Coney Island Memorial Day Visit

Posted on: May 31st, 2011 at 12:04 pm by

Coney Island is always a great spectacle to behold, but Memorial Day proved to be even more entertaining. Overall crowd response to the new Luna Park and Scream Zone rides seemed positive, with long lines queued for the Slingshot, Steeplechase, and the Soarin’ Eagle. And of course, the Cyclone which warrants numerous rides per summer for team Boogie.

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That said, it was the pier which most attracted our attention. Despite warnings to the contrary, and the overbearing presence of NYPD personnel, dozens of teens leaped from the bannisters, plunging upwards of twelve feet into the water. One after the other in quick succession, like an invasion force of paratroopers simultaneously jumping from planes. The overall danger notwithstanding, it was organized chaos. But there was nearly a fatality, as one boy jumped but couldn’t swim. Thankfully two others rescued him before the surfboard lifeguard arrived.

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Here’s some video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxsX2piMBx0

And a quick slideshow of choice photos:

On another note, it is in Coney Island that Bowery is considered a street.  And for all the most up-to-date Coney news, be sure to check out Amusing the Zillion.

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