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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© Sylvia Plachy, 2012, Cold Spring Harbor

Kay Macy among her flowers a few days before her 100th birthday.

© Jerry Schatzberg, ca. 1967, Aretha Franklin

Q: What do birds and Aretha Franklin have in common?
A: When you hear them sing you know that the sun is shining for you!

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© Everett Collection/ Rex Features, 1962, Model of prototype Ford Mustang 1

British-born engineer Roy Lunn (centre) and his team study a model of the prototype Ford Mustang 1, their two-seater sports car went on to inspire the iconic Ford Mustang production car, which was first made in 1964. The first Ford Mustang rolled off the production line in Detroit on 17 April 1964, 50 years ago today. (+)

© David Redfern, Sep. 1976, Marvin Gaye at the Royal Albert Hall

Marvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984).
May his soul rest in peace.

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© Andrew McConnell, 2010, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

37 year old Josephine Mpongo practises the cello in the Kimbanguiste neighbourhood of Kinshasa. She plays with the Kimbanguiste Symphony Orchestra, who practise here 5 days per week.

Find more of his work on his website.