Oral History Archive

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Alonzo Kittrels
Memories of bus trips to Coney Island with the Good Will Family Club from the 1940's through 1961
Lois McLohon
Brooklynite who posed for a now iconic 1950's NY Daily News pin-up photo on Coney Island Beach
Richard Glazer-Danay
Artist who grew up in Coney Island and whose artwork celebrates his Mohawk iron worker ancestry
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
Connie Scacciaferro
Memories of going to Coney Island Beach as a child in the 1930's and a teenager in the '40s
Ralph Avella
Memories of working on the Coney Island Parachute Jump's operation crew at age 16
Marian Carbone and Anna Jackson
Memories of riding the Parachute Jump and Steeplechase horse race ride in the 1950s
Irene Karas
Sea Gate resident on her girlhood memories of Coney Island and passing them on to her daughter
Commendatore Aldo Mancusi
Memories of Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s and growing up in Brooklyn in an Italian family
Frank Newlands
A look behind the scenes at Steeplechase Park
Richard White
Marine science teacher at Edward R. Murrow High School recalls his Coney Island memories
Leni Schwendinger
Parachute Jump lighting designer
Carol and Dennis Thompson
First visit since 1961
Joe Rysz
Visited Coney Island from Massachusetts as a boy
Stephanie Norr and Betty Cohn
Shared their 1950's childhood under the boardwalk
Michael Onorato
Son of Steeplechase Park's general manager, James Onorato
Joseph Svehlak
Fond memories of Coney Island