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Coney Island Reopens For First Time since Sandy

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – New York’s famous Coney Island amusement area opened on Sunday for the first time since the region was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The park reopening is another milestone for the city's recovery efforts. Palm Sunday is traditionally the start of the amusement park’s season, but there were doubts if repairs would be done in time this year.

Director of Operations for the Alliance for Coney Island Johanna Zaki says it shows how strong New Yorkers are.

“The message is that we're resilient. We're resilient New Yorkers and Sandy isn't gonna keep us down.”

The Wonder Wheel, which sustained significant damage during the storm, is giving free rides to park attendees today. The owner told ABC News that it’s their way of saying thank you to New York and a way of celebrating.

The park isn’t operating at 100 percent just yet though. Notably, the original Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs location, which traditionally hosts a hotdog eating contest every Fourth of July, is still under repairs. A satellite restaurant is open, though.

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Joey Chestnut Wins Hot Dog Eating Contest for Sixth Straight Year

STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- Joey "Jaws" Chestnut won his sixth consecutive Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest Wednesday in New York's Coney Island.

The San Jose, Calif., champion downed 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Chestnut, who won $10,000 and a mustard champion's belt, proved how unstoppable he is on the competitive eating circuit.  Second place finisher Tim Janus scarfed down 52 of the hot dogs and buns.

"I tied my best without anyone really pushing me," Chestnut said.  "I'm looking forward to next year already."

Chestnut and his former rival, Takeru Kobayashi, who left Major League Eating in 2010, are now tied with six wins a piece.

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, from Alexandria, Va., defended her title in the women's competition, eating 45 hot dogs -- five more than she did last year.

The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest has been a holiday tradition for 97 years.  The contest requires eaters to consume the entire hot dog and bun and any "reversal of fortune," Major League Eating's term for vomiting, results in an automatic disqualification.

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