Oral History Archive

Filtering by 1980 - 1989 back to all
Monica Ghee
Coney Island native and longtime independent game operator on Jones Walk
Alisa Minyukova
Brooklyn artist who emigrated from Russia as a child is drawn to Ocean Parkway and Brighton Beach
Steven Feinstein
Reflections on running Wilensky Hardware, a 100-year-old family business on Mermaid Avenue
Lorraine Ross
Resident of Coney Island for 47 years and retired transit cleaner at Stillwell Terminal
Steve Campanella
Collector of 1950's and '60s memorabilia whose Bensonhurst home is known as the Statue House
Lu Zhao
Calligrapher recounts his artistic journey from China's Guangdong Province to Brooklyn's Bensonhurst
Dennis Thomas
President of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for the past 12 years and a member since the 1980s
Shavon Meyers
A poet and storyteller on growing up in Coney Island at Gravesend Houses, the beach and Astroland
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
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
Crystal Isley
Memories of growing up in Coney Island Houses in the 1980s and '90s
Robert Whitney
Memories of a gorilla show, a bungalow colony, and an underground city beside the beach
Stanley Fox, Part 2
Retired arcade operator's memories of when Coney Island's amusements were open in the wintertime
Alito Hernandez
From breakdancing on the streets of Coney Island with Fresh Kids to Peter Gennaro's Street Dreams
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