Coney Island Notebook


A Look Back at the Coney Island of Yesteryear:

A Museum of Family History Video Presentation


See  Boarding School Girls Visit Coney Island in 1905! 

See "Fatty" Arbuckle at Luna Park in 1917!

See the Coney Island of the 1940s! 

Hear about the History of Coney Island in Yiddish (with English subtitles)!


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.



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 YouTube.


Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Buster Keaton in the film "Coney Island." The clip shown features Beautiful Luna Park in 1917.  From YouTube.


"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


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.

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