We're sad to learn that our friend Michael Goldstein, known as "Looch," passed away on December 16 at the age of 78 in North Carolina after heart surgery. A longtime game operator on Coney Island's Bowery, he started out in 1954 as a 12-year-old, earning 75 cents an hour, and by his fourth year was a partner in the game. "It was a different era, a different culture," he says in this oral history recorded in 2017 by Charles Denson for the Coney Island History Project.
Looch grew up at 2907 Mermaid Avenue in an apartment above Rosenberg's Deli and recalls all the stores and attractions in the neighborhood. His voice and memories are featured in Mermaid Avenue in the 1950's, a film by Charles Denson.