Oral History Archive

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
Marie Roberts
A painter with a Coney Island legacy
Jose Beth Smolensky
Juilliard trained musician whose family owned Washington Baths
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
Kyle Yapching & Steve DeCastro
First ride on The Cyclone
Louis Beard
Arcade game repairman
Peter Agrapides
Owner of Williams Candy and past owner of Fascination Arcade
D.J. Vourderis
D.J. Vourderis adds solar panels to the Wonder Wheel
Coney Island Vinny
Owner of Sheepshead Bay tattoo shop recounts when Coney Island's Stillwell Ave was "Tattoo Alley"
Steve Spak
Photographer who worked on a city ambulance for Coney Island Hospital in the late 1970's
Philomena Marano
Artist and co-founder of Coney Island Hysterical Society
Sol Handwerker
Nathan's son recounts his memories of growing up in the family business
Ronald Stewart
Community activist and resident of Coney Island for 50 years