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Sunset Park

- little ukraine - Friday, July 27th, 2007 : goo

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A trip to Sunset Park.

We get off the subway and head down to the waterfront...

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More can be seen here, but for now let's head up to Fifth Avenue...

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Walking uphill, looking back, off in the harbor...
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Here we are at Fifth...

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Down the street and up into the Park...

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This sign's warning, unfortunately, was not heeded. In fact, one child was mercilessly beating the fence with a baseball bat.

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But anyway...

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Sunset Park at sunset...

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Back down the street, time to head home...

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Back past Fifth Avenue...

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Just a few more interesting sights along the way...

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Goodnight, Sunset Park.

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Peter: 27th Jul 2007 - 15:38 GMT

heh, i used to live between 4th and 5th avenues just down from the park. nice. i also love that shot with the 5 water-towers superimposed under the fence.

Brad: 27th Jul 2007 - 15:55 GMT

Oh man, I love Brooklyn. Each time I visit New York City, I like Brooklyn more and more. Not sure why, it might be a combination of the reputation, the culture and just so many nice looking buildings, and you can get great views of Manhattan. Maybe I'll move there someday, when I'm done with school. Now if only NYC wasn't so expensive...

CE: 27th Jul 2007 - 16:37 GMT

What a wonderful set of pictures! I MUST get to New York sometime very soon! Maybe I should buy a tent, scrap my trip to Vermont and just get on my bike and go right now!

CartLegger: 27th Jul 2007 - 22:56 GMT

nice shots indeed! There are so many places to explore in that chunk of brooklyn.

how many wheels were you on that day? two or four or none?

colavitos ghost: 28th Jul 2007 - 13:47 GMT

awesome set, man. and it makes me realize something kinda funny; i've been to/through sunset park (the neighborhood) a bunch of times but have never even seen the park. didn't even realize it existed!

Glen: 2nd Nov 2007 - 09:21 GMT

Great pictures ! I lived on 77th street, 5th ave, but we visited friends that lived right next to the park, lot of great memories coming back....
Moved from Brooklyn in 73, no live in Norway......I'd love to go back one day.....

anon (198.215.16.159): 12th Jan 2008 - 21:01 GMT

great pics man my mom and bro. live in sunset park.i cant wait to get up there to be with them.brooklyn looks great.im from upstate "the ROC" im in texas. now ti really suxs!NY FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

julissa: 10th Feb 2008 - 21:41 GMT

Im From sunset park..the last shot is 38th street..i lived in 37th street.I love sunsetpark...hopefully movin back within 1 year...currently in syracuse ny...i luv pl who appreciate the tru beauty of the concrete jungle.

kent: 24th Feb 2008 - 02:14 GMT

Use to live a block away 45st and 6th ave, rode my bike thru the park day and night, couldn't wait for the pool to open in May, I
miss that. One day I'd like to return to visit and to see what it looks like today.

Mike: 11th Jul 2008 - 21:19 GMT

I remember Sunset Park from the 50's and 60's I lived right down from the park. That's when It was a nice neighborhood you could walk the streets anytime and not worry about getting mugged. Everybody knew everyone even from another block. But there are nomore real neighborhoods anymore , now it's a zoo! want to make me cry, show me a picture of this once beautiful park and It's once beautiful neighborhood thats why all the real Brooklynites moved away familes that lived there for many years. "KEEP LETTING THEM IN" and they will ruin it all.

Marybel Perez Ridley: 17th Sep 2008 - 19:06 GMT

I lived in Sunset Park from 1962-1989 I moved to the midwest and I visit alot still have family there. I grew up going to sunset park and had a lot of great memories. The best part was going to the pool it was so big and cold. The neighborhood has changed wben I was living thier it was Irish, German and Scandinavian. My family was part of the Puerto Ricans that imigrated their along with other families my parents worked hard and had a house and we all did well. In spite of all the changes that took place Sunset park was a great place to live.I visit alot and I still love it. The food, the shopping on 5th Ave.

David Goyette: 25th Jan 2009 - 09:18 GMT

Until 1951 I lived at 455 42nd Street just a half block down from the park. Moved to 49th Street at the corner of 4th Ave. and lived there until I went into the Marine Corps in 1958. I now live in the picturesque and serene city of Gig Harbor, WA. While I enjoy my present lifestyle, I often fondly recall the old neighborhood during the 40s and 50s. Both 42nd and 49th streets were made up largely of Irish, Polish and Italians. Most of my friends were Catholic and went to St. Michael's at 4th & 42nd. Being Episcopalian (St. Andrews at 4th And 50th) my Saturday afternoons were pretty boring since all my friends went to confession at St. Michael's and couldn't risk committing a sin until after mass on Sunday. We played stickball in the street, dodging cars while trying to catch a pink Spaulding (Spaldeen) rubber ball, hit with a bat made from an old broomstick. Home plate was the manhole cover nearest the 4th Ave intersection. First and third bases were usually the fenders of cars parked on each side of the street and 2nd base was the manhole cover located halfway up the block. In the fall, we played touch football, also while dodging cars. In the winter, we went sledding on our Flexible Flyers. The streets between 3rd and 5th Avenues were steep enough for a good ride but Sunset Park was the sledding Mecca for our neighborhood. On the 41st street side of the park, just up from the 5th avenue intersection was "Dead Man's Hill" which provided a real thrill, especially when icy. You could also go down one of the asphalt lanes that snaked their way though the park. Near the bottom of the lane closest to Dead Man's Hill were several steps about 5 feet square and 6 inches high. Going over them on a fast sled while lying on your stomach produced a series of gut punching thuds, especially brutal if you were riding double with someone lying on your back. On hot, humid summer nights, kids could play in the streets until 11:00p.m. or midnight while parents sat on the front steps (stoops) of the apartments and socialized. No one worried about child abductions, drugs, drive by shootings or other present day concerns. On the opposite corner from where we lived on 49th street was a delicatessen. Early on summer mornings, it was not uncommon to see women in robes and slippers heading for the deli to buy the fresh bread and warm Kaiser rolls delivered straight from the local bakeries. 5th Avenue, from 39th to 86th street, was almost solid commercial district with stores of virtually every type. From 50th to 53rd streets were three 5 & !0 cent stores-Woolworth's, Kreske's and Green's. Woolworth's had a luncheon counter serving freshly made sandwiches, short orders and my favorite, a big frosty mug of Hires Root Beer - the creamy type served from a tap - for 5 cents. They say you can never go back, but just writing these few lines, conjuring up memories of what used to be, sure comes close.

Fiore Custode: 26th Mar 2009 - 06:12 GMT

In 1940 - 1955, My Dad delivered Italian foods to the restaurants in Bay Ridge. I was 11 years old in 1945 when I went with him to make deliveries. lived in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn at Ryerson St. and Myrtle Ave, and our Veloce Importing Co. wasat 558 Myrtle, near Pratt Institute

I would like to know the names of the best Italian Restaurants in Bay Ridge of that time so I may remember them. But that's 68 years ago. I doubt that they're still there or even remembered, and of coursefolks who were adults then may be gone.

Sunset Park and Bay Ridge looked a bit different from the Fort Green area, but the homes there were beautiful, as I remember.

I attended P.S. 157, and then Boys High 1948 -1952.
I would appreciate a response from anyone who cares to address the restaurant question above.

F.C.

bococalady: 11th Apr 2009 - 20:18 GMT

i work in sunset park. and i love this area. i work on 61st btwn 3rd and 2nd ave.im gonna visit the 58th street pier soon.

Sunset Park....: 4th Jun 2009 - 02:19 GMT

I grew up in sunset park (47th st & 6ave) between 1975 through 1990. Everyone hung out on the stoop in the summer, and we'd play stick ball, stoop ball, and tag into the night. I got into a lot of fights because there were so many punks looking to prove something. My friends were a mix of the arriving Puerto Ricans, and the whites that never left when we started moving into the area. Most everyone was cool and there were no stop lights on the avenues and China town on 8th ave only occupied 1 block. Many of the older guys that befriended me and looked out for me were also IV drug abusers, these were the coolest guys and they never let me know about their addiction. Every single one died of AIDS a few years later. We had nothing back then, sometimes it was crackers and water for dinner. Dad scrubbed toilets. I have everything now, a house, a business, and a great family, but I miss not having anything because it seems that's when we were the most alive and closest to each other.

Josh: 10th Jul 2009 - 04:12 GMT

I grew up on 46th street between forth and fifth avenue from 1950 to 1967. In 1967 I joined the United States Marines and left sunset park to serve and fight in the Vietnam War. I have fond memories of growing up in sunset park and I would do it all over again. My family was one of the first Puertoricans to move in the neighborhood. I hung out with Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, friends that attended PS2, Saint Michaels, or Dewey Jr. High. We played stick ball, baseball, two hand touch football, basketball, Kings, handball, boardgames, cards games, stoop ball, skellzies, and tag. There was the top season, the yo yo season and winter snowball fights. We went swimming at Sunset Pool or went to the park movie theater. My friends always found something fun to do. When I wasn't in school, attending mass, or religious instruction I was in the boy scouts, or trying to play a musical instrument. Everyone on my block knew everyone. During hot humid summer nights families would sit in front of their homes or apartment building until the late hours to talk and possibly catch a breeze to cool off. Sometimes during a hot summer day someone would turn on the johnny pump and everyone would cool off until the fire department would come to shut it off. I remember the smell of bread being baked as I past the Italian bakeries, or buying my fresh meat from Trunz our local butcher. I remember how good ZA ZA pizza tasted on 47th street and fifth avenue. And even though I live in Hollywood, Los Angeles at the age of 59 I will never forget the wonderful childhood I had growing up in Sunset Park.

56 ST: MS ACC RIP.. SUNSET PARK

jethro: Looks preetty nice =)

Diane P.: 21st Jul 2009 - 01:41 GMT

Fourth Avenue and 43rd Street, then 42nd Street from 1962-1971 when we moved to South Florida. When I was born, we lived in a house right behind the police stataion (the house is no longer there) and we later moved to the fifth floor of the building on Fourth and 42nd. We were always across the street from St. Michael's and I still think that it's the most beautiful church in the whole world. I wanted to go to school there so bad, but instead, we went to PS 169, on Seventh Avenue, across the street from Sunset Park.

I was little, but have some very nice memories of this beautiful place. :)

Mary: 24th Jul 2009 - 03:32 GMT

I lived on 49th street from 1965 till 1983, near St. Agatha's. Even as a little blonde girl, I played stickball, skellies, tag...you name it, there were so many kids it was wonderful! There were many, many good times and good people - immigrants and survivors, struggling to reach and attain that American Dream. Sunset Park was for daytime ONLY and even then with friends or family. Drugs and gangs drove our neighborhood down, but it will always survive in our hearts and memories. After many years, I still dream of my neighborhood - it was magical and frightening, sometimes at the same time. I miss it sometimes, but also remember how we all wanted to get out and have some space and quiet for our family. After many years I finally met a nice man (a Ital-Swede from Carrol Gardens, for Pete's sake!) and we have settled down with kids - not in Sunset Park or even Brooklyn - but still not far, and still reminiscing our immigrant roots and hometown. Thanks for the memories...

lynn: 26th Jul 2009 - 00:28 GMT

I lived there from 1959-1966, but I must have been living in a parallel universe. The place was a dump, a hotbed of racism and close-mindedness. Couldn't wait to leave. Went back to take a look 3 years ago. Same old backwater provincialism. You can have it.

Peter H: 6th Aug 2009 - 05:17 GMT

Born Brooklyn 1955. Lived at 50th x 2nd 60th btw 3rd and 4th and the corner of 61st and 4th. I'd like to know if anyone has photos of the old PS2 in Sunset Park and the old PS 140 that was nestled between 59th/60th and 3rd/4th Avenues. I left Brooklyn in '69. I remember Sunset Park Pool and all the pizza places on almost every block. John's Bargain Store on 5th. It seemed like simpler times. It is probably just a case of distorted memories. I know we were dirt poor.

neutral: 5th Sep 2009 - 02:24 GMT

sunset park has some very racist people. it is so wrong to harass someone walking down the street just because of what they look like and the color of their skin.

Carmen G.: 24th Nov 2009 - 17:55 GMT

I was bhrougt up on 3rd Avenue,between 55st. and 54th.st.
The building is no longer there, I intend to move back to the neighborhood one day looking forward to bringing up my children there one day. I miss sunset, will always be a sunset park girl.

