Memorial Day Weekend, Part 2- Brooklyn, Coney Island, Lower Manhattan

Brooklyn/DUMBO:

Brooklyn Bridge at Hicks St
Brooklyn Bridge at Hicks St
Brooklyn Bridge, Flag, Clouds
Brooklyn Bridge, Flag, Clouds

We got ice cream here at the Brooklyn Creamery- some of the best ice cream I’ve had in ages.

Brooklyn Creamery
Brooklyn Creamery

There is a line going down the block out the front door of Grimaldi’s Pizza basically every minute that they’re open. I don’t know if you can see the sign or not, but on one of their banners it says, “coal-fired pizza. Cash Only, No Slices”. I assume they mean charcoal when they say coal – I couldn’t imagine pizza made in an actual coal-burning oven. A little coal tar with your pepperoni?

Grimaldis Pizza, Brooklyn
Grimaldis Pizza, Brooklyn
Cellphones & Aliens, Brooklyn
Cellphones & Aliens, Brooklyn
Cadman Car Service, Brooklyn
Cadman Car Service, Brooklyn
 Fortune House, Brooklyn
Fortune House, Brooklyn

Despite the image in most people’s minds of the New York City subway being gritty, grimy, old and just plain filthy, once you get out of Manhattan there are some very attractive stations. This tile-work was in the entrance stairs to the station at Prospect Park for the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Face, Prospect Park Subway
Face, Prospect Park Subway
Brooklyn Museum Of Art
Brooklyn Museum Of Art

Coney Island:

Arriving at Coney Island from the Subway.

Coney Island Sign, Subway Exit
Coney Island Sign, Subway Exit

Nathan’s Hot Dogs – they’re a cliché, but still – you can’t pass up a Nathan’s hot dog and cheese fries your first time at Coney Island.

Nathan's Hot Dogs, Coney Island
Nathan’s Hot Dogs, Coney Island

We had to ride the Wonder Wheel, and of course, we had to take one of the swinging cars, even though they don’t get as high.

The Wonder Wheel
The Wonder Wheel
The Wonder Wheel
The Wonder Wheel
Kiosk, The Wonder Wheel
Kiosk, The Wonder Wheel

While in line for the Wonder Wheel, I saw the sign for the pay toilet and wanted to take a picture of it – the sign and the old metal turnstiles are just so cool (and before you ask, I didn’t pay to go in and find out exactly what they looked and/or smelled like- even though it was opening weekend, it’s still Coney Island!). This old man with a fancy walker (purple anodized aluminum frame with a hand-brake and a fold-down seat) saw my Rolleiflex and struck up a conversation – he had been a camera salesman at a store in Brooklyn for many years and remembered selling them.

25 cent Toilet, The Wonder Wheel
25 cent Toilet, The Wonder Wheel
Inside the Wonder Wheel
Inside the Wonder Wheel
Luna Park, The Beach, From the Wonder Wheel
Luna Park, The Beach, From the Wonder Wheel

Here is the world-famous Cyclone roller-coaster. The ride was fun but frightening, not only because it is bone-jarring from the wood track, but because the coaster operators were not paying enough attention and allowed the incoming car to slam into the back of my car as we were getting loaded in. Fortunately we were already strapped/safety-barred in, so the shockwave of the impact passed through instead of knocking me forward into the back of the seat in front. Much as I love riding roller-coasters, especially the old wooden ones, I don’t think I’ll ride the Cyclone again.

Cyclone Coaster, Luna Park, Coney Island
Cyclone Coaster, Luna Park, Coney Island
Back Curve, The Cyclone, Coney Island
Back Curve, The Cyclone, Coney Island
End View, The Cyclone, Coney Island
End View, The Cyclone, Coney Island

Lower Manhattan, Evening:

This was how I ended the day, back in lower Manhattan, hanging out around Union Square, and doing some book shopping at The Strand.

The Empire State Building, Union Square, Broadway
The Empire State Building, Union Square, Broadway
Bow-front building, Manhattan, Evening
Bow-front building, Manhattan, Evening

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