This is a history lesson and a trip down memory lane at the same time. Written and photographed by a Coney-Island native, nearly 500 illustrations help tell the tale of the famed vacation spot. Special sections featuring fabled rides and amusements, advertisements for long-bone bathhouses, collectible postcards and souvenirs, and artwork by contemporary artists contribute to making Coney Island - Lost and Found a compelling and personal look at one of New York's most renowned neighborhoods.
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