Coney Island in Winter

Lately, I started thinking that I wanted to see how Coney Island was doing in the winter.  So, there I went.  So, how’s it going out there?  Pretty much nothing’s happening…at least on the weekend I was out there.

Or, one can make the case that it is doing a whole lot.  The place is shut down, but what does this picture suggest to you?

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To me, it looks like the long promised re-building has started.  And there a few signs talking about the plans, but it’s the closing of Astroland after 2008 that will be the real event.  Here’s a shot of the closed-for-the-season Astroland.

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As I understand it, by 2011 or so it will be completely revamped into a new park.  In the meantime, the Wonderwheel and the Cyclone will still operate.

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But in the meantime, it is closed for the season until April or so.

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As I was walking along, I found there were some residents…some rather protective residents.

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I can tell you that they weren’t happy to see me.  Hungry, maybe; but not happy.  And they weren’t the only protectors in the area.

The boardwalk was nearly deserted.  It was a cold noontime and there were precious few of us in the area.

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And the beach had the traditional guy with a metal detector hoping to find lost dubloons, or maybe quarters.

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I did get to Nathan’s though.

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As usual, it was jammed.  They closed all of the outside vendor windows so everyone crowded inside.  It was one of very few open places in the whole area, but they were doing a booming business.  I went in and discovered their service is as bad in the winter as it is in the summer.  After 10 minutes I left.  In my line, only one customer had been served and only a couple of others from other lines had also gotten their food (and I was maybe 5 back in line).  In honesty, it probably isn’t just their fault.  People were calling out to each other to order additional hotdogs and the like.

-H

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