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Public Radio International Host John Hockenberry Picks a Favorite Roll: Coney Island

John Hockenberry in Coney Island

As part of the run-up to next week’s Jane Jacobs Forum on The Walkable (& Rollable) City, we asked walkers and wheelchair-users to share some of their favorite–and least favorite – walks and rolls around the city.

For Public Radio International (PRI) host and forum moderator John Hockenberry, a favorite excursion combines “train and terrain.” He goes “down the rabbit hole” to the Q train and comes out “in a different land.” The last part of the subway ride is actually above ground, like “a fabulous limo” through the outer boroughs. At the end of the line is Coney Island, where John takes in the Bearded Lady, pauses at a Turkish grocery store and hits the boardwalk for its expansive views of ocean and sky.

John observes that having a wheelchair can be an advantage, in that you stay on your vehicle and don’t have to lock it outside when you head into a restaurant or store. He’ll talk more next week about both the joy to be experienced and the pitfalls to be avoided when exploring the city in a manual wheelchair.