Oral History Archive

Father Maxim Pliskov
Russian Orthodox priest at Coney Island's St. John of Kronstadt Chapel for the Homeless
Frederick Brosen
Artist whose watercolors of the Astroland Rocket and Wonder Wheel sign are emblematic of Coney Island
Chris Cuomo
Memories of riding the Steeplechase Horses, Human Roulette Wheel and Parachute Jump 70 years ago
Lu Zhao
Calligrapher recounts his artistic journey from China's Guangdong Province to Brooklyn's Bensonhurst
Gina Femia
Brooklyn-born playwright on her plays set in Coney Island and a marriage proposal on the beach
Robert Serrano Jr.
Ride operator at Deno's Wonder Wheel Park for 11 years and Michael Jackson impressionist
Dennis Thomas
President of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for the past 12 years and a member since the 1980s
Linda Zhang
Coney Island homeowner for 19 years enjoys organic gardening and walking on the boardwalk
Shavon Meyers
A poet and storyteller on growing up in Coney Island at Gravesend Houses, the beach and Astroland
Anne Green
Memories of growing up in Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s
Tiana Camacho
A voice actor's reflections on how growing up in Coney Island in the 1990s shaped her imagination
Steve Burke
Memories of working at Coney Island's pony track as a boy in the 1940s for "no pay, just tips"
Boan Lin (Master Lin)
Tai chi master who was born in China shares memories of practicing and teaching his art in Brooklyn
Yeva Novik
A 90-year-old Coney Island resident recounts her journey from Moscow to Southern Brooklyn
Patrick Phillips
Memories of working at Astroland's Neptune Diving Bells in the summer of 1964
Sheila Levrant de Bretteville
Memories of growing up a block from the ocean and being head of Lincoln High School's Art Squad
Frank Gurrera
Machinist at MTA's Coney Island Overhaul and Repair Shop and oldest active TWU Local 100 member
Olga Lozar
A Sea Gate resident who is a Coney Island Polar Bear talks about the pleasures of winter swimming