Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

What better way to celebrate July 4th than to visit Coney Island for Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest?

I visited Coney Island back in 2007, back before this blog existed, and enjoyed some of the very varied food that is for sale on the boardwalk. I started out at Nathan's in honor of today's hot dog eating contest. I'm not a big fan of hot dogs, but this place is classic. I wish I knew they had frogs legs, lobster rolls, and clam chowder before I ordered from the outdoor window that only served hot dogs.
Cheese Fries
Contest Stage
Besides from Nathan's, Coney Island had all sorts of other interesting food.
Classic Sign
Sheesh ka bob
soft ice cream
Hey Joey
Ruby's Bar and Grill
Grill House
Ralph's Italian Ices had a stand set up on the boardwalk.
Ralph's Ice's
Over the past few years, Coney Island has been going through some controversial redevelopment. A company named Thor Development has been buying up property and evicting the occupants in order to build mostly condos and a few new rides. In 2008, Coney Island's Astroland park had it's last season. This food stand from the park has since been removed. The famous rocket on the roof was once an early simulator ride and has apparently been bought by a Coney Island history museum.
Astroland Rocket
And what visit to Coney Island is complete without a ride on the historic Cyclone Roller Coaster after eating the boardwalk's food?



I was here a year or so ago and their hot dogs are really good. coney island is decaying tho it needs a major revamping

woofboy111 said...

I sort of like the decayed look of Coney Island. It's like it's an amusement district on the opposite end of the spectrum from Disney. I'm all for them reviving Coney Island though, as long as they keep the same general feeling that it has now, and as long as they don't build condos/hotels instead of the rides (which I'm assuming probably will happen).


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