Oral History Archive

Filtering by 1970 - 1979 back to all
Steve Larkin
Memories of working at a Coney Island beach chair and umbrella rental company as a teen in the 1970s
Johanna Gargiulo Sherman
Artist and Coney Island resident recalls growing up on Mermaid Avenue above Carolina Restaurant
Shirley Aikens
Community activist and president of the Carey Gardens Tenants Association
Antoinette Balzano
Granddaughter of Anthony "Totonno" Pero tells the story of how he founded Totonno's Pizzeria in 1924
Gene Ritter
Founder of Cultural Research Divers shares his knowledge of oceans, estuaries, and Coney Island Creek
Irina Roizin
Founder and director of Brighton Ballet Theater, founded in 1987
Marie Martorano
Bensonhurst native recalls riding Spook-A-Rama and playing Fascination in the 1970s
Michael Borruto
Revisiting the Spook-A-Rama and Wonder Wheel of his boyhood
Santos Torres
Coney Island resident since the 1970s, community gardener and musician
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
Georganna Deas
Coney Island resident Georganna Deas has spent forty years advocating for a better Coney Island
Louise Milano
Louise Milano's mother, Carolina, operated Carolina Restaurant on Mermaid Avenue for 60 years
Boris Kotlyar
Mermaid Spa founder talks about bringing the Russian banya tradition to Coney Island
Cornel Chan
"The Elvis of the East" and founder of Brooklyn Chinese-American Assn. Chorus
Joe Lazzaro
A member of the Iceberg Athletic Club from 1971-2007
John Rea
Began his career as a sign painter in Coney Island
Vivian Palo
Loved growing up and raising children in Coney Island