Karaoke on the Boardwalk

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Photograph: Luciana Golcman
Coney Island Boardwalk
Free
No matter how seasoned a New Yorker you may be, there’s no denying the magic of Coney Island’s iconic Wonder Wheel. And let's face it: After a long week of work, we’ve all wanted to belt out “More than a Feeling” to a bunch of transient strangers. Why not combine the two with Karaoke on the Boardwalk? Karaoke is the great equalizer of nighttime activities—great singers will share the stage with really, really terrible singers—and the backdrop of the Wonder Wheel (seriously, you’ll be singing in front of the Wheel itself!) only adds to the midsummer magic. Come to think of it, the carnival atmosphere of Coney might just be the perfect place for karaoke, period. There are no judges, and if you bomb, nobody is going to care, because 30 feet away there’s a roller coaster full of screaming tourists. So if you’ve been hesitant to dip your toes in the NYC karaoke scene before, this’ll be the place to start.
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