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Polar Bears' First Dip
The Annual New Year's Day dip in the icy waters off Coney Island is the most well attended and wild fun of the Polar Bear Club's regular frigid festivities. You can also catch them any Sunday from October through April. Click here for

Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Annual celebration of the civil rights leader presented by BAM, Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Medgar Evers College.  New York City's largest public celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Check  BAM's Web site for info.

Chinese New Year Celebration
8th Avenue, From 50th Street to 61st Street
The annual Brooklyn celebration of the Chinese New Year features traditional singing, dancing, a kung fu demonstration as well as firecrackers! Outdoors. For more information, call the Brooklyn Chinese American Association, 718-438-0008.

Winter Festival
Prospect Park Audubon Center
Subway: Take the Q to the Prospect Park stop. Exit at Lincoln Road. Follow Lincoln Road into the park, across Central Drive. You will see the Cleft Ridge Span on your right. When you exit the tunnel you will see the Boathouse!
Driving? You can park at Wollman Rink. Walk through the Concert Grove to the Cleft Ridge Span. Follow the tunnel. When you exit you will see the Center.
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Steinhardt Jewish Heritage Festival
March 3—10, 2007
From BAM: "BAM and the Brooklyn Philharmonic take a look at music and literature that explore the complex nature of contemporary Jewish identity." BAM, 30 Lafayette.

The BAMkids Film Festival
Sat & Sun, Mar 10 & 11
BAMkids Film Festival returns for its ninth year with movies, music, munchies, and more. The best in children's films are featured as well as sing-alongs with Gustafer Yellowgold, face-painting and fun. BAM Rose Cinemas

Brooklyn Irish-American Parade
Prospect Park West and 15th Street
Features marching bands, bagpipes, dancers and lively paraders of all ages Count on the general merriment of the Irish Spirit  For more information, visit

Dine in Brooklyn
Started in 2004, Brooklyn Restaurant Week offers specially-priced meals at some of our best restaurants. The motto: "Three courses, no attitude on the side." In 2007, Dine in Brooklyn is March 19-30th. Call the Brooklyn Tourism and Visitors Center for info. (718) 802-3846

Opening Day in Prospect Park
Prospect Park Little League Parade,
Starts 10 a.m. at 7th Ave. and Carroll St. Ends at Bandshell at Prospect Park West and 9th St
An annual tradition!  with a ceremonial ball toss by elected officials to kick off the new season. More at

Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 25) with parkwide events, special exhibits, nature walks, boat tours, and more
Earth Week Celebration
Weekend closest to April 22
Annual event with hands-on activities including nature tours, gardening and an Earth b-day bash at Prospect Park  and the Audubon Center. Call (718) 965-8999 for more info. Also consider joining the Prospect Park Youth Council for this annual gardening gathering at Bowling Green. (718) 854-4901.
Earth Day—Seas the Day at the NY Aquarium
Weekend closest to April 22
Come to Coney Island where New York City's only aquarium lies and honor Earth Day. Learn what you can do to protect our planet’s ocean inhabitants, and participate in special activities. Visit, Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Coney Island.

Brooklyn Underground Film Festival
The annual Brooklyn Underground Film Festival is a five-day event that includes international, U.S. and local films, visual art, music, parties and discussions. At the Brooklyn Lyceum. 227 Fourth Ave. For more information go to or call (862) 485-0025.

Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
Sat & Sun, April 28-29, 2007 Noon - 6 p.m.
Sakura Matsuri celebrates its 26th year in 2007. With over 200 trees in bloom, this breathtaking celebration of Japanese culture includes traditional Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, ikebana flower arranging, tea ceremonies, craft demonstrations, and workshops for both adults and children. For more information, call (718) 623-7333 or visit

UniverSoul Circus
  three death-defying weeks
sets up its big top in the parking lot at Wollman Rink. Performers who fly through the air to the heart-thumping beats of hip-hop, jazz, gospel and salsa music, and the magnificent animals that captivate audiences year after year.
GETTING THERE: By subway, take the Q or S Train to the Prospect Park station and use the Lincoln Rd. exit. Very limited parking is available




Annual Park Slope Open Studio Tour
255 18th St. (bet. 5th & 6th ave.) 12-6 pm
Over 65 artists will open their doors and invite the public into their studios as part of a free, self guided art tour through Park Slope and Windsor Terrace.

