Coney Island Stories

The Coney Island History Project Oral History Podcast

Episode 5: Legendary Roller Coasters

Episode 5 features the stories of a trio of roller coasters built in the Roaring 20’s and named after violent storms: the Thunderbolt, the Tornado and the Cyclone.  While the Cyclone is the only survivor from Coney's golden age, the Coney Island History Project has recorded and preserved memories of people who rode, owned, or worked at some of these legendary coasters. A few narrators had the unusual fortune to live beneath one of these thrill rides.

Episode 4: Immigrant Stories: Mermaid Avenue

This episode of Coney Island Stories features the stories of Mermaid Avenue’s mom and pop businesses founded by immigrants, past and present. Please scroll down for earlier episodes.

Episode 3: Immigrant Stories: Artists at Work

This episode of Coney Island Stories features the stories of visual artists from Jamaica, Japan, Russia, and China who found a place they could call home in Coney Island and neighboring Gravesend and Brighton Beach. Please scroll down for earlier episodes.

Episode 2: Immigrant Stories: Coney Island Restaurants, Part II

This episode of Coney Island Stories features the stories of Coney Island food businesses owned or operated by immigrants from Greece, Mexico, Jamaica and Russia.

Episode 1: Immigrant Stories: Coney Island Restaurants

This episode of Coney Island Stories features the stories of Coney Island restaurants and food stands founded by immigrants in the first part of the 20th century as told by their mom-and-pop owners and family members.