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Coney Island: Lost and Found Paperback – March 1, 2004
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Detailed hand-drawn maps trace a century of amusement park history.
Includes posters, programs, and tickets from past and present.
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Author Charles Denson hits the right balance with both his superb history of America's original "Playground" and his personal reflections on growing up in the shadow of a myth. Coney *was* changing along with America in the 1960s. Much of the change was harsh and relentless. Poverty and greed bred crime and desolation. Coney Island, more vulnerable than most Brooklyn neighborhoods to the ebbs and flows of capricious fortune, became a victim to the times.
The author aptly outlines this decline and recent rejuvenation with such skill that (unlike other "neighborhood" memory/history books) one can "taste" the vitality of the arisen "Phoenix" known as Coney Island.
Almost as good as a Nathan's frank and a bag of fries, sitting in a boardwalk "pavillion", watching the summer fireworks. (Or maybe skating in Abe Stark and going to the Tilyou for a matinee?).
Just an afterthought...
I thought I was the only one on earth who remembered "Al" the "Good Humor"-man...
To Mr. "Coopey" (of the immortal "Coopey's Corner"), who's recommedation here on Amazon prompted me to buy this book... You'll never know how many children's souls you touched and made smile. A THOUSAND blessings!
Charlie R,...(who broke his leg at age 6 on the monkey bars in the "little" playground next to 2928 in 1964)
I was amazed upon first opening Denson's book - for some years I had been photographing the "leftover buildings", as I knew them - faceless, nameless structures from the old days of Coney, unsure of their histories, but endlessly fascinated by them. Charles Denson cleared up most every mystery for me, documenting the pasts of these previously anonymous remnants. For this, I cannot thank him enough. Even further, he has included photographs that he took over a lifetime, of demolitions, which are heartbreaking, but informative, to see. It's as if he's putting his private treasure trove of images out for all the world to see, which, really, is a great gift. I owe him many thanks.
The layout and sequencing of the book is perfect, arranged in a timely, appropriate manner. Unfortunately, it is a very fast read, but not due to a shallow treatment of its subject - rather, that it is such fascinating material, handled with enthralling interest. One can feel Denson's pride and joy in Coney Island - it practically radiates from the pages.
This is one of the few books that I'd recommend buying even if one doesn't have the chance to view it first - it would be well worth three times the asking price. It is a truly landmark reference book on Coney Island - although it's a delight, it's accurate, respectable, and quite sincere, as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of great information about this fascinating American icon.Published 4 days ago by RENEE Q YANCY
My grandparents lived in Coney Island. When I was a kid, I spent every summer there. Reading this was like a walk down memory lane. Even re ember some of the people mentioned.Published 4 months ago by Lois
This is a good book, in my opinion, which gives a history of Coney Island with some great pictures and text. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Frank J. Degennaro
Growing up during the same 50's/60's era as the book's author, I can wholeheartedly say, I wish I too had been able to spend my childhood days in Coney Island - instead of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by lplynn
This is an excellent book. It is so well written with lots of photos.Published 15 months ago by Sue55
Great book on an era gone by. Interesting info not everybody knew.Published 15 months ago by hot flash
With a great deal of humor and fabulously informative facts... Charles Denson really hit the nail on that head! Bound to be a great best seller!!!Published on July 14, 2013 by Melinda Sanders