I remember when Leonard St. (between Greenpoint Ave. at Calyer St.) was what they called a play street. No cars were allowed to park there and no traffic was allowed to go through the street.. There were, I think, two young adults in charge of the sports equipment and the sprinkler for the fire hydrant cap. They were able to turn it on. They had volleyball tournaments with the group from North 8th St. I lived at 704 Leonard St.
Does any else remember what I am talking about?
11 August 1999
I lived across the street from Neil Harris (readers report #80), at 472 Hendrix St. My cousin, Peter Shappe, who mailed me this web site, lived on Van Sicklen, between Dumont & Livonia. Neil Harris brought back a lot of memories. His recollections are very similar to mine. I remember going to the Miller Theater on Miller & Sutter Aves., on a Saturday morning. For a quarter, you saw two movies, a Flash Gordon serial, the Three Stooges and a zillion cartoons.The matron (100 years old with a hair net) telling the kids to be quiet. I remember going to shop with my grandmother on Blake Ave. There was a few blocks of push carts, near Warwick, that sold everything. Fruit, vegetables etc. Grandma took me to Chick's fish store to buy carp. She took the fish home and it swam in the bathtub until she killed it for gefilte fish. I cried. I remember going to to Prospect Park by train. I had a can of worms and a fishing rod. Can't remember if I ever caught anything. I remember being a Dodger fan and was devistated when they left. I became an anti-Yankee fan until the Mets arrived. Neil's recollection of Mr. Miller's luncheonette is missing just one thing: he made the worlds best malteds.
I have a suggestion for all former Brooklynites, don't go back. I did , and I'm sorry for it.
11 August 1999
My Brooklyn was in the Marine Park area, specifically E. 37th and Ave U. I remember Kings Plaza when it was just in the planning stages. Fond memories of egg creams (U-Bet!), knishes on the beach at Reiss Park, bialeys and bagels, cheese fries at Roll n' Roaster in Sheepshead Bay, hanging out at Avenue U park with my friends (where are you Janet, Paul, Debbie F. and Debbie R., Joan, Phyllis, Mario, Augie, Tom, Jim, George, Louie, Patti, Susan, Karen, Chris B. etc. etc.?) Marine Park's parking areas were great make out spots for those lucky enough to have a car. Oh so many memories! I would love to get together with my old friends next year to celebrate the new millenium so if you are out there, e-mail me.
12 August 1999
I lived in Brownsville , on Powell and Newport Sts. When I walked out of my six-family stoop house I went under the Johnny pump and there he was, my husband to be. All our friends were right there, We didn't have to leave the block. We went shopping on Pitkin Ave. and we went to the Pitkin Theatre. Everything was so simple then. I miss the closeness we all had. That was MY Brooklyn.
12 August 1999