Marie W. : 2nd Dec 2009 - 23:33 GMT

What a great site...wonderful photos. I lived on 44th St. bet. 4th and 5th Ave. during the 40's and 50's. I loved reading the post here and believe I may know some of the posters. It was the most wonderful place to grow up... I would love to go back someday. Instead, my crowed still gets together for reunions. I'm in the process of putting together a website for folks who lived there to come on board and share their love for Sunset Park. Still underconstruction you're welcome to visit. You may know someone there. http://brooklynrenegades.webs.com/index.htm

Tom M.: 5th Dec 2009 - 14:16 GMT

I lived all over bay Ridge starting at 53rd bet 2nd & 3rd from 1947 to 1951, then to 60th st above 4th. I went to St. Michael's DHS and played all of those game. We were a different people those days and I really miss them. Remember going to the "Collie" (Coliseum) on sats, then to confession at St Michaels? As teens, our hangouts were Joe & Howards or Wilsons on 3rd Ave, then up to Hinch's on 86th & 5th. How about waiting on line to get into the pool with nine cents clasped in our sweaty hands (admission) and the ultimate bike was a Schwinn and "spaldeens" were 15 cents at Louie's or Ratner's candy store?

Dorothy V.: Jan. 4, 2010: 4th Jan 2010 - 17:41 GMT

I love your pictures. I grew up in Bay Ridge from 1954 to 1982. The last place I lived was on 53rd & 4th Ave. then moved to NJ. My parents moved from there in the mid-80's. What fun we had, how safe everyone felt at that time. Family members, Jerry, Willie, Irene, Daisy, Robert and me. Bay Ridge High School, P.S. 140, P.S. 1, Dewey Jr. High...great times.

Fernando: 26th Jan 2010 - 02:36 GMT

Wow, reading all the comments brings me back in time. Such wonderful memories, from PS94 all the way to Dewey JR H.S. From playing Softball in Sunset park to swimming in the Sunset pool in the after hours. Who could forget playing Handball after school or getting together with the neighborhood friends to play Stickball, kick the can, RCK, and all those fun games that kept us out of trouble. Today I make my home in Florida but I go back every night to the old neighborhood on 51st, when I tell the stories to my kids, as I put them to sleep.

Carol: 9th Feb 2010 - 08:20 GMT

I was born on 44st between 4th & 5th Avenues. I went to St Michaels Grammar School! (1968) I had some of the best times of my life sleigh riding down deadmans hill. My mother would walk us across the street and all we did was climb "the wall" and we were in the park. Does anyone remember the baby pool, the 5ft pool, and the sixteen ft pool with the high dives and the low dives! My parents would take us for a swim on a hot summers night. Great memories. Za Za pizza 47 & 5th, the bakery on 45th street & 5th Avenue, the movie theatre. We had it all! Hey does anyone remember playing punchball in the street? my aunt still lives on 44 street. I will be visiting our old neighborhood Feb 27. The best part of it all was I never knew we were poor. Just great memories. I also lived on 47st 5th & 6th avenue. We left Bklyn in 1971.

Glen: 9th Feb 2010 - 17:59 GMT

Postet a comment a couple of years ago, I still watch these pictures from Sunset Park, one of my favourites....

CartLegger: 9th Feb 2010 - 20:33 GMT

Yeah, I got a big place in my heart for Sunset park as well! in fact, I am using my scanty spare time to design a weekly tour for the area. Your memories, images, and ideas are important to me, so please share what you think should be part of it.
You can respond here or find my via email cartlegger at citynoise . org

Horsey: 21st Feb 2010 - 13:37 GMT

Yes this was my nick name! seems like almost everyone had one back in the 60's. I was born on 44th st. ran the park for years, I had my own rocks to use to jump the wall into the park every day! I visited with my daughter a few years ago and drove to sunset park just to view the wall, crazy but fond memories. My schools were PS 169, Pershing JHS and Ft. Hamilton H.
I absolutely loved the pool as a kid, my older cousin worked their as a life guard and that helped attract me to swimming! I remember enjoying the pool so much that a few of us would jump the fence late at night just to go for a dip then being chased out after awhile by either the police or guard, what fun.
I live in Texas now a huge change of life but I could not go back to live in the city again but I love to visit. The old neighborhood is just not the same, mostly cultivated by the asian community today as in yesteryears it was much more diverse. I enjoy the pics! keep them coming and enjoy life my old friends of the neighborhood! Now you can call me Ray.

Chikiz: 25th Feb 2010 - 14:40 GMT

deams i like sunset but i love bay ridge better its more calm i love mckinley school but my perents mved me to a cheep school wich is DOE

anon (pool-96-246-232-86.nycmny.fios.verizon.net): 26th Feb 2010 - 04:38 GMT

Born on 48th St between 5th & 6th Ave. Went to PS 94 - PS 136 Dewey Jr HS - & Manual Training HS, Omega Alpha Pi Frat, graduated 1958. Married in St Agatha's RC Church. We had many hangouts during those years and a lot of fond memories. Phil Francini's 49th St & 5th Ave, Sunset Tavern 46th & 6th Ave. Don't remember all the names...all the bars, on 5th Ave., Za Za's Pizzeria's, Pauls Candy Store 48th & 49th St 5th Ave. the movie theatres, bakeries, and ice cream parlors. Wonderful years. Long ago...left the area 1965 but return from time to time just to see the many changes...still have old friends in Sunset Park & Bay Ridge.

Tirado Family: 5th Mar 2010 - 17:56 GMT

WOW! I was born and raised on 49th btw 4th & 5th Ave. One of the "bad blocks". All these comments brings tears to my eyes as I really LOVE Sunset Park and still live and work here and will NOT leave! I remember Woolworth, and the toy store at the corner of 57th St 7 5th Ave, that is now Treasure Island, Sunset Pool, The St. Micheal Jams (lol), Charles Pizzeria, The Candy Store on 49th Street between 3rd & 4th Ave. Although, my dad, aunt and uncles were a little mischevious we all love Sunset Park. P.S. We are NOT racist. Every neighborhood has a rotten apple. Don't judge us by one story you heard (neutral & lynn). Sunset Park was and will always be one of the BEST neighbirhoods in in Brooklyn!

Mike P.: 9th Apr 2010 - 12:39 GMT

Sunset Park,How sweet it was, everyone who wrote before me remembers all the good things about the neighborhood that I did.The great pizza at ZaZas on 5th ave ,How about the Ice cream parlors one on 50th street and 5th ave and one on 4th ave between 44th ST & 45th St. Yes and a good long sleigh ride down that long hill at Sunset Park,down the steps where you finished and hope to stop on 5th Ave and not wind up under a bus. And playing softball and roller hockey in the park and watching the weekend mens softball teams play,their were some good games played up there.I grew up on 43rd Street between 4th & 5th ave from 1953-1967 went to ST. Michael's grammer school before I moved to 49th and 8th ave and then to Staten Island where I live now and hope to be making the move to Fla. soon. But here's something nobody remembers only that my dad had told me, that before the pool was built the park had a lake on the site of the pool.He remembered it when he was a little boy going there with his father maybe back in the 30's and my moms father went to St.Michael's Church when it was a wooden church that later burnt in a fire in the early 1900's. I remember walking to 40th street between 5th & 6th ave to take music lessons at Professor Cavallo's music school on 40th st.I remember the teenagers singing and harmonizing in the doorways singing the latest doowop songs,and Ennis's Candy store on 4th ave between 43 rd& 44th St.My dad worked for Bush terminal painting and doing scaffold work on those Bush buildings before Bush went out of business in the late 60's . And how about playing punchball,stooper, stickball ,slapball. leauges! what leauges we played in the street or school yard and if you got hurt nobody ever thought about sueing the school.But all good things must end ,but they live forever in our memories, and something to tell our children that we remember it when!!!. Great site and nice pictures.

Mike P.: 9th Apr 2010 - 14:00 GMT

Hello Fiore,For the best Italian food besides a good home cooked dish of macaroni with your moms homemade sauce, there was and still is L&B's on 86th Street up near Stillwell Ave in Bensonhurst, and also New Corners on 7th Ave Brooklyn . Thats where I go for good Italian food.

Maryanne Camera: 27th Apr 2010 - 23:46 GMT

It's interesting how Brooklyn has changed since 1953. I was born in Sister Elizabeth Hospital on 51st Street and 4th Avenue the building behind the library, on July 28th 1953. My family still lives on 50 Street. I live in Iowa now. I visit every year and we have a ball.

Andy E: 11th May 2010 - 03:09 GMT

I grew up on 48th Street between 6th and 7th Ave. My dad was raised in the same house.
When he was around 10 He road a sleigh down Dead mans hill on onto the street. He hurt his back. I road a sleigh down the same hill when I was about 7.
My dads ride was 1926, Mine was 1947. Dead man hill still looks the same.

Carol: 13th May 2010 - 04:27 GMT

Just went back and read my post! I actually lived on 44th street between 5th & 6th Avenues directly across from the park. How lucky was I? As I had mentioned I went to St. Michael's so I had to smile when Mike P. brought up Ennis's candy store. I graduated 8th grade in 1968. Recently, I went to visit my Aunt who still lives on 44th between 5th & 6th avenues. I walked around the park and saw the pool. They have it all barricaded off. We also walked to the top of Dead Man's hill. There was snow on the ground and little kids were sleigh ridding. Just like old times. I remembered how my father taught me to ride a bike, believe me it was no pretty sight. I hit my head on the concrete part of the bench. Also, I had more then my fair share of crashes going down Dead Man's hill. Lots of good memories. So Mike P. do you remember A Mr Franzer (nice teacher) or Sister St. Luke (mean). Wishing everyone well.

Kris: 28th May 2010 - 15:09 GMT

What was located at 215 4th Avenue in 1950 - does anyone know? Please help me out was I am looking for someone that arrived on a boat from Germany that year.

Thanks!

Mike P.: 10th Jun 2010 - 20:26 GMT

Yes Carol , I remember Sister St. Luke ,I had her for the 8th grade in 1967 she was a tuff one but at times alot of fun. She would always come out with some good wisecracks. Don't remember Mr.Franzer.Maryann Camera I remember you. You were in my graduation class and I remember you and your sister singing in the cyo talent show at St. Michael's. Because I was in it to,played guitar and sang. I also remember Sister Elizabeth Hosiptol on 4 Ave and 51St. I also was born there in 1953.

Teresa D'Auria Conlon: 12th Jul 2010 - 13:26 GMT

OMG, these photo's brought back so many memories!! I loved looking at them. I don't go back often, even though it's only over the "VZ". I also went to St. Michael's and had Sr. St. Luke in the 7th grade. I graduated in 1965. Love this photo gallery!

Teresa D'Auria Conlon: 12th Jul 2010 - 17:21 GMT

I didn't see it the first time through but the old police precinct is there too!

Alicia Mercado Delgado: 13th Jul 2010 - 00:54 GMT

What memories these pictures bring. I lived on 47th between 3rd and 4th.Next to the church on 4th. When I was 6 we moved to 45th 3rd and 4th. I went to PS2, Dewey and Bay Ridge HS. I even stayed there when I got married. My husband was from 47th 4th and 5th. His father the Pastor of the church on 47th 3rd and 4th. Many years have passed but I really "left my heart in the old neighborhood". I tried to go to NY every few years and I never fail to go Brooklyn. I still have a cousin who lives on 51st. I also have pictures when I was little that my Dad took of us at Sunset Park.

Joseph D: 13th Jul 2010 - 16:34 GMT

I remember Professor Cavallo. He was a short stocky man who gave me lessons
on the tenor guitar. I remember him heavily stamping his foot to emphasize
the beat. This was about 1946 and I wanted to learn guitar to play country
music like I heard on WAATs Home Town Frolics. I stopped taking lessons
because I couldn't see how playing a tremolo with the flat pick could apply
to country music. Besides I had to take a bus to the LIRR depot from Dekalb
avenue and then the 5th avenue trolley to 40th street.

Mike P.: 14th Jul 2010 - 19:02 GMT

Hi Joseph D, I also remember Professer Cavallo stamping his feet to keep time, and his tremolo on whole notes that is because he also gave lessons on mandolin and on that instrument you would use the tremolo on a whole note. I also took guitar lessons from him but later got another teacher because he told my father that I needed a more advanced teacher and couldn't teach me any further. He was honest at that and gave me a good foundation to music. Im still playing today at 57yrs old . Thanks Professor Cavallo.

chrisy: 18th Jul 2010 - 01:03 GMT

We have different memories. I thought the place was a dump, full of uneducated, prejudiced people who hated anything or anyone "different." I went back for a brief visit 5 years ago and couldn't wait to get the hell out. St. Agatha's school was a retarded, sadistic place full of nuns whose chief occupation was torturing children. Neighborhood bullies specialized in picking on the younger, smaller, weaker kids. The park itself was dirty and infested with vermin; the pool was OK only because we didn't have anything else.

I don't get what you guys are talking about.

