5.5 out of 10

Coney Island Ave, Midwood

Ranked 1st best street in Midwood
40.6199585469794 -73.9642643316758
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Childcare
  • Clean & Green
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Schools
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees



"A truly entertaining place to be."

Coney Island is famous for its tourism. The place is full of activity and fun. The street is among the most visited streets in Brooklyn. This street host many amusement programs and activities on this street. Children will surely enjoy this place. There is a roller coater and a giant wheel here. Few walks away from Coney Island Avenue there is a pizza restaurant called Totonno Pizzeria Napolitano. The place is simply awesome and pizzas are no doubt delicious. You can easily get over here either through public transport or private car. Small shops and boutique stores are located down here selling some great stuff.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5

"A very diverse walk through Brooklyn -- not actually in Coney Island!"

First off, Coney Island Avenue does not actually run through the area of Coney Island, the amusement park! The Ave does end up in (or start, depending on your perspective) in Brighton Beach, a nearby area. This is a neighborhood that was almost exclusively Russian immigrants some 15 years ago, but has been slowly gentrifying over the years. As you move north from Brighton Beach, you get into the neighborhoods of Sheepshead Bay and Gravesend, both largely residential. Along Coney Island Ave, you have shopping and restaurants, a few really excellent places, in fact. I highly recommend Sahara, a Turkish restaurant, on Coney Island Ave and Ave T. Moving further north on C.I. Ave, past Ditmas St., you enter Kensington, a gentrifying mostly residential neighborhood. Still, C.I. Ave is a hectic street of businesses, lots of retail and food. There are a number of Middle Eastern and Indian take-out places, some quite good. Keep heading north and you wind up at Prospect Park, perhaps Brooklyn's best outdoor nature experience. This is a truely awesome park, huge, many walking trails, meadows and wooded areas, plus a lake and an outdoor theater where plays are often performed in the summertime. C.I. Ave ends at the north end of the park, where you wind up in Park Slope - a famously well-off neighborhood of brownstones and upscale boutiques. Buses run up and down the entire length of C.I. Ave, though they can be slow with traffic. Same goes for cars -- it's generally a crowded street.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

"Going down the tube."

Coney Island is not what it once was. Of course, people appreciate it a little too much for a dirty, creepy seediness that it used to have, but it did have its charms. Coney Island is now being gentrified at an astonishing pace, with new condominiums rising all over the place and the amusement parks being buried underneath them. I was disappointed that the go-kart tracks and mini golf courses have now been closed. It's hard enough to find those in a city of so many people already. Hopefully there will be better days ahead, but unless you want to see a neighborhood in flux and trying to figure out what it is, I say steer clear until the decision is finally made.
Recommended for
  • Singles

"Better days ahead."

This area is named after the Coney Island Amusement Park now known as Astroland and home of the famous Cyclone roller coaster.
The entire area has seen better days but is do for a turn around as the amusement park was sold in 2006 and plans are in the works for a $1.5 billion year round resort.
The Cyclone is expected to continue it's operation with the other rides being moved to different parts of the neighborhood.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids

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