Coney Island


Coney Island and

Coney Island Creek

photograph by Farooq Ahmed

Coney Island, today both a complex residential neighborhood and a beachside tourist attraction for out-of-towners and city dwellers alike, was once the site of magical amusement parks like Dreamland, which collapsed into the ocean following a 1911 fire and was only recently rediscovered beneath the waves. Lesser known is Coney Island Creek, two unconnected inlets that once comprised the body of water that made Coney Island a true island. Today it is the mysterious, toxic final resting place of whaling ships, motor boats, and one homemade yellow submarine. Read more here.