ZIPPER: CONEY ISLAND’S LAST WILD RIDE.

DVD_Zipper[DVD: ZipperFilm.com – 2012 – 76 mins]. Produced and directed by Amy Nicholson. A film about greed, politics, land use and public policy, ZIPPER tells the story behind the battle over an American cultural icon. Ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly runs a 38-year-old Zipper ride (Chance Rides) in Coney Island’s gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is bought by an opportunistic 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 “People’s Playground.” Be it an affront to history or just the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In a market-driven world where growth often trumps preservation, the Zipper may be only the beginning of what is lost. ANDY SHINE SAYS: A thought-provoking film with wonderful Coney Island footage, old and new. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.