Coney Island, where you can feel like a kid again!
Trying to hold onto summer? I know I am! With fall officially beginning tomorrow, I must admit, I’m not quite ready for pumpkin everything this year. And with summer temps hanging around a little bit longer, it made me nostalgic about a great summer Sunday I spent in Coney Island with my Brooklyn-born beau. As a native New Yorker, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that this summer was my first time visiting the Nathan’s hot dog capital of the world! With that said, it was totally worth the wait!
But first, B&H
It was a picture perfect summer day that started out with a trip to B&H, the biggest and best electronic store in New York City, to purchase my very first professional camera! After over a month of research and help from my guy, I am so happy with the camera I decided on. A special thanks goes to a very knowledgeable and patient member of the B&H staff who gave me the lowdown on the newest technology in photography right now. He saved me from making a purchase I would’ve regretted. More on the camera in another post, but this post has some of the very first pics I took with my Sony A6000.
Get your freak on
Phillip and I have been talking about going to the Freak Show at Coney Island for over a year now, and we finally made it. As we walked past the dozens of food stands with funnel cakes calling my name, we arrived at Luna Park with the next show starting within minutes. Just enough time to grab a local brew at the Freak Bar before the show!
The show lasts around 45 minutes and costs $10. There are all sorts of freaky things like a German midget who single-handedly wiggles his way out of a straightjacket and a woman who practically swallows a sword. You have to see it to believe it! It’s worth checking out if you plan on spending the day there.
Carnival Games and Funnel Cake? Yes, please!
Being at Coney Island can make anyone feel like a kid again! As we made our way over to play some games, we took a little break to sit down and share the crispiest, deep-fried, old-fashioned funnel cake (one of the best I’ve ever tasted, btw). I don’t know what had gotten into us that day, but we wanted to take home some fish! With just a few buckets of ping pong balls and a dream, we became the proud owners of 3 goldfish. I felt so protective of those fish as I walked around carrying my little fish tank. We decided to name the fish to commemorate our fun day at Coney Island, and so they became: Nathan, Wonder Wheel, and Luna.
Sadly, these 3 little guys did not live longer than 2 weeks, but I will always remember them
Coney Island Art Walls
I really wanted to check out FAD Market and the Coney Island Art Walls while I was there. They’re only open through the end of September, so go check them out if you can! Enjoy live entertainment, lots of yummy pop-up food stands, and of course the awesome art brought to you by Jeffrey Deitch, who also co-curated the Wynwood Walls in Miami and Joseph Sitt, who spent his summers in Coney Island as a young kid.
We could not visit Coney Island without a ride on the famous Wonder Wheel. The panoramic views of Coney Island make it worth the few rounds you get on the ride.
Nathan’s, a Coney Island staple
No visit to Coney Island is complete without a visit to Nathan’s for a chili dog and some cheese fries. Make sure to check out the very first location right on Surf Avenue.
Until Next Year, Sweet Summer
Visiting Coney Island was one of my favorite memories of the summer, falling just behind my trip to Spain.
What are some of your favorite memories of Summer 2017? Did you get away? Please share your comments below and let me know where I should go next!
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