I took a trip down to Coney Island earlier in the fall, at a time when it was cool enough to be free of crowds but not cold enough to make for a miserable trip. Not that dismal weather would keep me away. Coney Island is gorgeous when it's blanketed in snow.
Wandering up and down the boardwalk never feels right until I can chase it with a visit to the New York Aquarium, so I did just that. It was half-price admission when I went, due to the fact that so much of the park remains closed after Hurricane Sandy. If you ever find yourself down at Coney Island, set aside an hour ot two to stop by. The Wildlife Conservation Society does good work, and they could always use the support. There's a big remodeling effort underway for the aquarium that should make visits more awesome starting in 2015. Check it out.