Coney Island, one of our favorite places of all time, is a hot bed of literary inspiration. From shoot the freak to the cyclone, Coney Island experiences have provided us with days of discussion, documentation, and creative motivation.

Coney Island, 2008. Documented on film by the Literary Lady

Many artists including Robert Mapplethorpe and Patty Smith have connected with this beloved place. In our search for historic documentarians of New York, there is no one who has created more powerful images of Coney Island than today’s literary lady, Diane Arbus.

Diane Arbus b. March 14, 1923 d. July 26, 1971

She once said, “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” We encourage you to keep this quote and her photos in mind while you seek out fodder for your literary life.

Two Girls in Matching Bathing Suits, Cony Island, NY, 1967
Girl Emerging from the Ocean in Curlers, Coney Island, NY, 1963