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COMMENTS FROM 2005

I bought the Images Of America: Richmond Hill book (Amaozon.com) for my parents, two siblings and for myself this Christmas. Awesome book with tons of old neighborhood photos. You guys did a great job! Can't wait for the sequel.


Author: Bill Wacker - Of Selden, Long Island

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 25 December 2005.

Hung around in Smoky Park at Schaeffer's candy store on 123rd Street and 101st Ave. from 1958-1968. Trying to track down some old friends. Names are Tom Heffernan (Heffy), Sal Govenale, (Governor), Jimmy and John Gorman, Tom Percolizzi (Perky), and anyone else that hung out at Smoky Park.


Author: Tony Gargano - Of 127th Street and 97th Ave

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 21 December 2005.

I have located the majority of my classmates that graduated from HCJS in 1966.
The following remain missing: Philip Antignani, Colleen Connors, Michael Corcoran, Ann Coulter, Linda Curley, Annette D'Ambrosio, Maura Finnegan, Bernadette Fitzpatrick, Carol Hess, Patricia Miller, Linda Mortimer, Lynn Nassauer, Joyce s***, and Dennis Senges. If you have any information that will help me locate them, please contact me.


Author: Kathryn Zabrocki Strode - Of Gilmanton, NH

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 20 December 2005.

The Bond Bread Bakery provided the great smell of fresh bread. It was off 102nd Street near the railroad overpass.


Author: Jack Shea

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 19 December 2005.

Moved to Richmond Hill in 1954 lived at 125th St & 95th Ave. right next door to Joe DiBernardo. Went to RHHS 1955 to 1959. Hung-out with a great crowd at Schaffer's / Matty's candy store on 101st Ave. Would love to hook up with anyone of the old crowd.


Author: Skip LeGrady - Of Richmond Hill, NY / Phoenix, AZ

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 19 December 2005.

Some more fond memories of Richmond Hill...
Remember??? Dr. Riley on 105th Street... shopping for school supplies at Wesslings or Lewis' of Woodhaven... the knife sharpening man ringing the bell... getting apples, candy apples or popcorn balls for halloween... Mike's Bike shop in his basemant on 102 Street... Watching the older men play softball or baseball at Victory Field, what about the men playing checkers or chess... going to Manor Sporting Goods for a new pair of Cons... Ring-o-Levio... walking on the Forest Park wall along Park Lane South... Hitchiking to Rockaway Beach... Villa Grande Pizza... A and P... those big Christmas lights on the houses... Bohack's... Davies Candy store... putting balooons or baseball cards in spokes on bicycles... Little Brown Jug... Harry Cahn's pumpernickel sandwiches... HCJ Dances... their old gym with the halfmoon backboards... Carvel on Atlantic Avenue -- Brown Bonnets... smell of fresh bread from bread factory... Wonder?... Spaldeen ball games... The Mayfet in June at PS 66.... China Inn... More than anything -- we all remember the happy go lucky days when people had more respect for each other and it was safer out there! PS 66 alive with kids, games, and the sounds of kids growing up and figuring things out for themselves...


Author: pb

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 December 2005.

What a trip down memory lane!
I grew up on 111th St. went to HCJ and graduated from Dominican Commercial HS in 1964. My father grew up on "Greenwood Avenue" and graduated from RHHS somewhere around 1932. I moved away from the area around 1970 and haven't been back since. It's obvious there are many people out there who have better memories than I and it's wonderful of you to share them. What's the old neighborhood like these days? I do remember Jahn's and the RKO and the Woolworth's and Salerno's and a great pizza place on Jamica Ave. but most of the other names are gone.
Anyone out there from the HCJ class of 1960?


Author: susan ammann - Of northern new mexico, US.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 17 December 2005.

I love this site.
I grew up on 104th St. near Jerome Avenue (101st) in the 49's and early 50's.
This site brings back fond memories. Trying to locate old friends, Mary Hickey, Rosemarie Merante, Richie Coccia, Billy Bartone, Tony Peluso, Annette (lived on 103rd across from O.L.O.W. Academy. Also trying to locate Bob Goldstein who lived in South Ozone Park near the airport. If anyone has any info would greatly appreciate a reply. What wonderful memories we have of Ozone Park and Richmond Hill.


Author: Judy Leone (Shapiro) - Of Belchertown, MA

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 17 December 2005.

I grew up on 125 st just off 95th ave. Went to St. Bennies, graduated in 1955.
Hung out in the park for many years, played on the basketball teams representing St. Bennies in the St. Monica league and the elks BB league. Hung out in all the local candy stores, Jonesies, Carls, the one on 101st ave and 120th street., Mickeys when we got a little older... growing up in richmiond hill was great times... some of the guys were Heffy, Perky, Governale, Miller, Bob Dunne, Bill Brown, Geo Farrell, Tony Gargano, Rodman, Bob Burke, Billy Murtagh, Ed Flood, Tina, Kathy Burns, Ginny Hidder, Ken Smith, Bob Glasser, Bob Hill, Skippy Curris, Skippy Legrady, the Gormans, the list goes on and on... too bad our kids could not experience the pleasure of growing up in a neighborhood as we did.


Author: Joe DiBernardo - Of Stony Brook, NY, US.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 December 2005.

Used to live on 126th St also on 89th Avenue.
Our playground was either Jamaica Ave, 126th St., freight yards, school yard at PS 54 or Forest Park. There was water in the pond then. There was a bookie set up behind a bus diner at Lefferts Blvd and Jamaica Ave. Jahns, Triangle Hofbrau, RKO Keiths, the el into NYC, trolleys along Jamaica Ave. A young Doris Day singing along with Les Brown band at Victory Field during NYCs first WWII blackout. Went off to the military and retired USAF.


Author: Tom Lehmann - Of Pensacola, FL

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 December 2005.

I am writting a neighborhood research paper on Cypress Hills and in the process of doing so I came across many buildings I can not find information on. Among them include W M Evens Dairy on Fulton Street and the building were the Last Bar in Brooklyn was located. Can some one help?


Author: Deborah Karlin - Of Cypress Hills, US.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 15 December 2005.

IN ANSWER TO THE PERSON WHOSE MOTHER WAS BORN 1937. JAHN'S IS STILL NEAR TO WHAT WAS ONCE THE RKO KEITHS AND IS NOW A BINGO HALL. IT IS LOCATED AT JUNCTION OF HILLSIDE AND MYRTLE AVENUES. THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS NOT WHAT IT ONCE WAS, BUT WHAT IS? THAT AREA WAS A SALOONATICS PARADISE WITH MARSHALL'S, GLENN'S THE TRIANGLE BALLROOM AND THE HOFBRAU.


Author: EDWARD GONZALEZ - Of RICHMOND HILL / KEW GARDENS AREA

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 14 December 2005.

I am trying to locate some memorabilia from around the 1940ish decade. My Mother was born in 1937 in Queens. I know she speaks of Jahns Ice Cream shop and a movie theatre. Any help is appreciated. Thanks


Author: Daughter of a NYC MOM 1940ish

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 10 December 2005.

hi my name is maria e batista-gudwin. i graduated richmond hill high school in 1983. i no longer live in new york, i live in the sunshine state of florida. i would like to reunite with all my classmates. hope to hear from someone soon!!!


Author: maria batista - Of west palm beach, florida

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 9 December 2005.

Although, I grew up in South OZ on Lefferts Blvd., Richmond Hill was always part of the itinerary.
OLPH and all that it encompassed brings back some wonderful thoughts. Beyond that, Al's Stereo was a whole new chapter during the late 60s... what a trip! I came across this site doing a bit of surfing regarding my Manhattan College football coach and former Lynvet Coach Larry Kelly. Love to hear from any of the Al's and/or Winthers folks and certainly any former Lynvets.
(just re-posting on new page.)


Author: Jim Matthews - Of Nashua, NH, US.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 9 December 2005.

still enjoying this site. i've recognized many names along the way. my dad still lives on 113th st. love going back to visit and shop. the updated version is good. keep up the great work that goes into this website and thanks. hope everyone has happy holidays. peace to all.


Author: laura mc bride bellew - Of Merrick / Richmond Hill

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 9 December 2005.

any one lived in the era 1956 to 78. brother Gino. Dewey. Tony. sister Nicky. email me.


Author: Chris DeFalco - Of 127st 97ave, richmond hill.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 8 December 2005.

Love your website and it's purpose.
Mr. Ron Layer is a very informative gentleman, a walking, willing history lesson.


Author: Bill Hans - Of Elmhurst

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 7 December 2005.

I GRADUATED FROM THE HILL IN 1972 AND MARRIED MY THEN GIRLFRIEND DAWN COLVIN (73).
I HAVE A LIFE TIME OF MEMORIES FROM MY TIME THERE AND I MISS IT DEARLY. MY WIFE HAS BEEN TO HER REUNIONS AND THEY WERE GREAT. WE LIVE IN EAST STROUDSBURG, PA AND HAVE THREE CHILDREN. OUR OLDEST SON IS IN HIS SECOND YEAR AT PENN STATE WITH THE YOUNGEST FOLLOWING CLOSE BEHIND.


Author: STEVEN PREIS - Of EAST STROUDSBURG, PA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 7 December 2005.

ROB BENINATI, IT WAS NICE HEARING FROM YOU.
GLAD YOU ARE WELL AND LIVING IN TAMPA. DON'T GET TO PLAY MUCH B'BALL BUT DID A LOT OF COACHING UNTIL MY BOYS GOT OLDER. STAYING ACTIVE BY GOING TO THE GYM 3 TO 4 DAYS A WEEK. I STILL STAY IN TOUCH WITH ANTON ON A REGULAR BASIS. ITS NICE THAT YOU STILL SEE DEN C. A 'TEAR' ROLLS DOWN MY CHEEK WHEN I PASS MICKEYS OUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME. STAY IN TOUCH. MARTY P.


Author: MARTY PESHLER - Of HAUPPAUGE

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 4 December 2005.

I WATCH THE DISTRICT ON USA AND AFTER AN EPISODE SEEN 'FOR JACK MAPLE WHO LIVED IT" WENT TO ASK JEEVES, I AM FASCINATED BY HIS STORY. I REALLY HAD NO IDEA .


Author: FRANK CERULLO - Of BKLN NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 2 December 2005.

I was just thinking about Tony the Ice Cream Man-
and then Mr. Softee- back in the 70's they sold something they called a "chinese sundae"- a Marino's Ice with soft ice cream on top --- can you say "gelatti"???? man were we hip and ahead of our times!!!


Author: karyn ( hollenback) waladkewics - Of nj, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 2 December 2005.

lou condron,
you lived at 95-63 115th?
I lived at 95-64 115th street!
i am much younger than you, born 1964 - we moved to RH in about 1966-67 i think. right across the street i remember buffolinos, and uh, cunninghams? i think.
what a coincidence!
take care,
karyn ( hollenback) waladkewics


Author: karyn waladkewics - Of new jersey, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 2 December 2005.

I didn't know Jack Maple but love "The District".
I have seen Mr. Maple's name at the end of every show and finally dicided to see who he was.
If "Manion" is representative of Mr. Maple, I am very impressed.


Author: Norrie Spenia - Of Chuluota, Fl., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 1 December 2005.

Graduated from St. Bennie's in Jan. 1953. Lived in Richmond Hill until 1959 on 125th street just below 95th avenue diagonally across from Smokey Park. At a younger age I lived on 112th street below 95th. One of my Aunts still lives in R.H. on 110th street. I loved growing up in that area and truly loved my school. Recognized some names but have not read all of the guest sign ins. Hi Lou Condron. How are you. Can't wait to read some more about the old place.


