Oral History Archive

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Anthony Wang
Resident of senior housing in Coney Island was born in Shanghai and survived the Cultural Revolution
April Leong
Founder and principal of Coney Island's Liberation Diploma Plus High School
Lolita Divilova
Community Board 13 member and Brightwater Towers homeowner and board member
Steven Feinstein
Reflections on running Wilensky Hardware, a 100-year-old family business on Mermaid Avenue
Jewel Hough
Working at Coney Island's Deno's Wonder Wheel Park for 18 Years
Ahmed Hussain
Memories of a boyhood helping out in his family's store in Coney Island and learning to play pinball
Ho Cheung Li
Mermaid Avenue pharmacist dispenses news and advice to new immigrants
Olga Martynchuk
Mother of professional boxing star Nikita Ababiy
Olga Lozar
A Sea Gate resident who is a Coney Island Polar Bear talks about the pleasures of winter swimming
Hawley Hussey
Sea Gate artist, writer, educator and year-round swimmer
Gabriel Alegría
Jazz musician and bandleader of the Afro-Peruvian Sextet has lived in Coney Island for the past decade
Mathylde Frontus
On growing up in Coney Island and founding the nonprofit Urban Neighborhood Services
Grace Lo
Homeowner and community activist in Coney Island's West End for almost 30 years
Shirley Aikens
Community activist and president of the Carey Gardens Tenants Association
Santos Torres
Coney Island resident for 43 years, community gardener and musician
Viktor Vassiliev
New York Bread co-owner talks about baking 30 different kinds of Russian bread in Coney Island
Jorge Gallegos
Working year-round at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park for 30 years
Theresa Giovinni
Coney Island resident who moved here as a high school student talks about her neighborhood