Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Coney Island

Coney Island's Cyclone in February

J came for another visit this weekend.  We had a lot on the agenda, including Paul van Dyk at Terminal 5 and Funkbox at Sullivan Room, as well as meeting up with friends and driving down to Bay Ridge to walk a friend's dogs.  Monday, per J's request, we got into the car and drove down to Coney Island.

Some history:

"Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States, attracting several million visitors per year. At its height it contained three competing major amusement parks, Luna Park, Dreamland, and Steeplechase Park, as well as many independent amusements.
Astroland served as a major amusement park from 1962 to 2008. It was replaced by a new incarnation of Dreamland in 2009 and of Luna Park in 2010. The other parks and attractions are: Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park (a successful family owned park with over 20 rides located directly on the Boardwalk), 12th Street Amusements, and Kiddie Park. Also, the Eldorado arcade has its own indoor bumper car ride."

We braved the cold and walked along the boardwalk, somehow managed to walk into the amusement park (and then quickly left as it creeped me out to be in said desolate amusement park), walked along the beach, and then grabbed some dinner at a Russian restaurant recommended to me by one of my coworkers.

I'm looking forward to going back when the weather breaks, specifically for the Siren Music Festival and dance parties on the beach.

Some photos:


  1. Oh man I love Coney Island!! I did the Polar Bear plunge there this New Year's have you ever done it? It's kind of amazing! I love your pics as well :)

  2. Oh man, that's so crazy awesome. I have not done it and don't know if I ever will, but would be more than happy to accompany any one of my crazy friends down there to document the event. How many people did you convince to go with you? :)