Rain or shine, Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn has so many different fun events going on. The rides and attractions to the games and restaurants, with other specials events taking place at the boardwalk. My friend and up and coming artist/ performer, Mikael Brusio invited me to Karaoke on the boardwalk to check out all the talent. Despite the rainy weather I am glad that I came by to see all the talented artist, who just came out to entertain and have a good time.
First karaoke singer that I captured was Lily who performed “My Immortal” by Evanescence. Her performance illuminated the boardwalk and singing ability caught the crowd’s attention. The next performance that I captured was a fun amateur version of the 1970 hit ” O-o-h Child” by Five Stairsteps sung by a local Brooklyn woman. The crowd, including myself sung along encouraging the karaoke performer on stage. Next up a soulful rendition of another 1970’s song by Joe Cocker, “You Are So Beautiful” performed by local Brooklyn man who goes by nickname “Danny”. Last performance that I captured and was waiting for before the sudden downpour was by Mikael Brusio, who sung “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars. Brusio killed it on stage during his performance, which is no a surprise to anyone who heard him before. Mikael is no stranger to the stage, being an experienced musical performer and artist who has roots in Coney Island. He performs here with other talented artist and faithful karaoke enthusiasts on the boardwalk right in front of the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island Lunar Park.
Before the karaoke fun and rain started I got my chance to conquer a fear of mine, to ride the Wonder Wheel even though I am deathly afraid of heights. I walked over with friend, Mikael who treated me to the ride and supported me as my nerves kicked in. We got in the white, metal cart which was completely enclosed in (to my liking) as the Wonder Wheel started up. When the cart got higher and higher I felt my fears melt away while I started taking selfies of my experience.
The Wonder Wheel made two slow laps around as I got to see Coney Island from a view I have never experienced before. Even when the cart started swaying due to the rainy weather and high winds I kept my cool as best I could. After the ride was over I felt so good that I finally rode one of the oldest and most famous Brooklyn staples that my family experienced many times before.
Sunday Funday on Coney Island Beach with amazing talented people, good friends, and courageous acts of overcoming lifelong fears. A day that I will always cherish and many more summer memories to come. Please share an amazing act of courage or fear that you have conquered or wish to conquer this summer. I look forward to hearing your story.