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I spent many childhood years in Coney Island between 1953 and 1960. Do you remember, or have any photos of, Tony’s Rooming House on West 15th St.between Mermaid Ave. and Surf Ave.? Also, there was a rooming house, also on W. 15th St.,on the same side of the street, closer to Mermaid Ave. The address there was 2922 W. 15th St. For many years it was owned by Abe Fleminger and his family. Unfortunately, these buildings were demolished to make way for a large parking lot for Garguilio’s Restaurant across the street.

Anyhow, do you remember those two buildings, have any photos, or know any of the long-term residents of those rooming houses? I do recall that my mother’s friends lived there — Dave Altman, Tessie Dundee, as well as other dear friends.

Any info or photos would be much appreciated.
Awaiting your reply.
Many thanks,

Hello Arlene,

Tony’s Bright Spot was a beautiful but slightly seedy establishment in a building that dated back to the late 1800s. Tony Oleva operated it until his death, and then it was run by his “nephew.” It had quite a reputation. The rooming house was an SRO that also was the last hotel in Coney that catered to tourists. It was painted in bright primary colors and decorated with plaster elves, swans, and whirligigs. There was an arbor and grape vines covering the roof and parking lot. At one time the elevated trolley from Norton’s point went right over half the building.
Gargiulo’s restaurant bought and demolished the building in the late 70s. We’ll get back to you with the other information.

Hope this helps.

4 Responses to “Tony’s Rooming House”
  1. Jeanie Ramirez Says:

    When I read Charles Densonsbook I wondered if anyone had pictures of Tonys Rooming house. I remember it as a child. My mother knew Tony and I always remembered the brightly colored building. I am glad to see a picture of it. Thank you!!!

  2. Arlene Amblard Says:

    Glad to see there are people who still remember Tony’s Rooming House in Coney Island. Actually, I am even more interested in the rooming house just next to Tony’s, the one a bit closer to Surf Avenue. The address was 2922 W. 15th St. Do you remember that one? It was located just over a billiards or pool hall.
    Any information or photo of 2922 would really be appreciated. Also do you remember any names of the residents on that street?
    Many thanks.

  3. Jacqueline Hansen Says:

    yes i sure do remember tonys rooming house the other one you are talking about i think was run by a woman named rae fuchs she had a parking lot next to it and would send a little red bucket down for the money for the parking across the street was the fire house the crown bar and the clement hotel and the corn queen elanor ran the corn queen babe avitable had the hotel and mary dempsey had the crown bar now garguilos owns that whole stretch of the block from surf to mermaid and johnny tonys nephew ran the rooming house until the early 80s yep what memorie

  4. Arlene Amblard Says:

    I remember Rae Fuchs. I think she was related to Abe Fleminger who owned the rooming house (2922 W. 15th St.) during the 1950s. It could be that when Abe passed away, Rae inherited the house or managed it.
    Do you remember Abe Fleminger and his wife, Lena?
    Do you remember the pool (billiards) hall just on the first level of the building?
    It’s too bad that building was demolished in order for the parking lot to be expanded and purchased by Garguilio’s restaurant across the street.
    Do you remember any of the tenants of that rooming house?
    I remember the names of Dave Altman, Lillian Sheridan, Tessie Dundy. They were friends of my mother.
    Those were the days!

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