Coney Island and the New York We Left Behind

Michael VenutoloMantovani
Age of Awareness
Published in
7 min readFeb 5, 2020

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Photo by Ben Hershey on Unsplash

The photo has hung on every refrigerator we’ve shared as a couple. Eight-by-ten and glossy, its white paper frame grows more yellow with each passing year.

There she is, her hands white-knuckled around the safety bar, her upper body almost doubled over as if that might provide some protection should the Cyclone’s old white wood finally snap after almost a century of fun. Her eyes are…

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Michael VenutoloMantovani
Age of Awareness

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