Coney Island: An Uncertain Future
“This is not a typical piece of real estate.” The world famous Coney Island Amusement Park in New York is facing redevelopment plans that many locals see as the demise of their beloved waterfront in exchange for high-end residential homes. With a mix of archival footage, phenomenal still photos and first-hand interviews, Rick Gershon’s informative and colorful video captures the unique atmosphere of the park as much as the concern and commitment of its residents. Although somewhat light on the particulars of the redevelopment tug-of-war, this piece is an excellent primer on the current battle over the preservation of a uniquely American landmark. Gershon was the 2004 winner of the College Photographer of the Year award..
Video: Rick Gershon
Still Photography: Mario Tama
Editing and Music: Rick Gershon and Bret Curry