30 Years of DanceAfrica
Now in its 30th year, BAM's annual celebration of African and African-American music, dance, and culture with classes, an outdoor bazaar, food and more.

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Pier Art Show
The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) Art Show features more than 300 artists exhibiting 1,000 works of art, plus live music, slide shows, and an Artists Speak Series at their 30,000 square foot Civil War-era warehouse space in Red Hook. Dates for 2007: May 12-June 17, July 28-August 19 and September 29-October 28. For more info:, 499 Van Brunt, (718) 596-2507.

Norwegian-American Seventeenth of May Parade
Brooklyn's Norwegian-American community celebrates its heritage and an independent Norway. Festivities include traditional Norwegian music, and the crowning of Miss Norway. 1:30 p.m. 85th Street to 67th Street on Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge. For more information, call (718) 745-665

Historic Districts House Tours
Be inspired by brownstone beauty on one of several house and garden tours in Brooklyn's historic districts:

Annual Kings County Memorial Day Parade
In Memory of Sons & Daughters who gave their lives for our America and in Support of our US Armed Forces still serving.
Memorial Day Monday,  10:00 AM
Starts at 3rd Avenue & 80th St. in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

The BrooklynBest Festival - Grand Army Plaza - Prospect Park -Botanic Garden
1st weekend in June
For this year events including the ceremony inducting new members to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Celebrity Path contact Tourism and Visitor's Center, 718-802-3846

Rooftop Films
Summer-long film festival on sky-high venues. For more info visit Roof top Films

Brooklyn International Film Festival
June 1-10
International competitive film festival that presents over 150 film premieres from over 80 countries. Film submissions are open from Sept. 1 through March 15. For more information, Brooklyn Film Festival or call (718) 388-4306. At various venues.

The celebration of Brooklynites and Brooklyn institutions is a destination Brooklyn event which officially launches Brooklyn’s summer season each year, takes to Grand Army Plaza and Heart of Brooklyn institutions. Check out for details.

Brooklyn Pride Night Parade
WHERE: The Festival takes place at Bartel- Pritchard Circle and along Prospect Park West from 15th Street to 9th Street. The Parade begins at Bartel-Pritchard Circle (Prospect Park West at 15th Street) and travels up 15th Street to Seventh Avenue, continuing north on Seventh Avenue to Lincoln Place.
WHEN: Festival begins at 11 a.m. Parade starts at 8 p.m.

New York City's second-largest Gay and Lesbian Pride event of the season. Call Brooklyn Pride at (718) 928-3320 for more information or visit to find out how you can get involved. Brooklyn Pride is a year-round, wholly volunteer-managed, tax-exempt, non-profit organization working for and on behalf of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Brooklynites, groups and all others who support the struggle for the liberation of these communities


CELEBRATE BROOKLYN Performing Arts Festival at Prospect Park
Celebrate Brooklyn!
More than 200,000 visitors enjoy the performances at Celebrate Brooklyn!, one of the longest-running free summer outdoor performing arts festivals in America. At the Bandshell, Prospect Park West and 9th Street, all summer. the Bandshell provides an audience and artist experience that rivals any major performing arts center. A program of BRIC, Celebrate Brooklyn presents an eclectic mix of artists from around the world and around the block, a live music for film series using the largest outdoor screen in New York City, top dance companies, and engaging theater troupes. For more information, call Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC), (718) 855-7882 ext. 45
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GETTING THERE: The Bandshell is located inside the Park at Prospect Park West and 9th Street.
By Public Transportation: (MTA map)
F Train to 15th St./Prospect Park station
2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station
B-68, B-69, or B-75 Buses to Prospect Park West & 9th St.
On weekends from 12 to 6 p.m. you can take the Heart of Brooklyn Trolley from anywhere in the park.
By Car:
From Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Park West exit to 9th St.
From BQE: Take BQE to 38th St. exit. Make left on 4th Ave, then right on 9th St. to Prospect Park West.

