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Greetings from Coney Island

We recently had the pleasure of paying a visit to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. 

Coney Island is home of the famous roller coaster "The Cyclone". The father of America's roller-coaster revolution, and the big momma of Coney Island, The Cyclone made its debut on June 26, 1927. This historic coaster starts with a 85 foot tall, 60 degree drop and then shakes, rattles and rolls through 6 turn-arounds and 8 more drops.

Coney Island is also home to the very first Nathan's Famous, which was founded by a Polish immigrant, Nathan Handwerker, and his is truly an authentic "only in America story." He started his business in 1916 with a small hot dog stand in Coney Island, New York. He sold hot dogs that were manufactured based on a recipe developed by his wife, Ida.

Coney Island is also home to the famous Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. According to archives, the contest has occurred each July 4th in Coney Island since 1916. In recent years, an estimated 40,000 fans have made the pilgrimage to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues to watch the annual event. 

The boardwalk has been beautifully restored and the rides are in full swing. On May 28, 2010, Luna Park was opened. It is the first new amusement park to be built in Coney Island in over 40 years, complete with 19 brand new rides, 6 games, 5 food kiosks, and a retail location. 

Access to the beach couldn't be easier and food and drinks are plentiful. Parking is easy ($13) and adjacent to the New York Aquarium, also worth a visit. The ride from Darien is about an hour and a half. See our photos on our Facebook photo album  Don't forget to "Like" the Darien HamletHub page while you are there!

For more info on The Cyclone and Luna Park, click HERE.   

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