Hundreds cram Coney Island job fair

May 27, 2009 6:07:03 PM PDT
In yet another frustrating sign of these tough economic times, hundreds of people crammed into a job fair on Coney Island Wednesday, hoping to score a temporary summer job being offered. Many of those people waited in line for hours.

The lions and tigers and bears need ushers, tickets takers and greeters to pull off the greatest show on earth.

Under the big top for the first time in 50 years and in Coney Island for the first time ever, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey job fair drew 1,000 applicants for about 150 positions

"It was a four-hour wait for a two-minute interview," one attendee said. "I hope we get the job."

The wait was worth it for 16-year-old Ishmael Morales. He dressed for success, asserted his qualifications and hopes he gets a call and a paycheck.

"I want to help my mom," he said. "So she doesn't have to take care of me and my three brothers."

The Coney Island Redevelopment Corporation reached out to the local community to hire from the neighborhoods surrounding the ailing boardwalk it hopes to re-energize. And not surprisingly, in this economy, the applicant pool was diverse.

For more on the circus, visit FeldEntertanment.com. To inquire about applying for a job, send an e-mail to ConeyIsland@FeldInc.com.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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