Author: MaryAnn (DiBernardo) McGinniss - Of East Moriches, NY USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 1 December 2005.

maria, its diane owens. i cant belive this... my sister debbie told me about this site. i cant belive im talking to you. how are you its been over 20 years seens we seen each other. you live lake grove and i live in ronkonkoma, five minutes from one another. im married, have two sons 10 and 13. i married joe seider, do u remember him? r u married, any kids? i would love to hear from you, how is your family doing? i really dont hear from annalee but my brother tommy does. she is his sons godmother, she is married with two little boys. email me at djja63@optonline.net - cant wait too hear from you.


Author: diane owens (seider ) - Of ronkonkoma, ny.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 1 December 2005.

I lived on Lefferts Blvd. from 1963-1969, when my family moved to Florida. I had Miss Glennan at SBJ too... I would love to hear from anyone who went to SBJ (graduating class of 1970); esp. Donna Cassi or Mary F. Grace.
This site is wonderful, all your work is greatly appreciated... thank you for all the photos and memories.


Author: Margaret (Rodgers) Barthe - Of Orlando, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 30 November 2005.

Reading through this website, I'm proud to say that I'm part of this great neighborhood. Graduating from P.S. 207Q Rockwood Park School, and recently graduating from RHHS, I am happy with who Richmond Hill has influenced me to be and I am excited to see who it will help me to become. Just like how it help me grow into the person I am today, I hope it has the same wonderful effect on the generation of tomorrow.


Author: Trisha Ramdihal - Of Queens , New York.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 30 November 2005.

HI, recently stumbled onto the RH "GUEST BOOK". scanned yrs. '05, '04' and '3. though i sent out approx. 15 emails to folks that were in close proximity to my 115 th st. neighborhood, only three got thru. the others were sent back for various reasons. am hoping that this is not the norm, though we all move on at some point. have some people that i would really like to contact. i graduated from st. benny's in 1953 and lived at 95-63-115 th st. in particular; joe monk who lived on 130th st. lenny smith also from that area, eddie delargy and joseph d'bernardo from 125th st. down from "smokey" park, bobby glasser also on 125th st. between 95th ave. and atlantic, joey fahys who lived next to gus' deli/candy store on 95th ave. and 117th st., chris suriano and donald crispi; kevin gallagher who lived some three houses from me (think he has/had a home in huntington, LI) and anyone who might have knowledge of when mrs. gemma banakus passed away and where she might be interred. she was our choir director since year one... she played at my wedding in 1963 and did not get a chance to say goodby to her as we left for calif. that afternoon. great lady. maryann d'bernardo, (maginnis) alice samartan and miriam cronin were special people at that time in RH. SOOOO, if any of you are out there and care to email me, please do so.
after reading thru some 100 guest book emails i realized that there were things that did indeed make that area special. i chose not to copy other's emails that spoke of all the ice cream places, the parks, rockaway's playland etc as my sentiments would have duplicated theirs to the "t". elizabeth dermody, whose father was, i believe a lawyer, and lived on the jamaica ave side of atlantic ave, are you out there?
lou condron lyme, ct dcondron@adelphia.net


Author: LOU CONDRON - Of lyme, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 29 November 2005.

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, candy store, candy store. my parents had the C&F bar &Grill at 111th and Liberty from 59-63. there was a candy store next to the Bar, was that Irv's? as far as a candy store next to the Greenwood Bakery, I'm afraid I can't recall there being such a place then. however, down Liberty, don't ask where, there was a full fledged candy store, I think past the toy store, that sold all sorts of candy. gotta remember folks, we are talking about going on half a century, give or take a decade, and none of our memories are infallible.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 28 November 2005.

Yes I remember Six Horse Hitch. I also remember these great local bands from the 60s. The Lucky Charms, Upward Movement, The Tremolos, and Harlequin. And what about the Light Brigade with their awesome psychedelic light shows. I usually saw these groups at St Mary Gate of Heaven, St. John Lutheran Church, Mary Immaculate's Chelis Hall, and Richmond Hill HS Hazen Hall.


Author: dennis - Of richmond hill, ny, us.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 28 November 2005.

Sundance: I remember Irv's candy store at 111st and Liberty Ave. If I remember correctly, it was next to the Greenwood Bakery, right at the foot of steps leading up to the el. My friend, Keith Dougherty lived in the apartment above the candy store.


Author: Tom Klein - Of Piscataway, NJ.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 27 November 2005.

hehehe i just had to add... anyone in the early 70s remember the local BAND... Six Horse Hitch? Oh My Gawd... we use to go to dances all over Queens just to see them... the girls I hung out with we were always in Luv!! and AL... one of the guys in the Band lived on our st 123rd St... so we got them to play at our block party once... too funny what ya remember when you read this!!! *Teresa*


Author: Teresa

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 26 November 2005.

Sundance: Where on 111th was the candy store? I lived on 111th and Liberty in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's.


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 November 2005.

For one brief shining moment, I had of piece of Richmond Hill. In 1965, I bought a candy store from an elderly couple: Sadie & Clyde. I also bought the building from the Goldman Estate. I recall it was on 111th. Does anyone remember this store? Sundance


Author: Sundancekid - Of Fort Worth, TX, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 November 2005.

in memory of my father, irving stelzer, killed in the LIRR crash 1950...


Author: arthur stelzer

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 November 2005.

I grew up on 118th street and Liberty Avenue over the fish store (one of the Owens's) in the late 60's early 70's. Would love hear from old friends, also looking for Eva that lived over a store on 118th or 117th Street and Liberty. Would love to hear from anyone that knows her, also I married my high school sweetheart Eddie Kramer...


Author: linda (Owens) Kramer - Of New York, Lake Ronkonkoma.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 November 2005.

Theresa
Did you have a brother named Tommy. I lived on 121st street between 95th and Atlantic but i hung out on 123rd street. Do you remember the Serio's, Caiazzo's, Cemaglia's, Murtaugh's. I lived there from 1952 till 1971. Al Hoffman


Author: Al Hoffman - Of Franklin Square N.Y.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 November 2005.

Hi everyone:

First off, what a great site. I can't believe how many entries here triggered so many memories for me. Thank you.

My family lived at 94-04 124th St. from '57-65. We then moved to LI when I was only 8 years old. I attended P.S. 55 from kindergartetn to 2nd grade ('62-65). Some of my friends, classmates and neighbors were Jeannie, Laurie & Richard Brietenbach, Billy Rittemeyer, Jeanette Monteverde (we walked to school together), the Smiths', the Dunn's, Dottie (last name?), Cookie (last name?), Charles Hahn (dad was a pilot for Pan Am) and Martin Roby (dad taught my momrhow to drive).

I'd love to hear from anyone who's from the old neighborhood.

Take care,
Karen Pere


Author: Karen Pere - Of Minneapolis, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 23 November 2005.

I lived on 118th Street liberty Ave... Does anyone remeber the Owens.


Author: Debbie Owens - Of Woodhaven, New York.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 23 November 2005.

WOW... this is an awesome site... MY Mothers family was born and raised in RH... I lived in my Grandmas House between Atlantic and 95th on 123rd st... same house my MOM was born in... I have many of the same good feeling i have read here tonight... Tonys Ice cream truck aside from ice cream... U can get a KINISH there too and Louies Pizzeria??? OMG I can still see the HOT pizza on a pc of white paper... yummm... I do see names that I remember like Carmodies... and Esenbach... StBennys... and RHHS and the Annex too... It was great to read this site... My Mothers name was O'brien... and Ours were McGinnis... Good to hear from anyone


Author: Teresa

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 November 2005.

Great site. Brings back a lot of memories. HCJ class of 1970


Author: david barton - Of bay shore, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 November 2005.

I used to live in yorkville in manhattan and was trying t0 get in touch with any of my friends who went to holy trinity church at 315 e 88th st in manhattan. it was a long time ago. I am 67 years old now. if they can reach me i would sure like to hear from some of them. some of there names were Fred Grauman, Julia Philgrim, Francis Valko, Doughlas Nyberg. Ernest Behrens. thank you very much good by


Author: Al Meyer - Of Windsor N.Y., usa.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 19 November 2005.

Jack Maple must have been one heck of a cop if he was anything like he is portrayed in "The District". We love to watch this show and have even watched the re-runs over and over. Craig T. Nelson is excellent in that roll... all are/were great actors.


Author: Jan/John Hood - Of Tyler, Texas.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 17 November 2005.

Marty P. Nice to have Jimmy Mac on board. I'll stop in to see him and we can arrange to get together after the holidays. Drop me a line or call anytime. Mike C.


Author: Michael Contino - Of Ozone Park, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 14 November 2005.

RHHS Class of '70 had there 35 yr reunion last night at the LaGuardia Sheraton in Flushing which I attended. Good time had by all I'm sure. About 65 or so showed up with a good representation of many members from the various athletic teams. Former History Teacher John Leary represented the faculty.As strange as it sounds, seeing them all again and bringing back various memories, it didn't seem possible that 35 yrs could have passed. Hope we all will get together again.


Author: Ken Zaveckas - Of Warwick, NY

This entry was recorded on Monday, 14 November 2005.

hi Marty Peshler browsing through this great site and spotted you... i sure remember you from st bene's basketball and hundred's of hours at Mickeys along with Anton and Skippy and Rich Carey. those were definately funfilled days when we had youth and strength and no injuries and could stay out all night... i went back ro RH 2 years ago and visited the old places, they sure have changed if they were there at all. I sat in lenihans and had a beer with Emil and passed 106th st park and victory field and all along 101st ave... i live in tampa now and you remember Dennis C, he lives in fort lauderdale i see him 2, 3 times a year on the golf course with a slew of ex-new yorkers... golf has replaced basketball as age replaced youth. i'll be looking for your next entry. take care


Author: Rob Beninati - Of tampa ,fla

This entry was recorded on Friday, 11 November 2005.

MIKE C. SAW JIMMY MCDONALD WHEN I WAS IN RICHMOND HILL RECENTLY AND I THINK HE WAS INTERESTED IN HELPING ORGANIZE THE REUNION. WE WILL ALL HAVE TO GET TOGETHER AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. HOPE ALL IS WELL. HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY SEASON. STAY IN TOUCH.
REGARDS, MARTY P.


Author: MARTY PESHLER - Of HAUPPAUGE,NY

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 10 November 2005.

Although, I grew up in South OZ on Lefferts Blvd., Richmond Hill was always part of the itinerary. OLPH and all that it encompassed brings back some wonderful thoughts. Beyond that, Al's Stereo was a whole new chapter during the late 60s...what a trip! I came across this site doing a bit of surfing regarding my Manhattan College football coach and former Lynvet Coach Larry Kelly. Love to hear from any of the Al's and/or Winthers folks and certainly any former Lynvets.


Author: Jim Matthews - Of Nashua, NH

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 November 2005.

I am not a Virginia resident, but I thank you for your good information. I was asked to write something about Jacob Riis, and I found inteteresting and concise information that will greatly enhance my project. My thanks to you and others like you that quietly tend the light of our heritage.
Marianne Menter


Author: Marianne Menter - Of Canoga Park, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 November 2005.

I love this site. I have made contact with friends after over 40 years. We grew up in Richmond Hill and most of us attended Holy Child Jesus Church on 111th Street. We have all moved on but it's nice to be able to catch up and see how each other are doing. This is a great way to keep in touch and exchange information. I love it!!


Author: Brian McNerney - Of San Dimas, CA, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 November 2005.

