5 Things You Didn't Know About Coney Island

January 24, 2020

An hour away from the constant hustle and grind of Manhattan, Coney Island graces many New Yorkers with memories and entertainment.

If you’re still thirsty for more about Coney Island after reading this, check out the different activities and tours to experience this magical place in person!

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    Daytime Statue Sail on Shearwater

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    It's time for a break from the hectic vibes of the city to see New York City from a different perspective on this pleasant daytime sail. Take the relaxing opportunity to view the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline from the comfortable, close-up views of your sailing vessel. This intimate sail will prove to be the best way to experience New York's magnificent harbor, while taking in the fresh air and sunlight. Come explore New York from a new angle filled with nautical charm and thrilling flavor!
    Daytime Statue Sail on Shearwater

    North Cove Marina, New York

    • Step on board for a 90-minute sail around New York's harbor
    • Experience close-up views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline
    • See the sights and skyline unique to a city known for its iconic and memorable appearance
    • Take a relaxing journey and explore "the city that never sleeps"from the harbor
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    Chelsea Market & The Highline Food Tour

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    Ever feel like you're missing out on some of New York's most delicious secrets? Even if you're a local foodie, there's always another hideaway to be discovered. During this food tour, you'll explore the historic 112 year old landmark building that houses the Chelsea Market and taste samples from seven of the best vendors. Before it's all said and done, you'll take in the great views of the High Line, and enjoy a final food tasting at a trendy restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Discover the hidden world of food in Meatpacking!
    Chelsea Market & The Highline Food Tour

    75 9th Ave, New York

    • Tour the Chelsea Market and learn about it's remarkable past
    • Sample food from seven amazing vendors
    • Enjoy a tasting at an acclaimed restaurant in the Meatpacking District
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    Ground Zero Museum Workshop Tour

    The Ground Zero Museum Workshop in the Meat-Packing District on West 14th street features stunning images, rare video and remnants from the Ground Zero Recovery Period, all packed into an intimate and emotional space. On display are 100 of Gary Marlon Suson's most well-known images, including the charred Genesis 11: Tower of Babylon Bible Page found in the WTC rubble, the Frozen Clock stuck at 10:02am, marking the collapse of the South Tower and several FDNY Honor Guard images. The actual clock itself is also on display in the museum. The only all-access, sanctioned photographer at Ground Zero, Suson's one-of-a-kind, 3-D photo installations place viewers into the "hole" at Ground Zero. Visitors are also allowed the rare opportunity to pick up and hold World Trade Center steel and window glass. The Non-Profit Museum, a must-see before visiting Ground Zero, also benefits numerous 9/11 and Fire Department-related charities and is endorsed by many noted firefighters and 9/11 families. Tours are limited to just 25 people, and include a powerful 15-minute video.

    The Ground Zero Museum is about 5-minutes from Ground Zero via the "E" train. Daily tours last about 90 minutes and include the intimate stories behind 100 images and remnants. This is a "don't-miss" museum that touches the heart of young and old alike. No graphic or morbid images are displayed and the museum is known for its sensitivity to a very tough subject matter.

    Ground Zero Museum Workshop Tour

    420 W 14th St, New York

    • Commemorate and celebrate the lives of those lost in 9/11 through the eyewitness stories and personal accounts
    • See the stunning images, rare videos, and remnants from the Ground Zero Recovery Period
    • Pick up and hold World Trade Center steel and window glass in this intimate tour experience
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    Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour

    You can't see the best of Harlem from behind the window, so put it in park and pound the pavement on this 2-hour New York Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour.

    View a multimedia event to learn the history of New York City in a digitized 3-screen production telling the story of how the city grew into the world's greatest urban center. Then put on some comfortable shoes to take a leisurely hip-hop stroll through the Mecca of the hip-hop culture.

    Check out the sites of Dip Set, Harlem's oldest record shops, the legendary Apollo Theater, numerous clubs, plus learn the rich musical and political history. Join your guides and share your thoughts about life in the Big City and Walk it Out!

