Sea Gate is a large gated community at the western tip of Coney Island (aerial view). To keep the grubby public out, each of the two street entrances has a guard on duty at all times. I asked if I could enter as a visitor and walk around, but the guard said no. You can sneak into Sea Gate from the beach, but I figured it would be wise to try to get official permission if I was going to spend hours walking every block in the neighborhood. Walking Sea Gate isn't a necessity for me, since it's a private neighborhood, but I'd do it if I got the chance.
The beach approach looks pretty risky, too.
Question: Is “Coney Island” an actual island? If not now, has it ever been an island? Or, is it just the name for a part of a larger body of land? Wondering how/why it was called Coney Island if it’s not an island???
It used to be an island before part of Coney Island Creek was filled in. This 1879 map, for example, shows it as an island.
Thanks Matt. I suspected something like that. Good to know the history of the area. Keep up the good work.
I wonder how Sea Gate made out in Hurricane Sandy? Looks like it would have been very exposed.