05/10/2011 09:33 am ET Updated Jul 10, 2011

Last Summer At Coney Island Trailer (VIDEO)

It was probably only a matter of time before all of the drama and controversy surrounding Coney Island's impending transformation became a documentary.

Last Summer at Coney Island catalogs the area's history as America's first amusement park, and then delves into the current efforts to dramatically change its landscape.

From the film's press release:

Now, after years of false starts, change is coming to Coney Island. Come Hell or high water, the city of New York is determined to revitalize the once glorious, world capitol of amusements. Meanwhile, a private developer with dubious motives has been purchasing every square foot of land he can get his hands on. The neighborhood's residents, along with the amusement community and the millions who cherish Coney Island's legacy are left wondering what will happen next. Seaside salvation or Brooklyn boondoggle?

Old commercial inhabitants of the island have one more summer before they're kicked out of their businesses by their new landlord who has promised to bring Coney back to its glory days.

Last Summer at Coney Island airs May 15 at 10 p.m. on PBS.

WATCH the trailer:

Last Summer at Coney Island - movie trailer from JL Aronson on Vimeo.