Coney Island, Brighton Beach & Sheepshead Bay

Walk in NYC 17, Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay, is a 3 miles self-guided tour. It explores the legendary amusement park of New York, the district of “Little Odessa” and an old fishing community transformed into a residential district.

This walk is now only available on Payhip in pdf format with a clickable map and updated descriptions.

In this pdf you will also find:

  • the list of Highlights.
  • the Metro stops to get there and back and infos for Buses.
  • tips about restrooms, places to sit and eat.
  • details about a particular place you will find on your route.

You can download it (or just the map of the walk) to your phone to help you in your discoveries.

This will allow you to live a unique experience of the city far from what you might find elsewhere.

If you purchased the Boston NYC book, this download will be free for you, just send me a note for an access code for this walk if you don’t have it already.

The description below, incomplete and with cropped photos, gives you an idea of this walk before you decide to buy it.

Although the walk itself only starts a… the journey to get there is an adventure in itself.

It takes you from the underbelly of Manhattan to the open air high up in Brooklyn suburb. You then have views of the flat roofs of the warehouses you ride along and of the graffities that decorate them. Gradually, the train empties and you wonder when you will finally reach your goal.

A: By contrast, the … is huge and lively, the point of departure or arrival of several subway lines.

You will quickly find signs for … once you have gone down the stairs at the end of the quay.

On …, turn left. There is already an air of funfair even if the amusement parks are only open in summer.

Cross … in front of a famous fast food stand: it’s there that every summers, the fastest hot dogs eaters meet for their annual competition.

B: Next, go along .. on the right until …. Take it on the left to join …. This gives you the opportunity to take close-up pictures of…, a colorful and impressive roller coaster.
Once on the promenade, take a right to get a closer look at the… and behind it, the…. The Cyclones are the Brooklyn baseball team and you can see retro posters of their exploits at the entrance, behind the gates.

Then set out again towards the sea and the … . Rebuilt 5 times following hurricanes, it owes its name to …, “the mayor of Coney Island” in the 1960s. iI welcomes many visitors, sea watchers or anglers.

C: When leaving …, take the walk again, this time on the right. After a building with info and toilets, you will pass …and its various rides; then other fast food stalls, colorful and retro. Another place to take original photos if you have an eye for them.

… will be a little further; it is well known for its …shows.

If it doesn’t appeal to you, keep going until …. You will see two Russian restaurants along the promenade and, seated on folding benches or chairs, chatty babushkas. On other benches and between them, their husbands, perhaps just as talkative but a little less noisy. You are in another world, far from the amusement parks.

After the second restaurant, take …. You are now in the heart of …and you may well come across Orthodox Jews in traditional clothes. There are many there.

D: At the end of the street, turn right onto…. The stores are now covered in Cyrillic writing. You will soon arrive at a small park on the right but first, go opposite to find several shops of Russian specialties. They have takeaways or cakes that could warrant a picnic stop in the park. Otherwise, the spectacle of the crowd at this location will suffice for a restfull stop.

E: Once you are full or rested, take … roughly in front of you. The street is less busy, more residential.

At the end, turn left on… then right on… You will arrive on … with its benches along the bay and there, other fishermen. Do they try to catch the “sheep’s head” fish which gave their name to the district opposite, only they know.

In any case, you want to go and take ….

F: You will then be in the … neighborhood. It has changed a lot since it was only a fishing village but it remains quiet. Anyway, you mainly go there to reach the metro station that bears its name.

To do so, at the end of the bridge, take …. At the intersection of …, you will see a very beautiful Russian Orthodox church. It does not seem to be open to the public but with a good zoom, you’ll be able to take pictures of it, then pretend that you went to Russia.

After that, take …. on the left then…on the right and finally …. on the left.

The metro station will be there.

It will allow you to return to Manhattan by going through semi-wooded areas. You will still be in Brooklyn but a very different Brooklyn from th one you saw when coming.

This will be the end of this walk.

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