Peter Spanakos

Founder of the Sea Gate Historical Society

Peter Spanakos
Interview Date:
August 10 2010


Pete Spanakos first became familiar with Coney Island in the 1950's when he worked cleaning the beaches. In 1967, he moved into an historic home in Sea Gate built by Chrysler Building architect William Van Alen. Spanakos has a Golden Glove history along with his twin brother Nick who participated in the Olympics along with Cassius Clay in Rome in 1960. Spanakos describes some of the major changes in Coney Island in the decades he has been a member of the community.