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
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.”