Oral History Archive

Louis Beard
Arcade game repairman
Coney Island Vinny
Owner of Sheepshead Bay tattoo shop recounts when Coney Island's Stillwell Ave was "Tattoo Alley"
D.J. Vourderis
D.J. Vourderis adds solar panels to the Wonder Wheel
Steve Spak
Photographer who worked on a city ambulance for Coney Island Hospital in the late 1970's
Peter Agrapides
Owner of Williams Candy and past owner of Fascination Arcade
Philomena Marano
Artist and co-founder of Coney Island Hysterical Society
Sol Handwerker
Nathan's son recounts his memories of growing up in the family business
Ronald Stewart
Community activist and resident of Coney Island for 50 years
Jimmy Prince
Proprietor of Major Markets, Coney Island's oldest butcher shop
Daniel Blake (Africasso)
Artist and Champion Break-Dancer
Adam RealMan
Coney Island native Adam RealMan Rinn bends steel with his bare hands!
John Rea Sr.
Owner of Peluso Machine and Iron Works
Jan Brown
A Brooklyn native's boyhood memories of Washington Baths and Steeplechase Park
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
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