No longer a restaurant but rather a brand, immediately recognizable by the old-timey green logo, Nathan's Famous has been popping up for a few years now in places like the back of Home Depots in the Midwest and food courts in the Middle East. But that's something of a loss, since the flavor of those crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside all-beef hot dogs is only part the true Nathan's experience: The rest is that ineffable mixtures of salty sea air, spilled beer and crowd sweat that is a summer afternoon on the Coney Island boardwalk. Luckily, New Yorkers are still able to get the real deal in the original Surf Avenue location. What started out as a simple hot dog stand in 1916 is now a block-long 12-station grease factory, with express lines for hot dogs, separate ordering areas for hamburgers and seafood, and outdoor seating for several hundred people. Shredded bacon and beef-heavy chili toppings enhance the classic frankfurters. Beer and wine coolers come in soda cups for maximum, if not particularly legal, portability. — Keach Hagey Every July 4th, Nathan's holds its famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the boardwalk, attracting worldwide competitive eaters and their fans.
At Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitana in Coney Island, pizzas have been made in the same way in the same spot since 1924. Anthony (Totonno) Pero, grandfather to Louise Ciminieri, Frank Balzano, Antoinette (Annette) Balzano, and great grandfather to Lawrence Ciminieri, immigrated from Naples and began making pizzas for Lombardi’s grocery store on Spring Street in Manhattan. Because of Totonno’s work, Lombardi’s became the first licensed pizzeria in America and Totonno became the first pizzaiolo.
Few New York restaurants are as old and still as vibrant as Gargiulo's, the Coney Island Italian-American classic opened in 1907, known for its Neapolitan-based seafood dishes and pastas. Just across the street from another Coney landmark, Nathan's, this restaurant is a high-ceilinged dining palace, complete with chandeliers, thick linen tablecloths and tuxedoed waiters scrambling from room to room. For such a large place serving so many customers at once, the kitchen prepares its pastas with surprising care, and two specialties—fettuccine verde Gargiulo, a creamy tomato sauce concoction with chunks of chicken and chopped prosciutto, and spaghettini Sorrentino, a mass of chicken and steak bits tossed with olive oil, abundant garlic and very thin pasta—stand out. Lobster is picked fresh from the tank up front, and among the dozen veal dishes, the Milanese, lightly breaded in garlicky crumbs and fried, and the grilled with sautéed artichokes, are well done. Lots of fish, seafood, chicken, steak and pasta dishes to choose from, perhaps too many, but with a revived Coney Island and the Cyclones playing not far away, Gargiulo's easily handles the new day-trippers, Brooklyn wise guys, and the curious all at once. — Jack Robertiello Guest Capacity, Seated and Standing: 400 Square Footage: 6,500 Number of Party Rooms: 6
Choose this waterfront Brooklyn, New York hotel offering convenient access to key attractions such as Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty and Brighton Beach. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Brooklyn Bay Hotel is located on the waterfront of New York's Long Island area. This Brooklyn hotel offers convenient access to a variety of local restaurants and shopping within the surrounding resort-style neighborhood. Each of the 48 well-appointed loft guest rooms features cable satellite television with HBO® and free wireless high-speed Internet access. Guests staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Brooklyn Bay Hotel will find an array of amenities including a complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, a 24 hour fitness center and business services.
This basic budget hotel on the edge of Brooklyn Bay is 3.3 miles from Coney Island and 10 miles from Lower Manhattan. John F. Kennedy International Airport is 11 miles away. All rooms and suites include free WiFi and have en suite bathrooms with showers, as well as flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, while upgraded rooms have whirlpool tubs. A complimentary hot breakfast buffet is provided, and there's free car parking. Other amenities include a fitness center and meeting space.
Beach cabanas put you in an island paradise with a spectacular ocean view. Picture you and your family with your very own beach hideaway patterned after cabanas that line the French Riviera. Imagine stepping out of your colorful, airy beach cabana right onto a white sand New York beach, less than 60 seconds from the Atlantic Ocean. Play on the private beach, sun on the sand, swim or boogie board in the Atlantic. Summer doesn't get any better than this! Shady poolside cabanas let you and your family cool off in the pool or ocean or simply relax outside your cabana, enjoy your lunch, read a book or socialize. Many people refer to the aisles between our poolside cabanas as old-fashioned neighborhoods where people meet, talk, and develop friendships that last a lifetime!
