Must-See Coney Island
by nycgo.com staff, 05/13/2014 [Updated 05/20/2015]
Steeplechase Plaza. Photo: Julienne Schaer
What's New and What's Ahead
While Coney Island has been New York City's amusement district since the late 19th century, it's always changing—and keeping with the times has paid off. The 2014 summer saw a record number of visitors (4.8 million) come to Luna Park (strangely, the most popular attraction was the Whack-a-Mole game). That year was of course when the Thunderbolt roller coaster was unveiled; the previous year saw Steeplechase Plaza, which holds the renovated (though not rideable) Parachute Jump—originally built for the 1939 New York World's Fair and transported to Brooklyn two years later—and the restored B&B Carousel come to the amusement area. The latest revival involves the famed Astroland Park rocket, which was a symbol of the Astroland theme park from its inception in 1962 until its demise in 2008. The rocket initially served as a ride and then just as a beacon before being taken away, but it's now been acquired by the Coney Island History Project and is currently on display in Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park. (And don't sleep on the popular, relatively new location of Italian-ice vendor Rita's Coney Island, either).