Escape to Coney Island
While we were in the midst of festivities for our wedding, we were both asked what our favorite day of the week was as a part of a trivia game. Both of us said Sunday, because it was the one day we gave to ourselves and took our dog, Whiskey, to Coronado dog beach in California. No matter what time of the year, the weather was perfect in San Diego and we took full advantage of letting Whiskey run off lease to run in the surf and sand.
Now that we’re in New York, our beach days are few and far between. During our first two years here we seldom went to the beach, even in summer. However, one thing we have just discovered within the past month or so was going to the beaches during the off season. It might be slightly colder and some of the vendors might be shut down, but there is something so magical and mysterious about exploring these places in the calm of the off season and getting to experience the beauty of nature without the bustle of the crowds. Over the last 2 months or so we have ventured to a few spots that we'll be sharing. One of our favorites was Coney Island, which is just quick jaunt on the train, about half an hour from our place in Brooklyn.
Coney Island during the winter is like stepping into the dreary landscape of “Requiem for a Dream”, especially seeing the grayness of the clouds contrast with the brightness of Luna Park. It’s dark and grungy, but in the best way. As we walked along the pier, we knew we had to take a picture in front of the now defunct “Parachute Jump”, a character unto itself in the movie.
We then stopped at where one of our favorite shows, “Mr. Robot” films. There were quite a few people recreating the scene where “Mr. Robot” pushes Rami Malek’s character off of the ledge in front of the bathrooms. When entering Luna Park, you’ll pass by all of the little storefronts, closed up for the off season. The El Dorado Arcade also known as “F Society”, was closed as well, but who knows what was going on behind those shuttered doors…
After wandering around for a bit, we popped into “Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs” . James couldn’t help himself, and consumed two chili cheese dogs and chili cheese fries, along with a large soda. He was definitely regretting that choice later, but for a couple of dollars a dog, it’s hard to beat the price. We left there feeling full, sandy, and happy and it only took us until the end of the Q to get there.
Next week, we'll share another quick day trip that we love in the off season. Until then, where are some of your favorite places to go in the off season? Where should be our next escape? We love hearing from you!