CONEY ISLAND

27 Aug

Two nights ago, Callum and myself boarded the Brooklyn F Train bound for Coney Island. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this amusement wasteland about 8 years ago. It was a dump then, and I didn’t expect that it was going to be any better the second time around. However, ever since seeing the movie “The Warriors” I’ve wanted to see the famous “Wonder Wheel” lit up in all it’s glory at night time. I’d also read that Coney Island’s famous rollercoater “The Cyclone” had been renovated, and the idea of chowing down on a Nathan’s hotdog and then throwing it up on The Cyclone wasn’t without its appeal.

We arrived at Coney island just before 11pm to be met with a darkened wasteland. The carnival had closed hours earlier and the Wonder Wheel was sitting in total darkness. We wandered the streets for a while and discovered that Nathan’s Hot Dog stand was still open. This infamous New York hot dog emporium has been dispensing low-quality food-stuffs at Coney Island for over 90 years and hosts a world-renowned annual hot dog eating competition. Just reading the menu was enough to make you sick – Cheese Dogs, New England Clam Chouder, Lobster Sandwiches, Corn Dogs, Deep Fried Frogs Legs…It was disgusting. Nevertheless, we decided to slam a couple of Dogs, washed down with some jumbo sized beers.

I don’t know if it was the beer or just my lust for watching people eat disgusting food-stuffs, but I decided to challenge Callum to eat a serve of New England Clam Chouder in exchange for  crisp $20 bill. He’s not permitted to work on his student visa, so the offer of an easy $20 cash-in-hand was impossible to resist. Please enjoy the following series of poor quality photos that I snapped on my aging Nokia mobile phone of a man force feeding himself some b-grade clam chowder.

Once Callum was satisfied that he could hold down the chowder, we boarded the F train back to trendy Williamsburg and retied to Barcade – a bar that’s filled with retro arcade games from the 1980’s that still only cost a quarter to play.

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