Oral History Archive

Filtering by 1990 - 1999 back to all
Jeffrey Eisenmesser
Former teacher at Mark Twain Junior High School recalls his Coney Island memories
Charles Berkman
Memories of growing up in Coney Island during the Great Depression and 55 years practicing law
Dionne Brown (D.L. Jordan)
Lifelong Coney Island resident and author of Living Life Like It's Golden
Donna Bianco
Memories of working as a police officer in Coney Island in the 1980s and '90s
Gregory Bitetzakis
Co-owner and operator of Gregory & Paul's for more than 50 years
Grace Lo
Homeowner and community activist in Coney Island's West End for almost 30 years
Johanna Gargiulo Sherman
Artist and Coney Island resident recalls growing up on Mermaid Avenue above Carolina Restaurant
Julio Sauce
Ecuadorian-born Gravesend resident is among NYC's fastest long-distance runners in his age category
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, now celebrating its 30th year
Santos Torres
Coney Island resident for 43 years, 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
Albert Apuzzi and Dori Ten
Coney Island handball champions Albert Apuzzi and Dori Ten on the mecca of handball
Jorge Gallegos
Working year-round at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park for 30 years
Anthony Martire
A family tradition of raising and racing homing pigeons in Coney Island
Martine Emile
Longtime Coney Island resident and cinematographer for a series of indie films shot here