GOOD OLD CONEY ISLAND by Edo McCullough

GOOD OLD CONEY ISLAND

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from page 173 of the February 15th bulletin, as follows: ""The story of the origin and growth of Coney Island is spiked from the start with colorful anecdotes about its ways and days. Hot dogs were not always the trademark of Coney Island. Starting out as a high-class beach resort, the Island subsequently passed through several eras, each no less startling than its forerunner. Crafty 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 to lewd ladies, gamblers and racketeers. Of course the 'level' of sin has risen 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.

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1957
ISBN: 0823219976
Publisher: Scribner