Oral History Archive

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
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