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article imageOp-Ed: NYC’s sun worshippers kicked off summers’ start at Coney Island

By Hector Garingalao     May 30, 2011 in Travel
Brooklyn - New York beaches have always been the most visited locations during Memorial Day weekend. Hands down, one famous Brooklyn beach destination, which is no other than Coney Island, is New Yorker's cheap perfect getaway.
Brooklyn’s Coney Island is undeniably a perfect getaway from all that cramped city spaces that New Yorkers typically need to get away from sometimes. Getting to destination is even achievable by a subway train ride. No expensive airplane tickets needed, nor to involve the gas pump that remains unfriendly to anyone’s pocket. No need to worry about all that because historic Coney Island has now opened for the summer.
It is monumental that Coney Island’s remodeled boardwalk has paid off. Rightfully so, the newly restored $13.7M boardwalk deserved all praises from the community. In an NY Daily News report, NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe said, “New York City has one of the finest municipal beach systems in the entire world. In addition to the sand and the surf, there's food, amusement parks, sports, hiking trails, and it's all basically free.”
Lifeguards will be on duty from 10 am to 6 pm every day.
The new policy on NYC parks smoking ban, however, might be unappealing for smokers. Nevertheless, it is best for cigarette puffers to be wary of the ban’s implementation. After all, a $50 fine is provoking; considering that people should be able to value how cheaply it only costs them to have an affordable trip to the beach. Therefore, unnecessary expense is the last thing a beachgoer should want.
Another celebration that is worth mentioning is the resurrected Luna Park in Coney Island, which just turned 1-year old on the 29th of May, during Memorial Day weekend. The new Luna Park’s entrance is a replica of the original back in 1903. The new Luna Park was build up on the ground where former amusement park Astroland was. The latter closed in 2008. Admission to Luna Park is free, but the rides inside are not. Although for $30, anyone can buy an unlimited ride wristband. Even better, group rates as low as $13 are available. The park is open at 11 am until 1 am.
New York’s atmosphere, during the long weekend’s unofficial start of summer, is anything but unofficial. Understandably so, this past winter season was tempestuous to New York City. One blizzard storm after another was unbearable for New Yorkers. Now and for the rest of this summer, the people of New York more than deserve their ‘place in the sun’, literally.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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