Patricia Esposito: 27th Jul 2010 - 18:50 GMT

There's something about being raised in Brooklyn that never leaves you. I was born in Williamsburg, 1936 but moved to Sunset Park in 1940. First I lived at 359 42nd St. right across from St. Michael's Rectory. Then in 1943 moved to 357 45th. Attended St. Mike's and then Bay Ridge H.S. Loved the nuns and priests at St. Mike's. I remember going to the pool at Sunset Park for 10 cents. And the Park Theater on 5th and 44th (I think)(also 10 cents). We also had the Coliseum Theater on 52nd and 4th, and the Sunset on 5th around 47th, and the Alpine Theater on 69th and 5th. No shortage of movies back then.

No one had air conditioning back then. We had windows in the back of the apartments and in the front but no windows in the middle bedrooms, just a small fan. Boy was that hot. I'm still friends with the 2 girls who lived right across the street on 45th.

We didn't mind 90 degree weather in the summer when we were kids, we had the pool and Coney Island. There was DeBarrow's Ice Cream Parlour on 4th bet. 44th and 45th. And Nick's on 5th bet. 45th and 46th. Trucks used to come around with rides on the back, like the Whip and the Swing and it only cost 5 cents.

Those were the days.

Joe Pastore: 7th Aug 2010 - 22:22 GMT

This is a great site! I lived in Sunset Park between 1948 and 1971. First at 5223 8th Ave until 1952 and then moved to my grandmothers house at 733 46th St between 7th and 6th. Went to St Agathas. I remember Sister Mary Camile in the 4th grade. Took guitar lessons from Danny Cavallo from 62 to 66. Can you believe it, he gave my Dad violin lessons when he was a kid!! Just got a new guitar and am hoping to start relearning. I remember pizza at Villa Corderos on 8th between 46th and 47th Sts. Also remember going to the Ritz for Sat matinee movies!!! It was only $0.25 and we'd get to see 2 movies and cartoons plus popcorn all for less than a buck!!! I was even lukier, cause my Dad was a mailman and delivered to the Ritz manager so I got free passes!!! My Dad had a mail route somewhere between 49th and 53rd and between 6th and 8th. He worked out of the Post Office on 55th and 7th.
I remember Sunset Park and playing ball and eating the crab apples from the trees by the playing fields, and riding my bike down the hills and sitting to see the sunset. I remember the Halloweens and Trickor Treat and roller skating down the block. It was so great and I want to come back. So bad!

anon (pool-72-68-154-79.nycmny.fios.verizon.net): 27th Nov 2010 - 02:19 GMT

Hi can anyone tell me if they remember this (it was around 1978 or 1979)girl I knew, her name was Donna, her moms name was Eileen who worked in a bar on 7th ave around 48th or 49th street She also had a brother named Joey.

lester {larry} isaacs: 29th Dec 2010 - 22:19 GMT

anyone remember candy store 14th st and 4th ave
bookmaker in luncheonette on 3rd ave and 15th st

george (geordie): 31st Dec 2010 - 20:03 GMT

Wow -so many memories - I grew up (in the 50's & 60's) on 44th st between 5&6 Ave in one of the cooperative apartment bldg near 6th ave across from park. Although Irish - I actually could understand Swedish as most of the families living in those cooperatives were Swedish. Remember all the places each of you have mentioned. Went to St Michaels's then St Augustine HS. Went to Boston College and have lived in New England since. Have gone back a few times -last April 2002 -stopped into St Michaels'and received a tour fronm the principal -heard it is closed now - hope I am wrong on that. Play the bagpipes - met a few pipers last year from NYPD Pipes and Drums who grew up near OLPH - offered to take me around the park -in a cruiser!! Just a wonderful place to grow up-

Papo: 26th Jan 2011 - 17:08 GMT

Does anyone have a photo of the old the Colosseum Movie Theater in Sunset Park before it became a church????? Would love to see that old place again. I spent so many hours there as youth watching some great movies especially the kung-fu movies! It was a great place to escape and daydream!!!

anon (204.10.12.12): 2nd Feb 2011 - 16:23 GMT

My father lived at 327 40 st in the 1940's . anyone from that block still around?

Chrissy: 8th Apr 2011 - 14:47 GMT

Hi everyone! My name is Christine. I was born in Sister Elizabeth also in 1966. I lived on 56th street, btwn 5&6th aves for the 1st four yrs of my life. Than my father Richard Mehl from 50th street 6th ave bought a house on 57th, btwn 4&5th aves. I'm still here. I love the memories of the 70's & 80's here. However, times have changed. It use to be the village (neighbors) help raising the children. Nowdays, unfortunately nobody really cares about their neighbors. Things have changed. We called grown-ups Mr., Mrs. & Ms. We respected what was told to us, even if we would be scolded by the neighbors. Today, if you try to help you get verbally or physically abused, or some form of revenge is taken. I will not be staying her in my later yrs. There are only 6 families left from the original block association. And one by one they are speaking of leaving. They will retire to PR, Fl or in a nearby state with their children. Who have decided to leave right out of college or after marriage. Most of the people from Sunset Park (Old BayRidge) once BayRidge have moved away some time ago. I can't say I blame them. I thought I would be here forever also. But not going to happen. Houses are being turned into businesses right in the middle of the blocks. The once beautiful brownstones are being ripped apart, painted and turned into hotels, stores and fly by night clinics. The apartment building are being torn down and made into cheap looking hotel and condos. It is very sad to wittness. I had awesome times in Sunset Park and was lucky and blessed to meet many wonderful people. I have raised three children here and some grandbabies now for 6 yrs. But it's time to fold it up and move on. I have always loved the diversity of this neighborhood and hope to find that experience elsewhere. My family has become the UN from growing up in this area. We are German, Norweigian, Irish, Swiss born that have married Puerto Rician, Dominican, African American/Cherokee, Irish, Jamiacian and Italian. I'm sure I left something out. We are a huge family of 9 siblings that has turned into over 40 each having not less than two children. We went to 140, 118 annex, Dyker Heights, Pershing, Fort Hamilton. We had CCD in OLPH, Boy and Girl Scouts in OLPH and mass every sunday with all the other large families in the neighborhood such as the Woods, Collins and Walsh families. It was truly a wonderful place. BUT TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING! Have a good one! Hopefully, I will be permanently living in Colorado in about 2 years. Now that is a beautiful place. It is how we have the song America the Beautiful. My first grandchild was born out there, we went to visit and we are sold.

Chrissy: 8th Apr 2011 - 14:59 GMT

I'm part of the Mehl & Hanly family. Jane, Mary and Mike Hanly 50th street and 6th ave. And Jack, Richie and Paul Mehl also 50th and 6th ave. My Uncle Trygve aka Trix was the janitor for PS94. I remember all the places mentioned and than some. All the bars, jewelry, curtian and guns shops. The wigs and hat stores. The bike and ice cream palors. The butcher and small deli stores. I miss all these places and neighbors. You walk in knowing that you are going to be a while because of good conversation. My brother worked for Jim and Tony butchers on 59th and 5th. Georges is till on the corner. The Planzo's have been in the area forever. Scott's just closed down about 3 years ago. Miss them. Great family Victor, Maria, Pat, Jimmy and little Maria. Johnny's is still here run by Rocco and John Jr. That is about it though and Joan's jewelry shop. My Aunt Cathy worked in Camays. My sister in-law Gail worked in Charles. My GRandfather and father brought us to the bars all the time for a Coke Cola. Anyway, if I can help find out info or anyone want to reach me. I'm at Izofmarch15@aol.com.

Frank from 44th Street : 19th Apr 2011 - 16:04 GMT

The one Building that stands out best in Sunset Park is St. Michael and its tower over the area, yet you missed it ( Just Shakes Head )

Yvonne: 5th Aug 2011 - 17:02 GMT

Love your article. Anyone remember McCarthy's of 424 56th St., they lived there I know in 1941 they had eight children. Would love to find them as they would be our only McCarthy relatives that we have.
They moved to New York from Newfoundland somewhere around the 1900's. Would love to make contact .(therealcotters@hotmail.com) Thanks.

FrankiE: 9th Aug 2011 - 12:42 GMT

Wow - thank you for these great pictures and memories. I lived on 48th & 7th Ave. went to St. Agatha's and moved to bensonhurst in 1975.
Someone chimed in about the best Italian food was at L&B Pizza on Stillwell ave- I agree but so what, my grandmother was Italian and was a great cook - we had these great Norwegeinn Deli's - we had Irish pubs - Spainish restuarants. whne we were lids we'd go 'call for' our budding and thier Mother or grand mother would invite you in for food.
I kiss stoop ball, king/Queen, stickball. everything.
the summers were magical, every street had is own feel and vibe.

enrico astorino: 6th Sep 2011 - 02:14 GMT

is there anyone who attended p.s.157 in the early 50s. it was located qn kent ave. in brooklyn.some names i remember are louis ferrara, catherine minargo.to nameafew i can be reachedat redrhino2@verizon.net

anon (72-28-177-170-dhcp.aik.sc.atlanticbb.net): 20th Oct 2011 - 14:52 GMT

Just read all these notes. What memories. We lived in Sunset Park all our lives. Lived on 4oth St between 4th & 5th during WWII, 40th between 3rd & 4th after the war, then on Third Avenue betw 40th and 41st/ Cold water flat over looking the old Gowanus Parkway before they expanded it. I am St. Mike's guy both grammer and HS. My neighborhood friends were Puerto Ricans, Italians and Irish. PAL baseball for old 68 Pct in the early 50s. Sad the way the neighborhood has gone down.

chrissy: 21st Oct 2011 - 14:17 GMT

Love hearing from all of you. Keep it coming. We will be leaving the neighborhood soon after 45 years. I have traveled and love the the midwest and the north, so that is where we will be heading. I will somewhat miss it here because all the memories of those I met and new from the 60's to the 70's and some of the 80's. I was out in BayRidge during the 80-82 somewhat. Married in the 1984 and have raised my kids here and some grandchildren for 7 years now. Change is good and memories are forever. I still feel like the kids I knew during the 60's and 70's are family to me. There was just something in the way we were raised that really set bonds to look out for our neighbors and their children. YOu didn't really find that in the late 80's and now. It's just very sad the lost of community on many blocks. And I have seen my share of prejudice since I was born. However, we were raised to love everyone the same. My family is like the UN. We have every nationality in it. And we all cry the same, bleed the same, eat the same and best of all love the same. Prejudice is the fear of the difference, to which there really isn't any difference in the things that make us human. This was still one of the best neighborhoods to grow up in and I wouldn't change that for the world. But everyone has left and it's time for us. I am going to miss the Norweigian Day Parades and the ST. Paddy's. I will miss my 4 existing neighbors that have mentioned their moving also sometime soon. So if the thought is there for them also. I know we are doing the right thing. I've overstayed my welcome in the "Sunset". Just wondering Colorado or Boston or maybe Maine. They are all wonderful. Well, I will let you other brooklynites know when we get there. Have a good one! And thanks for sharing your memories. When I get time I will put up pics. I remember all of these places and many of your names sound familar from my family. Peace to all. Remember we are all human although we forget to act it sometimes. Enjoy life and love.

Alice Sorensen Hemings: 16th Dec 2011 - 22:05 GMT

I was born in sister Elizabeth Hospital in 1959, we (6 kids) lived on top of George's Candy store between 52nd and 6th Ave. It was a day when you knew all the shop owners like they were family. It was Ginger and Joe's Dry Cleaners, Charlie the Plumber, Rudy the butcher, then George's and then Lena and Angelo's Deli. The rest of the block was stoops where we played all the games mentioned in the comments above, along with Buck, buck, skelsie's and Johnny over the Pony. Some of the "bad" kids would hop the back of the bus, and ride for free or just for the fun of it. When we weren't swimming in the pool at Sunset Park, we had the sprinklers that the local fire department (on 5th ave, next to Tony's pizza)drilled holes in the johnny pump cover. I went to PS 94 when Mr. Frankel was the principal. There was a candy store near Dewey Jr. HS where no matter how old you were you could be "loosey" cigarettes for a nickel. Sometimes I feel like I lived in a movie scene, what great memories.

Frances Reinfjell: 2nd Jan 2012 - 21:31 GMT

My husband and I lived at 53rd between 4th ad 5th for almost 2 years. Now I live in Vancouver BC but I sure miss it. He was from Macedonia and all the "boy's in the hood" were amazed by his accent! We wre musicians and never had any hassles carrying our equipment to and from the subway...Brooklyn Rocks!!!!

DOUG OLSEN Jan 19 2012: 20th Jan 2012 - 00:35 GMT

I LIVED ON 48TH BETWEEN 4TH AND FIFTH AVE.GRADUATED ST MIKE 1958.SUNSET PARK WAS GREAT PLACE TO GROW UP IN THE FIFTIES.TUESDAY NIGHTS AT CONEY ISLAND WAS FIREWORKS NITE SPENT A LOT OF NITES IN ZAS ZAS PIZZA WITH A SLICE A COKE AND THE JUKE BOX LIVED THERE UNTIL I WAS 18 CAN STILL REMEMBER ALL THE FAMILIES AND THIER NAMES.GREAT TIMES GREAT PLACE GREAT MEMIORES.

