Coney Island and the Popular Culture

Coney Island is one of the main vacation destinations for those living in New York. It is also one of the oldest holiday locations that were built specifically as to provide New Yorkers with a relaxing and entertaining resort at the same time. Yet, Coney Island is also famous because of the many movies and books in which the island was the home to various characters. On this page one is invited to read more about some of the appearance of Coney Island in the world of cinema and not only.

Perhaps one of the most popular features is the one in the musical Love never Dies produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This musical was the critically acclaimed sequel to the well known Phantom of the Opera. Also, the place is the home of the Phantom of Manhattan movie and Requiem for a Dream. Other known appearances, among others, include The Love Bug, The Pick-Up Artist, Sophie\’s Choice, Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven, Paper Moon, Madigan and Two Lovers or Unknown White Male and Uptown Girls.

The island was featured in literature as well. Some examples are Amusing the Million: Coney Island at the Turn of the Century\” by John F. Kasson, Joseph Heller\’s novel, Closing Time, \”Coney\” by Amram Duchovny or A Coney Island of the Mind by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Several music pieces have been written about the island and some of these include \”I Remember Coney Island\” of The Lounge Lizards, and also Death Cab for Cutie had a song called \”Coney Island\”. At the same time, some videos have been filmed on the beach in Coney Island such as the one of the pop group New Kids on the Block for their \”Please Don\’t Go Girl\”. Nevertheless, the action in a video game such as Grand Theft Auto IV, part of the action takes place on Coney Island.