Rose Ciliento DiFillippi
My Brooklyn is Gravesend and Bensonhurst.
I went to P.S. 95 and remember going to the end of the school yard on Halloween and all the kids screaming they saw Lady Moody's bloody hand coming out of the ground. Some said they saw George Washington's ghost. I went to Cavallaro Junior High School. And went to Layfayette High School.
I used to hang out on Lake Street and Kings Highway. And Sheapshead Bay where I met my husband who used to own Vincent's Pizza King. We now reside in South Florida and are planning on coming back to Brooklyn in the near future.
Brooklyn is the best place.
3 October 1999
Brooklyn . . . Well, Brooklyn was/is . . . My Brooklyn was Hale Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street. . . . You know, Go To Hale and Bowl. . . . We had the Hale Bowling alley on the corner . . . White Castle around the block on Atlantic Avenue, right near Carvel. A few blocks away we could walk to Highland Park and hang out. Around another corner was the old Water Works. We used to play ball in the empty lot at the Water Works. . . . East New York H.S. was right there too. I went to F(un) K(icks) L(aughs)a(nd)N(o)E(ducation) F. K. Lane for those who don't remember. . . . Growing up in the 60s in Brooklyn was different then it is today. . . . You were a lot safer back then. . . .
Later, and Thanks!
5 October 1999
My Brooklyn was Flatbush. Flatbush Boys' Club, PS 208, Ebbets Field and the Dodgers. Softball at Albany Ave. and Farragut Road. Farragut Pool. St. Paul's Methodist Church. Midwood High School. Then gone from Brooklyn to Wesleyan University. For the last 40 years I've lived on the Main Line of Philadelphia. It's only 120 miles to Brooklyn but it's so different it could be a million miles. I was lucky to grow up in Flatbush in the 1940s and 1950s.
7 October 1999