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Boardwalk reconstruction

January 23rd, 2015



Much to the dismay of some locals, this section of the Coney Island Boardwalk between Brighton 15th Street and Coney Island Avenue is being replaced with a surface of recycled plastic boards and concrete.

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Catching some rays

January 23rd, 2015



A mermaid and the sea god Neptune (along with several pigeons) can be found sunbathing on the side of the subway viaduct at the Ocean Parkway Q train station. These panels are part of Deborah Masters's Coney Island Reliefs, an art installation almost 20 years in the making.

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A creekside pigeon coop?

January 23rd, 2015



Nearly invisible from the adjacent street, a ramshackle structure can be seen across Coney Island Creek standing on a small, fenced-off parcel of Parks Department land. If you look closely, you can see a pair of chairs and what appear to be a couple of bird cages; a 2011 Street View image shows some birds (presumably pigeons) roosting on the roof.

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Still beneath the Belt Parkway

January 23rd, 2015



Stepping back a few feet from where I took the previous shot

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Beneath the Belt Parkway

January 23rd, 2015



Looking at Coney Island Creek

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A Sandy memorialette?

January 23rd, 2015



Using Street View, you can see that this log appeared here on the fence surrounding Lincoln High School sometime between June 2012 and September 2013. In that same interval, a sidewalk tree near the fence came down. Perhaps Hurricane Sandy brought the tree down onto the fence, and perhaps a little section of the tree was left on display as a reminder of the devastation wreaked by the storm. Sandy not only damaged the basement and the football field here at Lincoln; it also forced several students out of their homes and took the life of one of the school's teachers.

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The majestic steed

January 23rd, 2015



of a Special Patrolman

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How truck drivers get to prom

January 23rd, 2015


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Unusual vehicle storage

January 23rd, 2015



A 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith and a 2011 Chrysler Pepto-Stretch

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Luna Park

January 23rd, 2015



The modern-day incarnation (map) of a Coney Island classic

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Weird Women

January 23rd, 2015



and Strange MenSideshows by the Seashore

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Brazilian butt lifts in Miami

January 23rd, 2015



Do people actually fly from New York to Miami for a butt lift? Don't we have plenty of good butt doctors here?

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Jones Walk in winter

January 23rd, 2015



If this were a summer afternoon, the stalls at left would be open and you'd see people playing all sorts of carnival games, like the bathroom-themed Stinky Feet. The stalls at right, however, would still be shuttered. The property on that side of the walkway, including the 1880s Grashorn Building (said to be Coney Island's oldest structure), has been vacant for several years now, courtesy of Joe Sitt, Coney Island's infamous "un-developer".

Looming in the distance is the Wonder Wheel. If you look closely, you'll notice that all of its cars are missing. It turns out that they get taken down each year during the off-season, and their return to the Wheel "is the first sign of spring in Coney Island. Being there to see the 24 cars go up, the Swinging ones first and then the Stationary, is like seeing crocuses bloom before your eyes."

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The Cyclone at age 87.5