The story of the origin and growth of Coney Island is spiked from the start with colorful anecdotes about its ways and days. Hot days were not always the trade mark of Coney Island. Starting out as a high-class beach resort, the island Island subsequently passed through several ras, each no less starting than its forerunner. Craft and dirty dealings which could always be found at Coney originated with the election of one Mr. McKane as constable of Gravesend Beach. Almost from its beginning, the Island has been an invitation of lewd ladies, gamblers and racketeers. Of course, the ""level"" of sin has raisen or fallen with the era, but categorically it was sin. Many legends about unique and perennial Coney characters have appeared through the years and are told humorously with warmth and sarcasm. The developmental history is punctuated with chapter headings like Splendiferous, Pugnacious, Prodigious- which mark off one incident from another. The book is, by and large, a chronological collection of incidents characteristic of their time. Had the detailed account of early real estate machinations been dispensed with, the story would have been less cumbersome.