Annual Prospect Lefferts Gardens House & Garden Tour.
Tour is self-guided. Infants in front packs only. For more info: call (718) 462-0024 or (718) 284-6210,  Sponsored by The Leffers Manor Association

Victorian Flatbush House and Garden Tour
Sunday, June 10, 2007
1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets: $16 in advance; $20 on the day of tour.
Sponsored by the Flatbush Development Corporation, (718) 859-3800.

Gateway to Nations Native American Heritage Celebration
June 8-10, 2007
Features Native American song, dance, drumming, food, art and crafts. Friday is “Student Day,” with a reduced rate for students. At Gateway National Recreation Area, Floyd Bennett Field, at 50 Aviation Road. For information, call The Redhawk Native American Arts Council at (718) 686-9297 or visit

Puerto Rican Day Parade
Sunday, June 10, 2007, 11 a.m.
Annual celebration of Puerto Rican heritage, ending with a festival at Lindsay Park. Graham Ave., from Montrose Street to Lindsay Park For more information call (212) 243-1177.

Prospect Lefferts Gardens House and Garden Tour
Sponsored by the Lefferts Manor Association, (718) 462-0024.

Brooklyn Cyclones Opening Day
The Brooklyn Cyclones will officially open their season possibly against the cross town rivals, the Staten Island Yankees.  KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Avenue. For more information call (718) 449-8497 or visit

Mermaid Parade
1st Saturday after Summer Solstice June 21, 2007
With wacky creativity and a definite Brooklyn vibe, the Mermaid Parade began in 1983 and is now one of New York's most popular (if not most odd) parade. For more information, call Coney Island USA, (718) 372-5159.

Multiple days since 2005. In 2007 at  at 37 Main Street, in New York City’s scenic DUMBO neighborhood. With soaring 24-foot ceilings on the 5,000–square foot ground floor. Also at  Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park & Tobacco Warehouse  in 26 New Dock Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Located at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park and the Tobacco Warehouse offer cinematic views of the most recognizable landmarks in the world – The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Skyline
More info at festival site

Independence Day Parade
Saturday,  closest to July 4th
The parade route starts at 76th Street along Third Avenue to Marine Avenue up to Fourth Avenue and then over to John Paul Jones Park at 101st St., Bay Ridge. For more information, contact Parade Chairman Anthony Palazzolo at (718) 680-9216.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series
Monday nights in July and August, 7:30 p.m
Borough President Marty Markowitz hosts the Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series, one of the longest-running, free weekly adult summer concert series in NYC. Enjoy R&B, soul, gospel and more. For more information, call (718) 469-1912. At Wingate Field, Winthrop Street btwn Brooklyn Ave. and Kingston Ave.

Seaside Summer Concert Series
Thursday nights in July and August, Free, 7:30 p.m.
Borough President Marty Markowitz hosts the Seaside Summer Concert Series at Asser Levy Park in Coney Island. Enjoy Classic Rock, Contemporary, Oldies and the Annual "Salsa by the Sea" near the Coney Island Boardwalk Thursday nights in July and August. Asser Levy Park, Coney Island. For more information, call (718) 469-1912.

New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic returns to Prospect Park's Long Meadow Ballfields one night every year for an amazing free concert under the stars.  A fireworks display completes the evening. This special concert space features a state-of-the-art sound system.
GETTING THERE: To reach the ballfields, enter the Park at 9th Street and Prospect Park West, Bartel-Pritchard Circle (the intersection of Prospect Park West and Prospect Park Southwest near 15th Street) or 10th Avenue and Prospect Park Southwest and cross the West Drive to the Long Meadow
 For more information, including weather-related concerns, call the New York Philharmonic concert information hotline at (212) 875-5709

International African Arts Festival
Wednesday, July 4, 2007- Sunday, July 8, 2007
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily, Rain or Shine
With world-class live music and dance, crafts, food, fashion, and children's programming, the International African Arts Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year. At Commodore Barry Park. Navy St. between Park Ave. and Flushing Ave. For more information, call (718) 638-6700.

