Oral History Archive

Filtering by Coney Island Beach back to all
Alonzo Kittrels
Memories of bus trips to Coney Island with the Good Will Family Club from the 1940's through 1961
Melody Andorfer
"Hot Dog Queen" and Winner of the 1972 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest
Marie Navarro
A lifelong resident's memories of growing up in Coney Island's Gravesend Houses and Kaiser Park
Lois McLohon
Brooklynite who posed for a now iconic 1950's NY Daily News pin-up photo on Coney Island Beach
Gina Femia
Brooklyn-born playwright on her plays set in Coney Island and a marriage proposal on the beach
Dennis Thomas
President of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for the past 12 years and a member since the 1980s
Crystal Isley
Memories of growing up in Coney Island Houses in the 1980s and '90s
Connie Scacciaferro
Memories of going to Coney Island Beach as a child in the 1930's and a teenager in the '40s
Bill Zeidenberg
Memories of growing up on Brighton First Court and a summer job renting beach chairs in Coney Island
Irene Karas
Sea Gate resident on her girlhood memories of Coney Island and passing them on to her daughter
Ida Rosenblum Gambrell
Memories of Coney Island in the 1920s and '30s
Gladys Sandman and Lucille daCosta
Girlhood memories of growing up on West 5th Street in Coney Island before being displaced by Warbasse
Al Burgo
Memories of growing up on West 33rd Street in Coney Island and working on the Boardwalk in the 1960s
Chia-Ti Chiu
Teaching Yoga on the Beach in Coney Island
Steve Larkin
Memories of working at a Coney Island beach chair and umbrella rental company as a teen in the 1970s
Kite Flyers at Coney Island Kite Festival
Kite flyers Billy Echeverria, Nicholas Rowe, Kurtis Jones and Charles Stewart at Coney Island's Kite Festival
Allen James
Coney Islander, musician/songwriter in alt-rock band Newborn, lifeguard
Joanna Randall
Sand Sculpting Contestant