Oral History Archive

Filtering by emigration and immigration back to all
Naum Barash
A Coney Island Polar Bear recounts his 50 years of winter swimming in Ukraine and Brooklyn
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
Courtney King
Jamaican-born artist and Coney Island resident
Mohammed Saad Ali
Actor and playwright whose new play A Lonely Night in Coney Island is set on the Boardwalk
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
Julio Sauce
Ecuadorian-born Gravesend resident is among NYC's fastest long-distance runners in his age category
Irina Roizin
Founder and director of Brighton Ballet Theater, now celebrating its 30th year
Zinovy Pritsker
Musician and founder of a jazz big band recounts his journey from Leningrad to Southern Brooklyn
Viktor Vassiliev
New York Bread co-owner talks about baking 30 different kinds of Russian bread in Coney Island
Jorge Gallegos
Working year-round at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park for 30 years
Dalia Vazquez and Raymundo Bardomiano
Dalia Vazquez and Raymundo Bardomiano own Tacos Doña Zita on Coney Island's Bowery
Aisuluu Sartbaeva
Journalist and PTA President of I.S. 303 moved to Coney Island from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia
Gabriel Valencia
Twenty years as part of the family at Gregory & Paul's and Paul's Daughter on the Coney Island Boardwalk
Marina Rubin
Ukrainian emigre writer and author of Stealing Cherries, a collection of flash fiction
Misha Mokretsov
Founder and head coach at New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island
Abiodun Bello
A Coney Island Polar Bear talks about the health benefits and natural high of winter swimming