Carlos Quinones

Memories of placing the Puerto Rican flag atop the Parachute Jump and driving the Mermaid Avenue bus

Carlos Quinones


Carlos Quinones, 72, is a longtime Coney Island resident who’s well known for his collection of classic cars. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a retired MTA employee who drove the Mermaid Avenue bus for many years. In this interview he clears up the mystery of who placed the Puerto Rican Flag on top of the Parachute Jump every Fourth of July during the early 1970s.