6.2 out of 10

Coney Island

Ranked 25th best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.5778627795121 -73.98830255461
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Shopping Options
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  •  
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Tourists

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Better to play than to stay"

Sea Gate is an isolated private community on the edge of Coney Island in Brooklyn. Boasting a private beach club, it is separated from the rest of the island by a big fence that is manned by private guards. Coney Island is best known for its beach and a boardwalk lined with pleasant, although shabby, food stands, games and rides. In recent years, developers, with support from the city, have worked to revitalize this once deteriorating area with renovations, restorations, and new constructions. There is a new amusement park and the aquarium, which was really worn down when I was there last, is finally being renovated. People still go to KeySpan Park to root for the Cyclones. Families hang out at Kaiser Park. In Sea Gate, most of the housing is in the form of detached Tudor houses with two or three storeys. The population in Sea Gate is mostly Russian and Orthodox Jew, while the rest of the island is predominantly African American. In the rest of Coney Island, there are public housing projects, low cost housing developments, small private homes, and large co-op and condo buildings. In Coney Island, the housing, for the most part, is incredibly cheap. Prices have gone up over the past few years, particularly with the revitalization efforts, but they are still far more affordable than most comparable New York City towns. As far as the school district, P.S. 100 and Mark Twain middle school are supposed to be great, but the rest of the schools aren't too good.
Pros
  • Ongoing revitalization efforts
  • Cheap housing
  • Wide variety of recreational activities
  • carnival stuff
  • great timeout from the rest of the city
Cons
  • Gets overcrowded during the summer
  • Shopping is limited
  • Most of the schools aren't that great
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
2yrs+

"The beach & boardwalk live on!"

I honestly don't know anyone who lives on Coney Island, though apparently there are quite a few residents in the neighborhood (not an actual island, by the way). Coney Island has seen some massive changes in the past few years, and fun here has morphed into a more family-friendly state-of-the-art kind of carnival thing - but it's still the best place in the city to get a hot dog by most accounts.

Even if many of the old school Coney Island tourist attractions have closed shop, it's still a grand nostalgic sort of place - and a must-see for anyone who has never been to the city. It's quite possibly one of the coolest spots in Brooklyn (though, admittedly not my personal fave).
Pros
  • carnival stuff
  • awesome hot dogs
  • great timeout from the rest of the city
Cons
  • carnival stuff isn't as cool as it used to be
Recommended for
  • Tourists
4/5
2yrs+

"Old New York for a day of nostalgia"

You may not want to live there, but few landmarks represent the slower pace of life in an older New York quite like Coney Island. It is the New York City of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Tamanany Hall, ice cream cones and unions. It is a New York that is particularly dear to the hearts of second and third-generation New Yorkers; Coney Island is the sort of place one can easily envisage his grandfather or grandmother visiting. This has its drawbacks, though. Coney Island is somewhat run down. The news of its death, however, have been greatly exaggerated; while the famous Astroland Park has shut down, several are still around - roller coasters, cotton candy, and all. There's something a bit dismal about Coney Island - it's a shadow of its former self - but when the sense of nostalgia can be channeled into a sense of quirky blast-from-the-pasts, it's certainly worth a trip with the kiddies or alone. Try the famous Wonder Wheel for gorgeous heights and seaside vistas. Or the Cyclone Roller Coaster, if you're brave enough. With bumper cars, haunted houses, and arcades, there's bound to be something for even the most crotchety of amusement park goers.
4/5
2yrs+
3/5
2yrs+

"Good place for a day trip"

Perhaps one of the most famous landmarks of Brooklyn, it is no question that when tourists come to visit New York, they are anxious to visit the world-famous Coney Island and Nathans. After an endless train ride to the last stop in Brooklyn, there is no question that visitors are going to be a tad disappointed. Although still fun for kids of all ages, the boardwalk is becoming run-down, you MUST MUST wear shoes on the sand for fear of stepping on glass, needles and other ghastly objects and the residents of Coney Island have unfortunately declined over the years.
In an effort to improve the quality of the area, most of the rides and games have been torn down to be replaced in the upcoming years.
Still a fun place for a day trip, but would not recommend the off-season after dark or residing in one of the high-rises surrounding the area.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Coney Island has changed...but there's still some fun things to do"

Well this past weekend I visited Coney Island for the first time since Astroland closed. The neighborhood is still the same. For those visiting Coney Island it’s best to go when Coney Island is actual open…many can be intimidated by the housing projects surrounding Coney Island. No one will really bother you. People usually act like they are civilized and if they don’t NYPD are always at the Coney Island/Stillwell Ave subway station. Everyone goes to Coney Island...it’s the local amusement park for summertime fun. It can get crowded especially during the weekend and especially as schools let out across the city. The boardwalk is still filled with great food…grilled corn, fried clams and seafood and don’t forget Nathan famous dogs.

I miss Astroland though...for those of you who don’t know Coney Island was composed of more than one amusement park. Astroland provided its own special feeling to Coney Island that I really miss. I miss the Breakdancer ride…but for those traveling to take a ride on the infamous Cyclone rollercoaster don’t worry it’s still there. NYC had sense enough to purchase the Cyclone so you can still ride.

