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Last Summer At Coney Island

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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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Product Details

  • 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: #264,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 tom on February 1, 2014
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half the show should have been setting up the history of the park with video of the original rides and side shows. instead, the whole production is about the proposed controversial revitalization plans. this could have been done in 15 minutes.
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The movie is just lovely it brings back memories back in the day when my parents were once kids joey S
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Vintage photos were great but there was too much time spent talking about unnecessary details.
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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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