Dreary weather didn’t stop NYers from enjoying the Fourth on Coney Island

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CONEY ISLAND, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- Left over puddles on the Coney Island boardwalk were the only remnants of what was a dreary start to the 4th of July weekend.

The famous Luna Park games and rides like the Thunderbolt stayed open despite the nasty start to the holiday weekend. Dark clouds didn't stop Denise Soto from picking a good spot on the sand.

"We're New Yorkers...we can get through anything," she says.

For the few who decided to brave the chilly water lifeguards were on duty keeping a close watch, though many opted to stay on dry land with blankets and sweatshirts.

On a hot day, Coney Island can see up to 120,000 people playing waterside, something Sharon Fortis took into consideration as she traveled all the way down from the Bronx early Friday afternoon to enjoy time with her family building sand castles.