Coney Island Boardwalk
Drawing - Mixed Medium
This picture is dedicated to all the great people,great memories, and good fun I've had with friends, family and strangers at my beloved, Coney Island Boardwalk. Located in Brooklyn. New York.
From the Cyclone Roller Coaster, to Nathan Famous Hot Dogs. Coney Island has been the heartbeat of Brooklyn since the early 1900's. When visiting Coney Island be sure to stop by Ruby on the Board walk for a sausage and pepper hero while admiring the huge variety of people that come from all over the City, State, and country to enjoy all that Coney island has to offer. Weather you choose to ride the rides, Eat at one of the great establishments or just relax on the beach, Coney Island is a place that cater to everybody from young to old. Coney Island is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. The site was formerly an outer barrier island, but became partially connected to the mainland by land fill.
Coney Island is well known as the site of amusement parks and a seaside resort. The attractions reached their peak during the first half of the 20th century, declining in popularity after World War II and years of neglect. In recent years, the area has seen the opening of MCU Park and has become home to the minor league baseball team the Brooklyn Cyclones.
The residential neighborhood of the same name is a community of 60,000 people in the western part of the peninsula, with Sea Gate to its west, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach to its east, and Gravesend to the north. Brooklyn: The Borough of Brooklyn has a population of 2.5 million and occupies more than 71 square miles. Brooklyn is minutes from Manhattan by subway, ferry, water taxi or car, and is connected to Manhattan by numerous subway lines and bridges. Brooklyn plays an important role in New Yorks economy: it is home to some 37,000 companies covering a wide range of industries, two of the Citys functioning port facilities and several industrial areas. Since January 2002, Marty Markowitz has served as Brooklyn's Borough President. For more on Brooklyn, visit www.brooklyn-usa.org.
Coney Island: Coney Island is not actually an island, but a small peninsula that hangs from the southernmost edge of Brooklyn. It is easily accessible from the citys other boroughs and points inside Brooklyn by car and by subway. The peninsula contains several distinct neighborhoods: the private residential community of Sea Gate on the western tip, Manhattan Beach at the far eastern edge, and Brighton Beach and Coney Island in the middle. The Coney Island neighborhood itself comprises a mix of uses, including high-rise residential development as well as two-family and single-family dwellings; some neighborhood retail along Surf Avenue, Mermaid and Neptune avenues; and the centrally located amusement area.
The historic amusement area spans from West 8th to West 24th Street, and from Surf Avenue to the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to amusement parks, rides and concessions, this area contains a three-mile beachfront boardwalk, the New York Aquarium, KeySpan Parkhome of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball teamand Asser Levy Park and Amphitheater.
Since the early 1800s, Coney Island, playground of the world, has played many roles in the lives and imagination of New Yorkers and the world. From its beginnings as a quiet seaside town, Coney Island went on to boom years in the 1880s, as entrepreneurs rushed to stake their claims and make their fortunes. The area enjoyed brief stability in the late 1890's and early 1900's, the heyday of Luna Park (1903-1946), Dreamland (1904-1911) and Steeplechase Park (1897-1907, 1908-1964), Coney Islands famed amusement parks, but with the Great Depression, Coney Island transformed once again. The area became a Nickel Empire of cheap amusements; a nickel paid the fare on the new subway line, and visitors were greeted by the original Nathans Famous, home of the five-cent hot dog. The amusement parks struggled to stay afloat and Coney Island began to experience hard economic times. Nevertheless, Coney Island continued to provide an accessible and affordable opportunity for a diverse population, always looming large in the history of New York.
Today, Coney Island is in the midst of a revival, spurred by public, private and community initiatives. KeySpan Park remains sold out season after season and the amusement area has witnessed ever-greater crowds for both everyday beach activities and events, from the annual Mermaid Parade, Siren Festival and rock concerts occasionally held at KeySpan, to mini-marathons and summertime concerts held at the Asser Levy Park Amphitheater. With the creation of the Coney Island Development Corporation, the area is poised for further positive change, in which the Parachute Pavilion will play a vital part.
March 15th, 2013
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