Giglio Festival
July 5-15, 2007
A hundred men carry a 3 ton, 65 foot tall structure through the streets of Williamsburg. It's a sight to behold. Check for details with Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St. Paulinus, (718) 384-0223.

Boricua Parade of New York
July 8, 2007
Puerto Rican heritage parade in Brooklyn, with festival in Lindsay Park until 8pm. For more information, (718) 455-3907.

Bastille Day
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Food, fun and an intense Petanque tournament descend on Smith Street to celebrate Bastille Day. Smith Street near Bergen Street

The Village Voice Annual Siren Music Festival

Free indie rock festival sponsored by the Village Voice. Visit]


"Battle of Brooklyn Week" (1776)  at the Old Stone House
J.J. Byrne Park, 5th Avenue & 3rd Street Park Slope's Old Stone House celebrates the Battle of Brooklyn with a re-enactment of the first major battle of the Revolutionary War after America's Declaration of Independence.
Begins with Memorial March to THE OLD STONE HOUSE OF BROOKLYN for Ceremony & Refreshments 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets
Ends with
Annual Greenwood Cemetery Commemorations Memorial March led by lone Bagpiper to gravesites for Wreath Laying Ceremonies  Ceremony at Archway inside Cemetery Gate, 5th Avenue & 25th Street
Park Slope, Brooklyn For more information, call (718) 768-3195.

Grimaldo's Mile 2007
Sunday, August 5th, 8:30 a.m.
Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers present this race expecting a field of over 400 swimmers, swimming in four different waves, in this costume-optional, mile long, point-to-point swim. 3300 Coney Island Avenue, Brighton Beach. For more information, visit

Brighton Jubilee
Last Sunday in August
Celebrating its 29th season, enjoy culture of the countries of the former USSR.  For more information, call the Brighton Neighborhood Association, (718) 891-0800.



West Indian American Day Carnival & Parade
September 3, 2007, Labor Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
New York City's biggest and most spectacular parade. Over 2 million people a year line the streets of Eastern Parkway for this extravaganza! Enjoy the fabulous costumes and Caribbean music. Eastern Parkway from Utica Avenue to Grand Army Plaza. Come the day before for live music at the J'Ouvert Celebration. For more information, call the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, (718) 467-1797.

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The winner is expected to finish before 2:15 p.m

The 1-kilometer event starts on the Manhattan side, in East River Park (Dover Street/South Street, just north of South Street Seaport), with the swimmers moving parallel along the southern line of the Brooklyn Bridge, then northeast along the seawall to the finish at the beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park, just below the Manhattan Bridge.
"The swimmers will not have benefit of the East River's natural ebb and/or flows and will in most likelihood, get thrown about by the very turbid East River," said Morty Berger, the founder of the Manhattan Island Foundation and Organizer of the Brooklyn Bridge Swim..
The premier annual event since 2006 for the Manhattan Island Foundation which organizes swimming events in the waters around Manhattan.

Since 2004 country music impresario Alex Battles and Brooklyn Country Music present an  Annual Brooklyn Country Music Festival in Park Slope at local bars for several nights.

Celebrates the back-porch Kings County music scene. This is music which blends traditional Nashville and Bakersfield electrified-honky-tonk aesthetics and adds a gritty native pulse, influenced by rumbling subway trains, alternate-side-of-the-street parking, and the presence of a few million close neighbors.
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   Annual Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jamboree

Since 1998, banjos, fiddles, mandolins, guitars and big upright basses on Prospect Park West near 2nd Street, for a day and a half celebration of American traditional music
The Jamboree is held at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture Meeting House, 53 Prospect Park West at 2nd Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Further information may be obtained by calling the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 718-768-2972  More info at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture []

Brooklyn Book Festival
Sunday, in September since 2006
Nearly 100 booksellers and thousands of books will fill beautiful Borough Hall Plaza and Columbus Park.  You can hear a poetry slam, participate in a define-a-thon, and have your favorite book signed by the author. Children can hear their best-loved books read at the Target Children’s Pavilion
Contact for more details. Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza

Atlantic Antic
Sunday end of September rain or shine
WHERE: Spanning 10 blocks of Atlantic avenue, from 4th Avenue in Boerum Hill all the way to Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. Since 1974
The New York Transit Museum's Annual Bus Festival will also coincide with the Antic, taking place at the midway point of the festival, on Boerum Place. Board vintage buses dating back to 1917  free admission to the museum, one block away on Schermerhorn Street.  For more information, call the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, (718) 875-8993.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Chile Pepper Festival
Brooklyn spiciest celebration. For more information, call the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., (718) 623-7200.

