Oral History Archive

Filtering by 2010 - 2019 back to all
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
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
Mary Engel
Filmmaker and archivist whose parents collaborated on the film Little Fugitive in Coney Island
Stella Bacolas
Growing up in Greece and living in Coney Island's Luna Park Houses since the 1970s
Sofya Dudnik
Embroidery artist and Coney Island resident who emigrated from Moscow in 2010
Ronald Kannatt (The Prince of Coney Island)
Twenty years at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park's Karaoke on the Boardwalk
Angela Kravtchenko
Architect who is a Coney Island resident and a community activist
Sofya Lobova
A longtime resident of Haber Houses and leader of the Russian-speaking community