Coney Island Museum
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Village Voice's Description
Why Coney Island? Well, there is the hot dog competition, and if you can eat 55 you might be able to win next year. There is the boardwalk and the nasty New York harbor water, but, most importantly, Coney Island has an old school freak show, or sideshow, as they call it. See a sword eater, a bug eater, a contortionist, a mermaid (really just a stripper with a tail), and more! And of course, all those games to win stuffed animals.
Hours: Easter-Memorial Day Sat & Sun; Memorial Day-Labor Day Daily; Labor Day-late September Sat & Sun
Tips from foursquare
PHOTO: Stand at the boardwalk and look up toward Surf Ave, just like this picture from 1944! Send your new view to @nydailynews on Twitter.
Be sure to take a ride on Deno's Wonder Wheel. This ferris wheel shoots you up 150ft in the air, giving you a spectacular view of the entire park.
Coney Island was explored by Henry Hudson in 1609; he landed on Manhattan the next day.
PHOTO: Coney Island, Then and Now. Take a look at how New York's favorite resort has changed over the years. Photos at the link!
Today, I was here to open Coney Island for the summer and unveil the historic B&B Carousel after a six year restoration: http://bit.ly/10RkPuy