Coney Island is a residential neighborhood, peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in Southwestern Brooklyn, New York City. It is well known as an amusement park and a seaside resort. In recent years, the area has seen the opening of MCU Park and has become home to the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team. People often go to Coney Island to enjoy the amusement park and the beach.
The amusement park portion of Coney Island is owned and operated by several different companies, and operate independently of each other.
Some of the notable attractions at the park include the Wonder Wheel, the Cyclone, Parachute Jump, B&B Carousel, bumper cars, and haunted houses,.
There are also rides of the past that people still remember such as two roller coasters called Thunderbolt and Tornado. The Thunderbolt was closed in 1983 and torn down in 2000. The Tornado suffered a series of small fires causing it to be unstable, which resulted in it being torn down in 1977.
Coney Island maintains a broad sandy beach from West 37th Street at Sea Gate, through the central Coney Island area and Brighton Beach, to the beginning of the community of Manhattan Beach, a distance of approximately 2.5 mi (4.0 km).
The beach is continuous, and is served for its entire length by the broad Riegelmann Boardwalk. A number of amusements are directly accessible from the land-side of the boardwalk, as is the aquarium, and a variety of food shops and arcades.