Coney Island Handball


Summer is winding down here on the east coast and one of the iconic sounds of summer in New York City is the sound handball on concrete and asphalt. I don’t know what the statistics are, but if you wander around New York City long enough you’ll start to notice that most parks have multiple handball courts. Somewhere in history of New York, handball managed to become the local sport of champions.

Earlier this summer I took a couple of day trips out to Coney Island and just below the boardwalk, right off the beach is a large slab with about 10 handballs courts. Most of the courts were active when I started to record, and pace of the games slowly began to ramp up. The US Open has nothing on these handball players.

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Recording Geek Note:  All the crazy handball was recorded with a pair of DPA 4060s tracked to a Sony PCM-M10 with a Sound Devices MP-2 as a front end.

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Michael Raphael September 16, 2011