While you’re in Coney Island you also go right across the street to the Aquarium if you want to get out of the sun for a while. And like most places you’d probably be better taking the train than driving although parking is available at Coney Island. LOTS of trains make a final stop here-D, N, F and Q trains.

So if you’re in Brooklyn one hot summer day looking for something to do take the train to Coney Island.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Hot dogs, pizza, and great pictures"

The most famous and legendary neighborhood in all of Brooklyn is Coney Island. From the historic amusement park, the boardwalk, the annual Mermaid Parade, and the original “Nathan’s Famous” hot dogs make this wild neighborhood in Brooklyn a place worth visiting.

Coney Island is located in south Brooklyn and bordered on the south by the Atlantic Ocean. On the west Coney Island is bordered by the gated community known as “Sea Gate.” Transportation is good, but there is a lot of traffic as this is a definite tourist attraction. The Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue station is the last stop on the Q, D, F, and N subway lines. Altogether, it is about an hours away from Manhattan via subway.

To those who don’t mind the commute, Coney Island offers competitive prices with apartments starting at just $350,000 and studios renting for a mere $1000-$1500. Affordable prices and numerous Coney Island Schools, make this neighborhood great for those on a tight budget.

Coney Island bars and restaurants include the original hot dog stand, Nathan’s Famous, opened in 1916. Every year this hot dog haven hosts a now famous hot dog eating competition. Becoming equally famous as of late, is Totonno’s. Tourists and locals flock to this place for their delicious thin-crust pizza.

There are a lot of fun things to do in Coney Island, tourist or not. Visit the 14-acre New York Aquarium, see a baseball game at Keyspan Park, head over to New York City’s largest amusement park and ride the Wonder Wheel or Cyclone, or just spend the day relaxing at the beach. It is always a pleasure to stroll the boardwalk that stretches three miles. Coney Island truly has something for everyone.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Coney Island, a famous seaside neighborhood in Brooklyn"

With beautiful views of the water and a culture steeped in a fantastic tradition, ever-changing Coney Island is a wonderful place all year round.

Coney Island, a peninsula near Long Island, is home to a diverse cross-section of residents. Built as a resort for the Manhattan residents of all classes and those who couldn’t afford a Hamptons getaway, Coney Island, namely at the turn of the nineteenth century, was viewed as a wonderful oasis for city dwellers and locals alike. With amusement parks, movie theaters, shopping on the boardwalk, great restaurants, and a family feeling, Coney Island remained a staple in New York City consciousness for decades, considered the prime location for recreation in the city.

As time progressed, safety decreased, and rides began to deteriorate, Coney Island became a less-desirable location for residents of New York and for visitors. The neighborhood’s residential composition remained the same and still today is home to a mainly African-American, Hispanic, and Italian population. Real Estate on the island varies through its four neighborhoods and depending on the unit, as many people live in town homes, beach side towers, or multiple family apartment homes. Owning an apartment would cost no less than $500,000 on Coney Island, though renting and subletting is significantly cheaper with prices as low as $600 per month on some studio units.

Entertainment on Coney Island is still centered around the water front, with rides still open today. The two and half miles stretch of beach which has entertained generations of people between West 37th Street to the beginning of the Manhattan Beach, one will find rides, outdoor entertainment, and family fun. Coney Island is home to several sights, and is fun for all ages.

Coney Island is deeply apart of the traditions important to all city dwellers: the sense of community. Coney Island is a family-oriented neighborhood with several schools, parks, and community organizations based in youth engagement. This neighborhood is a wonderful place to live, but also a wonderful place to visit.

Sightseeing:
New York Aquarium - 602 Surf Ave.
Astroland Amusement Park - 1000 Surf Ave.
Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano - 1524 Neptune Ave.

Dining:
Cha Cha’s Club Atlantis - 1229 Riegelmann Boardwalk
Ruby's Old Tyme Bar and Grill - 1213 Riegelmann Boardwalk
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5
2yrs+

"Go to Coney Island, and peer through the gates at Sea Gate"

Sea Gate is a fancy-smancy Brooklyn neighborhood on the waterfront – it’s gated, so don’t go unless you know someone or you’re looking into real estate. That being said, it’s actually a lovely neighborhood, but nothing anyone who’s been to any waterfront gated community hasn’t really seen before. It actually is a little weird to see a New York neighborhood that features sand.
Coney Island used to be the Disney World of NYC – before Astroland closed. There are still a few tourist attractions open, though, like Wonder Wheel (the ferris wheel) , the Cyclone (the wooden roller coaster), and the sideshow. It’s still an interesting place to see (as well as do), even if a bit of its history was put to rest recently.

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Best Streets in Coney Island

1

Atlantic Ave

3.5/5
"Great spot to take your visiting relatives"
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2

Surf Ave

3/5
"Fun Packed Area"
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Unranked Streets in Coney Island

"Seagate Lighthouse: Enough Said"
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"Walking only, no driving on our boardwalk!"
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"quiet but seems a little shady"
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Highland Ave

3.5/5
"Nice street with the typical Seagate problem: Potholes"
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Maple Ave

2.5/5
"On Maple Avenue"
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"noisy, high crime, poor architecture, empty lots."
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"A nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there"
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"Graffiti artists and trainspotters heaven!"
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