    This Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour is suitable for all ages, hip-hop enthusiasts, those interested in the Foundation of the Culture and return visitors to New York City. It is truly a one-of-a-kind experience with a perspective and focus which can only be shown by the Grand Masters of hip-hop. The Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour is family friendly and great for any age group and cultural background with an appreciation of old school and new school hip-hop music.

    Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour

    Fifth Avenue, New York

    • Explore Harlem locations that inspired and nurtured hip hop culture
    • See the birthplace of Hip-hop: Dip Set, record shops, the Apollo Theater, and countless clubs embodying Harlem's unique environment
    • Discover the stories behind hip hop's influential growth
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    Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental (Full Day)

    Feeling restless? Got cabin fever? It sounds like you need to visit the spin doctor! Explore lower Manhattan on a full day bike rental with Unlimited Biking! Push those pedals while you cycle up to City Hall area and the Brooklyn Bridge. You'll be nearly 160 feet up when you reach the Brooklyn side tower of the bridge -- a great spot to snap photos of the entire New York Harbor. You'll see the beautiful Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Staten Island, the port of Brooklyn and several miles of the New Jersey coastline. To make your sightseeing easier, CPS provides a map, helmet, chain-lock, and basket for your convenience. Their team is happy to recommend specific routes and must-see attractions. We can hear those wheels in your head turning already...joining this tour is a great idea!
    Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental (Full Day)

    38 Park Row, New York

    • Rent a bicycle and explore the beauty of lower Manhattan
    • Cycle over the Brooklyn Bridge and take photos from 160 feet above the water
    • See the entire New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
    • Receive a map, a basket, and some sightseeing recommendations
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    Walking Tour of Ground Zero

    Meet in Lower Manhattan and begin with a walking tour of the Financial District, where you'll visit sites like historic Federal Hall, the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street and St Paul Chapel, which served as a makeshift rescue center during the terrorist attacks.

    Visit the Steel Beam Cross, a symbol of hope for the city, and stop by the American Express Eleven Tears Memorial and the World Financial Center. Then, follow your guide to Ground Zero, where you'll gain an understanding of the tragic events of 9/11.

    As you explore the site where the World Trade Center once stood, you'll be captivated by real first-hand stories of 9/11 from your guide, who has a personal connection with that fateful day in New York City.
    Walking Tour of Ground Zero

    15 Broad Street, New York

    • Tour through Ground Zero and gain a deeper understanding of the events of 9/11
    • Grasp the impact 9/11 had on NYC and the United States as a whole
    • Explore the Financial District including Wall Street, NY Stock Exchange and Federal Hall
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    Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

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    Head to Chelsea Piers in the evening to board your luxury cruise, an elegant vessel featuring fully enclosed glass walls and ceiling and a revolutionary deck layout that gives every table a great view of the live entertainment. Get cozy in the climate-controlled cabin or head to the two outdoor viewing decks as your expert captain takes you along the Hudson River, New York Harbor and East River. The moment you step aboard, live jazz performed by talented musicians provides the perfect ambiance for sipping drinks and admiring the Manhattan skyline. Get up-close views of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower), Battery Park, Colgate Clock, Governor's Island, South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and the Manhattan Bridge. Have your camera ready as you cruise by Ellis Island and the stately Statue of Liberty! As the magnificent skyline spreads before you in all directions, you'll be served a gourmet dinner at your table. Uniquely designed seating arrangements create an inviting and intimate dining experience. After dinner, your jazz entertainment resumes, this time with Broadway hits in cabaret style. The evening crescendos with upbeat dance music from the Big Band era to Motown to today's favorites. Dancing on the spacious hardwood dance floor is encouraged, and musicians are happy to accept requests! Classic Dinner Menu (subject to change) will include fresh salad (choice of organic mixed greens, organic spinach and kale, or Mediterranean couscous and chickpea), a main course (choice of roast salmon & tilapia, chicken parmesan meatballs, twice cooked beef short ribs, baked ziti, or roast broccoli), and desserts (mini pastries, cookies, brownies, seasonal fruit).

