Celebrate Autumn in Coney Island with Fall Friendly Activities

by NYJ Team


BROOKLYN, NY, September 26, 2018 —  The summer may be behind us but the fun isn’t stopping in Coney Island. With a line-up of fall friendly activities, visitors can still enjoy a variety of events and attractions in the famed amusement district.

From September 26th to September 30th, Celebrate Chol Hammoed Sukkot at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. Enjoy over 20 rides including the world famous Wonder Wheel and over 16 kiddie rides. The park will have a Sukkah located inside the boardwalk entrance of the park and offer guests a variety of Kosher food, desserts and beverages for purchase. Luna Park will also be open to the public on September 26th and 27th and all weekend long from 11-7pm.

One of Spotify’s most listened to playlists is coming to Brooklyn. On September 29th, Chance the Rapper will headline the RapCaviar Live Tour with support from up and coming artists like Sheck Wes, Tierra Whack and DJ Spin King at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk. Tickets are still on sale at Livenation.com

Halloween Harvest returns to Coney Island starting Saturday, September 29th and every weekend from 12-6pm until October 28th. Halloween Harvest at Luna Park offers guests many great fall activities without having to leave NYC. From picking your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, face painting, arts and crafts and this year’s new addition – Tillie’s Tractor Race where children get to race mini tractors through a hay racetrack. Visit LunaParkNYC.com for a full line up of weekly entertainment.

On September 30th, visitors to the Coney Island Brewery can drink and shop from the comfort of their outdoor beer garden. From 12pm-6pm the Community Market will feature local jewelers, artisans, tarot card readers and more.

On Sunday, October 14th, the dogs get to have some “HOWL-oween” fun too! Luna Park will be hosting the annual Halloween Dog Parade and Costume Contest at 11am. Get your pups ready for their chance to win some great prizes. Entrance to the event is free, but you must register your pup at lunaparknyc.com.

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from October 14th to October 28th Coney Island USA will deliver an experience not for the faint of heart. Guests will take a self guided tour through the Kensington family house for a 4D experience where you will experience sights, sounds and smells that will leave you afraid of the dark. Open to ages 14 and over only, See if you are brave enough to walk through The Rooms. For hours of operation and ticket pricing, visit www.coneyisland.com.

Coney Island is going pink on October 21st for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk of Brooklyn. Starting at 10am, walkers can enjoy some pre-event festivities inside MCU Park. Each year, the breast cancer walk is an opportunity to unite communities to honor breast cancer survivors and help raise funds to find a cure.

Rounding out the Halloween Festivities is the 9th Annual Children’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest on Saturday October 27th.  From 11am-2pm, the Alliance for Coney Island will host this free family-friendly event inside MCU Stadium where guests can enjoy a day of games, magic shows, bounce houses, face painting, caricature art, trick-or-treating and more. The official Coney Island Costume Contest will include categories of Most Creative, Funniest, Best Handmade, Best Group and Best Overall Costumes. The first 1,500 children will also receive a trick-or-treat bag full of goodies and a 2-hr wristband to Luna Park. The event is open to all children 14 years of age and younger in costume accompanied by an adult.

In addition to all the fun events this September & October, Coney Island businesses are open and ready for you! Shop at Lola Star, Brooklyn Beach Shop, Coney Island Beach Shop and Surf & Stillwell for any holiday gifts or souvenirs. All eateries are open and serving delicious meals and treats including Applebee’s Grill & Bar, Coney’s Cones, Coney Island Brewery, Gargiulo’s Restaurant, Kitchen 21, Nathan’s Famous, Paul’s Daughter, Ruby’s, Tom’s Coney Island, and Williams Candy.

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

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.

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Staten Island Ferry | A True New York City Bargain!

by NYJ Team

The Staten Island Ferry is one of New York City’s true bargains. The free ferry ride connects lower Manhattan with Staten Island and offers incredible views of the skyscrapers in lower Manhattan as well as Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.


Ferry service between lower Manhattan and Staten Island began in the early 1700’s. The original service was operated by sail-powered craft. Steam-powered ferries were not added until 1817. After several accidents, the city of New York acquired the ferry service in 1901, but kept the steam-powered ferries in service until the mid-1980’s. The ferry fare, five cents for years, increased to 25 cents in the 1980’s. After much debate, however, the fare was discontinued completely in 1997.

Staten Island Ferry Facts

• The Staten Island Ferry transports over 20 million passengers each year, an average of 70,000 per day.
• The Ferry service has been featured in a number of popular movies and TV programs, including “Working Girl” with Melanie Griffith, an “I Love Lucy” episode, and “The Secret of My Success” with Michael J. Fox.
• The Staten Island Ferry boats make approximately 33,000 trips each year.
• The original ferries were painted white, but were changed to orange for better visibility in the rain and fog.
• Old ferryboats have found new life in and around New York City – one is a restaurant in New Jersey and two are used as prisoner dormitories at Riker’s Island.

