Oral History Archive

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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
Sara Schneider
Got a tattoo of the Astroland Rocket in honor of her first date in Coney Island
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
Rebecca Diamond
A five-year-old describes her visit to Coney Island
Mohammed Saad Ali
Actor and playwright whose new play A Lonely Night in Coney Island is set on the Boardwalk
Joel Zika
The founder of the Dark Ride Project on documenting Spook-A-Rama and other historic dark rides
Vincent Cutrone
Owner of Octopus Garden in Gravesend
Chia-Ti Chiu
Teaching Yoga on the Beach in Coney Island
Eliot Wofse
A Coney Island native's memories of running amusement games
Dionne Brown (D.L. Jordan)
Lifelong Coney Island resident and author of Living Life Like It's Golden
Barry Yanowitz
Growing up in Coney Island in the 1970s and '80s and coming back to photograph it
Ronald Wimberly
Storyteller, cartoonist and designer whose graphic novel Prince of Cats is partly set in 1980's Coney Island
Grace Lo
Homeowner and community activist in Coney Island's West End for almost 30 years