Oral History Archive

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
Cornel Chan
"The Elvis of the East" and founder of Brooklyn Chinese-American Assn. Chorus
Tatyana Panteleyeva
From Tbilisi, Georgia to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Junaid Anwar
Pakistani immigrant and Lincoln High School graduate recounts living on West 15th St
Takeshi Yamada
Osaka-born artist creates sideshow curiosities in his Coney Island home
Beth Allen
Beth Allen recounts her origins as an "incubator baby" in Dr. Martin Couney's sideshow
Jose Beth Smolensky
Juilliard trained musician whose family owned Washington Baths
Marie Roberts
A painter with a Coney Island legacy
Sal Corona
Coney Island businessman
Walter "Shorty" Arsenault
Long-time manager of Astroland's Kiddieland
Sue, Susan and Larry Fox
Descendants of Max "Kid Twist" Zweifach