Great Irish Fair
September for 2 days
WHERE: Keyspan park parking lot
Organized by Irish builders society for benefit of Brooklyn Diocese Catholic Schools
To reach KeySpan Park by subway: Take the D train, F train or Q train to the last stop, Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue. At the corner of Stillwell and Surf Avenues (where Nathan’s is located), turn right. Walk two blocks west along Surf Avenue to KeySpan Park.
To reach KeySpan Park by bus: Take the B36, B64 or B74 bus, or the Coney Island-bound B82 bus, to Stillwell Avenue and Surf Avenue. Then, walk two blocks west along Surf Avenue to KeySpan Park.



Brooklyn Eats

Annual October tasting event showcases Brooklyn's culinary highlights. Check by  Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce [] for info.


Alliance of Bay Ridge Block Associations' Fall House Tour

Fearturing a selection of restored Greek Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne and Federal style homes with original details. Tour includes tea at the historic Visitation Academy. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call (917) 836-1401 or 9(17) 693-1569.

DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival
Since 2000 for 3 days
This DUMBO Arts Center (DAC) festival attracts 25,000 art lovers under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges for an entire weekend of art from local established and up-and-coming talent. For more information, call (718) 694-0831.

Halloween in Brooklyn
Halloween Parade
7th Avenue in Park Slope
October 30
On Halloween, Brooklyn's scary ghosts and goblins and all manner or creatures from your child's imagination delight you at this Park Slope family parade.
Halloween Festival at Fort Greene Park
This fun-filled festival includes pony rides, hay rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, games and prizes for kids, African drumming and audience participation dancing, mimes, clowns and more. For more information call the Fort Greene Park Conservancy [], at (718) 222-1461.
Halloween in Prospect Park
Prospect Park
Saturday before October 31st
Deep in the Park, Lookout Hill is haunted by witches, ghosts and vampires lurking deep in the Park's dark forest on Lookout Hill .
Haunted Carousel 12 - 5 p.m. Chilling music, ravens, bats, and spiders make a spin on the Carousel; Boo at the Zoo  & more
Volunteers make this event special!  Call (718) 965-8960 for more information about volunteering Halloween in Prospect Park

Winter Festival at the Lefferts Homestead Children's Museum
Dates TBD
The 18th Century Lefferts Family historic farmhouse celebrates winter with storytelling, toy-making, and baking activities in Prospect Park. For more information, call the Lefferts Historic House, (718) 965-8999.

Ice Skating in Prospect Park
Wollman Rink by
Take lessons, bring a date, bring the kids, or just come and enjoy a snack and a hot chocolate at Brooklyn's only outdoor rink. Opening date is weather dependent. Call (718) 287-6431 to confirm.

Holiday Celebration at the Jewish Children's Museum
In 2006, the Jewish Children's Museum's Chanukah exhibit featured a professional newsroom studio with children "broadcasting" the Chanukah story to their friends. Also, holiday workshops which included making olive oil and latkes and a Leggo menorah, a replica of the one that once stood prominently in Jerusalem's Holy Temple. Stay tuned for info on this year's event. 792 Eastern Parkway. (718) 467-0600 ext 8833.

Christmas Lights
Usually Thanksgiving weekend through New Year's
A traditional Brooklyn holiday pastime. Residential neighborhoods of Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge, and Bensonhurst get dressed up for the holidays with spectacular lights displays.

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
The Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performs its annual Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. Visit in December for more info.

