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Now for only a 2 dollar subway ride, Coney Island had been a summer destination for New Yorkers for over 200 years trying to avoid the hectic pace and heat of the city. The resort town has been threaten with gentrification but still has been able to keep its urban working class charm. Mermaid's get ready prior to the start of the 2013 Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Saturday June 22, 2013. Brooklyn, NY, USA.