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Guide to the Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection ARC.003

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Collection processed by Amy Lau, Mary Mann, Aliki Caloyeras, and Margaret Fraser

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Oral History Interview with Michael and Vincent Faiella, January 23, 2007

Biographical / Historical

Michael Faiella (1928- ) grew up in Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn on Sands Street. His father opened Reliable Naval Tailoring, Co. in 1927 at 191 Sands Street. The shop moved several times, but always remained close to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Michael Faiella's son, Vincent Faiella (1960- ) grew up in Gravesend, Brooklyn and currently lives in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Scope and Contents

In this joint interview, Michael (1928- ) and Vincent Faiella (1960- ) look back on the Reliable Naval Tailoring, Co.'s history in Brooklyn before Vincent Faiella moved the business to Red Hook, New Jersey in 2006. Michael Faiella talks about his Italian background, growing up in Brooklyn close to his extended family, and his fondness for the area around the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Michael and Vincent Faiella also discuss the commercial and social activities on Sands Street and how much the neighborhood changed after the Navy Yard was decommissioned and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was built. Michael Faiella was also interviewed in 1987. Interview conducted by Daniella Romano.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Names

  • Faiella, Vincent

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard

Subject Topics

  • Business enterprises
  • Family-owned business enterprises -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Italian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Local transit -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Military uniforms
  • Shipyards -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Tailoring -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Transportation -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Yacht clubs -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Downtown Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gravesend (New York, N.Y.)
  • Sands Street (New York, N.Y.)
  • Vinegar Hill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush Avenue (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Emigration and immigration