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Coney Island X Smorgasburg

Of all places we think of when we think about glamorous beaches, let's be honest, Coney Island is not one of them.  But - it actually does have a lot to offer! 
This past weekend Márcio and I met some friends at Coney Island.
 
Dee & Gavin! 
First stop was the Original Nathan's, that opened in Coney Island in 1916! 
We just missed Nathan's famous hot dog eating contest, which has taken place every year since July 4th, 1916. Have to admit - I'm not that sad I missed this one. The idea of stuffing hot dogs in my mouth (or watching other people do the same), is not the most appealing 4th of July event to me. But, hey! To each their own.
 
Something new to Coney Island is Smorgasburg, a food market that we have only come across in Williamsburg Brooklyn, until now... We're super excited that Smorgasburg has made it to the Southern parts of BK. Coney Island is approximately a 20 minute train ride on the Q train from Ditmas Park - super easy to get to! The downside? It's always so crowded in the summer. However, Smorgasburg was not over saturated yet. I guess it's still "undiscovered". I was telling Márcio that we are the uber hipsters now. We found it first, we found it first! Let's see how long it takes for our new hidden gem to be discovered by so many of the other Brooklynites.  
We also had the opportunity to check out the Coney Art WallsBy way of defining terms, none of this is street art. These are murals completed by artists who are street artists, graffiti writers, fine artists and contemporary artists. In the middle of an amusement park, these are commissioned works that respond in some way to their environment by 30 or so local and international heavy hitters, and a few new kids on the block, comprising a 40+ year span of expertise. (Source - Huffington Post)
A few more fun shots below... 
P.S. I'm wearing the Dorchester T-Shirt Dress in Black in these photos. The fabric is super soft and it makes for a great beach cover up! Next time you hesitate going to Coney Island, think twice. What's your favorite NYC beach? 
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