New Years Eve
December 31
New Years Eve Music & Fireworks
Monday, December 31, 2007
Fireworks begin at midnight.
Celebrate the New Year from the lovely Grand Army Plaza entrance of Prospect Park. 11 p.m. stage for live music, and midnight fireworks. For more information, call (718) 965-899
By Public Transportation: (MTA map)
2 or 3 Train to Grand Army Plaza station
Q Train to 7th Ave. Station (Flatbush Ave.)
B-41 or B-71 bus along Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza
B-69 along Prospect Park West

By Car:
From Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges: Take Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza.
From BQE: Take BQE to Tillary St. exit, left on Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza.



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Al Flosso- The Coney Island Fakir All about one of the greatest comedic magicians of the century.
Tyler Fyre
The Coney Island Circus Sideshow Maestro Himself!
Dirty Martini
The Queen of the New York Burlesque Scene
Exotic World- The Burlesque Hall of Fame and Museum Long live Dixie Evans!
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A new generation of traveling circus show
The World Famous Pontani Sisters
The Mambo Italiano Burlesque Can-Can Dancing Stars of Coney Island!
The Great Throwdini
he World Champion Knife Thrower
Lola Staar The girl behind the tee shirt line that has captured the hearts of millions.
The Ses Carny Sideshow A new generation of Sideshow Performers!
The birthplace of the hot dog in a bun and America’s first roller coaster
Coney Island History Project and tell them your memories of Coney Island!

Coney Island History Articles The best collection of historical Coney Island material on the web.

Adam Sandy's Coney Island Pages are also a fine source of historical material.

Amusement Park History has a great collection of Coney Island essays and articles.

The Friends of Terra Cotta have been successful in the landmarking of the Child's Restaurant Building on the Boardwalk.

Coney Island Velodome
Torn down in 1950 the  New York City 2012 Olympic bid included plans to rebuild a velodrome  on Coney Island Plans were scrapped when New York lost the bid to London in 2005.

I.F.O.C.E. The International Federation of Competitive Eating! Hot dogs anyone?

The Coney Island Polar Bears official site


The legendary amusement park is quieter than 100 years ago but its lure continues to grow. There’s still over 100 amusement rides and the neighborhood's restaurants and nightspots continue to improve.
The resurgence of
"America’s First Playground" has been led by the very popular minor league Brooklyn Cyclone baseball team which plays at the new Keystone park.
Geographically, Coney Island is the westernmost of the barrier islands of Long Island, about four miles long and one-half mile wide. It was formerly an actual island, separated from the main part of Brooklyn by Coney Island Creek, part of which was little more than tidal flats.  Today the Coney Island Development Corporation has many strategic plans in the works which will undoubtedly change the strange charm in a cleaner and brighter way.


DAYS & HOURS of Operation

Coney Island is a seasonal center operating roughly between Easter and Labor Day. Rides and attraction are generally open on weekends from Easter until Memorial Day, all week long from Memorial Day until Labor Day, and then weekends from Labor Day until the end of September. The beach and boardwalk are open all year round (although lifeguards are only on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day) and Nathan's Hot Dogs and the New York Aquarium are open almost every day of the year. The Coney Island Museum is also open on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 PM all year round.

Coney Island is located in the southernmost part of Brooklyn. If you are mapquesting, you can use the address 1000 Surf Avenue.

By Train:
Take the D, Q N or F train to Stillwell Avenue (last stop). This takes about 45 minutes from midtown Manhattan

By Car:
Take the Belt Parkway to exit 6. Head south on Cropsey Avenue to West 17th Street. Keyspan Park and the Parachute Jump will be in front of you on Surf Avenue. Parking is available along most streets. There are commercial parking lots on West 17th Street and West 12th Street between Mermaid and Surf, West 15th Street between the Boardwalk and Surf and on Neptune Avenue between West 12th and Stillwell Avenue.

Subway: W to Coney Island
Its the last stop


Learn more about the Mermaid Parade in our Brooklyn Guide  

2007 marked the 25th anniversary of the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island, but it may also have marked the end of Coney Island as we know it. Joseph Sitt's Thor Equities has purchased large parcels of Coney Island, and is eyeing a major makeover.

