Born in the USA
Trip Start Jun 29, 2010
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Coney Island is brilliantly trashy with various old rides and funfair attractions. My favourite funfair game was "Shoot the Freak" which was constructed in a dirty abandoned area between two buildings. Basically a poor summertime employee had to put on armour to become "the freak", then all the people playing the game got to shoot him with paintball guns. At this time I felt like a proper American as I stood there eating a corn dog on Coney Island, watching Shoot the Freak while listening to Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" on my iPod. After picking up my Official Redneck Association membership card I left on the subway back to Manhattan.
I sent Nick a quick SMS to meet up for a couple of farewell drinks in town. It was about finishing time from work and drinking beer is of course far more important than working anyway. Over a couple of beers (Sam Adams) I got a few travelling recommendations from Nick who had already been to a few of the places I'm going to. It's always useful to get recommendations for places to visit rather than just relying on guide books.
All in all it has been a great time in New York and I'm sure I'll be back again sometime in the future. There's always something happening in NYC and perhaps next time I might be able to stay a little longer.