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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 Faiella, July 31, 1987

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.

Scope and Contents

In his interview, Michael Faiella (1928- ) describes how Reliable Naval Tailoring, Co. changed over its 60 years tenure. The store sold uniforms to sailors, not the workers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Faiella also describes the important relationship between the Navy Yard and the Brooklyn community, and how much the neighborhood deteriorated after the Navy Yard was decommissioned. As the bars, restaurants and other uniform stores closed around Faiella, they were able to maintain business by diversifying their products and clientele. Faiella was also interviewed in 2007. Interview conducted by Benjamin Filene.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard

Subject Topics

  • Ethnicity
  • Ethnicity
  • Friendship
  • Immigrants
  • Tailoring -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Military uniforms
  • Italian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • United States. Navy

Subject Places

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