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ImagineConey Exhibit Opens with Sword-Swallowing, Coin-Bending, Live-Tweeting

Last night, the Municipal Art Society’s new exhibit ImagineConey: Bold Ideas for Coney Island opened with a party at our Urban Center Galleries, featuring Miss Cyclone as the evening’s MC, with sword-swallower The Great Fredini and Steve the Strongman providing sideshow entertainment that was both fascinating and gruesome at the same time. Check out the slideshow above for photos of the opening, and visit our Facebook page to watch two short videos of the Great Fredini performing. We also took the opportunity to “live-tweet” this captivating event on Twitter, so please check out our tweets after the jump to learn about some of the more intriguing points of the evening. Currently on display through Wednesday, March 11, ImagineConey: Bold Ideas for Coney Island presents some of the more than 350 ideas submitted by the public through our ImagineConey initiative and the results of our November “charrette” design workshop. Click here to learn more about the ImagineConey intiative and for gallery opening hours. Last Night’s Live-Tweets: 1. Just on our way to start live tweeting and almost bumped into a sword swallower. Could have been dangerous! 2. MAS galleries filling up fast in breathless anticipation of opening. 3. Cotton candy tempting, but too early for sweets. Mmmmm popcorn. 4. George Shea just reported that the Great Fredini just swallowed an MAS Grand Central umbrella! 5. MAS President Vin Cipolla welcomes everyone, and stresses that Coney Island can be great once again, but make it great we need to create a vision and start now. 6. Miss Cyclone here to MC the Coney entertainment. Stresses that we have to be creative and not give up. 7. David Childs is here and in awe of the Great Fredini. 8. The great Fredini just hammered a nail up his nose. Madison Avenue may never be the same. 9. Steve the Strong Man just bent a penny in half, with his teeth! 10. Overheard: George Shea trying to hire the Strong Man as his personal trainer. 11. Overheard: George Shea now trying to hire Miss Cyclone as his personal trainer. 12. http://twitpic.com/1biji – Frank looks very pleased with his ball. 13. http://twitpic.com/1biwt – this may be the only time you see an MAS President and a sword-swallower in the same shot. 14. Popcorn litters the floors, Coney beer is gone, but the dream lives on. Tell us your vision for Coney’s future: http://imagineconey.com/about 21 hours ago from web