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Brooklyn’s Coney Island is a lesson in urban decay with its makeshift-outhouse subway platforms, forlorn shacks paralleling the boardwalk, and scuzzy pier. Yet beneath these rickety exteriors lie reminders of its carnival past. Coney Island, a 1990 documentary, shows how the beach earned its 19th-century nickname, “Sodom by the Sea,” flourished in the early 20th century, and fell into disrepair after World War II. At noon at the National Archives Theater, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5402. (NodB)