Coney Island Beach

Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Coney Island boardwalk
Coney Island is one Brooklyn standby that perfectly juxtaposes old and new. While some might say its peak has come and gone, others would disagree, particularly Dick Zigun, the founder of Coney Island USA, the nonprofit responsible for organizing Coney Island's famed events, including the Mermaid Parade. "The beach is still the main attraction," says Zigun of the shore's three miles of southern exposure. "Some people might prefer the Riviera or Montauk, and maybe our sand isn't as pristine, but we've got half-naked New Yorkers here!"
Venue name: Coney Island Beach
Address: Surf Ave

Cross street: between Ocean Pkwy and W 37th St
Opening hours: Daily 6am–9pm
Transport: Subway: D, F, N, Q to Coney Island–Stillwell Ave
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