Oral History Archive

Filtering by 2000 - 2009 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
Eliot Wofse
A Coney Island native's memories of running amusement games
Dionne Brown (D.L. Jordan)
Lifelong Coney Island resident and author of Living Life Like It's Golden
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
Candi Rafael
Coney Island carny kid and water race game operator on the Bowery
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
April Leong
Founder and principal of Coney Island's Liberation Diploma Plus High School
Albert Apuzzi and Dori Ten
Coney Island handball champions Albert Apuzzi and Dori Ten on the mecca of handball
Sarah Beetson
UK illustrator based in Australia who created her own summer-long artist residency in Coney Island