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Ay...someone there? Hellooooooo.... May 02, 2013 6:30 PM

               

  {hey, help me clean up this place, someone might come by soon}     {yeah, ok ok I'm sweepin}

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oh my gosh!!! I am so glad to be back...I was gone in cyber space in care2 for almost 2 years May 01, 2013 11:25 PM

Dear dear loveable friends from Brooklyn

My dear brooklyn brother's and sisters!!

Oh how I missed being here.  I finally got back my "mypage" and my old membership after being lost somehow by care2 and a mistake.   I missed you all!

Just read some of the posts here and my face is smiling and my heart feels so warm . 

Knishes, seltzer,Smitty's Candy Store, pickles in a barrel, 13th Ave and near 40th street, roller skating in my neighbourhood with those old skates with the skate key, remember the skate key?   I would love a pair of those now with the skate key.  And a Knish and an Egg Cream.

I went to Montauk Jr. High after P.S. 179.  The second year in Montauk Jr.High, my mom moved us to Southern California. 

My grandma had a little hardware store in Borough Park.  She used to boil coffee on a hotplate in the back of the store.  It was strong (like Turkish coffee or Armenian coffee) She would let the grounds go to the bottom of the pot and let me have some even tho I was just a kid.  She would put carnation evaporated milk in it so it wouldn't be too strong for me.  

I make boiled coffee now in a special pot..Armenians use a pot like this ..it has a long handle..and you boil the very finely ground coffee and it is so wonderful.

I miss the bakery's they have in Brooklyn.  There are bakery's here, but not quite the same.

So did someone say that Walmart has seltzer spritz bottles?   Really?    I will go and see.  I wish to have egg creams again .

Stop by and say hi to me and make friends with me on my page will you all?    I missed being around Care2 for so long

Wade, how are you?

I need a shipment of devil dogs and drakes cakes and maybe even some knishes.  hint hint to whomever takes pitty on me. 

I'll go for now

I need to hear from you all .

I was so sad for so long without being on care2.  I used to write so many poems and writings here.  Alot are still on my Sharebook....you are all welcome to visit my Sharebook

ok night for now, it's 11:23pm and I have to go.  my tush is tired of sitting on this hard chair.

jandi

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 September 06, 2010 5:16 PM

Knishes like we used to have can be bought in Publix or Sam Club when they have it. they are good but never the same as we ate in Brooklyn during the 40's

I wrote three articles about Memories of Brooklyn, I sill send the link for anyone wanting to read them.

I graduated from P.S.199 and from J.H.S. 210. Anyone reading this remember those schools..How about Tilden graduated in '47

I will be back with more memories of days gone by. No matter where I lived since then, nothing has been the same as Memories of those days we lived in Brooklyn.

Remember the street vendors. We did all of our shopping on the streets. Pitkin avenue if you recall the Pitkin Theater when you looked up you saw the sky   indoors.

More later.
Sondra Gordon for those who knew me.


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I am so happy to see my fellow Brooklynites here!! September 06, 2010 5:03 PM

I just got back from being out of town for a few weeks...and stopped by to see if anyone was here...And I was so surprised to see my little group growing.

I remember my school P.S. 179 in Brooklyn.

I remember Those hot dogs that pop and squirt when you eat them...Nathans of course.

The Culver theatre seems to pop into my mind...  I'd take 2 hot dogs and a Knish inside and watch 2 movies and the cartoons.  Loved eating my hot dogs in the movies.  I can smell them now.

Oh I want a potato Knish so much just now.

I used to roller scate all over the place...remember the ones you used with a key?  Where are they now?  They could be worn with any shoe.

Italian ices in little pleated paper cups in the summer time.

Montauk Jr. High School.  I went there for the first year and a half..then we moved to Southern California where I live today.

Oh an a girl named Phyliss and her friends called her "cookie"?  why I never knew..she was not a sweet kid..she bullied me all the time.  Wonder what happened to her?

I miss the seltzer bottles...and I think they should bring them back!! yeah!   Egg Creams should come back into fashion..whatsamatta with this woild ?  We need some old fashioned things brought back...Think of all the kids that are missing out on what we had.

Gosh, thank you to the person who put the Knish recipe up here...I'd like to write it down and try it.  I am craving this so much.

Most of my family are gone now.  I do have a first cousin that lives in Brooklyn, near Coney Island Ave and Ave X.  And his brother lives in New Jersey with his wife. They stayed in Brooklyn all their lives....I was moved to Southern California when I was still young...and I missed everything right away...However lately, one can get some things here.

Devil Dogs and drakes cakes...those were some of my "drug" choices..lol

My mouth is watering just now for them and some Knish's.

Fruit tasted better then! 

I miss the Bakery's.  Oh they have some here....But a good old Jewish or Italian Bakery from Brooklyn....they are the best!!

Hugs to all of you here!  Keep coming back..I'll stop by more often and share with you.