The Harbor Motor Inn has been a family owned and run business since 1983. It offers 56 rooms on 2 floors for your convenience with ample free self parking on the premises. Rooms have simple traditional decor, free WiFi and TVs.
Located at the prime corner of Wythe Ave and North 10th St. in Williamsburg Brooklyn, this eight-story, 150-room brand new Hotel strikes the perfect pitch between spectacular service and style. The guest rooms are richly tiled-and-textured with authentic reclaimed materials, and the lobby bar and lounge area has a very classy-cozy feel. This mid-winter, the highly anticipated Harvey restaurant by Chef Adam Leonti will make its debut. The Williamsburg Hotel was designed by Michaelis Boyd (Soho House Berlin, Babington House UK) with a nod to the neighborhood’s industrial past by using brick, glass and Corten steel in its construction. The dramatic entrance through cascading stairs leads into a soaring bar whose art installation stops you in your tracks. Street artist Eric Rieger has strung thousands of strands of multi-colored yarn which crowns the bar. Other design highlights include custom toile-inspired wallpaper designed by Beastie Boy Mike Diamond featuring quintessential Brooklyn scenes and figures—from a Nathan’s Famous hot dog to a group of Hasidic Jewish men, to the late, great Notorious B.I.G. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling sliding glass acoustic windows with Manhattan, Brooklyn and East River views, and design schemes vary from white-washed timber walls to deep grey distressed finishes with bespoke leather, brass, marble, and textured details at every turn. Rooms are thoughtfully designed with elements like a sitting table doubling as a tray for room service, open-windowed showers to create a loft-like space. Upgrades available to a room with a terrace with amazing views.
MCU Park is the centerpiece of historic Coney Island, a multi-purpose venue that is not only the home of Brooklyn Cyclones, but a landmark in the Brooklyn community, hosting a variety of events and entertainment each year. The unique locale & environment provides the perfect setting for concerts, parties, meetings, weddings, parades, & outdoor sporting events.The ballpark has even been a filming site for commercials, television shows, & films. It's a venue like no other! Guest Capacity: Seated 7,500, Concerts 17,500 Square footage varies depending on room/space rental Multiple rooms, depending on event
Built in 2010, Luna Park is the first new amusement park to be built in Coney Island in over 40 years, complete with brand new rides, roller coasters, games, an Arcade, go-karts, restaurants, food stands and the historic Cyclone Roller Coaster. Your favorite destination for fun will reopen in March 29, 2015! Luna Park is a unique venue for any celebration such as birthdays, camps and corporate events. With multiple event spaces, food options and ride packages. Luna Park is the perfect place to hold your next event. Guest Capacity, Seated and Standing: 200 Square Footage: 1,000 Number of Party Rooms: 3
To satisfy a carnivore's curiosity and a pachyderm's prowess, the Wildlife Conservation Society has developed an enrichment program that exercises animal minds and muscles. Keepers at the New York Zoos and Aquarium work with their charges to strengthen bonds, stimulate natural instincts and behaviors, and facilitate care. Enrichment items can range from a giant pulley toy for big cats, to a foraging log for birds or octopuses, to a mobile for monkeys. Visitors can watch animal playtime and training sessions at exhibits throughout the parks.
