left appalled after a swastika was found sketched into a park bench near a Jewish center in Coney Island on Thursday. “The sensitivity that’s related to this type of anti-Semitism is a source of devastating emotional trauma,” said Rabbi Moshe Wiener, the executive director of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island. “This is definitely a source of immense trauma for the populations we’re dealing with.” A jogger first spotted the hateful symbol scribbled on a bench along the Coney Island Boardwalk near W. 37th Street …

Coney Island exhibit shows how fresh air saved thousands of immigrant lives

A new exhibit opening Saturday in Coney Island brings to light a bygone era when the seaside neighborhood was instrumental in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. From the 1870s to the 1920s, immigrant women and children would come to live in nonprofit summer homes to escape the disease-filled tenement houses of the Lower East Side and elsewhere. The immigrants, many of whom were sick, would come to the neighborhood for its fresh air and would see their…