left: Tag along with a group of young ladies from Miss Knapp's
Select School as they spend the
day at Coney Island in 1905. From YouTube.
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in the film "Coney
Island." The clip shown features Beautiful Luna Park in 1917.
left: For many decades
the beach and boardwalk at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York was
the place to be on a hot summer day. There were also side shows and
amusement parks with plenty of thrill rides, not to mention Nathan's
famous hot dogs. See a YouTube video of the Coney Island of the
1940s and get a sense of how our family members who lived in the New
York metro area spent their time more than five decades ago. From
Middle right: "Coney Island, U.S.A."
(1952): "An impressionistic view of a day in the life of Coney
Island from the desertion in the early morning to the hysteria at
midnight. Commentary by Henry Morgan." From YouTube and
Bottom: A short 2012 Post-Sandy
film about Coney Island (in Yiddish, with English subtitles),
created by the folks at the Yiddish Forward newspaper in New York. A
mixture of old and more recent footage, it discusses the history of
Coney Island, etc. Found on YouTube.