I grew up in Kew Gardens (Talbot St.) during the 1940s-1950s and recall the terrible LIRR train tragedy that took place in Richmond Hill that was not too far from where I lived. Thanks for you information on this event and also for a truly wonderful website on the history of Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens.


Author: Karl Lundgren - Of Great Neck, LI, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 5 November 2005.

Hi everyone. I lived in Richmond Hill since my birth 9/64 until 1985, and then again in the mid 1990's for a short time. We lived on 95th Avenue between 123rd St. & 124th St. I married Thomas Holly from 125th Street and we now live in Washburn, WI. I have two younger sisters Anna & Barbara, and Tom has older sisters, Susan & Debbie, and an older brother Robert.
Richmond Hill was a great place to grow up. I sometimes miss the way it WAS. Hangin' out a Smokey Park, or Forest Park. Those were the days. If anyone remembers us, please drop a line! Che848@aol.com
Peace & Love,
Che


Author: Cheryl A. Holly (Strate) - Of Washburn, WI, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 November 2005.

Frank Biscay:
yep, my Mom was known as Kitty back then. no one has called her that since her husband (my stepdad) Frank Esposito died back in May of 78. Mom lives in Jupiter, Florida now, hope she's all right, trying to contact her. oh, I was known as Billy back then.

Jonn


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 31 October 2005.

Lived on 109th Street between 107 and 109 Aves from 1942 to 1968 in what may have been South Rich Hill. Moved to LI in 1983 and NJ in 2004. Many fond memories of Al's Stereo, Winters, St. Johns Restaurant. To Sam O (Osborne??) the Carls Icecream parlor gang was the "Jokers". To Jonn Mulry, was your mother known as "Kitty"? If so, she served me my first legal drink on my 18th birthday 9/28/60 after checking my brand new Draft card. To Maryanne Harnad, was Mr Harnishfeger a History teacher that taught at John Adams HS in the late 50's? Sure hope you three get to read this and respond if possible. Thanks to Tommy Walsh for introducing me to this site.


Author: Frank Biscay - Of Iselin, NJ, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 30 October 2005.

my name is Chris DeFalco i lived on 127st and 97 ave from birth 1956 to i moved 1978 my brothers Dewy, Gino,Tony and sister Nicky. my email is ldefalco@nycap.rr.com email me. i visted the place in 2004 and smokey park. its beautful they real fixed it up.. im looking for Hastings, Pepe, Anderson, Rearden, Walice, Esenbarth, Garidie, or any other Family that lived in that era 1956 to 1978. i was a newspaper boy 1968 and 1969 deliverd 123st fron 101 ave to alantic ave so if you lived their i was your paper boy. the news office was on 125st and 101ave across from Burnie's and Al's soda shop..


Author: Chris DeFalco - Of albany ny

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 30 October 2005.

Rosemarie Scarpitta
you still live in the holy land? this is encouraging!!!!!!!
I visited Greenwood Bakery five years ago when I last tramped the area. they still have those black and white cookies, oh, guess who else has those cookies? Starbucks!!!! at least the one in downtown Chattanooga. I ordered one (duh), what a startling sensation like you're under sedation THAT was as my palate did the Time Warp again!!!!!! the Bakery also had what we called Strawberry Wishing Cake. when my mom and stepdad had the C&F Bar & Grill across from the bakery and from Winther's, I would be sent every so often to buy that cake. my sister and I would run into seperate bathrooms to make our wishes with eyes tightly closed. not much happened in the wish department, but the cake was still good!
take care and be safe


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 29 October 2005.

Hey I remember Winters icecream store on the corner of 111th and Liberty Avenue. Shirts By Us across the street. The Diccicos dry cleaners and angelo the sign guy all on same block. Greenwood Bakery was and still is great. Howan still sits in the same spot selling still the best Chinese food.


Author: rosemarie scarpitta

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 29 October 2005.

Wow, what a great website! Karen Dicarlo I am doing fine, Eldee's and Friend's Pizza what a way to spend our Saturday night.


Author: Mary Ann Zummo - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 26 October 2005.

lived in rh from 1943 to 1969. Attended OLPH 1949-57 BISHOP Loughlin and John Adams HS.
Lived 114 St and 109 Ave. would like to heare from old friends.


Author: tom walsh - Of seaford, new york.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 26 October 2005.

Janet Arnish,
I read your message on October 25, 2005. I was in Explorer Post 8 at Union Congregational Church with your husband, John Kiely. I dated Ruth Jabs and I have since been able to contact her albeit 2 years ago. I would like to hear how John and you are doing. Please tell John that I have spoken with Bob Wilmer, Glenn Coleman, Doug Soeldner, Wayne Coleman and have corresponded with Al Soeldner in the past. I am anxious to hear from you and others from Union Congregational Church. My email address is as follows: edward.corrado@twcable.com


Author: Edward Corrado - Of East Rockaway, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 25 October 2005.

Marty P. A dual reunion sounds good. I would like to help with the organizing. Stay in touch. Mike C.


Author: Mike Contino - Of New York, U.S..

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 25 October 2005.

My Dad was Pete Scarpitta from 108th street and Liberty avenue. He was killed in 1977 in John Adams High. Does anybody know him


Author: Rosemarie Scarpitta - Of Mahopac, America.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 21 October 2005.

i enjoy tis site very much..


Author: Harriet Chambers - Of Norfolk, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 21 October 2005.

What a great site, I have been reading all the posts with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye!! So many memories!! Richmond Hill was an awesome place to grow up!! I went to PS62 (Mrs. Grossman was my 2nd grade teacher and picked me and a boy named Glen to be in the LI Press skipping down the school steps for the last day of school)!! I went on to PS 55 and PS 60 in Ozone Park, to 210 part of the first full term graduating class. Then on to RHHS!! I look back fondly on all those years, many friendships made, several still remain even though I moved from there many years ago!! We first lived on 95th Av and 109th St, where my family owed a small grocery store, then we moved to 97th and 118th. I drove though the neighborhood a few years back to show my kids where I grew up, somethings were very different but I still felt the warmth of being in the "Hill". I took my kids to Jahn's and the new proprietors of RKO allowed us in to look around, a really great afternoon!!
I saw a few names on here I recognized, especially Debbie Dooley whose family lived next door and Carol Sodano who moved away way to soon!!

Thank you for this great look at our history!!


Author: Laura (Lopez) Smith - Of St. Petersburg,Florida, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 20 October 2005.

I am so glad to see web sites dedicated to my childhood home of Richmond Hill and my high school. I will be spending much time enjoying this site and, being a web site designer, look to see how I can add to it.


Author: Dewey DeFalco - Of Jacksonville, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 19 October 2005.

Marty P and Mike C- Good to hear from both of you again. A reunion would be a neat trick if we can pull it off. I agree that after the Holidays is the right time frame to consider organizing such an undertaking.

Both you guys sound like you are blessed with rich lives and great family. I took note that Bill Bryce posted a message while he was visiting with Marty.

If either of you are planning to be in the Hilton Head area let me know. I would enjoy getting together and kicking around old times over lunch or dinner and a few beers.

Keep in touch guys.

Best Regards- Todd Peter Kristian SBJL Class of 64


Author: (Todd) Peter Kristian - Of Hilton Head Island, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 18 October 2005.

Todd Greenberg,
I may not have rememembered your grandfather's shop, but I DO remember the Primrose. there were two bakeries on Liberty my parents patronized: Greenwood and Primrose, and after over forty years since my mother and stepfather sold the C&F Bar & Grill (which would then become Al's Stereo), those places (and tastes and smells) have and will forever be a part of my memory bank.
I wish I and all of us, could go back, maybe when we least expect, Revival Time will hit Richmond Hill.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 October 2005.

This is a reprint-- Thanks for looking-- I am looking for any relatives of Claude Martin Parker, born October 9, 1934. He was born in Jamaica, New York and was a foster child. He was never adopted, and attended St. Agnes in upstate New York. He unfortunately passed July 4, 2002 in Wilmington, NC. He lived in Wilmington and Castle Hayne, NC for 29 years. I am his daughter and I am trying to find any biological parents, aunts, uncles, sisters or brothers. Thanks.


Author: Tracey Graham - Of Elizabethtown, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 October 2005.

TODD,
AS I WROTE TO MIKE C. MAYBE WE CAN 'MOVE' ON ORGANIZING THE REUNION AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. YES I WOULD LIKE TO REVISIT HILTON HEAD SOME DAY. STAY IN TOUCH.
MARTY


Author: MARTY PESHLER - Of HAUPPAUGE,NY

This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 October 2005.

MIKE,
IT IS GOOD TO HEAR THAT ALL THE CONTINOS' ARE DOING WELL.
THE REUNION IS ONLY IN THE 'TALKING STAGE'. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT ITS BEEN 21 YEARS SINCE THE LAST ONE. I HAVE TALKED TO JIMMY MCDONALD ABOUT A DUAL REUNION. MAYBE WE CAN GET PAST THE TALKING STAGE AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. REGARDS TO JUDY.
MARTY


Author: MARTY PESHLER - Of HAUPPAUGE,NY

This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 October 2005.

This is a great site. Brings back great memories. Grew up on 109th street between Liberty and 103rd ave. Went to PS 108, first class at JHS 202, than John Adams, all in the 60's. Went every saturday to the Casino or Lefferts movies, than played ball on block or @ 62 or 108. My grandfather owned Piermont Lighting on liberty between 108th and 109th, next to Primrose Bakery. Any old friends out there?


Author: Todd Greenberg

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 16 October 2005.

I started out going to Salerno's Italian restaurant when I was a kid about 9 years old. My parents brought me there for some great Italian food and I remember the green wine bottles with straw that decorated the restaurant. Salerno's was known for their clams, and made great pizza! I am a jazz musician and worked at the Triangle Hoffbrau restaurant which was a landmark restaurant until recently when the restaurant closed and was converted into a medical center at the end of the 20th Century (1999). I played the piano and worked there many times with Lou Messana on guitar, the late Tom Sfraga on bass and Al Variale on drums. We had many great musicians drop by to sit in. The Triangle Hoffbrau was owned by the four brothers. We would have jam sessions starting at midnight going to sometimes 3:00 A.M. The wooden dance floor was a real attraction for hoofers (dancers) and they always had great food and were friendly people. After I got off work I drop in at Salerno's or Aldo's for some pizza. If I felt real hungry-I'd drop in to Jahns for some Ice Cream. The old movie house became a bingo joint in the daytime and it provided some definition to the neighborhood. Jamaica Avenue and 117th Street was the place you could go to relax, have some great food, and then walk it off in the park. Forest Park is north of the triangle as it was called. You could walk along the tracks of the Long Island Railroad go thru the woods and feel like you were in the country! Richmond hill was a beautiful, friendly, area to enjoy life.


Author: Stuart H. Tresser - Of Brooklyn, New York , USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 13 October 2005.

Take a stroll down jamaica Ave...
The Stand and pizza place next door; Hofbrau; Candy store on 117 Street... Alfie's and Jahn's up the block; Cameo Pet Shop, Lipschutz; John's; Gebhardts; maries; Steve's Pizza; McGoo's; Lou's candy Store; Bill's candy Store; Franklin's (The Junky Store) ;Connies; Harry Kahn's Deli; Flame Diner; Sheltons; Marvel Pet Store; Wesslings; Villa Grande; A and P (now pool hall); Schweeties; Ernst bakery; German Deli (can't remember name); Joes Meat market and Deli (his meatball heros were sought of crushed meat while Villa Grande's were made with lots of eggs and bread); Roberst Toy store; Rexall Drugs; Bohacks; Davids candies; Firehouse, A and P, China Inn; Photo place, Manor Deli. Schmit's; Manor Sports (bought my 1st pair of Cons (Converse) sneakers there 8.99); Carlos Pizza; Lewis of Woodhaven; Two Guys Pizza, Thom MacCann; Jason's Toy store... I'd trade shopping here with all the modern malls in a heartbeat.


