Today was Coney Island’s 17th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest and the weather was perfect. The competition, which lasted all afternoon, was open to children, adults and groups of all ages and skill levels.
The City Parks Department trucked in 50 mounds of sand, Astella Development Corporation provided cash prizes to the winners (top prize was $200) and dozens of beach-loving, suncreen-wearing New Yorkers participated.
Enthusiastic entrants created castles, creatures, monsters, mermaids, images of Coney Island itself … even a construction site belching smoke on the beach right next to the fabled Boardwalk.
Sand Sculpting Contest banner
Underdog & creator
Finishing the sleeping mermaid
Curled up next to her tail, the sleeping mermaid’s mer-cat
“Construction workers” at the site (please note the smoke)