My Coney Island
About the Story
------Growing up as a minority child in a high-crime neighborhood, home to numerous New York City public housing projects and gangsters, was not the easiest thing. I had to put up with racism on the streets and at school. I would constantly wonder why a community that was so successful before, could deteriorate so much. As I grew older, I was able to deal with the problems I had with Coney Island better. And as I grew older, Coney Island began to change for the better. This change continues to go on, and Coney Island is becoming a place that I am not so ashamed of livig in anymore.
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Coney Island Overview
-----Coney Island was a beach that reached international fame at the turn of the 20th century. Millions of people would flock to the Boardwalk each summer- to play at the beach and swim. Not only a beach, it had the most famous amusement parks in the world.
------Coney Island gradually declined, due to devastating fires that destroyed the amusement parks, devalued property, the rise of crime, and other negative factors. In 1990, I was living in a run down neighborhood. I could hear police sirens nightly and the sound of gunshots were not uncommon. Coney Island in 1990 had been the same for a few decades already - its inhabitants constantly reminded of its past glory through the old, crumbling buildings, dirty beaches and rusty rides.
-----The city has paid more attention to Coney Island this past decade. Coney Island is undergoing a sort of modern revival. In the summer of 2001, a new ball park that cost over $70 million dollars was unveiled, home to the Brooklyn Cyclones. When there aren't games, the park is used for concerts and other public events. Numerous development projects have been planned for the future, hopefully helping to restore Coney Island to at least some of its old splendor.