Good Old Coney Island

By Edo McCullough,

Book cover of Good Old Coney Island: A Sentimental Journey Into the Past

Book description

Coney Island is more than a national institution: it was probably the most celebrated amusement resort in the world. This book, by a man whose family helped to build the Island's fantastic reputation, presents its lively and nostalgic history. Touched with sentiment, occasionally with acid, it is frank, outspoken, sometimes…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Good Old Coney Island as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

First published in 1957 (and re-issued with a welcome epilogue by historian Michael P. Onorato), the book vividly portrays the storied seaside’s heyday. McCullough was Coney Island royalty: His grandfather was one of its earliest settlers, his uncle was among its greatest showmen, and his dad owned a dozen amusement-park shooting galleries. The family’s love of the place seeps through these pages (a sub-sub title reads “the most rambunctious, scandalous, rapscallion, splendiferous, pugnacious, spectacular, illustrious, prodigious, frolicsome island on earth”—which about sums it up).  Particularly moving is the heartbreaking fate of the show animals on the night of a tragic…

From Dawn's list on historic Coney Island.

Want books like Good Old Coney Island?

Our community of 9,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like Good Old Coney Island.

Browse books like Good Old Coney Island

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in New York State, amusement parks, and Coney Island?

9,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about New York State, amusement parks, and Coney Island.

New York State Explore 691 books about New York State
Amusement Parks Explore 25 books about amusement parks
Coney Island Explore 11 books about Coney Island