Oral History Archive

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Tara Altebrando
Author of Dreamland Social Club, a novel set in Coney Island, who got engaged on the Wonder Wheel
Alan Fine
Memories of Washington Baths Annex in the 1950s and meeting his wife there when they were children
Ellen Abrams
Memories of growing up on West 29th Street and meeting her lifeguard husband on Coney Island Beach
Martin Abrams
Brooklynite who was a lifeguard in the 1950s and met his wife of 60 years on Coney Island Beach
Natalie Johnson
Memories of having a season locker at Ravenhall and Washington Baths Annex in the 1950s and '60s
Ita Bullard
Horace and Ita Bullard's attempt to transform Coney Island
Norman Stock
Poet who grew up in Coney Island and was one of Dr. Couney's incubator babies
David Louie
David Louie's family owned the popular Wah Mee Restaurant on Mermaid Avenue
Theresa Veldez
Bungalows and fires in the West End in the 1960s
John Hunt
Model builder of roller coasters and amusement rides including the Cyclone and Deno's Wonder Wheel
Amparo Garcia
Lifelong Brighton Beach resident shares stories of Brighton Beach then and now
Jeffrey Berman
Longtime Sea Gate resident and watercolor artist who teaches at Seaside Innovative Senior Center
Emmanuel Elpenord
An actor's memories of growing up in Sea Rise apartments and a souvenir of the Wonder Wheel
Nancy Gabriel
Memories of visiting Uncle Pete, who ran a food concession at Steeplechase Pool in the 1930s-50s
Greg Birbil
Greg Birbil's father, Paul, was a candy maker who owned the Paradise Ice Cream Parlor on Surf Avenue
Michael Liff
Memories of working at the Tornado roller coaster and other Coney Island rides and games in the 1970s
Sheldon Krimsky
Memories of growing up on West 29th Street in Coney Island in the 1940s and '50s
Barbara Unterman Jones
Memories of being one of the first families to move into Gravesend Houses in 1954 and growing up there