Coney Island

My Coney Island trip with Leah and Steph was a lot of fun. I worked Friday from the hotel but I made time to take a daring trip into the city to meet Natalia, the Saw Lady. She’s so sweet and plays gorgeous music. I couldn’t help but smile while I listened to her play and took music. Her music is pleasantly hypnotic and she’s a lot of fun to talk too. Please go to her website and listen to her music, you’ll be amazed. I bought her Xmas CD and had her autograph it for me. I can’t wait to fill the holiday season with her angelic sounds. (Keep an eye on my street performer photo project for a picture of Natalia coming soon.)

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Driving into the city was insane but I wasn’t comfortable figuring out the subway. I drove around for almost 30 minutes looking for a place to park and it costs me $26 to park for two hours. Lesson learned. Finding parking anywhere in New York city is a trial of patience and luck. It was just as difficult to find parking at Coney Island.

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We went to Coney Island Friday night to see a hilarious burlesque show at the Sideshows by the Seashore building. The great thing about the show was that it was a small crowd and drinking was encouraged so the audience really got into the show and participated with sing a longs. We were also treated to fireworks that night on the boardwalk.

My first observation about Coney Island was that it was very dirty. There was a lot of trash on the ground and littering seemed to be a natural (and disgusting) way to discard trash. I also thought that Coney Island was more like an amusement park but it’s actually more like several permanent carnivals. You have to pay for each ride (minimum of $5) and the area is split into a few different carnival operations. While the shows and the people were really great at Sideshows by the Seashore, the place itself looked like it was under considerable construction.

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We went back to Coney Island on Saturday and found a parking meter to park at. It was cheaper but I had to go back every two hours to dump more quarters into it, and it wasn’t all that close to the park. We rode the world famous Cyclone. It was worth the $8 ticket and for such an old ride (built in 1927), it still offered a lot of thrills and great drops. The Wonder Wheel is another unique ride to Coney Island. It was opened in 1920 and features sliding cars as well as stationary ones. It was partially built by Bethlehem Steel. We also saw the sideshow Saturday featuring the black scropion, electra, Donny Vomit, Serpentina (who looked strikingly similar to electra), and Insectivora. The show was fantastic. The highlight of the show was the fire eater. She did an amazing show that was both very technical and artistic. It was a pleasure watching her manipulate the flames and I could appreciate the strong technical skills she was demonstrating.

My friend Brandon, who I’ve known for 5 years but never met, met us in Coney Island Saturday night. Him and his wife took in a side show while they were there and then we took the subway to Time Square where we had drinks and cheese cake at Juniors. The subway was definitely the way to go and I wish I would have stayed in Manhattan and taken the subway over to Coney Island (instead of staying near Coney Island). Walking around Times Square at night is an awesome experience. The bright lights and busy streets make it easy to forget how late it is (it was 1am). Brandon and I even got our pictures taken with the Black Batman, for a small tip 🙂

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