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September 25, 2021, 3 pm7 pm.


The Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224

The Coney Island Museum Is Pleased to Present BOWERY STREET Photographs by Larry Racioppo

At the Coney Island Museum’s FREAK BAR GALLERY

September 25th to October 17th, 2021
Opening Reception Saturday, September, 25th, 3 to 7 PM

The color and B/W photographs, exhibited here for the first time, are part of Larry Racioppo’s extended project examining the old, undeveloped sections of Coney Island’s amusement area, which stretches from W 15th Street to W10th Street, and extends from Surf Avenue to Bowery Street to the Riegelmann Boardwalk.

Coney Island’s historic rise, fall, and rise again are told within these blocks, from the demolition of the original Thunderbolt rollercoaster and its replacement by the Zamperla Corporation’s modern version, to the still active original Cyclone rollercoaster on W10th Street.

Just three blocks long, Bowery Street is the home of the remaining small, often family owned, booths and concessions offering games of chance and skill — games with regulation size basketballs and narrow rims; games with water pistols and darts; rings to toss and bb’s for shooting zombies. Larry employed both large format and panoramic equipment to photograph the intensely decorated game booths and rides. Using medium format or digital cameras, he also created portraits of the men and women who own these small businesses, the mostly seasonal workers who operate the games, and the visitors who flock to play them.

Web size jpegs are attached in the email you received, and print size files are available upon request. Please credit:

Larry Racioppo/Coney Island Museum

“With Bowery Street, Larry [Racioppo} brings into focus the verve and vibe of Coney Island’s legendary midway, and pays tribute to the colorful characters who—with equal parts of bluster and charm—challenge visitors to try their luck.”

– Lisa Mangels-Schaefer, Curator, Coney Island Museum

Larry Racioppo is one of 500 New York City-based artists to receive $5,000 through the City Artist Corps Grants program, presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as Queens Theatre.

Coney Island USA requires all visitors to wear masks indoors at 1208 Surf Avenue, based on the recommendation of City, State, and CDC guidelines. Free disposable masks will be available at the entrance. As of August 13, 2021, CIUSA will require proof of vaccination for all visitors. Methods of proof include the New York State Excelsior Pass app, the NYC Covid Safe app, or a paper vaccination card with ID.
The Coney Island Museum is a program of Coney Island USA, a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.

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