Coney Island, New York - Jogger on Boardwalk
Eyes occluded by her blue hat, a woman jogs on the Coney Island boardwalk in a street photograph from Brooklyn, New York. The setting is the nearly empty Coney Island Boardwalk. Once the site of a vibrant amusement park that catered largely to New York’s working and middle classes, the area is a poor echo of its former glory. Surrounding the remnants of the boardwalk and piers are public housing and other signs of blight and decay. Built for the 1939 World’s Fair, the Parachute Drop stands as a monument of a time of greater optimism, even in the midst of the Great Depression, for the future of the United States. Now, the boardwalk stands as a nearly empty shell propped up by momentum and state funding.