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Coney Island (Sunset Edition)

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I gotta say, despite my pretty good experience as a traveler, catching a sunset is something I’ve never actually thought of doing along my trips. Unbelievable. How come, is something I can’t wholly comprehend.

That’s why the sunset I told you about in one of my posts from NYC, a week or so ago, was actually the first I caught purposely. But I’m sure the idea came from the oneI caught by chance a couple of days before, during my visit to Coney Island.image

I’ve already said before I love New York since I was a kid and hadn’t even been there yet. That’s because I grew up watching American movies, and still do for that matter. This is also why I knew pretty well the Manhattan map even before my first time in NYC, since I used to study it and admire it, dreaming of the day I eventually could make it to the city.

Anyway, one of the first movie that gave me some glimpses of the city I was starting to dream of, was “The Warriors“. For all of you guys that might not know this movie, well…my first suggestion is go see it immediately. Even if the image it makes you see of New York isn’t one of the best. Yet, the movie is a cult.

Just to be clear, the film doesn’t show you the New York of the wonderful lights, beautiful landscapes, skyscrapers and skylines. Rather the New York of the gangs in the 70s and the war they used to fight. If this isn’t enough, the movie is all shot at night along, say, not the most recommendable parts of the city, at least at that time.

Cutting to the chase, the Warriors of the movie is a gang from Coney Island that after a huge gangs meeting in the Bronx gone wrong, has to make it back home. It’s a long travel if you have in mind the NYC map. Anyway, that’s where the myth of Coney comes from. Eventually they made it, and Coney Island is the set of the last scenes of the movie.image

The thing is, I don’t know exactly why, but you can still breath the retro style decadence I came to know seeing  those glimpses of the Coney Island of the Warriors.

That being said, it was a damn coincidence I was there two weeks ago, at the exact moment the sun was setting. I just wanted to get back see one of the places I like the most in New York, which for some reason isn’t so beaten. Plus, I wanted to go see Brighton Beach, which is, say, the Russian part of Brooklyn. Nothing really particular to see there, except for a lot of Russian shops, but again… I read too many books. So if John Corey hangs out in Brighton Beach to whack his Russian pals, I gotta go get an idea of what we’re talking about. Anyway, it happened I was right there at the right time, and the light was great. So is the camera of my Note 5. These pictures are the result.image

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Gianluca

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New York City Sunset

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You know, it’s striking me how hard is for me trying to find the words to describe all the vibrations and sensations I’ve been feeling in this City these past days.

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Being this my third time in NYC for me, I had decided that I would have taken it easy this time. Well, it didn’t work out very well. Too many things to see. So I walked a lot, as usual.  Miles and miles around the city.

Then my foot got sore, and I’ve been limping the past two days. That’s why after a morning spent attending a service in Harlem, I was home today.

Until it occurred to me that if I hurried I could make it to Battery Park to see the sunset, which today was supposed to be at 4.41.

Limping all along the way, I made it. Definitely worth it.

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Gianluca


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