Coney Island Stories

The Coney Island History Project Oral History Podcast


Season 2 Episode 1: Growing Up in the 1930s

Show Notes

Season Two’s theme is “Growing Up in Coney Island” through the decades, from the 1930s to the 21st century. In Episode One, Coney Islanders who grew up in the ‘30s recall hardships as well as simple pleasures. During the Depression, families from other New York City neighborhoods flocked to Coney Island. The rent was cheaper and the beach was down the block.

The oral histories in Episode One are with George Ancona, Charles Berkman, Aldo Mancusi, Edith Storch, Rose Patton, and Ralph Perfetto. The interviews were conducted by Charles Denson, Mark Markov, Natalie Milbrodt, and Samira Tazari, between 2007 and 2018. This episode was produced by Charles Denson, Ali Lemer and Tricia Vita.  Music by Blue Dot Sessions. 

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