Photo Essay

Real Coney Island Characters

The Fisherman

When we think of Coney Island we tend to think of the freaks & their shows. Usually a summertime day trip for New York City tourists wanting to feast on a famous Nathan's hot dog. Hipsters flock there to film their indie movies and photograph the decay of a treasure that Coney Island once was.

What we fail to think is that Coney Island boasts some of the best characteristics of New York City. On one end of the boardwalk we have Coney Island while at the other we have the Russian speaking Brighton Beach. This story summarizes just that. Portraits of normal people. People who call Coney Island & Brighton Beach home.

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5 responses

  • Michael Ellis

    Michael Ellis gave props (15 Oct 2009):

    Great series, wonderful portraits!

  • peter

    peter (Deleted) said (16 Oct 2009):

    a fascinating 'cosmos' of people ... my respect for your work

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (17 Oct 2009):

    What a refreshing viewpoint - my vote and gratitude!!!

  • margo sivin

    margo sivin (Deleted) said (18 Oct 2009):

    your summary of the project is perfect and the photos are great.

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (6 Dec 2009):

    Wonderful tribute to the universe's rustiest it so much.

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