After having not visited Coney Island for at least 2 years, I made the trip to Brooklyn on a sultry Saturday afternoon fully knowing that my arrival would be challenged not just with the weather but with finding parking space that didn’t involved paying an enormous amount that private parking lots charge in an effort to take advantage of anxious visitors. Driving around for 45mins eventually got me a 2hr parking meter.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit this prominent landmark, you’re guaranteed to walkaway with an authentic Coney Island experience on a weekend. Granted it will be heavily crowded but this adds to the excitement and realness of the place as oppose to seeing a deserted boardwalk on the weekdays with the exception of elderly people enjoying their morning power walks.
Generally I’m very selective in what I choose to eat but in Coney Island, the common restrictions that might subject yourself too everyday just goes away. You can’t pay a visit without enjoying at least one of Nathan’s famous franks. The important thing to remember is that there’s no such thing as bad food, just bad portions, so as good as they may be, bring self-control with you in addition to extra cash because even the most mundane of things can be relatively expensive in a touristy place.
As I walked with my Nikon D90 and the 18mm-105mm lens attached, I was quickly overshadowed with other enthusiastic photographs on the boardwalk who were armored with nothing but 70mm-200mm lenses that made mine seem pocket-sized.