Thousands celebrate the Fourth in Coney

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Boadwalk strollers: Thousands of people from around the world flocked to Coney Island on the Fourth of July to relax at the beach, scream on the rides, and maybe even chow down on a Nathan’s hot dog.
Sea of people: Thousands of people escaped the 90-degree heat this Fourth of July by taking a dip in the water.
People’s Playground: Luna Park reopened for the Fourth of July despite concerns about the Astro Tower being unstable.
Bird’s-eye view: Coney Island was packed on the Fourth of July as thousands of people from around the world celebrated America’s birthday at the world-famous destination.

Coney Island was the place to be on the Fourth of July this year as thousands of people from the borough and beyond came out in droves to celebrate Independence Day Brooklyn-style.

Holiday revelers didn’t let Thursday’s 90-degree heat stop them from relaxing on the beach (if they could find an empty spot) and going for a spin on the rides at Luna Park (which was open despite concerns that it might be closed for the Fourth due to reports that the Astro Tower was swaying in the wind).

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record at Nathan’s Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest by chowing down on 69 franks and buns in 10 minutes, the Cyclones faced off against the Aberdeen IronBirds, and the day came to an end as the crowds enjoyed a fireworks display from the Boardwalk.

Updated 10:12 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

diehipster from Actual Brooklyn says:
Ah, nice story about "real" Brooklyn and real Brooklynites. Refreshing as opposed to the 100 stories about the same hipster flea markets and craft ale smorashburgs. Nobody cares about that.
July 8, 2013, 7:57 am
Verne from Avenue V says:
A July 4th story on July 8th. Nice, BP!
July 8, 2013, 12:14 pm

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