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Cool Stuff--Oh do I miss Brooklyn. The butcher shop signs are the best.

Posted by: robbie becklund at January 28, 2005 10:14 AM

I'd love to see under the facade in #3 (sorry for being too lazy to look up the ascii code for a c with a thingy dooey hanging under it).

Posted by: Frank at January 28, 2005 5:10 PM

18th Avenue! Very cool.

Posted by: mica at January 28, 2005 8:18 PM

I worked on 18th Ave and 67th street and met my wife while I worked at Dairy Queen. Great pictures.

Posted by: John Dombkowski at February 22, 2005 7:25 PM

i usto live in brooklyn it was the best i still remember the 18 Ave. feast it was great every year i would buy zepolies

Posted by: daniela at April 25, 2005 11:12 AM

I grew up on 17th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway (75th street). I love these old pictures and comments from ex Brooklynites. I left Brooklyn 47 years ago when I was 23 but I still remember how good it was.

Posted by: Gerry at May 13, 2005 11:06 AM

hi,anyone remember 18ave & 52st.Joes candy store--lil dom,DJ,scotty red,cleo,patty boy-hill boys--frankie pots--gregory & roger stanton,nicky marino,?

Posted by: steve at November 14, 2005 1:31 PM

i think that pork store was actually C&S meats owned by PAUL COSTELLANO

Posted by: steve at November 14, 2005 1:35 PM

Didn't Paul Costellano own Bath Music over on Bath ave and somewhere around Bay 27th?
Man, I grew up on 67th and 18th...that Telco sign brings back many a memory.

Posted by: LokiArioch at November 19, 2005 10:56 PM

no,that was owned by johnny costellano who now is in staten island,same last name no relation

Posted by: steve at November 22, 2005 10:56 AM

Oh man! Bari Pork Store, Telco, Trunzo's! Thanks for the memories! Does anyone remember Bella's?

Posted by: Tony Del at March 21, 2006 2:15 PM

I remember Bella's. It was one of those candy stoes/luncheonettes on 20th avenue and 72nd Street. Me and my brother would go to Sal's Bakery for our mother to buy bread and on the way back, we would stop at Bella's, take fifteen cents out of the change we had from buying bread, and buy baseball cards or wacky packages.

Posted by: Joey T at July 12, 2006 12:54 PM

Let's move on people. The past is past. Memories are nice but you all need to let go and get on with your lives.

Posted by: Mark L. at October 10, 2006 3:55 PM

I think the picture of the pig was from ROMA pork store on Bay Pkwy and between west 7 &west8 street.
The owner Sal was a nice guy(1990's)

Posted by: Ed at November 24, 2006 11:35 PM

Ed, you are wrong - the picture of the pig was from Bari Pork Store on 18th avenue and 73rd or 74th street.

Posted by: Victor at November 28, 2006 1:31 PM

Oh God, I am so glad that I moved away 20 years ago. When I go home to vist I feel like I'm back in the 70's -80's. People are still the same. So Scary. It's like you just walke into the 1977 movie Saturday Night Fever.......
My sister is dating a guy who is just like that movie, he lives for New Utrecht H.S.
Please grow up your 42 - 43 years old now.
Get a Grip..........

Posted by: Maryann at January 11, 2007 12:02 PM


Sounds like you're on the rag. LOL...LOL...

Hey girl....I know the feeling. I've been there. Lol

Posted by: Carol at January 22, 2007 8:37 PM

Hey Mike though you may be a few years older ,I'm in my early 40's but thats exactly how I remember the neighborhood West 4th softball (4th st bombers) hey W5 remember losing in PS 177 school yard lol . anybody ever rob the bread from lapalina restaruant ave O W4/W5 or heroes from Montes , live nj now but mom still lives on the block what a difference russians buying up all the old houses tearing them down and building these ugly small apartment buildings ,commute evryday to brooklyn for work its like those of us mid thirties and up can only appriciate those days when brooklyn was still the brooklyn our parents and grandparents remember ,kids there today are either russian , mexicans and the shame is the few italian kids remaining idolize rappers no heart for the neighborhood

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Posted by: DEE at December 8, 2008 7:51 PM

