Today’s theme is “Red”. Red is for Ruby’s Bar and Grill, which (as you can see) happens to also be red. There was an epic battle to save this place, but alas, this is the last year it will operate. Open for 76 years, Rubin (Ruby) Jacobs took over this bar in 1975 and filled it with photographs of old Coney Island rides, Frank Sinatra on the jukebox and local old-timers inside (tourists generally sit outside). The developer (bastards!) wants to “clean it up” and change the whole flavor of the boardwalk. People held rallies, signed petitions, etc., but all they managed was an extension through the current year’s season. The deal allows them (and seven other beloved businesses) to stay open this year as long as they promise not to fight eviction in November. I’m still hopeful that something can save them (like Landmark status or a good lawyer). Story here:
I’m adding a B&W version because Coney Island without Ruby’s will be like life without color.
Note: you do NOT want to go to the bathroom here. Ever. Just trust me on this.