Saturday was amazing--clear, bright, and hot. This little taste of summer in early spring got us in the mood for the beach. In other words: Coney Island.
1) It's easy to forget that New York City has beaches and that they're only a subway ride away. We walked over the bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn and then took the train to Coney Island. (The whole return trip on the train took less than an hour.) 2) The season isn't in full swing yet, but lots of the the landmark places are open, including Nathan's. There was a line around the block to order hot dogs. 3) The countdown for the Nathan's hot dog eating contest has begun!
1) The Parachute Jump, or the "Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn." Back in the day, people would line up to be strapped into harnesses with parachutes, pulled to the top of the tower, and then dropped. The ride is gone, but the iconic tower remains. 2) Shoot the Freak is pretty much what you'd think. People pay to use a paintball gun to shoot a guy. The freak hasn't opened for business yet. 3) The Wonder Wheel ferris wheel. Whenever I see the Wonder Wheel, I'm instantly reminded of this scene from the movie Remo Williams. (It's one of the few VHS tapes my family owned when I was a kid. One of the others was Outrageous Fortune. The things you remember...)
We've already planned more trips to Coney Island for the summer, when the season is in full swing and everything's hopping--including the freak. Maybe I'll even get Jon to ride the Cyclone with me. But I'm not holding my breath.