Oral History Archive

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
Anthony Martire
A family tradition of raising and racing homing pigeons in Coney Island
Bonnie Kong
Growing up in Coney Island and becoming invested in the community
Connor Frontera
A young harmonica player born and raised in Coney Island
Dalia Vazquez and Raymundo Bardomiano
Dalia Vazquez and Raymundo Bardomiano own Tacos Doña Zita on Coney Island's Bowery
Martine Emile
Longtime Coney Island resident and cinematographer for a series of indie films shot here
Aisuluu Sartbaeva
Journalist and PTA President of I.S. 303 moved to Coney Island from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia
Patricia Sener
Sea Gate resident and co-founder of CIBBOWS - Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers
Craig Boyton Dudley
Craig Boyton Dudley, great-grandson of adventurer Paul Boyton, who built Coney Island's Sea Lion Park in 1895
Federico Ausbury and Maira Vergara
Husband-and-wife music duo Federico Ausbury and Maira Vergara of A Flying Dodo Society
Georganna Deas
Coney Island resident Georganna Deas has spent forty years advocating for a better Coney Island
Louise Milano
Louise Milano's mother, Carolina, operated Carolina Restaurant on Mermaid Avenue for 60 years
Taty and Ralph Alicea
Mother and son remember the Laughing Lady at Coney's Magic Carpet Fun House
David Head
David Head tells the story of African-American inventor Granville T. Woods and his electric roller coaster
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