The history of Coney Island
Located at the southern end of Brooklyn, Coney Island is a lively place to spend a day or an afternoon full of memories. This place is mainly known for its beach and its amusement parks and it is a few kilometers from downtown Manhattan.
The festive activity of Coney Island was born from the merger of three amusement parks Steeplechase created in 1897, customers could ride mechanical horses attached to iron rails. Luna Park, which was created in 1903, offered a magnificent landscape of minarets illuminated with an extraordinary play of light (at the time more than a million light bulbs were needed) and Dreamland opened in 1904 offering reconstructions of the tour of the city and the Venetian canals.
At the time when air conditioning did not exist, the district quickly established itself as the essential place to spend the hot summer weekends. Faced with this popular success, many restaurants, hotels and above all attractions settled on the peninsula.
What can I see in Coney Island
Although Coney Island is no longer “the” big amusement center on the East Coast of the United States, there are many rides there for the enjoyment of young and old. Questions of rides, we have the choice we find in particular a haunted house, bumper cars, and horses for children but also:
The Clyclone, one of the last wooden roller coaster tours in the world, built in 1927 remains a very famous attraction. These roller coasters are now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its nine descents and six loops make it possible to reach a speed of over 100 km / hour.
The Wonder Wheel is a 45m diameter wheel inaugurated in 1920 on the occasion of the “memorial day”. Its 24 cabins don't just sway when it turns, it glides along its shelves. if you want to have a magnificent panorama of southern Brooklyn, I recommend it. for more information, feel free to visit this wonderwheel.com site.
Parachute Jump, a cier parachute tower, although closed for a long time it is a curiosity of Coney Island Park. It is nicknamed the "Brooklyn Eiffel Tower".
New York aquarium, a magical moment, certainly not a huge aquarium but the many marine exhibits should be a hit with family members of all ages. Discover a multitude of multicolored fish, tighten the fin to a dolphin, feed the penguins or watch the saltos of the sea otters, you will have a blast.
The dike and the beach which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean are also worth a visit. On summer afternoons it gets crowded: If you are looking for peace or want to go for a leisurely jog, go there in the morning instead, it is an incredible haven of peace. Take the time to know you for a few moments on the benches available to admire the landscape. You can also go up to Brighton Beach, an area with a large Russian and Ukrainian population, the profusion of cafes, restaurants or shops where Russian is spoken will make you doubt that you are still in New York.
- the amusement park invites you between the period of the month from March to October. Even during this period, the park may not be open every day of the week, so it's best to find out about the opening days beforehand. For timetables, the park is open mainly from 12 p.m. to 20 p.m.
- If you are there in June you absolutely have to do the Mermaid parade which traditionally takes place on the last or penultimate weekend of June. The goal is to celebrate mythology by electing the most beautiful mermaid after parades in floats or cars ...
- Every year you can attend the Biggest Hot Dog Eater contest on the Coney Island boardwalk, it's pretty awesome !!! for the dates of the competition it usually takes place in early July. I will keep you posted on this site.
- For a little refreshing break during your tan, don't hesitate to go to Coney's Cones and taste their delicious homemade ice cream.
Comment se on the Coney Island en métro
By subway, Coney Island is a good hour from downtown Manhattan. You will need to get off at Coney Island - Stillwell Av station (Yellow and orange lines, D, F, N and Q trains). If you are coming from Manhattan, you will take the subway over the Manhattan Bridge and get a great aerial view of Chinatown.
Once you arrive at your destination, exit the station and continue straight ahead. Cross Surf Avenue and here you are already between the rides and other hot dog shacks such as Nathan's famous, the best hot dogs in New York for some.
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