Building of the Week: A Taste of Coney Island


The former Childs Restaurant building now houses the Coney Island Museum


Officially, this fabulous Brooklyn relic is not on Loop turf, but who can resist a bit of vintage Coney Island?

Located at 1208 Surf Avenue, and currently home to the Coney Island Museum, the 1917 building originally housed a Childs Restaurant which, as one of the country’s first restaurant chains, thrived on serving good, economical meals to the working class.

The building, built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, has everything we love about the neighborhood around the Brooklyn boardwalk: it’s a period piece, somewhat gritty and, with signage touting “freaks,” “history” and “beer,” offers a snapshot of Coney Island’s journey through time.

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