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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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  • Who knew that Astroland was such a hot place for cool clothes?

  • Anonymous

    where dem Polaroids at sexy?

    hahaha

  • Hey – I don’t think I’m going to post the Polaroids I shot at Siren…which is too bad because there are several really cute ones. After looking at all of my photos from the day I thought the Polaroids and the digital looked too similar – so I decided not to post both.
    I may however do an all-Polaroid post at the end of summer. Sort of like “my favorite Polaroids of the summer” – so some of the Siren ‘roids will likely show up there if I do that. x

  • Black leather bustier is awesome. Also the girls in the photo at the top are adorable.

  • tali

    finally some truth to the rumors!!! was that the last siren? because if it was that was kind of a sad way to go. the line-up could have been wayy better.

  • Yeah the line-up honked this year. I mean Siren in the past has had Scissor Sisters, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M.I.A., etc. This year there was no one in the line-up to compare to those acts.
    That may well have been the last Siren – it remains to be seen. This is almost certainly the last summer for Astroland amusement park. I think there will be a reconstruction and reconfiguration of multiple blocks at Coney – so even though the Siren stages are actually in the street, who knows if those streets will even still be there? Plus if there is any sort of “luxury” property or hotel built in the immediate area the owners may not want a bunch of hipsters taking over for the day of the fest. As has happened in Times Square, it’s hard to clean an area up just a little bit – it seems that they always go too far and when they finish you can’t even recognize how it used to look.

  • love the black leather bustier…

  • Lindsey

    Wow, suddenly Coney Island is cool now that’s it’s getting torn down…

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