Oral History Archive

Sol Handwerker
Nathan's son recounts his memories of growing up in the family business
Larry Berkley
Born and raised in Coney and lived there for 18 years
Kevin Rexach
Worked at the B&B Carousell
Jim St. Clair
Recalls Coney Island as a boy, especially Steeplechase Park
Meg Feeley
Memories of her grandfather's frosted food business and a renegade ride on the Thunderbolt
Liivia Westervelt
Two generations are interviewed
Anne Greenspan
Lifelong Coney and Sea Gate resident
Glenn King
Actor, performer, artist, teacher
Harold Blumenthal
Offers perspectives on both the heyday and decay of Coney Island
Jerry Krase
Brooklyn College sociology professor
Ruby Hirsch
Former West End resident and neighbor of Woody Guthrie in the 1930's and 40's
Sylvia Perlmutter Kaye
Former West End resident in the 1940's and 50's
Lorraine Reitman Gorelick
Resident of Coney Island in the 1940's
Amos Wengler
Coney Island singer/songwriter who wrote "Save Coney Island" and "Hot Dog Song"
Ralph Perfetto
Grew up in Coney Island in the 1940's
Akosva Albritton
Former employee of Astella Development Corporation
Everett Ortner
Co-founder of the Brownstone Revival Coalition
Joe Franklin
Radio and television personality