Oral History Archive

Filtering by 2010 - 2019 back to all
John Hunt
Model builder of roller coasters and amusement rides including the Cyclone and Deno's Wonder Wheel
Amparo Garcia
Lifelong Brighton Beach resident shares stories of Brighton Beach then and now
Stanislav Baev
Coney Island resident and founder of the not-for-profit American Alliance for Protection of Animals
Jeffrey Berman
Longtime Sea Gate resident and watercolor artist who teaches at Seaside Innovative Senior Center
Juanhua Zhao
Tai chi teacher at Coney Island's Seaside Innovative Senior Center shares her life story
Gabriel Valencia (in Spanish)
Twenty-five years at Gregory & Paul's and Paul's Daughter on the Coney Island Boardwalk
Emmanuel Elpenord
An actor's memories of growing up in Sea Rise apartments and a souvenir of the Wonder Wheel
Monica Ghee
Coney Island native and longtime independent game operator on Jones Walk
Alisa Minyukova
Brooklyn artist who emigrated from Russia as a child is drawn to Ocean Parkway and Brighton Beach
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
Lorraine Ross
Resident of Coney Island for 47 years and retired transit cleaner at Stillwell Terminal
Steve Campanella
Collector of 1950's and '60s memorabilia whose Bensonhurst home is known as the Statue House
Frederick Brosen
Artist whose watercolors of the Astroland Rocket and Wonder Wheel sign are emblematic of Coney Island
Lu Zhao
Calligrapher recounts his artistic journey from China's Guangdong Province to Brooklyn's Bensonhurst
Gina Femia
Brooklyn-born playwright on her plays set in Coney Island and a marriage proposal on the beach
Robert Serrano Jr.
Ride operator at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park for 11 years and Michael Jackson impressionist
Dennis Thomas
President of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for the past 12 years and a member since the 1980s