Freddy Sosias: 4th Feb 2012 - 18:19 GMT

I lived on 57th St between 1st and 2nd Ave and hung out between 3rd and 4th Ave during the 60s. I attended P.S.118 in 1961-63. My teachers were Mr. Fury in the 7th grade and Mrs. Murphy in the 8th grade. 1965 we rehearsed our band on the stoops of 57th St, which consisted of my two brothers Ben, Frankie, our friend (fat Junior) and myself on the Drums (Freddie). I donít understand what happen, back in the 60s we called the whole area Bay Ridge. Now I think they call it Sunset or Sunset park. Want to say Hi to Delores, Fat Junior, Tommy, Lillian, Tony, Koka, Shelley, Jose, Stanley, Faustino, Louie and Nicky Lopez, Louie Rios, Edgar, Sorry if I forgot anyone, if you remember me write me a line, would love to hear from anyone of that era.
Write me at: aliasbedrock@aol.com

Chickie: 4th Feb 2012 - 20:36 GMT

WHAT MEMORIES - I lived on 49th Street, between 4th and 5th Avenue. The 16 Unit Tenement was a 'home to all'. Everyone knew each other, wonderful aromas drifted through the halls in the winter of Italian, Irish, and Polish dishes. Everyones mom was your mom, watching out, taking care that the kids were safe playing ball in the street and riding their bikes. I left in the early '60's, but only physically. My heart remains to this day in that area of sweet memories. From time to time, I drive back just to park and walk along the 69th Street Pier. It's another world and I'll never outgrow it. Thanks to all above who have written - some of your memories are mine as well. If you remember my 'nickname' write me. We lived at 444. joannlorraine@hotmail.com - Peace

Julie Palermo: 25th Feb 2012 - 13:44 GMT

I lived right across from Sunset Park on 5th and 41st Street - 2 family house - across the street from the drug store. I moved in 1970. I graduated from St. Michael's Grammar School in 1964. Does anyone know Joseph Ferrara from St. Micheal's - Class of 64 - he lived on 34th or 35th Street near 4th Avenue? I am trying to locate him. I currently live in MA and am so happy that my grandkids do not have to grow up in Brooklyn. It was very rough growing up but I had some good memories hanging out with my best friend (Kathy Koneschusky) - email me at julip111@verizon.net

DOUG OLSEN FEB 28 2012: 28th Feb 2012 - 17:10 GMT

GROWING UP IN THIS AREA IN FIFTIES WAS GREAT.KNOWING ALL THE PEOPLE ON YOUR BLOCK EVERY ONE ALWAYS WATCHING OUT FOR ONE AND OTHER WAS THE BEST.EVERYONE HERE TALKS ABOUT ALL THE STREET GAMES WE PLAYED THEY WERE ALL GREAT THE KIDS TODAY WILL NEVER HAVE THE KIND OF FUN WE HAD THAN.DISPITE WHAT SOME OF YOU HAVE SAID SUNSET PARK IN THE FIFTIES WAS THE BEST PLACE TO GROW UP AS A KID. EVEN THO I HAVE LOST CONTACT WITH MOST EVERYONE FROM THAT PERIOD I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE GREAT TIMES WE HAD.I LIVED AT 438 48TH ST GRAUATED ST MIKES IN 1958 MY BROTHERS WERE BOBBY THOMAS SISTER WAS PATRICA ALL NEIGHBORHOODS CHANGE BUT THAT AT THAT TIME SUNSET PARK AND SAINT MICHEALS WAS THE BEST IF YOU REMEMBER MY FAMILY AND WOULD LIKE SAY HELLO E MAIL ME olsend47@bellsouth.net


Pat : 11th Mar 2012 - 20:26 GMT

Wow what great memories. I moved to BayRidge around 1967 my family name Brascoup. Looking for friends who knew us. We lived on 41st and 5th ave. Does anyone remember Mary' candy store. if you remember me e-mail me at pat_52@msn.com

Julie Palermo: 13th Mar 2012 - 11:47 GMT

Pat: Where on 41st & 5th did you live. I lived across from Sunset Park on the corner of 41st & 5th over the fish store. Across the street on the corner was a drug store. I do remember Marie's candy store - they used to take bets in the back. Contact me and may be we know each other.

Julie

Brenda: 20th Mar 2012 - 19:57 GMT

I lived in brooklyn in the 1950's. I attended P.s 1 then Dewey jhs. At the time the italians, scand. irish were prejudice against all Puerto Ricans. My dad went to purchase a home and when the italian homeowner saw him, he actually told my dad "Go away, who are you fooling? you don't have the money to buy this house". Sure enough my dad purchased it and got rid of him immediately. My parents are in their 80's and still living in that house.

Idys : 4th Apr 2012 - 20:55 GMT

This has been wonderful to go down memory lane. I grew up in Sunset Park, between 1963 thru 1976. I went to St. Michaels, the nuns were great. I then went to PS 169 (I rememeber especially, when we had assembly, we learned so many songs. I still know all the words). PS 169 and the Principal Mr. G and the teachers left such great memories. Then When I finaly went to Dewey Jr High, my folks decided to move to Long Island. I loved the view from Sunset Park, especially for the 4th of July. As a child it felt like I was standing on top of the world. I can't believe that the old building that once was the police and firestation is still standing on the corner of 43rd street and 4th ave. Like many of you, I remember during the winter, sleding down Deadman's hill and during the summer riding box crate go carts. It was great to see the pictures, I actually know where those places are. I have not been back to NY in almost 20 years, but after seeing the pictures and hereing the comments, it has made me very homesick. I also remember ZaZa pizza, I used to love to get a slice and go window shopping. I was very fortunate that when I grew up there, although most of my neighbors were Irish, Italian and scandanavian we never had a problem, as Puerto Ricans, although we were the only one at that time in our neighborhood. My mother, sister and I always felt safe. Please continue to add pictures, I really enjoyed them. IGS

rita 27th Apr 2012: 27th Apr 2012 - 14:50 GMT

Julie: I think I knew your sister Mary; graduated St. Michael's 1969. You married and lived on 50th or 51st Street between 5th and 6th. I lived on 44th between 5th and 6th.

Julie Palermo: 7th May 2012 - 09:30 GMT

Rita: Did you hang out with my sister Mary because I know she had a friend Rita. Yes I got married and lived on 51st Street. How are your mother and brother?

Julie Palermo: 9th May 2012 - 07:36 GMT

Does anyone know Joseph Ferrara. He went to St. Michael's Grammar School - graduated in 1964 - and he's about 61 years old. He used to live between 4th & 5th Avenue on 35th or 34th Street?

rita 27th Apr 2012: 15th May 2012 - 14:18 GMT

Julie: Yes, I hung out with Mary. My mother passed away on May 01,2012. She was 93 years old.

Julie Palermo: 16th May 2012 - 10:03 GMT

Rita, I'm sorry about your mother but she lived a very long life. Did you ever get married? Do you want to get in touch with Mary? I can give you her phone number if you want.

charlie kyle: 21st May 2012 - 00:32 GMT

Lived on 253 61st from 1935-1943,then 320 61st till 1953,then out on the Island.No place or thing will ever be like Bay Ridge,now Sunset Park,was then.I have read people writing about Brooklyn here and on th Bay Ridge web site and other than one I found here all were full of great memories of their childhoods.I too waited to pay my 9 cents to get to Swim in Sunset pool.You could always tell who has swam there the day before by their red eyss from the chlorine in the water.
The only thing is on this site most of you lived in the 40s,and on the Bay Ridge site they lived in the 70s and 80s and I am inbetween,so if you were from the higher 50s or in the 60s went to PS140 please write,who knows maybe I'll see someone I knew.I do enjoy reading about the old neighborhood.

matthew carlino: 23rd May 2012 - 14:29 GMT

sailed my toy boat on the lake befor pool openned about 1932-1936
born and lived in neiborhood all my life

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Lou: 3rd Jun 2012 - 22:12 GMT

To Carol of 44th st 5th & 6th, my name is Lou Gmiter, I went to st. michaels and graduated the same year, you may remember eileen ferris, denise cavaretta, vinny paceri, bill greenhorn (r.i.p.) the moary family, frankie and phillip duganero, frankie esposito, yes saint michaels school is now closed, john friel, marissa jiminez, peter annis, joey (got) catanzarro and some others had a reunion there back in 2009 or so, there was a mass said and then a tour of the school with cake, great times there, i was unable to attend but seen the pictures on facebook with jim crawford, my dad worked in chubbies as a relief bartender, and also worked as bartender in the shamrock bar and grill on 46th & 5th, i hung out with phillip and frankie on 45th & 5th, along with angelo and his brother stephen, remember the guy teddy from 44th near 5th & 6th, he bought into the washington capitals, our summers were spent on the 44th street side running and playing, then we found the matinees in the park theatre from 63 until it closed in 67, all summer we went there and watched the movies, that was a nice graduation we received from saint michaels, i liked the nuns and lay teachers there, sister rose, sister luke, sister joseph (jomo) maureen, sister alma, miss muskatel, mrs. decesare, mister franza and mister bartholemue although I wasn't in the mens class, the field days to the movies with the nuns and the bronx zoo along with the u.n tour was super, i hung out in the schoolyard with vinny and anthony paceri, john nappa and billy greenhorn, i'm on facebook and have some pictures of saint michaels there, i went to its 100 year anniversary back in 85, seen sister rose and father brown there, i still have my graduation pamphlet, remember teresa saldana she graduated with us, some movie scenes were filmed at saint michaels and some in the sunset park area around 75 or so, i liked the bakery and toy store on 5th between 44 & 45th streets, open hydrants full force running through them, remember eileen ferris and peggy from 45th, ennis candy store was neat, used to buy tuna sandwich's every friday from there, jimmys pizzeria on 5th between 46th & 47th, seabodes ice cream and sandwich parlor, the brighton restaurant, remember tony's barbershop, i seen it on photobucket, tony is in the photos early years 1960's and later 2011 or so, i used to get my haircuts from there, remember our class outing to rye beach, that was fun, i can't put some faces to the names anymore, but hey that goes with getting older, i lived on 39th between 6th & 7th until 1967 then moved to 46 & 6th, played whiffle ball, watched kathy dingevan play with that footsie thing on a rope that went around the ankle and jumped over it, eileen and debbie roman playing double dutch rope, played slapball in the schoolyard with sister yvonne who also played with us, she coulkd hit and run, 1966 what a year, i was also an altar boy from 64 to 68, served with father kutner, fAther coogan (he left the priesthood in 65 to get married to a nun from there) father rodriguez, father Lee and father brown monsignior was there also but i can't recall his name, he and 2 others who's name is now forgotten but prayed for by me, oh and father smith from the early 60's, sister mcnamara, and sister saint crucis, kevin fallon and eddie lucey, remember the school plays we had 1st grade 1960 pinocchio and 1964 a play about native indians where we danced or walked in a snake circle around the stage, it was all fun, of course we also learned-our class work and how to flip baseball cards, collected beatle, addams family, lost in space, john kennedy and other sports cards, i still have some of the above cards here at home, played stickball, went to see the beatle movis when they first came out, watched hullabaloo and shindig along with ed sullivan on t.v. had our first communion and graduation party's at the rainbow cafe (the owners are part of our family) went with them on summer outings to jersey, we used to take the ferry from 69th and shore road over to staten island, also took the keansburg boat from there until 1960 and spent 2 weeks in keansburg at a hotle or bungalo there, came home with our prizes-bicycles, games, toys, cards, portable t.v and other things, nice big taxis with the 2 fold down seats took us home again, played and ran up sunset everyday hen they had the tennis courts then replaced them in 67 with softball and basketball courts, went on the monkey bars and swings by the tennis courts and also by the sandbox fenced playare we all used to crawl under the fence to get in if it was closed, in the 50's until 1960 the paqrk closed at 5p.m. sharp and the parkies closed the black iron gates they used to have there then locked them, remember the day danny thomas was in a convertible and rode up 5th ave 1961 or so, and we seen president johnson on 39th street drive towards 38th no motorcade then just one policeman on motorcycle and him in the limo, not even secret service agents with him, that was in 1965, i still have photos of the park theatre, got it on ebay, they still have them for sale my photos from 1964, check out www.brooklynpix.com for great neighborhood photos, i even seen myself in one photo when i was just that small and that young poking my head up when the police were taking someone to an ambulance, remember carol from 5th ave up above trunz's butcher, she was conversing with me on sunset-park site 4 or 5 years ago, lost contact with her, then cathy maglone was on facebook along with marissa jiminez, jim crawford, denise cavartetta and joseph catanzaro, well this is a long message, but my memories come pouring out for a place i lived at and loved, hey 1st grade peter ruiz, he was as tall as sister saint philip, and he was the shortest guy in 1st grade, remember sandra ruiz and kathy soracchi cying in the schoolyard because sandra got left back and couldn't graduate with us, jimbo mcglone getting tossed out of saint michael's by sister rose in 64, i'm having fun writing this and picturing the memory's in my mind, remember snowforts on 44th and up by the pool, running in the 16 foot when it was closed until summer again, biking dead mans hill, biking it to shore road, skate rides with the skate key around our necks with a string on the concrete until we could go in the street, i had all my report cards until recently from 1960 to 68, wish i knew where they are, we went to mary's candy store for milk shakes on 7th ave between 39th & 40th until she sold it in late 1959 to an owner who made it into a pizzeria sandwich shop, he sold it a month later to the rizzi family, we all played ball together up in sunset, played ball in the dust bowl with the knights of columbus from 65 to 67 then played down shore road and the parade grounds then tried out with the phillies in 73, i wnet in the navy years later, got married and have 1 son, louis junior, now i'm a eucharistic minister at saint marthas parish and an usher also a third degree knight of the knights of columbus, so life is good and i'm happy i grew up in brooklyn at that time, we also collected outer limit cards, watched pope paul vi mass from yankee stadium with michael morales attending as an altarboy along with ramos and 2 priests, bless them, bought comic books from irv's candy store on 45th & 5th next door to chubbies bar, and sams candy store on 47th & 5th, and tessies on 5th across from tony's barber shop, 1st black owned business where she sold the 25cent hamburgers back in early 67, she stayed open for about a year, watched the daily news, daily mirror and n.y. post being thrown from the paper delivery trucks, i liked the christmas ornaments that the businesses paid for and had strung across 5th avenue from 44th to 60th street in the late 50's to mid late 60's, watched the little people 8th avenue boys climb the park wall in the early 60's looking for the savages and young savages then, watched the policemen walk the beat and twirl their billy clubs idly as they walked (that looked cool), seen the queen elizabeth and the queen mary sail into new your from sunset park, along with the dirigibles and airship blimps, watched the news as the ship exploded on 38th & at it's slip in 58 or 59, also heard the plane crash on the radio in '60 down on sterling place where we had family living on that street then, hoping they were okay, they lived just near 6th and below where the plane came down, well we seen and done it all there in the 50's and 60' growing up getting in for the morning swim session for free and then going to the afternoon session for 5 cents, ate at their 2 hot dog stands behind the pool, played for a summer in 63 at p's 169 and took a class there while playing with the other kids then, all in all it wasn't bad even when a bungalo bar truck hit me up into the air and i came down on a roll, passed out for a second and woke up no hurts nor broken bones from it, a miracle from God, okay, gotta go my niece needs a summer dress (she's 10) bye for now, God bless all +

