I’ve always had this image in my head of what Coney Island would be like. Something straight out of a movie, always sunny, colorful rides, a pretty boardwalk. I think you can guess that that’s not exactly what I found when I stepped off the long subway ride there. It was a little more crowded and cheaper looking than expected, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was all like you were seeing the backstage or inner-workings of something that should really be hidden or disguised.
Sorry to bring you down with all of that, but the truth is I still had a blast there with a friend who was visiting from upstate. I shouldn’t have been expecting some fancy amusement park, because that’s not what it is at all. It’s really more historic and nostalgic, so after I accepted it for what it was, it was all good.
The first thing we did there was head straight to Nathan’s Famous and grab a hot dog, which as it turns out, was everything I hoped it would be. A big juicy hot dog perfect for a summer day by the water. There’s definitely a reason it’s been such an institution there for so long!
And even better, we went on a couple rides afterwards (one of them being my first rollercoaster where you’re lying stomach down horizontally the whole way, so cool!!) and I didn’t feel sick at all. Too much info? I mean I think that’s a pretty good sign for carnival food…
Chili cheese dog with onions
1310 Surf Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224