Oral History Archive

Filtering by Steeplechase Park back to all
Greg Birbil
Greg Birbil's father, Paul, was a candy maker who owned the Paradise Ice Cream Parlor on Surf Avenue
Barbara Unterman Jones
Memories of being one of the first families to move into Gravesend Houses in 1954 and growing up there
Alonzo Kittrels
Memories of bus trips to Coney Island with the Good Will Family Club from the 1940's through 1961
Jim Lucarelli
Memories of operating Steeplechase Park's Sports Car ride in 1963-1964 and fighting the Ravenhall fire
Richard Glazer-Danay
Artist who grew up in Coney Island and whose artwork celebrates his Mohawk iron worker ancestry
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
Anne Green
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s
George Ancona
The art of growing up Mexican American in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s
Arthur Nintzel
Boyhood memories of Ocean Tide Baths and the B&B Carousell's Lincoln horse
Rob Weissbard
Milton Berger's nephew describes adventures at Steeplechase Park with Coney's great showman
Carmela
Growing up on West 16th Street between Mermaid and Neptune in a cold water flat in the 1940s and '50s
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
Susan Meyer
Memories of growing up in the 1940s and '50s in a tight-knit Jewish community in Coney Island
Michael Goldstein (Looch)
Memories of growing up on Mermaid Avenue and working games in Coney Island from age twelve
Jeffrey Eisenmesser
Former teacher at Mark Twain Junior High School recalls his Coney Island memories