Photo Essay

Coney Island Elvis

Coney Island Elvis

Even now, after all the dashed hopes and nowhere promises, the old-timers and tourists and politicians cling like rust to the distant fantasy that Coney Island will be what it once was, as if the great cultural and demographic tides that built and then laid waste to the place were merely boardwalk phantasms. Every summer brings the same ritualistic claims that Coney Island is rebounding, that the old carny magic lurks just around the bend. With the regularity of Elvis sightings, rumors sweep through the Surf Avenue grease joints and thrift shops that scouts from Disney are sniffing about.....(watch this space for more sightings!)

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9 responses

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi said (25 Aug 2009):

    my vote!

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (25 Aug 2009):

    Mine too!

  • Charles

    Charles (Deleted) said (26 Aug 2009):

    Campy and corny, but Elvis is still alive and well living in Vegas. Fun shots.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (27 Aug 2009):

    Love your words and photos!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster said (12 Sep 2009):

    Thanks so much......!!!

  • Dawn Duffield

    Dawn Duffield (Deleted) gave props (14 Sep 2009):

    I love it :-) When Elvis enters the site, I just know all will be just fine!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (23 Sep 2009):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster said (5 Oct 2009):

    Thank you so much....!!! :)

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (8 Oct 2010):

    I have to admit Elvis never has been my favourite, but yes for the way you choose to portray him, V!

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