Jandi

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My Memories of Brooklyn August 21, 2010 6:50 AM

I was born in Long Island College Hospital in 1946 but actually lived in Brooklyn in a section called Park Slope on 5th Avenue and 2nd Street. My father owned a drug store called 7th Avenue Cut-Rate Drugs which sold Rexall drugs, although most of the prescriptions were compounded in the back with a morter and a pestal. My father had little scales with tiny brass weights that told him how much to put in each pill. My mom helped out in the store and would wrap the purchases in dark beige paper with thin stripes and tie it up with red string that was kept in big spools under the counter. My mother could break the string with her bare hands and I thought she was so strong that I’d better not sass her. My father would let me take pennies that were accidently dropped near the register and buy penny candy at Purises’ candy store next door. If we had 5 cents we could reach into the refrigerated cooler and pick a small green glass Coke bottle out of the water and ice. What a treat. My dad always sent us away for the summer (my mother, younger brother and me) to the country and he would join us on the weekends. The city streets were sweltering and my parents were afraid that we would be exposed to Polio. The virus was rampant and much feared. At best it would leave you weakened with withered, twisted limbs. At worst, it would leave you in an iron lung until death claimed you. They would save all year so that they could get us off the streets and keep us in upper state until the start of school. Scary times. I also remember the bomb exercises they had us do at P.S. 77. We would see movies and then practice “duck and cover,” getting under our desks for safety. I don’t know if they really believed that would save us or they were trying to give us a false sense of security. I remember my mom putting the empty blue seltzer bottles out for the Fox’s U-Bet man to replace, with a note asking him to leave one chocolate syrup and one cherry syrup. My father had a cat named Jimmy that lived in the drug store and slept on top of the phone booths on the boxes of Kotex. My dad fed Jimmy chicken heads and feet that he would let me get from the Dilberts grocery store across the street for free. He would cross me and let me walk the rest of the way alone. Then he waited and crossed me back when I got the heads. I felt so grown up. When the gypsies came and rented the empty store next to Dilberts my father wouldn’t let me go any more. He told me not to walk past the store because the gypsies would call out to me, “Hey girlie, c’mere.” I remember going on the trolly with my mom to the theatre to see Martin and Lewis. I remember the rag man, the ice man, the green grocer all coming down the streets with their horse drawn carts. I remember the organ grinder with the little monkey that was so cute. I couldn’t decide if I wanted a monkey or a pony for Christmas. I got neither. I remember the television set we had was more like furniture than a T.V. It had two doors that closed and a Japanese motif with blossoming trees and a Japanese girl on a bridge with a fan over her mouth. My father told me it was Koko from the Mikado but I think he was just making that up. We would turn it on five minutes before John Cameron Swayze and the news so the bulbs could warm up and we didn’t miss any of it. Then on Tuesday nights it was The Milton Berle Show with the merry Texaco men … “Oh, we’re the men from Texaco, we’re know from Maine to Mexico, there’s nothing like this Texaco of ours. “ I remember watching the Mr. Peepers show with Wally Cox, Captain Video on Saturday mornings and Pinky Lee (You hoo, it’s me, my name is Pinky Lee), and of course, Soupy Sales. And how many of you owned a Winky Dink screen? Once I couldn’t find it in time so I just drew on the screen (I had to find out what the secret word was that day) and my mom almost killed me with those cord breaking hands. Not really … she just rubbed the crayon off the glass and told me not to do it again. Well, I’m starting to ramble and I’ve taken up enough space here. Thanks for letting me get lost in the 50’s. -C-

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I remember July 27, 2009 6:39 PM

I remember I lived on east second street just off of Ditmas ave. as a kid.  I remember the whole block...most of the stores.  We were a block away from the outside subway.  Ditmas Ave.

The building is still standing..and gosh they haven't cleaned the white tiles floors in the hallways.  I went back to see it a couple of years ago.

I used to go to 13th ave. to walk and go in and out of the shops all the time, when I visited my grandma's little hardware store. (it isn't there anymore)

I went to the Y nearby 13th ave and one of the 40th streets...but forgot the actual address.

I miss the italian ices that used to be sold through a window in a kind of a candy store/fountain.

Jandi

p.s.

Now I live in southern California and I love it here.

Just miss the devil doga and drakes cakes...need to get a shipment over here soon.

Someone help with that please.    

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my memories of brooklyn 1960s July 27, 2009 11:37 AM

i grew up in bed-stuy brooklyn in the late 50s early 60s. i lived on fulton st between kingston and thompkins aves. i went to ps 93. my best school. my father had a barber shop in the neighborhood. i remember that we brooklynites also had our very own APOLLO theater on fulton st. there were also the Banco, the Regent and the Brevoort theaters. i remember the drake cakes especially the devil dogs. ummmmm. and those dark chocolate drakes cupcakes. we played in st andrews park on herkimer st. here is a list of some of my memories.

Gottesmans drug store-fulton and albany ave
jacks army and navy store fulton and sumner ave
rozelle furniture store on fulton st
the crystal market on fulton and kingston
nat's record shop same location
the leopard lounge
al's bar
the malco bar
the melrose bar
queenie's bar
Bowmans soul food restaurant fulton and new york ave
bb bats candy
bonomo turkish taffy
kits candy
treat potato chips
vally maid chips
tom's chips(i was addicted)
ahhh good memories.
Drakes and hostess were in competition.
i miss those days.

