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The Wonder Wheel is Luna Park's ferris wheel in Coney Island, Brooklyn

Open for More than a Century, Coney Island's Amusement Parks are an Experience

Coney Island is all about summer, with amusement park rides along the boardwalk and a sandy beach all reachable by subway. The minor-league Brooklyn Cyclones also play here at a stadium right on the water.

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At a Glance

  • Landfill: Coney Island was an island until the 1950s, when parts of Coney Island Creek were filled during construction of the Belt Parkway.
  • Take the plunge: The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest in the U.S.; they swim here from January to early April.
  • Spin the wheel: Deno's Wonder Wheel has been in continuous operation since 1920, except during the blackout of 1977, when operators used a hand crank to bring down stranded riders.

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About Coney Island

Coney Island, on Brooklyn's southern shore, has been a popular destination for city dwellers since the 1830s. The neighborhood comes alive in the summer with seaside fun for all ages, including a beach, boardwalk, amusement parks, an aquarium, minor-league baseball games and a concert series. The neighborhood as a whole is in the midst of a (sometimes contentious) revitalization effort. Developers, officials and residents don't always agree on what the future of Coney Island should look like. Read More [+]

LIVING in Brooklyn

8 Coney Island Spots Not To Miss This Summer

Coney Island first enchanted day-tripping New Yorkers in the 1830s, and its sandy shores have been providing good old fashioned R&R to city inhabitants and visitors ever since. Read More »


New York pizza

The Ultimate, Everything Guide to New York’s Best Pizza from 1905 to Now

If the history of New York pizza were a pie, it’d be sliced just three ways: early 20th century, Post-WWII and the modern era Read More »

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