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Last Summer At Coney Island


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  • Actors: Charles Denson, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Lynn Kelly, Carol Hill Albert
  • Directors: JL Aronson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: IndiePix Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00562PIJA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Coney Island is known throughout the world as the birthplace of the hot dog, the roller coaster and - broadly speaking - popular culture. But Coney Island is not what it used to be and the area has lingered for years as a specter of its former magnificence. Now, after years of false starts, change is coming to Coney Island. Come Hell or high water, the city of New York is determined to revitalize the once glorious, world capitol of amusements. Meanwhile, a private developer with dubious motives has been purchasing every square foot of land he can get his hands on. The neighborhood's residents, along with the amusement community and the millions who cherish Coney Island's legacy are left wondering what will happen next. Seaside salvation or Brooklyn boondoggle? History will decide but this film is the first draft. Last Summer at Coney Island juxtaposes images of the past and present with interviews and observed scenes featuring many of the key players in this transformation.

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Press JL Aronson s look at the battle over New York s playground lets both sides Thor Equities reps and Astroland-lovers alike speak, raising questions about commercial interests and social responsibility, the benefits and drawbacks of nostalgia and sentimentality, and the supposed inevitability of urban renewal. --NY Magazine Preview

Director JL Aronson's ambitious documentary, 'Last Summer at Coney Island' exquisitely portrays the ongoing push over the past few years to revive the gritty seaside amusement district as the bumpy roller coaster ride it's been.
--New York Post's Brooklyn Blog

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Junieque on September 24, 2011
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As a New Yorker who grew up basically at coney island, I was truly moved by this Dvd. It was informative, fun, historical and extremely emotional. I actually became sad as a result of knowing that an iconic place like Coney Island would close. I highly recommend this work to anyone who has either been to Coney or wanted to visit.
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By Luigi Facotti VINE VOICE on February 5, 2014
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An interesting insight into the history and the current/ongoing efforts to revitalize Coney Island. Unfortunately the politics of the latter occupy a goodly portion of the film with far too much time spent on filmed meetings of the council and individual responses to the intrusion of gentrification into what is now a pretty run down area. Would have been a better film if it had been edited by a third to remove repetition.
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This was rated on a feeling It was to local. I learned about the business owned by individuals in a amusement district. I was really looking for history as of pictures rides and when it was booming.
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I love old amusement parks and Coney Island is a just an icon. I had heard things about it over the past few years and wondered how it was surviving considering all the developers that I thought would be looking at that piece of land for condos and stuff. This documentary shows the tug of war between the developers and the folks that love the amusement area. It show the bungling of the development of the surrounding area with lots of low cost housing that was built there and areas that were destroyed for redevelopment and left as bare lots for years. Hopefully the amusement park will not shrink and will preserve the components that have made it legend.
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By norma jean kringer on September 29, 2013
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I've seen better histories on Coney Island. I was disappointed. It need further histories and better conclusions. PBS had a wonderful video. I wish I remembered the name of it.
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