July 4th: Coney Island USA

  Scorching heat could not keep the crowds away from the boardwalk on this patriotic afternoon.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2011

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

  Some mermaids found ingenious ways to deal with heat at Coney Island today. Mermen were in abundance with costumes as fabulous as their lady counterparts. See more pictures in my Flickr slideshow.


Coney Island’s 1st Annual Pet Day

 Despite the drizzly conditions, a few brave dogs turned out for the first Coney Island pet parade this afternoon, with the lady above taking first place. Her assistant took care of the winner’s paperwork—a season pass to Deno’s Wonderwheel amusement park plus a whole lotta dog food.


Another Coney Island chapter to close

  Tomorrow, November the 15th, 8 business tenants have to leave the boardwalk in Coney Island. They include the 76 year old Ruby’s Bar and Grill, as well as the world famous Shoot the Freak. You can read and listen to the story on NPR here. Jim Shanon (pictured above) is quoted: “I’ve seen people come […]

Coney Island Creek

Liminal Light

  Coney Island Creek on a Saturday night. This image is part of an ongoing study of the liminal lands around the edge of New York City.


  Last night we attended the first-ever Freaktoberfest down in Coney Island. We got introduced to some great drinks; the Albino Python from the Shmaltz Brewing Company (He’Brew) was our favourite.

Coney Island Film Festival

  Sideshows by the Seashore is hosting a launch party tonight for the huge line up of films playing down at Coney over the weekend. Photo: Tim Douglas

End of Summer

  Fall officially started at 11:44 this morning. Yesterday, as the sun set on the last full day of summer, the Coney Island Tattoo & Motorcycle Show came to life. It felt like a ritual celebration of the seasonal change. 

The Future of Coney Island

  Visitors looked a little lost outside the gates of Astroland today, peering through the fence and taking pictures under the entrance sign. I also noticed the banners (which also feature in the Coney Island Development Corporation newsletter), designed to “showcase iconic neighborhood landmarks.” The baseball banner, for example, hangs next to where all the batting […]

Astroland Stories: Beginning to End

 I met Alice Lombardo, on the right of the shot, on Sunday next to the Pirate Ship. Her mum has since been in touch with us, via the Daily News, to tell us Alice’s father took his first steps at Astroland and it is where his ashes are laid.