It was a great day to go for Coney Island opening day on April 13, 2014. The weather was beautiful and refreshing, and surprisingly enough, there were no crowds.
Unlike most amusement parks in the United States, Coney Island is easy for everyone to get to, including those without cars. It is accessible by the trains (Q and F lines), and there is no curfew for carless people because the transit is twenty four hours a day in New York City. It is neat to go into the station, and see the rides from the train.
Coney Island is pretty unique in that it is very local. There were no chains inside the park like there are in other parks. All that was there has been with the park for years, such as Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs. Apparently Nathan is pretty famous as that was the most crowded food place inside the park. But the chains, such as Popeyes and Applebees are right outside the park, perhaps looking and waiting for their chance to go inside and set up shop. It is with great hopes that Coney Island will forever be a local landmark of New York though and not sell out.
The rides were pretty typical. They had two bumper car areas, a haunted house, a ferris wheel, and others. But the ride that is most famous in Coney Island is the Cyclone. It does not have the famous loops and upside down maneuvers that the newer roller coasters have since the technology was not so advanced when it was opened in 1927. But over the years, the work to keep it maintained is just as admirable, so much so that it became a New York City historical landmark.
The next thing to note is the boardwalk and beach. It was too cold for swimming, but some people were already out sunbathing in the sand or on the pier. Named after Paul Auletta, a local park activist, the Pat Auletta Steeplechase Pier was destroyed when Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. However, it has been rebuilt to be taller and better. It now measures 1100 feet in lenth, and that makes for plenty of room for sunbathing, fishing, biking, and walking and looking back at Coney Island from the end of the pier.
Coney Island is not just an amusement park but an icon in the New York City area. It symbolizes not only a good day out for many, but also the resilience that New York has had to face throughout the years.