Coney Island, New York City
A southern beach in Brooklin, where you can visit the aquarium but this is not what impressed me the most. There is a vintage feeling on the place and a pier full of people fishing on a beautiful sunset. It worth a half day tour.
The Mermaid Parade has become a new tradition in Old Coney Island. Held on the second or third Saturday of June, Brooklynites offer up wacky costumes, classic cars, very original floats, and, of course, winsome Mermaids! Go to coneyislandusa for the 2010 Mermaid Parade date, as well as other Coney Island info and merch. I captured these images at the 2007 Parade, which runs down Surf Avenue, past Nathan's Famous, down to The Cyclone, the world's most famous wooden roller coaster. Next door to The Cyclone is the New York Aquarium, served by the Q and F subway lines. And, of course, the Atlantic Ocean is only 2 short blocks away. Don't forget your bathing suit and towel!
Coney Island is of course closed in winter, but the combination of the deserted carnival, lonely boardwalk and instrospective view of the ocean is something to consider. Coney Island is scheduled for possible demolition in Fall 2008 so you may want to go now, or in summer when it is still vibrant with carnival rides and games of chance. The boardwalk is wide and in great condition with many benches along the way for viewing the winter ocean - dress warm! Don't forget to stop for a Nathan's hotdog at the original home of the tubular treat! Doesn't need extra "stuff" - the dog is just right plain!
Coney Island isn't what it used to be in the early part of the 20th century. The amusement park infrastructure and family oriented beach lounging is still popular with Brooklyn residents, but its magic feels diminished. The population in the area is still mostly Jewish. In the past two decades, former Soviet Union immigrants have largely overtaken and revamped the area with a Russian feel.
Yes, the cyclone is still there.
It's about an hour train ride from Manhattan. However, it's nice to get away from the city and dip your toes in the Atlantic Ocean. Great "decisive moment" photography opportunities.
D, Q, F subway to Stillwell Station, walk toward the beach
Maybe this is better when it's actually open from May - September every year.
Given no forward notice, I had always imagined that somewhere as famous as Coney Island would be open all year.
It took me almost an hour in each direction to reach the Stillwell Avenue subway station from Greenwich.
Crossing a busy road, I was hit first by the cavalcade of fast food outlets that seemed to line the road as far as the eye could see. Getting behind them were the padlocked gates and reams of barbed wire fences... not to mention security guards and guard dogs.
OK, thought I, it's only 10am... changes are this place doesn't get going until the afternoon. Then I reached the boardwalk (again festooned with fast food joints) and found a billboard for the coming season. Not opening until May. Hmmmm....
Even the Aquarium on the same site had similar opening dates and hours.
The boardway and beach looking out over the Lower New York Bay is stunning, lessened somewhat by the mountains of redundant metal making up the rides in the closed theme park behind.
Coney Island: One of the USA's first ocean destinations! Visit the side-show museum, take a ride on the Cyclone and visit Nathan's for an original NY dining experience. Walk over to Brighton Beach for a little bit of mother Russia-it's a cultural warp. Can be reached by taking B,D,or F train to Coney Island. This place screams fun. Check out my Brooklyn page for photos and more information.
This is the famous Coney Island Boardwalk from where the famous soung was inspired. There is no longer an "under the boardwalk" According to a man that was city on a bench that I had met there , told me that there was an underground city of bums and drug addicts and more then 25 persons where found dead weekly under the Boardwalk, so the city decided to fill underneath the Boardwalk with sand...
Though, just a short subway ride away from the city, many tourists do not make the trip, and they should. Brooklyn has more culture, great restaurants and fun family activities than most cities in the country. You're first stop should be Coney Island. Get there early, and take a stroll on the famous boadwalk, but bypass the food and head over to the Origianal Nathan's, a NYC landmark for almost 100 years. Let your stomach digest the food, and then make you're way to The Cyclone Rollecoaster. Not as big as today's coasters, but still one hell of a ride. Another fun ride is the Wonderwheel, a 150ft ferris wheel with cars that move (great views). On summer nights, try to catch a Cyclone baseball game (the Mets A farm team).The stadium is wonderful, built right off the boardwalk, it affords you amazing views of the ocean and the park (fireworks follow the game friday nights).
Coney Island, Brooklyn (pictured) - Most travelers miss to explore the other Boroughs (Queens, The Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island); Here are some of the web sites: ilovethebronx.com; brooklynX.org/tourism; queenscouncilarts.org; ci.nyc.ny.us/statenislandtou ism
A true New York treasure! It's got one of the best roller coasters in the world, great hot dogs (at Nathan's), a nice beach, and a funky atmosphere. Can be loud at times, but that's part of the charm!
A very interesting side of New York city and good to take half a day off. The aquarium not so good though...
Walk along the boardwalk by the beach and listen to everyone speak Russian.
This area should be called little Russia.
The beach here is very good with lifeguards in summer.
Visit the Aquarium.
March 22 2003 I went back to Coney Island to take a stroll with my Dad and I and see this special place.