Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Sunny Summer Sunday In Brooklyn's Coney Island & Brighton Beach

Oh, but for the joys of summer. This past weekend, bud Leonard and I took his jalopy for a Sunday drive to the southern beaches of Brooklyn for a consummate sunny summer stroll through Coney Island & Brighton Beach.

In 15 years as a New Yorker, this was only the second time that I've seen the historic sandy expanse that has been a favorite of weekenders since the 1830s. Last June, pal Val and I took the subway to Coney Island and walked the Riegelmann Boardwalk to Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Sheepshead Bay—where her mama grew up.

Leo and I were wise enough to park a couple miles from the beach, then took the D train to Surf Avenue, where our first stop was—what else—the original Nathan's Famous, which opened at that location in 1916.

Today, there are 234 Nathan's locations in all 50 states. Last year, Nathan's sold 425 million beef hot dogs... Chalk up four more to its 2011 total, as Leo and I built up our strength for the day ahead.Onward to the boardwalk...What's a day at the beach without hot guys, right?
Among the wonders of Coney Island is that while politicos persistently attempt to "modernize" the area, so many landmarks remain as they did 100 years ago. Much to say for cherishing the past.
To the beautiful pier, with boffo views of the sand and beachcombers...
Moving up the boardwalk to Brighton Beach and inward along the main drag...And home again... loving Brooklyn all the more...
 More views after the jump!