Coney colour

There’s so much to see at the colourful Coney Island that it warrants two posts!

We take a wander around Luna Park the largest of the amusement parks, full of high octane, scream inducing, rides.

Steeplechase Park was an amusement park  created by George C. Tilyou which operated from 1897 to 1964.

It was the first of the three original iconic large parks built on Coney Island, the other two being Luna Park (1903) and Dreamland (1904).

The rather creepy face of Tillie, a man with a huge grin and far too many teeth, came to symbolise the Steeplechase Park and would become synonymous with Coney Island.

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He is just one of the many haunting faces of ‘fun’ that can be found dotted around the place!

As well as hair raising rides and ‘fun’ characters there are the usual try your luck stalls including the famous whacamole!

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The hubby decides to try his luck at whacking the crap out of that pesky mole….

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Here’s another hell nope ride for your enjoyment…

Here it is getting higher and higher…

And then whirling, it takes flight!

Another highlight of Coney Island it is has an actual BOARDWALK!! Yes! The star of so many 60s ballads and tunes.

Packed full of diners, sweet treats and sun drenched tourists, it’s a magnet for crowds.

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Above is one of the places original attractions – Deno’s Wonder Wheel.

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The boys of summer are loitering about above – sun seeker gets his kit off!

The sand and sea seems like a world away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan but your are still technically in Brooklyn.

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Garish colours abound all around the boardwalk, from tourist tat shops to painted walls.

I’m a big fan of a painted wall and I am spoilt for choice in Coney Island.

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Here’s the famous wonder wheel doing its thing.

More traditional American thrills with the spookarama ghost train. Feels just like being in a 1980s film 🙂

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In fact we even find a replica of the famous Zoltan machine from the famous Tom Hank’s film Big.

 

 

 

 

 

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Coney island

Our next iconic trip is to the home of cheesy Americana nostalgia – Coney Island!!

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I’ve grown up on US TV shows and films that reference this mythical seaside hot spot and it represents to me the golden heyday of technicolor America – and I am not disappointed!

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Coney Island is actually a series of amusement parks,the largest of which is Luna Park above.

It’s also home of the cyclone – a historic wooden roller coaster that opened in 1927!

The coaster was declared a New York City landmark on July 12, 1988, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 26, 1991.

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There’s even a real life freak show – albeit renamed and re-badged as a circus side show But it has all the traditional characters advertised in garish, cartoon style.

It’s not open when we arrive so we have to be content to peer through the shutters.

Coney Island is home to the International Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th July. A event that combines American’s twin loves of competition and eating fast food!

I am giddy with all the over the top garish advertisements for all manner of seaside treats.

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Hot dogs, candy floss, buttered corn on the cob. It’s all there for the hungry tourists. Although they manage to take something relatively healthy – the apple- and make it super bad!

Everywhere is a rainbow of signage and consumerism. All shimmering in the June sunshine as the temperature gauge kept on rising.

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Oversized donuts, bumper cars and the famous mermaid parade all combine to the heady atmosphere of Coney Island.

The area started to sink into decline after the second world war with all the original amusement parks being demolished and plans for a casino and luxury apartments all being punted as ideas for the old tourist haunts.

Many of the old rides and attractions have gone for good and many vacant lots still exist, Coney Island is a long way from its hey day but in August 2018 it was announced that a boutique hotel was to built and the amusement areas extended, so there may still be life in the old dog yet!

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The Coney Island Art Walls are just one of the attractions hoping to bring back the visitors of old.

The walls feature artwork from renowned local and international artists in many different styles. Many of which are political or satirical in nature.

Empire at night

We get a double dose of the gorgeous Empire State Building as our city pass lets us enter twice in one day.

So as night falls we headed back up this iconic slab of NYC real estate to see the Big Apple all lit up.-PAXP-deijE

 

The dazzling lights are spread beneath us like so many fallen stars landed on the sidewalks.

The Empire State itself becomes a huge light show that is visible for miles around.

Even though it is very blowy and incredibly cold we still enjoy picking out the landmarks.

Enjoy this unflattering video of me being blown about in the high rise winds!

And a more pensive angle of yours truly……..

The glow from Times Square is visible even from way up here! Bright lights indeed.

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