More Coney Island, more color.... especially mixed with the smell of coconut oil and fruity suntan lotions!
Coney Island has been under siege for a while. Like much of NYC, this area is a prime target for the ubiquitous gentrification vultures who cannot wait to "sanitize" the beach, amusement park and boardwalk into a higher-end gathering place for, well, "higher-end clientele"...
In the background, you can see Ruby's Bar and Grill, a Depression Era fixture. Ruby's, along with other boardwalk shops and concession stands, was slated to disappear. The Parks Department is pushing to have the wooden boardwalk turned into either plastic, concrete or both. Thankfully, Ruby's was granted a stay of execution - it has just signed a new 8-year lease and has opened it's doors again last week after a renovation.
The gritty NYC of yore is long gone. Progress is inevitable. But let's stay vigilant to ensure our few remaining gems don't fall victim to shortsighted profit thinking and corporate greed. NYC has already lost too much of its soul.
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