See Coney Island like it used to be
Images courtesy of Harvey Stein

Though much has changed since its heyday as New York City's summer escape, a visit to Coney Island still feels like a trip back in time, where happiness is a Nathan's hot dog and a spin on the Cyclone.

Now, we can keep that sentiment on our coffee table: A new book by photographer Harvey Stein, Coney Island, 40 Years ($50) documents the island's vivid history and transformation through portraits and candid snapshots.

Stein, who has been walking the boardwalk for 40 years, began taking pictures of Coney Island culture in 1970. His work offers an intimate look at a bygone era, depicting the island's dramatic development from the first Mermaid Parade in 1983 to last year's $30 million renovation of Luna Park.

The prints from the book can also be purchased individually for $800, each personally signed and dated by Stein. And an exhibit of the photographs opens today at Chelsea's Alan Klotz Gallery, where Stein will be selling and signing books from 6 to 8 p.m.

Get your piece of the island while you can.

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