Oral History Archive

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Jeanette Bigelson
At age 103, Coney Island resident shares her memories and secrets to a long and happy life
Jeff Brooks
Tales of unusual dark rides, riots, the Tornado, and the Bowery
Keith Suber
Community activist and reformed gang member
Zohra Saed
Poet and writer from Afghanistan who grew up in Southern Brooklyn
Alexander Vindman
Retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who emigrated from Ukraine to Brighton Beach as a child
Angbeen Saleem
A poet and roller coaster lover describes her weekly ritual of riding the Coney Island Cyclone
Josh Wolfe
Chairman of Coney Island Prep on growing up in Coney Island and the charter school's first 15 years
Betya Shenker
Memories of World War II in Ukraine and immigrating to Southern Brooklyn
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
Tina Mednicoff Smokler
Growing up in Coney Island and being elected to Leon Friend's Art Squad at Lincoln High School
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
JR Lopez
Memories of growing up on West 35th Street in Coney Island in the 1990s
Sofya Lobova
A longtime resident of Haber Houses and leader of the Russian-speaking community
Kathy Fenyves
Memories of growing up in the newly opened Luna Park Houses in the 1960s and 1970s
Sonia Solano
Reflections on raising a family and working in Coney Island in the 1990s and 2000s