Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Coney Island

by staff, 05/28/2013

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  • Williams Candy
    1318 Surf Ave., 718-372-0302
    Searching for dessert after a Nathan's hot dog? Williams Candy, located next door, is a popular choice. The second you step into the tiny shop, the smell of sugar practically punches you in the face (get near the popcorn machine and it'll mingle with the fragrance of salt). The main attractions at the store—standing next to the Clam Stop for 29 years—are the chewy, sugary candied Granny Smith apples. Other offerings include fudge, ice cream and some much-ballyhooed caramel marshmallow sticks. Like the rest of Coney Island, this place caters more to your inner child than to any adult need for prudence or responsibility—but Williams Candy's satisfied customers don't seem to be complaining. One man who can't personally say how much he enjoys the candy? Owner Peter Agrapides. "I don't eat any of it," he says. "I'm not a candy eater. But people love my candy."

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