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The Brooklyn Museum Visits Astroland One Last Time

Modern 1947 Coney Island (1947) by UnknownCourtesy of Brooklyn Museum


Summertime is nearly here (please?), but Coney Island as we know it is as good as gone (to a Bloombergian plan to prettify and resort-ify this splintering boardwalk, home to crusty snake men, tiara women, and world-class eaters alike). The Brooklyn Museum has rummaged through its archives for a collection of Coney Island images — some newly found, some famous, some warped and tattered — for an exhibit provocatively titled “Goodbye Coney Island?” that closes this Sunday, April 6. Don't be surprised if you're inspired into a wave of pro-Coney activism. —Emma Pearse