    Bateaux New York Dinner Cruise

    Pier 62, Chelsea Piers, New York

    • Enjoy a luxurious dinner cruise, complete with live jazz and gourmet cuisine
    • Get unrivaled views of the Empire State Building, Battery Park, Statue of Liberty and South Street Seaport
    • Surround yourself with NYC's beautiful skyline and relax atop the ship's deck
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    Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Tour

    Meet in Lower Manhattan's Financial District, where you'll meet your expert local guide to begin your tour. Your morning starts off with a walking tour of Wall Street. Learn about the transformation of New York City from an early Dutch settlement to the financial capital as you pass the New York Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank and other financial and historical institutions. This tour leads you to the World Trade Center site, home to the 9/11 Memorial, a monument and museum commemorating the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks of 2001. Gain timed entry to this site and walk around to see the enormous reflecting pools and fountains. Your guide will tell you stories of the events, tragedy and heroism of that infamous day. After this sobering and deeply moving experience, your guide will accompany you to the ferry. This tour gives you priority boarding for the ferry to Liberty Island, letting you bypass the long lines. Before sending you off, your guide will provide commentary about the Statue of Liberty, one of America's greatest symbols of liberty and freedom. Admire views of the amazing New York City skyline as you cruise along New York Harbor. Have your camera ready as you approach Lady Liberty! Arriving at Liberty Island, pick up a handheld audio guide (available in 9 different languages) for your visit. Next, go inside this famed icon with reserved access to the Statue of Liberty's stone pedestal, designed by famed architect Richard Morris Hunt. The top of the pedestal is roughly half the height of the entire monument, and offers panoramic views of Ellis Island, New York, New Jersey, and New York Harbor. Only a limited number of visitors are permitted per day, so be the fortunate one to experience the Statue of Liberty up-close. Your ticket also includes access to the Liberty Island Museum, where you'll learn about the difficulties and triumphs that France and the US overcame to build this universal symbol of liberty and democracy. The museum also covers how the Statue of Liberty's interpretation has changed since its construction in 1886. Here, your tour concludes and you may choose to stay on the island as long as you wish. On the return ferry, choose to disembark onto Ellis Island, the gateway for 12 million immigrants. End your day with one last view of the beautiful Statue of Liberty before returning to Lower Manhattan by ferry.
    Statue of Liberty and 9/11 Tour

    Pearl St & Broad St, New York

    • Walk through the Financial District and learn about the transformation of New York City from an early Dutch settlement to the financial capital
    • Visit the World Trade Center site and the 9/11 Memorial, and admire the Statue of Liberty with a private commentary from an expert guide
    • Admire the world-renowned views of the NYC skyline and Ellis Island
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    Top of the Rock Observation Deck

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    Top of the Rock Observation Deck is open 365 days a year. Watch the seasons unfold or take in an amazing sunset from the outdoor observation deck. Plus, your ticket allows you to jump to the front of the box office queue. If entrance is not available immediately, you'll be allocated a time and your spot in the line will be held for you. Before reaching the spectacular panoramic views atop, you will enjoy interactive displays exhibited detailing the construction of the Rockefeller Center, including three short films. And then prepare to be amazed as you stand on top of one of the greatest cities in the world.
    Top of the Rock Observation Deck

    30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York

    • Experience the panoramic views of Manhattan that are unequaled anywhere else in NYC
    • See famous landmarks like Central Park, Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, and the East River
    • Witness the best view of NYC atop 30 Rockefeller Center: day or night
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    Around Manhattan Architecture Cruise

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    How many cities hold as many architectural marvels as New York City? Now, it's one thing to look up and gasp, but it's a completely different experience from the surrounding rivers. This tour is lead by the American Institute of Architects NYC chapter, who'll tell stories about the city's finest masterpieces, from parks to bridges, and skyscrapers. Surrounding the city, you'll consume information about the new Freedom Towers, Brooklyn Bridge, Highline, and the entire post-industrial waterfront. Enjoy Manhattan's brilliance from the best view of all.
    Around Manhattan Architecture Cruise

    62 Chelsea Piers, New York

    • Circumnavigate the island of Manhattan while taking in breathtaking architecture, monuments, and infrastructure
    • Explore a unique tour from the Hudson, East, and Harlem rivers
    • Experience Manhattan's architectural masterpieces
    • Sip a complimentary beverage and enjoy the water
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