Coney Island: Where New Yorkers Come to Play

by Denise Marie

Occupying the southern tip of Brooklyn, New York, Coney Island is a historic district with an oceanfront boardwalk and plenty of family-friendly activities. For generations, this vibrant neighborhood has been a major hub for entertainment and recreation.

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History & Attractions

Coney Island began attracting visitors in the 1800’s, because it became accessible to areas around New York on newly built roads, and yet it was still far enough away to offer a taste of a real vacation. The first hotels were built in the 1830’s, streetcars reached the area in the 1860’s and steamships began coming in the 1880’s.

It was at this same time that Coney Island began to develop its now iconic amusements. The first carousel opened in 1876, the first hot dog stand came in 1916.

In the 1920’s, the Rigelmann Boardwalk is one of the top attractions in Coney Island. Stretching 2.7 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, this wooden boardwalk is lined with shops, kiosks, amusement parks, recreational parks and high-rise residential properties.

The New York Aquarium is centrally located on this historic boardwalk that retains vintage charm. In business since the 1950’s, the aquarium is home to hundreds of aquatic species. Some of the themed exhibits include Sea Cliffs, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! and Sharks, Rays & Turtles. Additionally, the Aquatheater is an outdoor venue that hosts thrilling performances by sea lions. A beautiful coral reef with tropical fish is on display at the Conservation Hall.

Families looking for thrilling adventures in Coney Island should buy tickets to the Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. From the Dizzy Dragon and Mini Pirate Ship to the Wonder Wheel and Tilt-a-Whirl, the amusement park has more than a dozen fun rides.

Inspired by an original theme park that lined the boardwalk in the early 20th century, Luna Park includes more than 20 rides, such as the Cyclone, Thunderbolt and B&B Carousel. Additionally, the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest is perhaps the most notable annual event in this waterfront neighborhood.

During the summer season, the beach-going population in Coney Island surges to peak levels. Restrooms, lifeguard stations and other essential amenities are available on the popular urban beaches that span approximately 3 miles.

The Steeplechase Pier roughly marks the midpoint of the beaches along the boardwalk. Additionally, Manhattan Beach Park has a public beach and various recreational facilities, such as tennis courts and basketball courts. If you’re interested in minor league baseball, check out the Brooklyn Cyclones at the MCU Park that’s conveniently located on the north side of the boardwalk.

Coney Island & Hot Dogs

When you come to spend the day on Coney Island, you simply must have a hot dog. Coney Island is one of a few places that claims to have invented the modern version of hot dogs, back in 1870 when a German immigrant to named Charles Feltman began selling German sausages in fresh bread rolls right here on the island. Today, there are dozens of hot dog vendors all up and down the boardwalk. The most famous is the original Nathan’s hot dog stand, which was the beginning of a massive hot dog empire, and which still hosts the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest every year.

Location and Getting There

The Coney Island-Stillwell Station is the busiest public transportation hub in Coney Island. You may take the D, F, N and Q NYC Subway trains to this rail station, which is also served by several MTA bus routes. Additional subway stations are located on Ocean Parkway, Brighton Beach Avenue and near the New York Aquarium on West Eighth Street. Running through most of Brooklyn, the Belt Parkway provides direct access to this waterfront district.

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Coney Island 2019 Flicks on the Beach Line-up

by Denise Marie

CONEY ISLAND, July 2, 2019 – The much-anticipated Flicks on the Beach series is returning to Coney Island for
its seventh season starting July 22nd. Programmed by the Alliance for Coney Island, the Monday night series offers
Coney Island visitors the opportunity to see some of their favorite movies for free during the summer months.

Coney Island Flicks on the Beach

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The series, set to begin on Monday, July 22nd at sundown will include 2018 Pixar Animation hit the Incredibles 2 and
the 2019 mega-blockbuster, Avengers: End Game. With three screenings this summer, we encourage people to
arrive early to ensure a good seat.

The 2019 Flicks on the Beach line-up is:

● July 22nd – The Incredibles 2
● August 5th – A Star is Born
● August 26th – Avengers: End Game

Screenings will be on the beach at West 12th Street.

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Alliance for Coney Island
The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private – public partnership dedicated to continuing
the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the
community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President, and New York City
Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

2019 New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Coney Island

by Denise Marie

PRESS RELEASE:

CONEY ISLAND, November 12th, 2018 – It’s no secret that Coney Island has been the birthplace for fun since the turn of the century. Celebrating its 115th year, the originators of the time honored tradition of the Polar Bear Plunge are proud to announce a partnership with local non-profit organizations to help their neighborhood: Coney Island.

The Plunge, taking place on January 1st, 2019  is a free event, however individuals and teams must register to participate and are encouraged to fundraise for the cause. Walk-up registrants are welcome and are encouraged to arrive early, as on-site registration will open at 10 a.m., and the first wave of plungers start at 1PM sharp.

Last year, despite freezing temperatures, the plunge raised over $40,000. For 2019, the goal is to raise $80,000 which will all go toward local Coney Island nonprofits including the Alliance for Coney Island, New York Aquarium, Coney Island USA, Coney Island History Project as well as other arts and community organizations.  Supporters of Coney Island can show their commitment by fundraising to help ensure the growth and livelihood of this iconic destination and neighborhood.  Funds help support free events such as Friday Night Fireworks, arts programs, environmental and educational programming, and continue to improve quality of life issues and support workforce development programs for the Coney Island neighborhood which is home to over 50,000 residents.

To register or learn more about the 115th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Coney Island, please visit: www.polarbearclub.org

To plan a trip to Coney Island and stay up-to-date on all Coney happenings, make sure to visit www.ConeyIslandFunGuide.com, sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, @ConeyIslandFun.

Alliance for Coney Island

The not-for-profit Alliance for Coney Island, Inc. is a private-public partnership dedicated to continuing the year-round revitalization of Coney Island. The Alliance represents local businesses, nonprofits, and the community, with support from the New York City Council, the Brooklyn Borough President and New York City Economic Development Corporation. More info at www.AllianceforConeyIsland.org.

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. We swim in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island every Sunday from November through April. Since 1903, we have been hosting a public New Year’s Day Plunge for all brave souls to welcome the New Year. While the event is free, we do encourage plungers to make a donation to our charity sponsors. In the past decade, the Club has raised over $500,000 to support charities. This year we are supporting the NY Aquarium, the Alliance for Coney Island and local non-profit community organizations in the Coney Island Community.