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Jun 24, 2007 | Coney Island

No visit or stay in New York would be complete without a trip to Coney Island, about an hour’s subway ride away from midtown Manhattan on the N, Q, D or the F. Famous for its boardwalk, amusement rides, fun, games, and Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, Coney Island was no stranger to the throngs of people when we made the pilgrimage this afternoon. To make things even more fun, today was the day of the Mermaid Parade, an event to celebrate

the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression…

You can view photos I took via my Flickr album. Regardless, it took a good half an hour just from the side of the street with the subway to the side of the street with the attractions, but the crowd didn’t distract us from having a bit of fun at the arcades there. The greatest thrill came from skee ball and the coin pushers, with which I was able to reward myself with a fart balloon. Skee ball requires quite a bit of skill, and to do well with coin pushing requires knowing which tables to use (hint: step right up after someone else’s attempts, and never go for the ones that have the highest stacks in the middle).

Someday I know that I’m going to pocket $100 and just go to a casino and try my luck. I’m not the terribly impulsive type but as with any person it’s hard not to cave into the mere possibility of striking gold. I just wonder how people can live their lives entertaining the thought that in the not so distant future, the rewards from getting the jackpot could outpay all current debts and woes. I know there are coin pushers in casinos somewhere, and since I haven’t

1) the brains to beat blackjack, or
2) the patience to play poker, or
3) the recklessness for roulette, or
4) the skills for slots,

I may as well go for the coin pushers. Not quite as smashing as Daniel Craig, I know.

Coney Island was heaps of fun, and though there were tons of people and I never quite got to see the ocean, it goes without saying that the very crowds make it so much more fun. I revel in watching others trying their luck too. My plan is to ride my bike there sometime during the summer and take photographs early in the morning when it’s deserted.

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