Julie Palermo: 5th Jun 2012 - 09:37 GMT

Lou,

Did you know the Koneschusky family on 44 Street and 6th Avenue? Butch, Joey, Kathy & Paul. The Mahoney's. How about Vincent or James Palermo?

Lou: 5th Jun 2012 - 19:36 GMT

Wow i didn't know the message repeated itself so many times, hi, no i didn't know anyone you mentioned, unless Joey was Joey "G", i did know the fagan family, lois and pat all on 6th ave there on 44th street apartments, the carden family across from the pizza candy store, and the maleski family from 45th near 6th just down from the corner deli, our family lived on 45th near 6th in the last house before the apartment building where the talamenco family lived, my uncles butch, jimmy, tommy, aunts margaret, ann and my mom helen (pepsi) lived there for years until the early mid 50's, i did know anthony palermo and his brother from 47th near 8th ave they went to saint agatha's in the late 60's they lived next door to the melfi's, susan melfi married my friend billy carden, i didn't hang out at the wall and entrance on 44th & 6th, i did know tiny, little larry, carol, joey G, andy, little genie, cathy, pat and eddie rafferty, they all hung out there late '66 or so, i knew just about everyone there from the pool and from 45th & 5th

Lou: 5th Jun 2012 - 19:36 GMT

Wow i didn't know the message repeated itself so many times, hi, no i didn't know anyone you mentioned, unless Joey was Joey "G", i did know the fagan family, lois and pat all on 6th ave there on 44th street apartments, the carden family across from the pizza candy store, and the maleski family from 45th near 6th just down from the corner deli, our family lived on 45th near 6th in the last house before the apartment building where the talamenco family lived, my uncles butch, jimmy, tommy, aunts margaret, ann and my mom helen (pepsi) lived there for years until the early mid 50's, i did know anthony palermo and his brother from 47th near 8th ave they went to saint agatha's in the late 60's they lived next door to the melfi's, susan melfi married my friend billy carden, i didn't hang out at the wall and entrance on 44th & 6th, i did know tiny, little larry, carol, joey G, andy, little genie, cathy, pat and eddie rafferty, they all hung out there late '66 or so, i knew just about everyone there from the pool and from 45th & 5th

Lou: 5th Jun 2012 - 19:36 GMT

Wow i didn't know the message repeated itself so many times, hi, no i didn't know anyone you mentioned, unless Joey was Joey "G", i did know the fagan family, lois and pat all on 6th ave there on 44th street apartments, the carden family across from the pizza candy store, and the maleski family from 45th near 6th just down from the corner deli, our family lived on 45th near 6th in the last house before the apartment building where the talamenco family lived, my uncles butch, jimmy, tommy, aunts margaret, ann and my mom helen (pepsi) lived there for years until the early mid 50's, i did know anthony palermo and his brother from 47th near 8th ave they went to saint agatha's in the late 60's they lived next door to the melfi's, susan melfi married my friend billy carden, i didn't hang out at the wall and entrance on 44th & 6th, i did know tiny, little larry, carol, joey G, andy, little genie, cathy, pat and eddie rafferty, they all hung out there late '66 or so, i knew just about everyone there from the pool and from 45th & 5th

Lou: 6th Jun 2012 - 17:39 GMT

To Julie, I do remember a Paul and now that I think of it I do remember that his last name was Koneschusky, he was friends with joey and ray urciuoli, and also eddie cruz, they played softball together, and was friends with teddy also, i think teddy was greek, he lived just down from steve and his sister who lived in the coop building on 44th near 6th, i also remember a guy who had a big long toboggan, he lived on 44th between 5th & 6th, can't think of his name just yet, he and his brother or sister sat on it from 6th all the way down to 5th outside the park, that snow was cool to sled down but you had to be careful as one sledder had to bail off when his sled was heading towards a bus, one older lady shopper with cart got clipped by me while sledding, all i could do was ask her if she was alrigh and said I was sorry, out at 7 p.m. shopping and she gets boot clipped, she just yelled in her surprise at being hit, no damage done to her as she walked away unscaithed furthur.......i also knew the church family on 5th above the mirror store next to manny's bar, I also knew the esposito family who lived above the toy store, and mark aiello who lived opposite the park entrance on 44th & 5th.....it was fun days then, mister softee stopped and we bought some, the ice cream guy on his bicycle with his keep em cold storage by the handlebars who kept ice cream and orange juices there and pedaled up the park, all the guys and gals sitting on the benches near 5th & 44th hiding a glue bag or two, thought someone needed the bag for breathing........hot dog vendors with their station wagons or carts outside the park on 44th and 6th ave, john the cop walking his beat up sunset after he got transferred from the precinct downtown where he walked the beat outside and inside John Jay high school in the 60's, we played basketball and tag in the park center during the fall spring and winter months, all the old men there playing pinochle or poker, the old ladys there knitting and talking or playing canasta..I had a great time with my friends and so did they........played whiffle ball in the park also......and points with a spaldeen outside of chubby's bar, watched jackie to see how it was played......and listening to the juke box music or a transistor radio and watching the girls squealing when the beatles or rolling stones came on singing their newest song of the day........fab

Lou: 6th Jun 2012 - 18:43 GMT

I also knew a Paul in the apartment building on 6th & 44th, I was short so every time he seen me he would laugh, i also knew keith and his sister who lived there as well, we all played basketball with robbie, tommie, and dickie spiers up in sunset and down at the Lutheran church, their sister lorainne would come along and watch us play, mcnamara, dunleavy, joe Got , kbird, and my friends frankie marra, dennis bird, ootha, tony cavaretta, billy bird, jimmie, the ward brothers, mousey, beck, cucco, ralphie fig and t-bone played ball there also, robbie became a preacher out west in colorado or someplace like that.....he's on facebook....

Lou: 6th Jun 2012 - 18:43 GMT

I also knew a Paul in the apartment building on 6th & 44th, I was short so every time he seen me he would laugh, i also knew keith and his sister who lived there as well, we all played basketball with robbie, tommie, and dickie spiers up in sunset and down at the Lutheran church, their sister lorainne would come along and watch us play, mcnamara, dunleavy, joe Got , kbird, and my friends frankie marra, dennis bird, ootha, tony cavaretta, billy bird, jimmie, the ward brothers, mousey, beck, cucco, ralphie fig and t-bone played ball there also, robbie became a preacher out west in colorado or someplace like that.....he's on facebook....

Lou: 11th Jun 2012 - 16:41 GMT

I would have liked to have seen that lake in person, it must have been very nice back then with it there.......

David Goyette: 17th Jun 2012 - 06:04 GMT

TO CHICKLE -- Do you remember the 1950s Halloween tradition when the kids from to lower end of 49th St. would have egg and water balloon battles with you folks from the middle of the block? We actually would designate a few of our buddies as "ammo carriers" who would carry a supply of the eggs and balloons in boxes and pieces of luggage. We dodged cars in the dark of night, ran through the back yards of the apartments from one end of the block to the other and a few times, we resorted to dropping water balloons on our opponents from the apartment roofs while they were planning their strategy on the stoops below. It was all good, clean fun with no hard feelings afterward. Most parents today would be horrified at the risky games and pranks we played in those days but we survived and I believe were the better for it.

anon (pool-173-58-95-132.lsanca.fios.verizon.net): 23rd Jun 2012 - 20:39 GMT

no i don't rememberr that, I was just a young pup in those days, 4 years old in '59, hadn't seen anything like it then either, would have been nice to see, but when 2 kids came up for haloween treats haloween day then I cried my eyes out seeing them in their scary costumes, then when i watched frankenstein on t.v. I didn't cry, makes you think why? Hey where on 49th, I knew bobby, billy and james west and the rizzo family there between 4th and 5th, seen the wall grafitti then also, savages, young savages...my barber was on 49th just up from 5th avenue there under the maroon awning in the late 50's and early 60's, lots of fun times then, great memory....4th and 5th now i seen it posted above, my friends played 49th in stickball in '68, by then the street was starting to look like nam.....funny you guys are 49th, we got togewther with them also from your street in '68 for halloween, we all went to saint michaels together, and we had the eggs that night and went out looking for someone to throw them at, that and chalk in a sock, smashed down so as not to hurt, when hit it made a powder pop and left a chalk mark on the clothes......the bulls looked the other way....

anon (pool-173-58-95-132.lsanca.fios.verizon.net): 23rd Jun 2012 - 20:40 GMT

must have been a nice stoop hangout on 49th just down off of 5th, the bulls went the other way....

anon (99-159-246-153.lightspeed.miamfl.sbcglobal.net): 25th Jun 2012 - 03:59 GMT

doug anon the west family lived 48th between4th and 5th billy and ijoined the service together in 1963 .he was in my wedding party they also had a sister named gloria

Lou: 26th Jun 2012 - 03:09 GMT

Wow, I didn't know they had a sister too, there was a gloria that was their aunt, she owned a station wagon with her husband and they sold hot dogs out of it, then she bought a bar on 47th and 7th, billy and bobby worked there and owned a percentage of it, sparky owned the bar before her, on the corner next to sparkys was Hanley's bar, it was a nice neighborhood then, my uncle was in the service the same time, he was a presidentail advisor to president Kennedy and was by then in south vietnam, he came back alive, thank's for the response, if I write down memory's of the past to read and recall later on in my waning years then I wil also keep you all in my prayers....above your anon 99-159-246-153 is my anon pool 173-58-95-132, I just forgot to put my name down, take care.....hey did fats used to live on 49th, I remember Lucky, but I was just that hearing to remember to look and see who was around everywhere I went, the business christmas lights were the best anywhere those year's, did you know Roy Kasofsky?, we knew his family since the early 50's, he and his brother billy, little johnny and their mom and dad, sister Joy and Joyce were already married, they lived on 46th between 5th & 6th, then move to 5th ave between 47th and 48th,they lived over the cunard lines store and the O'malley photo studio was, open johnny pumps were the best for beating the heat,it's always good to write about brooklyn as you can tell from what I wrote above all this, did you know the fallon family on 47th below 5th, jimmy, kevin and some others? Jimmies pizzeria was the best pizza, the chinese food restaurant was nice also, I went in the navy much later than 63, seen alot of good places, well take care......+

Lou: 26th Jun 2012 - 03:11 GMT

wedding party cool, he and bobby became firemen for the city.....bobby passed away, billy is probably still being jovial billy somewhere with his family......

