I last visited Coney Island with my friend and Brooklyn native, Alicia. She grew up around Bay Ridge and knows the ins and outs of Brooklyn. Which is nice for for me--I'm an Ohio girl.
Coney Island has a feeling of history and nostalgia coupled with a feeling of an oppressive change. Always adapting with new rides nd attractions, but keeping the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel as reminders of the way things were. Is is strange, however, that such an amusement park exists with the attraction of the beach. I imagine it grew from small boardwalk shops to what it was in its prime and changed into what it is today. The clientele is older, the bathing suits more saggy. People still flock to Coney Island, despite the dense seaweed ridden beach. Perhaps for a piece of history or just to drink a slush puppy.