Oral History Archive

Basil Jones
Jamaican-born chef at Footprints Caribbean Cafe in Coney Island and originator of Rasta Pasta
Theresa Giovinni
Coney Island resident who moved here as a high school student talks about her neighborhood
Slava Polishchuk
Russian-born artist preserves the past as book and paper conservator at Brooklyn College Library
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
Hector George Wallace
An immigrant sign painter recounts his journey from Jamaica and the UK to Coney Island.
Terry Zheng
5D Cinema entrepreneur on Coney Island's Bowery
Boris Kotlyar
Mermaid Spa founder talks about bringing the Russian banya tradition to Coney Island
Eva Zucker
Memories of a Yiddish literary household in 1940's and 1950's Coney Island and Sea Gate
Mr. Luong
Coney Island homeowner recalls fleeing Vietnam with his family in 1981 and settling in New York City
Max and Stef
Getting engaged on the Wonder Wheel, the most romantic ride in the world
Carmen Arcendiaga
Memories of family picnics under the Boardwalk and making new memories at Spook-A-Rama
Ho Cheung Li
Mermaid Avenue pharmacist dispenses news and advice to new immigrants
Jodie Bell
Jodie Bell visits the Coney Island History Project and discovers a 1950s photograph of her Aunt, Rachel Bell, as Miss Coney Island
Levent Demirgil
Turkish store owner returns to Coney Island as restaurateur three years after Hurricane Sandy
Frank Newlands
A look behind the scenes at Steeplechase Park
Leon Borzykowski
Leon Borzykowski and his daughter Barbara Brown describe the family's escape from Poland to Coney Island after the Holocaust
Galina Mogurova
Surviving Hurricane Sandy in Coney Island's West End