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

Monday, December 28, 2015

Coney Schedule for New Year's Eve

Attractions and venues, hours of operation, promo/discounts
  • Abe Stark Skating Rink, 7 - 11 p.m., free skating
  • Thunderbolt Roller Coaster, 8 - 11 p.m., free rides
  • B&B Carousell, 8 - 11 p.m., free rides
  • Deno's Wonder Wheel, 9 - 11 p.m., free rides
  • New York Aquarium, until 9 p.m., discounted admission
  • Coney Island USA, until 11 p.m.
  • White Castle, 7 - 11 p.m.
  • Wahlburgers, until 12 a.m.
  • Grimaldi's, until 2 a.m.
  • Applebee's, until 2 a.m., free Champagne toast at midnight
  • Nathan's Famous, until 2 a.m.
  • Peggy O'Neill's, until 4 a.m.
  • Coney Island Brewery, until 4 a.m., ticketed event: $85.00 per person — purchased in advance.

BP wants Coney to rival Times Square

Brooklyn Paper excerpt -

Adams hopes the extravaganza at the People’s Playground on New Year’s Eve will someday measure up to Manhattan’s greatest winter tradition, according to the Beep’s press officer.

“In the years ahead we think it’s going to be something we’d like to believe will rival Times Square,” said Stefan Ringel, Adams’s communications director.

The numbers are still on the side of the Manhattan ball drop, which crams an estimated one million people into Times Square, while last year’s Coney Island celebration drew about 5,000 people. But visitors to the seaside resort will have more options than those tightly-squeezed revelers across the river.

From 9 pm to 11 pm on Dec. 31, the Abe Stark Rink will offer free ice skating, and rides on the Thunderbolt roller coaster, the B&B Carousel, and the iconic Wonder Wheel will be free of charge. The sideshows at Coney Island USA will also be operating that night. 

Instead of a ball-drop, the People’s Playground will flaunt its own unique Brooklyn flair with a burst of midnight light from the defunct amusement park ride Parachute Jump. Bars and restaurants in the area will also extend their hours to ensure the partying masses can keep their celebrations going well into the night. 

The celebration is part of the Beep’s goal to make Coney Island a destination during the colder months of the year. 

“We’re just very enthusiastic about making Coney Island a year-round destination and introducing people to all the different things Brooklyn has to offer,” said Ringel. “Coney Island is so uniquely New York City and it has its own culture and flavor to it.”

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Abe Stark Skating Rink open on New Year's Eve

Big thanks to Eddie Mark CB13 District Manager for coming up with the idea several years ago. I remember him mentioning this at development meetings numerous times. Besides the rollercoaster and carousel rides,  the fireworks, and the countdown at the Parachute Jump, in my opinion having the ice skating rink open on NYE is the best idea yet! I think people would love to go skating before and after midnight. And on New Year's day as well.

It makes Abe Stark Skating Rink an integral part of the Coney experience every year. A great idea by Eddie!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Latest Coney restaurant rumor!

From Twitter- 

Latest Coney Island Rumor: HOOTERS coming to Surf Avenue above same building under construction for JOHNNY ROCKETS...?

More Details on New Year's Eve In Coney!

Excerpts -

Brooklynites don’t need to travel across the river to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style anymore, because Coney Island is the place to be for family-friendly, exciting fun, just as it has been throughout its storied history,” said Council Member Treyger. “More than 5,000 people gathered at the People’s Playground last year to welcome 2015, and a big crowd is expected again as we say hello to 2016, continuing to prove that Brooklyn is home to some of the most exciting events and cultural attractions in New York City. Whether it is the live music, the fireworks, riding the legendary Wonder Wheel or the thrilling Thunderbolt, the experience of our beloved Boardwalk, or the area’s terrific eateries, visitors will experience a variety of activities to ensure that their New Year’s Eve experience is an enjoyably memorable one. I am proud to work with Borough President Adams, the Alliance for Coney Island, and all the people and organizations that are joining forces to help build a growing tradition that is sure to stand the test of time: New Year’s Eve in Coney Island!

As an addition to last year’s festivities, Borough President Adams announced that the B&B Carousel on the historic Riegelmann Boardwalk will be open and free of charge, as will the Abe Stark Rink, throughout New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day. Additional partners on his celebration in Coney Island include the Alliance for Coney Island, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Central Amusement International, City Ice Sports, Inc., Community Board 13, Coney Island Beautification Project, Department of Parks and Recreation, Explore Brooklyn, FDNY, Luna Park, NYPD, and Tom’s Coney Island.

“The Alliance for Coney Island is happy to work in partnership with Borough President Adams and Council Member Treyger to ring in the New Year in Coney Island for the second year in a row,” said Johanna Zaki, executive director of the Alliance for Coney Island. “Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, we want to continue the new tradition of providing New Year’s entertainment on the historic Coney Island boardwalk. Get ready for an exciting show capped off by fireworks to ring in 2016!”

“Luna Park is thrilled to participate in the New Year’s Eve celebration, which is quickly becoming a holiday tradition in Brooklyn,” said Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International. “We look forward to sharing Luna Park with all of the families and friends in the community!”

“We are proud to host the 2016 New Year’s Eve ball drop celebration in our community,” said Stephen Moran, chair of Community Board 13. “We would like to thank Borough President Adams and his staff, as well as the Alliance for Coney Island, for making this happen. We look forward to working with you in 2016. Happy New Year to all!”

“We invite everyone to come out and celebrate a Coney Island New Year with us on the Boardwalk!” said Jimmy Kokatas, owner of Tom’s Coney Island.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

New Year's Eve - Times Square By The Sea!

Coney Island New Year' Eve Celebration

New Year's Eve in Coney Island
For the second year in a row, Coney Island will be throwing its own Times Square–style New Year's Eve party with a digital ball drop and fireworks at midnight—plus some sideshow performers as a counterpart to the glossy names across town. The festivities are centered around the historic Parachute Jump tower, where LED lights will create a visual countdown of the final seconds of 2015. Best viewing spots are Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk, but make sure to dress for the weather and not a day at the beach.