Coney Island’s new must-Instagram spot

“Summertime” by Crash.

Martha Cooper

“Untitled” by Dface.

Martha Cooper

“Untitled” by John Ahearn.

Martha Cooper

“Are you being there” by Shantell Martin.

Martha Cooper

“Out to Live” by Chris Stain.

Martha Cooper


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.

Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hailey Clauson.Gregory P. Mango

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…

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