Oral History Archive

Filtering by Mermaid Avenue back to all
Alito Hernandez
From breakdancing on the streets of Coney Island with Fresh Kids to Peter Gennaro's Street Dreams
Andy Fuhrman
Memories of growing up in Coney Island Houses and on Mermaid Avenue in the 1950s and '60s
Gabriel Alegría
Jazz musician and bandleader of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet has lived in Coney Island for the past decade
Michael Goldstein (Looch)
Memories of growing up on Mermaid Avenue and working games in Coney Island from age twelve
Charles Berkman
Memories of growing up in Coney Island during the Great Depression and 55 years practicing law
Johanna Gargiulo Sherman
Artist and Coney Island resident recalls growing up on Mermaid Avenue above Carolina Restaurant
Santos Torres
Coney Island resident for 43 years, community gardener and musician
Bonnie Kong
Growing up in Coney Island and becoming invested in the community
Louise Milano
Louise Milano's mother, Carolina, operated Carolina Restaurant on Mermaid Avenue for 60 years
Boris Kotlyar
Mermaid Spa founder talks about bringing the Russian banya tradition to Coney Island
Ho Cheung Li
Mermaid Avenue pharmacist dispenses news and advice to new immigrants
Ronald Stewart
Community activist and resident of Coney Island for 50 years
Jimmy Prince
Proprietor of Major Markets, Coney Island's oldest butcher shop
Sabino Eugenio and Magda Perez
Owners of Mermaid Prime Meats in Coney Island
Edwin Cosme
Business Owner and Founder of the Coney Island Sports Foundation
David Mamasoff
His father sold frozen seafood to Nathan's
Lauragay Scarnaco-Albergo
Grew up in Coney Island
Goldie Durlester
Depression-era resident and survivor of the 1932 fire