On Saturday, after breakfast, we took the subway out to Coney Island and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. The subway started out busy – we rode it for just under an hour, but at the end of the ride, had a whole car to ourselves. Coney Island Park opened at noon, and we arrived a little bit before, so just waited outside. We used the New York City Pass, which also gave us free rides for 4 hours – regular price was $35.
There was hardly any people, but a very nice, carnival feeling and lots of rides – it was getting a little busy when we left. The park we were in was called Luna Park - we wanted to go on the Ferris wheel, but then you leave Luna Park, walking down Brighton Beach Boardwalk until you come to the next park, and then you pay for your rides - $7 each to ride the Ferris Wheel .
You walk between the parks on Brighton Beach Boardwalk – there are a lot of attractions on the Boardwalk, and this will remind you of many movie scenes.
Then pizza from a restaurant with a wood-burning brick oven right across from Luna Park and on the way to the subway – the pizza was good and lunch was only about $8. We took the subway, went to Disney Store in Times Square (very busy place), made a reservation at Virgil’s Barbeque, and walked back to hotel.
Then, about 8 that night, went to Virgil’s Barbeque – because we had made a reservation, they saved us a nice table upstairs in the front overlooking the street. If you go to Virgil's, only order one plate and maybe a side or two, cause you will be so full from eating that you could not try dessert, as we wanted to. The food was good, the place was busy, and, after dinner, it was only about two blocks walk to the hotel.
Photos belong to Phil Bianco