Surf Avenue

Memories of Coney Island in the 1920s and '30s
Born in Harlem, Ida Rosenblum Gambrell, now 94,  spent her childhood summers in Coney Island at her aunt's home on Surf Avenue and West 24th Street. Ida recalls her mother giving her and her sister 20 cents to take the train from 103rd Street to...
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A Coney Island native's memories of running amusement games
Eliot Wofse grew up in Luna Park Houses across the street from the amusement area, which he calls his playground. His elder brothers worked as game agents and regularly sent him off to play, for free, at Steeplechase Park and Playland Arcade. At...
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Clothing company CEO George Rudes grew up in the shadow of the Half Moon Hotel
George Rudes lived in Coney Island from 1930 until 1948 when he went off to college. He lived next door to the Half Moon Hotel on West 29th Street. His father, Leo Isaac Rudes, was president of the synagogues on Mermaid Avenue and the one on West...
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Taken from Surf Avenue looking north west. To the east of the main entrance to Luna Park is Kisters Hotel and Restaurant. The building survived numerous fires, and the demise of its famous neighbor, until the 1970's. "For nearly a hundred years, the...
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Nathan's son recounts his memories of growing up in the family business
As the son of the founder of Nathan's Famous, Sol Handwerker recounts some of the history of this iconic Coney Island fixture. Sol Handwerker passed away on September 24, 2016 at the age of 90.
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Page 09 of Coney Island - The People's Playground: Surf Avenue on a Hot Day A photograph showing the crowds on Surf Avenue on a hot day.
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Page 04-05 of Chamber of Commerce book: Coney Island New York, 1850 and Today; The Annual Mardi Gras Photographs include: Beach, crowded avenue scene and Mardi Gras floats Description of the annual Mardi Gras celebration and parade on Coney Island....
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Page 05 of Coney Island - The People's Playground: Surf Avenue and Public Park A photograph of a view of Surf Avenue and a Public Park.
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Page 07 of Coney Island - The People's Playground: Surf Avenue, Looking West A photograph showing Surf Avenue, Looking West filled with businesses and the random roller coaster.
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Page 12 of Coney Island - The People's History: A Condensed History of Coney Island, continued A textual narrative written by Major B. Franklin Waite, A.M., Ph.D., B.S., LL.D. about the origin of Coney Island as a community. Starting in 1844, the...
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