Oral History Archive

Filtering by 1950 - 1959 back to all
Linda Kramer Evans
Girlhood memories of visiting Great-Aunt Molly who lived in the house under the roller coaster
Charles Robert Feltman
Great-grandson of Feltmans Restaurant founder and hot dog inventor Charles Feltman
Johanna Gargiulo Sherman
Artist and Coney Island resident recalls growing up on Mermaid Avenue above Carolina Restaurant
Antoinette Balzano
Granddaughter of Anthony "Totonno" Pero tells the story of how he founded Totonno's Pizzeria in 1924
Kathy Duke O'Melia
Girlhood memories of summering in a Coney Island bungalow in the 1950s
Commendatore Aldo Mancusi
Memories of Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s and growing up in Brooklyn in an Italian family
Anthony Martire
A family tradition of raising and racing homing pigeons in Coney Island
Louise Milano
Louise Milano's mother, Carolina, operated Carolina Restaurant on Mermaid Avenue for 60 years
Taty and Ralph Alicea
Mother and son remember the Laughing Lady at Coney's Magic Carpet Fun House
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
Eva Zucker
Memories of a Yiddish literary household in 1940's and 1950's Coney Island and Sea Gate
Morris Egert
Polish immigrant finds success with an Italian food stand in 1950s Coney Island
Joe Rysz
Visited Coney Island from Massachusetts as a boy
Stephanie Norr and Betty Cohn
Shared their 1950's childhood under the boardwalk
Dave Galler
Took the 13th Ave. trolley
Tommy Smith
Grew up in a Coney Island bungalow
Michael Onorato
Son of Steeplechase Park's general manager, James Onorato