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Bed-Stuy 1950's-60's May 13, 2009 8:32 PM

My part of Brooklyn was Bed-Stuy. There was Sal the barber on Fulton along with Ziggy the butcher. Spector's drug store sold Dr Brown's soda. Yuck! Notos candy store on Fulton and Ralph Avenues. Jackie Gleason on the TV mentioning our Friend Patty Noto. My grandfather and some uncles used to work at Lieb & Buchalters plumbing supplies and go to Rush's bar. Grandpa was treasurer of the Fulton St Homing Pigeon Association. I lived at 866 Herkimer and then 1827 Atlantic Avenue and went to Holy Rosary. My cousins lived at 876 Herkimer and went to St Benedicts. We used to wait for Larry the good humor man with his bike and cart. He used to give us a whole stack of napkins with the slit for the stick in the middle. I remember John the ice man, the watermelon man, the junk man and the sounds of their horse and wagons. We had a gas on coal stove and our bathroom was in the hall. I remember Scatuuris grocery store, Molly Fitzpatricks' "Fitzies" deli where we bought "real" Kaiser rolls, I remember the sweet shop that sold the licorice pipes that were real licorice. (Brown inside) I remember penny candy made in bottle caps and included a tiny spoon. I remember the milkman and licking the cream off the cardboard stopper and if we had extra $$$ (which was rare), getting a bottle of chocolate milk. I remember watching the roaring twenties and Lawrence Welk and Perry Mason. Also, Howdy Doody and when he said, "And now it's time for most of you to go to bed" my mom would turn off the TV and say, "That's right."  Great memories. Come see my Brooklyn site I have started for my Pop. It is a work in progress. www.skippywilson.com

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Late 60's early 70's February 27, 2009 6:22 PM

I remember going to Nino's candy store on Ave N and 58th Street and buying comic books and vanilla egg creams. Sometimes I'd go there instead of going to church. Going ice skating, hanging out at Gil Hodges bowling alley, hanging out at Ave L and N parks, playing hand ball at Riis park and hanging out at Bay 14. There used to be dances at the catholic schools in the neighborhood and the nuns separating us if they thought we were dancing too close. Sneaking smokes and running away if a teacher would come out. When it was really hot my dad would bring the TV out in front of the house for the kids in the neighborhood to watch; I remember watching The Blob and we were all yelling.. dad would also make popcorn and bring out sodas.

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 January 15, 2009 8:00 PM

gerard, what years, how old are you ? i grew up on louisa street between chester and 36th , we owned the house from 72 to 96. we grew up on wiffleball and roller hockey, lol .... i went to st catherine's then john dewey , hung out at ps 2:30 in my teens , do you remember summer camps and mr. parker? i also worked at the beverly theater way back in the early 80's ... 

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 January 15, 2009 4:23 PM

I am new to this group.I grew up on Chester Avenue between 12th Avenue and Tehama Street. I played stickball every day on Clara Street and 36th Street. On Sunday we played on Old New Utrecht Rd. (or Ave.) where the ell used to be. I attended PS230 and then went to Montauk Jr. High School (PS223). Not too long ago I drove to Coney Island just to get a hot dog at Nathan's.

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 November 23, 2008 5:09 AM

Our first dog was named Bum after the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the 60's you could go anywhere in Brooklyn and never worry. I dont think we ever locked our doors or worry about the things they worry about today. I went to prospect heights high school and we walked everyday to school, and I dont even think there was a such thing as a school bus. I always remember the Italian fairs they had when they used to climb up the poles to retrieve sausages, cheese etc.  My grandson interviewed me for school and asked what did you do as a child and I replied.  We played marbles, buck buck (how many fingers up) and we were always outside playing hopschotch.  He cant believe there was no such thing as computers and cell phone and tv games....I think our generation were much healthier....God bless you all

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best knishes August 20, 2008 11:42 AM

I was raised in East New York.The best knishes came from a place called Moms knishes.They were oval,about 6 inches long,and 3/4 of an inch thick.The outside had a real soft dough. An old man named"Izzy" sold them from a steel cart,that had burning charcoal.I don't think he ever had more than 50 knishes for sale.At 10 cents each,I could never understand how he made a living.I have a picture of him in my care album,but have trouble downloading it here.

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Brooklyn - last few days in June 1950's June 07, 2008 5:22 PM

Brooklyn - last few days in June 1950's

  • a mid week early summer night
  • the day has almost lost to the night
  • "FLOWIE" ..... FLOWIE".... FLOWIEis giving way to the night ....Brooklyn - last few days in June 1950's, St. Anselm School year has ended and there are a few days left in brooklyn before I go to New Hampshire for the Summer.....
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 September 19, 2007 10:01 PM

Has Assimilation Ruined the Knish?

David Katz, a writer given to elegiac moods, just published a column on knishes in the Jewish Quarterly. He decries the decay of the knish, which under the pressure of assimilation went from a delicate mashed-potato pastry to a tough square of deep-fried dough. "There's a word for these street knishes, which are still sold today, and that word is vile," Katz pronounces. The column concludes with a paragraph of praise for Yonah Schimmel's old-time knishery, noted by us recently in our pre-obituary for Gertel's last week.

