Oral History Archive

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Roy Omori
Growing up Japanese American in Coney Island in the 1950s and '60s
Ralph Avella
Memories of working on the Coney Island Parachute Jump's operation crew at age 16
Nancy Gabriel
Memories of visiting Uncle Pete, who ran a food concession at Steeplechase Pool in the 1930s-50s
Greg Birbil
Greg Birbil's father, Paul, was a candy maker who owned the Paradise Ice Cream Parlor on Surf Avenue
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
Anne Green
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s
Rob Weissbard
Milton Berger's nephew describes adventures at Steeplechase Park with Coney's great showman
Alan Kirschenbaum
Memories of growing up in Coney Island Houses in the 1950s and early '60s
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
Jane McNeive Ennis
Memories of Ocean Tide Baths and Coney Island
Laura Numeroff
Children's book author's memories of Steeplechase, the Animal Nursery, and Brighton Beach Baths
Stanley Shapiro
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1940s and going back four times a year
Joyce Chopra
Groundbreaking filmmaker grew up in Sea Gate and on Mermaid Avenue
Ellen Abrams
Memories of growing up on West 29th Street and meeting her lifeguard husband on Coney Island Beach
Natalie Johnson
Memories of having a season locker at Ravenhall and Washington Baths Annex in the 1950s and '60s