Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the
largest amusement area in the United States, attracting several million visitors
per year. At its height it contained three competing major amusement parks,
Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park, as well as many independent
Examples from other cultures are the Mami Wata of West and Central Africa, the Jengu of Cameroon, the Merrow of Ireland and Scotland, the Rusalkas of Russia and Ukraine, the Iara from Brazil and the Greek Oceanids, Nereids, and Na iads. One freshwater mermaid-like creature from European folklore is Melusine, who is sometimes depicted with two fish tails, and other times with the lower body of a serpent. It is said in Japan that eating the flesh of a ningyo can grant unaging immortality. In some European legends mermaids are said to be unlucky. Source: Wikipedia.
Today the major parks are Astroland, Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park (a successful family owned park with over 20 rides located directly on the Boardwalk), 12th Street Amusements, and Kiddie Park. Also, the Eldorado arcade has its own indoor bumper car ride.
The Zipper and Spider on 12th Street were closed permanently on September 4, 2007 and dismantling begun, after its owner lost his lease. They are to be reassembled at an amusement park in Honduras. Astroland, closed September 7, 2008.
The Parachute Jump, originally the Life Savers Parachute
Jump at the 1939 New York World's Fair, was the first ride of its kind. Patrons
were hoisted 190 feet (58 m) in the air before being allowed to drop using
guy-wired parachutes. Although the ride has been closed since 1968, it remains
a Coney Island landmark and is sometimes referred to as "Brooklyn's
Sirenomelia, also called "mermaid syndrome", is a rare congenital disorder in which a child is born with his or her legs fused together and reduced genitalia. This condition is about as rare as conjoined twins, affecting one out of every 100,000 live births and is usually fatal within a day or two of birth because of kidney and bladder complications. Four survivors were known to be alive as of July 2003. Source: Wikipedia.
Between 2002 and 2004, the Jump was completely dismantled, cleaned, painted and restored, but remains inactive. After an official lighting ceremony in July 2006, the Parachute Jump was slated to be lit year round using different color motifs to represent the seasons. However, this idea was scrapped when New York City started conserving electricity in the summer months. It has not been lit regularly since.
Haunted houses. Three traditional dark ride haunted houses
operate at Coney Island: Dante's Inferno (Astroland), Spook-a-Rama (Deno's)
and the Ghost Hole
Mermaids and mermen are also characters of Philippine folklore, where they are locally known as sirena and siyokoy, respectively. The Javanese people believe that the southern beach in Java is a home of Javanese mermaid queen Nyi Roro Kidul. In "Sadko" (Russian: ?????), a Russian medieval epic, the title character ? an adventurer, merchant and gusli musician from Novgorod ? lives for some time in the underwater court of the "Sea Tsar" and marries his daughter before finally returning home. The tale inspired such works as the poem "Sadko" by Alexei Tolstoy (1871?1872), the opera Sadko composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the painting by Ilya Repin. Source: Wikipedia.
Coney Island is also the location of the New York Aquarium,
which opened in 1957 on the former site of the Dreamland amusement park.
In 2001, KeySpan Park opened on the former site of Steeplechase Park to host
the Brooklyn Cyclones minor-league baseball team.
Sirenia is an order of fully aquatic, herbivorous mammals that inhabit rivers, estuaries, coastal marine waters, swamps, and marine wetlands. Sirenians, including manatees and the dugong, have major aquatic adaptations: arms used for steering, a paddle used for propulsion, hind limbs (legs) are two small bones floating deep in the muscle. They appear fat, but are fusiform, hydrodynamic, and highly muscular. Prior to the mid 19th century, mariners referred to these animals as mermaids. Source: Wikipedia.
The beach is groomed and replenished on a regular basis by the city. The position of the beach and lack of significant obstructions means virtually the entire beach is in sunlight all day. The beach is open to all without restriction and there is no charge for use. The beach area is divided into "bays", areas of beach delineated by rock jetties, which moderate erosion and the force of ocean waves.
The neighborhoods on Coney Island, running eastward are Sea Gate (a private community), Coney Island proper, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach.