Oral History Archive

Gabriel Alegría
Jazz musician and bandleader of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet has lived in Coney Island for the past decade
Eric Safyan
Architect who grew up in Coney Island in the 1980s and designed the renovated Ruby's Bar & Grill
Michael Goldstein (Looch)
Memories of growing up on Mermaid Avenue and working games in Coney Island from age twelve
Lola Glass (Lola the Illustrator)
A nine-year-old artist whose favorite place is Coney Island paints a mural at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park
Father Eugene Pappas
On growing up in Coney Island in the 1940s and the history of Greek-American businesses in the area
Jeffrey L. Wilson
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1980s and '90s and Faber's Fascination Arcade
Josephine Gargiulo Cassata
Daughter of Gargiulo's founder was born in an apartment above Coney Island's famous restaurant
Mathylde Frontus
On growing up in Coney Island and founding the nonprofit Urban Neighborhood Services
Paul Sanchez
Coney Island singer/songwriter who wrote "A Coney Island Song"
Ida Rosenblum Gambrell
Memories of Coney Island in the 1920s and '30s
Courtney King
Jamaican-born artist and Coney Island resident
Jeffrey Eisenmesser
Former teacher at Mark Twain Junior High School recalls his Coney Island memories
Patricia Casola
Daughter of Coney Island artist, banner painter and Cyclops creator Dan Casola
Wesley Casola
Son of Coney Island artist, banner painter and Cyclops creator Dan Casola
Gladys Sandman and Lucille daCosta
Girlhood memories of growing up on West 5th Street in Coney Island before being displaced by Warbasse
Charles Berkman
Memories of growing up in Coney Island during the Great Depression and 55 years practicing law
Rebecca Diamond
A five-year-old describes her visit to Coney Island
Rosalie Diamond
Memories of going to Steeplechase Park as a teenager in the 1950s