Lou: 26th Jun 2012 - 03:24 GMT

Hey didn't joey talemenco live on 48th, i think his family owned the fruit and vegetable stand on the corner of 48th & 5th, good guy, maybe you knew my uncles tommy and butchie (bernie) Mcewan, they lived on 45 near 6th ave then moved to 58th & 5th, everyone knew butch (spook) his real name is bernard..

Julie Palermo: 27th Jun 2012 - 07:59 GMT

Does anyone remember the fish store on the corner of 41st & 5th right across from Sunset Park. I lived over that fish store from 1961-1968. In the summer our house smelled of fish. Across the street was a drug store and across from the park between 40 & 41st were Scali's Italian market, Fennimore's Bar and another bar (Tommy's bar?). There were a few stores like Pat's Meat Market, John's Pork Store, Henry's Delicatessen. Does anyone know me?

doug olsen june 27: 28th Jun 2012 - 19:01 GMT

L0U I HAVE PICTURES OF THE WEST FAMILI AND MYSELF AND BILLY IN THE ARMY TOGETHER.IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM SEND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ME AT olsend47@bellsouth.net AND I WILL SEND THEM TO YOU BILLY AND I BOTH WORKED AFTER SCHOOL IN THE LUNCHONETTE ON THE CORNER OF 48TH AND FIFTH AVE UNTIL 1962 GUY NAME JOE OWNED SOLD IT TO GUY NAME PAUL ACROSS THE STREET WAS BAR CALLED ELBOW ROOM IT WAS A GREAT TIME TO GROW UP THERE

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 18:29 GMT

Hey julie, 41st & 5th, the 4 corners of 41st there 1 a florist, 1 a bar, 1 the park, 1 the drug store, where on a corner was a fish store on 5th, remember danny thomas being driven up 5th, he passed that corner in a white convertible cadillac with a big sign on the side of the car, i knew the thompson family, rusty and his brothers, rusty lived over the drug store, sure doug that would be great i'll send the email to you, its alwyas good seeing some old friends like the wests', i'll have to show my uncle butchie he knew them also, wow the elbow room nice memory to remember that, yeah that neighborhood was good to grow up in, we got the bungalow bar truck to stop, the truck's with their rides on them for a nickel, great times indeed.......brooklynpix.com has great old photos of brooklyn.......

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 19:06 GMT

Hey doug didn't you guys play kings on 48th around from the corner meat market, what was the store befor ed bought it and put a music store in between the meat market and johns bargains store? It Seems like more memorys of those times and areas are coming back, wasn't there a bakery near 48th across from johns bargain stores? Julie was the fish market next door to the chinese laundry? or was it next to the stationary store where one of the demiglios from 42nd and 5th worked, seemed to be a family of 8 demiglio kids living there next to the candy store, little mary's candy store if I recall right.and 1 demiglio worked at the pawn shop on 5th between 45th and 46th street, i used to look in the window of that shop and want the saxophone they had hanging up there, i was only a boy but wanted to play music like the O.L.P.H. band...i knew the van pelt family (barbara jean and her sister)and the aiello (mark) and family on 41st just above 5th ave, and a doctor had his office near the corner also, i think doctor windelkin was his last name, we used to sled the hill down slope from the park on 41st near 5th, remember the park closing it's gates at 5 p.m. every night? they did so until about 1960 or 61, the parkies finding my little baseball jacket i'd leave after playing ball, i'll think of more later to write later, it's my nieces birthday and at 11 she wants to go to chuck e. cheese and then toys r' us....who remembers the ship on 38th street pier catching fire and blowing up around '58 or '59? One of the thompson kids ran down to see it, poor guy....i thought the thompsons lived on 49th? red headed rusty....

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 19:06 GMT

Hey doug didn't you guys play kings on 48th around from the corner meat market, what was the store befor ed bought it and put a music store in between the meat market and johns bargains store? It Seems like more memorys of those times and areas are coming back, wasn't there a bakery near 48th across from johns bargain stores? Julie was the fish market next door to the chinese laundry? or was it next to the stationary store where one of the demiglios from 42nd and 5th worked, seemed to be a family of 8 demiglio kids living there next to the candy store, little mary's candy store if I recall right.and 1 demiglio worked at the pawn shop on 5th between 45th and 46th street, i used to look in the window of that shop and want the saxophone they had hanging up there, i was only a boy but wanted to play music like the O.L.P.H. band...i knew the van pelt family (barbara jean and her sister)and the aiello (mark) and family on 41st just above 5th ave, and a doctor had his office near the corner also, i think doctor windelkin was his last name, we used to sled the hill down slope from the park on 41st near 5th, remember the park closing it's gates at 5 p.m. every night? they did so until about 1960 or 61, the parkies finding my little baseball jacket i'd leave after playing ball, i'll think of more later to write later, it's my nieces birthday and at 11 she wants to go to chuck e. cheese and then toys r' us....who remembers the ship on 38th street pier catching fire and blowing up around '58 or '59? One of the thompson kids ran down to see it, poor guy....i thought the thompsons lived on 49th? red headed rusty....

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 19:06 GMT

Hey doug didn't you guys play kings on 48th around from the corner meat market, what was the store befor ed bought it and put a music store in between the meat market and johns bargains store? It Seems like more memorys of those times and areas are coming back, wasn't there a bakery near 48th across from johns bargain stores? Julie was the fish market next door to the chinese laundry? or was it next to the stationary store where one of the demiglios from 42nd and 5th worked, seemed to be a family of 8 demiglio kids living there next to the candy store, little mary's candy store if I recall right.and 1 demiglio worked at the pawn shop on 5th between 45th and 46th street, i used to look in the window of that shop and want the saxophone they had hanging up there, i was only a boy but wanted to play music like the O.L.P.H. band...i knew the van pelt family (barbara jean and her sister)and the aiello (mark) and family on 41st just above 5th ave, and a doctor had his office near the corner also, i think doctor windelkin was his last name, we used to sled the hill down slope from the park on 41st near 5th, remember the park closing it's gates at 5 p.m. every night? they did so until about 1960 or 61, the parkies finding my little baseball jacket i'd leave after playing ball, i'll think of more later to write later, it's my nieces birthday and at 11 she wants to go to chuck e. cheese and then toys r' us....who remembers the ship on 38th street pier catching fire and blowing up around '58 or '59? One of the thompson kids ran down to see it, poor guy....i thought the thompsons lived on 49th? red headed rusty....

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 19:06 GMT

Hey doug didn't you guys play kings on 48th around from the corner meat market, what was the store befor ed bought it and put a music store in between the meat market and johns bargains store? It Seems like more memorys of those times and areas are coming back, wasn't there a bakery near 48th across from johns bargain stores? Julie was the fish market next door to the chinese laundry? or was it next to the stationary store where one of the demiglios from 42nd and 5th worked, seemed to be a family of 8 demiglio kids living there next to the candy store, little mary's candy store if I recall right.and 1 demiglio worked at the pawn shop on 5th between 45th and 46th street, i used to look in the window of that shop and want the saxophone they had hanging up there, i was only a boy but wanted to play music like the O.L.P.H. band...i knew the van pelt family (barbara jean and her sister)and the aiello (mark) and family on 41st just above 5th ave, and a doctor had his office near the corner also, i think doctor windelkin was his last name, we used to sled the hill down slope from the park on 41st near 5th, remember the park closing it's gates at 5 p.m. every night? they did so until about 1960 or 61, the parkies finding my little baseball jacket i'd leave after playing ball, i'll think of more later to write later, it's my nieces birthday and at 11 she wants to go to chuck e. cheese and then toys r' us....who remembers the ship on 38th street pier catching fire and blowing up around '58 or '59? One of the thompson kids ran down to see it, poor guy....i thought the thompsons lived on 49th? red headed rusty....

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 19:11 GMT

wasn't the fish stor worker gerard levassauer from 40th near 5th? I went to school with his brother david, he had 2 tall thin sisters, on 40th there was Moose, the downs family, the fagan/d'ambrosio family, the ardito's, the velano's and a ton of others, and of course the music teacher with the glass door window that announced music teacher and school in one of the houses

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 19:15 GMT

holy cow look at the repeats on this.....how do you stop it? anyone remember willie burger? He was a character as were alot of others from the neighborhoods then, trolleys with their bell to clang, then the old green buses with the kids hitching a ride on the back of it, fun times.....

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 19:44 GMT

bohack's then it was einhorns, billy and bobby lee worked the delivery cart along with bob rafferty, his brother pat (junior) went in the army around 63 or so, eddie, marilyn and lydia, their dad worked the piers, brought some goods home in boxes too lol as did alot of other dad's, we used to go down to topps and ask for cards, I seen so many rolls of baseball cards thrown out, if only i took some from their dumpster, today they as rolls would be worth thousands....if I only knew then what I know now....lament, hey doug did anyone have a sister nicknamed candy? short for candice around 48th? freemans clothes store was there, the gypsy fortune teller's, lots of fun passing them and imitating them reading palm's, hey want your palm red? then squirting some red liquid on the guys palm....and the candy store on 47th corner on 5th, sams, i got alot of 2 cent pretzels and comic books from there, and the deposit back soda's......fun stringing a wallet on the ground and watching people go try chasing after it as someone pulled it along, johnsons bar and restaurant with alice benson (her son ed went in the navy then)as the cook and waitress, she made great turkey and lap skaus, and that waitress that worked in paradise restaurant and the brighton restaurant, i was going to grow up and marry her lol...she was nice to look at and there I was all of 6 years old, too fast to grow up so I cooled it a bit....

Lou: 30th Jun 2012 - 21:08 GMT

remember that tv commercial cartoon, don't cross in the middle in the middle of the street, keep your eyes up, tach your ears to hear and wait and wait until the light turns green? I always kept that song in mind until 1 day, no kidding, I got off the bus with milk for mommy, walked up way in front of the bus, the driver moved his arm like he waved it, so I thought he was letting me go across, i get half way across, here comes a crazed bungalo bar driver, I look and see him look and brake, too far a skid this time, he hits me and i go way up into the air, i hit tar and rolled, one name came to mind Harpo Marx as I was still in the air, then I thought "God" lookd and seen myself coming down, now years earlier (about 2) I seen a movie where the guy told the lady if she were ever hit by a car to get up and run around in a circle as it would help her from being sore and would keep the circulation of blood flowing, I wanted to think crawling eye and roar like I was the eye moving slowly along the tar, I hit tar again, bump, and started rolling, passing out for a second, wow i'm awake, thank you God, I get up and ran around in a semi circle, good thing no traffic was coming the other way or i'd think squash about now, 2 guys fixing a tire didn't even come over, so much for people care, just keep changing it ya bums, mom came down, i told her I couldn't find the milk, she heard the screech, no one else came out of the apartment building to see what that loud screeching squeal of the tires were, who cares, the guy drove me to doctor mcglaughlins and asked if we were gonna sue him, he said he had a family to feed and it was only his first week on the job, we didn't sue, too bad, I wanted a million then, never got it..all I got out of it was a reminder on my side, bonked my head, and, a bottle of yoo-hoo..hope theres no next time, i'm getting too old for this....

Julie Palermo: 1st Jul 2012 - 05:18 GMT

Lou, The chinese laundry was on 5th avenue between 40th and 40st along with the two bars. It was diagonally across the street from where I lived. Also I remember the Diglio family. I went to grammar school with Clement Diglio and his sister married and divorced my friend's current husband. I remember Bohack - it used to be the Park Theatre on 44th and 5th. Wow - great memories but I'd never want to go back to being that age again.

Lou: 1st Jul 2012 - 22:35 GMT

you're right about wanting to go back and be that age againsmall world with the marriage thing, no bohack was on 46th and 5th next to the ritz bar on the corner, the park theatre was renovated in 67 and became first Packer's food store then it became a Key Food store, which I think it still is this day, on 5th near 41st was the Sicotta family and a greek family one guy was Perry (pericles) I remember seeing the name Diglio on a bell then during trick or treat halloween, that was the fish store....right next door, some fresh clams in a wooden bucket and fresh blue claw crabs too, now I remember, didn't the diglio's own the fish market? thanks for helping my memory with that Julie, i remember the drug store on the corner because I met a girl back then and she told me of her dad going into the drug store and getting a milk shake or malted every day or so, we both went inside and sure enough he was sitting drinking a malted and asked if she wanted one, same for the candy store over by 42nd too, good malt's, (I got mine from vinny's candy store on 39th and 5th, harold let me help him and i'd get a milk shake for helping him stack the comics and made some milk shakes when I was 10)....she lived around the corner or next door to the drug store, she was very nice, I seen her once again after that playing by her front door but we never did talk to each other again, that had to be 1963 or thereabouts, I played on just about every street where I had class mates from saint michael's, this way it was alot of fun and got to meet others and play with them also....never got in trouble though, except once in '65 a couple of us guys went to bush terminal and were given topps cards-baseball, civil war and other thing's, I thought they were free, a car pulled up and asked me for them back, the guy pulled his badge and I told him what happened, he just looked at me and told me to go on home, so I caught up with my friends and told them about it, we never went to bush terminal for things again.....all of bush terminal is just about knocked down, I think thers only 2 or 3 buildings left from over a hundred, the place really changed...Happy 4th to you and your family........stay safe.