roe was a nice guy shame about the fire was a special guy

Posted by: DEE at December 11, 2008 11:40 PM

what about the rooservelt diner on the avenue

Posted by: DEE at December 11, 2008 11:40 PM

I hung out on 13th Ave and 80th street in Emery's candy store (early 60's) across the street from Sirico's, where a guy named Sammy made the best pizzia Brooklyn, we were known as the Hilts, after Carmine the Hilt, played baseball for St. Bernadette, played football for NU HS '61-64, lost to BK Tech 13-12, sang with a group called the Montereys, did a lot of corner doo wop, my friends are Louie Giglio, Danny Grimaldi (Soprano's), Frankie Lanziano, George Imbriale, Eddy Beak, Carmine Colosanto, Frankie Duck and a bunch of other Italian guys, too many do mention went, they all moved to Jersey we still stay in touch, Frankie Duck and myself are the only guys who still live in BK, I went to PS 201 with Joey Columbo when Fitgerald was the principal. Played a lot of sports, cut some records with Richie Miele & Froggy, Don Delseni Roman Records, Montereys, Blast Records. The neighborhood was a great place, cant beat the bread, pizza, lemon ice.....italian food was great any place you walked into, remember Romano's....I remember Mitchell's Drive in, making out at the Lowe's Oriental in the back rows, looking for the girls that put out, Mangia Booth, Dyker Park before they paved it, wearing a suit on Easter Sunday and going to 9 o'clock mass......I guess we all could write a book.....it is all changed now...it will never be the same.....

Posted by: Tony 'Jack' Giordano at April 2, 2009 4:30 PM

Jack, you are absolutly right it will never be the same... It was great! The guys and girls of today can never no what we had.( what a shame) Jack are you still singing ? Doing the doo wop thing..lol lol

Posted by: anita pic at August 12, 2009 10:06 AM

Hey Anita...How are you? Last I heard Carol Biondo told me you moved to Florida.....Still doo woping with The Be Bops....did a show with the Classics at the New Utrecht ReUnion last October 2008...stiil sing with Richie Tic, Billy Schalda and others every now and then....yeah...it was a great time back then, it's nice to be able to reflect on friends you've had in the past and lucky in my case to continue to see them occassionally....I have to admit Carol, I always wanted to take you up to PS 201 on a summer night....behind the boards......ha...ha....ha...

Posted by: Tony 'Jack' Giordano at September 18, 2009 3:38 PM

Yep.. those were the days!!.. I bensonhurst was the best, plan & simple!!.. I remember as a kid we slept with the doors open.. never had an AC..LOL.. I feel bad for my son sometimes cause he will never know what it means to grow up in a niehbor hood like that. They are times i will never forget!

Posted by: Fabio Esposito at November 11, 2009 2:57 PM

RIP Trunzo's ... now gone and so is Rispoli and the little luncheonette next to it .... asians took them over. Frank and Sal teh barbers are still on that block though

Posted by: Donna at January 21, 2010 10:18 AM

Hey all, i know this is a longshot but I am desperately trying to find someone from my past. In the early 80's her name was Donna Folk, she had a kid sister named Julianne, she lived at 1975 81st street & she was a regular club goer, mainly a club called Fantasy Island in Marine Park. If anybody can please help me with her whereabouts my email is rick_k777@yahoo.com, you can leave me any info, number & ill gladly get back to you. Thanx in advance all!!!

Posted by: Rick Kilpatrick at March 11, 2010 10:27 AM

Hi Tony "Jack" Giordano. The Hilt that you are referring to is my father. I just read your post to him. He got a kick out it and remembers you well. God bless!

Posted by: Kerrilee at March 18, 2010 2:17 PM

Kerilee, Everybody remembers your Dad.....

Posted by: Tony Giordano at September 16, 2010 3:46 PM

amazing a site about good old Brooklyn.Left in 1966 for California .Lived in Bensonhurst which I am proud to be from .Never felt at home anywhere else.Did have some old buddies who moved to California also so we kept the Brooklyn thing going.Went to P.S 128 home of the 3 stooges then one year at Lafayette.Watch the movies "'Brooklyn Rules '' and another one called ''West of Brooklyn'' it shows how things were.Had my share of fights and friends there.Ah spumoni gardens.Does anyone remember a friend of mine named Jimmy Spinelli?

Posted by: john Falcone at February 9, 2011 8:08 PM

oh yeah i wouldn't change my life growing up bath ave brooklyn for nothing does anyone remember scitching in the snow johnny on the pony ringalowalario se la vee 86th st night gallery 2020 afterhours herbys lunchinette 17th and bath i can't write it all down blockparties feasts breakin night you name it i did it

Posted by: bobbybigs bathave at February 9, 2011 10:53 PM

These stories bring back lots of good memories. The one thing that no one has the balls to mention, our own people sold us out. Yea you know who you are. People complain on how Bensonhurst has changed and how its mostly Asian. You seem to forget, that its our own people (ITALIANS) that sold it to them in the first place. Unlike most cultures who stick together, Italians will do anything if the price is right. I still live in Brooklyn and I am proud.For those of you who sold us out, please don't come back to Brooklyn the next time Italy wins the world cup. It amazes me how many Italians showed up on 18th Ave when Italy won the world cup....

Posted by: Frank S at April 15, 2011 10:01 AM


Posted by: Johnl at May 25, 2011 1:46 PM

anyone remember the wiseguys playing stickball on Bay 16th and 86t. Also the Valenti haircut brothers on 86th and bay 6th and also a pastry shop on that cornor too?

