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Created 1-Jan-12
Modified 10-Aug-21
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Images of Coney island from December 30, 2011. It was a ridiculously mild day, with plenty of folks out and about. Dominant languages were Russian and English, in that order.

Coney Island is world-famous for its beaches and amusement parks, three of which are on the National Register of Heritage Sites. It is also home to the NY Aquarium. An easy destination these days, CI has undergone many changes in the past couple of decades. It is (yet again) slated for a major rezoning battle, and - curiously - is the site of one of only two gated housing communities in NYC (Sea Gate).

All pictures taken with the Leica M9 and 35 'Cron ASPH. The center weighted light measurement of the Leica helped with the contre-jour captures, to a degree. It was a bit of a test regarding DR - my Fuji S5 or the Sony A900 probably would have done a bit better. However, the 35 ASPH lens being what it is, there is exceedingly fine detail in these files, the texturing of each plank of the boardwalk is highly pronounced for example.

Thomas H. Hahn
Ithaca, NY
Rollercoaster, with a wooden rail bed, dated 1920s (National Historic Site)Boardwalk at sunset, looking west IBoardwalk at sunset, looking west IIReflections off the wall of the old rollerskate buildingConey Island bird man (he claimed he was appointed by the city to feed the birds)Bath house with playgroundTexture of the boardwalk (it is under repair in some places at present)Sandwalk - Boardwalk ISandwalk - Boardwalk IIRuby's Bar and GrillThe ArcadesLeft alone - an architectural landmark, featured in a film with Hugh Grant and Sandra BullockArches and maritime themes dominate this interesting structureLeaving the blue skies out of it ...  Terracotta facade of the "Dreamland Roller Rink"Elaborate plaster and tile frescoes adorn the facade and east side of the buildingWindow detail - note the sea shell theme (boarded up, and plastered over at one point, too)A community garden, surprisingly, occupying an empty lot west of the preceding historical landmarkThe old Parachute Tower dominating the "skyline"Homeless person, enjoying the mild temperaturesHomeless person, basking in the afternoon sun