Building Sand Castles by the Sea

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
Sand Sculpting Contest banner

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Underdog & creator

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Finishing the sleeping mermaid

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Curled up next to her tail, the sleeping mermaid’s mer-cat

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Construction site

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“Construction workers” at the site (please note the smoke)

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Coney Island castle

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King Neptune

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Two sand sculptors with their creation

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Sand sculptures along the Boardwalk

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Gargoyle

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Man in the sand

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Banner on trashcans

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Sea creatures

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Eagle over USA

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Alligator

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Little entrant shows off her creation

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Clown holding flowers

Bay News: Fairy tales still thrive in Coney Island
NY1: Sand Sculptors Compete
Astella Development Corporation
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

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9 Responses to Building Sand Castles by the Sea

  1. moi says:

    must be so much of fun creating these….i loved the ‘construction workers “..great collection, as always!!! 🙂

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  2. photowannabe says:

    What fun. I like that anyone of any ability can do their thing. Great shots and the construction one is clever.

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  3. Trotter says:

    Always loved to see these sand sculptures, which were much common in Portuguese beaches many years ago; not so much today, regrettably! And always admired the creators of those sand castles, as I wouldn’t manage even to create a match box…
    Beautiful pictures.

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  4. Olivier says:

    superbes cette serie de chateaux de sables, l’art ephemere, j’adore. il se passe beaucoup de chose sur coney island


    superb this series of sand castles, transitory art, I adore. it does without much thing on coney island

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  5. dot says:

    That’s really neat! I like the last one best.

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  6. Oh I loved these!
    Fantastic idea.
    Think my favourite one was the clown!

    D

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  7. Chuckeroon says:

    Tks for dropping in on R u T. LOvely to see the Coney Island sand castles. Gives you a warm happy glow. BTW…I think the small cafe is safe for the timebeing….as I said, it’s feeding well off of the big fish, and the road is pretty much fixed (no more space!).

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  8. Eric Levy says:

    I am the editor of a publication covering Coney Island–Astella Action News, published by Astella Development Corporation.
    Can I use some of your photos for our publication? I will give you photo credit.
    Thanks.
    Eric

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