Coney Island 1940s-50s

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Over the years, the face of Coney Island has changed, reflecting different waves of immigration and shifting neighborhoods. Here Orthodox Jews, African Americans, Italians, Russians, Puerto Ricans and people from all over the world are drawn together by the lure of the surf, sand, boardwalks, side-shows, hot dogs, and the permission to let go of inhibitions.

It is America’s playground for the working class -- classic Americana exuding the spirit of generosity and common humanity that is the best of the American spirit. After six decades I have found that no matter what changes occur, Coney Island is always magical.

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