coney island

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An article on the impending gentrification of Coney Island just appeared in the Economist, and coincidentally a friend and I went to check it out a few days ago.

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The first thing you notice is how huge the beach is. Being a Monday it wasn’t at peak crowd levels, but you can just imagine the capacity since garbage cans are well-placed on the boardwalk at about two-metre intervals. Since there isn’t much else around, the second thing you notice are the public housing towers that dominate the skyline. Though there is a famous (but sad) little amusement park and an aquarium, Coney Island gives the impression of a neighbourhood that has seen better days. Lots of buildings are shuttered up, and though there are beach crowds during the day, I don’t think I’d be too comfortable wandering around at night.

But there is of course the annual hot dog eating competition, which according to the countdown placed our visit just a couple of days before the Economist’s correspondent.

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shoot the freak!?
shoot the freak!?
didn't feel quite up to seeing the headless woman
didn't feel quite up to seeing the headless woman

  1. Derek

    My GF wants me to take her there since its so close, but i have the least desire to go there ever again. It just makes me sad when I look at how it used to be and how it is now.