Coney Island
Brooklyn, New York
Friday July 31, 2009
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Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

Have you ever seen something in books, movies or TV so much that it doesn't seem real.  It's just somewhere that's a set, kind of  a made up place that you only read , see or hear about but can never get to.  Coney Island has kind of been that way to me, it just seemed like a dream.  That all changed when I saw the Parachute Jump, Wonder Wheel and a little bit of the Cyclone from the Verzano Narrows Bridge.  I wanted to jump up and down like a little kid on Christmas but we were stuck in traffic slowly making our way through New York traffic on our way to Coney Island after spending most of the day at Six Flags Great Adventure.

The Coney Island Cyclone, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

It was awesome turning onto Surf Avenue and heading on down past places that I had heard and seen countless times like Nathans Famous, the Eldorado Auto Skooters, Deno's Wonder Wheel Park and my big reason to visit Coney Island...the Cyclone.

The Coney Island Cyclone, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

We pulled up at the Cyclone to find the streets deserted and everything wet after the monsoon like gale that blew up right as we were leaving Six Flags.  Not being a park with a set schedule, but rather a collection of amusements and businesses I guess everyone saw the rain and figured they'd be better to close up shop and head on home. 

The Coney Island Cyclone, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

Still at least I was finally here and it was real.   My first thought was "This is Indiana Beach: the neighborhood".  Actually Indiana Beach is Coney like not the other way around but still the two share the same quirky and in your face attitude.  The second thought was "Screw Quassy (our planned morning park for Saturday) we HAVE to come back here".


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