Thursday, 15 March 2012

Wandering along the Coney Island Boardwalk

After a walk on the beach I took a wander back along the Coney Island boardwalk.

Coney Island Boardwalk Bench

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.

Coney Island Boardwalk Construction

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:

Coney Island Boardwalk Bin

And the art work on the side of the walls of the New York Aquarium:

Fishy Scene

Fishy Scene Close Up

Fish on the Wall of the New York aquarium

There was proof I was indeed at Coney Island Beach... look - see!

Coney Island Beach Sign

And just to prove that beach is only a step off the boardwalk away...

Coney Island Beach from the Boardwalk

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.

Iconic Cyclone Ride

From the boardwalk you also get a closer view of the amusement parks and the rides like the Wonder Wheel:

Coney Island Wonder Wheel

I really liked these little (well, rather huge) advertising characters perched on the top of some rather run down looking shops.

Burger and Beer advertising at Coney Island

Burger advertising at Coney Island

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:

Coney Island Boardwalk local sights painting

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.

Coney Island Parachute Jump Structure

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.

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