Lou: 1st Jul 2012 - 22:48 GMT

yeah the corner bar on 41st and that small long looking bar that the lady and man were always at, their sons were friends of mine and lent me comic book's to read, my dad went in there once in a while, the guys wife became my dads drinking partner, once I thought they had something going between themselve's, but then common sense caught up with me and I promised myself never to think that way or any other stupid way again....oh it wasn't a family named sicotta, it was a family named cincotta, I got to travel through the neighborhood because my dad had alot of friends and went to alot of bars to see his bookie friends, so i went outside to play while he was in the bar, one gypsy kid grabbed for the bookies pocket and took some coins, he was a fast kid, he ran out of the bar and back into the fortune tellers place on 5th 57th & 58th, the bar was called the Snug Harbor, this is great, that was 1960 or 61 and it seems like yesterday, vivid memorys, super, I liked the A & P's because near christmasd time when we went in the toys sets were right above the meat area near the front door and it gave me something to look at while mom did her shopping, my grandmother worked meats in one a & p so i'd get a soldier toy set every year for christmas, it was fun.....wasn't there a little grocery stor near 40th or 41st, those mom and pop places were sure good for the neighborhood...

Lou: 1st Jul 2012 - 23:37 GMT

Julie was there a family who lived next door to the drug store on 41st, a man, wife and daughter, he (the man) worked in morgan guaranty trust company in lower manhattan with my dad, I met his daughter at barbara jean van pelts when I was having lunch there, 5th grade she invited me home, I must have been a good impression, that's nice, her mom gave me some lunch and barbaras friend (the daughter of the man who worked in morgan) arrived, we talked and found out I knew her dad also because he once came over our apartment with a daniel boone (yellow) sweatshirt when I was 4 or 5, it was a great sweatshirt, i'll never forget it.....it's almost like i'm holding it again, i liked the carvel ice cream stand on 4th and 41st in front of the used car sales lot, i liked them edsel's they sold, we didn't own a car so we walked everywhere or took a taxi or bus, i think a guy named paul and that tall francis della'torre worked there as did joey sacco or john bosco or helped out since they were underage, wasn't there a masi family on 41st? I knew a patricia masi then,

lou: 2nd Jul 2012 - 01:41 GMT

Julie the fish store, last time I mention it i promise, sounds like a fishy tale to me, anyway, the clams and crabs, not outdoors right? raw clams and crabs inside by front window on ice, I remember the crabs slowly moving and trying to walk around, seen them outdoors in a bucket with a girl looking onto them as they moved, I think a lobster also, one of the workers took one out of the bucket and showed us......nice learning crustaceans......

Lou: 2nd Jul 2012 - 22:41 GMT

I just remembered that the young lady and her morgan guaranty dad might have been named curtis, i'm really trying to think this but it's no use, and I knew their name then in the 60's but memory loss or memory block is just keeping it hidden somewhere, well I don't get down on myself and I hope it comes back later, seems to be blocking alot nowadays, once unblocked i'm sure a good deal of a flood or memories will be released, so close but not yet, praying helps me...okay more later for a memory release update, hopefully good sooner....

Julie Palermo: 3rd Jul 2012 - 12:33 GMT

Lou, did you know Joseph Ferrara. We graduated from St. Michael's in 1964? He lived on 35th street between 4th & 5th avenue.

Julie Palermo: 3rd Jul 2012 - 12:34 GMT

Lou, did you know Joseph Ferrara. We graduated from St. Michael's in 1964? He lived on 35th street between 4th & 5th avenue.

Lou: 4th Jul 2012 - 17:13 GMT

No I didn't know him, I passed you guys in the school yard but didn't know anyone in the 7th or 8th grade then, we played dodge ball at the back of the schoolyard with a spauldeen then or spun our tops and kept to our class then 4th grade Miss Muscatel, I got a couple of pictures on my facebook from saint michaels of then, 2 class pictures and 1 outside the school with a few other guys and their moms the church is in the background, saint michaels also has a website, i'll try to post the pictures onto here but as of yet I haven't figured out how, remember that italian deli with those good sandwiches on 42nd and 4th right on the corner, tommaselli's deli and next door was the candy store and soda and malt shop, great food in both.....have a safe 4th.....64 the court house was still a court, i used to see the police truck off loading the prisoners as i was going to school, i'd lean over the fence and look down at the basement door where the guys were led chained at the wrists to one another, from the courthouse I could see into barbara o'briens living room where she had the t.v. on, she'd tell me she was putting it on so i could watch a show as i sat on the slope there, then i'd go to the saint michaels boys club after that for soda and hot dogs, it was run by mr. Jim Breslin who had 4 kids in saint michaels school then. Barbara's dad and grandad and frank worked as saint michaels custodians and ushers.....

Lou: 4th Jul 2012 - 17:24 GMT

Julie that was easy, I started a Sunset Park 3 and added saint mike's photo's on this citynoise....take care.

anon (108.41.236.7): 24th Jul 2012 - 04:50 GMT

can anyone tell me if they remember my friend Donna who lived on 49th street between 6th & 7th ave she had a brother named Joey. Her mothers name was Eileen. Eileen worked in the bar on the corner of 49th street & 7th ave which is no longer there.If i remember she was going out with a guy named Walter.Donna & Joey also had an older sister, she may have lived in california. If anyone can tell me if they remember them i would appreciate it. thanks

lou: 25th Jul 2012 - 22:19 GMT

Hi ano, I remember them, the Antelmi family, joe, donna and debbie, their mom eileen and their dad Joe, they used to live on 46th and 5th before moving to 49th, their dad went to johnsons bar, before working in the bar eileen worked as a waitress, I think she worked in Seabodes, their aunt Mary lived up 46th near 5th also, nice lady, me and Joey, John Moore, Jimmie Heinz, magoo, and some others used to pal around, we rode our bicycles, some had banana seats, we knew each other back in the 60's when we both went to saint michaels school, i liked their playing organ they had at home there, i lost touch with them after 1973 or so when I had started work after getting out of high school, seen that bar on 49th and went there once, nice place, they were always a nice family and anyone the girls let stay with them had to be nice also, they were sweet princesses........take care...

lou: 25th Jul 2012 - 22:35 GMT

anon, i started a sunset park 3 if you want to leave the message back there, or here thats fine, i also have some photos of saint michaels in the 1960's on it........

anon (pool-71-183-147-155.nycmny.east.verizon.net): 28th Jul 2012 - 14:03 GMT

i lived on 42 st btwn 7th and 8th avs. from 1939 to 1950. went to PS169 then Dewey JHS Ft Hamilton.
Everyone knew there neighbors on the block and adjacent strees as well. Most of my friends congregated in a candy store on the corner of 42nd and 7th. Yhe owner name was Benny Levine. He allowd us to stay in the store on cold winter days as long as we had bought something. When it got too crowded or too noisey he would ask us to leave. Later we hung out in Bill's ice cream parlor on8th brwn 43 44 streets. Bill Tiemann was the owner. He has 2 male helpers and 1 female who made most of the hamburgers and sandwiches. Walter the older male was a really humorous fellow. He was german and his vioce was similar to Shultz on hogans heros. we had a large croud that met inthe evening's before going to the Ritz theater or as we got older to the Lighthouse aor HillTop bars.
The best italian resturants were Fiollie's 39th st and Franks across from the Lighthouse bar.Further up the av was Angelo's btwen 54thg and 55th sts. Back then a small pizza cost 70 cents, spaghetti and meatballs was 60 cents.That era was a very good time for familys to live in the USA.
I do return every so often, and except for larger trees the homes are still the same and mostly well kept. Although back them it was mostly a scandinavian populaus with Italian Irish and Polish, every one spoke english were very frendly and helpful to one another. Fast forward to the present and visit 8th av you will find a different way of life. People have become polarized and english no longer spoken, especialy startong around 50th - 60th sts. it is now very over populated with asians.
People from the far east dominate the area, but unlike the ethnic groups when I grew up in Sunset Park. That's sad.

lou: 29th Jul 2012 - 17:05 GMT

hi anon (pool 71) that was nice, bill ice cream parlor was still there in the late 50's and early 60's when i was growing up, we went there and had the best banana split, jerry was the new owner after bill or jerry was the counterman serving it up, levines was also there around my time until the early 70's, great knishes (salt and mustard) the best..thank you for sharing.....God bless +

Husseind: 7th Aug 2012 - 18:18 GMT

Joanne- Both outstanding!! I guess I have a slghit preference to AS#1. A) the clouds have more contrast, definition, and presence. I can see monsters and goddesses and rabbits in them. and B) The GG bridge, of which I'm very sentimental about it and its place in the world, has more presence than the second version. In AS1 the foreground frames the bay; more centered, more calm. In As2 the bay seems to flow and move behind it. More motion.In both paintings, the sun burns gloriously on the horizon. In AS2 I love the purple shadows/ silhouette edges and red mountain highlights, like Van Gogh at Arles. I also like the more subdued foreground of the second.In both my attention is aroused; my eyes are constantly circulating the bay and its glorious skyline. In AS1 the circle is rounder; this painting more centered.Both are so exciting. Thanks for sharing them.

Luis Sanchez: 16th Aug 2012 - 15:19 GMT

Wow, I have tears in my eyes just reading everyones post I used to go to Sunset Park with my cousins specially in the summer to enjoy that COLD swimming pool hanging my Locker key around my ankel and checking every 10 minutes to see if it was still there. I went to PS 140 and graduated in the class of 1965. My Dad owned a bakery on the corner of 54th street and 3rd avenue (Rio Bakery) I played all the games that have been mentioned I lived at 317 54th street across from the San Marino wine Company. I left Brooklyn on October 4th 1965 and left alot of Childhood memories. I still keep in touch with 2 or 3 friends from the block (The 54th street Playboys)I really would love to hear from friends of PS 140 or from the 54th street gang. Herbert "Tito" Ortiz, Wanda Iglesia who lived on 53red street between 3rd and 2nd avenue. I live in Miami Florida now but miss My good old Brooklyn..
OH!!! I was on the last Staten Island Ferry that was on 69th Street and I was on the 10th car that crossed the Verazzanos Bridge when it opened in 1964. Please write me at Lsanchez07@aol.com Love you all my Brooklyn Brothers and Sisters .... Louie Sanchez "El Cubano"

lou: 20th Aug 2012 - 18:28 GMT

good to hear from you Luis, thanks for sharing your memory's of the times you had in brooklyn......God bless +

mariorod@comcast.net: 21st Aug 2012 - 20:27 GMT

st. michaels nun always run us out of the yard when we jump the fence to play handball etc. but they did had a good thing going with the dance hall they had in the weekend for the neighborhood pete the cop was around to straighten us out (lecher) my uncle had a fight with him when he was attending dewey before i was around could keep going but miss brooklyn

anon (pool-71-251-26-95.nycmny.fios.verizon.net): 23rd Aug 2012 - 19:15 GMT

YOu just reminded my of Murray, Al, JOhn and Bill the Good Humor men. Also Joe the postman back in the 60's and 70's. Thanks guys. I miss P.S. 140 and 118. I knew a Junior Castro, cousin Elizabeth also Victor Class his sister and brother Robert. Many people from 56th street. Estrella's, Blumke's, Rynns, Hustel's, Lynch's, Boyce's, Higgins, Walsh's. I just might now your family Mario and vice versa. I'm from the Hanly's, Mehl's, from 50th and 6th to 55th and 57th streets. Since the 1940's and 50's before that they were in Hollis and St. Alburn and Flushing Queens.

