Oral History Archive

Filtering by 1950 - 1959 back to all
Anne Green
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s
Boan Lin (Master Lin)
Tai chi master who was born in China shares memories of practicing and teaching his art in Brooklyn
Yeva Novik
A 90-year-old Coney Island resident recounts her journey from Moscow to Southern Brooklyn
Sheila Levrant de Bretteville
Memories of growing up a block from the ocean and being head of Lincoln High School's Art Squad
Frank Gurrera
Machinist at MTA's Coney Island Overhaul and Repair Shop and oldest active TWU Local 100 member
Khonya Epstein
Author and leader of the Holocaust Survivors Group at Marks JCH of Bensonhurst
Stanley Fox, Part 2
Retired arcade operator's memories of when Coney Island's amusements were open in the wintertime
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
Arthur Nintzel
Boyhood memories of Ocean Tide Baths and the B&B Carousell's Lincoln horse
Carmela
Growing up on West 16th Street between Mermaid and Neptune in a cold water flat in the 1940s and '50s
Ron Vernon
Lifelong stickball player and Coney Island lifeguard for 48 years
Bill Zeidenberg
Memories of growing up on Brighton First Court and a summer job renting beach chairs in Coney Island
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"
Anthony Wang
Resident of senior housing in Coney Island was born in Shanghai and survived the Cultural Revolution
Marian Carbone and Anna Jackson
Memories of riding the Parachute Jump and Steeplechase horse race ride in the 1950s
Andy Fuhrman
Memories of growing up in Coney Island Houses and on Mermaid Avenue in the 1950s and '60s