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Song of Brooklyn: An Oral History of America's Favorite Borough
Marc Eliot. Broadway, $24.95 (368p) ISBN 9780-7679-2014-8
In this nostalgic love song, Eliot (Walt Disney) blends voices of politicos, actors, musicians, writers and business people--strangely, mostly male--to extol the newly hip New York City borough of Brooklyn. "Mama's boy" Neil Sedaka remembers Coney Island in the 1950s as a cozy place. After a decline, the area is being revitalized, with a battle brewing over new development. Spike Lee says that seeing Jackie Robinson play at Ebbets Field was one of the greatest thrills of his life, while contrarian …