Oral History Archive

Filtering by emigration and immigration back to all
Gabriel Valencia
Twenty years as part of the family at Gregory & Paul's and Paul's Daughter on the Coney Island Boardwalk
Marina Rubin
Ukrainian emigre writer and author of Stealing Cherries, a collection of flash fiction
Misha Mokretsov
Founder and head coach at New York Fencing Academy in Coney Island
Abiodun Bello
A Coney Island Polar Bear talks about the health benefits and natural high of winter swimming
Basil Jones
Jamaican-born chef at Footprints Caribbean Cafe in Coney Island and originator of Rasta Pasta
Slava Polishchuk
Russian-born artist preserves the past as book and paper conservator at Brooklyn College Library
Hector George Wallace
An immigrant sign painter recounts his journey from Jamaica and the UK to Coney Island.
Terry Zheng
5D Cinema entrepreneur on Coney Island's Bowery
Boris Kotlyar
Mermaid Spa founder talks about bringing the Russian banya tradition to Coney Island
Mr. Luong
Coney Island homeowner recalls fleeing Vietnam with his family in 1981 and settling in New York City
Ho Cheung Li
Mermaid Avenue pharmacist dispenses news and advice to new immigrants
Levent Demirgil
Turkish store owner returns to Coney Island as restaurateur three years after Hurricane Sandy
Cornel Chan
"The Elvis of the East" and founder of Brooklyn Chinese-American Assn. Chorus
Tatyana Panteleyeva
From Tbilisi, Georgia to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Junaid Anwar
Pakistani immigrant and Lincoln High School graduate recounts living on West 15th St
Takeshi Yamada
Osaka-born artist creates sideshow curiosities in his Coney Island home
Peter Agrapides
Owner of Williams Candy and past owner of Fascination Arcade
Peter Ioannou, Part 2
Coney Islander who was born in Cyprus tells his life story to his son