Coney Island is best known for its historic boardwalk and the original Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs. But there’s much more to love about this south Brooklyn neighborhood, which is bordered by the ocean on the south, the Belt Parkway on the north, Ocean Parkway on the on the east and Sea Gate, a gated community, on the west. It’s serviced by the Q, D, F and N subway lines, which all terminate at the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue station.
High-rise apartments and 1- and 2-family homes make up the residential landscape. Parks as big as 75 acres with sports fields lay across the waterfront. Once the home-base for many Jewish immigrants, the main populations today re African American, Hispanic and a recent wave of Russian immigrants. The diversity is reflected in the dining options. Locals regularly frequent casual Italian restaurants, like the 80-year-old pizzeria Totonno’s, and the many Russian eateries located in “Little Odessa,” in neighboring Brighton Beach.
A plethora of shopping opportunities can be found in the 1.1 million square-foot Kings Plaza Mall, home to over 150 familiar stores, from Best Buy and H&M to Armani Exchange, and a multiplex movie theater.
The Coney Island Hospital provides acute, general and specialized care to the neighborhood and local schools include PS 90, 100, 188, 288,329 and 370. High schools include Abraham Lincoln High School, Rachel Carson School of Coastal Studied and High School of Sports Management.