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Taking the Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry departs from Whitehall Street, near Battery Park in Lower Manhattan and arrives at the St. Georges Ferry Terminal at Richmond Terrace on Staten Island. The 5.2-mile journey is free and takes approximately 25 minutes each way. Bicycles are permitted on the lower deck at no charge, but vehicles are no longer permitted on the ferry. The Staten Island Ferry schedule operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Frequency varies with the time of day, but rarely do you have to wait more than 15 minutes for a ferry.

Parking facilities are available on Staten Island at the St. Georges Ferry Terminal. On the Manhattan side, the ferry docks near subway and bus transportation.

Visiting Staten Island

Staten Island, arguably the least well known of the five New York City boroughs, has a wealth of museums and historic sites to interest visitors arriving on the ferry. Right across from St. Georges Terminal is the Staten Island Museum. This comprehensive museum, founded in 1881, has a permanent collection including a large body of Italian Renaissance paintings; a section on the art and culture of the Lenape tribe, the first inhabitants of Staten Island; and an exhibit on the history of the Staten Island Ferry, among other things. Temporary exhibits, such as a recent display of historic baseball cards, augment the permanent collection.

Another highlight of Staten Island is Historic Richmond Town. This 100-acre living museum features 15 restored 18th and 19th century residential and commercial buildings as well as a museum, filled with objects from the island’s colorful past. Richmond Town was the site of one of the original Dutch settlements in the area and later became a British stronghold prior to the Revolutionary War. Historic Richmond Town is reached by a bus that leaves directly from the ferry terminal. Admission is modest and discounts are offered for students and seniors.

Taking the Staten Island Ferry is a delight for visitors and residents alike. The views of the city and the Statue of Liberty are some of the best in the world – and it’s all for free.

Location: 1 Whitehall Street at South Street

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Wall Street & the New York Stock Exchange

by NYJ Team

Wall Street, a narrow street in lower Manhattan between Broadway and the East River, was the first permanent home of the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the one-time headquarters for all of the major banks and brokerage houses in the United States. Although, all of the brokerages have moved elsewhere – to other quarters in New York’s financial district, New Jersey, and Connecticut – the term, “Wall Street” is still synonymous with the US financial markets.


Wall Street got its name in the 17th century, when it was the northern boundary of the original Dutch “New Amsterdam” settlement on Manhattan. There actually was, at one time, a wall on Wall Street. Wall Street and the surrounding New York financial district grew up around the New York Stock Exchange. At one time, virtually all of the US banks and brokerages were based in this small area. At the height of the “Gilded Age” in the late 19th and early 20th century, the area was known as the “House of Morgan”, referring to JP Morgan, the country’s largest bank and financier.

The attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001, has had the effect of speeding the exodus of companies from the concentrated financial district. Banks and brokerage headquarters can now be found all throughout suburban New York City.

New York Stock Exchange

The New York Stock Exchange, located at 11 Wall Street, is the largest stock exchange in the world. Its global capitalization is roughly 20 trillion dollars. The NYSE traces its history back to an event 1792, when 24 brokers and bankers signed the “Buttonwood Agreement”, named for a buttonwood tree that stood at the end of Wall Street. This agreement set into motion the creation of the system of buying and selling stocks that became the NYSE. Unlike the high-tech NASDAQ marketplace, at Times Square, the NYSE today operates much as it did 100 years ago, in an auction format with buyers and sellers’ agents meeting and deciding on a price right on the exchange’s trading floor.

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Visiting Wall Street and the NYSE

Wall Street and the New York Financial District make a nice New York walking tour. The area is easily accessible from all parts of the city via subway, bus, and taxi.

Also within the financial district, at the corner of Wall St. and Nassau St., is Federal Hall National Memorial, the home of the first United States capital and the site of George Washington’s Presidential inauguration. Continuing along Wall Street to the East River, you come to South Street Seaport, a favorite of residents and visitors alike. This historic area was once the site of the Fulton fish market where the New York fishing fleet returned from their day in the harbor and sold their wares. Today, it is a combination shopping mall, museum, and entertainment complex, with spectacular views and a fleet of historic sailing ships.

Also not far from the financial district, at the tip of Manhattan, is Battery Park, a 32-acre waterfront, mixed-use park, which offers spectacular views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in the distance.

A visit to Wall Street and the New York financial district is an interesting diversion from New York museums and shopping. The area’s imposing facades and rich history, capped with the spectacular views from the tip of Manhattan made a trip to Wall Street a must for any New York sightseeing trip.

Location: at 11 Wall Street, New York City, New York
Phone: 212-656-3000

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