Coney Island — Well Loved by Americans and our Visitors

There is but one Coney Island—and it is only in Brooklyn! There is no Coney Island Las Vegas, or Coney Island II. And each ride and every food stand is individually owned—this is not a corporate amusement park, it is Coney Island! In the 1830’s, Coney Island was an Atlantic Ocean beach resort, not an amusement park. Then mass transit lines multiplied and Coney Island became a “location.” By 1919 young city dwellers filled the amusements area, walked and flirted along the iconic boardwalk, loved the sweet treats and foods that are still part of the experience. Wartime, city budget difficulties, neighborhood decay—the throngs were diminished, but Coney Island has never ceased to exist. As always, the surrounding area of Coney Island has changed with each new wave of immigrants. Today’s visitors step out of the N and Q subway lines coming directly from Queens—and the Holiday Inn Manhattan View—and feel they could be in Odessa or Kiev, perhaps Jamaica West Indies or Shanghai. This is an amazingly diverse neighborhood. Turn towards the Atlantic Ocean and be amazed by Coney Island the amusement park and Coney Island the 4.5 miles of white sand ocean beach.

Coney-Isand-Wonder-Wheel-1.jpgOur guests plan their seasonal visit with this guideline: Rides and attractions open on weekends from Easter until Memorial Day and Labor Day to October 31. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, open all through each week. The beach and boardwalk are open all year round, and Nathan’s Hot Dogs and the New York Aquarium are open almost every day of the year. During the week, rides and attractions may open at noon and run until the late evening. During the weekends, the same rides and attractions open around noon and may run until the early morning. Fireworks: Last weekend in June—Friday before Labor Day 9:30pm Friday nights.

The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation, this year on Saturday, June 21, and the King and Queen will be the two   De Blasio teenagers:  Dante and Chiara.  It’s a celebration of ancient mythology and honky rituals of the seaside showcasing over 1,500 creative individuals. The incredible rides that are the stars of Coney Island Amusement Park are the brand new Thunderbolt roller coaster in Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel, largest in the world. Thunderbolt features three inversions, including a vertical loop, corkscrew, and an Immelmann loop.  But there are so many rides that lure grownups and children throughout the amusement park, and we must mention the grandly restored B & B Carousel, with its 50 hand painted horses. If your schedule allows, the glorious New York Aquarium welcomes visitors from everywhere to this official City of New York treasure.

Coney Island’s food emporia are boasted of in literature, film, TV documentaries and personal photo albums showing families at Nathan’s Hot Dogs or Grimaldi’s pizza or L&B Spumoni Gardens. No one brings a bagged lunch to Coney Island!  The annual Nathan’s hot dog eating contest is held July 4th! Plan your own wonder visit! Our concierge staff will help with your planning.

Some links that will help those plans:

And may we remind you:  Stay with us at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View and enjoy the thrilling July 4th extravaganza of Macy’s Fireworks on the East River. Rain or shine, Fireworks Central.

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