I can't decide whether to include Coney Island in our itinerary or not.
Husband and myself, will be in NYC for 6 nights this September. I know that Coney Island suffered damage during Sandy, but from what I gather should be okay for a visit come Sep...if we went, would be on a Sunday afternoon.
Have always fancied seeing Coney Island - a taste of retro Americana...one of my favourite movies as a child was Big (although I had no idea where he went back then!) Brighton Beach sounds pretty interesting too and we would take a walk along there too. I doubt we would be going on any rides.
But what's putting me off is a) how long it would take to get there and back - a 2 hour round trip & b) some of the reviews I've read have said it's dirty and seedy & not really worth it.
It's not as if we're short on things we want to do in NYC, so would be easy enough to choose something else for that afternoon...so my question is, as a local, do you rate Coney Island? Do you think it's worth making the trip as a first time visitor? I know it's all subjective and you can't tell us how to spend our time, just after personal opinions really! Thanks