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Sun, Surf and Street Art: A Visit to Coney Art Walls



Coney Island is a destination whose season bookends the New York City summer. While there are the requisite roller coaster rides and bumper cars, it’s so much more than an amusement park. It’s home to the New York Aquarium and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. There’s the beach and the boardwalk. Fireworks on Friday night. And let’s not forget legendary annual events like the Mermaid Parade and the Coney Island Film Festival. Countless memories are made here.

And it’s for this very reason that Joseph J. Sitt brought Coney Art Walls to life. The President & CEO of Thor Equities felt Coney Island had lost some of the shine he remembered from his youth, and he wanted to help bring it back.

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Artist: Marie Roberts
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Artist: D*Face


Artist: Crash

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Work in progress, Artist: Alexis Diaz
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Artist: Nychos

Coney Art Walls is an outdoor street art museum that features many incredible talents like Nychos and D*Face. Instead of painting murals on a building, the artists get to display their work on freestanding walls placed throughout the space located between Surf Avenue and the boardwalk. Shipping containers house food vendors, so visitors are free to enjoy quick bites while surrounded by some of the most amazing contemporary art. New pieces have been added each season since its inauguration in 2015, and they mingle with ones from prior years. The unmistakable Coney Island Parachute Jump and other roller coaster rides provide a unique backdrop for the outdoor gallery.



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Artist: The London Police
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Artist: Miss Van
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When retro beauties present themselves, you photograph them! Artist: Eine
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Artists: Icy & Sot
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Artist: Chris Stain



As a reminder: The best way to get to Coney Island is always using the subway. This is, in fact, one of those cases where your subway fare is a steal! Take the D, F, N or Q subway to Stillwell Avenue, which puts you right in the heart of the action. Just build in a little bit of time for the travel, it takes approximately 45-60 minutes to get there from Manhattan.

Any street art lover will not regret traveling out here to experience the amazing public art space, which has found a home in a classic New York summer destination.

Location:
3050 Stillwell Avenue

Hours:
Daily 12 pm – 10 pm

Also, if you’re looking for amazing street art galleries or just the best street art in NYC, you can find additional information in our definitive guide 10 Exciting Places to Find the Best Street Art in NYC.

Pair it with:

A hot dog from Nathan’s Famous

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Coney Art Walls Street Art Coney Island - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

Coney Art Walls Street Art Coney Island - Mad Hatters NYC Blog

There’s a certain mystique to the original Nathan’s Famous near Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island. Forget, for a moment, that over its legendary 100-year history it has survived Prohibition, founding family squabbles and damage from Hurricane Sandy. Disregard the fact that the neon signs are the originals from the 20’s or that it holds one of the oldest post-Prohibition beer licenses in New York. Ignore the anecdotes about the famous names attached to it, like Al Capone, FDR and Frank Sinatra. Pooh-pooh the annual July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Sure, that’s fascinating, but it’s all just noise.

Focus instead on what truly makes it special and quintessentially New York: the all beef frankfurter in natural casing. A dog in a roll. Simple. Don’t add a bunch of garbage. Just meat and bread.

Many New Yorkers will swear that even though you can get Nathan’s hot dogs all over the city and in your grocery store, the ones at the original Coney Island location taste better. There’s no science to it, but we’re inclined to agree.

Location:
3050 Stillwell Avenue

Hours:
Sun-Thu  9 am – 11 pm
Fri-Sat  9 am – 12 am

– L. & J.

10 thoughts on “Sun, Surf and Street Art: A Visit to Coney Art Walls”

  1. Great post as usual! I missed a couple of the walls. The pictures made it look like we had sunny weather! I definitely want to revisit for my post on the walls.

    1. Haha, fake weather is fake news at its best! 😉 There were so many great ones that we couldn’t include them all, so we’re definitely looking forward to your post!

  2. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this to you already, but I LOVE the idea of doing a summer series! Very cool. I’ll definitely have to visit Coney Island for real. Last summer I went to the Mad Decent Block Party at nearby MCU Park, and only walked through it briefly. This made me want to go back, if nothing else but for the hot dogs! 😉

    1. Coney Island is such a trek but there really is so much to see and do. (And eat! Hot dogs are just the tip of the iceberg!) Definitely a fun excursion – and hey, another man bun-free part of Brooklyn we can enjoy! 😉

  3. You know I loooove street art. I’ve always felt this set up at Coney Island was like a street art zoo- so contained and orderly- and thought I wouldn’t like it compared to wild and free street art. BUT this post totally sold me, now I gotta go see for myself!

    1. It’s definitely a more homogenized experience! (Case in point: There were guards who wouldn’t let us in early. WTF.) I think we have to accept that street art has grown into its own subset/genre of contemporary art, and this is a case where it’s curated and presented gallery-style. It’s still great work, but not the gritty kind we associate with the days of old. Thanks for checking in, would love to see what you think if you make it out there!

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