Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

Zipper reminds us that we must fight, but remain strong, refusing to fear the reaper.

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Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

A story about greed, politics and the land grab of the century, ZIPPER chronicles the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator Eddie Miranda proudly operates a carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island's gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is snatched up by a real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the world-famous destination. Be it an affront to history or simply the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In an increasingly corporate landscape, where authenticity is often sacrificed for economic growth, the Zipper may be just the beginning of what is lost.
Genre
Documentary
Runtime
77
Language
English
Director
Amy Nicholson
FEATURED REVIEW
Jenna Scherer, Time Out New York

Nobody ever thinks they’re the bad guy, but in Amy Nicholson’s sly documentary about the redevelopment of Coney Island, the villains certainly damn themselves. The film juxtaposes images of a bustling midway with footage of City Council members and real-estate developers lovingly listing the ...

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