Views From Coney Island Lauren Welles, Gisele Duprez

“If Paris is France, then Coney Island, between June and September, is the world.”

—George Tilyou, 1886


Despite the incessant predictions of its demise, Coney Island continues to attract visitors of all races, social classes and ethnicities, who, seeking respite from their quotidian stresses and routines, come together and inject the veins of “America’s Playground” with its celebrated joie de vivre.


The “A Day at the Beach” project started in 2016. For only the cost of a subway or bus ride, people from all over NYC and the world make their way to the beaches, peacefully coexisting side-by-side and speaking multiple languages.


Start at the pier and listen to salsa music. Keep going and hear the screams and laughter from the amusement rides. Catch a boardwalk dance party and join in. Pass the promenade of Russians watching the world go by from prime seating along the boardwalk. Walk along the water and see people trying to keep cool in the summer.

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