8.17.2008

Coney Island, Part 2

Nathan's Famous Franks

We began our adventure at Coney Island here at Nathan's Famous Frankfurters.


It doesn't look all that different than it did in this 1953 postcard.




Who waits in line for 45 minutes for a hot dog? We did...


...and it was totally worth it.




Astroland

Coney Island still has its famous boardwalk and amusement park, Astroland.


I really like the Astroguy with his big rocket.


Of course The Cyclone, built in 1927, remains a major attraction. I love rollercoasters and haven't ridden it yet, but plan to before the summer is over.


This is The Wonder Wheel. I've never seen a ferris wheel like it--the cars roll back and forth from the center to the edge on curvy tracks. I love scary rides, but this looks terrifying.


Speaking of scary rides, here's Mr. O'Kitten in front of The Ghost Hole. I made him stand there because he hates haunted houses.


And the Beach

Obviously, the beach at Coney Island isn't as crowded as it used to be.




6 comments:

Puss-in-Boots said...

That Wonder Wheel looks absolutely terrifying! I don't mind regular ferris wheels, but that one would be a bit too much for me.

Queueing 45 mins for a hot dog...as long as you weren't too hungry when you first got in the queue, it would ok, otherwise, you'd be half dead from starvation.

As for that crowded beach...I couldn't think of anything worse (shudder). I'm spoilt but I do like plenty of space at the beach.

A very interesting post, Mrs O'K. Thanks for that.

Hugs.

mrspao said...

I'm with you - I would have queued 45 minutes for a good hot dog :) It looks like an amazing place.

Chris said...

Ok, I'm pretty sure I'd be horking on the Wonder Wheel. TMI? ;)

RANDIROBOT said...

i am thinking of going before summer is over. how much money would you recommend to bring for a day trip for one person?

Obsidian Kitten said...

coney island is totally accessible by subway, so you don't need anything other than a MetroCard. the beach is completely free. it cost us each about $8 to eat at Nathan's (hot dog, fries, beverage) and the Cyclone is $8. so you could ostensibly spend the day for $20.

check the website for days/hours -- the amusement park may only be open on weekends after sept. 8
http://www.astroland.com/

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(My maid recommends to not use that Coney Island Rollercoaster - she thought she'll die. And then had bruises for days from the ride...)