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Coney Island: A “Sun-baked Melting Pot”

Winter is over, and many people, New Yorker’s included, will hit the beach this Memorial Day (weather-permitting) to kick off the summer. The beach is a great place to get away from the daily grind, kick back, and relax. New York City-born, and raised, photographer Aaron Rose has spent more than 60 years exploring it, but only began showing work in the 1990s. Rose’s images of sunbathers and boardwalk-walkers in Coney Island, “In a World of Their Own: Coney Island Photographs by Aaron Rose,” are currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York through Sunday, August 3, 2014. “[The exhibit] shows New Yorkers in an unusually carefree environment, pushing bounds of privacy,” says Susan Henshaw Jones, the Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York in a statement about the exhibit. “Rose’s photographs capture the vibrant and diverse mix of races, ethnicities, genders, and body types that create the city of New York: a literal ‘sun-baked melting pot.”

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