About “Coney - A Trip to Luna Park”
This story has been in development for a long time. While I was living in Brooklyn, we would often visit Coney Island, go to Nathans and, of course, ride on the Cyclone. But there was something about Coney Island that occupied a different place in my mind.
So I started to do research on the beginnings of Coney, at the turn of the century. Searching databases like images in the Library of Congress, and other NYC specific sites, I found amazing pictures of what Coney was like back then. The clarity and depth in the images so good that I felt as if I could step right into the pictures.
This inspired me to create a story about that time in Coney Island, Brooklyn. I found out that the word “Coney” was derived for the Dutch word for Rabbit.
The Story was Born!
The narrative has gone through changes in the last few years.
The main characters are:
Millie- A young girl who lives in Coney Island.
Selena - A Rabbit living in the dunes at the edge of the ocean.
Fred Thompson- The ACTUAL creator and designer of Luna Park.
Skip Dundy- his real life partner. I have taken some creative license regarding his rather nasty personality.
Pleas see the section “The Story” which is the quick breakdown of the narrative.