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Pink Thing Of The Day: Jigglypuff Game Prize

Jigglypuff Toy
Photos By Gail

How cute are these little guys? If you are familiar with the Pokemon species, then you know this round, pink creature is called a Jigglypuff. This past summer, Jigglypuff was available to win as a prize at various carnival games found at Coney Island’s Luna Park. This plush toy is about the size of basketball.

Jigglypuff Toy

Pink Thing Of The Day: Giant Pink Banana Game Prize!

Pink Banana Carnival Prize
All Photos By Gail

Close to the end of every summer, I make my annual Friday evening pilgrimage to Coney Island to walk on the boardwalk, explore the rides and games at Luna Park, eat a hot dog, watch the freaks, and check out the amazing fireworks show!

Pink Banana Carnival Booth

After a short while spent observing the scene, you will start to notice folks lugging around various huge, oversized stuffed toys they’ve won playing the games. This year, the Giant Pink Banana was a popular prize for several of the games!

Pink Banana Carnival Booth

Look how cheerful he is! Pink Banana!

Pink Banana Carnival Prize

Let’s Go: Coney Island Summer Friday Fireworks!

Boardwalk at Dusk
All Photos By Gail

If you haven’t been out to Coney Island yet to see the Summer Fireworks, then don’t forget that the Friday of Labor Day Weekend is your last chance to experience the magic until they start again next June! So, you must plan your trip right now. Let’s go!

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Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008 at The Brooklyn Museum

Cyclops Head
Cyclops Head from Spook-A-Rama (1955), All Photos By Gail

Two of my most-memorable adventures of the summer of 2015 were a Saturday afternoon, and a Friday evening, that I spent having various types of crazy fun at Coney Island, Brooklyn — which is truly a magical place where there are endless wonders just waiting to be discovered. I just love it there. If you are also fan of Coney Island, then I hope you had the chance to see Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008, which, sadly, just closed at the Brooklyn Museum this past weekend.  

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Coney Island’s Luna Park Created in Lite Brites

Coney Boardwalk Lite Brite
All Photos By Gail

We made the trek to Coney Island last Friday evening to take in the penultimate Fireworks show from right on the beach — an appropriate way to celebrate the end of what has been a fantastic Summer! We had time to kill before the show started though, so we had fun eating at Nathan’s and cruising the shops, including the Lola Star Gift Shop, which is located on the Boardwalk just east of Coney Island Pier. Hanging up high on the wall, right behind the cash register, we could not miss this large Lite Brite recreation of Luna Park.”Is that a Lite Brite?” I screamed excitedly at the sales lady. “Yes!” she screamed back. “It’s the biggest in the world!”

Luna Park Lite Brite Store DisplayLuna Park Lite Brite Store Display
“Be Here Now”

And so I had to take a picture, or two.

“No photos allowed anywhere in the store!” another sales lady shouted at me. But it was too late: I had taken the photos, and many others actually also.

While we do not believe that the Lola Star Luna Park Lite Brite is in fact the World’s Biggest Lite Brite, we did  hear somewhere that this piece was originally designed for and displayed by Hugo Boss, but we have no proof that that is so.

Lola Star Gift Shop