Coney Island is one of my favorite things about living in New York and I always try to go as often as possible when the weather is nice. It’s a place that’s a little decrepit, but that’s part of it’s charm. Also, who doesn’t love amusement parks? Everyone needs to ride the Cyclone at least once in their life!
Every time someone comes to visit me in New York, I use it as an excuse to take them to Coney Island. “Oh, you have to see it! It’s so great!” There’s an amusement park, although it’s not as great as it’s predecessor Astroland, it still has some fun rides. The Cyclone is THE ride to go on when you visit Coney Island. It’s a wooden roller coaster that was built in 1927, making it over 80 years old. Although any time is a good time to ride the Cyclone, the best is at night during a full moon. You can see the lights from the amusement park, the moon in the sky and you can actually smell the salt water from the beach nearby.
If you don’t like roller coasters, Coney Island has a freak show that is really entertaining, especially if you or one of your friends gets pulled on stage. There’s also a local microbrewery for beer lovers, burlesque on the beach at nighttime, movie screenings, and just generally, some good people watching. There’s also the beach for anyone who wants to soak in the sun, or you can just walk down the boardwalk, and maybe play a game of Shoot The Freak. In the summer, there’s the Mermaid Parade, which brings out costumes and characters for a fun time anyone could enjoy. On this visit down, there happened to be the Mr. Cyclone competition, where they looked for a suitor for Miss Cyclone.
Now, while I may think Coney Island is amazing, it can be described in various other ways: weird, strange, run-down, different, or as one friend politely stated, “interesting”. But that’s exactly what makes Coney Island so great. It’s a chance to revel in kitsch and in the sun.