Mira Rookey, 27

Coney Island beach

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Mira Rookey

Mira Rookey Photograph by Jay Muhlin

"When I was a kid I was afraid of spiders. I got made fun of a lot at school—they nicknamed me Spider. The fear has faded, but the name stuck."

What are you up to? I'm visiting Coney one last time before they take down Astroland.

Sentimental, eh? I cried when I heard it was closing. I used to come here all the time as a kid.

"When I was a kid I was afraid of spiders. I got made fun of a lot at school—they nicknamed me Spider. The fear has faded, but the name stuck."

What are you up to? I'm visiting Coney one last time before they take down Astroland.

Sentimental, eh? I cried when I heard it was closing. I used to come here all the time as a kid.

Were you goth then, too? I've been wearing black since I was five. Usually I wear horns and wings, too. Not feeling horny today? [Laughs] Nah. It's unwieldy in the wind.

It's unusual to find a goth woman on the beach—is the parasol to protect your pallor? Yes. I actually lived in Hawaii for a year, which is where I learned to use one.

Where do you live now? Boulder. My husband and I wanted to raise our kids in a place with a little more nature. But I love New York. I come back every year no matter what. I've come back here with so little money that my husband and I have had to sleep under a tree.

At the rate apartments are going up, we'll all be doing that soon. Do your kids wear black? I'm picturing babies in goth onesies. No, they're very normal. We let them pick their own clothes. My daughter is into it—she dresses in black. But she's heading into middle school, so we'll see if that changes.

Ever scare any school parents? I used to get that "you're gonna eat my children" look, but I think they know now that I'm pretty normal.

What will you miss most about Astroland? Probably the grungy, punky feel of the place. You just don't find that in the Generica we live in today. Oh, and Grandma—that old, old, old arcade machine with a very scary-looking lady in it. You put in a quarter and it spits out a fortune.

Did she give you one today? Yeah— she told me I'd find love. Which is a little late, since I already did. She's really old, though, so we'll allow her that.—Kate Lowenstein

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