Coney Island is my favorite place in New York.
It is a wonder wheel world.
I've been there several times and I have stirring memories of the port of crazy hope. I've seen the Mermaid Parade, I caught the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team and I heard an ex-girl friend who had relocated to Brooklyn say she would have married me.
You see strange mirrors at Coney Island.
One time I was at my friend Jill Richmond's (former member of the Aquanettas, the greatest New York City surf-rock band) wedding in Hoboken, N.J. and took the train from New Jersey to Coney Island. I recommend that journey for anyone who wants to get a quick feel of New York.
Singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys was born in 1943 in the Coney Island neighborhood......