Posts filed under 'Coney Island'

Final Coney Island Photoblogging

This is the last of the Coney Island photos for quite some time, although I do intend to go back after they make it over, just to see if they’ve stayed true to Coney Island’s lurid spirit.

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Some sort of arcade game, of the non-video variety.

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Oh dear.

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I think this is an appropriate note to close on.

This is by no means the last of my NYC photos, and then I have DC and CA photos after that, still yet to be processed…

August 2nd, 2007 at 11:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Final Coney Island Rideblogging

I’m almost out of Coney Island photos; just one more post after this one.

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I liked the ponytail action on this one, and didn’t even notice the strangely envious look on the girl on the right.

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“They say STAFF is a bad mother-” “Shut your mouth!”

August 1st, 2007 at 11:09am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,People,Photoblogging

Coney Island Pirateblogging

Ahhhrrr, matey! ‘Tis Pirates Of The, um, Mid-Atlantic.

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This guy is just kinda sad-looking, really.

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If you ever wondered what Howdy Doody would look like as a pirate…

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You cannot tell me this guy did not get beat up constantly by the other pirates.

July 31st, 2007 at 07:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Still More Coney Island Rideblogging

Just some more random rides from Coney:

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The interior of a wee pirate ship, complete with non-functional redundant steering wheels. At least you can’t see the siren lights on the front…

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I found this kinda disturbing, but the kids seem to enjoy it.

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No-one wants to ride The Scrambler, which makes me wonder just how literal the name is.

2 comments July 30th, 2007 at 11:25am Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Creepyblogging

I’m pretty sure these rides aren’t supposed to be scary…

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Gah!!!

July 29th, 2007 at 02:03pm Posted by Eli

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Random Coney Island Photoblogging

Just some miscellaneous Coney Island photos that don’t really fit into any category:

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As I walked away, I actually heard someone behind me indignantly demanding, “Why was he taking a picture of that???” Fourlegs just gave them a helpless “What can you do?” shrug.

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Astroland as viewed from the Boardwalk.

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The Freak Bar again.

1 comment July 28th, 2007 at 05:14pm Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Volleyballblogging

Proving once again that I can take pictures of people in a pinch:

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You got served!

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She appears distinctly unimpressed.

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I love the random toddler who wandered into the frame. I don’t think I even saw him when I took the shot.

July 27th, 2007 at 07:46am Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Concessionblogging

More kitsch from Coney:

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I don’t really have anything to add…

July 26th, 2007 at 07:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Final Cyclone Photoblogging

The last of the Cyclone photos:

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Not the last of the Coney Island photos though, oh no.

July 25th, 2007 at 11:24am Posted by Eli

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Cyclone Rider Photoblogging

As promised, some photos of people enjoying the Cyclone in all its rickety glory. I recommend clicking on them to get the full effect.

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Whee!!!

July 24th, 2007 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Cyclone Photoblogging

Another one of the Coney Island star attractions I wanted to get pictures of was the Cyclone, which uses ricketiness instead of loop-de-loops to scare its riders:

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More on those Cyclone riders later…

2 comments July 23rd, 2007 at 11:33am Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Color Blogging

Some mostly abstract, color-oriented photos from Coney:

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July 21st, 2007 at 08:07pm Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Non-Scary Ride Photoblogging

Some more completely non-scary rides from Coney Island:

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Well, okay, maybe the idea of a giant shoe giving me the eye is a little scary…

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One of the defining moments of our Coney Island excursion was when fourlegs was taking pictures of the kids on the ride, while I was waiting for them to clear out of the way so I could photograph the track. Hey, it has cool robots on the columns and everything.

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I suppose it will be a bit scarier once it leaves the ground. Also, note the color scheme, and then try to tell me that liberals aren’t patriotic.

1 comment July 20th, 2007 at 02:53pm Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Bumper Car Photoblogging

I’ve never really been much of a thrillseeker, so rollercoasters and even ferris wheels have very little appeal for me (fourlegs and I did toy with the idea of going up on the bigass Wonder Wheel to get some aerial shots, but we had our hands full as it was). No, when I was a kid at Coney Island, what I loved was the bumper cars (um, and the video arcade). All these years later, they still look pretty damn fun:

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1 comment July 19th, 2007 at 09:45am Posted by Eli

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More Coney Island Signageblogging

There really is a near-inexhaustible supply of weird signs chez Coney…

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Teeheehee!!! *ahem* Sorry.

