Road Trip: Coney Island

In Film, Travel, Urban Exploration
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Last month I was able to tick a box off my bucket list as I spent a day in Coney Island New York. Coney Island is part of Brooklyn, which as the years have passed recently I’ve totally fallen for. If it makes me a bit of a hipster I care not, I’ll take a wander in Brooklyn any day over Manhattan. Even though my travels have taken me to Brooklyn a few times over the past couple of years, Coney Island has alluded me. Until this summer. I had found my perfect Coney Island travel buddy ( who is also a wonderful pola photog, artist, all around best bud)  and bonus! she likes my kids. Of course my kids came with me, and they freaking loved it.

I knew I had to go to Coney Island after I read Just Kids by Patti Smith. I think it’s safe to say that I wanted to go there before that, but I read that book and I REALLY wanted go. If you’ve never read that book, I highly recommend. It’s a memoir/love story set in New York in the 70’s.

I will say that I have a magnetic like attraction to things that are old, run down, odd, spooky, haunted.  Throw in a boardwalk, a little Moulin Rouge like flare, A whole lotta people from literally all over the globe, and that’s Coney Island. With Hot Dogs. It’s just awesome.

I loved hearing all the languages being spoken. I loved the energy. I loved how no one seemed to care about the heat.

It really is a photographer’s dream. And this is the place to bring film . Not that you can’t bring your digital. But there is a visual  language spoken here that only film can decipher. It’s just so good.




Coney Island was a dream for me, I’m so grateful that I had the chance to go.  Maybe I’ve inspired a trip for you too?  When you leave Coney Island and Brooklyn and get ready to cross the bridge, there is this sign that says  Leaving Brooklyn : Fuhgeddaboudit. I won’t be forgetting about it any time soon.

Here’s to more summery adventures!!


Audrey Amaro


  1. glorious! This was my dad’s childhood neighborhood, and it’s taken on epic proportion through stories and my imagination. I haven’t been back in SO long. Your photos really helped me feel I was there. xo

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