Oral History Archive

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Jen Kepler
Educator at New York Aquarium and passionate observer of Brooklyn wildlife
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
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
Jeffrey Berman
Longtime Sea Gate resident and watercolor artist who teaches at Seaside Innovative Senior Center
Carole Scheer
Her father, Anthony Cosmo Pomaro, owned Cosmo Topper's Beauty Parlor on Mermaid Avenue
Frederick Brosen
Artist whose watercolors of the Astroland Rocket and Wonder Wheel sign are emblematic of Coney Island
Chris Cuomo
Memories of riding the Steeplechase Horses, Human Roulette Wheel and Parachute Jump 70 years ago
Gina Femia
Brooklyn-born playwright on her plays set in Coney Island and a marriage proposal on the beach
Linda Zhang
Coney Island homeowner for 19 years enjoys organic gardening and walking on the boardwalk
Sheila Levrant de Bretteville
Memories of growing up a block from the ocean and being head of Lincoln High School's Art Squad
Xin Song
Artist who used traditional Chinese paper cutting to create public art in Bay Parkway subway station
Allen James
Coney Islander, musician/songwriter in alt-rock band Newborn, lifeguard
Crystal Isley
Memories of growing up in Coney Island Houses in the 1980s and '90s
Robert Whitney
Memories of a gorilla show, a bungalow colony, and an underground city beside the beach
Yanglun Hsiao
A filmmaker and film editor from Taiwan living in Brighton Beach
Stanley Fox, Part 2
Retired arcade operator's memories of when Coney Island's amusements were open in the wintertime