Oral History Archive

Filtering by 1930 - 1939 back to all
Josephine Gargiulo Cassata
Daughter of Gargiulo's founder was born in an apartment above Coney Island's famous restaurant
Ida Rosenblum Gambrell
Memories of Coney Island in the 1920s and '30s
Charles Berkman
Memories of growing up in Coney Island during the Great Depression and 55 years practicing law
Joel Zika
The founder of the Dark Ride Project on documenting Spook-A-Rama and other historic dark rides
Charles Robert Feltman
Charles Robert Feltman, great-grandson of Feltmans Restaurant founder and hot dog inventor Charles Feltman
Antoinette Balzano
Granddaughter of Anthony "Totonno" Pero tells the story of how he founded Totonno's Pizzeria in 1924
Commendatore Aldo Mancusi
Memories of Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s and growing up in Brooklyn in an Italian family
Louise Milano
Louise Milano's mother, Carolina, operated Carolina Restaurant on Mermaid Avenue for 60 years
Mary Loretta Hood
Mary Hood came to Coney Island as a child and worked on the Bowery well into her 90s
Judge Steve Arniotes
The story behind the Boardwalk Lido Restaurant and the family who operated it from 1927 until 1960
Jose Beth Smolensky
Juilliard trained musician whose family owned Washington Baths
George Rudes
Clothing company CEO George Rudes grew up in the shadow of the Half Moon Hotel
Joseph Svehlak
Fond memories of Coney Island
Pat Lingenbach
Avid weekender in Coney Island
Rose Patton
Lived next door to Luna Park
Corinne Robbins
Grew up a daredevil in New York City
Harry Gans
Lived in Coney Island from 1938 thru early 1950's
Goldie Durlester
Lived through the Great Depression in Coney Island