Sadly, it's been at least a decade since the awesome punk club, Coney Island High on St. Mark's Place, shut down so I have to get my Coney Island fix at... well... Coney Island! Though you won't see The Misfits, Fleshtones, Beasties, The Donnas or even the Ramone boys -- you will see The Wonder Wheel, Cyclone, Nathan's Hot Dogs and Zoltar!
It's been far too long since my bestie/partner in crime, Wendy Brandes and I visited the famous Brooklyn amusement park, so we made a promise to get there at least once this summer. And, I'm happy to report this past Tuesday, we kept our promise!
The journey started well before we actually arrived at the park -- it's at least an hour subway ride from our Manhattan hood and, like our last trip, it was eventful! This time, our train ride included a slightly crazy woman who asked us at least one hundred times, "Is this Ocean Parkway?" We answered every time with the appropriate number of stops left until she reached her destination, so we were a little taken aback when we finally reached Ocean Parkway and she mumbled, "God bless you... dumb bitches" as she debarked. No good deed goes unpunished.
Anyway, it was a picture perfect day and we were glad to spend some quality time on the beach before hitting the rides. Okay, I didn't go on any rides. But, I did support Wendy while she braved the giant Wonder Wheel -- in one of the swinging cars, nonetheless. No stationary cars for Badass Wendy! I have less than a stomach of steel and, therefore, cannot handle anything that spins quicker than the merry-go-round. I made a valiant effort last time on the Tilt-A-Whirl and I thought they needed to rename it the "Whirl and Hurl." I would also vote for the "Vomit Comet" instead of the Cyclone. But, I digress...
vintage pic of Coney Island, circa 1900
Coney Island outfit
Dress: 'S MaxMara
Bag: Francesco Biasia
Sneaks: Steve Madden
Hat: Coney Island Boardwalk
Bracelet: Ozbek for Pollini
Wendy wore an edgy outfit and looked adorable and ready to conquer both the beach AND the Wonder Wheel -- that's saying a lot! Oh, and we both got "inked" (a.k.a. airbrushed) by the same guy, Roy, who inked us three years ago! I opted for two bunnies (in honor of my baby, "Miles Rabbit," who I miss dearly) and Wendy got a dragon (she is the girl with the dragon tattoo).
At the end of a fun-filled day, we decided that we would try to make one more trip out to Coney Island for our 'high' this summer, so stay tuned...