Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Interesting Brooklyn Website: Coney Island Oral History Project

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If you read Gowanus Lounge from time to time, you know we dig Coney Island. One of the more interesting Coney websites/undertakings belongs to the Coney Island History Project. The organization is putting together oral histories of Coney Island through the Coney Island Voices project. Voices is an oral history archive that preserves the stories and memories of people who visited or lived and worked in Brooklyn's famous playground. The project's founders are Carol and Jerry Albert, who own and operate Astroland and the Cyclone roller coaster. The executive director is Charles Denson, a Coney Island native and author of the award-winning book Coney Island: Lost and Found.

Check out the site and listen to recordings of people like concessioneer Arthur Melnick and 1932 Coney Island fire survivor Goldie Durlester.

The group has an oral history booth set up at the Brooklyn Public Library through October for those that have Coney stories to record.

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Blogger dalton said...

If you like Coney Island history, you might like this audio documentary:

http://www.soundportraits.org/on-air/coney_island/

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