Certain landmarks - such as the Cyclone - have been designated for historical preservation, but much of the rest of it could be history. In September 2005, Thor's founder, Joe Sitt, went public with his new plans, which he claimed was going to be a large Bellagio-style hotel resort surrounded by rides and amusements. He also claimed that the interior of the resort would have an indoor mall that would allow local amusement owners to relocate their rides and operate them indoors year round and made promises that he had no intention of driving out any local amusement owners and wanted them all to be part of his new resort. Sitt released renderings of a hotel that would take up the entire amusement area from the Aquarium to beyond Keyspan Park and would most likely need to involve the demolition of The Wonder Wheel, Cyclone, and Nathan's original hot dog stand, as well as the new Keyspan Park.

The city and Thor Equities, with its $1.5 billion proposed development for Coney Island that includes a new amusement park and water theme park, have been at odds over Thor's plan to build three high-rise hotels, including one with time-share units, on land mostly zoned now for amusements. The Bloomberg administration plans to unveil a rezoning proposal in the fall of 2007 for the beachfront property that will allow for other uses but said it's committed to protecting Coney Island's storied amusement districtrss.

"dedicated to preserving the dignity of American Popular Culture."

post : 1208 Surf Ave. Brooklyn NY 11224-2816 phone: 718 372 5159 fax 718 372 5101
Coney Island's resident not-for-profit arts organization the that runs the Mermaid Parade. Also produces 
produces the popular Coney Island Circus Sideshow, complete with sword swallowers, glass walkers and many of the most accomplished and exciting burlesque dancers in the world.


The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk

Astroland Amusement Park
1000 Surf Ave. 
recorded Info: 718-372-0275
Subway D or Bus B36
Home of world famous cyclone. NYC’s largest amusement park with 35 rides. Park is free w/ admission to rides

Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park
Boardwalk @ W. 12th St.
Subway: F or Q to Stillwell Ave.
Info: 718-372-2592
18 kiddie rides and 5 major thrill rides including the Wonder Wheel, which was named an Official NYC Landmark in 1989. Climb aboard for breathtaking views.
Go Kart City After you see a Cyclones game, come hit your own balls and ride the best go karts in town to your heart's content!

Nellie Bly Amusement Park
1824 Shore Parkway Info: 718-996-4002
Ride, games and attractions. Free admission, pay as you go.

New York Aquarium
Subway D or Buses B36, B64, B68

With penguins and whales among its 350 species. Sea lion and Dolphin show in outdoor aquatic areas from April to October. Interactive touch pool with crabs and starfish.

Brooklyn Cyclones at KeySpan Park
Subway: D, F or Q. Buses B36, B64, B74
The 7,500 seat ballpark is home to the NY Mets A-ball team. Games frequently sell out.
The Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball in Brooklyn is back!!

FILM SERIES Co-presenters of the Coney Island Film Festival and Coney Island Saturday Night Film Series.

Something Weird Video sponsors of the Coney Island Saturday Night Film Series.

Troma Films sponsors of the Coney Island Saturday Night Film Series.

Volcanic Video Dave Channon is an eccentric videographer and Manhattan Public Access Cable activist who has done a lot of work with Coney Island over the years.

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main subway station is called Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue and is reached by the New York City Subway trains of the D F N Q.
Coney Island still maintains a broad sandy beach from West 37th Street at Seagate through the Coney Island and Brighton Beach to the beginning of the community of Manhattan Beach, a distance of approximately two-and-a-half miles (~4.0 km). The beach is continuous and is served for its entire length by the broad Riegelmann boardwalk, the subject of the famous song "Under the Boardwalk", first popularized in 1964
KeySpan Park home to the successful Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team.
Coney Island is also the location of the New York Aquarium, which opened in 1957 on the former site of the Dreamland amusement park.
Seagate is to its west; Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach to its east; and Gravesend to the north.
Coney Island is the westernmost of the barrier islands of Long Island, about four miles long and one-half mile wide. It used to be an island, separated from the main part of Brooklyn by Coney Island Creek,
When the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company electrified the the steam railroads and connected Brooklyn to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge by the at the beginning of the 20th century, Coney Island turned rapidly from a resort to an accessible location for day-trippers seeking to escape the summer heat in New York City's tenements.
Charles I. D. Looff,  built the first carousel at Coney Island in 1876 at West 6th Street and Surf Avenue called Balmer's Pavilion
At its height it contained three competing major amusement parks, Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park, as well as many independent amusements
Nathan's Famous original hot dog stand opened on Coney Island in 1916 and quickly became a landmark. An annual hot dog eating contest has been held there on July 4th since its opening.
the advent of automobile which provided access to the less crowded and more appealing Long Island state parks, especially Jones Beach, lessened the attractions of Coney's beaches. Luna Park closed in 1946
In 1964 when Steeplechase Park, the last of the major parks, closed. The rides area at  Astroland revived and gradually expanded and there are now also several organized amusement areas along with a number of independent rides and concessions..
In November  2006 fo Astroland owner Carol Hill Albert, whose family had owned the park since 1962, sold the site to developer Thor Equities . Thor's $1.5 billion development includes  a new roller coaster and indoor water park but its insistence on high-rise waterfront development has been opposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration.

