Oral History Archive

Louis Beard
Arcade game repairman
Kyle Yapching & Steve DeCastro
First ride on The Cyclone
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
Jimmy Prince
Proprietor of Major Markets, Coney Island's oldest butcher shop
Daniel Blake (Africasso)
Artist and Champion Break-Dancer
Sam Shlivko
Growing up in the Russian community in Coney Island and Brighton Beach
Jay Green (Gerald Greenberg)
Three-time International Jugglers Association champion and resident of Southern Brooklynr
Adam RealMan
Coney Island native Adam RealMan Rinn bends steel with his bare hands!
John Rea Sr.
Owner of Peluso Machine and Iron Works
Jan Brown
A Brooklyn native's boyhood memories of Washington Baths and Steeplechase Park
Vincent Cutrone
Owner of Octopus Garden in Gravesend
George Rudes
Clothing company CEO George Rudes grew up in the shadow of the Half Moon Hotel