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The neighborhoods of Coney Island and Sea Gate are located on the western part of the Coney Island peninsula. The former island, westernmost of the barrier islands of Long Island, 4.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, was joined with the mainland in the 1940’s,due to the construction of the Belt Parkway. The neighborhood borders Sea Gate (West 37th Street, Gravesend(Belt Parkway), and Brighton Beach (Ocean Parkway).
Coney Island features a variety of housing that is as eclectic as its history. High-rise apartment towers dot the landscape north of the amusement area, giving way to 1- and 2-family houses in the western part of the neighborhood. Within the Coney Island Mixed Use Special District, existing industrial structures are being supplemented by residential infill construction, illustrating the forces of change that are actively re-mapping the neighborhood. In recent years, the interest in developing the area has spiked, and with several condo and co-op projects already constructed, and more being built, the neighborhood’s housing and rental market is improving steadily. At the western tip of the peninsula, the neighborhood of Sea Gate is a purely residential area, with detached houses predominating.
Coney Island’s landmarks include the famous Cyclone roller coaster – built in 1927, and is still regarded by some as the best wooden coaster in the world; the Wonder Wheel (1920, a world-famous ferris wheel with stationary and moving cars; the Life Savers Parachute Jump (1939, the first ride of its kind; and the B&B Carousel, which was saved by the City of New York from being auctioned off. The City government paid $1.8 million for the carousel, in order to restore the landmark and put it to its original use – with its hand-carved wooden horses and unusual spelling intact. Connecting it all is the Riegelmann Boardwalk – the longest oceanside promenade in the United States.
Coney Island’s amusement park draws thousands of visitors each day, even during the winter months. There’s something for everyone – the tranquility of the New York Aquarium and the thrills of the Cyclone, Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and ice cream, walking off the calories on the sunlit boardwalk, and much, much more.
The Coney Island beachfront is in the sun all day, due to the compass direction and lack of obstructions – the Native Americans called this area “Narrioch’, or “Land Without Shadows”.
Not only does Coney Island have a great beachfront and a busy amusement area, it’s also home to several parks, each with its own waterfront. The Leon S. Kaiser Playground’s 26 acres include baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, a playground, and a barbeque/picnic area. The Asser Levy/Seaside Park is home to the New York Aquarium and another 22 acres of greenery. On the mainland side of Gravesend Bay, the 73-acre Calvert Vaux Park (formerly Dreier-Offerman Park) features basketball and bocce courts, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and a handicapped-accessible playground.
The new Keyspan Park is the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, New York Mets minor-league team. The park complex is conveniently close to the subway, and a great symbol of Brooklyn’s renewed interest in baseball. When the Dodgers left for L.A., a part of New York history was, well, history. But the Cyclones brought baseball back to Brooklyn – and the brand-spanking-new Keyspan Park was a well-deserved welcome. Fillmore Real Estate is proud to be a sponsor of the Brooklyn Cyclones!
Public transportation in Coney Island is centered around the subway. The Coney Island terminal is the starting point for the D, F, N, and Q train lines, which are supplemented by the B (express to Manhattan, begins 3 stops away on the Q line) and the M (rush-hour relief, also 3 stops away on the D line). Bus service is provided by the B36 bus (to Brighton, Gravesend, and Sheepshead Bay), B64 (Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, B68 (Coney Island Avenue to Prospect Park, the B82 (Bath Beach & down Kings Highway to Canarsie, and the X28 express to Manhattan. In addition, the B74 local loop ferries Sea Gate residents directly to the train station. Driving to Coney Island is easy, thanks to the Belt Parkway and the major avenues.
For assistance with selling, buying, or renting properties in Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Gravesend, and the surrounding areas, please visit us at www.Fillmore.com, or contact your local Fillmore office. With 20 offices throughout Brooklyn, chances are there’s one close to you.
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