Zipper: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride (2012)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Release Date - Aug 9, 2013 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Filmmaker Amy Nicholson portrays the struggle for the future of New York's famed Coney Island from the perspective of an outspoken ride operator as an ambitious real-estate tycoon attempts to exploit the commercial potential of the beloved amusement park, despite the very vocal objections of his many opponents. Eddie Miranda operates the Zipper -- one of the most popular rides on Coney Island. But when Eddie and a number of other small-business owners are forced out of Coney Island by a real-estate mogul more concerned with money than tradition, the people who had built their lives around the park are sent packing as the developer and the city of New York reach an impasse in the attempt to gain an upper hand in the deal. While the developer envisions replacing the park with condos and name-brand shops, the city pushes back with its own plans for making the area more commercial. Meanwhile, with the future of Coney Island hanging in the balance, the citizens whose lives will be impacted the most by any proposed change must fight to get their voices heard by the decision makers on high.