Coney Island  

Coney Island is a peninsular neighborhood and entertainment area in the southwestern section of the Brooklyn, New York. The district is bounded by Brighton Beach to its east, Lower New York Bay to the south and west, and Gravesend to the north, and includes the subsections of Sea Gate to its west and Brighton Beach to its east. Coney Island was formerly the westernmost of the Outer Barrier islands on the southern shore of Long Island. Still, in the early 20th century, it became a peninsula connected to the rest of Long Island by landfill.

The origin of Coney Island’s name is disputed, but the area was originally part of the colonial town of Gravesend. By the mid-19th century, it had become a seaside resort, and by the late 19th century, amusement parks had also been built at the location. The attractions reached a historical peak during the first half of the 20th century. However, they declined in popularity after World War II, and, following years of neglect, several structures were torn down. Various redevelopment projects were proposed for Coney Island in the 1970s through the 2000s, though most were not carried out. The area was revitalized with the opening of MCU Park in 2001 and several amusement rides starting in the 2010s.

Amusement Parks and Attractions

Coney Island has two amusement parks, Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, and several rides that are not incorporated into either amusement park. These are owned and managed by several different companies and operate independently. Coney Island also has several other visitor attractions, such as skeeball and ball tossing, as well as a sideshow that contains shooting, throwing, and tossing skills. The area hosts renowned events as well. Coney Island’s amusement area is a few in the United States that is not mostly owned by any one entity. Top Brooklyn Electrician


There is a broad public sand beach that starts at Sea Gate at West 37th Street, through the central Coney Island area and Brighton Beach, to the beginning of the community of Manhattan Beach, a distance of approximately 2.7 mi (4.3 km). The beach is continuous and is served for its entire length by the broad Riegelmann Boardwalk. Numerous amusements, the aquarium, and a variety of food shops and arcades are directly accessible from the landward side of the boardwalk.

The beaches in Coney Island used to be private until 1923, when the city bought all the land on the waterfront and created the Riegelmann Boardwalk and Beach. Today, only the sand beach inside Sea Gate is private; it is accessible solely to residents of that community.

Restaurants Nearby  

  • Gyro Qila is located at 1225 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY
  • Salt & Sizzle is situated at 1301 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY
  • Gargiulo’s is located at 2911 W 15th St, Brooklyn, NY


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