Candi Rafael

Coney Island carny kid and water race game operator on the Bowery

Candi Rafael
Interview Date:
September 12, 2016


Candi Rafael, whose family operates games on Coney Island's Bowery, grew up here and started helping out as an eight-year-old. Now 22, she says "I have to say it's made me stronger." She says working here has taught her the value of hard work as well as creativity. She repeats the spiel that she uses to call people in to play the games and describes what it's like to work here. "I can't give up Coney Island, it's my home," she says, even if it's just to work here.