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Coney Island will be rocking on New Year’s Eve

Adams sets plans for big bash to ring in 2018

December 14, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The iconic Parachute Jump, which has been the center of many celebrations in Coney Island, will be the setting of a fireworks display on New Year’s Eve. Photo courtesy of Councilmember Mark Treyger’s office
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Forget Times Square! Coney Island is going to be one of the hottest places to ring in the New Year.

Borough President Eric Adams announced plans for the Fourth Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration in Coney Island.

The big event, which will take place in Steeplechase Plaza, will reach a crescendo at midnight with an exciting fireworks display from the historic Parachute Jump.

The night will be filled with live musical performances. 

The festivities get under way at 6 p.m. The musical performances will start at 9 p.m.

“For family-friendly New Year’s Eve fun, there’s nowhere better to be on the calendar’s biggest night than Brooklyn, the center of the universe,” Adams said in a statement.

The sights and sounds are shaping up to be memorable. The Coney Island event will include a countdown to 2018 with the digital “burst” from the Parachute Jump.

Last year’s festivities drew a crowd of 15,000 revelers, according to Adams, who said that even more exciting treats are in store this year.

Adams announced that the Abe Stark Skating Rink, B&B Carousell, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Stop the Zombies 7D and Thunderbolt roller coaster will be open and free of charge on New Year’s Eve. 

The New York Aquarium will have special extended hours of operations until 9 p.m., and Coney Island’s dining and entertainment options that will be open include Applebee’s, Coney Island Brewery, Coney Island USA, El Dorado Bumper Cars, Kitchen 21, Nathan’s Famous, Tom’s Restaurant and White Castle.

Alexandra Silversmith, executive director of the Alliance for Coney Island, said she is excited to welcome revelers to the neighborhood. “This event has grown every year and we can’t wait to see Brooklynites celebrate once again with free rides, restaurants open to grab a bite to eat, private parties and free live entertainment throughout the evening,” she said in a statement. 

The Coney Island celebration will be hosted by Adams in partnership with the Alliance for Coney Island, Councilmember Mark Treyger, One Brooklyn Fund, Inc., T-Mobile and Investors Bank. Promotional support will be provided in part by the NYC & Company Foundation. 

Additional partners on his celebration in Coney Island include state Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblymember Pamela Harris, Brooklyn’s Community Board 13, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Luna Park, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and NYPD. 

“Luna Park is thrilled to participate in this New Year’s Eve celebration that is becoming the holiday tradition in Brooklyn. We look forward to sharing Luna Park with all of the families and friends in the community!” Luna Park President Valerio Ferrari said in a statement.

“Coney Island is once again the place to be when ringing in the New Year,” said Treyger. “The People’s Playground will have everything you need — the beautiful views from the Boardwalk, exhilarating rides, delicious treats, live music and fantastic fireworks to welcome 2018 in style.”


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