Oral History Archive

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Sharon Tera
Sharon Tera's family operated Ethel's Restaurant on the Boardwalk in the 1940s and '50s
Carol Barry
Memories of living in the newly opened Luna Park Houses in the 1960s
Carlos Quinones
Memories of placing the Puerto Rican flag atop the Parachute Jump and driving the Mermaid Avenue bus
Jane McNeive Ennis
Memories of Ocean Tide Baths and Coney Island
Tymell Murphy
Professional basketball player and author of a book of poems and stories who grew up in Coney Island
Mark St Leon
Australian circus historian whose family performed at Coney Island's Luna Park in the early 1900s
Maria Schwab
Growing up in Gravesend and going to Coney Island in the 1960s and living there today
Esther Delgado
Growing up in Gravesend and going to Coney Island in the 1940s and living there today
Rena Stutman Rice
Memories of growing up in Brighton Beach in the 1950s and 60s
Irina Ginzburg (Upa)
Stand-up comedian and founder of the Coney Island Comedy Festival
Laura Numeroff
Children's book author's memories of Steeplechase, the Animal Nursery, and Brighton Beach Baths
Roland Summit
Author and historian of carousel horses and carvers and co-founder of the National Carousel Association
Janet Rubino
One of Dr. Couney's incubator babies
Stanley Shapiro
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1940s and going back four times a year
Tony Williams
Growing up in Coney Island as a teenager in the 1960s and '70s
Ellina Graypel
Singer, musician and composer who lives in Sea Gate
Cuzzo Sosay
Musical inspiration and meditation at Coney Island
Joyce Chopra
Groundbreaking filmmaker grew up in Sea Gate and on Mermaid Avenue