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FREE See what Coney Island used to be!

Updated: Sep 08, 2009 16:00
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Today, Coney Island is the best New York beach for seeing old ladies with leathery skin in two piece swim suits and eating something you’ll regret. (Last time I went, my friend gave us explicit instructions not to let him eat at Nathan’s). While it’s still difficult to find towel space on the sand, back in the day it was physically impossible. Coney Island’s beach was so full of people that it was like Times Square on New Year’s, in a way that didn’t make you want to shave off your face. If you’re making the trek down today, check out the Coney Island History Project for FREE. The exhibit has old timey-photos and the original bell from Dreamland Park, so you can see what Coney Island used to be before “Shoot the Freak” was the main oddity. Today is also the last day of the Coney Island Rockabilly Fest, and there’s a pin up contest at 2pm. And when you’ve had enough sitting on the beach and giggling at the cop on John Deer tractors, go get a snack at the food carts near the flea market, unless you’re set on some good old American indigestion.

Coney Island History Project
1208 Surf Avenue
Monday September 7, 1pm to 6pm

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.