Posted by: Sally Sacheech at May 31, 2011 1:21 PM

Remember Shore Rest Luncheonette on cropsey Ave. and Bay 25th St. when Ralph Spero owned it. What a hangout that was. Billy Tooth, Jo Jo horsehead, David, Lisa Taylor (man was she beautiful), etc. The Louisiana Boys- Billy Bright, Arthur and Frankie Bop, Russo, Tommy Heavey, just to name a few. PS 200: I remember when Billy Bright's dad installed a chin-up bar in the school yard with Clayton in the summer of '74. The Bath Beach Boys, and the younger guys, Frankie Niggerelli. You had Frank Amari on Bay 14th st., Vito Dorme, Sal, Sallyann, Vicki, Bay 13 boys. Man do I miss my childhood. I had the best time and memories in Bensonhurst! Today it blooks like the UN just like every other Bklyn nabe. As kids I remember playing outside all day long and the days were so long.

Posted by: Louie Russo at July 6, 2011 6:31 PM

Seems to be a lull in the action....

Dear Frank G.,

While I'm certain a large percentage of the "white-flight" exodus from the boroughs can be attributed to irrational, block-busting fears and/or greed, it must also be true that an equally large number left, simply, to give themselves and their families a better life.

Posted by: Tommy A. at July 16, 2011 6:05 PM

Approx. 1965 to 1971. Post glorious Beatles. Fourth of July anarchy. Mom & Pop stores, everywhere. White Castles and L & B (The Spumoni Gardens). Rooftop love and fire escape Romeo's. Greasers and Beatle fans -- together and singing. Baseball bubble gum and invading Martian beings.

The west streets between Kings Highway, Highlawn Avenue, Avenues S, T and U to Stillwell and 86th Street (Gravesend).

Let me give a shout-out to everyone from those (mostly) amazing times: Donna Larosa and her brother, Michael; Rochelle; Francine; Jerry, Gigi and Frankie; Dougie, his sister, Donna, and the Purple Raspberry band; Mike Marino, Joey D, Sal, and everyone else my fading memory has failed to conjure....

Posted by: T. Arnone at July 18, 2011 2:21 PM

Wow..What a blast from the past, I just happend upon this site, long story, but Born and bred in brookln, lets see started out on east 3 bet m&N then moved to west 7the between o and bayparkway, went to sethlow, use to hang all over..LOL bay pkwy, ave o seth low park, manhatten beach and brighton and ci.. someone asked about billy bright, he died in jail, he was on americas most wanted, good guy, to me anyway, to many have died, the candellas, delaqualia, I think dorino, those were the fun house days, harveys lunchonette, roma pizza tang fun, bay lounge carvel, well I was young.. I watched them film saturday nite fever at philps dance studio, use to cut out and watch John Travolta learn to dance. oh those were the days, then moved up to 85th st and 19th ave, hung out in cropsey park, even 20th ave, of course the marlboro theatre when it was just one, seen midnight express there, kingway theatre, del rio.. oh the list is endless. so talk to me whos out there.. this was from the 70's and the 80's . I know I know some of yas, from what i read.. Hello.. would love to hear from ya..

Posted by: Debbie at October 4, 2011 12:26 AM

anybody remember Ace car wash New uetrect ave where they sold disco mix tapes in the late 70s early 80s

Posted by: joe at November 13, 2011 5:59 PM

Im 42 still live here and was reminded of some good memories, thank you. only the people who lived here can really understand. my best memories are the 70,s and 80's. I remember Bath Ave Fabritzio,Georgie Adamo,Damien,Carmine,Joe Borillo,Mario Russo,Frank Caruso his dad Sonny, Joe Calco his cousin Charlie Calco,Patty Cook, Tommy Reynolds,Mike Osgood,Messy Marvin and many others. We played football against them in 229 schoolyard. P.S. 204 boys Stevie Casso(Casso video), Rob Florio, Joe Fenimore, Rob Tarallo, Stevie(Whitey)and Petey Hendrickson, John Inferna, John Scoma, Mark Pinto, Joe Durante, Miller. Rember graffitti Jimmy Boy Lives everywhere. Patsy with his shopping cart copper, steel, aluminum bottles n cans man. The sunday softball games official clincher had to be used. The dunkin donuts food truck, the sharpening Truck with the bell ding 3x. The grandmas makin sausage and peppers, potatoes and eggs, sicilian pizza square with a little sauce and onion, riceballs. Benson ave Louie Difillipo, John John Carreri(split his head at bay 8th park bmx bike), Joann saponaro, Twiggy, Big Lenny corner house bay8th(family owned bakery 13th ave), buffy the arab, the twins vinny and neil, tracy devlin, nicky joey michelle alli, louise dnofrio n her younger brother. i can go on another time

Posted by: ps 204 guy at November 16, 2011 8:47 PM
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