NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Times Square had the crowds and the famous ball drop, but Brooklynites said Coney Island offered just as much festivity when its New Year’s Eve celebration debuted this year.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, City Councilman Mark Treyger and the Alliance for Coney Island hosted the event Wednesday night.
“I was always wishing for something like this in Coney Island,” said neighborhood resident Miriam Hardett.
“Who needs Times Square?” added John Smertiuk of the Lower East Side. “Got it right here in Brooklyn, baby!”
The event featured fireworks, some of the neighborhood’s famous sideshow performers and its own version of a ball drop — a digital countdown light display on the Parachute Jump. The 262-foot, red steel tower was once an amusement ride with parachutes, but has not been in use as a ride since 1964.