Silver's Baths

Memories of Coney Island in the 1920s and '30s
Born in Harlem, Ida Rosenblum Gambrell, now 94, spent her childhood summers in Coney Island at her aunt's home on Surf Avenue and West 24th Street. Ida recalls her mother giving her and her sister 20 cents to take the train from 103rd Street to 42nd...
Content type: Oral History Item
Lived in Coney Island from 1938 thru early 1950's
Harry spent his formative years in Coney Island and has many memories of the sights and sounds from his youth. Before being drafted into the military during the Korean War, he had various part-time jobs including a stint at Silver's Bathhouse...
Content type: Oral History Item
Offers perspectives on both the heyday and decay of Coney Island
Harold describes Coney Island in the 40's and 50's, including a detailed description of Silver's bathhouse and riding the Parachute Jump. He also offers glimpses of the decline of Coney in the 60's and 70's through the...
Content type: Oral History Item