Grew up on the border, 18 Ave. and Coney Island Ave., Bensonhurst and Flatbush. Tell folks I'm from the SouthSouth Brooklyn because that was our savings bank on Newkirk Plaza. Married a girl from up the street and just recently my daughter returned to Brooklyn after she graduated magna cum lauda from UB with a law degree. Went to St. Rose of Lima and Erasmus H.H.S.
Ginny went to Bay Ridge. Remember confraternity dances and St. Rose and OLPH and walks to Nelly Bly's and Sheepshead Bay and the trolley to the Barn at the beach?
1 July 1999
I was born and raised in Sheepshead Bay. It still looks the same after twenty-seven years. . . . Lundy's was my favorite place as well as the boardwalk. There's something magical about Brooklyn unlike any other place in the world. I still talk the talk of a Brooklynese. God I miss those vanilla and chocolate eggcreams and potato knishes. . . .
Brooklyn will always be mine as well. St. Catherine's of GenoaI attended on 40th Street and Albany Avenue.
1 July 1999
East 43rd and Avenue I was the epicenter of my Brooklyn. We lived in a two family house with my grandparents and in houses all around us were aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. I was called Nino by my family and friends. Seems like millions of kids out in the summer from dawn until well after dusk. Frequent visits to Danny's Candy Store on Avenue J between E. 43 and E. 42 Sts. Also on hot nights, Ices Queen ices really hit the spot. From 1972 to 1976 while attending Brooklyn College (a real step across the street from Midwood where I went from 1968-72) I worked as a delivery boy for Jade Pharmacy at 1778 Utica Avenue. Still the best job I ever had. Herbie was a great boss. P.S. 119 and Hudde Junior High laid the foundation. Very pleasant memories. Very sad to go back there and see the state into which our house has fallen in the years since we've left.
2 July 1999
In the 1930s Flatbush, the Avenue J and Avenue H stations on the BMT subway where I walked to P.S. 99 in tree lined streets, got together with friends to bicycle or roller skate. Grew up all through my elementary school years with some of the same classmates. Let me hear from the class of 1935.
12 August 1999