Author: Pat - Of LINY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 13 October 2005.

Did anyone hang out at Al's Stereo on Liberty & 111th Street during the late 60's early 70's. Have many great memories of Al's and Winther's across the street.


Author: Marguerite - Of Baldwin

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 13 October 2005.

The stores I recall around 106th and Jamaica Ave. were, in no particular order: Gus' Fruit (Louie DeStefano); the butcher and the German deli next to Gus'; the Rainbow Grill--Italian Cuisine; Louie's Candy Store; Platt (later Dale) Drugs; the Bialy factory; Corde's; Bill's Candy; Wilson's Hobbies; Benny's (?)Hardware; Franklin's (the junk store); Patsy's Shoes; Trunz Meats; the rug store on the corner of 106th; Schmidt's Ice Cream Parlor.


Author: Jack Shea - Of Mamaroneck, NY

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 13 October 2005.

To Teresa of Erie CO: I lived on the same block as you. Marie's was originaly Fitzpatrick's which was next to Wise Drugs. Also, Doctrows was a women's store like Springers. Al's used to be on the south side of Jamaica then he moved to the north side until he sold to another Al. First Al was a very sweet man. We would go in their as kids to shop for Christmas or Birthday presents; and he would let us search in there for what felt like hours and then he help us make decision on a gift. Sweet memories, I have so many of them.


Author: jc

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 12 October 2005.

We lived in a few different location around Atlantic Avenue and 111th Street until our family purchased their home on 108th Street between Jamaica and 86th Avenues... great memories of lots of kids playing games both in the streeets and in the parks. Also -- the avenues had so many great shops and ice cream parlors -- I attended Holy Child, Our Lady of Wisdom Academy, followed by Queens College, Fordham Uniersity at Lincoln Center, Bank Street, Stony Brook. (love school) I remember never seeming to have much free time... loved the dances, the basketball games (male and female)... swim teams, library, Mrs. Burkes arts and crafts at Smokey Park, ice skating etc. Fabulous time of life --- Thanks for the memories ---


Author: Kathleen G. Wojciechowski - Of LI, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 12 October 2005.

Thanks for the memories ---


Author: Kathleen G. Wojciechowski - Of Holbrook, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 12 October 2005.

The '65 RHHS Reunion weekend was a big success. Party, School Tour, Jahn's... FUN! FUN! FUN! Thanks to all who helped in the planning, and those who attended. Let's not wait another 10 yrs. to repeat.


Author: Classmate - Of L.I., N.Y., U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 10 October 2005.

Fantastic website! I have lived in the area now known as South Richmond Hill my entire life. Although new developements are typically good for a community, it breaks my heart to see some of our old Victorian houses being torn down. I love that recently constructed six condo complexes are making it possible for families to come in and enjoy our lovely community. But, where is the character?? I love living in a place that has it's own bingo hall and traditional ice cream shop. I just wish that ALL of Richmond Hill could reflect that same charm and character. Thank you for trying to preserve all of the things that make this place, where I grew up, special.


Author: Kristen - Of South Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 9 October 2005.

Born in RH 1930, lived there until 1946, first on corner of 112St. and 92Ave. then on 107St. at 89Ave. Went to HCJ graduating Jan. 1944, then attended Chaminade in Mineola until family moved to Albany. Father's family moved from Manhattan to RH about the start of the 20th century on 89Ave. between 114 and 115Sts. My father and uncle played baseball for RHHS. I have a picture of the 1907 RHHS team in which they both appear. The notation,"Undefeated Champions, Queens & Nassau Counties, 1907" is printed on it. Years later, in the 1930s, their nephew, my cousin, played second base for the RHHS team with Phil Rizzuto. My mother's family moved from Manhattan to RH around 1910 and lived on 107St across from the corner of 89Ave. I have a group picture taken in front of our house of a block party on the 4th of July probably of 1916 or 1917. A banner reads "HERALD AVENUE SAFE & SANE CELEBRATIONS". Notes on the picture identify two of the younger children as my uncles. There are about 80 people in the picture, mainly children. There are still some of my father's family still living in RH. An aunt and cousins lived in the one house on 107St. north of 86Ave. that was not raised when that street was redone. Having read all of the Guest Book entries, it seems that only a few Hillites of my era have reported in.
Although many of the street games that we "depression babies" played are mentioned,some of the things we did were probably different. The football we used in the street was ordinarily made from rolled up newspapers tied with string or rubber bands. We didn't have baskets or basketballs in the street. We used tennis or rubber balls and the "one way" sign was the basket. Sewer covers were the goals for roller hockey. We made up all kinds of stick ball and box ball games. Necessity really was the mother of invention. The cement playground at RHHS was open and used from daylight to dark during the summer. At other times we would sometimes climb the fence on the 113St., trying to avoid the barbed wire on the top in order to play. When it was getting dark we congregated on somebody's stoop, or the milk ice box in front of Hoffman's grocery on 90Ave and 112St., or the bus stop bench in front of Sam Kassman's store on 90Ave and 111St. telling stories. There was no vandalism even though Sam was not thrilled.
Some random thought about persons and places I haven't seen mentioned in the Guest Book: poor Abe Simon, the RH heavyweight who fought Joe Louis, Marius Russo from RHHS who pitched for the Yankees, won a World Series game against the Dodgers and whose line drive probably ended the pitching career of Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons, Herb Karpel from RHHS who had a cup of coffee with the Yankees as a pitcher. I remember the short building at HCJ which was enlarged to make a gym as well as class rooms and the HCJ Big Five which played great basketball with, among others, Blessed Sacrament, St. Joan of Arc and St. Rose of Lima. Also the KofC hall on Atlantic Ave where the Kof C team played some of the great teams of that era like the Harlem Renaissance, Dexter Park where the Bushwicks played Sunday double headers, stores on Jamaica Ave. between 107 and 108 Sts., Freer's ice cream parlor, MaCaws Funeral paror, the fish store and the vegetable store. I also remember the flag with the red ball on the white background which was flown when there was ice skating on the flooded basketball court at Jackson Park, at least until Pearl Harbor and the huge fire at the railroad yard on Leffert's Blvd.
A final thought, at least for now. A few of us were sitting up in the attic of Dickie Van Patton's (or his grandmother's) house by the raised LIRR tracks above 114St. one very hot summer day when his sister, Joyce, yelled up at us asking why we were doing such a stupid thing. Dickie replied,"Because it feels so good when we come down." Those were the good old days.


Author: Joe Donovan - Of Albany, NY

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 8 October 2005.

I grew up on 114th street between 95th and 101st avenue. Graduated SBJL 1964 and Archbishop Molloy 1968. My friend from the nieghborhood Marty Peshler, who I'm visiting this weekend on the Island, told me about this site.
Great memories growing up. The bagel bakery at 114th and 101st ave, the movie theateres, playing ball for St Benny's, Mickey's bar, and too many more to tell.
Moved to Kentucky in 1969 to go to college, fell in love with a "Kentucky Woman" and never moved back.


Author: Bill Bryce - Of Louisvile, KY

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 8 October 2005.

Great website! Enjoyed learning all about your town in NYC and your Victorian Homes!


Author: Kristy Kohl - Of Rhinebeck, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 8 October 2005.

hi, this is such a wonderful site. it brings back so many memories. i graduated in 72 from richmond hill and went to PS62 . I have always told my daughters how great it was growing up in richmond hill and how I wish they could have experienced the same life. It was much safer and carefree. I remember my mom used to leave my brother in the baby carriage while we went inside the A&P on ll7st. and liberty Ave. I would walk to St. Mary Gate Of Heaven church from PS 62 every Wed. to go to religion instruction. I also went to JHS 210 and was good friends with Anna and Joanne. I haven't seen them in 30 years. I wonder if they will ever read this. well I feel very fortunate to have lived in richmond hill and will always remember those days with so much happiness and pride.


Author: julie - Of longisland, ny.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 7 October 2005.

Saturday along Jamaica Avenue:

-we always took the Altantic Ave bus to Jamaica... you could get off down the block from Gertz just after the bus turned to go to it's last stop in front of the Catholic church on Parsons...

-John's Bargain Store was always a good place to start your day's shopping... from there we would go to Gertz, exiting when finished out of the back door so we could window shop the small shops that were on the block on the way back to Jamaica Avenue.

-we would then cross the block and go to Woolworths which I remember had cheaper prices for 45RPM records than the music store attached to Gertz.

-we would then catch a quick lunch at one of the luncheonettes on the way east to 'where the el ended'... we'd first go to Mays, then double back to check the tmes at the Valencia...

-Our last decision was to either walk back to catch the Atlantic Avenue bus (#22???), or get on the 56 Jamaica Avenue bus and eventually get off at 108th street.

-A short walk home and our Saturday shopping day was over...


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 30 September 2005.

who remembers along Jamaica Ave. these great places (just to name a few in no particular order): Cypress Pool, Circus Bar, Gebhards, Johns Bargain Store, Woolworths, Doctrows, Davidoffs, Kays Variety, Schlossers, Rainbow Lounge, Connies, Miles Shoes, Dunstatters, The Terminal, Lewis of Woodhaven, McGoverns, Brites, Hofbrau, Blue Swan, Kent Cleaners, Petes Place, Ponce Pizza, Diamond Dairy, Uneeda Appliance, Meet Me At The Stand, Cunningham Pontiac, Knights of Columbus, Gardner Lumber, Thom McAnn, Gertz, Mays, Van Wyck Lanes, Lowes Valencia, Petersons Music, Lemke the Plumber, Corner Restaurant, Associated Supermarket, Lipshultz, Richmond Hill Inn, Rummels, Monaco Butcher...


Author: steve sullivan - Of colorado springs, US.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 30 September 2005.

I grew up on 116 street between 95th and 101st ave. There was no other place like it. I would walk home for St. Benedict Joseph Labre and there would already be my friends in the streets playing skully/stick ball/ or Johnny on the Pony. All street games that kids today would laugh at. Summers would consist of sitting on the stoop and chatting away w/ neighbors taking an evening stroll. Block parties were the Summers highlight! I just remember getting up early that day getting all excited to see everyone move their car off the blocks.
On regular days I remember rushing to finish dinner, just so I can go outside where me and my friends would sit on the porch and wait for the dueling ice-cream trucks to come around. The adults preffered Mr.Softy but me and my friends would wait around for Tony's Ice Cream truck. Not only was his Ice Cream more fresh and cheaper but he had a space on th back of his truck where we would hang on to and get a cheap thrill ride down the block w/o Tony ever knowing.
But once I hit my High School years in the late 80's the neighborhood started it's change. It seemed like all the people that made up my street sold thier home.
The last Block Party that I remember happening was in 1986.
I left for college in 1990 and my parents sold their home in 95. I recently visited my old home. To make a long story short I can sum up what my feelings in one short example. The beautiful stained glass window of our old house that used to cast this angelic shine in our living room is now covered w/ black iron clad bars.

I know my childhood was the last days of how it used to be, similar to those who experienced it in the early 1900's. It's a shame the kids that live there now have no idea.

Some of my memorable sites (places):

Kavon's (115 st/101 ave)
Nappoli's (117 st/ Liberty ave)
Carvels (108 st/ Atlantic ave)
Poco Poco
Odd Lott
Jahn's Ice Cream
Buster Brown


Author: Allan V - Of Albany, NY

This entry was recorded on Friday, 30 September 2005.

