Andrea F

Day 55: Coney Island Afternoon

In Coney Island, NYC, things to do in NYC on July 25, 2009 at 11:58 pm


It’s a 50-minute subway ride from downtown, but it feels like a world away—funnel cakes, bearded ladies and a giant Ferris wheel overlooking a beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Coney Island has been a landmark wonderland since the end of the 19th century. Today it’s more a mix of strange and fantastic than it is a place of charming amusements, but well worth a day trip, for the sake at least, of some local color. Skip sunbathing in the sand, unless your idea of relaxing is sharing towels with strangers. (The beach is uncomfortably crowded). Whether it be a hot dog or a game of skee-ball, most of what’s at your fingertips at Coney Island will inevitably make you smile. It’s an easy escape from reality, with oddities on every corner, but even better, it’s a trip back in time, when fortune teller booths and cotton candy were what we lived for.


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