Coney Island Journals

Freak shows and Hot Dogs at Coney Island

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A travel journal to Coney Island by travel2000

The Cyclone Roller Coaster Photo, Brooklyn, New York More Photos
Quote: This tiny piece of Brooklyn holds a special place in American History. I think it is one of the most unique social experiences in the US. I've seen TV documentaries on this place, but there is nothing like seeing it for yourself! Trust me on this on.

Freak shows and Hot Dogs at Coney Island

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Overview

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Falling 86 feet on the first drop at Cyclone, the famous rickety wooden rollercoaster. I felt my heart fly right out! Watching the crowning of the new Hot Dog eating champion. This is surreal territory. Passing by scores of freak shows, reading the signs (that's a definite highlight) then eating toffee apples while walking down the boardwalk. To top it all off, strip down to your bathing suits and sun tan with the fun and diverse crowd.Quick Tips: Obviously, summers are hot and very crowded. I was once there on July 4th, and it was wild! Actually, any season is a good one to see Coney Island. It has different atmospheres and you must see them all. If you do decide to go during the peak summer...Read More

Nathan's Famous

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Restaurant | "Nathan's Hot Dogs"

Nathan's Famous Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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This is the first Nathans on Coney Island. Pig out on hot dogs and fries and if you are there on July 4th, they hold an Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. This is no joke! This is a serious contest, with live television crews and police barricades and scores of fans and curious onlookers (like myself). When all is said and done, they crown the new winner, who then has a press conference and photo ops. I kid you not!!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2000

Nathan's Famous
1310 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11224
(718) 946-2202

Totonno's

Restaurant

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This is the famous Totonno pizza parlour. Though there is a branch on the Upper East side of Manhattan, this is where it all started. Totonno is apparently the oldest pizza parlour in Brooklyn. The pizza is served whole and on a raised platter. The crust is thin, it's baked in coal oven and supposedly the mozzeralla is homemade. I thought it was so-so, well, only because I think pizza in Naples, Italy, cannot be beat. But for the US, this is not bad. This place is a little further away from the boardwalk and main action. Just a short walk. Ask anyone local and they will direct you.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2000

Totonno's
1524 Neptune Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11224
(718) 372-8606

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks

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Attraction | "Coney Island Beach"

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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OK, let's get this straight first. This is no fine sand, clear water beach. BUT, it's tons of fun and the perfect place to people watch and sun tan at the same time. All kinds of people come here, and it's a big party. There is music, probably enough variety to satisfy all tastes although overlap of sounds is sometimes a problem. There are vendors hawking food, drinks and all kinds of merchandise. Kids play and run around all over the place, and there are probably enough languages spoken to sometimes think you are in a different country. The water is not exactly clean, but I took a few dips to cool myself off from the summer sun. So come here not for the beach, but for the experience. You won't regret...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2000

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks
Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11224
(718) 372-0275

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks

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Attraction | "Freak Shows"

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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These shows are really trailers set up along deserted dirt lots. I loved these shows, particularly the outrageous headlines that scream out at you and the ridiculously loud and colorful graphics. THE HEADLESS WOMAN...CRACK AND COCAINE...THE WORLD'S SMALLEST WOMAN...I love it! To get the whole story, check out my photos. Oh, the way it works is, pay the attendant the fee ($1 or more, depending on the outrageousness of the claim) and you just walk up to take a peak. The actual exhibit is sometimes disappointing and I was saddeded by some of the conditions. If you want a first-class show, go see the Sideshows on the Seashore. (See my entry on that in this journal.)

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2000

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks
Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11224
(718) 372-0275

The Cyclone Roller Coaster

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Attraction | "The Cyclone"

The Cyclone Roller Coaster Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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This is the famous Cyclone, a wooden rollercoaster built in 1924. I thought this was one of the best rollercoasters I've been on. Those rickety wooden carts are scary! Sit on the last row, and when you reach the peak and the carts in front start their descent, you actually feel you are lifted off tracks for a split second. Can you imagine that? Lifted right of the track and you are suspended in mid-air. You get bounced right back on the track while going straight down those killer drops. My heart flips out every single time. Those drops may not look that lethal when you check them out from the ground. But remember, these wooden carts rattle and shake at that high speed, so this is no smooth drop. I ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2000

The Cyclone Roller Coaster
Surf Ave At West 10th Street
Coney Islaned, Brooklyn

Sideshows by the Seashores and the Coney Island Museum

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Attraction | "Sideshow by the Seashores"

Sideshows by the Seashores and the Coney Island Museum Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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This place is a trip. Even the entrance with all the colorful signs brings you back in time. I've seen a TV documentary on this show and the people behind it and I was already fascinated. They do some crazy stuff inside. They eat fire, shove swords down their throats, charm snakes, have human oddities...all kinds of wierd crazy amazing feats. They have shows all day. This is the last of it's kind in the US. Check out their official website for photos and information.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 10, 2000

Sideshows by the Seashores and the Coney Island Museum
Surf Avenue And West 12th Street
Coney Island, Brooklyn

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