Robert Whitney

Memories of a gorilla show, a bungalow colony, and an underground city beside the beach

Robert Whitney
Interview Date:
September 2018


Coney Island native Robert Whitney has lived here all his life and worked in the amusement area for decades. He recalls doing electrical work starting in the 1980s for amusement operators Norman Kaufman, Ronnie Guerrero, "The Twins," and Jeff Brooks.  Whitney grew up on West 28th Street between Mermaid and Neptune and now lives on West 24th.  Among his memories are a gorilla show in which his brother played the gorilla, the bungalows at West 33rd Street, and "an underground city" at 12th Street and the beach.