A blazing afternoon sun beats down on Coney Island native Marie A. Roberts. In the shadow of Nathan’s Famous, a stone’s throw from the Cyclone, with the Wonder Wheel glistening in the distance and the smell of saltwater in the air, she gleans inspiration for her art.
Roberts’ almost-finished painting, due to be completed next week, is one of 32 large-scale murals at a summerlong project dubbed the Coney Art Walls. The colorful show, opening Saturday, features food trucks and live entertainment that changes every weekend.
Visitors Saturday can catch a freak show (supplementing the subway ride out to Coney) featuring a sword swallower and tattooed lady as well as DJs. New food vendors include Venezuelan street food via Patacon Pisao, Chick’n’Cone’s fried chicken in waffle cones, Southeast Asian-style tacos from Coney Shack, and twisted bar food (such as General Tso’s cauliflower) from the Hop Shoppe.
Another live treat: Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and reigning Mermaid Day Parade queen Hailey Clauson will be on hand to welcome the walls and their visitors. “Coney Island’s always a great stop on nice-weather days,” says Clauson, an 8-year Williamsburg resident…