Truth be told, the knishes at Yonah Schimmel's are as bland as cotton and heavy as depleted uranium. Katz also cites Mrs. Stahl's, in Brighton Beach, which serves even worse. (Mrs. Stahl hasn't been seen in Brighton Beach since Moses was in short pants.) But that isn't to say that the knish is dead, or even decaying: There are still great ones being made all over New York. Glatt Zone, a kosher appetizing store in Midwood, produces some of the best kasha knishes we've ever tasted; they have an unexpected sweetness. The New York Magazine offices also contain a tiny lunch operation, the Inhouse Nosh Cafe, which sells extraordinary meat and potato knishes, with a winningly lush and beefy taste. And Knish Nosh, of Queens, recently expanded, and sells more of their flaky and delicate knishes than ever.

We were sorry to see the Second Avenue Deli go, and we'll admit that the age of the egg cream is over. But with all due respect to David Katz, the knish was around before Yonah Schimmel's and will survive it too.

Inhouse Nosh Cafe, 444 Madison Ave., nr. 49th St..; 212-355-1439.

Glatt Zone, 1316 Ave. J, nr. 13th St., Midwood, Brooklyn; 718-677-4288.

Knish Nosh, 10030 Queens Blvd., nr. 67th Ave., Flushing; 718-897-5554 .

Mrs. Stahl's Knishes, 1001 Brighton Beach Ave., nr. Coney Island Ave., Coney Island, Brooklyn; 718-648-0210.

The View From New York [Jewish Quarterly]

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Craving a Knish? September 19, 2007 9:49 PM

http://www.picpatrol.com/entry.php?category=2&entry_id=677&page=0

Mrs. Stahl's Knishes & Pizza?!?
After over 69 years of existence, Mrs. Stahl's Knishes is now known as Mrs. Stahl's Knishes & Pizzeria.
For those who don't know, after about 69 years at the same spot at the corner of Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue Mrs. Stahl's Knishes has ...
recipe:
 MRS. STAHL'S KNISHES

Yield: 8 servings

  • 2 c flour
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp water

FILLING:

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or chicken fat
  • 2 c plain mashed potatoes
  • 2 c finely chopped onions
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste

TO MAKE THE DOUGH: combine flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Make well and add 1 T of oil, eggs and 2 tablespoons water. Gradually mix wet ingredients to flour. Knead dough until ball is formed. Knead dough, place in oiled bowl, Let stand Covered for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 deg. Other 2 T of oil and cook onions until tender, add salt and pepper to taste. Mix filling ingredients in bowl. Roll out dough and divide into thirds on a floured surface. Roll dough in jelly roll fashion and fill with mixture. Cut into knish size and bake for 40 minutes, until golden brown.

NOTE: Unbaked or baked knishes can be frozen and baked or reheated. Do not defrost. Unbaked knishes take about 45 minutes, baked 15 to 20 minutes.)

P.S.  This summer was rather disappointing for some friends who invited me to Bar-B-Q's and picnics; they used to enjoy boxes of  a virety of "mini knishes" from Mrs. Stahl's on Coney Island Avenue ... perfect appetizers, enjoyed by evereyone ...

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 September 01, 2007 11:55 AM

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 September 01, 2007 11:52 AM

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The Brooklyn Bridge as seen from Fulton Ferry Empire State Park

In Disneyland, Dumbo* means a flying elephant, but in Brooklyn, a new acronym was coined in the 1980s to refer to the mostly industrial area located beneath the Manhattan Bridge: "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass." It's rather awkward but gets the job done.

Recently, Dumbo has been invaded by Manhattanites seeking living space; old lofts are being renovated and converted to residential use, the buildings are being spiffed up, new parks, delis, and banks are appearing. Williamsburg was similarly invaded by the Lower east Side cognoscenti a decade ago, and while the area may be hipper, it's certainly a lot more expensive to live in. Time will tell if this happens to Dumbo.

Dumbo features spectacular views of two bridges, and it has some secrets the yuppies may not know about yet.

http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%20SCENES/DUMBO/dumbo.html

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 September 01, 2007 11:50 AM

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http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bigmap/brooklyn/index.htm

Click on a neighborhood to begin or click "EXPLORE" for a Full List

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I REMEMBER BROOKLYN June 13, 2007 2:00 PM

hi jandi i remember those pools in my neighborhood. do you know how many times i got my feet cut because of the glass in the pool. but it was fun then. yes they were concrete.in my neighborhood it was located in our neighborhood park, named ST ANDREWS park on herkimer street and atlantic ave. i have so many memories of that park. i went to p.s.93 and we did our dance festivals there and our field day exercises there. i love this site.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 April 14, 2007 4:11 PM

Toxic Brooklyn Science & Tech 

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VBS.tv, the hot new internet alt media channel has done it. Finally, an extremely powerful TV series exposing the whole story behind the massive contamination in and around Brooklyn, predominantly from the Newtown Creek oil disaster. Ya gotta see this.
Series producer Trace Crutchfield has a blog up at vbs.tv.
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The pollution from industries along Newtown Creek indicates that the tidal estuary is a good place to do business. Big Business. Newtown Creek is the Disneyland of guilt-free industry—one man's Super Fun is another's Superfund. It has been a very busy economic place for a long time, and from the beginning it was getting %#&!*% in and piled onto. The Creek’s history is tied directly to the industrial boom that created the New York City of today.
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As a child, I lived on the Queens side of Newtown Creek; the odoris so noxious many families had to move away ...
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ditmas ave????!!!! March 10, 2007 1:24 AM

jahndi ... where on ditmas ave? i grew up just off of church and mcdonald ave's ... i currently live on 13th ave and 40th street. i'll be apartment hunting soon and hope to move by june 1st ... where i don't know yet.

if anyone likes, that is you far away people like jahndi ... i would be more than happy to take and post pictures of your old niehborhoods for ya's

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 March 04, 2007 6:28 AM

Oh yes Jandi. What memories! We used to call them 'the sprinklers'... let's go to the sprinklers. I remember the monkey bars and see-saws and swings and the little red brick houses that had the bathrooms; and the water fountains. Good times. They were everywhere and I would think that they still have plenty around.

