Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk

Nettie Tenenbaum Auletta Sitting Area

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Located at West 25th Street and the Coney Island Boardwalk, this sitting area is named after Nettie Tenenbaum Auletta, a long-time pillar of the community. Several shaded benches line the 4,500-square-foot sitting area and provide visitors with a quiet place to rest. The sitting area was dedicated in 1985 by Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern, six years after her passing. Around one hundred city officials, family members, and neighbors attended the ceremony to this beloved Coney Islander.

A daughter of immigrants, Nettie Tenenbaum was born and raised in Coney Island on West 17th Street where her father owned a candy store. Nettie met husband Pat V. Auletta, who also grew up on 17th Street, and raised their three children on that very block. From the 1940s through 1966, Nettie and Pat (who gained the moniker “Mr. Coney Island”) ran Pat's Sporting Equipment on Stillwell Avenue. They subsequently managed the Abe Stark Skating Rink, an NYC Parks concession, until the 1980s.  This space serves as a tribute to a Coney Island local worth remembering – a woman who beloved by all who knew her. 

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