Jeffrey L. Wilson

Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1980s and '90s and Faber's Fascination Arcade

Jeffrey L. Wilson is a Senior Software Analyst at PC Magazine, where he writes about video games, mobile apps, and other tech subjects. He shares memories of growing up in Coney Island, where his family moved to O'Dwyer Gardens from Flatbush in 1986.  Jeffrey and his friends were regulars at Surf Avenue's Faber's Fascination arcade which was open year round. He recalls the video games he played there, including Street Fighter II, which introduced competitive two-player action and changed the nature of the arcade scene in 1991.  A graduate of John Dewey High School, Kingsborough Community College and Brooklyn College, Jeffrey lived in Coney Island until 2006 and reflects on the rapid changes and development of recent years.