Hi, a follow up note since I signed the guestbook in June. I've heard from wonderful RH friends and neighbors since logging on. Thanks for this unique site. Read the book Park Lane South if you haven't already, more RH memories.
Will be seeing Marge Dempsey next weekend, Angie Ianiello this one, and my cousin Vinny Papke in December. HCJ classmates of "50-'59 please write.
Linda


Author: Linda Beyer McHugh - Of Silver Spring, MD.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 29 September 2005.

lived in Richmond Hill from age 3 to 24 (1940-1962).


Author: don grillo - Of fair oaks ranch, texas, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 28 September 2005.

I am looking for any information concerning William Schweit, a former cook for the Triangle Hafbrau. Mr. Schweit past away back in 1976. I never met the man, I he is my biological father, and in result of that matter, I was placed up for foster care in New Jersey. Please e-mail me if you have any information, photo's, etc. e-mail me at "Newfunnybones@yahoo.com". Thank you.


Author: William Henry Poole - Of Manchester, NH, Hillsborough.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 28 September 2005.

HI ALL - I LIVED ONE BLOCK SHORT OF R.H. SO I WAS A WOODHAVENITE. ALL MY CHILDREN WENT TO PS. 66, JHS 210 AND 2 WENT TO RICHMOND HILL S.S. WHILE ONE ATTENDE STUYVESANT.MOVED TO FLORIDA 13 YEARS AGO BUT PASSED BY THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD VERY RECENTLY. WENT TO SEE P.S.66 WAS AFRAID TO GET OUT OF THE CAR. IT'S SO TRUE, YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN.


Author: margie pastorelli - Of brooksville,florida

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 26 September 2005.

Marty P & Todd K: read your comments and would be interested in helping on a "reunion" for the class of '64. Turned 55 and am looking forward to retiring next year from U.S. Customs. Judy and I just celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary. Jusy is now teaching at Our Lady of Hope in Middle Village after 12 years at St. Stan's in Ozone Park. Ryan (26) just married this past July. Living and teaching on Staten Island. Patrick (22) will be graduating St. Francis College in December. Drop a line on this site or e-mail at NIS108@ AOL.com. Mike C


Author: Michael Contino - Of New York, U.S..

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 26 September 2005.

Looking for classmates that attended HCJS and graduated in 1966: Andrea Angelo, Philip Antignani, Linda Bond, Susan Burke, Colleen Connors, Ann Coulter, Linda Curley, Annette D'Ambrosio, Marie DeRiso, Maura Finnegan, Paul Finneran, Bernadette Fitzpatrick, Georgette Gallahue, Carol Hess, Raymond Mayr, Robert Melendez, Patricia Miller, Linda Mortimer, Lynn Nassauer, John Ohle, Linda Parrino, Kathleen Prunty, Donald Rainone, Vincent Schellhorn, Joyce Schmitt, and Victoria Villacci.

I have located our other classmates. Please come and join our cyber-reunion.


Author: Kathryn Zabrocki Strode - Of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 26 September 2005.

hi, enjoyed my visit to your site while searching for early irish american travellers


Author: rewlyn monaghan - Of dublin, ir.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 24 September 2005.

To Frank Servidio,
This is Merry Hoell (Gary's sister). Just reading this site and came across your message. How are you? This is my email address, drop me a line.


Author: Meredith DeLorenzo - Of Bellmore, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 24 September 2005.

Dr. Rodgers - yes, that was the same Joe Chibarro - he was my best friend in grade school... great point guard... toughest guy in the class... always wondered what happened to him...


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 22 September 2005.

You mentioned a Joe Chibarro. Did he go on to become a gym teacher? I was an assistant principal at Beach ChannelHS in Rockaway Beach from 73 - 82. Our baseball coach was a Joe Chibarro who had taught at Richmond Hill HS just prior to transferring to us.
I grew up in Rich.Hill also. Lived first at 102-32 127 St from 1942 to 1945, then at 97-19 120 St from 12/45 to 12/62. Graduated from SBLJ in Jan 1955. Played for the Richmond Hill Saxons 1956-1957, graduated from Delehanty HS in June 1958.


Author: Dr. John Rodgers - Of Valley Stream, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 22 September 2005.

To: Frank Servidio - a lot more happened behind the back of that handball court... do you remember Joe Chibarro, Tommy Longworth, Franie Chibaro, Bob Ade, Andy Carra, Howie Prince, Lou Sarasy, Charlie Angelo, Arman the custodian at the park who sang opera????


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 21 September 2005.

How about going the park on atlantic Ave and 106 St playing handball all summer no mater what the weather was like , then going to Carvels on Atlantic and 108 St and geting a sm cone for 15 cents or a larger one for 25 cents I also went yo Richmond Hill High from 1958- 1962, as those who went will remmber the "Anex" what memories


Author: Frank Servidio - Of Oceanside, Long Island.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 21 September 2005.

I have fond memories of rh - after my husband (of 40 yrs.)
were married in l965, we moved from Brooklyn to our great apartment in RH -- on l27th street. not far from l0lst. ave., and both our daughters were born at the Kew Gardens Hospital and we lived in RH until l970 when we moved up to
central new york, near Lake Ontario -- RH has fond memories - I worked for the Treasury and used to walk to the subway - about l0 blocks -- and take the train into
New York -- When my children (girls) were born, I used to walk them up and down Liberty Ave., and visit some
neighbors and made friends - and also used the park
that is still there a few blocks away -

I remember fondly Angelo's restaurant -- we ate there many times -- my Husband at that time worked for the Transit Authority and on different shifts -- we attended St. Benedict Joseph Church -- we ate many dinners at Angelo's and I will never forget when my husband brought me home from the hospital after having our first baby girl (which will be 39 years ago) he ordered a nice dinner for me from Angelo's -- (only a block away I think) am glad to hear that the son is running it and hoping he keeps the website going and the heritage. I am from two sets of Italian grandparents who came over from Italy and went through Eillis Island. My Dad just past away in April - and hard to take -
my Mom is 9l and is having a hard time - she is also
in need of home care - and my brother lives down there still in Ozone Park - and he oversees her care through the three caregivers - while he works - I am the long distance caregiver and make the calls and inquiries - It is very hard for me - as I am now physically challenged - at the time - we did nto know and many still do not know - I loved walking my daughters and dressing them and made friends along the way - is the German deli still there on Liberty Ave., Richmond Hill was just visited by my husband and I on our way into ozone park queens for my Dad's wake services and funeral - and we saw the house we lived in and it has been resided - we are glad to see the block nice and neat - a bus
used to run through there too -
my daughters have seen the park and neighborhood over four eyars ago - now I am a grandmother (three darling grandsons and I love them dearly - ages 2, 3.5 and almost 5) and one daughter and her family live an hour from us and our other daughter lives over 4 hours from us and has the 3.5 yr. old boy

Richmond Hill gave us much in those five years - but we decided to find our own home and leave the city to go and educate and raise our daughters here - my Mom used to live here for three years as a child and her relatives raised there families here in God's country - we are in our home here surrounded by forests, ponds, natural beauty and live in a rural setting - only five minutes from the city - and live in the township and l mile from lake ontario for 33 years in OCtober - I will admit it was very hard leaving family in Queens when we first moved - but at the time we were able to travel and so were my parents - and they almost moved here. my grandfather (who died in l977) lived here when my Mom was three years old - he tried to eraise his five children here so that my grandmother could be near her sister (who came from Italy and the only one that came) but after three years, he went back to new york - and worked helping to build the rails - and then ended up moving to Brooklyn in l924 in ENY and bought a brownstone for his family to grow up in and -- that is where I was raised until 22 yrs of age when I married my husband - and he lived around the corner from me in brooklyn and was my brother's best friend - we went to the same elementary and jhs together -
-- then in the l960's relatives were moving to queens and in 1968 - my parents bought a home in ozone park where I live -- it was easier for us to buy a home and work nearby - it took some time - but we made it through - my husband lived up here for six weeks before I came with the children and moved and he did not have a job at the time -- but I knew he was very competent - and then he got a job with the local university - and then after seven years with the power company - he is retired now 11 years and I am on disab retirement over three years -- our grandsons enjoy playing here and visiting and we have orchards nearby and farms and as I said the city only five min. away and the university. I do miss the cultural events of New York but, when raising our children, we became very active in the community - and both daughters are well know throughout the community and went through the whole school system here and graduated college here the same year -- and that is where I worked for over 24 years. Hope to hear more history about rh


Author: Vivian Golding - Of Oswego, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 21 September 2005.

its a pleasure reading your site with all the memories people had while living there. Today, unfortunately Richmond Hill, Queens is being destroyed by real estate and contractory, who are buying 1 family homes and building 3 and 4, two and 3 family homes. Normally there is about 30-50 people on block, with new construction, for instance with 4 three family, 4 persons per apt, equals 48 people with cars, vans, construction vans; its ashamed that these permits are being given. Once residental, now richmond is like a commercial area who can we look for help to stop these constructions
thanks
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Author: aali - Of Richmond Hill, NY 11419.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 20 September 2005.

It was so nice to reminise & see so many familiar names - Robert Rainis, Colleen & Patty Dougherty, Diane Scaturo.

My family lived on 93rd Ave between 112th & 113th Streets from 1951 until 1993. I graduated from HCJ in 1966, Our Lady of Wisdom in 1970. Married Charlie Pettit (RHHS 1965) in 1979. We were the last to leave the old neigborhood about a year ago. My mom is in a nursing home on LI.
Thanks for the memories!


Author: Margaret Schuh Pettit - Of Princeton Junction , USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 20 September 2005.

Loved all of the notes. All much younger than I am. I graduated from RHHS 1942. I lived on 95th Ave. between 129th & 130th Street. Before that I lived on 88th Ave. off 102nd Street. When I lived on 95th Ave. Jack (Chicky) Casidy lived on the corner of 95th Ave. & 130th St. (He was the actor). I have lost touch with everyone from that area.


Author: Edna L'Eplattenier (Willis) - Of Rindge, NH, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 19 September 2005.

Marty- If you are planning to visit Hilton Head again please let me know. Would enjoy seeing you again and meeting your family. Hilton Head has grown quite a bit since 1990.

When my children were younger we used to hit Bush Gardens in Williamsburg on our way to vacation in the Outer Banks of NC. We still vist the Outer Banks at least once a year.

Liz Mentel... now that brings back memories. Wonder if you mentioned to your wife your courting of Nancy R? I actually ran into Liz when I was taking a Graduate course. She was married and was getting her Master's in Physical Therapy. That was back in 1975-76. Never ran into her again.

I did touch base with Sister Maura Joseph our 7th grade teacher. Her name now is Sister Helen Clancy and she is the Administrator for the Nursing Care Facility for the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Brentwood.

Regards- Todd Peter Kristian SBJL 64


Author: Todd Peter Kristian - Of Hilton Head Island, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 19 September 2005.

HI MARTY, THANKS FOR THE REPLY, YES I DID LIVE IN THE RUBINO'S HOUSE WITH MY MOM. IT WOULD BE GREAT IF THERE WAS ANY WAY YOU CAN CONTACT YOUR BROTHER, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HEAR FROM HIM ALSO ,WE SPENT ALOT OF TIME TOGETHER HANGING OUT,PLAYING SPORTS AND GOING TO SCHOOL .THANKS PAT


Author: PAT S. - Of palm bay, u.s.a..

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 19 September 2005.

