Photography: Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk 6/16/22

Last Saturday, I made the trek down to Coney Island for the 40th Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade. It was the first parade in almost three years — and because it was a beautiful (but kind of chilly) day, there was a pretty big crowd for the parade. Obviously, I have some photos from the parade, which you’ll see in a little bit.

In my opinion, the best part of the parade is the chaos afterwards. People are everywhere hanging out and enjoying the day and it’s a great opportunity to take quick portraits of everyday New Yorkers in all manner of costumes. But I was also transfixed by how the sky looked over us. It was oddly threatening but peaceful to me.