A Deserted Island - Coney Island

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Coney Island

A Beach resort?

I’m quite surprised we never went to Coney Island and the area around there last summer, I guess you can’t do it all at once. The other week I got an opportunity to go out to Coney Island and to visit the New York Aquarium. Temperatures were around 45 or so, and windy, so not the perfect weather to cruise around by the ocean. But, I did. Nothing was open of course, well except the Aquarium. I’m still glad I went because I can imagine how crowded this place gets in the summertime, and now I had an opportunity to walk around almost alone. I walked along the boardwalk and then down to the beach. Everything was deserted of course, and it was biting cold when the wind picked up. I bet it would be hard to find an area to yourself out here on a Saturday in July. It took me more than one hour to get to Coney Island, so it is a bit of a trek from Manhattan. To get to Coney Island you can take the D, F, N and Q lines.

Boardwalk and boarded up restaurants

When I told some of my friends that I was going out to Coney Island they told me that I had to eat the sausage, apparently that is a thing out there. Nathans Famous hotdogs dates back to early 1900. Unfortunately as I mentioned earlier, everything was closed. I think we will make a trip out to Coney Island again, once the temperatures warm up a bit. The whole place all boarded up reminds me about Glitter Gulch outside Denali in Alaska, which probably is everything Coney Island is, except for the actual amusement park. If you exchange the popular hot dogs with salmon or clam chowder you might have been spot on. The bordwalk continues for maybe 2 miles or so, and there are restaurants and different amusement parks all along the beach. I never went farther than the Aquarium, but it seems like the boardwalk continues a bit farther away from there.

The Amusement Park

It looked kind of spooky in some sense, all of these rides all empty, but also very pretty and cool. I understand that there is more than one amusement park at Coney Island. Did you know that the amusement park dates pack to late 1800? Back then it consisted of Luna Park, Dreamland and Steeplechase Park. The theme park from back then only lasted til mid 1900 until it was all tore down and auctioned out. Even though the area once ceased to be an amusement park in the mid 1900’s, some of the current rides do date back to early 1900, like the Wonder Wheel, and Cyclone. The current amusement parks were built in late 1900’s.

Posted on March 25, 2019 and filed under Life in New York.