TODD,
THANKS FOR THE QUICK RESPONSE. I WAS IN HILTON HEAD FOR A PRUDENTIAL CONVENTION BACK AROUND 1990. THEN AS THE BOYS GREW WE WENT TO AMUSEMENT PARKS [DISNEY, BUSCH GARDENS,HERSHEY PARK ETC.]THE NEXT 15 YEARS. I AM READY TO REVISIT HILTON HEAD. MAYBE WE CAN 'HOOK UP'.YOU DIDN'T MENTION IF YOU TOLD YOUR WIFE ABOUT YOUR CRUSH ON LIZ MANTEL.
REGARDS, MARTY


Author: MARTY PESHLER - Of HAUPPAUGE,NY

This entry was recorded on Monday, 19 September 2005.

Maybe somebody can fill in the blanks about this...

a good friend of mine lived on 109th Street between Atlantic Ave and 95th Ave. - The building on the southeast corner of Atlantic and 109th used to be a bar and grill that I never saw opened. The story told locally was the owner and his wife lived there and, one night in the 50's she died... he closed the bar the night of her wake and left it the way it was... we used to peak in the dirty windows and you could still see the dirty beer glasses sitting on the bar... I went back there a few years ago and it was finally gone, but did I dream all this? Can anyone tell the whole story of this bar and grill and write it down for posterity's sake?


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 September 2005.

I love this site. Grew up on 102nd St. near the Park. Loved playing stickball and punch ball in PS66. Graduated from Holy Child in 1958. Loved the little store on 102nd owned by John and Peg Ortman. It was a great childhood. We played all day without worrying about anybody bothering us. My cousin John Devine and I would take the train to Ebbets Field, change at Eastern Parkway and travel by ourselves when we were 9. That would never happen today.

I made a lot of friends and still stay in touch with them today. Thanks for the memories. It was a great time that I will always remember. I met my wife Carol Ann Price in Richmond Hill and we have been married 35 years. That's a record for California!!

Brian McNerney


Author: Brian McNerney - Of Sam Dimas. Ca., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 September 2005.

Remember Joe the Icecream man in Richmond Hill. I heard he is still selling ice cream. I can see him now reaching one of his arms deep into his truck for a chocolate eclair, creamsicle, toasted almond pop or a marino's Italian ice.
And what about Chief?... Bobby Cavanaugh the guy who followed firetrucks?
Anyone out there remember John Ortman's Deli on 102 street by PS 66 schoolyard?


Author: jb, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 September 2005.

Marty- Good to hear from you as well! Your right about my mother. She had her hands full raising me! My father lives in upper Westchester county. Still plays golf at 83 just about every day that weather will permit.

By some twist od fate I got into the Community Association Management business. I manage an association on Hilton Head Island. It keeps me fairly busy. My son is marriewd and lives in the mountains of northern California. One of my daughtes lives in Montgomery County MD. She and her husband are expecting their first child in December. My yougest daughter just move to Seattle, WA.

We did have some great times.

Yes I would come to a reunion. My home email address should be at the bottom of this note if you want to contact me directly.

Best Regards. Todd Peter Kristian


Author: Todd Peter Kristian - Of Hilton Head Island, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 September 2005.

TODD, [OR TODD PETER AS YOUR MOTHER WOULD CALL WHEN SHE WAS ANGRY],
IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU. WHEN I THINK OF SBJL I OFTEN THINK OF YOU AND THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD. I HAVE TWO SONS. DAVID IS A JR. AT JAMES MADISON UNIV. AND JAMES IS A JR. AT SMITHTOWN H.S. I STILL PLAY A 'LITTLE' BALL WHEN I CAN BUT MOSTLY PLAY TENNIS WITH JAMES. I USED TO COACH THE BOYS WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG. I AM STILL AT PRUDENTIAL AND TEACH DEFENSIVE DRIVING ON THE WEEKENDS. IF BOB HOFFMAN AND I 'PUT TOGETHER' ANOTHER REUNION WOULD YOU COME? I STAY IN TOUCH WITH BILL BRYCE WHO IS COMING TO NY IN OCT.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.
REGARDS,
MARTY PESH


Author: MARTY PESHLER - Of HAUPPAUGE,NY

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 September 2005.

Marty P- Glad to hear you are well and living on Long Island. We had some great times at SBJL. My wife and I moved from Maryland in 2000 to Hilton Head. Our three children have left the nest and are scattered across the country. Two are married. We have our first grandchild on the way.

Could never forget Sister James Stephanie!

Regards- (Todd) Peter Kristian SBJL class of '64


Author: Todd Peter Kristian - Of Hilton Head Island, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 17 September 2005.

TO PAT OF RICHMOND HILL OF PALM BAY,
YES I DO HAVE AN OLDER BROTHER ALLEN WHO NOW LIVES UP IN BOSTON WITH HIS WIFE AND TWO SONS. ONE JUST GRADUATED SACRED HEART COLLEGE AND THE OTHER SON IS NOW A SOPHMORE AT THE SAME SCHOOL.
DID YOU LIVE IN THE RUBINO HOUSE NEXT TO THE MUSTOS'?


Author: MARTY PESHLER - Of HAUPPAUGE,NY

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 17 September 2005.

JOHN RODGERS. HAPPENED TO COME ACROSS YOUR COMMENTS. TRIED TO CONTACT YOU FROM THE EMAIL LISTED UNDER YOUR NAME. I LIVE AROUND THE CORNER FROM YOU ON 121 STREET BETWEEN 95 AND 97 AVE. YOU MENTIONED NAMES OF PEOPLE I ALSO HUNG OUT WITH , THE CANDY STORE WHICH YOU MENTIONED AT 101ST AVE WHICH THEN BECAME MADDIE'S AND TOMS AFTER THE SCHAFFERS. MORE THEN LIKELY WE HUNG OUT TOGETHER. DROP ME A LINE WHEN YOU CAN . PAT


Author: PAT FROM RICHMOND HILL - Of PALM BAY, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 17 September 2005.

TO MARTY PESHLER,
I ALSO LIVED ON 116TH STREET . DO YOU HAVE A BROTHER NAMED ALAN ? IF SO I GREW UP WITH HIM AND PLAYED BALL AND JUST PLAIN HUNG OUT TOGETHER.I LOST TOUCH WITH HIM WHEN HE WENT INTO THE ARMY. WOULD LOVE TO GET SOME INFO ABOUT HIM. KEEP IN TOUCH . PAT


Author: PAT FROM RICHMOND HILL - Of PALM BAY, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 17 September 2005.

Yes his name WAS Mike. He also sold locks, decals, streamers, tube repair kits, etc. Remember lighting the glue on the patch to help quickly dry it and have it stick?? If you rememer Mike's you would also remember Robert's toy store. I think he had a black thin mustache. Remember Wessling's..school supply shopping was fun there...and I bet you bought your 1st pair of Cons at Manor Sports. The China Inn with those little red, green, black and white tiles. Bohacks had only 4 isles....Villa Grande Pizza with 45 cents meatball heroes...they were the best..I think Mama used lots of eggs in her meatballs.
Scheweeties egg slad and choices of ice cream, floats, and drinks. Rubies Fun House in Woodhaven was a little store with masks displayed in window on right, lots of gags inside and a small lunch counter. Now it's an international company. Lots of great memories...And Harry Kahn's with those huge pumpernickel sandwiches....
Someone out there must produce a movie about our wonderful town -- Richmond Hill. hard working people and great childhood memories will make the movie a great one!


Author: PB - Of Long Island, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 September 2005.

John Mackin Ade:

I think the bike man's name was Mike.


Author: Jack Shea - Of Mamaroneck, NY

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 September 2005.

Sam O,
re: Silver Dollar:
Actually, the Silver Dollar lasted until about 1959 when Gus, I believe sold the business to my mther and stepfather, Carole and Frank Esposito. It became the C&F Bar and Grill until early 1963. it was after that time when it became Al's Stereo. I dropped in on that place in 1980, it still had the tile celing and the big crack in the tile floor. I then popped in on Charlie Winther to say hello, and that was the last I saw of him. The bar is a West Indian place, and Winther's is now a deli, at least that how it was when I visited the neighborhood in 2000. I was glad to see that the Greenwood Bakery was still there, now under ownership of West Indians, and they still had a lot of what was sold in the 50's, including the black and white cookies.
Jonn


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 September 2005.

LIVED ON 116ST WITH AL MUSTO, BILL KANE WHO I STILL SEE REGULARLY. GRADUATED SBJL 1964. ENJOYED PLAYING SPORTS 7 DAYS A WEEK. WAS TOLD OF THIS SITE BY TOM DEMARTINO. MISS 'MICKEYS' WHERE ANTON SHIPMAN AND I HUNG OUT. PLAYED A LOT OF 'BALL' AT SOUTH QUEENS BOYS CLUB. RICHMOND HILL WAS A GREAT PLACE TO GROW UP.


Author: MARTY PESHLER - Of HAUPPAUGE

This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 September 2005.

Grew up in Richmond Hill from 1956 - 1968 and have great memories. Thanks for your website in sharing all the great history!


Author: Dean Paganelli - Of Chapel Hill, NC, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 September 2005.

I was seeking information on carousels in America and found your website and enjoyed learning of your historic carousel in Forest Park. Keep up the great work you are doing in preserving all that is truly irreplaceable!


Author: Joseph Eggleton - Of Van Nuys, CA

This entry was recorded on Friday, 16 September 2005.

To BARBARA WINTHER GINEXI (whose dad owned Winthers ice cream parlor/luncheonette. was his first name al?).
I remember Winther's very well. I lived on 103rd ave. 'tween 109 & 110 Sts. from 11 years old in 1955 till my early twenties. i remember drinking "Lime Rickeys" and fresh squeezed lemonade; we'd sit in the booths and drink as slow as we could so we could "hang out". And the store made ice cream (first time i ever had the real stuff) at Winthers . From your dad's place I graduated to the silver dollar bar and grill right across the street where "Izzy" was the bartender (owner?). He was a sweet old guy who died soon afterwards. His grandson ran the bar for a short while. The silver dollar became Al's stereo bar when Al bought it and was looking for a modern gimmick. I believe Al was a mechanical engineer but wanted to run his own business. Carls ice cream parlor was across the avenue and one block west. Carl's gig was making his own ice cream sandwiches on waffles. My parents occasionally sent me to carls to buy those sandwiches; there used to be what passed for a gang in those days hanging out (there's that phrase again) in the booths at Carls. I was born in ozone park and lived on 76th street just north of 101 ave. Went to PS 64 till i moved at the beginning of the 6th grade. Spent the rest of the sixth grade at ps 108. 7th and 9th grades at jhs 214. 10th, 11th, 12th grades and graduation from brooklyn tech in june of '61. Enough for now. Thanks for sparking some happy memories.


Author: sam o. - Of long island

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 15 September 2005.

I was looking for the website for SBJL school and found this wonderful website. Hi Claire, Regina and Mark! I attended SBJL the whole 8 years and moved away in my freshman year of Richmond Hill High. Looking back on my childhood I had alot of great friends and memories. This website brought back so many memories that had been lost for years. I remember hanging at Smokey Park, the gym, shopping for chino's, converse {everycolor}, marshmellow shoes, tube tops, etc... Going to Liberty Ave on Sat to eat pizza and zepoli's listening to the jukebox. Our parents never had to worry if someone was going to hurt or take us. The only worry they had was probably if there were boys going to be around and that was innocent too. My favorite teacher was also Mr. Harnishfeger and I kept in touch writing with him til 1979. I sure would love to have a reunion with the others from the graduating class of SBJL 1976. I'm so sorry I couldn't make it to our 20th. Good people, excellent memories.


