Playground of the World: Coney Island’s Beach after Hurricane Sandy

By November 12, 2012blog
ooking southeast from Coney's boardwalk on an unexpectedly natural looking landscape

ooking southeast from Coney's boardwalk on an unexpectedly natural looking landscapeLooking southeast from Coney’s boardwalk on an unexpectedly natural looking landscape.

The beachscape at Coney Island once included dunes (from The Century Illustrated, 1880)The beachscape at Coney Island once included dunes (from The Century Illustrated, 1880)

An adventure playgroundAn adventure playground.

Setting aside the terrible human loss, pain & destruction wrought by the storm, there was a moment on the beach at Coney Island, a few days after the storm, where it seemed possible that our contracting new world – one stalked by global warming – might turn out ok, as the kids ran the suddenly wild-looking beach looking for treasure amid the dunes as they might have a 100 years ago.