Goldie Durlester

Lived through the Great Depression in Coney Island

Goldie Durlester
Interview Date:
July 16 2010


The History Project returned to an 85-year-old Goldie Durlester in July of 2010. In this interview, Goldie recalls more of the details of her daily life as a child during the Great Depression and as a teenager at the start of the World War II era. She recalls building igloos in the gutters of Mermaid Avenue after a blizzard in 1938 (no one owned cars that might get in the way). She also remembers her mother hiring a lady in the 30's to help with chores despite the fact that they lived in the slums themselves.

Goldie Durlester passed away on August 29, 2017 at 92.