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Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008

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"Called "America's playground," Coney Island is a world-famous resort and national cultural symbol that has inspired music, literature, and films. This groundbreaking book is the first to look at the site's enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century, to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses, with the eventual closing of its iconic amusement park, Astroland, in 2008 after decades of urban decline. How artists chose ...

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Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008
2015, Yale University Press, New Haven

ISBN-13: 9780300189902

Hardcover

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