After a walk on the beach I took a wander back along the Coney Island boardwalk.
For anyone in the UK who might not know, a boardwalk is what it says on the tin, a wooden walkway - like a pier but where the promenade would be. Here is some of it being repaired or re-laid.
It was a nice little walk. I'd covered the best part of 6 miles in the day at this point and so it was nice to have lots of little distractions to look at... like painted bins:
And the art work on the side of the walls of the New York Aquarium:
There was proof I was indeed at Coney Island Beach... look - see!
And just to prove that beach is only a step off the boardwalk away...
I took a little detour at the entrance of the Aquarium and took in a better view of the famous Coney Island Cyclone - a wooden rollercoaster.
From the boardwalk you also get a closer view of the amusement parks and the rides like the Wonder Wheel:
I really liked these little (well, rather huge) advertising characters perched on the top of some rather run down looking shops.
Like most of the Coney Island I saw, these guys summed it up, they looked a little in need of a some TLC - which on the most part seemed to be happening - especially with the boardwalk itself which seems to be undergoing some maintenance whilst I was there (like in the first photo).
The buildings that were painted looked the part:
With landmarks like the Parachute Jump tower (depicted in the art on the wall above and shown in the photo below) it's a unique place.
I'd like to visit Coney Island again sometime in the future - during a summer time when there is more open. Even in winter though (albeit a very warm day for February), as a first time visit, it was well worth spending the afternoon there.