CONEY ISLAND - THE POOR MAN’S PARADISE
Nicknamed the “poor man’s paradise” or Nickel Empire”, thousands upon thousands of people would flock to #coneyisland in the hopes of riding the world’s first roller coaster (1884) or visiting one of the many festive rides, acrobatic or #freakshows . There was even a pair of Arabian white horses that used to dive off a 60 foot pole into water.
-Over the years, Coney Island had two major fires that burnt down the boardwalk and amusement parks, and the advent of cars, TV and airplanes took the interest away from Coney Island. CI went through a period of total fucking sketchiness, which led to rumors like, “walking in the stand and you’d be sure to get stuck with a needle”.
-In 2005, Mayor Bloomberg and several NY politicians announced a $83 million renovation to Coney Island that would improve the boardwalk, amusement park and aquarium. I remember visiting in college and seeing all the signs of Thor Equity selling all the land. The area was downtrodden but still living, we had Coney Island motorcycle gangs, old school tattoo parlors with all sorts of proud CI freaks and shitty homemade SHOOT THE FREAK games with a paintball gun and a kid running around in a paint suit being paid $40 for the day to get shot in the ass. -Coney Island sure has changed a lot, even in my lifetime but it has and always will be one of my favorite places in the world. Make sure to come in a Friday (where there are free fireworks at 930pm) and come to what is one of the best places in the world!
The guy who took this picture( Ken) is 73 and a 46er. Hopefully when I’m 73 I’ll still be able to hike at that age. He said it was nice talking to me and said “ I’m sure you’ll pass me on the way down young man” . For the record, I didn’t catch up to him 😂
"You have had many great sadnesses which have now passed by ... But I ask you to consider whether these great unhappinesses did not rather pass THROUGH you. Whether much within you has not changed, whether somewhere, in some part of your being, you were not transformed ... If it were possible for us to see further than our knowledge reaches, and a little beyond the outworks of our intuitions, perhaps we should bear our sadnesses with greater assurance than our joys. For they are the moments when something new enters us, something unknown to us; our feelings, shy and inhibited, fall silent, everything in us withdraws, a stillness settles on us, and at the centre of it is the new presence that nobody yet knows, making no sound." ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
With only 3 hectares (~7.5 acres) of Riesling in all of Mosel dating back to 1900 (or earlier), a wine like this is pretty special. And @stein.wein is a pretty special winemaker. From just 1,200 vines on a very steep slope referred to as “Hell,” Ulli’s production of Alfer Hölle totals only 400-500 liters. If you consider yourself a Riesling fan like us, this is an absolute “must buy” wine. And a perfect pairing for today’s sun and heat. Crisp, light, dry, fruity, deep, complex and lingering. We’re here 9am-8pm today, and only a few bottles remain. #steinforpresident#ullistein#stein#riesling#summerofriesling
News from @thepeninsulanyc!
They are celebrating the 30th Anniversary with a curated art exhibition celebrating artists who were prominent in the 1980s.
The exhibition, installed throughout the public spaces of the hotel, features a collection of original works of Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Barbara Kreuger.
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Late night behind the scenes tours of whisky distilleries. Thanks a bunch to Iron Smoke Distilling for your hospitality and amazing bourbon. If you’ve never tried it, check them out @ironsmokedistillery #upstateny#westernny#exploreny#tourlife