The Coney Island History Project provides a detailed look at how one of the City’s greatest attractions came to be through artifacts and other documentation of the neighborhood’s past. This spring, Salvation by the Sea recounts the area’s role in saving the lives of European immigrants fleeing poverty and persecution by seeking freedom in America. These immigrants settled in Coney Island in the late 1800s and early 1900s and were moved into Summer Seaside Homes for the poor—that were funded by the wealthy—and given jobs on the burgeoning boardwalk. Their story is told through photographs, maps and articles.
Aug 24 — Oct 1