You've brought back a special time. Thanks!

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Does anyone remember the wading pools in the parks ? March 03, 2007 2:05 PM

Near where I lived...there was a park for kids...and they had the swings..and seesaws..and monkey bars...and they also had a big wading pool in the middle and in the summer it was full...not higher then your waste when you sat in it...and like hydrants open all around constantly spraying water...we would cool off in them...the park was all concrete...and so was the huge built in wading pool.

Wonder if it is still there...(it would be around Ditmas Ave ...ahh....I forgot the cross street.)

Jandi

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 February 28, 2007 4:35 PM

¡Viva La Marqueta! -- Please Help Save This 65 Year-Old Market in Brooklyn
The Economic Development Corporation of NYC is set to shut down the Moore Street Market — aka La Marqueta de Williamsburg. Vendors at the 65 year-old market have been notified that they must leave by June. PLEASE HELP SAVE this "cultural mecca".
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Oh my Gosh!!! I loved reading all the above!!! May 28, 2006 9:53 PM

Welcome to this group!   We are a precious few wonderful people who remember things that are unforgettable! 

I was in Brooklyn in November last year!  Oh my!  I loved every  minute of it!  It even snowed for me!  So beautiful!   And all the brick apartment buildings and houses are still there from eons ago! 

I can smell Coney Island if I close my eyes. 

I even named a group after my old candy store man Smitty....it is http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/candystore   if you would like to come by and have a snack.

I wish I still had my roller skates...they would fit on any shoe....not the shoe kind...the kind with the key!

The italian ices !   Remember them? 

Thank you everyone for continuing to put your memories down....I grew up on devil dogs and drakes cakes...and did I see someone here say that WalMart has seltzer?in the spritz bottles?  Is that true?  If so...I am going there ! 

Keep coming back!  And journal all your experiences....

Love to read them!

Hugs, Jandi

(Brooklyn Dodger fan) 

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 May 28, 2006 9:39 PM

*sighs*

I remember Brooklyn. I'd like to share my memories of dear Brooklyn from the 70's and 80's.

I remember: the Mister Softeee ice cream truck with the familiar jingle that made kids and adults lose their minds upon hearing it...the NYC Marathon every November, when my family and I would go outside and cheer the runners and/or pass water...playing outside with my friends until the streetlight came on(the glare of the streetlight was a universal signal to all that we all needed to go home)...playing games like skelee, redlight/greenlight, double dutch, flies up, handball, run catch n kiss, freeze tag...riding my bike in Prospect Park on weekends with my brother n dad and feeling like a Tour de France bicyclist as the spring breeze blew through my hair...climbing mulberry trees and eating the sweet fruit...the hot dog contest at Nathan's every July 4th...feeling powerful and proud to be Black in America while wearing Afros and beaded cornbraided hair-do's...Disco dancing...looking out my window and seeing what colors the Empire State Building were at night...learning to rollerskate for the first time on the pedestrian path of the Brooklyn Bridge...playing hookey in college and spending stolen afternoons having lunches of stuffed corned beef sandwiches at Junior's...playing in the sprinkler's at Washington Park as a kid...suffering a concussion and needing stitches from a playground injury at PS 256 park...strolling hand in hand with my first love on the Promenade...White Castle hamburgers(need I say more?? lolol)...my mother's cooking wafting through the windows in my neighborhood...Brownstone homes...taking bridal photos under the arch in Cadman Plaza...thinking I lived on the best train line in the whole TA system(I did...I lived on the "G" train line and you could connect to many trains along the "G" route)...eating the best ethnic foods short of visiting the actual countries(Middle Eastern, Jewish, Greek, Italian, Spanish, West Indian, East Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, African...you name it)...being able to get a ride anywhere 24 hours a day(bus/train/gypsie cab)...breakdancing...Lee Jeans in all the colors of the rainbow...shopping on Fulton Street...losing my virginity one night in a cheap hotel in Park Slope to my first love(unbeknownst to my parents, of course), but feeling like a dancing honeysuckle flower at Midnight(I still think fondly of you, FM...wherever you are)

*sighs* There is so much more I remember of Brooklyn. My upbringing. The love my family and I shared. Them loving me for me(I so appreciated that). And just the rhythm and pulse that is Brooklyn. I miss Brooklyn. It made me who I am and who I will always be. Te amo, Brooklyn  

"That's all I have to say about that..." ~ Forrest Gump

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I remember Brooklyn .... September 13, 2005 12:07 AM

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my favorite shortstop Pee Wee Reese threw a fly ball and my dad caught it and had it autographed for me ... the "Duke" Snider  ... Car Erskine, Phil Rizzuto ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nathan's hot dogs and the Cyclone and the famous carousel with the brass rings ...
 
