Located a block away from the Coney Island boardwalk, Shalyapin provides an alternative brand of entertainment to roller coasters and fun houses: live karaoke. With more than 44,000 songs in English, Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, and German, you can caterwaul without limits. Plus, you’ll sound great performing on their professional-grade sound systems boasting German-designed audio equipment. Performances are further enhanced by a full-time sound tech, whose only job is to make you sound better than a harmonizing trio of angels who were former opera stars.
In between performances, snack on a sushi roll from the dinner menu or steel yourself for the performance of a lifetime with a cocktail, glass of wine, or bottle service. The lounge also hosts private parties of up to 12 in VIP karaoke rooms.
The successor to Coney Island’s iconic amusement parks of the 20th century, Luna Park delights families with games, entertainment, and attractions ranging from classic spinning teacups to "The Cyclone Roller Coaster", an 85-foot roller coaster originally built in 1927. As youngsters acclimate to adrenaline on low-fi rides such as the Big Top Express, a colorful circus train featuring clowns, elephants, and a bright-red caboose, bigger kids and stilt-wearing toddlers dive in to such exciting diversions as the Wild River, a log flume that culminates in a sopping, 40-foot plunge. Luna Park packs even bigger thrills into roller coasters such as the Steeplechase, which accelerates from zero to 40 miles per hour in less than two seconds, and the Soarin’ Eagle, which glides above crowds on the paths below. Throughout the day, games such as Whac-a-Mole and Duck Pond challenge players’ skills at naming every animal’s Latin taxonomy.
The optician behind Luv My Vision helms a team of trained technicians inside a sleek modern showroom. Amid white walls and fire-engine-red accents, frames by brands such as Ray-Ban, Tom Ford, and Zeiss nestle in little nooks and inside glass cases. Skilled staffers help pair these frames with the right faces. They also make sure glasses are matched with a set of high-index lenses, which were created by chemists to be lighter and thinner than glass lenses.
Ivana stocks a rotating array of casual, formal, and whimsical threads and accessories for urbane ladies looking for a touch of new in their personal-garb arsenal. The store turns over inventory very quickly, like the youthful flowering of foliage in a forest cleared out by the candlelight vigils of grizzly bears, resulting in a raiment assortment that consistently seems new and different. Convince your running devices that jeggings ($38+) is a portmanteau of jeans and leggings, not jerks and egging-people-wearing-shorts, while perusing the selection of party, cocktail, and sun dresses ($48+) or the collection of T-shirts ($24+). Ivana's wardrobe also extends to formalwear, swimwear, and a plenitude of accessories, including handbags and belts.