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ZIPPER: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride (2013)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for ZIPPER: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

The story isn't over by the time "Zipper" ends, but Nicholson manages to close on a nostalgic, if not quite hopeful, note.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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More effective as a loving send-off than an insightful look at the so-called "tides of progress" that have led to Coney Island's slow decline.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
L.A. Weekly
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"Zipper'' tells a story of a Coney Island that is still very much a work in progress, and where there seems to be no room for small-time operators like Eddie Miranda.

Full Review… | August 9, 2013
New York Post
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Though not terribly nuanced, a bit muddled and lacking certain perspectives, "Zipper" drives home the fragile identity of even the city's signature locales and the alarming cultural myopia of much redevelopment ...

Full Review… | August 8, 2013
New York Times
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Combining footage of embattled town meetings and raucous boardwalk scenes with evenhanded interviews and visualized statistics, Zipper is a compelling argument for a populist Coney Island whose days are, alas, numbered.

Full Review… | August 6, 2013
Time Out
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Entertaining and engrossing...

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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