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A Coney Island History Lesson, Hidden in Photos

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“As Coney Faces Change, Arts Venues Rush To Exhibit Photos of Amusement Area”
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 25 February 2008

By Henry Stewart
Special to Brooklyn Daily Eagle
CONEY ISLAND — As residents, developers and the city duke it out over Coney Island’s future, artists, curators and editors are looking back to its past.

Photographs of the storied amusement area, showing the neighborhood both as it is and once was, are on display across the city in museums, bars, galleries and on the pages of magazines.

“It’s an excellent time to revisit the history,” said Patrick Amsellem, the associate curator of photography at the Brooklyn Museum and organizer of the show, “Goodbye, Coney Island?” running through early April.

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Photo courtesy Brooklyn Museum; artist unknown
Modern 1947 Coney Island, 1947; Gelatin silver print, Sheet: 11 X 14 in. (27.9 X 35.6 cm)

Written by Henry

February 28, 2008 at 8:33 pm