Coney Island

Coney Island information

Location
New York City , USA
Address
Surf Ave & Boardwalk
btwn W 15th & W 8th Sts
Getting there
Subway: D/F, N/Q to Coney Island-Stillwell Ave
More information
www.coneyisland.com
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Coney Island was a working-class resort area at the turn of the 20th century. Though it is no longer the booming, peninsula-wide attraction it was then, it has blossomed in recent years with new crowds, fresh rides and plentiful places to eat and drink. The area traces its amusement park roots to the mid-1800s, when inhabitants of the increasingly industrialized city began to seek relief from their sweltering tenements in summer. By the late 19th century, the area was a rough and tumble party spot dubbed ‘Sodom by the Sea.’ In the early 1900s, however, family amusements began to materialize. The most famous, Luna Park, opened in 1903 – a dream world with live camels and elephants, illuminated by more than a million bulbs. Today, it is still possible to ride the Wonder Wheel (opened in 1920) and the clackety Cyclone roller coaster (1927). The area was a bit of a ghost town in the ’80s, but it has experienced a resurgence in recent years, drawing New Yorkers who come to chow on hot dogs, catch a sideshow, and dress up like punk mermaids at the annual Mermaid Parade. It ain’t Disney – but it isn’t meant to be.