Vera Carothers

Vera Carothers is a writer and audio producer based in Brooklyn. She recorded and edited interviews for the Coney Island History Project in 2017.  Vera holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, where she assembled an oral history of working class Providence as an intern for the Brown Swearer Center. She has worked as an assistant producer at WNYC and traveled the country as a bilingual facilitator with the StoryCorps Mobile Tour. Currently, she is an MFA candidate in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia University's School of the Arts. Vera speaks Spanish and French.


Reflections on the history of horse racing in Coney Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
A resident of Brooklyn and a high school English teacher, Teresa Genaro grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, where her family raced horses and going to the racetrack was an intrinsic part of her childhood.  The interview was recorded on the ten...
Jazz musician and bandleader of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet has lived in Coney Island for the past decade
Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Gabriel Alegría has lived on Coney Island's Mermaid Avenue since 2007.  The trumpet player, composer,  and bandleader of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet talks about what drew him to Coney Island, Afro-Peruvian jazz music and...