Mermaid Parade

Mermaid Parade

Boardwalk

Boardwalk

Shore Hotel

Shore Hotel

Hell Hole

Hell Hole

Parachute Jump

Parachute Jump

Mermaid Parade

Mermaid Parade

United States

Coney Island

1993 • Judging from the Coney Island website, the folks in charge are busy defending the honor of American pop culture by rebranding Coney as a cool getaway for people who live on the other side of Brooklyn. Twenty years ago, before social bragging rights were a thing, Coney was so beat it hurt. The Mermaid Parade was becoming an annual excuse to endure the interminable subway ride from Manhattan, and if you stayed close enough to the boardwalk, you could make believe it wasn't as tragic as it looked and smelled. But off season, when the rides were closed and the mermaids had all gone home to their tiny apartments in the East Village, you could begin to understand why "Requiem For A Dream" had to be filmed here. This place will always haunt the hell out of me. (video by stillborndecay)

Mermaid Parade

Boardwalk

Shore Hotel

Hell Hole

Parachute Jump

Mermaid Parade