Coney Island September 2014

Started our day at the NYC Aquarium

Started our day at the NYC Aquarium

After the wedding, Koen and I had a couple of days to explore NYC. Last year we didn’t have time for Coney Island because it was too far from where we were staying, so we wanted to make sure to go this trip. I am so happy we planned it in. Coney Island is unbelievably beautiful and iconic. It was like walking onto a movie set. The sunny weather also helped! Because we were staying in Park Slope in Brooklyn, traveling to the bottom of the borough didn’t take too long. We started our day at the NYC Aquarium. Then we walked along the boardwalk until we found the original Nathan’s Famous that opened in 1916. If you don’t know, the hotdog was invented in Coney Island in 1870, so of course we wanted to have hotdogs for lunch! After lunch we went back to the boardwalk for a cocktail to-go, which we enjoyed on the pier. In the photos you will see the amusement park, but it is only open on the weekends after the summer holiday. Because it wasn’t so busy, we had a nice, relaxing day!

Another interesting fact about Coney Island – it evolves from the Dutch name for it Konijneneiland. Konijneneiland literally translates into Rabbit Island. It was so named because the island was full with many different rabbits, and rabbit hunting was very popular on the island.

After Coney Island, we headed to Manhattan for dinner. We were in the mood for sushi and ate at Mikaku in Chinatown. The San Gennaro festival was still going on in Little Italy, so for dessert I indulged in a cannoli!

I wish I remembered all the names of the fish!

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

They grow their own coral!

They grow their own coral!

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

Watching the sea lion show

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

NYC Aquarium

 

The Coney Island boardwalk

The Coney Island boardwalk

 

New York Aquarium Mural

New York Aquarium mural

 

Working out

Working out

 

First glimpse at the Wonder Wheel, built in 1920

First glimpse at the Wonder Wheel, built in 1920

 

Paul's Daughter

Paul’s Daughter

 

Nathan's Famous

Nathan’s Famous

 

Brooklyn Beach Shop

Brooklyn Beach Shop

 

Ruby's Bar & Grill

Ruby’s Bar & Grill

 

First spotting of the original Nathan's Famous

First spotting of the original Nathan’s Famous

 

Countdown to the next hotdog eating contest

Countdown to the next hotdog eating contest

 

Nathan's Famous

The original Nathan’s Famous

 

Hotdogs!

Hotdogs!

 

I ordered a large Coney Island Lager...it was really large..

I ordered a large Coney Island Lager…it was really large…

 

Koen also ordered a large Coney Island Lager!

Koen also ordered a large Coney Island Lager!

 

View from the pier

View from the pier

 

Relaxing with my frozen cocktail on the pier

Relaxing with my frozen cocktail on the pier

 

We loved this lounge piece in the middle of the pier - I think we laid there for at least half an hour!

We loved this lounge piece in the middle of the pier – I think we laid there for at least half an hour!

 

Coney Island

 

Our view

Our view

 

My sunburned feet from the wedding

My sunburned feet from the wedding

 

Taking in the view

Taking in the view

 

Coney Island

 

Coney

Coney

 

View of the other side of Coney Island

View of the other side of Coney Island

 

To the Cantina for one more cocktail

To the Cantina for one more cocktail

 

Coney Island

 

Coney Island

 

Coney Island

 

Coney Island

 

I love Koen

I love Koen

 

Putting our shoes back on to leave

Putting our shoes back on to leave

 

Passing through San Gennaro in Little Italy on our way to dinner

Passing through San Gennaro in Little Italy on our way to dinner

 

Mmm

Mmm

 

Mikaku for sushi

Mikaku for sushi

 

Mikaku

 

Mikaku

 

Searching for cannolis

Searching for cannolis

 

San Gennaro

 

Cannoli for dessert!

Cannoli for dessert!

 

 

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