Travel Guide

Brooklyn, New York City 

Coney Island 

Coney Island is actually a peninsular situated on the southern edge of Brooklyn facing the Atlantic Ocean. Coney Island is a residential neighborhood but best known as a beach resort. Its history dates back to the 19th century and remains popular with New Yorkers searching for a short or weekend break, especially during the summers. Coney Island offers more than just sandy beaches but also amusement rides, arcades, and other entertaining activities. There are four subway lines ending their journey at Coney Island's Stilwell Avenue Station. The trains begin their journey from stations in Queens and The Bronx and all pass through Manhattan.

Beach at Coney Island
The Atlantic beach at Coney Island is wide and sandy stretching continuously for nearly three miles (five kilometers). The beach is generally clean, well maintained, and watched by lifeguards. Being a popular destination with New Yorkers, the beach tends to get very crowded in summer especially during the weekends. In spring and autumn, the beach is less crowded and a pleasant place for a breezy stroll. A boardwalk stretches along the beachfront, which extends into the nearby neighborhood of Brighton Beach.

Along the Boardwalk
Many of the activities in Coney Island are concentrated along the boardwalk. Major attractions here are amusement rides, games arcades, and side shows. The amusement rides in Coney Island include the ferris wheels, roller coaster, carousels, water slides, and bumper cars. A major landmark and a popular ride is the Wonder Wheel, a 150-feet (46 meters) ferris wheel that opened in 1920. Another major amusement ride is the Cyclone, a roller coaster built in 1927 with a 60 degree drop.

Beach at Coney Island, Brooklyn (New York City)

Beach at Coney Island by Charles Kyriazos

Other Attractions
Coney Island is the home of the New York Aquarium, one of the oldest aquariums in the United States dating back to 1896. Initially located in Battery Park in Downtown Manhattan, the aquarium later relocated to Coney Island in 1957. The resort is also home of MCU Park (baseball stadium) and the Brooklyn Cyclone baseball team. Every June, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade takes place along Surf Avenue and the boardwalk, featuring floats and fancy dresses. Every October, the Coney Island Film Festival screens independent films from the United States and around the world.

Nathan's Hotdogs
Many of the eateries in Coney Island are concentrated along Surf Avenue. Almost an institution is Nathan's, located at the corner of Surf and Stilwell Avenues. Nathan's is well-known for its hot dogs, started by two Polish immigrants in 1916. Hot dogs served at Nathan's remain popular since its beginnings but today also serves burgers, fried chicken, and fish & chips. Each year on 4th July there is the much publicized Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest with contestants trying to eat as many hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes.

Boardwalk in Coney Island, Brooklyn (New York City)

Boardwalk in Coney Island by Josh Jackson


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