Potsie ... I remember that game ... and playing "checkers" on a "chalk drawn" court in the middle of our play street wiht bottle caps from soft drinks...
 
How many of you collected "bottles" for the extra "deposit" money?
 
How many took your mom's or grandma's broomsticks to saw them into "stickball bats"?
 
Bungalow Bar ice cream ... the Good Humor truck ... all rode down our play street after the sun went down and our parents, grandparents and neighbors sat outside in lawn chairs by their homes while the teenagers gathered on the street corners with our "portable" radios blasting Cousin Brucie and Alan Freed!
 
Trucks with carnival rides and we also had a peddler with a horse drawn cart who brought produce and another was our "junk man" with the bell ringing down the street ... and we had pony rides.
 
Bonamo taffy, black dots, chuckles, jujubees, malted milk balls, $.02 pretzel logs, egg creams, malteds, creamsicles, eskimo pies, ...
 
My brother and I had "seltzer" fights  -- my parents had cases of "poor man's champagne" delivered weekly and we got "bell bombs" after the 25 color cartoons and a double feature movie at The American Theatre on Mhattan and Greenpoint Avenues.
 
Do any of you go to the "feasts" in Brooklyn? 
 
 
Giglio Feast ?, A category devoted to the annual Feast Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Paulinus of Nola in WIlliamsburg. ... Photo taken on July 17, 2005 ...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Trolly car rides ...
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Brooklyn's best bagels and bialys ...
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 September 01, 2005 6:32 PM

GIL HODGES BOWLING ALLEY WAS ON EMPIRE BLVD. BETWEEN BEDFORD AND FLATBUSH AVE. GIL LIVED ON BEDFORD AVE CLOSER TO KINGS HWY.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 31, 2005 7:08 PM

Oh, yes, Gil Hodges.  I remember him fondly as manager of the Mets.  He owned a bowling alley in Brooklyn, too, true?  A much loved person.  The only time I can ever recall Gil Hodges getting angry was  the time when he walked out to left field in the middle of an inning to yank Cleon Jones out of the game.  I don't really remember what Jones did that infuriated Hodges so much.  Probably loafed after a fly ball.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 31, 2005 6:29 PM

MY FAVORITE WAS GIL HODGES I GOT TO KNOW HIM AS HE LIVED ON BEDFORD AVE. NOT FAR FROM MY HIGH SCHOOL   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 31, 2005 5:52 PM

My dear departed father was  a major   Brooklyn Dodgers fan.  I once asked him who was the greatest ball player he ever saw.  His answer:  Pete Reiser.  Pete Reiser, unfortunately, ran in to the outfield wall a lot. This cut short his baseball career.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 31, 2005 5:02 PM

1 MORE JOE BONOMO WAS SECOND OR THIRD MOVIE TARZAN 1920es  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 31, 2005 4:36 PM

THE LAST TIME I SAW SPRITZ BOTTLE IT WAS A CANASTER THING WITH A C O2 CANASTER THIS WAS ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO IT WAS IN A MAIL ORDER BOOK THANK GOD WALMART SELLS SELTZER IN BOTTLES OR  I COULD NOT MAKE MY EGGCREAMS  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Oh I forgot about the Ice Man August 31, 2005 4:27 PM

The ice man....my mom had an ice-man coming with a big hunk of ice...for her ancient fridge.....this was in Wildwood New Jersey....I think....

she couldn't afford a newer model...and lots of people in that area..still had the ice boxes....

And milk came in Glass all the time.

So that is where Bonomo's Turkish Taffy came from, hum...didn't know that!!

I went to the store yesterday....a Trader Joe's and asked them if they had...or knew of anyone else who might have seltzer in the shpritz bottles like the old days......they said no.....

No more seltzer in shpritz bottles????   why not?

Jandi

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 August 30, 2005 9:21 PM

TALK ABOUT HOURSE AND WAGON MY GRANDFATHER DROVE ONE DELIVERING BREAD FROM BREAD BAKERY ON FLATBUSH AVE. AND STERLING STREET. AND THEN DROVE A TRUCK FOR THEM I ALSO REMEMBER FRUIT AND VEGATABLES BEING SOLD FROM HORSE DRAWN WAGONS, HOW ABOUT ICE TRUCKS, WE HAD A ICE BOX NOT A REFIGERATOR WHEN I WAS YOUNG. I ALWAYS WONDERED ABOUT THEM CARRYING OUR ICE TO THE TOP FLOOR OF OUR BUILDING.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 30, 2005 8:39 PM

joe bonomo side show strongman at coney island candy company was his  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
And!!! August 30, 2005 5:58 PM

The Good Humor man wore a uniform white ...with a white hat.....

sigh.....

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That is the main ride I remember...That big see saw... August 30, 2005 5:56 PM

Yes, those truck rides....the big seesaw.....and I remember the guy going up with it...and the kids screaming with delight....and he would let us go straight up...wow..

The Good Humor man?....oh boy!.....I remember exactly the door he would open and the steam of the ice billowing out...and he would put his hand in...and he would bring out exactly the one you asked for...!!  Amazing!!  

When I was really little, thee was a man who came around our old neighborhood with a wagon and a horse.....and he sold vegetables...and fruit....and that is where the song came from...."yes, we have no bananas"  It was for just a short time..in the good weather...summer I think...

And we would love to pet the horse.

