Coney Island emerged as a populist carnival where the masses could dispose of that surplus time and money. Unlike world’s fairs, which were largely meant to educate and elevate, the early parks at Coney — Luna, Steeplechase and Dreamland — were accessible attractions. Instead of installations on the progress of technology, there were dancing dwarves and deep-fried clams. Eight tracks lead to Coney Island’s main subway station -- Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, which is located above a bus station. Three main streets -- Neptune, Mermaid and Surf avenues -- provide vehicle access in the community, while bicycle paths offer more leisurely strolls.
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