The celebration was the fulfillment of a campaign promise by Borough President Eric Adams to host a New Year’s Eve celebration in Coney Island. While there was no actual ball “dropping” at the event, the parachute jump did light up as a digital display counting down to the New Year, which was heralded by fireworks over the waterfront.
“With fireworks in Coney Island and at Grand Army Plaza, the best parties for ringing in 2015 will be in the hippest and most colorful borough around,” Adams said in a statement prior to the event. “Now that we have our very own seaside ball drop, why be squished like a sardine in Times Square when you can rejoice like royalty in the County of Kings.”
Prior to the fireworks show, entertainment was provided by some of Coney Island’s sideshow performers, while a DJ spun hip hop favorites and other hits.
Councilman Mark Treyger joined Adams in hosting the celebration.
“With Brooklyn becoming the center of entertainment and fun in New York City, it only makes sense to ring in the New Year along Coney Island’s famous boardwalk and beach,” Treyger said.
The Alliance for Coney Island also helped to support the festivities.
“New Year’s Eve in Coney Island will join beloved traditions like the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge in promoting economic activity for the businesses and residents of Coney Island,” said Johanna Zaki, executive director of the alliance.