Sep 1, 2009

Coney Island


Yesterday "From The North Fork" took a road trip to the southern most point in Brooklyn, Coney Island. The amusement park section of Coney Island was already going strong in the 1880s and was at one time adjacent to the famed Luna Park which burned to the ground in the 1940s. When the subway lines to Coney Island were completed in 1919, summer Sunday visitors soared from 100,000 to 1,000,000 a day! Today the park is only a vestige of it's former self, but the Cyclone, at one time the world's biggest roller coaster, carried screaming passengers as we watched. The Wonder Wheel continued it's stately revolutions as the inner cars whipped about and on the Boardwalk colorful locals took the sun while kids of all ages found plenty of eats including the "Famous Nathan's" hot dogs with 20 available toppings which was established in 1916.














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28 comments:

Rajesh said...

Wonderful snaps. Those rides will be fun.

Louise said...

Whew! I think I'd be in for the food. Colorful captures, especially the one with people in it.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Mark, I've heard about Coney Island my entire life---and have seen pictures. I'm glad to see that it still is there --even though it may not be the same.

Those 'colorful locals' made me laugh... Aren't we people a little crazy?????
Betsy

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Great pictures! Did you go on any rides?

Janie said...

Fun to see photos of the famous Coney Island. I hope you got one of those hot dogs.

mj said...

What a colorful character and an even more colorful setting. It's nice to see it through your eyes. Thanks for the little tour.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shots, Mark! Great tour! Feel like I've been there! And you got two for one -- the skies and clouds are gorgeous!

Have a great week!

Sylvia

madcobug said...

Great shots. Love the blue sky and clouds behind those rides. Just sets them off. Helen

alicesg said...

Lovely photos on your part of the world. I dont mind the ferris wheel but a no no for the roller coaster. :)

Larry D said...

Great photos, it looks like a bright beautiful day there in Brooklyn.

Regina said...

Wonderful shots. Thanks for the tour.

uncleawang said...

Interesting world to visit,great photo too:)
Thanks for the tour & have a nice day.

magiceye said...

that was lovely!

Gattina said...

A roller coaster ? nothing for me, I tried it once and got sick, lol !
Interesting, I didn't know that there was an attraction park on Coney island.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

That is beautiful! Love those boulders of white fluffs in your blue sky.

Baruch said...

Great shots

Indrani said...

Colorful shots from your world. What fun!

The Weaver of Grass said...

That sky is wonderful and makes every shot a winner.

chrome3d said...

Excellent series. The rides and ferris wheels were excellently given more depth with those skies. The cyclone and the clouds...pretty cool.

J said...

I like the way you've captured the intense clashing colours. See any coney island girls? ;)

Marites said...

you were able to capture the vibrant colors, they are really nice.

My world is up here.

Tricia said...

Fantastically beautiful sky shots! Love that roller coaster, too!

Carletta said...

You find such intersting shots!
I love both the roller coaster and the ferris wheel shots - great subjects for that backdrop of sky!

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

Annie said...

An interesting series of photos from Coney Island...thankyou!

Irene Toh said...

Hi Mark, the sky is looking cloud gorgeous and there's such a fun carnival vibes to your pictures. Nice.

Ashley said...

Wow, looks like such a fun time! You really do a great job of capturing the full experience!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Great, colourful shots! All the fun of the fair! And the two with the sky as backdrop are wonderful - such beautiful turquoise skies with scenic fluffy clouds.
Janice.

kelsci said...

If that 4 meg canon did these shots, it did a great job. I went to Coney as a kid in the early 50s. My father took movies of me on a Revere Mag. load 8mm camera with a Bosch and Lomb lens.

Some friends have used a Sony 4 meg camera made in 2001; I think the DSC-S85 which also was a great picture taker with a Carl Zeiss lens. Photos from that are on my photoblog.