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Summer Hot Spots: First Stop, Coney Island

Summer in NY is pretty hot and humid -- naturally, everyone hits the beach as soon as they can. And the first stop out of the city? Coney Island! This iconic and crowded beach is certainly also the most colorful one! Find out why.

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When summer hits NY, it really makes an impact. It’s hot and humid and some days the temperature easily reaches 40C. Luckily, there are many beaches just a train ride from the city. The first one, still in Brooklyn, is Coney Island — just take the D F, N or Q trains to Coney Island. Most don’t just go to Coney Island for the sea and sun, but for the colorful attractions and events, too.

First stop when arriving: Nathans Famous Hot Dogs. Grab some franks or a crab sandwich and a giant lemonade to enjoy on the beach. They also organize the famous Hot Dog eating contest on the 4th of July. If you feel tempted, know that the current record is 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 min!

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Another major attraction of Coney Island is Luna Park, with its Ferris wheel, carousels, the Boardwalk flight for the trill-seekers, amongst many other rides. It is the delight of many happy children.

There is also the NY Aquarium with its beautiful fish and adorable sea mammals.

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During the whole summer, there are many great parades and events, all celebrating traditional american popular culture, like Burlesque Shows and the famous Mermaid Parade. This year the Parade is on June 22nd and I can’t wait to snap wonderful pics of all the beautiful Mermaids.

It’s important to note though that Coney Island was badly damaged after Hurricane Sandy last October. The Aquarium’s species were in risk of dying, the Luna Park and many establishments suffered great damage and the Mermaid Parade almost did not happen this year.

Many thought at the time that Coney Island would not bounce back. Hopefully, the community pulled worked together to bring back this icon of New York culture. Visiting Coney Island this Summer is only our smallest duty to help the recovery effort — one which we will gladly do.

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