One of the first new things I did after moving to New York, was to go to Coney Island. Last summer I didn't get the chance to visit, so I was really pumped about going! Allie, Julie and I's first stop was obviously Nathan's Famous hot dogs. I ordered the chili hot dog with fries - and for those of you that are calorie conscious, they make sure to add the calorie count right next to the price (thank you for informing me of my horrible eating decision, Nathans). Regardless of the less than desirable nutrition count, the hot dog and fries were amazing!! After eating, we walked over to the boardwalk and beach. I've always loved boardwalks, and have only gone on them so few times. It was earlier in the day, so at least there was not as many people wondering around as I was expecting. It was also so beautiful out that day. We walked through all the rides, and picked The Wonder Wheel to ride. It was only $6 for a ticket, and you get to go around twice. It offered great views of Coney Island. I loved that it has been operating for almost 100 years - semi scary, but the steel made it safer. Also, there was a history sign that also indicated that with over 30 million riders there has never been a single accident in 89 years.
We then walked up and down the beach, and went out to the main pier. There were all sorts of characters fishing. Some caught some fish, others not so much. But they were definitely entertainment to watch. We finished our time at Coney Island with a couple Brooklyn beers and a funnel cake. Two other must haves when visiting.
I loved Coney Island! I loved the feeling of being like a kid riding the rides. I loved the beach. I loved the funky fonts that littered the boardwalk. I loved getting out of the concrete part of the city and seeing the ocean!