The WONDER WHEEL stands out as unique in the history of the modern pleasure wheel. Invented by Charles Hermann and built in 1918-1920 by the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company using 100% Bethlehem Steel forged right on the premises, the Wheel opened on Memorial Day in 1920. The WONDER WHEEL was initially called the "Dip-the-Dip" by its inventor, who promised to combine the thrill of a scenic railway, Ferris wheel and Chute-the-Chutes. An article in Science and Invention described the new ride as a "real thrill like you have probably never had before—at least not at this great height!" Standing 150 feet tall -- the equivalent of a 15-story building -- and weighing 200 tons, the WONDER WHEEL has 24 cars, of which 16 are swinging and 8 are stationary. The swinging cars slide on a serpentine track towards the hub of the Wheel, and as the Wheel turns they slide towards the circumference. Each car holds 6 people for a total ride capacity of 144. The WONDER WHEEL has maintained a perfect safety record for its entire history. The 18 original co-owners of the Wheel worked as construction men to insure quality throughout the building process. Each year, the entire 400,000 lb. ride is overhauled and painted to protect it from the elements of weather, wear, and tear. On June 7, 1983, Denos D. Vourderis bought the WONDER WHEEL from Fred Garms, whose father Herman was its first owner-operator, and it became DENO's WONDER WHEEL. The Vourderis family went to work restoring the Wheel to pristine condition and made it the centerpiece of DENO'S WONDER WHEEL PARK. One of the oldest, most cherished rides in Coney Island, DENO'S WONDER WHEEL was designated an official New York City landmark by the City's Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1989. Over 35 million rides have been given since it was built. The world-famous WONDER WHEEL was the inspiration for full-size replicas in Disney's California Adventure and Dreamland in Yokohama, Japan. The only stoppage in the history of the WONDER WHEEL was on July 13, 1977, during the Great NYC Blackout – when the entire northeast lost electrical power. Riders on the WONDER WHEEL were brought down safely because the owners hand cranked the wheel.
Founded by candy veteran Jeff Rubin in 2006, this saccharine experience has become one of the largest and fastest growing specialty candy and gift retailers in the world. With aggressive growth plans, IT’SUGAR sees a future where we are all “twenty-something” years old and have access to the pure joy that comes from indulging in a world where life has no rules and the answer is always YES! IT'SUGAR is a trendy sweets shop that lives at the intersection of attitude and fun. It's a place about joy, taste, color and sound. Sweet and sour, rich and creamy – that's how life should be, and that's how it is at IT'SUGAR.
The Nets Shop by Adidas — a 1,100-square-foot boutique. Nets bikinis and other fun summer merchandise will be available on the Coney Island beachfront this season in the basketball team’s signature black and white. The Coney Island store features beach balls, flip-flops, visors, the usual Nets gear, and of course shiny new two-piece bathing suits for about $80. The shop will be open through October from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Coney Island USA exists to defend the honor of American popular culture through innovative exhibitions and performances. Presenting and producing exciting new works, our approach is rooted in mass culture and the traditions of P.T. Barnum, dime museums, burlesque, circus sideshows, vaudeville, and Coney Island itself. Preserving and championing a set of uniquely American visual and performing art forms, we seek to create an international forum for cultural preservation and discourse, and where Coney Island represents these impulses, we strive to make it once again a center for live art and entrepreneurial spirit. Coney Island USA operates a multi-arts center in a landmark building in the heart of Coney Island. We produce and present programming in three unique venues: the Coney Island Museum, Sideshows by the Seashore and the Shooting Gallery/Arts Annex. Serving both New York City and an international community that includes visitors to Coney Island and enthusiasts of various cultural forms, our signature activities include the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, and new theatrical work.
A day at the beach isn’t the only reason to head to Coney Island. Instead of a sand pail, bring an appetite the next time you’re boardwalk-bound to indulge in the wares of Williams Candy (open year-round), the nostalgic shop next to Nathan’s. A piece of fudge or a lollipop may seem like a fitting end to a filling lunch of hot dogs and crinkle fries, but your crew will want to save room for one of Williams’s more retro-inspired specialties: shiny caramel apples coated in sprinkles, or sticks of fluffy campfire marshmallows dipped in chewy caramel and peanuts.
We are a small batch natural apothecary based in Brooklyn, NY. We develop all of our goods as if they were modern culinary dishes, starting with a scent combination. Each concoction is carefully mixed by hand to produce the perfect aroma and healthful benefits, resulting in uniquely therapeutic and aromatic products. As makers and purveyors, we hope to encourage small changes in the lives of our customers through the physical, emotional and ecological healthfulness of completely natural goods for body and home. With MMT, we hope to make that experience accessible and our process transparent.