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Growing up in Greece and living in Coney Island's Luna Park Houses since the 1970s
Born in 1941 in Greece, Stella Bacolas shares memories of growing up there during World War II. "I tell my grandchild now, I didn't have my own bed until after I was 15, when I got to the United States." After settling in Bensonhurst, she moved to...
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At age 103, Coney Island resident shares her memories and secrets to a long and happy life
Born in 1920, Jeanette Bigelson grew up at 62 Cannon Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan when it was a neighborhood of working-class immigrants. She shares memories of her mother's homemade challah and noodles; friendly neighbors who kept...
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Memories of growing up in Coney Island and the family business, Shatzkin's Famous Knishes
Mort Shatzkin’s family owned one of Coney Island’s most beloved eateries, Shatzkin’s Famous Knishes. They operated stores at various locations in Coney Island from the 1940s through the 1970s, and Shatzkin's Coney Island Knishes at Kings Plaza ...
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Embroidery artist and Coney Island resident who emigrated from Moscow in 2010
"I could tell I'm a Coney Islander now because I really love this neighborhood," says Sofya Dudnik, an artist who emigrated from Moscow as a student in 2010. "I think it's one of the rare gems in the city and maybe in the whole United States. It's...
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Memories of growing up at Villanova Court, a bungalow resort in Coney Island, in the 1950s and '60s
Born in 1952, Ben Roubin shares memories of growing up at Villanova Court, a summer bungalow colony between the Boardwalk and Surf Avenue in Coney Island next to Sea Gate.  From the mid-1950s through 1968, his family co-owned and operated the resort...
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Twenty years at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park's Karaoke on the Boardwalk
Ronald Kannatt, who is affectionately known as "The Prince of Coney Island," has been singing and dancing at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park's Karaoke on the Boardwalk for the past 20 years. His signature song is Prince's "Jungle Love." Kannatt shares...
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Growing up in Sea Gate and Coney Island in the 1940s and '50s and moving back in the mid-1960s
Diana Wiener shares memories of growing up in Sea Gate and Coney Island in the 1940s and '50s, where she first learned to swim as a "water baby" on Beach 2  AKA "The Lagoon." Wiener remembers World War II blackouts, lookout towers for U-boats,...
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Architect who is a Coney Island resident and a community activist
Angela Kravtchenko is an architect, a resident of Coney Island, a community activist, and a new member of Community Board 13. She describes how she and her family chose to live in Coney Island after emigrating from Ukraine in the 1990s and living in...
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Memories of growing up on West 35th Street in Coney Island in the 1990s
JR Lopez shares memories of growing up in the 1990s on West 35th Street in a NYCHA building known locally as the Coconuts Building. His memories of Coney Island include going to PS 188; playing football on the beach and at Lincoln High School and...
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A longtime resident of Haber Houses and leader of the Russian-speaking community
This interview was conducted and recorded in Russian. Read Julia Kanin's Russian transcript and English translation below. Интервью проведено и записано на русском языке. Вы можете ознакомиться с траснскриптом и переводом Юлии Ханиной ниже. Sofya...
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