Goodbye Coney Island, Goodbye (book)

Friday, January 16, 2004 10:49 AM
I have been interested in picking up a copy of this book for quite some time, but can't seem to find any information about it (amazon.com offers no description of the book, and Gunther Hall doesn't even offer it). Does anyone have it? Is it worth picking up if I can get a copy of it?
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Friday, January 16, 2004 11:06 AM
I'm not familiar with this book, but there is another really good book on Coney Island. It's called Coney Island: Lost and Found. I just got it recently and haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it looks very interesting and has some great pictures in it. Quite a few people recommended it to me.
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Friday, January 16, 2004 11:10 AM
Coney Island in NY or OH? I'm more interested in the OH park, which is what I think "Goodbye..." is about. I already have Charles Jacques's oustanding book.
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Friday, January 16, 2004 11:15 AM
The book I mentioned is about Coney Island, NY.
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Friday, January 16, 2004 11:18 AM
"Goodbye" was the book that got me interested in coasters (my elementary school had a copy in the library).

There's not a lot of information in it... it's mostly a coffee-table book with a lot of artsy photographs. But worth picking up. Although there's a much better and more informative book on Coney Island that came out in 2002. I always see it in the "local" section at Cincinnati-area bookstores, and it's available on Amazon. EDIT: Oops, this is the Jacques book I'm referring to here...

If you can't find "Goodbye," my local library has a copy. I have no idea how that would help you, but hey, it's the thought that counts. ;) *** Edited 1/16/2004 4:19:54 PM UTC by Den***

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Friday, January 16, 2004 11:24 AM
I see that Amazon.com has three used copies for sale, all in good condition. The price is steep (more than fifty bucks), but I'd be willing to pay if the book was worth it.

Sue: There are so many books about Coney in NY... any suggestions on which ones to buy? Is the one that you mentioned good?

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Friday, January 16, 2004 11:40 AM
The one I mentioned, Coney Island: Lost and Found, looks to be an excellent book about Coney in NY. I haven't had a chance to read it yet myself, but friends have told me it's the best book available about Coney Island, NY. I think you can get a used one on Amazon for around $10. In fact, that's the same person that I bought my copy from.
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Friday, January 16, 2004 11:48 AM
I found this at a used bookstore here in Columbus about 2 years ago (only paid a few bucks for it too). As Den said, it's an artsy coffee table book. It's a tearful look at Coney's last season through black and white photographs (some may be in color, I forget). Very little text but some very interesting pictures inlcuding some of the abandoned park with the rides ripped out. I believe it is about 30 pages in length or so with just one or two pictures on a page.

I don't think I'd pay 50 bucks for it but I could say that about a lot of books!

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Friday, January 16, 2004 12:00 PM
Only thirty pages? I'll have to think about this and decide whether or not each page is worth $1.67. I'm a fan of old parks and all, but I do have my limits. Besides, I can't imagine it being better than the excellent Jacques book.
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Friday, January 16, 2004 1:50 PM
Just took a look at the book. It's actually closer to 60 pages (120 front and back). There are a lot of neat views of the park.

Jacques book is the one for a thorough written history. This one is good if you like arsty emotional pictures and unique views.

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Friday, January 16, 2004 2:11 PM
I like the idea of both!

Call me crazy, but I just purchased the book for fifty dollars. I like pretty pictures :)

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Friday, January 16, 2004 3:45 PM
Well, the book is more like 95 pages. I have a copy of it. The pages stopped numbering around page 75 so I just counted to the end. There are lot's of good pictures in the book but none that are spectacular, IMO. It's a great book to add to your collection though.
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Friday, January 16, 2004 3:49 PM
I'm curious to see the pictures of the park in the years following it's closing. The Jacques book had a lot of info, but left me wanting more pics of the actual park and its rides. Sounds like this book should do the trick.
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Saturday, January 17, 2004 1:54 PM
I have a copy of the "Goodbye Coney Island" book that I picked up in one of the gift shops at Kings Island the first summer it was open back in '72. We had lived out in the Cincinnati area for a few years and enjoyed Coney so it was more of a sentimental thing to get a copy. There is some info on the park's origins and early history. Unless I was a hard core Coney memorabillia collector, I don't think I'd pay $50 for it.
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