Nestled along the southwestern coast of Brooklyn is Coney Island, an entertainment destination and New York City attraction with history tracing back to the 1880s. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Coney Island was considered one of the world's largest amusement areas. Today, Coney Island is home to two amusement parks, as well as nearly three miles of beaches, playgrounds, piers and the site of the first Nathan's Famous hot dog stand, (my personal favorite) which opened in 1916!!
Transportation to Coney Island is simple, as the D, Q, N and F trains run directly to Stillwell Ave, which is a short walk to the amusement areas of Coney Island. My friends and I took the D train to Stillwell Ave, which takes roughly an hour and forty-five minutes from the Rose Hill campus. Upon arriving, our first stop was exploring the boardwalk, which was followed by by scouting out a restaurant to try our first corn dogs! We decided on Paul’s Daughter, a beachfront snack bar food stand. We found a bench along the beach with a clear view of New Jersey across the water, a perfect spot to munch on our corn dogs.
One of the attractions I was particularly eager to see were the Coney Island Art Walls, an outdoor street art museum curated by Jeffery Deitch and Joseph J. Sitt. The Coney Island Art Walls feature over thirty-four artists, including graffiti artists as well as street and contemporary artists. The art walls embody New York City’s diverse cultural landscape and are certainly a spot to check out if you venture to Coney Island!
At Fordham, there are endless opportunities to explore the unique areas throughout New York City that we have right at our fingertips. Coney Island is just one of the many unique destinations with a vibrant atmosphere and rich history to discover beyond our Fordham campus.