Barbara Unterman Jones

Memories of being one of the first families to move into Gravesend Houses in 1954 and growing up there

Barbara Unterman Jones
Interview Date:
December 18, 2019


Born in Brooklyn in 1949, Barbara Unterman Jones remembers moving to Coney Island's Gravesend Houses with her family in 1954 when the public housing project was brand new. Her first memory is of the road still being under construction and resembling a sandy beach. She recalls a sense of community with residents sitting on a bench in front of the building, seltzer delivery to her door, and having free run of the neighborhood, including the beach and boardwalk, as a child.