Ita Bullard

Horace and Ita Bullard's attempt to transform Coney Island

Ita Bullard
Interview Date:
September 2020



Artist Ita Bullard worked for years with her husband Horace to build a world-class amusement park in Coney Island, only to have the project destroyed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Horace Bullard obtained a 99-year lease on the Steeplechase site and spent years purchasing the surrounding properties in a failed effort to combine them into a major attraction. Ita was born in Paris, France in 1940 at the beginning of the Second World War.  Being a Jew in German occupied France, Ita spent the first few years of her life in hiding with her family. Ita tells the story of crushed dreams, racism, and how her husband helped to save the Parachute Jump from being demolished. She is currently writing a screenplay adaptation of her life .