Deno’s Wonder Wheel
The pink and-mint-green Deno’s Wonder Wheel dates back all the way to 1920. It is the best place to survey Coney Island from up high.
Sideshows by the Seashore
The heart of Coney Island in many ways is the two-part, nonprofit complex Coney Island USA. Best is the Sideshows by the Seashore ,...
Coney Island Museum
The oldest and only dive bar on the Coney Island boardwalk is an institution: Ruby’s Bar & Grill has been around since 1934 and has...
The hot dog was invented in Coney Island in 1867 - which means that eating a frankfurter is practically obligatory here. The top choice:...
Surf Ave & Boardwalk · interesting places nearby
Coney Island information
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.