Oral History Archive

Filtering by 2000 - 2009 back to all
Irene Karas
Sea Gate resident on her girlhood memories of Coney Island and passing them on to her daughter
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
Father Eugene Pappas
On growing up in Coney Island in the 1940s and the history of Greek-American businesses in the area
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"
Courtney King
Jamaican-born artist and Coney Island resident
Jeffrey Eisenmesser
Former teacher at Mark Twain Junior High School recalls his Coney Island memories
Charles Berkman
Memories of growing up in Coney Island during the Great Depression and 55 years practicing law
Eliot Wofse
A Coney Island native's memories of running amusement games
Dionne Brown (D.L. Jordan)
Lifelong Coney Island resident and author of Living Life Like It's Golden
Gregory Bitetzakis
Co-owner and operator of Gregory & Paul's for more than 50 years
Grace Lo
Homeowner and community activist in Coney Island's West End for almost 30 years
Johanna Gargiulo Sherman
Artist and Coney Island resident recalls growing up on Mermaid Avenue above Carolina Restaurant
Julio Sauce
Ecuadorian-born Gravesend resident is among NYC's fastest long-distance runners in his age category
Shirley Aikens
Community activist and president of the Carey Gardens Tenants Association