thrill seekers

May 8, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc outings

I can’t imagine living some place that’s not by the ocean. Sure, Coney Island isn’t the prettiest of beaches by any means, but it has a gritty charm all its own (though I was sad to see that many of the old food stands with their wonderful, hand lettered signage on the boardwalk were being torn down). Coney Island is changing. Every year it loses a little more of its old school identity. It’s a little more shiny, a little more cleaned up, and it’s one of the kids’ favorite places to go. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the girls get more hyped up and giddy than when they’re in line for a ride at an amusement park. It’s funny, really. Kind of makes me wish we could still get that giddy with arms flailing, voices squealing, racing as fast as you can to the next ride, over such a simple pleasure.

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  • Jocy May 8, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I grew up with roller coasters in southern California, small carnivals, etc.

  • Pink Ronnie May 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

    They’re so beautiful, Jenna. I just love that last photo of them on the swings together. We’ve only recently moved to a place near the ocean. And it truly is both refreshing and invigorating. There’s just nothing quite like looking out at a vast expanse of water…
    Ronnie xo

  • Christina May 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Your pictures are so much fun. My sons love Coney Island and as soon as we’ve hopped on the subway heading home, their first question is: When can we go again? Too bad it gives me such a headache (proof that I’ve become an old woman). I do miss the quickly disappearing old-time cheese factor. I console myself with the fact that at one point the existence of Coney Island was threatened, and it was only because of this modern, shiny “progress” (albeit still very cheesy) that Coney Island did not become a housing development or mall.

  • Darcy May 8, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Thanks for posting this! I recently finished Patti Smith’s Just Kids, where she raves about coney island. i’ve never been, but hopefully we’ll be able to visit (and take the kids) on our next trip to NYC.

  • sarah May 8, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I love these pictures! I remember the feeling of being so excited to go to amusement parks & begging the adults to come on the rides with us when we were kids. I never understood why they just didn’t seem interested. But now you’d have to pay me a good chunk of money to get on one of those things!

  • Noelani May 8, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I can see why they get sooo excited 🙂

  • Jane May 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I feel the same way, I love living by the ocean (or at least an easy bus ride away!). We don’t have any amusement parks down by the sea, but just to sit and watch the water and feel the sea breeze is a simple pleasure.

  • Laura @ Travelocafe May 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I love the way you freeze the moment in your wonderful photos.

  • Renita May 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I hear you on the ocean …. I can easily get lost ….. I need to know if I’m going to the water or away from the water …. it’s my meter for direction.

  • Renita May 8, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Part 2 – A meter for direction in many symbolic ways too ….

  • Marie May 8, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Amazing pictures in general. Great sisters magic moments!

  • Sandra May 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I spent ten years away from the ocean living in Toronto. Love love love the big city but now that I am back on the west coast on the ocean, that feels right too. Right for now.

    Isn’t it fun when they are old enough for amusement park rides? We were in Disneyland in April and my six year old LOVED the swings and the rollercoaster. She was in heaven.

  • Kimi May 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Do you know Fort Tilden? it’s amazing. If at all possible go on a weekday and park by an abandoned fortification and walk to the beach. And if you seek among the sand dunes and abandoned fortifications in June you can find beach plums.

    God I want a poncho like that so badly. I am determined to figure out how to sew one.

  • Jackie May 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I love Coney Island. I actually helped paint that mural during a community service day a few years ago, lol.