Oral History Archive

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Hawley Hussey
Sea Gate artist, writer, educator and year-round swimmer
Edith Storch
Memories of growing up on West 36th Street in Coney Island's West End
Billy Blitzer
Longtime baseball scout for the Chicago Cubs and Sea Gate resident
Stephen Gaffney
Artist and educator who restored the old signs and painted new ones for Paul's Daughter
Sam Moses
Sign-painting legend, musician and Sea Gate resident
Van Milana
Grandson of sword swallower Joseph "Ajax" Milana and DeWise Purdin "The Handless Sharpshooter"
Hyeyoung Kim and Michael Cooper
Composer and lyricist of Luna Park, a musical, on chronicling the partnership of Thompson and Dundy
Anthony Wang
Resident of senior housing in Coney Island was born in Shanghai and survived the Cultural Revolution
Chris "Daze" Ellis
Artist whose Coney Island-themed work includes solo and community murals at Coney Art Walls
Irene Karas
Sea Gate resident on her girlhood memories of Coney Island and passing them on to her daughter
Gabriel Alegría
Jazz musician and bandleader of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet has lived in Coney Island for the past decade
Eric Safyan
Architect who grew up in Coney Island in the 1980s and designed the renovated Ruby's Bar & Grill
Lola Glass (Lola the Illustrator)
A nine-year-old artist whose favorite place is Coney Island paints a mural at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park
Father Eugene Pappas
On growing up in Coney Island in the 1940s and the history of Greek-American businesses in the area
Josephine Gargiulo Cassata
Daughter of Gargiulo's founder was born in an apartment above Coney Island's famous restaurant
Mathylde Frontus
On growing up in Coney Island and founding the nonprofit Urban Neighborhood Services
Paul Sanchez
Coney Island singer/songwriter who wrote "A Coney Island Song"
Courtney King
Jamaican-born artist and Coney Island resident