Oral History Archive

Grace Lo
Homeowner and community activist in Coney Island's West End for almost 30 years
Charles Robert Feltman
Charles Robert Feltman, great-grandson of Feltmans Restaurant founder and hot dog inventor Charles Feltman
Steve Larkin
Memories of working at a Coney Island beach chair and umbrella rental company as a teen in the 1970s
Johanna Gargiulo Sherman
Artist and Coney Island resident recalls growing up on Mermaid Avenue above Carolina Restaurant
Kite Flyers at Coney Island Kite Festival
Kite flyers Billy Echeverria, Nicholas Rowe, Kurtis Jones and Charles Stewart at Coney Island's Kite Festival
Lawrence Mach
Chef and owner of the Vendy Award winning Coney Shack food cart
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
Antoinette Balzano
Granddaughter of Anthony "Totonno" Pero tells the story of how he founded Totonno's Pizzeria in 1924
Gene Ritter
Founder of Cultural Research Divers shares his knowledge of oceans, estuaries, and Coney Island Creek
Alfie Davis
Long-time Coney Island resident tells the story of three generations of her family
Derrick Batts
Coney Island resident and proprietor of Coney Island Hook and Bait Shop
Florian Freitag
Visiting scholar whose research interests include theme park studies
Candi Rafael
Coney Island carny kid and water race game operator on the Bowery
Irina Roizin
Founder and director of Brighton Ballet Theater, now celebrating its 30th year
Marie Martorano
Bensonhurst native recalls riding Spook-A-Rama and playing Fascination in the 1970s
Kathy Duke O'Melia
Girlhood memories of summering in a Coney Island bungalow in the 1950s
Santos Torres
Coney Island resident for 43 years, community gardener and musician