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by NYC Editor , 06/14/2010

 
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NYC’S CONEY ISLAND NAMED AMONG AMERICA’S BEST BEACH BOARDWALKS BY TRAVEL + LEISURE

Iconic Brooklyn Boardwalk Receives Accolade as Coney Island’s Luna Park Attraction Debuts with Nearly 20 New Rides

New York City (June 10, 2010) – NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, today lauded the inclusion of the Coney Island Boardwalk in “America’s Best Beach Boardwalks,” an article in Travel + Leisure (travelandleisure.com). The Coney Island Boardwalk, located on the Atlantic Ocean in Brooklyn, was chosen by the editors of Travel + Leisure to be included in the travel feature. The announcement comes soon after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg celebrated the opening of Luna Park at Coney Island—the first new amusement park to open in Coney Island in nearly 50 years, featuring 19 new rides.

“Coney Island and the new Luna Park are integral to the fabric of New York City—we are grateful that Travel + Leisure has named this popular summer attraction one of America’s best beach boardwalks,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company.

“The efforts to revitalize Coney Island’s historic amusement district and the surrounding neighborhood are beginning to pay off,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “The opening of Luna Park earlier this summer and the ongoing refurbishment of the Boardwalk are forging a path towards Coney Island once again becoming ‘America’s Playground.’”

"The Coney Island Boardwalk is one of those legendary still-magical New York places. Luna Park only underscores this quality—the ongoing fun factor, the rides and thrills. My own recommendation for a great summer evening: sit at an outdoor table at Natasha's, or one of the other Russian spots on the boardwalk, and watch the world stroll by, with the beach and the ocean stretching far beyond," said Nancy Novogrod, editor in chief of Travel + Leisure. 


Coney Island’s three-mile boardwalk is one of the country’s most celebrated beach resorts. Located just an hour by subway from midtown Manhattan, Coney Island has been a popular summer draw for visitors and locals for decades. The new Luna Park at Coney Island incorporates a combination of thrill rides, family rides and children’s rides, as well as food and beverage stands, and provides regularly scheduled entertainment offerings. For its inaugural season, Luna Park is open Monday through Friday, from noon until midnight, and on weekends from 11am until midnight.

Coney Island is also home to Nathan’s Famous, home of the annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, as well as the legendary Cyclone roller coaster and the 150-foot Wonder Wheel.

For more information, go to coneyislandfunguide.com, or visit thecidc.org.

NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, go to nycgo.com.

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