I love going to Coney Island, the beach and amusement park on the Atlantic Ocean in the south of Brooklyn. Literally I actually enjoy the subway ride out to the beach as much as being there. Once the subway goes above ground there is so much to see (and you can pick from several different trains) and there’s something about taking a train to the last stop of the line and looking out across the vast ocean.

Whenever friends or family come visiting I always try to take them. This week it’s my friend and film editor Julia Wiedwald who took the ride with me.

We did enjoy french fries at Nathan’s and some shopping at Lola Star – unfortunately Ruby’s is being renovated so there was no beer on this trip – nor any rides or funnel cake. But we were insulted by a drunk homeless-looking man. So even Coney Island isn’t anymore the run-down atmospheric nostalgic place of a few years ago – there’s still plenty of the spirit left.

The song is “Rickety Racket” by Jason Matherne, which I had just received from him and immediately put to good use.

For the music nerds among you, I purposefully showed the Beverly Road station in homage to the song “Geese of Beverly Road” by The National. I did however not show the Kings Highway station, where we had our first Brooklyn apartment, which was not our happiest place (I’ll never live in a basement apartment again!!!).
Approaching Coney Island on the subway

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