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Opening Reception for Boardwalk Renaissance: How the Arts Saved Coney Island
Nov 5, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In the early 1980s, at Coney Island’s lowest point, an odd assortment of passionate young artists were drawn to Coney Island with the dream that their art might return this legendary honky tonk neighborhood to its glory days. Featuring costumes and other artifacts from the first Mermaid Parade, along with a life-size recreation of the “arthouse carnival ride,” the Spookhouse (complete with a hand-painted car from the original ride), and art inspired by the house under the roller coaster, the exhibit captures the vitality of the art scene of the 80’s and 90’s.