Since the 1920s, all property north of the boardwalk and south of Surf Avenue was zoned for amusement and recreational use only, with some large lots of property north of Surf also zoned for amusements only.

Today the major parks are Astroland (set to close after 2007)[11], Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park (a successful family owned park with over 20 rides located directly on the Boardwalk), 12th Street Amusements, and Kiddie Park. Also, the Eldorado arcade has its own indoor bumper car ride. The Zipper and Spider on 12th Street were closed permanently on September 4, 2007 and dismantling begun, after their owner lost his lease. They are to be reassembled at an amusement park in Honduras.
Wonder Wheel, The Cyclone and he Parachute Jump,  are the three of the rides at Coney Island are protected as designated NYC landmarks and recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.
Early History





Wine on ah Bumsee: dance behind a woman with hips gyrating.

Carnival Posse: gang of people who get together to enjoy carnival.

Road March: most popular tune played on the streets for dancing

Beat Pan: play steelpan instruments.

Ole Mas: traditional folkloric characters often seen on Jouvert morn.

Jump Up: dance in a carnival band.

Las Lap: the last party of the Carnival season.

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Founded in 1979, Celebrate Brooklyn is one of NYC's longest-running, free, summer outdoor performing arts festivals. Chosen as NYC’s Best Summer Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn is continually praised for its wide array of live performances and film screenings, spectacular venue and highly diverse audience that that cannot be found anywhere else.
Prospect Park Bandshell


Blessing of the Fleet
WHERE: Sheepshead Bay
WHEN: 3rd week of May

DanceAfrica Festival
WHERE: BAM parking lot
WHEN: Late May or June

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WHERE: Coney Island
WHEN: Saturday in Late June
 Everyone dresses as mermaids and King Neptunes and parades the boardwalk. Afterwards, fruit is thrown into the Atlantic to appease the sea gods.

Welcome Back to Brooklyn
WHERE: Grand Army Plaza
WHEN: 2nd Sunday in June

Movies with a View Presented by
Held under the Brooklyn Bridge
Thursday evenings, July and August

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel & St. Paulinus WHERE:Greenpoint
WHEN: Early July

Brooklyn Family Theatre Neighborhood Fair Saturday, early July at Church of Gethsemane - 1012 8th Ave (at 10th St) 718-670-7205

Irish American & Annual Battle of Brooklyn Parade
WHERE: Green-Wood Cemetery
WHEN: On the same day, end of August.718-738-7300
The latter commemorates the patriots who fought the nation’s first battle.

Guyana Folk Festival
WHEN: Labor Day Weekend
INFO: 718-209-5207 Showcase and celebrates the multiple roots of Guyana's cultural heritage.

Brighton Jubilee
Brighton Beach Av
WHEN:Sunday before Labor Day

The Original Brooklyn Carnival
“the nation’s largest cultural event…The food’s spicy, the performers are fantastically costumed and the calypso music and steelpan are joyous. Recognizes over 200 years of Haitian independence.


Art off the Main
WHEN: October
WHERE: Puck Building 212-473-8649
INFO: Contemporary African, Caribbean & Latin Art

Last Update: Aug 2006