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“Coney Island is still an exciting place,” Patrick Amsellem, curator of the Brooklyn Museum’s upcoming show, “Goodbye, Coney Island,” told GO Brooklyn. “It’s still a place where people act out.”

And while the future of the best stretch of sand we know is still being decided, Amsellem and the BrooMu are celebrating its past by displaying over 50 pieces of art, many never before exhibited, that show the seaside destination in its glory days.

“To look at Coney Island at the turn of the 20th century was great fun,” said Amsellem. “Luna Park, Dreamland and the Steeplechase were all quite exciting.”

And the work of photographers like Steve Salmieri and Anita Chernewski (whose 1987 image of the Thunderbolt is pictured) document the detritus left behind by those thrilling days.

“Goodbye, Coney Island” opens on Nov. 28 at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights). Admission is $8, $4 for seniors and students, free for children ages 12 and younger. For information, call (718) 638-5000 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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