Oral History Archive

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Anne Green
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s
Yeva Novik
A 90-year-old Coney Island resident recounts her journey from Moscow to Southern Brooklyn
Frank Gurrera
Machinist at MTA's Coney Island Overhaul and Repair Shop and oldest active TWU Local 100 member
George Ancona
The art of growing up Mexican American in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s
Connie Scacciaferro
Memories of going to Coney Island Beach as a child in the 1930's and a teenager in the '40s
Edith Storch
Memories of growing up on West 36th Street in Coney Island's West End
Van Milana
Grandson of sword swallower Joseph "Ajax" Milana and DeWise Purdin "The Handless Sharpshooter"
Deena Metzger
Writer, poet and healer who grew up in a Yiddish literary family in Sea Gate during World War II
Josephine Gargiulo Cassata
Daughter of Gargiulo's founder was born in an apartment above Coney Island's famous restaurant
Ida Rosenblum Gambrell
Memories of Coney Island in the 1920s and '30s
Charles Berkman
Memories of growing up in Coney Island during the Great Depression and 55 years practicing law
Joel Zika
The founder of the Dark Ride Project on documenting Spook-A-Rama and other historic dark rides
Charles Robert Feltman
Charles Robert Feltman, great-grandson of Feltmans Restaurant founder and hot dog inventor Charles Feltman
Antoinette Balzano
Granddaughter of Anthony "Totonno" Pero tells the story of how he founded Totonno's Pizzeria in 1924
Commendatore Aldo Mancusi
Memories of Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s and growing up in Brooklyn in an Italian family
Louise Milano
Louise Milano's mother, Carolina, operated Carolina Restaurant on Mermaid Avenue for 60 years
Mary Loretta Hood
Mary Hood came to Coney Island as a child and worked on the Bowery well into her 90s
Judge Steve Arniotes
The story behind the Boardwalk Lido Restaurant and the family who operated it from 1927 until 1960