Who hasn’t heard of Coney Island and has these images from the 50s in movies? Ah, the 1950s – a time when Coney Island was at the height of its popularity and a beloved location for movies. But on our visit this past weekend, it seemed quite dated.
I had a similar feeling when I visited Atlantic City. It felt a little rundown and seedy. That said, they were getting ready for the season. The boardwalk itself is lovely and stretches on forever to Brighton Beach.
I can imagine it when it is bustling with locals in the summer, and the weather is good. I’m sure it’s delightful, but it was foggy, cold and drizzling on the day we were there.
The Iconic Coney Island Amusement Park
If you’re slow travelling and have quite a bit of time in the New York City area, visiting Coney Island and Brighton Beach is worth a day in good weather. However, if you have a limited time, I would not put it on the list of things to do. It simply takes a long time to get there by public transit, and you don’t want to drive in New York.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not slamming the place. There’s just so much to do in the five boroughs that one has to make choices. For example, while we are in Manhattan for four months, I suspect we will not make it to the Bronx or Queens.