Winter on the beach in Brooklyn

Visiting Coney Island may seem like a crazy idea in December but I had such a great afternoon there last week.  It takes about 90 minutes on the subway to reach Brighton Beach from Harlem, it’s all part of the experience! It was not very cold for a December day, no snow in New York yet. But it was definitely cold enough to keep most of the tourists away, which was a bonus. 

I knew that Brighton Beach was heavily populated by Russian immigrants. Most came to NYC in the 40s and 50s. What I didn’t expect was to hear the Russian language almost exclusively. In fact, I tried to have a conversation with several of the elderly people who were out for a stroll on the boardwalk and several knew no English at all. This really shows how big and tight of a community it is and it really enhanced the timeless feel of the experience for me.

I quickly decided to shoot in B&W because there was very little color and I found monochrome fitting with the dreary Winter day. 

The amusement park at Coney Island was shut down for the season but crooner’s Christmas music was streaming from the speakers on the deserted boardwalk. It was quite an eerie atmosphere. So try to imagine Bing Crosby singing “I’ll be home for Christmas” as you look at the photographs below 😉

Overall, it was one of the highlights of my week. Something new and unexpected in New York City and I love to be surprised!

I hope you enjoy this post, very different in nature from the previous one. Just another day in NYC as seen through my lens. Please leave a comment!

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23 thoughts on “Winter on the beach in Brooklyn

    • Thanks Yuri!
      I actually hate watermarks and this is merely an experiment. I’ve been seeing a lot of copyright infringement on my work lately. Interestingly dishonest people are also lazy, the watermark is often still present! I talked with a copyright lawyer who said that removing a watermark is highly reprehensible and a sure lawsuit if anyone really wanted to pursue it. Not my intention when it’s petty theft, it’s not worth my time and energy. But it’s interesting to see people still using my images as their own…

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      • Thats disrespectful but on the other hand, whatever we put out there online – its all up for grabs. Shame people can’t find the decency to at least acknowledge you as an original source of a photo…:(

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  1. I Love these images Valerie 🙂 I haven’t been to Coney Island for about 30 years. If you follow the coastline about 35 miles east thats where you will find me most of the summer at Fire Island or some of the other awesome Long Island beaches.

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  2. As one who has “been there and done that” you definitely captured the essence of the
    scene.
    There are a great number of wonderful photography books about Coney Island.
    Most of them paint a very different picture from yours.

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