Coney Island

Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Coney Island. New York, United States

Coney Island is a thriving, year-round entertainment destination full of fun things to do, both historic and brand new. And it's just a stone's throw away!

Winter:New York’s most famous boardwalk offers views of the rolling Atlantic Ocean on one side, Coney Island’s rides and amusement park on the other — and great people-watching in-between.

Here's a suggested itinerary for tourists and first-time visitors. Start at Coney Island, and walk all the way to Brighton Beach. There you can find a good, hot bowl of authentic Russian borscht. Then, head back home on the subway. You'll feel like you've been away for a month.


As a lover of beach resorts out of season, I cherish most the Boardwalk in winter. Anyone who asks which boardwalk clearly did not grow up in Brooklyn, Truman Capote's ''mythical dominion against whose shores the Coney Island sea laps a wintry lament.''

This is my favorite getaway from December to April, an exquisitely lonely, secret land's end of hushed and deserted charm. It follows the shore of the slate blue ocean in crisply clear salt air, hazy with white sunlight. Occasionally, I even have enjoyed the frosty challenges of a not too insistent wind and a few swirls of snow.

Uncrowded by the fair-weather friends of late spring and summer, the off-season Boardwalk is the best and most beautiful walk in town. It offers two and a half miles of foot-friendly wood planks uninterrupted by oncoming crowds, traffic lights, automobiles or cyclists, who are restricted by Parks Department rules to the hours between 5 and 10 A.M. (http://www.nytimes.com/1998/02/2...)

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