dreaming + drinking on coney island

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

I’m not sure what it is about Coney Island; it’s just a magical place. Even in the winter, when it’s empty, almost desolate, and even a little bit sad. The emptiness allows for you to use your imagination, to picture what it must have been like in the past: the beach dotted with modestly dressed sunbathers and their brightly coloured umbrellas, long lines of children waiting not-so-patiently for the carousel, barrel-chested spielers barking at passersby about the spectacle that is soon to begin at the sideshow. Oh, to have a time machine.

Since a time machine is out of the question – for now – I’ll take Coney Island as it is: dripping in character, haunted by over one hundred and thirty years of history, constantly evolving into something new.

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Regardless of the time of year, busyness of the park, or amount of imagination required to enjoy the show, there is one constant: damn good beer. When in the area, a stop by Coney Island Brewing Company for a pint and a local’s point of view is a must. The beer is delicious, the space is bright, and there’s always someone sitting at the bar with a Coney Island tale to tell.

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island Brewing Company - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island Brewing Company - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

 Coney Island Brewing Company - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault

Coney Island Brewing Company - Global Dish - Stephanie Arsenault