Oral History Archive

Filtering by 1990 - 1999 back to all
Leonid Alaverdov
Tapestry artist and Coney Island resident whose work is inspired by his native Baku and New York City
Steven Feinstein
Reflections on running Wilensky Hardware, a 100-year-old family business on Mermaid Avenue
Steve Campanella
Collector of 1950's and '60s memorabilia whose Bensonhurst home is known as the Statue House
Dennis Thomas
President of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for the past 12 years and a member since the 1980s
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
Natasha Lvovich
Moscow-born Coney Island resident, writer of creative nonfiction and fiction, and professor of English
Mr. Luong
Coney Island homeowner recalls fleeing Vietnam with his family in 1981 and settling in New York City
Reverend Cliff Herring
The Roller Coaster Reverend shares stories of Cyclone weddings
Olga Martynchuk
Mother of professional boxing star Nikita Ababiy
Jen Kepler
Educator at New York Aquarium and passionate observer of Brooklyn wildlife
Ita Bullard
Horace and Ita Bullard's attempt to transform Coney Island
Jeffrey Berman
Longtime Sea Gate resident and watercolor artist who teaches at Seaside Innovative Senior Center
Gina Femia
Brooklyn-born playwright on her plays set in Coney Island and a marriage proposal on the beach
Stanley Fox
Retired Coney Island arcade operator recalls his family's 30-plus years in the business
Olga Lozar
A Sea Gate resident who is a Coney Island Polar Bear talks about the pleasures of winter swimming
Allen James
Coney Islander, musician/songwriter in alt-rock band Newborn, lifeguard
Crystal Isley
Memories of growing up in Coney Island Houses in the 1980s and '90s