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img_8204as.jpgWhat a great summer weekend I just had…on Saturday I kicked it old school at the Village Voice Siren Music Festival at Coney Island. The weather was nice and hot (I like hot weather) and lots of cool kids took the train out from the LES, Williamsburg, Bushwick, and yes, even New Jersey. Apparently some bands played as well but I didn’t pay attention because the line-up this year was the wackness. There were lots of cuties with great summer outfits cruising the boardwalk and hanging on the beach however, so that’s where we spent most of our time. Then on Sunday I took the high speed ferry to Sandy Hook, NJ and had a full-on beach day. Sandy Hook is an amazing barrier island with a nature preserve that sits at the mouth of New York Harbor – it also has the oldest lighthouse in the United States.
Speaking of old, the Coney Island amusement park area has been around for ages – the Wonder Wheel ferris wheel was built in 1918, for example. While the three most famous rides have Landmark status and cannot be touched, much of the land that the other rides and concessions sit on has recently been sold and may soon be going through massive changes. It’s barely changed at all in the 10 years that I’ve been in NYC…but if you want to see it in all its funky glory, this summer may be your last chance to do so. The airbrush artists, carnival games, haunted houses, hot dog stands, pina colada vendors, and t-shirt stalls – this may all soon be swept away in favor of chain restaurants and shops. Then all we will have left are our photos and our memories and we’ll sound really old when we talk about how cool it used to be. xoxo eddie

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