We could see the rides and whatnot from the subway as we pulled into the station. When we got off the subway, we walked down to the boardwalk to see everything it had to offer.
On the boardwalk, as you can probably guess, are mostly shops and restaurants. There's also the rides, including the giant ferris wheel, some rollercoasters, and carnival games. Of course, the beach is right there too. I got some new sunglasses and instantly switched out the ones I was wearing with the ones in these pictures because I loved them so much. We also tried on some giant hats and I wholeheartedly regret not buying one.
We explored all the nooks and crannies around the rides. There was this cool spooky haunted house section, as well as lots of cool wall art. Everything was colorful and awesome.
After walking around the boardwalk a bit, we decided to stop and eat lunch. We chose this place called Tom's Restaurant which was like a little diner on the boardwalk. I had a roast beef wrap that was pretty good. It was a good place to get out of the sun for a bit since they had indoor seating, though they also have a little patio and rooftop bar. We took some outfit pictures on the boardwalk beforehand, too. I wanted to wear something somewhat theme-like. Something not super weird, but still a little bold and fun. I decided on this deep red and black striped dress. It reminded me of some sort of carny ring leader type of outfit.
After we ate, we headed over to what is called Art Walk. One of the shop owners (the one who I bought my sunglasses from!) suggested we check it out. It is this gated in section that has lots of different walls that kind of look like billboards and each one is painted by a different artist. It was really awesome! It was also funny because as I was posing in front of one of the pieces, these two guys decided to get in on the photoshoot. Such natural models.
I loved all the colorful patterned ones the most, but I think this criss-crossed, drippy one was my favorite.
|Dress: Forever 21//Shoes: H&M//Sunglasses: Lola Star Souvenir Boutiques//Lipstick: Colourpop Ultra Matte in LAX|
There were lots of other cool ones too, but another one that I thought was awesome was the giant boombox. I got really excited when I saw it. Of course, Chris and I had to pose in a sort of B-boy stance in front of it.
After the Art Walk (we spent a good amount of time hanging out in this area), we decided to head back to the city. We decided to check out this amazing bookstore that I had heard about. Actually, a book I read in my Young Adult Literature class called Dash & Lily's Book of Dares somewhat took place in this store. When I realized it was actually a real store in the city, I knew I had to go there. They sell both used and new books, as well as a ton of awesome book-related gifts. I ended up getting a mug that I love that has a bunch of shelves of books on it and written in small letters on the bottom of the back it says "lost in the stacks". Perfect for a librarian. :)
After we tortured Chris by spending hours in this store, we headed to the Nintendo store near 30 Rock (Good God, Lemon) which is where he really wanted to go. I couldn't stop humming the 30 Rock theme while walking around there, by the way. By the time we were done there, it was into the evening and we decided it was time to head back to the train station and go home. We had a fun day of exploring, and I'm glad that I finally made it out to Coney Island. Definitely something to cross off the bucket list!