Coney Island: Two words that, for many, evoke memories of summers at the beach in Brooklyn, eating Nathan's Famous hot dogs, enjoying rides and boardwalk games. The rides and beach at Coney Island have long attracted visitors to the area, and have become New York icons.
Events such as the Coney Island Film Festival and Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, as well as the boardwalk amusements, welcome thousands of visitors each year. No matter how things shift and change in the city's neighborhoods, the slightly seedy, rumpled charm of Coney Island seemed like something that would endure.
Time will tell if that's actually the case. Coney Island is not immune to the city's hunger for real estate development, and to many, the heyday of the Coney Island boardwalk has passed. Proposed development looms, and these changes could alter the face of the area forever. For many, the very fate of their beloved, historic neighborhood hangs in the balance.
Coney Island is best known for its amusement park attractions and offbeat cultural events. Some of the offerings that are synonymous with the area include:
Astroland: Boasting that it's the largest amusement park in New York City, Astroland (1000 Surf Avenue) is home to many of the famed Coney Island park rides. For decades, children's rides have included the Carousel, Dune Buggy Jump and Teacups, while adults can enjoy wilder rides such as the Water Flume, Tilt-a-Whirl and Bumper Cars.