Joseph Albanese

87-year-old remembers the Nickel Empire

Joseph Albanese
Interview Date:
September 7 2009


Joseph Albanese returns to Coney Island after seventy years to talk about his memories of growing up there. He used to steam at the Washington Baths with his family, eat at Nathan's, and go on all the rides (including the train to get there) for a nickel. He recalls a time when police didn't allow bathing suits on the boardwalk even though bathing suits were very modest.