Sunday 7th September – Monday 8th September
New York City, USA
Want to lie on a beach within a few miles of Wall Street? Want to ride a Ferris wheel from the 1920s or an up-to-the-minute roller-coaster? Want to eat weird and wonderful fairground foods such as corn dogs? Then you need to go to Coney Island!
We rode the F train from our local subway station south for about an hour, and reached this fun destination. It was a nice combination – not as faded as Whitley Bay, not as knowingly-ironic as Brighton (and with a real beach, with actual sand!) and not as tacky as Blackpool. The boardwalk was wide and spacious, and there were plenty of food options available, including Nathan’s, home of the original hotdog.
I have been desperate to try a corn dog (a hotdog, on a stick, coated in corn batter and then deep-fried) since the first time I read about them on my favourite food blog, Iowa Girl Eats. She allows herself one a year, so I reckon I have a life-time’s worth of catching up to do! So, I made a start… delicious!
On Monday afternoon, we experienced a different side of Brooklyn, in the oh-so-trendy Williamsburg, where we had brunch, followed by a stroll around this lovely, leafy area, which is heavily populated by cafes and restaurants.
Pier One, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Sadly, we didn’t have tickets for the US Open men’s final on Monday evening, so we opted for the next best thing – a large screen in Brooklyn Bridge Park, showing all of the coverage. The perfect excuse for a picnic! And free picnics (along with blankets and baskets) were indeed provided, courtesy of the sponsors, American Express.
(Simon tells me that I can’t take my picnic basket home with me – via Australia, New Zealand and Japan – even though it is incredibly cute. However, this cruel denial does provide me with an excuse, albeit flimsy, to mention that my suitcase on the way over here weighed under 13kg, a fact that I am incredibly proud of!)
We topped the evening off with a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge, back to Manhattan. Beautiful!
Product/pun of the day
Have you ever felt that your crisps (US: chips) are just not green enough? Ever wanted more puns with your snacks? Then look no further. (From my favourite shop in the world, Trader Joe’s!)