[Mom – September 29, 2019 – What a fun day we had traveling by subway to Coney Island! Our day started when we walked out of the Hotel Pennsylvania and looked up at the Empire State Building. Not far from there was the original Macy’s store. Then off we went to board the subway to take our 47-year-“young” son to eat Nathan’s Hot Dogs and ride the rides at Coney Island. We rode the Wonder Wheel (ferris wheel), shot zombies, rode the Cyclone (roller coaster), and took a walk on the boardwalk. Then we got back on the subway for a visit to the 9/11 memorial. It was beautiful and very moving. We loved seeing it at night! Back on the subway again and off to Little Italy for gelato and cannolis at Ferrera’s, an Italian bakery and cafe which has been around since 1892. One more subway ride and a couple of blocks walk and we were back at Hotel Pennsylvania ready for a good night’s sleep to prepare for tomorrow’s adventures!]
If you read my mom’s Facebook post above about our time in New York City, you would think going to Coney Island was just for me and all my idea. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact it never occurred to me to suggest it since I did not think they would enjoy the seaside amusement park area. Boy was I wrong. Mom really want to go, so off we went. She loves ferris wheels, so I said she had to try the Wonder Wheel, which is historic site. The best part of this ferris wheel is that every other car moves in a little track as the wheel goes around. I told them to look back for a picture right before the car slide in its track. I loved the look on their face of surprise as we were moving unexpectedly. Priceless.
Coney Island is a throwback to a bygone era that most of us have heard about through various movies and TV shows set in New York City. In the mid 1800’s it became a seaside resort for the richer people in the city when it would have taken hours to get there. By the late 1800’s railroad tracks linked it to the city and the masses could get there quickly and cheaply and that is when the amusement parks, freak shows, hot dog stands, and other standards today showed up.