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Captain America feels very strongly about the head-on bumping, because it makes Lady Liberty cry. I think it is very possible that his tragic assassination was the work of a shadowy head-on bumping crime syndicate.

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But what about head-on grinding?

2 comments July 18th, 2007 at 03:32pm Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Devilblogging

More from the funhouse. This is what it’s all about, right here:

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B&W closeup of the Dante’s Inferno devil.

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And here he is again with his little cackly friend.

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No self-respecting devil would ever be caught dead(?) without his pitchfork.

2 comments July 17th, 2007 at 12:22pm Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Funhouse Photoblogging

Now, this was what I vaguely had in mind when I decided that I had to get me some pictures of Coney Island before it got all updated and modernized: Lurid funhouse horror thingies!

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My desperate attempt to salvage a severely backlit situation. I think it ended up actually looking kinda cool.

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When zombies win Academy Awards.

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You can practically hear the deranged, cackling laughter. More on this guy and the hand he’s dangling from later.

July 16th, 2007 at 03:08pm Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Rideblogging

I got a bunch of great reaction shots from this one ride, which tended to flip people upside-down a lot. In the interests of space, I’ll just post my favorite one, plus a couple of context shots.

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Whee!!!

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This is kinda like Coney Island in a nutshell.

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Let’s take a closer look at that mural in the background. Mmm… topless robots…

July 15th, 2007 at 08:40am Posted by Eli

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More Coney Island Sign Blogging

The Coney Island signage just gets more and more bizarre and inexplicable…

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Apparently courtship rituals are very different here. I won’t even comment on the implication that a big hot dog is a better attention-grabber than flowers…

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I wouldn’t even know where to start. (You may need to click on it for a better view)

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Umm… yeah. Please remember that I merely photographed it, and am not responsible for it in any way.

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I have no idea what the Happy Landings has to do with anything, but I was very alarmed by the revelation that clowns are so dangerous that they can only be fed by robots.

July 14th, 2007 at 01:28pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging,Weirdness

Random Coney Island Photoblogging

Just some more photos with no unifying theme:

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Looking up at the tent over the ride… whatever it was.

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Apparently, to not get a punching puppet is to postpone joy. I have postponed my joy indefinitely.

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You might have to click on this one to see the little bits of stuff hanging down from the yellow part at the top. Those are people’s heads.

2 comments July 12th, 2007 at 07:17pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Coney Island Arcade Photoblogging

You know, it’s a shame Fellini never discovered Coney Island…

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GAH! Suddenly I totally get why people are scared of clowns.

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Wholesome fun for the whole family! You know, the thought occurs that there is probably more than one of these things out there…

3 comments July 11th, 2007 at 11:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Coney Island B&W Photoblogging

And yet still more fun at Coney Island…

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Some kind of swoopy, spinny thing. I liked the curvy lines.

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Close-up of the giant Coney Island ferris wheel.

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The ferris wheel again. I almost never do the special filter effects, but for some reason it just felt right.

July 10th, 2007 at 08:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Inexplicable Coney Island Photoblogging

This will probably not be the last sampling of the bizarre and inexplicable from Coney Island; after all, the bizarre and inexplicable is pretty much why I wanted to take pictures there in the first place.

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Ah yes, of course, animals you associate with the Himalayas: polar bears, penguins, and… frogs. (Yes, I am aware that the Himalayas don’t have polar bears or penguins either, but they’re not nearly as incongruous as a giant green frog)

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I have no idea why this ride has little Regency-era vignettes painted on it.

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The ride doesn’t bother me, it’s the fish with human faces in the background…

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This is just a good overview of the general visual chaos in this particular subsection of the overall amusement complex. I especially like the goofy dragon on the left.

July 9th, 2007 at 06:17pm Posted by Eli

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Coney Island Bee Blogging

You know, I think giant anatomically-correct bees would actually be less scary…

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Maybe it’s the hands, and their little blue gloves…

4 comments July 7th, 2007 at 02:51pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging

Coney Island Signage Photoblogging

One of the great things about Coney Island is the lurid and/or inexplicable signs scattered all over. Here are some relatively mild samples, so as to start you off slowly:

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Apparently Chuy is the Wolf Man.

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Coney Island’s surrounding area is perhaps a little bit run-down.

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What.

July 5th, 2007 at 07:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coney Island,NJ/NYC,Photoblogging


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