I adore the snow drapery between the dormers in #1.
Thanks gang! It was quite a weekend to be visiting Boston.
I love your pictures. The winter shots bring back fond memories of my childhood. I live in Bensonhurst during the 60's. I now live in San Francisco. I miss the old neighborhood and the wonderful people of my youth.
OMG,,, living back then was unreal,reading all these comments is giving me the the goose bumps,If you had to grow up anywhere it had to be Brooklyn,I was out of the area for a while now I had just moved to jersey and ive been back and fourth shopping on 86 th st buying shoes at Something Else and eating at spumoni gardens. Also went to coney island they cleand it all up,I also went to Lafayette graduated in 1977,its a shame what happened to that school.I can go on and on it was a Trade Mark.I use to go to romeo and juliets and walking home at 4 in the morning by myself,wow you couldnt do that stuff today. Also went to dyker and thats when all the fun started becasue then you had the 13th ave Girls and we were the Bath Ave girls wow this is bringing a big smile to my face ,but we all became friends,yes it was 1 big happy family back then.You were safe,,,,, And bath ave had the aroma of Italian Bread from the bakery.Oh and who could forget about Stacys car service.Ciao for now.
does anyone have a picutre or info on "maxie's Pool Room" in Williamsbur, Brooklyn? This would have been back in the 1940's.
Here are a few names I can remember...
Does anyone know what ever happen to:
Frankie Sharp, Arthur Bop, Billy Bright,Val, Matty Spero,Tommy Spero, Frankie Gangi, Sammy Gangi, Joey and Roger Maiorie, Mike Piazza, Anthony Piazza, Tommy Carbone,Seedy Eddie, Speedy, Walter Adleman, Steven Adleman, John Pecheco, Donny Rouge. Name spelling may be wrong but its been along time. The site brings back memories.
wow second post Ive just finished reading alot more messages and its like hanging out on the stoop in the summer breaking balls and having fun ,so true many of the people mentioned we all know one way or another thats the magic of that time and space its almost as if it was our own little world , no matter Italian ,Jew or Irish the common bond was our families had values and family was instilled in us ,even though many of the dead ,jailed or our selves did things that today we would beat the living jesus out of our kids if we caught them . ahh an egg cream and a wobbly red candy store stool ,
Reading this certainly brought me back. Grew up on 19th-20th avenue and Benson Avenue. Went to 128 and had a tuna sandwich at Irving never got back to school on time. Jahns icecream, Lennys pizza and great eggcreams on 20th and Bayparkway. Worked at S & J on 86th street in 68-69. Great reading this stuff. brooklyn a country of its own.
O I forgot about Zeskins staionary store on 86th. Had to buy my father the newspaper everynight at 9pm at 20 and 86th. Miles shoes store my first pair of white gogo boots about 13 buck. I still get reliable bread out here in Staten Island. Anyone remember the free concerts at BayParkWay park during the summer 66, 67. Rollerskating at St. Finbar in 64. The ClothesHorse on BayParkWay and 86th. Great memories.
I stumbled upon this blog doing some research for a story. I use to live on bath ave in the 70's and 80's.. glad I'm from there, but don't miss it at all. A lot has changed and to be honest it wasn't that great back then.. But it's in my blood what can I say. Anyway, I am responding to the one email wanting to know what happen to some of the guys from Bensonhurst. Artie Bop and Billy Bright are both dead.. So are a couple of the other guys mentioned.. Donny, I think is dead as well.. big drug problems. I think of Billy often, I was one of a million girls that must have had a crush on him and his beautiful eyes. Well, anyway sorry to be the one to tell you.
wow i remember billy when he had a corvette and artie to i worked in the bar on bay 50th went out with frank gangi so did all the other girls. turned informant.does anyone remember p d q car service going to the beach down coney island by seagate and having that whole area to our selves
CHIS PUFF AND STUFF, I GREW UP ON BAY 23, AND HUNG OUT WITH PAUL G, CARLO D,DOM D,CHESTNUT, ANTHONY AND CHRIS PONZO, I THINK OF PAULIE ALOT AND MISS HIM.AM GLAD I GREW UP IN P.S 200 PARK. PLAYING HANDBALL.
MY NAME IS CHRIS CATANZARO, I MISS BATH AVE, I LEFT IN 1988 TO FL. WHICH I LIVE NOW. R.I.P. PAULIE G. YOU CAN REACH ME AT CATANZARO1972@YAHOO.COM
to Jerry Giaraffa,
Did you play for utrecht and wear#86. Also were you on the same team as Mike Grande and Bobby Jones. I love hearing the old stories of guys like Tillio, Louie Lanese and others. I can remember when Mike Grande had you and a bunch of guys from utrecht play in my neighborhood, Seth Low Park one sunday. It was great as i was in the 8th grade and big Mike picked me first, cause he knew how fast i was cause i lived next door to him on west 11th st. I remember you and others like Justo, Infirna, Jonesy, Ingrassia, Chianese, and so many others. Because of that game and others i eventually went to utrecht instead of Lafayette and had a great time and career. I miss those days, but they come back to me, vividly from things like this site. Take care, Jerry and regards to all from that era of greatness. Joe G