Because what else do you do when you have a free Friday off of work? Since no one else I knew had the day off, and I hadn’t gotten around to scheduling any weekend trips, I thought it would be neat to travel outside my home-base borough and into the realm of Coney Island. Home to the Nathan’s Famous hot dogs, a couple amusement parks and a seaside resort.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump – or more realistically 45 minute subway ride, and you are there. To be exact, this was my second trip to Coney Island – my first occurring after last year’s Brooklyn Half Marathon. This time there were plenty of people on the beaches, but far fewer crowds to battle, open lines at Nathan’s Famous, and I had the most important accessory – my camera.
After chowing down, I set off to explore the boardwalk. There even happened to be a little section of the popular Smorgasburg right here in Coney Island (Brooklyn’s flea food market – food extravaganza where a number of mom + pop or hipster food shops set up booths in a parking lot or park)
Boardwalk along the westernmost part of the barrier islands of Long Island with plenty for all ages. There are restaurants, games, rides, and even a couple of bars for those looking for an overpriced adult beverage. Got to love tourist season.
~ Coney Island History ~ Coney Island Tours ($25 cash) ~ Mermaid Festival ~ Movies at Coney Island (w/ Friday night fireworks during the summer!)
~ Beach ~ Rides ~ Aquarium ~ Minor League Baseball ~
Subways: D, F, N, Q
^^ Beach + ice cream go hand-in-hand, right?
I decided to walk all the way down the boardwalk to Brighton Beach and then headed back into the city. For some reason, the afternoon felt like part of a dream – just looking around me and soaking in all the experiences and cultural differences; differences between coasts, boroughs, and even between 10 or so blocks.
“If Paris is France, Coney Island, between June and September is the world” – George Tilyou