Author: Maryanne Gordon Harward - Of Charleston

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 15 September 2005.

Bob Koenig - do you remember the guy on 102nd Street that used to fix bicycles out of the basement of his house?

I was born on 95th street just off of Atlantic... my yard backed up to "the other side" of the old LIRR tracks


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 15 September 2005.

I lived at 92-18 102nd St just off Atlantic Av. Went to PS 66, PS 90, the Annex and graduated RHHS in 1954. Married the former Orene Hanon and just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Would love to hear from any one who remembers us. Can remember commuting to my first job in Manhattan using the Jamaica Av EL. Richmond Hill was a great place to live for my first 18 years.


Author: Bob Koenig - Of Dunnellon, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 14 September 2005.

What a nice surprize to find this site. I lived in Kew Gardens at the Stevens House in 1964 to 1965. I was a Pan American Stewardess living with my teenage sister. We walk to Salerno's restaurant to eat always because neither one of us knew how to cook. Joe Salerno and his sisters were always so friendly and it felt good because being home sick at least we felt we were eating with family. I often think of both of them and wonder if they are still going to the restaurant even if they are retired today and the young Salernos are now managing the family business. I remember Joe lived upstairs and he would invite my sister and I to listen to opera. My grandmother was Corsican and we always had opera playing in the house all day long. That was another nice gesture that we remember from Joe Salerno. Blessings to both of them. Joe had a Thunderbird and often pass by our street on his way to his daily business, when he saw us walking to the restaurant he would offer a ride. In those days business owners in the neighborhood really got to know their patrons and it was like family. Times were more relaxed and people took time to meet who they did business with. Richmond Hills, Kew Gardens and Forest Hills as I remember was quaint, full of older European immigrants that were just wonderful to talk to them and listen to their stories, both happy and sad. Quite often they mistook us for Israeli, but they were just as friendly when I told them we were not. I am planning a trip to the area to retrace my life as a young lady living in such a beautiful place. I used the Q-10 to go to JFK when the weather was good, the rest of the time several residents of the Stevens House used the services of a College student who choffered us in his spared time to earned money for books and tuition.
Lets not forget the friendly yellow cab. Yes it is time for me to pay a visit for a last time to that period in my life.
Nothing stays the same so I am ancious to revisit the area with my sister who lives today in Astoria. Thank you for keeping this wonderful site.


Author: Carmen Caballero - Of Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 14 September 2005.

Thanks to the Richmond Hill Historical Society for this website and for keeping the history of Richmond Hill alive.
My family lived on 110th Street near 85th Ave / Myrtle Ave, and grandparents lived on Hillside Ave. near 122nd St. We played in Forest Park - ice skating, sledding, bicycling - and had many friends from St. John's Lutheran Church on 114th Street. We attended P.S.90 and remember the teachers - Mrs. Farrant, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Zimler. I attended JHS 119 in Glendale, and then RHHS - so many memorable teachers and classmates - I wish the best to you all, and to all the neighbors on 110th Street. Most of the family moved to Long Island in the 1970's.


Author: Gloria (Krumsiek) Albanese - Of Jamesville, NY

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 13 September 2005.

I had Mrs.Glennon in 1st grade that was in 1966, My father also had her as a teacher at St. Benny's and he is now 68 years old.


Author: Debbie Dooley - Of Levittown, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 13 September 2005.

EVERYONE! DO NOT FORGET! This saturday (Sept. 17th at 2 pm... raindate of Sept. 18) at Maple Grove Cemetery, the Richmond Hill Historical Society will be presenting Spirits Alive! A living tribute to residents of Maple Grove Cemetery that have been forgotten, created with costumed actors interacting at the gravesites. There are roughly 30 actors scattered throughout the older section, and it is a wonderful historical experience. Entry is only $5.00 and children under 12 are free. Call 718-847-7878 for more info. Hope to see you there!


Author: nancy cataldi - Of richmond hill historical society, America.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 13 September 2005.

Very nice site. Long time Richmond Hill resident. Anyone remember John's Candy Store (mid-60's) with the juke box located on 101st Ave. between 114th and 115th Streets next to Kavon's? Rosen's drug store was across the street and the side of a building around the corner was the handball court. There was a bagel factory across the street. They were the best bagels and only 7 cents. I also remember a singing group called "The Duquenes" who sang songs like "Stormy Weather" on the corner.


Author: April

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 11 September 2005.

LIVED AT 89-37 97 ST WOODHAVEN. GRADUATED FROM RHHS IN 1972. MANY FOND MEMORIES. ALSO ATTENDED PS66, AND JHS210 THE FIRST YEAR IT OPENED.


Author: JOHN SIVEWRIGHT

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 10 September 2005.

love this site...


Author: Harriet Chambers - Of Norfok Va, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 8 September 2005.

we lived at 94-31 116 street before i was born in May 1943 until April 1951. I remember neighbors across the street: the Francis family: Mother was Wilhemina, sons Albert, Henry, Charles, Daughter was Dottie. The Charles Edwards family lived next door to them: their oldest son, Donald, and daughter, Mary, went to St. Joseph Labre School. Up the street were the Beigle family. And a Mrs. Whiteycamp. Down the street was the Bartholemew family and the George Delehanty family: kids were Francis, Ellen, Malachy. Anyone who knows where the above individuals are, please contact me. I would so like to hear from them again.


Author: Gail Metz Silkett

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 5 September 2005.

Lived in Richmond Hiil between l960 - l977. Went to RHHS. Enjoyed the website and trip down memory lane. If anyone remembers me would love to hear from you. Thanks.


Author: Janice

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 3 September 2005.

lived in richmond hill 1954-1977. olph 1960-1968. howard beach 1977-1986...


Author: jim scantlebury - Of columbia, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 3 September 2005.

I AM SEARCHING FOR MY ANSCESTOR JUAN NED KELLY. HE WAS A MANX SETTLER IN LONG ISLAND.


Author: TIK CHESTERS - Of RAMSEY, ISLE OF MAN.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 1 September 2005.

I lived at 108-20 Jamacia Ave. over Carter's Real Estate Office. Attended P.S. 90, and RHHS. Married my High School sweetheart Maureen A. MOTT, AKA's Iodine and Moe. She lived at 95-38 115St. Married for thirty four years. Loved living under the shadow of the Jamacia Ave. Elevator train. You only noticed it when you were on the phone or watching T.V. it was so loud. During the winter the snow would cause sparks and embers to land on my second floor bedroom window sill. Joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1967 and was stationed at Flyod Bennett Field, spent four years there and realized I still had not seen the world. So I stayed in for twenty years trying to see the world. Having seen a lot sine then but still remember the simpler times and wonderful people. I alway say Richmond Hill, Queens, New York, is a great place to be from. So to all that recall Bob & Moe please drop us a line.


Author: Bob Lowry - Of San Diego, San Diego.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 30 August 2005.

Hi Karyn Hollenback!! I sure do remember you too! Great to see some other SBJLer's/Richmond Hillites also miss the old neighborhood as much as I do! I check this site every month or so when I feel a little solemn and want to relive my youth. GREAT site guys!! keep up the good work!!


Author: Bill Wacker

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 28 August 2005.

Hi Dianne
I lived on 111 street from 1945 to 1955. Names I recall were Gilbert, Hamm, Hanrahan, Morris. Respond re my email address.
Thanks


Author: Bob Rademacher - Of Smithville, New Jersey.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 27 August 2005.

I lived on the corner of 129th St. and 95th Ave. The house was owned by Ted and Janet Brimlow. Next door, the last name was Coffee. Some of the kids we played with I can only remember first names. There were 3 brothers, Mark, Brian and Sean on 95th Ave. Down the St. lived Dennis and Alice Dorn. Alice was my best friend along with Joanne Oliveri. There were a brother and sister named Annette and Anthony and the last name Corso comes to mind but I could be wrong. This was around 40 yrs ago, so it's hard to remember names exactly. Hopefully, one of them will read this and remember me!


Author: Diane Galliano - Of Waynesboro, Pa, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 27 August 2005.

BOB RADEMACHER,I LIVED ON THE CORNER HOUSE NEXT TO THE GAS STATION ON 111 ST. IT WAS BETWEEN 101 AVE.AND 103 AVE. I LIVED THERE IN THE 50"S. THANKS FOR REPLYING.


Author: DIANNE ANTONINO - Of BLOUNTVILLE, TENN..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 27 August 2005.

I was born in Richmond Hill in 1990 and still live here with my parents near 89th Ave. I really enjoyed visiting the history of Richmond Hill. Thanks


Author: Yasmine Ramírez

This entry was recorded on Friday, 26 August 2005.

Dianne McDonald
read your message. We lived at 101-20 111th st. Drop a line to this email address.


Author: Bob Rademacher - Of Smithville, new jersey.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 August 2005.

Many of us who live or lived in Richmond Hill may have been treated by Dr. LoCurto. He served Richmond Hill from his office on Jamaica Ave. between 110th and 111th streets for about 50 years He did this tirelessly well into his senior years until his passing earlier this year.


Author: John Saladino - Of Wantagh, Long Island.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 August 2005.

"The Flamingo Kid" was the film that escaped my mind.


Author: former resident 70's - 80's

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 23 August 2005.

I teach the children of this community and work with community members and former community members. I admire the love they have for their community and the active role parents take for the children in it.


Author: Hilda Delgado - Of Ozone Park, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 22 August 2005.

I grew up on 110th Street between Atlantic and Jamaica Aves. Reading these great comments brings back some wonderful memories. Especially the stores! We always had to go up to the "avenue" to buy something. There was DiPalma's Butcher shop where we would sit on the stools while Mr. DiPalma, in his fedora hat, would chop up our chuck beef. He would always give us a slice of baloney to munch on while we waited! Then there was Jerry's clothing store on the corner of 110th Street. How 'bout those delivery boys for the A&P. There were so many little shops--- there was one store with everything in it--- including the cat clock with the moving tail. Friend Paint with the earth painted on the floor. Al's Candy that later became Marie's. There's nothing like it!!!


Author: Teresa - Of Erie, CO

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 21 August 2005.

The movie "Vigilante" was filmed around the corner from RHHS. It starred Fred "THE HAMMER" Williamson, former NFL star for the K.C.Chiefs. I thought the Lords of flatbush was filmed in Brooklyn??? The biggest rip-off was the film "In and Out". Debbie Reynolds and friends were too busy to leave their trailers while filming in the neighborhood. When they got to Pompton(?) New Jersey they had a big meet and greet for the faculty and students of the school they filmed at. The diversity must have made them nervous.


Author: Chris - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 20 August 2005.

Does anyone remember my mother, Kathryn Burns (or Kelly, she was Burns by adoption)? She graduated either in 1941 or 1942. She was very active in the opera club (I still have a recording she did at Richmond Hill. She claimed to have been valedictorian. If you remember her, please contact me by e-mail. Once I know the year she graduated I will attempt to find her in the year book.


Author: Martin Galle - Of Emerson, New Jersey, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 19 August 2005.

I turn 50 this year... I'm sure many of the Richmond Hill baby-boomers have very fond memories of growing up in such a wonderful town. It was NYC, yet, so far from it with Forest Park and the friendly slower-paced activity of the neighborhood. I recently took my son back to visit my old schools and stomping grounds...PS 66, RHHS, Victory Field, the Carousel, and Jamaica Ave. While many of the stores are now changed over it was like I never left. We even played stickball and went to Jahn's. I encourage all those who have moved out of RH to return with their kids. It was nice reliving old memories and understanding that Life has moved on, but, a Big part of who we are today was determined by our experiences and happy times growing up in Richmond Hill.


