Even today, Coney Island still has a sense of carnival: the seaside neighborhood, located in
Brooklyn draws funseekers to its amusement park, roller coaster, boardwalk, and beaches. Residents are often drawn
to condominium living: there are many Coney Island condo buildings with waterviews, with luxury amenities including
parking and pools. There’s no shortage of things to do in Coney Island. The collection of rides that make up the
amusement park are open Easter to Halloween. The most famous of these is the Coney Island Cyclone, a 1920s roller
coaster with wooden tracks that still runs today. The New York Aquarium, one of the oldest aquariums in America,
showcases more than 300 species of marine life. If baseball is your game, visit the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league
affiliate of the New York Mets. The beach and the boardwalk run for 2.5 miles from Sea Gate through Brighton Beach
and draw crowds in the summer.
Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade, a Mardi Gras-like parade with costumed mermaids, sharks, princesses, and
aquamen, draws thousands of visitors to the beach every June. In July and August, there are fireworks on the beach
every Friday night. Filmmaker Mel Brooks, singer Neil Diamond, actor Lou Gossett, Jr., playwright Arthur Miller and
jazz drummer Buddy Rich all went to the area’s Abraham Lincoln High School, which was built in 1929. For shopping,
mom-and-pop stores line Mermaid Avenue. Coney Island is also well-known for its hot dogs — Nathan’s Famous has
been serving up dogs since 1916 — and its pizza — try Totonno’s on Neptune Avenue for a thin-crust pie.