Oral History Archive

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Reverend Cliff Herring
The Roller Coaster Reverend shares stories of Cyclone weddings
Monica Ghee
Coney Island native and longtime independent game operator on Jones Walk
Jeffrey Berman
Longtime Sea Gate resident and watercolor artist who teaches at Seaside Innovative Senior Center
Carole Scheer
Her father, Anthony Cosmo Pomaro, owned Cosmo Topper's Beauty Parlor on Mermaid Avenue
Stanley Fox
Retired Coney Island arcade operator recalls his family's 30-plus years in the business
Stanley Fox, Part 2
Retired arcade operator's memories of when Coney Island's amusements were open in the wintertime
Silvana, Adrianne and Silverio Conte
Silvana, Adrianne and Silverio Conte, owners of 51-year-old SAS Italian Records in Bensonhurst
Mindy Gress
Memories of growing up on Coney Island's first block and working in the Cyclone photobooth's darkroom
Ron Vernon
Lifelong stickball player and Coney Island lifeguard for 48 years
Edith Storch
Memories of growing up on West 36th Street in Coney Island's West End in the 1930s
Billy Blitzer
Longtime baseball scout for the Chicago Cubs and Sea Gate resident
Sam Moses
Sign-painting legend, musician and Sea Gate resident
Van Milana
Grandson of sword swallower Joseph "Ajax" Milana and DeWise Purdin "The Handless Sharpshooter"
Karen Dawn Blondel
Environmental justice organizer who was born in Coney Island and raised here in the 1960s and '70s
Jay Green (Gerald Greenberg)
Three-time International Jugglers Association champion and resident of Southern Brooklyn
Chris "Daze" Ellis
Artist whose Coney Island-themed work includes solo and community murals at Coney Art Walls
Irene Karas
Sea Gate resident on her girlhood memories of Coney Island and passing them on to her daughter
Eric Safyan
Architect who grew up in Coney Island in the 1980s and designed the renovated Ruby's Bar & Grill