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Coney Island Hysterical Society

Artists Richard Eagan and Philomena on empty Steeplechase Park site, circa 1982 Photo © Coney Island Hysterical Society

On Sunday, November 18th, artists Richard Eagan and Philomena Marano, who have been collaborating for over 30 years as the Coney Island Hysterical Society, will give a slide talk about their “Hysterical/Historical” work. The above photo from 1982 documents “Souvenir Views of Coney Island,” a “traveling show” that they brought to the then-empty Steeplechase Park site. The free event is at 4:40pm at 440 Gallery, 440 Sixth Avenue, in Park Slope. Eagan and Marano’s exhibit “Art of the Coney Island Hysterical Society,” is on view at the gallery through November 25.

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Now that Coney Island is slated to lose its funky Boardwalk attractions, this old school vid from 1982 seems especially apropos. Thanks to ModernJim, one of our readers, for sending us the link. “The Clash’s video for ‘Overpowered by Funk’ has a lot of Coney Island in it,” he writes. Sure does. You’ll catch sight of Coney’s vanished Trabant as well as a Himi and lots of games and their operators: basketball, derby race, dunk tank, even Astroland’s shooting gallery. The video winds up at the Eldorado’s “Bump Your Ass Off” Bumper cars where Mick Jones buys a ticket to ride. Watch for the dancing girl in red and her cotton candy mom. Funkpower over and out!

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