A Coney Island Reader: Through Dizzy Gates of Illusion edited by Louis and John Parascandola includes some of the best work of fiction and poetry on Coney Island from Walt Whitman and Federico García Lorca to Djuna Barnes and Colson Whitehead.
Of course, Coney Island has also been the subject of many songs. A Coney Island Reader includes a very helpful appendix of Coney Island-related songs by artists and song writers, including John Philip Sousa, Cole Porter, and Woody Guthrie.
Here are some other more recent songs that mention Coney Island or are about the neighborhood:
“Coney Island Baby,” Lou Reed (1975)
“Oh Oh I Lover Her So,” The Ramones (1977). Punk-rock love at Coney Island.
“I Remember Coney Island,” The Lounge Lizards (1981)
“Coney Island,” Death Cab for Cutie (2001)
“Coney Island Baby,” Tom Waits (2002)
“Coney Island Winter,” Garland Jeffreys (2011)