Coney Island History Project - Memory Booth

August 15, 2006 - October 1, 2006
Central Library, Lobby Gallery

Artist Talk: Tuesday, September 19, 6 PM, Lobby Gallery


Coney Island History Project - Memory Booth

Visit the Memory Booth to sign up for a recording session about your Coney Island story and enjoy mixed media by Philomena Marano, Richard Eagan and Charles Denson.

Share your stories of Brooklyn's famous playground and help build an oral history archive of the area at the Memory Booth. This recording studio allows you to preserve your memories of the historic and legendary amusement park. It is an initiative of The Coney Island History Project, a not-for-profit which aims to increase awareness of Coney's past and to encourage appreciation of the Coney Island neighborhood of today.

This Memory Booth is a site-specific version of the History Project's "Luna Park" mobile recording studio located on the Coney Island Boardwalk. The design of that booth is based on the entrance to Luna Park, one of Coney's most famous architectural wonders that was torn down. Erected in 1903, the whimsical structure was covered with gigantic spinning pinwheels, moons and hearts, and was topped by four magnificent towers illuminated by thousands of bare light bulbs. Just as the original landmark building drew visitors into the famous park, Central Library's Memory Booth encourages visitors to come inside and tell their Coney Island stories.

The Memory Booth at Central Library was designed by Charles Denson as well as Philomena Marano and Richard Eagan, who both constructed the booth. Philomena Marano and Richard Eagan are cofounders of The Coney Island Hysterical Society, and Charles Denson is the executive director of The Coney Island History Project. To learn more about The Coney Island Hysterical Society, contact Philomena Marano at or Richard Eagan at To learn more about The Coney Island History Project, visit

View additional works by these artists in the Coney Island Dreamers exhibition in the Grand Lobby.