Oral History Archive

Filtering by 2010 - 2019 back to all
Steven Feinstein
Reflections on running Wilensky Hardware, a 100-year-old family business on Mermaid Avenue
Steve Campanella
Collector of 1950's and '60s memorabilia whose Bensonhurst home is known as the Statue House
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
Boan Lin (Master Lin)
Tai chi master who was born in China shares memories of practicing and teaching his art in Brooklyn
Yeva Novik
A 90-year-old Coney Island resident recounts her journey from Moscow to Southern Brooklyn
Natasha Lvovich
Moscow-born Coney Island resident, writer of creative nonfiction and fiction, and professor of English
Jewel Hough
Working at Coney Island's Deno's Wonder Wheel Park for 18 Years
Ahmed Hussain
Memories of a boyhood helping out in his family's store in Coney Island and learning to play pinball
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
Carol Barry
Memories of living in the newly opened Luna Park Houses in the 1960s
Tymell Murphy
Professional basketball player and author of a book of poems and stories who grew up in Coney Island
Maria Schwab
Growing up in Gravesend and going to Coney Island in the 1960s and living there today
Esther Delgado
Growing up in Gravesend and going to Coney Island in the 1940s and living there today
Irina Ginzburg (Upa)
Stand-up comedian and founder of the Coney Island Comedy Festival
Stanley Shapiro
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1940s and going back four times a year
Ellina Graypel
Singer, musician and composer who lives in Sea Gate