Whew, another fun day! We are really cramming it in each day, and today was no different. We walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, and then rode the subway to Coney Island. It was hot, so the bridge walk felt longer than 1/2 mile. And it took us awhile to find out how to get up on it!
The subway ride went quickly and we got off to a group of 12 police men and women at the bottom of the stairs. What?! This is normal?! It was dirty and there were broken pieces of floor, ceiling and gates all over, but it didn’t look recent. When we walked across the main street, we were disappointed to find that the amusement park wasn’t open – it was Tuesday, so it should have been open. We had lunch at Nathan’s and watched a day care group run rampant all over the outdoor restaurant. The hot dogs were okay, but Nate’s burger was better.
It was hot and I wanted to stick my toes in the sand and Atlantic ocean, so we walked down the boardwalk to what looked like a good spot. Ten feet into the beach, Nate and Eliza both found glass, so back on our shoes went! We walked all the way to Brighton Beach, and the people watching was amazing. There were a few young children, but it was mostly adults in their 70’s and 80’s with very little on. It looked like they had put Crisco on their skin to get a dark brown tan. They spoke loudly, and laughed louder. They looked like they came to the beach every day! We cut through the very old brick buildings to the subway, and rode back to Wall Street, then hopped on the ferry and rode around to Battery Park and home. Another fun day!