Christopher Spinelli

Grabbing the Brass Ring
Coney Island has held a special place in my heart ever since I first viewed it out the back window of my father's 1968 Delta 88 while he ran into Nathan's to get us a greasy bag of crinkle cut fries. Coney Island has changed over the years since I first arrived, and I have changed as well; by the time I rediscovered the park in the 80's, it had seen better days. Yet there was something in the flaking paint and dilapidated rides that called to me from across the years. One of those rides that seemed destined for the dust heap of history was the B&B Carousell (that's how it's been spelled since the 1930's). The first time I rode the Carousell, I was not aware of its history; I just hopped on. As I whirled around to the thumping Calliope music, I was quickly transported back to my own childhood—when they still let you grab the brass ring and then toss it back into a bucket at the end.

Christopher Spinelli is a life-long Brooklyn resident who has been creating art in Brooklyn for over 35 years. He studied art at the Brooklyn Museum and the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan where he received his BFA in Media Arts and Illustration. His journey through the world of art began at a young age when he first decorated his parents' bedroom set with colored chalk. On his Brooklyn Dreamland website, Spinelli displays much of his visual reportage work from Coney Island created on site, but also gives a glimpse at his work in portraiture and his works in a variety of media including acrylic/oil paint, pastel, charcoal, photography and pen and ink. Spinelli has worked extensively in chronicling a New York and particularly Brooklyn that he feels is slipping quickly into the past. He has been the Visual Arts Instructor for the REACH Program that serves academically gifted yet economically disadvantaged students at Regis High School since 2011.
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Coney Island Boardwalk, Boardwalk and Stillwell Avenue. Hours: Mon – Sun 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM