Coney Island is the historic seaside section of Brooklyn that features a lively boardwalk, beach, world-famous Nathan’s hotdogs, and an amusement park with old-fashioned rides like the Cyclone Roller Coaster and the Wonder Wheel ferris wheel.

Coney Island first gained popularity at the turn of the century as a seaside resort town, and through the last century has undergone many ups and downs in popularity and economic solvency, having undergone a recent rebirth after a dismal period in the 1960’s and 70’s when New York’s business climate had fallen.
Today, Coney Island’s grit is now being transformed into glamour. What was once a group of amusement park vendors has now been replaced by chain restaurants and stores; and a number of the older souvenir and snack shops that made Coney Island famous, are now shuttered.
Visitors to today’s Coney Island will find a great place to spend the day at the beach, visit the new amusement shops, or watch a Cyclones minor-league baseball game. Coney Island beach is clean, the water is refreshing, and there are plenty of playgrounds available for kids.
Although the city is still working on a number of areas that were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the boardwalk has been cleaned up and renovated, and there are a number of new rides available to enjoy. In addition to Nathan’s Famous original hot dog (which opened on Coney Island in 1916 and is home to the annual July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest), a number of new restaurants and shops have also opened on the boardwalk.
If you are visiting the amusement park, consider buying a Luna bracelet to save of admission prices as each ride requires payment coupons, and weekends can be very busy with locals and tourists. Like in most areas of New York, parking can be difficult, so use public transportation. Coney Island is easily accessible by subway (the Coney Island or Stillwell Avenue stops.)