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From: Arthur J Levy (
Date: 02/04/2008

A New Book Presents an Animated Vision Of 1950 Brooklyn and
Coney Island Through the Eyes of a 12 Year Old

Art Levy, who was born and brought up in Brooklyn, has
recently had a book published that many should find fun to
read. His book, Trouble in Flatbush, is a book for all those
who enjoy revisiting their memories of childhood Brooklyn
life and for those who want to see an image of a different
time. The reader is given a picture of 1948-50 Brooklyn and
particularly Coney Island in stunning detail through the
eyes of a 12-year-old boy. This account is a meticulous and
animated biography of place. For more details go to

Mid century Coney Island is long gone. The glamorous
amusements parks have vanished. Luna Park with its Moorish
towers burned down. Steeplechase with its iron horses became
worn down and was subsequently torn down. But the images and
adventures that took place there were burned into the memory
of the author.

As the book begins, the boy senses change in his family and
seeks to discover the cause. Later, during a seedy show in
the Midway of Coney Island he discovers the root of the
trouble and at the same time graduates from the naive days
of childhood.
The voice of the 12 year old is funny and sweet. The
adventures are tumultuous and the boy’s schemes invariably
lead to intrigue and trouble. This book is for everyone, but
anyone who lives in, or has ever lived in a big city like
Brooklyn, the book will have a special attachment.

Trouble in Flatbush, Adventures of a 12 year old in Mid 20th
Century Brooklyn, can be found on
The author was born, brought up and bar mitzvahed in
Brooklyn. Living in a traditional Italian-Jewish
neighborhood he perfected the values of guilt and blame. His
writing skills were sharpened in Public School 226 by
forging excuse notes from his father. When he traveled to
upper Manhattan to attend the High School of Music and Art,
he discovered that he was ethnic. After graduating from NYU
and Dartmouth he received his PhD from the University of
Virginia. It was there that he perfected the
southern-Jewish-Italian accent. Although he tried to conceal
his Brooklyn ethnic origins in the south, he was always
revealed by the occasional “oy vey y’all” with an
accompanying hand gesture.

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