Oral History Archive

Filtering by 2000 - 2009 back to all
Viktor Vassiliev
New York Bread co-owner talks about baking 30 different kinds of Russian bread in Coney Island
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
Bonnie Kong
Growing up in Coney Island and becoming invested in the community
Martine Emile
Longtime Coney Island resident and cinematographer for a series of indie films shot here
Georganna Deas
Coney Island resident Georganna Deas has spent forty years advocating for a better Coney Island
David Head
David Head tells the story of African-American inventor Granville T. Woods and his electric roller coaster
Gabriel Valencia
Twenty years as part of the family at Gregory & Paul's and Paul's Daughter on the Coney Island Boardwalk
Marina Rubin
Ukrainian emigre writer and author of Stealing Cherries, a collection of flash fiction
Basil Jones
Jamaican-born chef at Footprints Caribbean Cafe in Coney Island and originator of Rasta Pasta
Theresa Giovinni
Coney Island resident who moved here as a high school student talks about her neighborhood
Boris Kotlyar
Mermaid Spa founder talks about bringing the Russian banya tradition to Coney Island
Mr. Luong
Coney Island homeowner recalls fleeing Vietnam with his family in 1981 and settling in New York City
Ho Cheung Li
Mermaid Avenue pharmacist dispenses news and advice to new immigrants
Cornel Chan
"The Elvis of the East" and founder of Brooklyn Chinese-American Assn. Chorus
Tatyana Panteleyeva
From Tbilisi, Georgia to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Junaid Anwar
Pakistani immigrant and Lincoln High School graduate recounts living on West 15th St
Takeshi Yamada
Osaka-born artist creates sideshow curiosities in his Coney Island home