History

Coney Island has a rich history and is known to be the “People’s Playground”.  Historically the closest summer destination for New Yorkers, people would take the train down to Coney Island and cool off from the summer breeze. Through the residents’ stories, Coney Island’s history is told and shared through generations.   The Coney Island History Project for instance, founded in 2004, is a  not-for-profit organization that aims to increase awareness of Coney Island’s legendary and colorful past and to encourage appreciation of the Coney Island neighborhood of today. Emphasizing community involvement, the History Project teaches young people about local history and develops programs in conjunction with local schools, museums, and other organizations.