Imagine a warm, sunny day on the beach. Kids and families are playing in the sand and surf, while loud reggae music and the sound of carnival rides mix with the waves crashing on the shore. Then, on the horizon, you see helicopters circling a small regatta of tug boats and pleasure cruisers. As the flotilla grows nearer, the silhouette of a space shuttle appears to be riding the surface along with it.
Such was the scene this weekend, as the NASA space shuttle Enterprise made its way past Coney Island en route to its new home aboard the Intrepid Air and Space Museum on the west side of Manhattan.
It was one of those "Only in New York" type moments, where a lot of things that don't normally go together suddenly appear and make perfect sense.