mariorod@comcast.net: 24th Aug 2012 - 20:54 GMT

u must know them 56 and 4 corner building across from the church u probably do

lou: 26th Aug 2012 - 00:45 GMT

Hey Mario, herman's was a great place for toy's and candy on 8th ave near 43rd street, when i was buying baseball cards it was the place to go in '64 and '65, 4316 candy store it used to be ennis candy store and luncheonette, they made the best tuna fish hero's there, i went to saint michael's and sister rose told me to leave the schoolyard and not come back just after i graduated there in '68, i just looked and said yes sister, the courthouse was where we got on channel 4 news in '69 a film crew came by and filmed us for channel 4 teenage news about city games, we had fun, i think joe penna arranged that for us....i knew a john the cop, he and a john jay student had a fight once, playing sports kept us out of trouble, we knew a castro, he played softball and basketball with joey cucco, joey still runs a league for basketballer's up in sunset and i think dewey and o.l.p.h. he's on facebook also, good reminiscing with you, all my family moved away from the neighborhood, some passed on, but all in all it was good growing up there, God bless +

mariorod@comcast.net: 27th Aug 2012 - 16:36 GMT

i used to live upstair from the candy store 4316 and 4 john the cop was something he cut us alot of brakes (sometimes not)we used to go in the old 68 precint in the corner herman was a good man used to give us a brake when ever we were short change with candy the courthouse was the place to sign up for the summer jobs if u get there early u can work at luthern hospital or somewhere cool instead of sweeping the streets i remember my crew leader jerk off think he was a drill sargent used to make us march in circle in the courthouse when we behave bad well there was good crew leaders(like jr) these kids thesess days dont know anything about street city games i asx this kid about stick ball scelse? games i used to play growing back in the days his answer was i play xbox,playstation ,phone text ==== what a shame==== guess thats how it is

lou: 31st Aug 2012 - 02:26 GMT

yes times change mario, it's passed us by with all the big changes, i remember the summer jobs program, that was the best program for the young guys who would have nothing else to do without them, umpired the softball league, made those guys responsible and upright, everyone seen how good they were with their jobs and looked up to them, i remember that old precienct, i used to go to saint michaels right across the street there, i used to pass the old precienct going to the dewey schoolyard and looking in at the guys sitting on couch's in the area beside the preceinct where they used to keep the emergency vehicles, hope they changed their lives and did something good, i seen too many guys join gangs of sunset park and throw their lives away, john the cop and eddie ferran tried to change their lives by walking the areas and talking to the guys from 49th like george "jorge" lemon and the others, george quit the gangs and went into the army, i seen him when he got back, moved and started a family, did good, john opened that karate school on 46th near 5th, that was good for the guys at the time, helped them see what their life could be like, take care and God bless you and yours..+

Charlie: 3rd Sep 2012 - 17:13 GMT

I used to work in Herman's from grammar school, through high school (Manual Training), junior college and on leave from the Army. Herman was a great person and truly loved the street kids. I used to work with Donny, Pete and Bob, and some of the other street kids. Herman's wife, Hilda, and his sister, Anna, were the other people associated with the store. We had a great time working with all the great people of the neighborhood. I lived on 43rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. The old neighborhood was great no matter what nationality we were. We never knew that we were poor. All I can remember is that everyone helped each other out. Herman just enjoyed helping people, and I still can remember "testing" the hula hoops from his store in the middle of 8th Avenue. Most people would never know this, but his store probably sold the first Barbie doll in the US. I always remember when school opened. The lines of people outside the store waiting to buy school supplies were long. During this time we usually worked about 14 hours a day. Prior to school opening, if we could get there, Herman would meet us in NH and we would spend a week with him and his family and just about all the people who worked in the store. We always had a good time -- great memories!

Carmen: sept. 9th, 2012: 10th Sep 2012 - 05:12 GMT

Thank you for the memory lane, I enjoyed reading everyones story. I Lived on 58th street between 3rd and 4th. Their are 5 of us, Robert, Sonia, Carmen, Nancy and Albert Marini.We enjoyed swiming in the Sunset Park pool. Does anyone remember the Ice Cream Polar, on 59th street train station and 4th. They made the best chocolate egg cream mmmmm it was good! I remember my sister Nancy and I loved to play hand ball at the school yard (P.S.140) My sister played excellent hand ball. We also like to play at the 65th street park.. I truly miss Brooklyn..

Luis Sanchez: 12th Sep 2012 - 19:59 GMT

Carmen i went to PS 140 and yes I remember the Ice Cream Parlor on 59th thats where Bobby the owners son worked they had great Hamburgers and Fries, and the Deli next door where they made great sandwhiches too
What year were you at PS 140??? write me at Lsanchez07@aol.com I would love to hear from you
Luis Sanchez

anon (204.10.12.12): 13th Sep 2012 - 16:08 GMT

Does anyone remember the Quaglia family? they lived on 40th street between 3rd and 4th ave

Maria Rodriguez: 10th Oct 2012 - 02:59 GMT

I was born in 1963 I was born and raised in Brokklyn Sunset Park/Bay Ridge all my life then moved to Bensonhurst, Just recently I bought a house in NJ but I was raised in 56th Street and 3rd Aven and 61st between 4th and 5th, I went to PS 140 grauated from 6th Grade from PS140 then went to Shallow JHS and Fort Hamilton HS. I love Brooklyn!!!! if anyone went to PS140 from 1969 to 1976 and/or to Shallow JHS from 1976 to 1978 please email me me I have been trying to find some of my old friends The Twins Carmen and Maria, Betsy Ortiz, Maria M Rodriguez, William Quinones and many more1!! Mariafresse@gmail.com

Elaine: 11-3-2012: 4th Nov 2012 - 17:54 GMT

I grew up in the 50's to 70's on 47Street and 4th Avenue. I am now in NJ but will never forgot the great times in Sunset Park. We loved the Zsa pizzeria on 5th Avenue and 47 Street. Woolworths was the best to pick a balloon and try to get your banana split for 1 penny. Sammy's candy store on 48th Street and 4th Avenue was a great place and Sammy was the best. He was a friend of my uncles. . I went the to PS1, Dewey Junior High, and then Bay Ridge High School. Left to live in Dyker Heights in the 70's. Now living in NJ. I was back to the old neightborhood for a funeral and was shocked at how my block now is. Everyone was family even if you weren't related by blood. Anyone out there from my block.

doug olsen 5th nov 2012: 5th Nov 2012 - 17:56 GMT

elaine i lived on 48th between 4th and fifth i remember all those places lived there 1944 to 1965 left for s.i. now live in fl. the old neighborhood just not the same all of them change.it is true everyone new and look out for each other growing up there guess u lived by the desoto plymonth dealer on the corner of 4th and 47th

elaine from bob la france: 8th Nov 2012 - 04:49 GMT

i lived on 44st between 2nd and3rd ave went to ps2 and dewey ps 136 i live in brentwood ny have photo of ps 2 im 66 years old

Elaine: 11-3-2012: 25th Nov 2012 - 23:08 GMT

Hello Bob.

I went to school with your youngest sister from Kindergarten to High School. We recently connected again. Living in NJ now and have a grandaughter in college. Great to hear from you.

dan valenti: 7th Dec 2012 - 02:50 GMT

Lived at 440-48th st. from the 50's-60's. Was a great place to grow up. Miss all my friends. e-mail mvalentip
@aol.com

Alex Pineiro: 8th Dec 2012 - 04:16 GMT

Lived on 44th St accross Sunset park on the corner of 6th ave from 1969 - 1977 then moved to 39th st and 7th Ave till 1981 when I a trooper in the NYS Police. Great times, great friends. I can not define or express the wonderful experience of my youth. I want to thank all my friends from the block. I could no be where I am today without being a part of the Sunset era.

dan valenti: 19th Dec 2012 - 01:27 GMT

julie palemro, were you related to the palermos, who lived on 42nd st between 2nd and 3rd ave?

Sandy W.: 4th Jan 2013 - 01:08 GMT

My husband lived on 774 60th Street in Bay Ridge in the 1940's and early 1950's and one of his friends was named Louie Malpeso (not sure if the spelling is exact) whose father either owned or managed an Italian restaurant. Does this ring a bell with anyone?

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JOE G: 10th Apr 2013 - 15:43 GMT

I LIVED ON 5TH @ 45TH ST HAY HORSEY HOW YOU DOING

JOE G: 10th Apr 2013 - 15:49 GMT

I WORKED IN THE HILLTOP TAVERN 8TH @ 45TH FOR 8 YRS

Lillian: 6th May 2013 - 13:58 GMT

To Joe Pastore.....I remember your father very well. He was our mailman on 52nd St bet 7th and 8th Ave. When our landlord wanted us to move Joe found us another apartment since he knew where all the vacant apartments were in Sunset Park. He was such a great guy. Always a smile and a big hello. Many great memories of the old neighborhood. I grew up there in the 50's and 60's. Went to St Agatha. School. Two of my favorite nuns were Sr Mary Camille and Sr Mary Carmela. Saw Sr Camilla at St Agatha reunion a number of years ago and she looked fabulous. Tried contacting Sr M Carmela, but was unsuccessful. My best friend on 52nd St was Patty Moore. In 1958 we moved from 52nd St to 49th St bet 7th and 8th Ave. I remember Judy Fredericks, the Lundy's (all 13 of them), Liz Mimozo, Christine Tacopina, Bobby Hearn, Georgie Arneo all from 49th St. Anybody from this area remember any of these folks? My last name was Darcy.

Vintage SP: 2nd Jun 2013 - 03:05 GMT

Not to steal this websites thunder......Check out more photos and stories of Sunset Park at the link below.

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Fonda: 2nd Jun 2013 - 03:19 GMT

Another poster mentioned he worked at the Hill Top Bar at 45th st and 8th Av.
If you read this, do you remember Harold's partners name. I see his face but for the life of me can not remember his name. Me and the guys and gals I knew really favored the Lighthouse Bar across the street from Frank's Italian resturant.
Eddie McAnn was a burly fellow who owned McCann's Tree Service. For a short time I worked for him. I would meet him on a Friday night at the Hill Top for my pay.
I'm sure you must remember him. I heard he lost his business playing cards at the American Legion club a few doors down from the Del Rey Bar on 49th St. Eddie was a WWll Vet and a very tough fellow, he and Red Kline [Cline] also WWll vet were buddies. I knew Red's son I never knew his first name but his nickname was Mousey.

anon (pool-74-100-59-24.lsanca.fios.verizon.net): 21st Jun 2013 - 06:34 GMT

The Del Rays bar was on 47th and eight avenue, american legion post-one was on 39th and eight Atene Post, and one on 49th or 50th between 8th and 9th ave, my uncle tended bar there........as for when Harold owned the hill top, we were young just into our teens then, but passed it and seen the ones hanging out there, seemed to spill out from the bar onto the street with patrons then, late sixties early seventies...for italian food we went out to the Rex manor every friday night during bowling season, great meatball heroes......Mousey, red hippie hair mousey, he went to john jay, used to see him up the park alot, he went off somewhere........asked his name once, he just looked like it was his own secret enterprise to give away his name to someone..John the cop frisked him, let him go..the cops used to like to frisk him, they hit him once in the nose too, they did it because of his long hair.......I think his last name was Kelly or something....big arnie would just look at him and stare down as he passed......guys from the hilltop [played buck buck and opened the johnny pump and got everyone soaked, good fun........norwegians got along with the irish but didn't seem to like them much.....

anon (pool-74-100-59-24.lsanca.fios.verizon.net): 22nd Jun 2013 - 04:19 GMT

As I recall the hill top was the Lighthouse bar before that, was it not? Or was it the Lighthouse later on? Or was that another bar totally, sorry but too many years have passed since, thank you one and all......God bless +

john friel (jffriel@gmail.com): 25th Jun 2013 - 16:59 GMT

I see all the names, but no one left email addresses for contacting... a little sad...

JOE G: 27th Jun 2013 - 11:00 GMT

fred wiesner owned the hill top when i worked there. i hung out with arnie for years. the light house was across the street from the hill top.

louie from 325 3rd st between 4th'5th ave : 16th Jan 2014 - 01:34 GMT

i,m writhing because i just finished wathing a movie called heaven help us the movie brought back so many memories i grow up in the 60,s i went to our lady of peace near carroll st and one of the shot,s in the movie was when the guy,s had like a date and they were on the carroll st bridge what a time in my life i wish to god i can just go back i had so many baseball cards it wasn,t funny if you lived at that time you know what i mean i live not to far where i grew up i go back from time to time thank you louie

victor: I so much miss Sunset Park.

victor: 8th Feb 2014 - 04:45 GMT

I so much miss Sunset Park. Born in lutheran Medical, when it was on 51st street. Lived on 58_th street between 2nd &3RD AVE. ACROSS FROM THE Rubbermaid factory then lived on the corner of 61st and then 54th between 3&4 ave.till Iade the move to N.J.

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anon (pool-96-240-99-183.nwrknj.fios.verizon.net): 3rd Apr 2014 - 03:06 GMT

Mike p are you still reading the sunset park postings? I also graduated in 1967 from st. Michael'S
Rich B here we also worked together @ Kimbro electric. Anyone else out there that remembers Rich B from st. Michael's or 41 st and 4th let me kmow

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