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Coney Island, New York City, New York

Coney Island, New York City, New York

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  • Visited: October 2012
  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2012
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avoid the busy time of the year. We had an enjoyable day in October.

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Submitted by: Terren J.

Not my type of place.  I'll only come here again if I have to entertain a group of little kids. Some parts of the amusement park look old and worn down.  The rides are expensive.  It's definitely nostalgic but also kinda creepy to me.  I guess I watched too many carnival horror movies. The beach was so packed that our neighbor's foot...

Submitted by: Mike B.

the spirit never dies. despite the best efforts of our city's "leaders" in their quest to turn New York City into Flyover Country Suburbia, they just can't quite crush you, Coney. oh, they can shut down the bars/restaurants. they'll put up some mega-shopping centers in their place... but Coney, you refuse to die. multiple random festivals on one day (Caribbean food/music festival on one side-street, an ambient/lounge music dance party on a part of the boardwalk, a bunch of random local rock bands playing short sets further down the boardwalk). this ain't no fancy-shmancy beach with jacked-up "beach admission rates". this is the everyman's beach. every flavor of New York City's working and middle class is rep...

Submitted by: KaThy T.

Good for kids.  I came on a gloomy day which later turned into a rainy day.  Rain is always unexpected.  If you get bored...

Submitted by: Erika C.

It didn't look the way Requiem for a Dream and Cloverfield led me to beli...

Submitted by: Melanie b.

Oh Coney Island, what *can't* you do!? I want to take you out behind the middle school and get you pregnant. Cept, it's Coney Island, and the lovahs of about a million unwed teen mothers smoking cigarettes and drinking huge pina coladas have already done so. Le sigh! As a historian, Coney Island makes me wanna wet myself, several times over. It's so incredibly historically rich and archtypically East Coast in its trashiness, sullied from years of the descendants of rowdy first wave immigrants putting on a carnivalesque spectacle. From Luna Park to Astroland and back again, this place is fantastical fodder for a plethora of books, movies, and my own imagination. See the sideshow (well, see my review of the si...

Submitted by: Taryn C.

There is something inherently charming about Coney Island.  I can't put my finger on it, but maybe it has to do with the fact that it was such a boon to post-war optimism and baby boomer generation, then it became a symbol of the seedy New York when Abe Beame was the mayor and Prez Ford told them to "Drop Dead."  Coney Island is now somewhere in the middle - still seedy but at the same time charming and looking towards a bright new future, like many neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Whether you are a tourist, a local or somewhere in between, Coney Island is a must-see, even just once.  There's no excuse to get here: easy to access by vehicle, and there are four train lines that run in there (N/Q and F/D).  The Q an...

Submitted by: Brittany A.

I have only been to coney island one single time in my adult life. My dad took me as a child a few times and after he passed away I just never went back. In April, my angel of a best friend decided it would be a great day to go. We hoped on the train and road out to ci and boy we had a blast. We ate funnel cake. We walked through the rides. She refused, but I'm a beach bum so I made sure I got to dip my toes in the water. It was cold! The sand felt amazing though. We went on one ride. That one that goes around in a circle really fast with the music blasting.. so fun. The ticket cost 6$ I believe.  There were people in the streets dancing.  Couple taking wedding pix. People walking with snakes on their necks ...

Submitted by: Nicey J.

Coney island is a seedy, ghetto, dirty, grimey, overpriced place.. I just went again recently after not having been since I was like 7.. and something about it still just tugs at my heartstrings. Maybe it was that some of the rides there I swear are the same ones that were there when I was a child. it's not magical place once you're old enough to realize how truly crappy it is , and if you don't live there.. the trek out of BK is about an hr from like midtown...but the way childrens eyes light up when they see those rides is truly amazing, and that is why I respect the coney.There's just something special about that place despite it's many, many, many flaws. oh and did I mention the 1$ snow cones. niceeeeeee...

Submitted by: Julie J.

Going to Coney Island is what I would expect walking through my closet and ending up in Narnia would be like.  I've lived in the NYC area my entire life and I had never been to Coney Island until yesterday and I must say that this trip was certainly long overdue.  I can't even begin to describe the hilarity that surrounded my friend and I. Let's start with the beach.  This is the place to be if you are the kind of person that likes to people watch or if you really have difficulty sitting in one place unless you are being thoroughly entertained.  Also, don't worry if you don't feel you look your personal best in your swimsuit - no one cares.  In fact, you will probably be one of the top 5 hottest people on th...

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