During the eighties, Coney Island sort of hit bottom. The Sate Housing Authority in what was one of the never ending failures in so called urban development built tall housing units that soon became slums. The city had tried this earlier in other parts of the area with ultimately the same results. This was naturally at the expense of the old Coney Island that was undergoing a change and was slipping toward irrelevancy as the old so called Play land of the World. New Yorkers do have a large sense of self importance. At any rate, the area has become sort of gentrified now and even though it has lost that old "charm and character," it has become a very pleasant place. Even Nathans has been re designed into a much better place to eat the famous hot dogs and fries.