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Here’s a little story about weather photos. Will you indulge us for a second?

So, we send our photographer, Paul Martinka, to the beach yesterday, you know, for the standard, “Wow, it’s hot out there” photo.

No biggie.

And Martinka sends back a few photos — crowded beach shots, crowded Stillwell Avenue station shots, ice cream vendor stuff, men-playing-football topless shots, etc. It’s good — and we’re not afraid to tell you that we were really enjoying Martinka’s cavalcade of Coney carnality.

And then we got to a series of photos of women in bikinis.

These were good shots — nothing we haven’t seen before, of course (hey, we’ve been doing this for a while).

And then we got to the shot of the women holding a thermometer.

“He did it!” editor Vince DiMiceli shouted. “Martinka did it! The guy’s a genius.”

“Better than that,” editor Gersh Kuntzman added. “Now it’s not gratuitous cheesecake — it’s a news photo!”

So let the record show, at noon on Thursday, the temperature in Coney Island hit 90.

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Captain Obvious from Flatbush says:
Here's a news tip. When you're writing about a photo, make sure you include it in the story.
June 10, 2011, 5:46 am
he can't tell obvious from oblivious says:
Uh, Captain, picture is above and if you click on the link, it gets bigger. (Double entendre intended.) The real problem is the banner advertisement is coded to always appear frontmost, so it covers up the larger photo.
June 10, 2011, 11:06 am

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