Who remembers the ballgame played under the boardwalk? It was similar to stoop baseball using the “spaldeen.” The ball was thrown as hard as possible against the concrete beam (Bays 6+ where there was sufficient height). Two fielders tried to catch it on the fly before it struck the sand. If it dropped before the first fielder, it was a single, if it dropped at the first fielder it was a double. A triple was at the third fielder and a homerun past the second fielder. It probably was the fastest version of stoop baseball and used a field perhaps 10 feet in length. Herbert Dubno Brooklyn, in the 50’s
I remember how hard it was to walk on the boardwalk without shoes when you would go to the concession stands..ouch…ouch…hot ..hot..we would watch the fireworks on tuesday night by Bay 13…we would sit on the boardwalk and watch the people and ride in the wicker chairs. When I was older we would makeout under the boardwalk..hahaha…oh what fun.
When I very young in Coney Island, I would go to the Boardwalk with my grandmother, who was originally from Roumania. Some of the merchants on the boardwalk were gypsies; my grandmother told me to stay away from them because they would steal small children. This terrified me but not enough to mitigate the fascination their exhibits generated in me…memorable was a bird, (I think a mynah or parrot) that hopped the length of a stall and picked the correct card. There were also strange contraptions that people were pushed in…I never did but always want to get in….