And there would be a man with a little horse...and a buggy.....and you could get a ride in the buggy...up and down the block.....I think the buggy was painted red....and a few kids could get on each seat facing each other on the inside of the buggy....and there would be a little teeny door he would close...and then get in front of the buggy...and tell the horse to go on....

Remember, the double ice-pops...you could (if you wanted) share with a friend.  They came in all flavors...I would suck the juice out of it from the top...and make the tip of it white....

Oranges tasted better then.   My grandma would cut up an orange for the first thing to eat for breakfast...and I would peel the wedges down...and eat up the sweetest oranges.

And my mom used to get all excited at a certain time of year...for what she called...Steak Tomato's....Big huge delicious, things.

If you blindfolded me.....and took me to New York...from anywhere in the world....and then asked me where I was, with my eyes closed???

I would just snif.....and know I was there!

Anybody remember, Bonomo's Turkish Taffy?

And those wax candy thingys with sweet juice in them, shaped like little coke bottles.?

And those big wax red lips...and black wax mustaches?

Anyone but me ever come back from the  seaside..and being on the boardwalk..WITHOUT? A SPLINTER???? 

Every time we sent...I got splinters...and my mom would get out a sewing needle at home...light a match..to sterilize the tip...and go digging to take out my splinters.

Remember girls wore bathing caps in pools or the ocean?   And those nose holding thingys?

Anyone ever play spin the bottle when there were no adults looking?

I could go on and on...

Salami sandwhiches with mustard on rye bread from the bakery.

Coffee cake....everyone had coffee cake.

Regurlarly...sometimes daily...ooh...

Jandi

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 August 30, 2005 12:44 PM

GOOD HUMOR ICECREAM, NATHANS FRANKS, WHITE CASTLE , I CAN BUY ALL THESE IN THE STORE BUT THEY DONT TASTE THE SAME. I REMBER GOING TO WHITE CASTLE ON PENN AVE AND BUYING BAGS OF THEM. WE CALLED THEM BELLY BOMBERS, I CAN SMELL AND TASTE THEM NOW.  AS THE SONG SAID (SHINE A LIGHT, I WANT TO GO BACK TO BROOKLYN, GOOD OLD BROOKLYN U. S. A. )  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Rides... August 30, 2005 12:22 PM

Oh my goodness! The trucks with the rides. I remember Tony, and his truck that had a giant see saw built in and he used to seat all of us down, and then give a push to get the thing started... and boy! He used to make us laugh sometimes and hold onto the edge of the ride as it went up in the air and he would go along with it! We all got such a kick out of it.

THE GOOD HUMOR MAN!!!!!!! How about that beautiful little white truck coming down the block with the bells ringing. Oh... I couldn't wait to get a frozen pop or ice cream, or one of those little green Marinos Ices with the little wooden spoons. I couldn't wait to get to the bottom where it was the sweetest!

The ice cream man with that Good Humor Truck was Jerry, and when he'd open up that little door... the frozen smoke came billowing out and he'd reach in and just know where everything was right away.

I never knew how he would just reach in and grab just the ice cream that you asked for! It was a happy time.

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 August 30, 2005 11:53 AM

I HAVENOT THOUGHT OF THOSE TRUCKS WITH RIDES ON THEM IN YEARS O THE SIMPLE LIFE .NO RACE JUST KIDS PLAYING ON THE BLOCK THOSE WERE THE DAYS YES THOSE WERE THE DAYS  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Wade....the go carts!!!!! August 29, 2005 11:10 PM

So many boys had those go carts...with wheels on them and a grocery store wooden box for the front...and they would skate with one foot on the foot part...and ....

You know?....I had an idea.....but I will tell you another time...

Loved those go carts....like skate boards but the box was very distinctive...

wow!!!

Jandi

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George...George...the roof..!!!!! Wade...the Roof!! August 29, 2005 11:07 PM

Oh George!! the Roof!!!....I remember the miserable summer nights...so humid...and the big bomber moscitos....!!!....and we didn't have air conditioning...we lived on the third floor and the apartment building I think had 6 floors..maybe 5...I think 5 floors....We were in Apartment 3c....and we would ...(my mom and me go up to the roof with our pillows and put a blanket down on the tar paper roof....and try to catch a breeze and maybe a little sleep.....oh I remember that so well......and the Arials...from the T.V. sets were up there....such old buildings....You must have read my mind.....I was thinking of posting the Roof story.....today....

I think I mentioned it before tho..

Wade.....I remember those pink balls.....I used to bounce them...and hoist a leg over the ball...and count...you know what I mean....

George, you know what I mean...?

And I remember the stick ball stick..with tape at the end of it....I didn't have one...but I saw many...

And kids would buy bubble gum that were shaped like a credit card...real thin....and throw away the gum....and keep the baseball cards from inside the wrapper...

Remember the Archie comics...?  And Veronica....and Betty?...

I remember there was a truck with a ride on it...that would come around in the summer...like a ride in an amusement park.....and the kids would ride on the thing... And there was a pony ride too....a man used to come around with his pony and we would pay for a ride on the pony..

I can see the Roof now..in my mind's eye...the black tarred paper...look....and the heat was awful..

Isn't it wonderful?  What are we saying...

Those were"some "days!!..

talk to you later.

