Coney Island in winter

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It has a mostly empty boardwalk to run on. It has Russian ladies in fur and Russian men in Speedos. It has birds: loons and gannets and Long-tailed Ducks, the occasional Razorbill, great flocks of gulls. It has a terrific aquarium. It has the ocean. It has palm trees, even if they’re fake. It has Nathan’s, open for business, and the silhouettes of amusement park rides padlocked for the season.

It even has a song by the great Garland Jeffreys. You might want to cue that up right now before taking a look at the photo gallery that follows.


The parachute jump, Brooklyn’s Eiffel Tower

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You can watch the ocean here. Or picnic. Or play chess. Or set up your spotting scope during a nor’easter.

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Palm trees grow year-round on Coney Island

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Steeplechase Pier, beloved of fishermen and birders

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Much care was lavished on this depiction of the Wonder Wheel

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Winter or summer, my reaction is the same: No. Fucking. Way.

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Love the “Hey! Get it Get it!”

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Closed for the season

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Asshole French tourist chasing gulls

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This way for the Wonder Wheel

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Now, this way – to the right of the giant ice cream cone

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Strollers and sideshows



4 thoughts on “Coney Island in winter

  1. Coney Island looks absolutely amazing even in winter time! Did you know that there’s a Coney Island where we live in Sligo, Ireland too. Apparently the one in Ireland is the original one which gave its name to the American island.


    • No, I had no idea! Thanks so much for passing that along. In Detroit, where I lived for many years, a “Coney Island” is the generic name for Greek (or sometimes Macedonian) owned diners that serve “coney dogs” (among other things). It’s kind of fascinating how different places take on different cultural meanings.

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