Tuesday, September 6, 2011

RIP Coney Island

I rediscovered this 2006 photo of Surf Avenue in Coney Island that I forgot I had:

Surf Ave in the rain

Link to larger version.

Just about everything in the photo is now gone, as you can see in this Google street view of the same block:

View Larger Map

And, this time next year, I expect the buildings won't be there at all.



  1. So sad!! The Henderson and the Shore Hotel are gone. Thankfully, the only building in immediate danger is the Grashorn Building on Surf Ave. So great seeing you out there! Hope to make it a couple of more times out to the Boardwalk before everything closes. Booo!!

  2. Wow, what a difference five years makes! I'm glad you got this photo, at least we can still look back. Not much fun looking forward these days.

  3. Makes me thinks of Elizabeth Bishop's wry, sad One Art:

    ..."The art of losing isn't hard to master.

    Then practice losing farther, losing faster:

    places, and names, and where it was you meant to travel ..."