Jandi

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 August 29, 2005 8:42 PM

stick ball kids nowadays want video games they dont know what they are missing . any one else rember sleeping on the roof of there apt bldg  on hot summer nights or was i the only one with permissive parents  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 29, 2005 8:20 PM

I haven't been to Coney Island in a while, but the memories are there; and listening to you and George now, really brings them on.

You know, they still have those Spalding balls and oh yeah... those Pensy Pinkies!! I remember trying to see how high the ball would bounce when I'd through it hard to the ground!

Their was old rafters high up in an apartment building, and we'd throw those pensy pinkies up high and hope they'd get stuck and wedged in... and they did... and they'd stay there for years too come. We'd look back up after some time passed and remember the time we threw the balls up there, and could still see them!

Everyone had their favorite stick ball bat... and I always taped up the handle on mine... and thought it was so special.

Hey... remember making go carts? I remember making a go cart from a milk crate and 2x4 and wheels from an old shopping cart, and had rope of some kind connected to the front wheels to turn! The wheels never stayed on too long... nor did it steer too well.. but it certainly did move pretty quick! Good times.

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Swimming pools..... August 29, 2005 1:33 PM

I remember my mom taking me to the beach...and they had swimming pools at the beach....one I remember was salt water pool....and another a regular pool......and she paid a fee to go to the pool...sometimes....

but in those days....we stayed in the sun till we were lobster red...and I remember peeling skin off of us for days later.....and you couldn't sleep cause your skin was so burned....

Jandi

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I remember that!!!! August 29, 2005 1:30 PM

I can smell the station as we exit the train....still.....all those smells...the salty air....the krinkle cut french fries....the smell of cotton candy....the hot dogs....the ......oh I can't stand it....I have to go eat something...

talk to you later...

Wade, have you been to Coney Island in a while?

I bet it really has changed....but I bet it smells the same....drool....

Hugs, jandi

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 August 28, 2005 8:39 PM

THATS RIGHT D TRAIN WEST 5TH ST EXIT AND YOU WERE IN CONEY ISLAND ON SURF AVE, BY THE ROLLAR COASTER  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
The D train... August 28, 2005 8:36 PM

The D train..wasn't that the one that went to coney island?.....and when you got out of the train...the smell of cotton candy .....and the krinkle cut french fries would hit you... and float you by the nose down the stairs...and you would be salivating....and oh those smells...the smell of the ocean mixed in with all the food smells.....

I lived by the Ditmas Ave train stop .....across the way..you would get on the train...which was outside there...and on your way to Coney Island.....and those French Fries....oh help me....!!! 

Jandi

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 August 28, 2005 2:03 PM

YES JANDI I REMEMBER THE SPALDEEN BALL WE ALSO CALLED THEM PINKEYS WE PLAYED STICK BALLWITH THEM THANK TOU FOR BRINGING BACK GOOD MEMORIES HAVENT HAD THIS MUCH FUN IN YEARE  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 28, 2005 1:24 PM

LORD HELP ME I MISS THE SUBWAY EVEN THE D TRAIN TO GO TO THE OCEAN SWIMMING .HOW I MISS THE OCEAN  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 August 28, 2005 1:18 PM

Ever see girls playing.......Potsie.......?

or with a pink ball, I think it was a spalding

......and bouncing it on the ground...and then swing your leg over it....

Never have seen that here where I live now...

They still open the fire hydrants?....wow....

And the kids playing in the streets....if they played in the streets here.....they would get run down...lol..

I can still smell the choride from my old "Y" pool....and the smell of wet sneakers....

And my mom's egg salad sandwich's.....wrapped in  waxed paper...sending me off to day camp....And I couldn't wait to eat it and I had it before lunch sometimes.

And going on the ferry boat to Staten Island.....and feeling nausious.(how ever you spell that)

My mom running with me to catch a bus ....or a train....to go where we had to go....and I can still smell the subway...

and the chicletts.....and the spearmint and peppermint gum...people would chew in the mornings on their way to work...and too much perfume.....on a train...I liked it when they came out from the underground...and you could see something.

Jandi

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 August 28, 2005 5:13 AM

Hi George... and good old Flatbush Ave. and believe it or not, but I saw someone wearing a beautiful Brooklyn Dodgers tee shirt not too long ago!  I'm glad they still make them. Oh, the nostalgia. You must have had a great time with your Dad going to the games. Going through Brooklyn, I still have a sense of days gone by, because in some places, time has just stood still. I live in Queens but am on the border of Brooklyn and ther games are still played in the streets, and oh yes, the fire hydrants have the sprinkler caps and kids go running through the waters! People sweeping the stoops and sitting out playing cards. For those that don't know what a (stoop) is.... it is the stairs to the front door  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
I REMEMBER BROOKLYN New Posts 2013 Open May 1st. August 27, 2005 9:10 PM

HI ALL I WAS BORN IN 1948 ON MIDWOOD ST RIGHT OFF FLATBUSH AVE ;I REMBER GOING TO EBERTS FIELD WITH MY DAD TO SEE OUR BUMS THEN HIS STOPING AT THE TOLLGATE TAVERN ON FLATBUSH AVE AND EMPIRE BLVD AFTER THE GAME .WOULD LOVE TO HERE ALL STORIES ABOUT MY HOME TOWN  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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