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America's Weekend: Astroland's Final Days

Julia Barton

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Coney Island Dancers
(Diana Taft Shumate)
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On our website, there's a little feature called "America's Weekend via Flickr." It's a photomontage of snapshots tagged "weekend" and "america" on the photo-sharing service Flickr. Lots of pictures lately of awesome vacations in mountain ranges, late summer festivals, and sci-fi fans at Dragon Con.

One photo that caught our eye is of friends on the beach. And it caught our eye because that beach is Coney Island - you can see the defunct parachute jump in the background. Another big part of Coney Island became defunct last weekend after Astroland closed for good on Sunday, September 7. We talked to the photographer, Diana Taft Shumate.

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