Gloria Nicholson

Memories of growing up in a Jones Walk rooming house in 1940s Coney Island

Gloria Nicholson
Interview Date:
January 18, 2018


Gloria Nicholson was born in Coney Island in 1940 and grew up in a rooming house that her mother Josephine Boyce managed on Jones Walk and the Bowery. It overlooked the Virginia Reel and Wonder Wheel, which she often rode.  During the summer her father Sakuzo "Tish" Tashiro managed a scooter ride owned by the Handwerkers and located next to Nathan's. She reminisces about unusual attractions and the cast of characters who populated her childhood including Ned Tilyou, Tirza's Wine Baths, Shatzkin's Knishes, the Shark Lady, and fortune-telling myna birds.

Gloria Nicholson passed away on April 25, 2023 at the age of 82.