A visit to Brooklyn deserves more than a day trip - Day Four
Jan. 17, 2019 | Updated Jan. 23, 2019
Visitors walking along the Coney Island boardwalk.
Today it’s time to experience a bit of "old New York" with a visit to the Coney Island beach and boardwalk. "Old New York," in case you aren't familiar with the phrase, is a nostalgic reference to the feel of NYC before gentrification spread widely throughout the city (a period of time unofficially agreed to be between the 1970s - 1990s). The phrase suggests an experience that is authentically New York, as judged by NYC natives and long-time residents. The beach and boardwalk at Coney Island is one of the few remaining destinations in the city that many New Yorkers would identify as "old New York."
Thursday - Day Four: Coney Island, Brooklyn's Chinatown, Barclays Center
The neighborhood of Coney Island is located on a peninsula at the southern edge of Brooklyn. To get to Coney Island, take the subway to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
station. Exit the station on the Surf Avenue side, then cross Surf Avenue and walk towards the waterfront.
Coney Island is best known for the amusement parks that have lined the boardwalk for over a century. Currently, Luna Park
is the last of those parks remaining. The grounds of Luna Park are open so that you can stroll through and see the rides and games without having to purchase a pass. There are many activities in and around the park such as carnival rides and games, batting cages, go-kart, and more. You can buy tickets individually for each of the activities. In addition to the activities, be sure to try one of the famous hot dogs from Nathan’s, and also grab a beer from one of the outdoor halls along the boardwalk.
There are great people watching opportunities on the Coney Island boardwalk, which some like to do from the various benches on the boardwalk. Also try to walk out on the pier and watch the people fish at the areas away from the beach. The fishermen are locals who come there to fish as a leisure activity. It’s not uncommon to witness some interesting marine life being fished out of the ocean, such as a small shark. Don't worry. It is illegal to fish sharks in New York, so they are released if caught.
For dinner, plan to stop at Brooklyn's Chinatown. Many people don't realize that there is a very large Chinese neighborhood in Brooklyn that has many great restaurants serving authentic cuisine. The neighborhood is located roughly halfway between downtown Brooklyn and Coney Island. To get there, take the N train to the Eighth Avenue
station in Sunset Park. When you exit the station you'll be at the southern end of Brooklyn's Chinatown.
Brooklyn’s Chinatown is one of the largest in North America, and is thought of as one of the three major Chinese population centers in NYC (the other two are Manhattan's Chinatown, and the Main St - Flushing area in Queens). There are many good restaurants, serving cuisine primarily from China’s Fujian Province. There are so many restaurants to choose from that you should just walk along Eighth Avenue until you find one that you like. You can also cross reference the restaurants with Yelp reviews as you stroll.
After dinner, head up to Barclays Center for a Nets basketball game in the evening. If it isn't basketball season then there will probably some other event happening, which you can purchase tickets to at the walk-up ticket window on the Flatbush Avenue side of the stadium. The stadium is centrally located in Brooklyn, so you may decide to buy a pre-game beer or cocktail at one of dozens of sports bars in the area. The Montrose
on Fifth Avenue is great for a beer (or two) before the tip-off.
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Stephon Owens is the Founder and CEO of Vezpuchi.