Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams on Wednesday announced plans for New Year’s Eve celebrations in both Coney Island and Prospect Park for the fourth year in a row, giving Brooklynites greater access to free family-friendly festivities.
Adams said he will host the event in partnership with the Alliance for Coney Island, with lead sponsorship from Council Member Mark Treyger; One Brooklyn Fund, Inc.; T-Mobile; and Investors Bank, as well as promotional support provided in part by the NYC & Company Foundation.
The fourth annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Coney Island will be highlighted by a digital “burst” of lights to ring in 2018 from the iconic Parachute Jump, Adams said.
He said this year’s Coney Island event at Steeplechase Plaza will once again complement his ongoing support of the 38thannual fireworks and festivities held in Grand Army Plaza, staged in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance.
Adams said festivities will begin in Coney Island at 6 pm., with live entertainment starting at 9 pm; while the party at Prospect Park will commence at 10:30 pm.
“For family-friendly New Year’s Eve fun, there’s nowhere better to be on the calendar’s biggest night than Brooklyn, the center of the universe,” Adams said. “Tens of thousands of revelers from our borough and beyond will be celebrating at two of our city’s most iconic locations, Coney Island and Prospect Park, with plenty of cheer to go around.
“I thank all of our community and corporate partners for helping us make New Year’s Eve in Brooklyn shine brighter than ever before,” he added, stating that both Coney Island and Prospect Park will ring in the New Year with celebrations that will include fireworks and live entertainment.
Coney Island will countdown to 2018 with the digital “burst” from the Parachute Jump, while Prospect Park will feature music from Brooklyn’s own Quintessential Playlist at Grand Army Plaza that leads into a grand pyrotechnic display.
“Coney Island is once again the place to be when ringing in the New Year,” Treyger said. “The People’s Playground will have everything you need — the beautiful views from the [Riegelmann] Boardwalk, exhilarating rides, delicious treats, live music, and fantastic fireworks — to welcome 2018 in style.
“I am proud to partner with Borough President Adams, State Senator Savino, Assembly Member [Pamela] Harris, and the Alliance for Coney Island to continue bringing this beloved celebration to local residents and visitors alike,” he added.
Building on the success of last year’s expanded Coney Island festivities, which were attended by more than 15,000 revelers, Adams said that the Abe Stark Skating Rink, B&B Carousell, Deno’s Wonder Wheel, Stop the Zombies 7D and Thunderbolt roller coaster will be open and free of charge on New Year’s Eve, starting at 6 pm.
The New York Aquarium will have special extended hours of operations until 9 pm, he said.
Additional Coney Island dining and entertainment options that will open special for this holiday celebration include Applebee’s, Coney Island Brewery, Coney Island USA, El Dorado Bumper Cars, Kitchen 21, Nathan’s Famous, Tom’s Restaurant, and White Castle, Adams said.