New colorful murals unveiled in Coney Island
They beautify both Amusement District, Mermaid Ave.
The Alliance for Coney Island has unveiled four new murals in the latest phase of its mural initiative.
Spanning both the amusement district and Mermaid Avenue commercial corridor, the latest mural project, Coney Island for Everyone, helps beautify the neighborhood and create what amounts to a public art gallery.
This phase of the project features four artists: Egypt Hagan, Ledania, Mark Garcia and Mike Long.
With scenes varying from historic Coney Island to different aspects of the businesses themselves and even abstract art to brighten the storefront facades, each mural adds new vibrancy to the neighborhood and helps mitigate and deter graffiti on our businesses. The murals can be found at the following locations:
- Along the boardwalk: Tom’s Coney Island (1229 Riegelmann Boardwalk)
- W. 16th Street: Maimonides Stadium Wall (1904 Surf Ave.)
- Mermaid Avenue: Mermaid Pharmacy (2109 Mermaid Ave.) and Pizza on the Run (1627 Mermaid Ave.)
The “Coney Island for Everyone Mural Project” builds upon 2020’s “The People’s Playground Mural Project” and brings even more color and vibrancy to Coney Island while showing that the neighborhood continues to be a historic and iconic community for New York City.
The New York City Department of Small Business Services’ Neighborhood 360 Grant Program provided funding for this project.
“We now have over 25 murals we have commissioned in Coney Island, and it has changed the public realm in such a positive way. Both residents and tourists are enjoying the art and exploring the different locations. We are so appreciative of the many artists who have participated in this initiative and all who expressed interest. Seeing how the faces of our community members and visitors light up at seeing this art is all we have dreamed of,” said Alexandra Silversmith, Executive Director of the Alliance for Coney Island.
While the Stadium Wall can be viewed at any time, each of these gates will be opened or closed at various times weekly, depending upon business hours.
We encourage everyone to come down, walk our neighborhood, and photograph these art pieces while enjoying all the shopping and recreation Coney Island offers!
The Alliance for Coney Island is supported by a wide variety of small businesses, restaurants, nonprofit and cultural institutions, well-known chains with local representation, sports institutions, religious establishments and more.