Astroland

A poet and storyteller on growing up in Coney Island at Gravesend Houses, the beach and Astroland
Coney Island native Shavon Meyers is a photographer, visual artist, and storyteller who began writing poetry in 8th grade and realized her gift for rhyme with a poem about riding the D train.  Shavon shares childhood memories of growing up in...
Content type: Oral History Item
Memories of working at Astroland's Neptune Diving Bells in the summer of 1964
Patrick Phillips recalls the summer of 1964, when he was a college student from Florida spending his summer working at Astroland's Neptune Diving Bells for his father's friend, Robert Coffey.  He describes his job maintaining the complicated...
Content type: Oral History Item
Mechanical display creator who redid the tricks for Astroland's Dante's Inferno dark ride in the 1990s
Brooklynite Lou Nasti, the owner of Mechanical Displays in Flatbush, refers to himself as an "artistic mechanical engineer." He has designed, manufactured and installed one-of-a-kind, custom animated characters and displays both locally and around...
Content type: Oral History Item
Coney Island singer/songwriter who wrote "A Coney Island Song"
A Coney Island resident for the past 16 years, Paul Sanchez is a singer/songwriter who can be found playing his guitar on the Boardwalk and in Coney venues such as Steeplechase Beer Garden. He plays his signature composition, "A Coney Island Song,"...
Content type: Oral History Item
Community activist and president of the Carey Gardens Tenants Association
Shirley Aikens has called Coney Island her home for nearly 40 years and is very active in the community. She is president of the Carey Gardens Tenants Association and a member of Community Board 13 and the NYPD's 60th Precinct Community Council....
Content type: Oral History Item
Astroland seeks to buy Tilyou's
Newspaper clipping in the Coney Island History Project exhibit "The 50th Anniversary of Fred Trump's Demolition of the Steeplechase Pavilion."  
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Collection type: Newspaper
Early spring view of the Boardwalk near Stillwell Avenue, looking east towards Astroland and the Brightwater Towers. Shaw's (later Ruby's) Bar, Playland (later the Boardwalk home of Coney Island, USA), Cook's Baths and a Kentucky Fried Chicken store...
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Collection type: Documentary photograph
Coney Island got a much needed reprieve Saturday after its Dreamland amusement park re-opened just in time for the holiday weekend. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report. Coney Island is back, well, at least it looked that way Saturday...
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Collection type: Television
Excerpt from "Weekend America" radio program, 23 June 2007, profiling Coney Island and its uncertain future.
Content type: Oral History Item
Maintained Astroland Park's Astrotower for 25 years
Frank has maintained the Astrotower at Astroland since 1982. In this 2007 interview he describes his job and tells the story of a raccoon in the Tower which became a news story. The park closed at the end of the 2008 season and the Astrotower was...
Content type: Oral History Item