Oral History Archive

Daniel Blake (Africasso)
Artist and Champion Break-Dancer
Carole Scheer
Her father, Anthony Cosmo Pomaro, owned Cosmo Topper's Beauty Parlor on Mermaid Avenue
Allen James
Coney Islander, musician/songwriter in alt-rock band Newborn, lifeguard
Sam Shlivko
Growing up in the Russian community in Coney Island and Brighton Beach
Jay Green (Gerald Greenberg)
Three-time International Jugglers Association champion and resident of Southern Brooklyn
Adam RealMan
Coney Island native Adam RealMan Rinn bends steel with his bare hands!
John Rea Sr.
Owner of Peluso Machine and Iron Works
Sara Schneider
Got a tattoo of the Astroland Rocket in honor of her first date in Coney Island
Jan Brown
A Brooklyn native's boyhood memories of Washington Baths and Steeplechase Park
Vincent Cutrone
Owner of Octopus Garden in Gravesend
George Rudes
Clothing company CEO George Rudes grew up in the shadow of the Half Moon Hotel
Richard White
Marine science teacher at Edward R. Murrow High School recalls his Coney Island memories
Michael Borruto
Revisiting the Spook-A-Rama and Wonder Wheel of his boyhood
Scott Krivitsky
Teacher and community advocate at Public School 188 in Coney Island
Filippo Dispenza
Science teacher at John Dewey High School and advisor for the Robotics Team
Richard Gangemi
Richard Gangemi is a colorful figure on the Boardwalk
Cynthia Tyson
A Coney Island resident describes her Steeplechase memories
Carol Hill Albert
Subsistence U.S.A. and the Coney Island History Project