Postcard from Coney Island

September 26, 2013 in New York City,Places,Postcards,United States

Coney Island was on my list of “things to do this summer” but somehow, I didn’t make it there until the very first day of fall. Luckily, the weather was perfect for an afternoon of reading on the beach, strolling along the boardwalk and indulging in a hot dog and lemonade from Nathan’s.

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Coney Island is very much what you’d expect it to be: old-fashioned carnival games, a rickety roller coaster and Ferris wheel, crowds of children, vintage signs hawking hot dogs and lemonade and cold beer. The whole thing felt like a step back to a simpler time that you don’t quite want to take: the rides seemed a little bit too rickety (and expensive!), the relative charm of the boardwalk surrounded by an unsavory neighborhood.Β  In many ways, it’s still very Brooklyn: the vast majority of people on the boardwalk were Hasidic Jewish families. In other ways I couldn’t believe that this was the same borough that I live in: sitting in the sunshine and staring at the surf with my toes in the sand felt so far away from my tree-lined street in Williamsburg. While I don’t think I need to head back to Coney Island anytime soon, I’m still glad I went to the “Brooklyn by the Sea”: it was nice to see such an iconic part of New York with my own eyes.

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What’s your favorite photo of Coney Island? Have you visited before?

  • Nevin

    I’ve never been one for fairgrounds (surprise, surprise) but I just LOVE all of these photos, especially the first one with the boardwalk and trash cans lined up like that. Beautiful composition and colours. I could look at these all day even if Coney Island is a one-trip-is-enough place.

  • Amazing pictures and photography..

  • Ooohh Coney Island… It’s a whole ‘nother world during the peak summer season. I remember stories of friends who got cuts on their feet from broken glass all over the sand back in the days. Not my fave place in NYC but I always like taking first-time visitors [to NYC] over there. One thing that truly amazes me is watching the Hassidic kids frolic in the water with all their clothes on, stockings including.

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! Don’t think it’s any place worth going back to, but it was a lovely little day trip πŸ™‚ xx

  • camorose

    Omg I have talked about that with so many people—I seriously think the concept of wet socks might be my LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD. I just couldn’t get over it while I was there!

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Never been but it’s on my list! Too bad the prices are so high for the rides but I guess it’s to be expected. I love that last picture!

  • I have never been, but have always wanted to go – just to try it once. I agree that it does seem weird to find something so beach-y in Brooklyn!

  • Aryn (Driftwood & Daydreams)

    I love the nostalgia these pictures evoke! Wish I could have stopped by during my NYC visit.

  • Loving your photography style, Christine! Very vintage feeling and uber cute. πŸ™‚

    To me, Coney Island celebrated my first day of solo-travel.

    I’d just arrived in New York from Australia and the Mermaid Parade was on – I didn’t know it was a family event-cum-GLBT event, just that is was an amazing parade.
    I navigated the subway (taking the wrong one twice…), chowed down on Macca’s (because I didn’t know any other food brand…) and then spent the afternoon jostling for a good spot to take a good 200 photos of the parade (common theme was the BP oil spill which, as an Aussie, hadn’t learnt just how far reaching the environmental impacts were.)

    Some how with the help of a cop, who realised I was an Aussie, I managed to get back to the city after much teasing from him and plenty of insider suggestions for the city. πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    I know! I do want to go back at some point to ride the Ferris Wheel with someone πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    SO crazy that it’s in Brooklyn! Couldn’t believe it was the same borough where I live!

  • camorose

    Next time πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Awww I love that story πŸ™‚

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