Russian

A Coney Island Polar Bear recounts his 50 years of winter swimming in Ukraine and Brooklyn
This interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below. A native of Chernovtsy in Ukraine, Naum Barash has enjoyed winter swimming since his days as a student in Kursk and organized a winter...
Content type: Oral History Item
Musician and founder of a jazz big band recounts his journey from Leningrad to Southern Brooklyn
This interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below. Coney Island resident Zinovy Pritsker's love of jazz began as a boy in his native Russia, where his father's band played American jazz. At...
Content type: Oral History Item
Journalist and PTA President of I.S. 303 moved to Coney Island from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia
This interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below. A native of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, Aisuluu Sartbaeva is PTA president of Coney Island's I.S. 303, where one of her daughters is a...
Content type: Oral History Item
Russian-born artist preserves the past as book and paper conservator at Brooklyn College Library
This interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below.  Artist Slava Polishchuk is a Bensonhurst resident who lived in Moscow for 20 years before emigrating to New York with his wife and artistic...
Content type: Oral History Item
Mermaid Spa founder talks about bringing the Russian banya tradition to Coney Island
This interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below. A native of Kiev, Boris Kotlyar is one of the owners of Mermaid Spa, a Russian banya on Mermaid Avenue just outside of Sea Gate in Coney...
Content type: Oral History Item
Surviving Hurricane Sandy in Coney Island's West End
This interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below. Galina Mogurova lives between Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk in Coney Island's West End. She and her neighbors had been warned to evacuate in...
Content type: Oral History Item
From Tbilisi, Georgia to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
This  interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Mark Markov's transcript and translation below. Tatyana Panteleyeva is a resident of Bensonhurst who came to the United States in 1994 from Tbilisi, Georgia where she worked as a...
Content type: Oral History Item