Coney Island Baby Part One

One of my favorite places in NYC is Coney Island.

Who doesn’t know about Coney Island? It’s been an iconic part of NYC for who knows how long. When I was growing up in NYC, Coney was in a state of decline and disarray. Now it’s having a resurgence somewhat. Even though most of Brooklyn’s character has been wiped out by the current gentrification, there’s still elements of the old NYC coming through. For example – last time I visited Coney, three people wearing tee shirts with the word “fuck” could be seen. Two of the shirts read “fuck you you fucking fuck” and “fuck you I have enough friends.” Stay classy Coney Island.

I took some photos of the ever changing Coney, once inhabited by rabbits. I’ll break these posts into two parts, since plenty were snapped. Without further ado, here’s part one.

Refurbished Parachute Jump. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Refurbished Parachute Jump. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Upclose shot of the refurbished Parachute Jump. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Upclose shot of the refurbished Parachute Jump. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Carousel ride now open in Steeplechase Park. Coney Island, Brooklyn NYC. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Carousel ride now open in Steeplechase Park. Coney Island, Brooklyn NYC. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Entrance to the carousel ride. Coney Island, Brooklyn NY. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Entrance to the carousel ride. Coney Island, Brooklyn NY. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

One of the horses from the carousel ride in Coney Island. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

One of the horses from the carousel ride in Coney Island. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Ruby's Bar and Grill. Serving customers on the Coney Island boardwalk since 1934. First discovered this place after attending the Coney Island Mermaid parade. Survived Hurricane Sandy. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Ruby’s Bar and Grill. Serving customers on the Coney Island boardwalk since 1934. First discovered this place after attending the Coney Island Mermaid parade. Survived Hurricane Sandy. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Inside Ruby's Bar and Grill, located in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Old photographs line the wall behind the bar. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Inside Ruby’s Bar and Grill, located in Coney Island, Brooklyn. Old photographs line the wall behind the bar. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Saturday night inside Ruby's Bar and Grill. Coney Island, Brooklyn. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Saturday night inside Ruby’s Bar and Grill. Coney Island, Brooklyn. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

One of my favorite places in Coney Island. Lola Star is an awesome little gift shop selling stylist souvenirs. I suggest purchasing one of their tee shirts. Still have mine from 2004. Brooklyn, NY. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

One of my favorite places in Coney Island. Lola Star is an awesome little gift shop selling stylish souvenirs. I suggest purchasing one of their tee shirts. Still have mine from 2004. Brooklyn, NY. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

No post about Coney Island can be complete without a photo of the world famous Wonder Wheel. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

No post about Coney Island can be complete without a photo of the world famous Wonder Wheel. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Entrance to the world famous Wonder Wheel. Brooklyn, NY. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Entrance to the world famous Wonder Wheel. Brooklyn, NY. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Inside the entrance to Coney Island's Wonder Wheel. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Inside the entrance to Coney Island’s Wonder Wheel. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Good old fashioned mechanical fortune telling. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Good old fashioned mechanical fortune telling. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

More of that good old fashioned mechanical fortune telling. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

More of that good old fashioned mechanical fortune telling. There’s a few of these Zoltar contraptions around. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Haunted house dragon in front of the Deno Wonder Wheel. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Haunted house dragon in front of the Deno Wonder Wheel. August 2013. Photo by Michele Witchipoo.

Up-close of the dragon from the haunted house. Coney Island, Brooklyn. August 2013. Photography and Photoshop manipulation by Michele Witchipoo.

Up-close of the dragon from the haunted house. Coney Island, Brooklyn. August 2013. Photography and Photoshop manipulation by Michele Witchipoo.

Stay tuned for some more Coney Island photography part two.

Links:

http://rubysbar.com/

http://www.lolastar.com/

http://www.coneyisland.com/

  1 comment for “Coney Island Baby Part One

  1. August 29, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    I had a blast going to Coney Island with you again, hon. You took some great photos. I’m looking forward to wearing that cool t-shirt that I picked up at Lola Star. So, yeah, thanks for dragging me out of my hermit cave. And I’m glad the crazy guy with the tattoos on the N Train going home didn’t get off at the same stop as us!

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