Susan Meyer

Memories of growing up in the 1940s and '50s in a tight-knit Jewish community in Coney Island

Susan Meyer
Interview Date:
March 18, 2017



Susan Meyer (a.k.a Dalbir Khalsa) grew up on Sea Breeze Avenue across from Seaside Park, in what she describes as a tight-knit Jewish community of East European origins. She recalls going to Washington Baths and Steeplechase Park every summer with her mother, and such vanished sights as "under the Boardwalk" and neighborhood homes demolished to make way for Trump Village. As a teenager, Susan participated in group social activities organized by Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement. It was a time when Zionism was allied with left-wing politics, she says. Later she became involved with yoga and joined a meditative community. A graduate of P.S. 100 and Lincoln High School, Susan lived in Coney Island until she left Brooklyn at age 22.