at Museum of the City New York, NYC, USA

In a World of Their Own: Coney Island, 1961-1963 is on view at Museum of the City of New York featuring previously unseen images of sunny 1960s Coney Island.

“Coney Island was filled with people who work in all kinds of professions, who would never normally be out like that,” as Rose tells TIME. “The beach makes them have something in common — and that’s the thing I like most about it.”

Indeed, these images get to the very core of what Coney Island represents, even today, to many Americans. Originally a small seaside town — the “island” is actually a peninsula — Coney was once renowned as the so-called “playground of the world”: the home of the wooden Cyclone roller coaster, and the historical amusement mecca Steeplechase Park, among many other attractions.

This was a place where generations of New Yorkers came to catch the summer’s best days, a resort in which to staycation before the staycation existed. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
May 9 – Aug. 3, 2014

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