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    Posted June 10, 2014 by
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    "Coney Island author, Charles Denson-Lost and found..

    I had the wonderful experience of meeting a great Coney Island author and artist, Charles Denson. He moved with his family to Coney Island's first hi-rise housing project in 1956 at age 3. As a teenager he started documenting with words and photos he took of his Coney Island life experience which continues today although he also lives in Berkeley California.
    I met him at the Coney Island History Project, museum, which is a must for you to see if you visit Coney. It is full of history, artifacts, photos and stories and the friendly volunteers, residents all have the Coney Island sand in their shoes with lots of stories of their own to tell and no one gets intimidated. That's Coney!
    Denson's book-Coney Island lost and found- is a wonderful reading and viewing experience. You will be taken up by it even if you only have a vague inkling for Coney.
    His charming narrative, from his personal and factual viewpoint shows how a succession of everyday people, who happen to be dreamers, schemers, politicians, business men, visionaries, eccentrics, you name it, went on to build this world famous resort and the almost destroyed it. But now it is making a comeback stronger than ever for the new generation. The backdrop has changed but the feeling is the same.
    Nothing is new under this sun.
    If you get a chance check out this book. You can get it I believe through the Coney Island History project or stop by and get an autographed copy if you visit. If Charles is there he will gladly autograph.
    Myself, I am enjoying this wonderful book, a ride between Coney's past and present. And for anyone who doesn't know Coney Island is not just and amusement park, it is a neighborhood that people live in.
    Thank you..:)
    That's me in the firs photo with Charles to my left.
    #3 photo from the book, all rights reserved is the original Cyclops that stands between me and Charles which was at the old Spook a. Rama in the bowery section of Coney. Last photo is Coney 2000, from book.
    June 10, 2014.

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