The tale of Coney Island in the last 20 years is one of false starts. Speaking with some locals, you get a sense of the cycle. Every several years a plan of revitalization is put into action, and, after some small progress, is strangely abandoned. The result: A new ride, a new restaurant, or a new store pops up between decayed and abandoned attractions, the post-industrial rust carnival that is Coney Island. New Parks Department initiatives gleam next to ill-maintained projects. Straddling the line between a ghost town and a revitalized, permanent street fair, Coney Island is nothing if not at a cross roads—much like Jesus in He Got Game.
Coney Island Boardwalk (He Got Game, 1998)