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Coney Island: Lost and Found

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Growing up on Coney Island in the '¬?50s and '¬?60s, Charles Denson experienced legendary amusements and attractions like the Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, the Parachute Jump, and Steeplechase Park. In CONEY ISLAND: LOST AND FOUND, Denson gives us an insider'¬?s look at one of New York'¬?s best-known neighborhoods, weaving together memories of his childhood adventures with colorful stories of the area'¬?s past and interviews with local personalities, all brought to life by hundreds of photographs, ...
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Overview

Growing up on Coney Island in the '¬?50s and '¬?60s, Charles Denson experienced legendary amusements and attractions like the Cyclone and Thunderbolt roller coasters, the Parachute Jump, and Steeplechase Park. In CONEY ISLAND: LOST AND FOUND, Denson gives us an insider'¬?s look at one of New York'¬?s best-known neighborhoods, weaving together memories of his childhood adventures with colorful stories of the area'¬?s past and interviews with local personalities, all brought to life by hundreds of photographs, detailed maps, and authentic memorabilia. CONEY ISLAND is a heartfelt chronicle that stretches from colonial times to the island'¬?s heyday in the early 20th century and through its subsequent decline and revival, culminating in the 2001 opening of the new ballpark that brought baseball back to Brooklyn.‚Ä¢ Features 300 color and black-and-white photographs, including many never-before-published images.‚Ä¢ Detailed hand-drawn maps trace a century of amusement park history.‚Ä¢ Includes posters, programs, and tickets from past and present.Reviews"Evocative."-Newark Star-LedgerRecommended in "New York Bookshelf, Nonfiction" -New York Times"Charles Denson traces CONEY ISLAND . . . in all its glory." -Birmingham News"[A] crisply researched and tenderly rendered love letter." - St. Petersburg Times"Many delightful details assembled in the thoughtful and handsome" volume." -San Francisco Chronicle"Denson'¬?s CONEY ISLAND is a well-researched, passionate account of his neighborhood's decline and rebirth is an invaluable addition . . . to American history." -New York'¬?s City Limits
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580084550
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 429,255
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES DENSON has been art director of numerous publications. His work has appeared in New York Magazine, New West, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is the author of Coney Island Walking Tour: Map and Guide and lives in Berkeley, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    A Great Book!!!

    This book is a masterpiece. Well written and beautifully illustrated, it tells the story of Coney Island from the 1600s to the present. The author, who grew up in Coney Island, has an obvious passion for the place, but that seems to enhance rather than detract from his objectivity about it - he has studied its history and interviewed many people to learn as much as he could about the various forces that shaped Coney Island. Every aspect of this book - for example, the carefully written picture captions, the high-quality printing - shows great attention to detail - it's a class act. If you're interested in Coney Island, you'll want this book.

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