Even if you missed the Mermaid Parade (it was June 17, and a pretty soggy affair), there’s still plenty of reasons to head to seaside fun spot Coney Island. In addition to the Cyclone celebrating a landmark birthday (90!) with a free boffo block party, you’ll also find new rides, new eats, new art — and all the old sun and sand favorites, too. Click through to see what’s happening on, and along, the boardwalk!

Visit Russia Without the Airfare

Brighton Beach is known as "Little Odessa" for good reason. Its streets and boardwalk are lined with Russian shops, delis, and restaurants—including Tatiana’s right on the boardwalk. Given the competition, it’s no surprise that all the restaurants are excellent and very authentic. Indeed, if you don’t speak Russian, you may find that you are the only patron who doesn’t during the off-season. Pack a Russian dictionary and allow enough time to shop for pierogies, kielbasa, pickled herring, and other exotic picnic fare in the Russian stores that line Brighton Beach Avenue, under the elevated subway tracks.

Brighton Beach
Take the B or Q to Brighton Beach

photo: Alex D. via Yelp

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—Cheryl de Jong-Lambert & Yuliya Geikhman