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“Just the two of us
Here on a blanket of love
Writing love letters in the sand
As long as there’s sand
And as long as there’s the sea
You’ll be my Coney Island baby” – Coney Island Baby, The Excellents. 1962

“Ahhh, but remember that the city is a funny place
Something like a circus or a sewer
And just remember different people have peculiar tastes…” Coney Island Baby, Lou Reed. 1975

What hasn’t been said about Coney Island? It’s been an urban escape for many generations of New Yorkers, and part of the Brooklyn folklore. My parents first took me to the rabbit land during the ’70s. Back then it was a gritty, diminished former shell of itself. There was Astroland, the Cyclone, Nathan’s, and your average amusement park rides. In my pre-teen ’80s years, my buddy found her first boyfriend. An Hispanic guy in his late teens or early twenties. While I was too busy trying to copy Boy George’s style, she ended up losing her virginity to him. Later on as the ’80s progressed, I more or less forgot about Coney. Except for one time me and my other friend cut school to visit Coney in the winter. It was dead, dead, dead, as some wretched hag made fun of my Siouxsie hairstyle.

Coney slowly started its resurgence during the late ’90s and early 2000s. First there was the Coney Island Freakshow. Later I discovered the Mermaid parade, and followed the celebrants to Ruby’s Bar and Grill. Then there was talk of property being brought, and rumors of assorted changes. Throughout all of this, memories continued to be created. Some fond ones: me, one of my oldest friends along with his girlfriend shucking down raw clams and beer one fond September night in 1998. Discovering an ex-boyfriend’s hidden racism when a young African American boy asked him for spare change in 2004. Seeing Squeeze, Joan Jett and assorted ’70s Disco acts for in concert for free last year. The list goes on.

For me no summer in NYC would be complete without at least one visit to Coney Island. Although I only managed to visit Coney twice, I could still spot some of the sandy magic. Like watching the 1980 film Fame on an inflated big screen while locals sat on the beach. The sun was going down, the ocean was to my left, and my cynical self was reminded of what dreams were made of. Sounds corny, no? Even when switching Astroland back to it’s original name of Luna Park, Shoot The Freak was replaced by a pricey tourist shop, and Applebee’s with its cruel shark tank, there’s always going to be the core gem which is Coney Island.

Neon letters of the famous Coney Island Wonder Wheel. Aug 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Neon letters of the famous Coney Island Wonder Wheel. Aug 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Williams Candy. Long time candy store in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Williams Candy. Long time candy store in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Yummu display and for sale in Willaims Candy. Coney Island, Brooklyn NYC. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Yummy display and for sale in Willaims Candy. Coney Island, Brooklyn NYC. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Organ animation next to haunted house attraction. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Organ animation next to haunted house attraction. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Williams Candy display. Coney Island. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Williams Candy display. Coney Island. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Carny game. Try to throw the ball through the toilet seat. Coney Island, Brooklyn. New York. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Carny game. Try to throw the ball through the toilet seat. Coney Island, Brooklyn. New York. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Entrance to the Coney Island Freak Show. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo

Entrance to the Coney Island Freak Show. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Coney Island Freakshow. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Coney Island Freakshow. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

No photo essay on Coney Island would be complete without one or two things. First one: the Cyclone. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

No photo essay on Coney Island would be complete without one or two things. First one: the Cyclone. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Long time bumpercar ride in Coney Island. Never tried out this attraction. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Long time bumpercar ride in Coney Island. Never tried out this attraction. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

As with all things of life...always bump your ass off. Coney Island. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

As with all things in life…always bump your ass off. Coney Island. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

The other thing Coney Island is known for. Nathan's. Many like the hot dogs. I like the thich fries that come with a pitchfork. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

The other thing Coney Island is known for. Nathan’s. Many like the hot dogs. I like the thick fries that come with a pitchfork. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

The original Nathan's location in Coney Island. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

The original Nathan’s location in Coney Island. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Site of the annual Coney Island Hot Dog eating contest. Happens every Fourth of July. Always wanted to go, haven't done it yet. Only in America is gluttony a sport. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Site of the annual Coney Island Hot Dog eating contest. Happens every Fourth of July. Always wanted to go, haven’t done it yet. Only in America is gluttony a sport. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

In 2013 a few new businesses opened. Here's two of them. A Rainbow clothing store, and Brooklyn Rock, a tee-shirt/used book store. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

In 2013 a few new businesses opened. Here’s two of them. A Rainbow clothing store, and Brooklyn Rock, a tee-shirt/used book store. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Entrance to the Coney Island subway station. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Entrance to the Coney Island subway station. Aug. 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

See you next summer Coney Island.

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