The New Coney Island - Brooklyn's Times Square by the Sea

Friday, December 19, 2014

Brooklyn Paper - New Year’s revolution: Countdown to 2015 coming to Coney Island

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Champagne, a midnight kiss, and a … Nathan’s hot dog?

The Coney Island Boardwalk will host a massive New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31, Borough President Adams announced on Dec. 18, and he promised the party would have many happy returns.
“We are starting a Brooklyn tradition,” Adams said in front of the iconic Parachute Jump, which will be the centerpiece of the festivities.

Rather than drop a ball like they do in that other borough, Brooklyn will count down to the new year with a pulsing light show using the Parachute Jump’s dazzling new $2-million lighting system that switched on last year.

Adams touted the seaside celebration as the more authentic way for New Yorkers to ring in the new year.

“Why go to Manhattan and be squashed by tourists when you can come to the county of Kings and be treated like royalty?” said Adams. “Real Brooklynites like to be here in Coney Island. Times Square is for a few people, but Coney Island is for everyone.”

The crowds aren’t the only thing that will be better in the People’s Playground, the local councilman said.

“Times Square has confetti, but we’ve got the fireworks — real fireworks,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island).

Boardwalk revelers can also catch music, performance art, and sip a little (non-alcoholic) bubbly during the celebration, Adams said. But Boardwalk bars like Tom’s of Coney Island and Ruby’s will also be open and slinging their higher-octane libations, owners said.

A DJ will handle kicking-out-the-jams duties this year, but the Borough President said starting next year he’ll hold an annual competition to select live performers to feature at future New Year’s bashes.

“This has been five years in the making,” said Eddie Mark, a member of Community Board 13 who advocated for the party. “The new regime — Eric Adams and Mark Treyger — is saying, ‘Coney Island is ready for a change.’ This is a sign of major things happening in the neighborhood.”

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