September 15, 2000 |
"Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God . . . Be Back by Five" re-teams director/co-writer Richard Schenkman and actor/co-writer Jon Cryer, who first joined forces on the romantic comedy "The Pompatus of Love." This time they're in a more serious mood, which is not to say this deeply felt, engaging little film is without humor, although it confronts a great deal of pain and loss. Cryer's Daniel and Rick Stear's Stan are lifelong friends in a working-class New York neighborhood.
February 14, 1986 |
In bringing to the screen his unabashedly sentimental, nostalgia-drenched 1968 play "The Goodbye People" (at the Beverly Center Cineplex) Herb Gardner has succeeded only in embalming it. Unfortunately, despite a splendid cast, the decayed, desolate stretch of Coney Island that serves as its sole backdrop is so palpably real that it merely makes everything that happens in front of it seem all the more artificial and stage-bound.
August 29, 2013 |
In "Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride," documentarian Amy Nicholson puts a human face on the deterioration of the iconic New York amusement park by focusing on the fate of her favorite ride. Consisting of a rotating boom orbited by free-flipping cars, the 38-year-old Zipper was operated by Eddie Miranda. Ambitious development plans and greedy land-grabbers have been pushing Miranda and many of his fellow carnies out of business, rendering "America's Playground" a wasteland of dilapidated buildings and deserted parking lots - even before Hurricane Sandy ripped through.
May 28, 1996 |
A Coney Island roller coaster was closed for inspection Sunday after the two-car ride jumped the tracks and hit a pole, injuring two passengers. The bolts on a rear wheel on the first car of the Jumbo Jet coaster came off late Saturday night. Witnesses said the derailment happened near the end of the ride. "If we were at the top, right now I'd be dead," said Alfredo Dominquez, 27, who was treated at a hospital for bruises.
February 4, 1991 |
History is coming around again, bigger than ever. It wasn't always fun the first time, as in the War Between the States, replayed in the rousing documentary series, "The Civil War." But a new production on an old amazement, "Coney Island," revives a more delicious era. Airing at 9 tonight on Channels 28 and 15 as an episode of "The American Experience" series, it's another achievement by one of the newly lionized Burns boys, in this case Ric Burns, brother of Ken of "Civil War" celebrity.
December 11, 1988 |
John Dorman is as much a Coney Island landmark as the boardwalk and the Ferris wheel. For 41 years, this gray-haired man dressed in a perpetually stained white jacket has dispensed chocolate fudge, candy apples, saltwater taffy, cotton candy and other homemade treats from a small shop at the base of one of Brooklyn's most decrepit and foul-smelling subway stations. Now, the sweet saga of Philip's Candy Store may be coming to a bitter end.