Good Old Coney Island: A Sentimental Journey Into the Past : the Most Rambunctious, Scandalous, Rapscallion, Splendiferous, Pugnacious, Spectacular, Illustrious, Prodigious, Frolicsome Island on Earth

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Fordham Univ Press, 1957 - History - 358 pages
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Coney Island is more than a national institution: it was probably the most celebrated amusement resort in the world. This book, by a man whose family helped to build the Island's fantastic reputation, presents its lively and nostalgic history. Touched with sentiment, occasionally with acid, it is frank, outspoken, sometimes biting, but always imbued with humor. This new edition of McCullough's book includes an introduction by Brian J. Cudahy, who has written extensively about New York's waterways and subways, and an epilogue by Michael P. Onorato, a retired history professor whose father managed Coney Island's famed Steeplechase Park from 1928 until its closing in 1964. Thus, McCullough's story, which ended in 1957, is brought up to date for a new generation of readers.

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User Review  - ElizabethChapman - LibraryThing

Originally published in 1957, a revised and slightly expanded version of Good Old Coney Island was released in 2000. The subtitle of this book makes clear what it is about: A Sentimental Journey into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jamie638 - LibraryThing

This is a rollicking history of Brooklyn's playground for the masses that actually started out as a seaside resort for the rich. There are plenty of interesting anecdotes about the various politicians ... Read full review


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Page 8 - ... them. It is nothing more or less than a stretch of interminable whitebrown sand, hard and smooth and broad, with the ocean perpetually, grandly, rolling in upon it, with slow-measured sweep, with rustle and hiss and foam, and many a thump as of low bass drums.
Page 23 - I went regularly every week in the mild seasons down to Coney island, at that time a long, bare unfrequented shore, which I had all to myself, and where I loved, after bathing, to race up and down the hard sand, and; declaim Homer or Shakspere to the surf and sea-gulls by the hour.
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About the author (1957)

Edo McCullough was raised on Coney Island.

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