Excerpt of a 1974 conversation between Magda Acosta and interviewer Jamie Barreto:
And do you remember the name of the boat?
“Yes, the San Juan.”
Where did it dock?
“ I don’t remember the muelle [dock] I know it was over there by Conover and Sullivan.”
How was the neighborhood?
“I remember at the time I found it well. The majority of those living there were Italians.”
The local church?
“Iglesia St. Peter that was on Hicks. They helped the poor a lot. I went there too because during the depression they gave food to all that went to the church.”
The complete oral history is in the Brooklyn Historical Society's archives