Filmmaker Amy Nicholson chronicles the struggle to preserve Coney Island’s carnival roots in the face of redevelopment in a documentary on one of its last old-school rides, the Zipper. “Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride,” which debuts on television tonight on PBS after a theatrical run last year, focuses on the ride’s operator, Eddie Miranda, and how the city’s redevelopment plan affects his livelihood.

In interviews with developers, city officials and local activists, Nicholson wonders whether the new mayor will uphold the Bloomberg administration’s promise to build affordable housing in Coney. The film airs at 10 pm tonight on WNET 13.

Image via Zipper