Oral History Archive

Alito Hernandez
From breakdancing on the streets of Coney Island with Fresh Kids to Peter Gennaro's Street Dreams
Silvana, Adrianne and Silverio Conte
Silvana, Adrianne and Silverio Conte, owners of 51-year-old SAS Italian Records in Bensonhurst
Yi Xin Tong (in English)
Living in Gravesend, artist from China's Mount Lushan feels closest to home at Coney Island Creek
Yi Xin Tong (in Chinese)
Living in Gravesend, artist from China's Mount Lushan feels closest to home at Coney Island Creek
Connie Scacciaferro
Memories of going to Coney Island Beach as a child in the 1930's and a teenager in the '40s
Jewel Hough
Working at Coney Island's Deno's Wonder Wheel Park for 18 Years
Arthur Nintzel
Boyhood memories of Ocean Tide Baths and the B&B Carousell's Lincoln horse
Ahmed Hussain
Memories of a boyhood helping out in his family's store in Coney Island and learning to play pinball
Rob Weissbard
Milton Berger's nephew describes adventures at Steeplechase Park with Coney's great showman
Carmela
Growing up on West 16th Street between Mermaid and Neptune in a cold water flat in the 1940s and '50s
Mindy Gress
Memories of growing up on Coney Island's first block and working in the Cyclone photobooth's darkroom
Lisa Marie Pompilio
Horses, hot type, tattoos, sideshows, and graphic design
Ralph Avella
Memories of working on the Coney Island Parachute Jump's operation crew at age 16
Ron Vernon
Lifelong stickball player and Coney Island lifeguard for 48 years
Abby Jordan
Growing up Latina in Brighton Beach with a special connection to nature and the ocean
Kai Fung
Homeowner in Coney Island's West End for almost 30 years and first member of his family to settle here
Bill Zeidenberg
Memories of growing up on Brighton First Court and a summer job renting beach chairs in Coney Island
Lou Nasti
Mechanical display creator who redid the tricks for Astroland's Dante's Inferno dark ride in the 1990s