02.07.2016 - 02.07.2016
Woke up to a much more comfortable New York today. Although it was warm the sultry air was gone. They had forecasted super nice weather today, so what better to do than a trip to Coney Island?
We took the metro F-train to Coney Island, which took about 50 minutes. It should be added that due to maintenance the train did not stop at all stations along the way, but it still took 50 minutes. When we got off the train it wasn’t that hard to figure out where the amusement park was with all merry-go-around and roller coasters. And just next to it is a beach-walk at Coney Island Beach. From what I’ve heard about Coney Island I expected a big amusement park, but it wasn’t really that big. I had expected more. It hadn’t opened yet so my brother and I walked out on the pier reaching out in the water.
Here right next to Coney Island Beach is the famous Nathan’s which arrange the world famous Hot Dog Eating Contest every year on Independence Day on 4th of July. Unfortunately, Danny and I would not be able to be there and watch the competition since our flight departed only a few hours later. But it was nothing preventing us from buying hot dogs at Nathan’s anyway It had been cool to be there though and especially this year when they celebrated the 100th anniversary.
Along the beach walk you’ll find New York Aquarium. A park that is just what it sounds like; a lot of aquariums with fishes, seals, sharks, otters etc. During our visit they were rebuilding and large parts were closed for us visitors. As compensation all visitors got discount on their entry ticket.
After a few hours in Coney Island we decided to take the metro back to the hotel again. We stopped at a place selling Tacos and ate. Saturday ended with a drink at the Irish Pub – a John Doe this time.
On our way back to our hotel we see that Empire State Building is lavished with colors tonight. The new computer driven LED light system (can display up to 16 million colors) showed off a colorful show in red-white-blue colors, in honor of Independence Day. Now this we just had to see from the roof top bar at the hotel. Happy 4th of July Weekend everyone!