“Nathan’s Famous 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. In the over 95 years that have passed since opening day, Nathan’s has gained worldwide recognition for the unequaled quality and taste of its product. Today, Nathan’s has gained reputation for being among the highest quality hot dogs in the world. …” source
“Coney Island offers an ideal summer respite from the hectic and steamy city. With nearly 3 miles of sandy beaches, Coney Island’s sunny skies and rolling waves make for the perfect getaway. If being active at the beach is more your idea of fun than just catching some rays, Coney Island also offers exciting recreation opportunities. With courts for beach volleyball, handball, and basketball as well as playgrounds and amusement rides, the beach and boardwalk can provide hours of entertainment.” source
“In an effort to revitalize the historic Coney Island to its once glorious past, the City of New York under the leadership of the Bloomberg administration, purchase 6.2 acres of land in November 2009 and quickly put out a request for proposal welcoming bidders to submit their proposal for a state-of-the-art facility that would be complete by Spring of 2010.
After weeks of compiling ideas and researching information, on December 18, 2010 CAI submitted a 293 page proposal to the Economic Development Corporation of New York City. After a tight race, CAI was finally awarded a 10 year lease for 3 parcels of land which encompassed the 6.2 acres of land the City had previously purchased from a private developer. On February 16, 2010, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Central Amusement International held a joint press conference to unveil plans for Luna Park, a new amusement park coming to Coney Island that very spring. … On May 28, 2010, after a 100 day challenge CAI proudly presented Luna Park. 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. During its first season, Luna Park created 247 jobs for the local community, and delighted 450,000 visitors with over 1.7 million rides.” source
“…the world-famous Wonder Wheel, a New York City Landmark. Built in 1920 by the Eccentric Ferris Wheel Company using 100% Bethlehem Steel forged right on the premises. The 18 co-owners worked as construction men to insure quality throughout the building process. The Wonder Wheel has maintained a perfect safety record for its entire history….” source
“The father of America’s roller-coaster revolution, and the big momma of Coney Island. The Cyclone made its debut on June 26, 1927. … The Cyclone has the distinction of being the most copied roller coaster ever built 7 “clones” currently operating throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
Emilio Franco, a mute since birth, regained his voice on the Cyclone, uttering his first words ever – “I feel sick”!” source