Coney Island, A bit of Americana

In my attempt to explore as many beaches as possible this summer, yesterday was my trip to Coney Island. It seemed like such a quintessential location to visit with the Fourth of July approaching. Even though the 100 degree heat won out, quickly draining my camera batteries and me, I was caught up in the celebration, variety and flow of it all. The beach became crowded about 9:30 and there was every type of bathing suit to be seen (or not to be seen!). Luis was kind enough to give me a fishing lesson on the types of fish that can be caught with the timing of the tides and then there was the huge 85th birthday celebration for the iconic wooded roller coaster, The Cyclone. It was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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The first man in line came at 9:00 with a three hour wait ahead of him. He was a security officer dressed in a full suit so that he could go right to work after his historic ride and he was so looking forward to it! Truly a dedicated individual! For the first 85 minutes, tickets were the original cost of $.25 and then it was “party city” for the rest of the afternoon!

A visit would not be complete without trying one of Nathan’s Famous hot dogs…I have to say, it was delicious. Try the one with the cheese! The fries I steered clear of, heart disease runs in the family! I am just sorry that I won’t be there for their famous hot dog eating contest on July 4th. According to their site, it is estimated that “40,000 fans have made the pilgrimage” to watch this event. Joey Chestnut holds the record for downing 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes. How does he do it!? I am actually hoping to be on another beach on the 4th, but if not, I can tune into ESPN!…only in America!