Pandemic blamed for thin July Fourth crowds at Coney Island
Coney Island usually draws thousands of people for the July Fourth weekend, but things are a lot different this year due to the pandemic.
Yvette Harrison-Bado says she has many memories of her days at Coney Island as young girl. However, it is a different experience this year.
"I can't believe that I got room to sit, I got room to walk, because 20 years ago you came to Coney Island on this day…you couldn't move because it was so many people," she says.
Many residents also took to the beach while still practicing social distancing.
"I see people respecting the rules and it makes me, my family, and I think…everyone else around us feel more comfortable," says Maggie Karabanik.
Maya Haddad-Miller has managed the Brooklyn Beach Shop for eight years. While her business opened back up, she says it's not the same.
"I've been down 75 to 85 percent daily, and my neighbors are feeling the same thing, for those who have been able to open,” she says.
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