Ronald Stewart

Community activist and resident of Coney Island for 50 years

When this interview was recorded in 2007, Ron Stewart had lived in Coney Island for exactly half a century. He has worked as the director of a youth program and a parole officer, owned a local bookstore and barber shop, and is active in the community. Born in Harlem Hospital, his family moved to an Ocean Parkway rooming house when he was 5 years old. He recounts his childhood and the various places he has lived in Coney Island, including bungalow colonies, Mermaid Houses, O'Dwyer Houses, West 33rd Street, and his current home, which is one of the houses built by Astella Development in response to urban renewal projects. He also comments on the changes and the waves of urban renewal Coney has experienced over the years and its effects.