“The pier was swept away in a big storm in the eighties but Nathan’s, which was Robert’s favourite place, remained.
Normally we only had money for one hot dog and a Coke. He would eat most of the dog, and me most of the sauerkraut.
But that day we had money for two of everything.
We walked across the beach to say hello to the ocean, and I sang him Coney Island Baby by The Excellents.
He wrote our names in the sand.”
Patti Smith, Just Kids. 2010