Throwback Thursday: Coney Island

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A million (or eight) years ago, Joe, Aliza, and I took a trip to Coney Island. I didn’t know exactly what to expect, but it was pretty much exactly what I had heard: lots of people, lots of hot dog and ice cream “shops”, and the Cyclone. I am so glad Joe checked it off his roller coaster bucket list before they tore it down.

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Coney Island was the former site of popular sideshow acts and “freak” shows, which coincided somewhat to what I was studying at NYU. I was pretty surprised to find it was still a “thing” in Coney Island, even now. Weird and kind of unsettling, even if the “live human target” was really a high schooler getting paid a bare-bones wage to run around wearing a mask.

FH000021 2FH000022The day we went was sticky hot, which somehow seemed very appropriate. I remember taking breaks by wading in the water and spending lots of time people watching. Coney Island sustained quite a bit of damage due to Hurricane Sandy, so I’m sure this summer was different than the one I visited. At the time, Coney Island seemed to inhabit a suspended, dreamlike state between past and present; I wonder if the events of nature have caused it to confront its future.

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