Oral History Archive

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Connie Scacciaferro
Memories of going to Coney Island Beach as a child in the 1930's and a teenager in the '40s
Beth Allen
Beth Allen recounts her origins as an "incubator baby" in Dr. Martin Couney's sideshow
Jerry Omanoff
Memories of living in Coney Island from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s
Carol Polcovar
Writer and playwright who grew up in Coney Island from 1943 to 1956
John Philip Capello
Mystery artist who carved faces into rocks on the shoreline at Brighton Beach
Rachel Rosenberg Simon
Rachel Simon recalls her family's Deli Restaurant on Mermaid Avenue
Frieda Schwelke
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s and moving to Luna Park Houses in 1962
Sharon Tera
Sharon Tera's family operated Ethel's Restaurant on the Boardwalk in the 1940s and '50s
Jane McNeive Ennis
Memories of Ocean Tide Baths and Coney Island
Esther Delgado
Growing up in Gravesend and going to Coney Island in the 1940s and living there today
Rena Stutman Rice
Memories of growing up in Brighton Beach in the 1950s and '60s
Stanley Shapiro
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1940s and going back four times a year
Joyce Chopra
Groundbreaking filmmaker grew up in Sea Gate and on Mermaid Avenue
Ellen Abrams
Memories of growing up on West 29th Street and meeting her lifeguard husband on Coney Island Beach
Jeffrey Berman
Longtime Sea Gate resident and watercolor artist who teaches at Seaside Innovative Senior Center
Robert Levrini
Memories of growing up on West 5th Street and grandfather's shoe repair shop on Ocean Parkway
Chris Cuomo
Memories of riding the Steeplechase Horses, Human Roulette Wheel and Parachute Jump 70 years ago
Stanley Fox
Retired Coney Island arcade operator recalls his family's 30-plus years in the business