The future of Coney Island is in the balance. Organizations from the Municipal Arts Society’s “Imagine Coney Island” to the City of New York, to Joseph Sitt’s Thor Equities to Charles Denson’s Coney Island History Project are trying to figure out what is best for this much beloved amusement area at the edge of Brooklyn. For the past four years, students of the Urban Memory Project at various Brooklyn high schools, including: The High School of Telecommunications, Arts and Technology, Brooklyn School for Global Studies, and the Secondary School for Research, have been trying to figure out the same thing. Visiting the neighborhood in rain and shine, winter and summer, their images capture what they believe to be the heart of the community’s history and appeal. As Astroland comes down, not to reopen this summer, the students’ images present the Coney Island they grew up with – a bit tired, at times overlooked, and still engagingly colorful, compelling and fun.
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