Author: Pat - Of Long Island, NY

This entry was recorded on Friday, 19 August 2005.

Saw the "hollywood page" and recalled the following films being shot in the area. "The Lords of Flatbush", "Death Wish - #" (forgot the number--- recall it shot around the corner from RHHS) and one other--- about a cabana boy who forgoes admission to Pratt Institute and instead plays cards on the beach. Perhaps someone will recall. In any event I remember for the first and last that it seemed as if time warped back to the 50's and for the second on the list I recall a complete makeover of the house. Perhaps someone else remembers this.


Author: resident 70 - 80's - Of sf ca, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 19 August 2005.

I just happened to stumble upon this website this is great, I grew up in Ozone Park my parents just moved to PA after living on 106th Street, between 101ave and 103 ave for 35 years it was so sad to see them go but are much happier now. The neighborhood has really changed but I have alot of great memories growing up on that block, the block was mostly kids and we all played all the time not like that anymore. Remember the bow bow especially the game room, pizza city had great pizza. I live in middle village now but have great memories of ozone park, richmond hill.


Author: Karen - Of Middle Village, New York.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 18 August 2005.

HELLO I'M LOOKING FOR PEOPLE THAT HAVE EATEN AT ANGELO'S RESTAURANT ON 124 ST AND 101 AVE. THE RESTAURANT WAS IN BUSINESS FROM THE EARLY 1950'S TO THE EARLY 1980'S. WE HAD A VERY LARGE LOCAL CLIENT BASE, ANYONE WITH A STORY OR COMMENT FOR A FAMILY WEBPAGE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED, THANK YOU. ANGELO'S SON JOE


Author: joe angelo son - Of richmond hill ny, queens.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 16 August 2005.

I, WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER RH, I HAVE A BROTHER, DAVE, A SISTER HELEN, A SISTER SUSAN AND ANOTHER BROTHER MICHAEL. WE LIVED AT 106-08 97th Ave. WE ALSO LIVED AT 101-12 111 ST. I WENT TO GOH, AND BISHOP MCDONNELL. GREAT PLACE TO LIVE.


Author: DIANNE MCDONALD ANTONINO - Of BLOUNTVILLE, TENNESSEE.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 15 August 2005.

does anyone remember when walking down myrtle ave. was an adventure in style? polas hat shop, the ridgewood theater?? men suits 18 dollars 9 with two pairs of pants, kalotte (spelling?) for ice cream sodas for 10cents and the meat markets and the pork markets? menningers bakery? the wishing well tea room?... I do


Author: helen beckendorf - Of new london, ct., usa.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 14 August 2005.

I grew up at 85-22 109th Street. My family lived at this address from 1949 to 1985. My father was active in the community and the church. I have many memories of this lovely neighborhood.I can still remember the names of most of the residents during that period. I have some photo's of the home.


Author: Diane Scaturro Lavan - Of Rockville Centre, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 10 August 2005.

Joe Walc
Do you remember my father Al Hoffman from the fire house. We lived across Atlantic Ave on 121 St. My father was a Captain in the volunteers. I seem to remember your name.
My e mail is nyhoffmans@yahoo.com


Author: Al Hoffman - Of Franklin Square, Long Island.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 8 August 2005.

i love this site... i am from an earlier time but most of the memories are similar...


Author: Harriet Chambers - Of Norfolk, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 7 August 2005.

My parents moved from the Bushwick/Ridgewood section of Brooklyn in the early 60's. They had six boys and three girls who grew up in an attached home at 94-16 124th ST. just down the block from the old casket co. that was used by a commercial printer when we moved there. My father's name was Joseph and my mother's name was Barbara both of my parents are deceased. The rest of the family in age order was Barbara, myself Joseph Jr., Gloria, James, Michael, Thomas, Robert, Charlie and Susan. I attended SBJL graduated in 1965 and went on to Bishop Loughlin HS. During the summer I was working at SBJL assisting the custodian, Joseph Welsch cleaning, some painting, and getting the classrooms and hallways ready for the next school year. Later on I worked on the Weekends at the church setting up for masses and weddings. Hung around with Ed Wallace who lived on 95th or 97th Street. Ray Burbage on 127th and 101st Avenue, Terry Nelson who lived on 123rd Street between 95th and 97th Avenues. Attended school with Mike Willet who lost his older brother in VietNam. Some one mentioned the Sanitarium on the corner of 121st Street and 95th Avenue. The Canning's lived in that home and Mr. and Mrs. Canning had 13 children (if my memory is correct). I went to school with Tony Canning. My second home was Engine 270's (now squad 270) on 121st Street just north of Atlantic Avenue. I was also a member of the Fire Auxiliary Corps and rode with the engine. Does anyone remember the LIRR Morris Park Shop whistle. It would blow at 7:45 am, 8:00 am, 11:30 am 12 noon, 12:45 pm, 1:00 pm. 3:45 pm, 4:00 pm, 11:45 pm and 12 midnight. My parents used this as our wakeup, breakfast. And the 12:45 pm was the off to school signal. As I grew up and was allowed to stay out late in the summer the 11:45 pm whistle was our call to home for bed. Our panents always took us out to Jahn's, Karps or Winters for some ice cream. Who could forget Carlos or Tommy's pizza. They were fun days and not stressed like our lives in NYC are today. Anyone remember the "banana factory" on 89th Ave. and 121st St. It wasn't a factory but a banana storage plant. The banana's would arrive from the LIRR boxcars and this place would package them up for shipment by truck to supermarkets etc. A lot of kids used to stop off and get a free banana by just climbing the loading dock stairs and looking inside. A worker would grab a banana give it to us and tell us to get lost. Would like to hear from others who graduated SBJL in 1965.


Author: Joe Walc - Of Forest Hills, NY, US.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 7 August 2005.

I would like to thank the the mother's, father's , aunt's, unlce's for all their hard work, time and effort. I played for Lynvet Jets years ago. It was one of the most powerful in my life at time, which helped me become a sound person. Thank You Lynvet, and Thank You Mike K. Stan Williams.


Author: Kitch Hamilton (Keith) - Of Ft.Myers, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 6 August 2005.

Born and raised in South Ozone Park. Attended PS 100 from 1948-54, from there PS 121, John Adams HS, then on and on. We lived on 111th Ave. between Lefferts Blvd. and 120th ST. My sister's name is Barbara, my brother's Arnold. Dave's candy store was right around the corner from where we lived and and never a day goes by without thinking about the place, the people, the laughs and some tears. Some of my friends were Dave Stillman, John Broncato, Marty Novell the O'Mara brothers (Timmy & Terry) Harold Kuck, Raymond Ronni just to name a few. The bus rides (Q10) through Richmond Hill was always enjoyable with twists and turns through tree lined streets as were rides to Jamaica on the Q10. In the early 50s-60s the Green Bus Line had greatest drivers and the noisiest buses, it always felt that they would disintergrate at any given time, but who cared, it was enjoyable entertainment for a dime. Anyone remember me?


Author: Robert Hauser, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 6 August 2005.

I landed on your website while searching for information on Victorian Home restoration. Just thought I'd register my visit in your guestbook. Enjoyed my visit and information on your Victorian Homes!


Author: suzette rafferty - Of Portland, ME, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 5 August 2005.

i am the only true cowboy in richmond hill and am proud of that fact. and i am the only person of native american decent still representing the disenfrantized cherokee nation and am proud of that fact also. and i am proud to be a richmond hillite


Author: michael davis - Of richmond hill, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 4 August 2005.

GREW UP ON 135TH ST AND 109TH AVE. I WENT TO PS 121 AND JOHN ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL. MY MAIDEN NAME IS CAROL CABLE. LEFT NY IN 1961 TO MOVE TO NJ. THIS IS A GREAT SITE. ENJOYED READING ABOUT THE GOOD OLD DAYS.


Author: CAROL PENNA FKA CABLE - Of WHITING, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

i have now heard from 2 old friends from the neighborhood thanks to this website, what a great way to spend some stressfree time looking back to the "good ol days". anybody know anything about John Amatuccio from 103rd st and liberty ave my old queensbourough cc buddy


Author: robert beninati - Of tampa, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

In 1983 I was a student at a local high school and worked part time for the Brooklyn Union Gas Co. I worked in these very streets in QUEENS, NY. I attened P.S- 121 FROM 1973-75...IT WAS A VERY GOOD TIME FOR ME.


Author: RONALD BALDWIN - Of CHARLOTTE, UNITED STATES.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

I lived in "The Hill" from 1951-1970. I am in touch with a few friends fom the neighborhood. I try to visit when I can from California. Married w/2 girls. email me at stevedallis@yahoo.com


Author: Steve Dallis - Of North Hills, Calif., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

As a history buff, I really enjoyed your website & information. Thanks


Author: Beth - Of Liberty, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

I love Richmond Hill and I went on self tour last weekend. I wish I had seen this site before... it's great.
I forgot to mention... I grew up in Ridgewood and going to Jahn's and/or Van Wyck Lanes was a big treat!


Author: Michael - Of Bronx, NYC, N.Y., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 2 August 2005.

Hey James Grimaldi... I got my first haircut and "shave" at Ralph's Barber Shop on 101st Avenue and 130th Street. Was that your uncle??? Wow... I lived on 132nd Street and 101st Avenue. As a kid Ralph gave me a haircut and then a fake shave just for the fun of it. I remember him well.


Author: Richard Oszust - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 2 August 2005.

I had a great childhood in Richmond Hill. The ice cream at Jahn's, to playing with so many kids on my block. Today... the ice cream is now ices and now kids are having playdates. Those were great times... how things change!


Author: Jennifer - Of long island, usa.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 2 August 2005.

MR. BENNETT,
IN REFERENCE TO PLAYING B.B. AT 108TH ST. IN ROCKAWAY. I USED TO PLAY THERE TO. AFTER HANGING OUT AT MCGUIRE'S BAR, I GOT TO KNOW THE FAMILY. TO MY AMAZEMENT, DICK NEEDED A THIRD ON THE COURTS ONE DAY AND PICKED ME. ASK ME IF I WAS NERVOUS? AS TIME WENT ON, I USED TI BUMP INTO AL AT THE NYAC AND WE WOULD CHAT. I HAVE SEEN DICK ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS AT PARTIES FOR A MUTUAL FRIEND. WHEN I STOP TO THINK OF IT, THEIR MOTHER WAS MORE OF A FRIEND THAN "HER BOYS". AS I TYPE THIS, I THINK I KNOW YOU FROM B.B. AND TH BAR SCENE AND MAYBE, EVEN MEETING YOU IN THE CITY WHILE AT WORK.
ED GONZALEZ


Author: ED GONZALEZ - Of KEW GARDENS, N.Y.,USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 1 August 2005.

I stumbled across this website while searching for information on musician Dave Van Ronk, who was a tenant in our house on 111th street in the 50's. What a treasure trove of memories. I remember crossing Jamaica Avenue to go to the egg store by going up and over the el station because it was considered too dangerous for a young child to cross the busy street. I haven't lived in Richmond Hill for almost 30 years, but I still think of it as home. Any 1964 RHHS graduates out there?


Author: Janet Arnish Kiely - Of Centreville, VA

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 1 August 2005.

Found this site looking for information on 108th street Rocakway basketball and Dick, Al and John Mcguire. I was born in Astoria, and in the 50's I traveled often to play basketball at the 108th st. courts. By some twist of fate, I ended up in a game against the three brothers, a game that lasted about 5 minutes, and only because the McGuires were being merciful.

I am now writing an article based on that event.

Keep up the good work.


Author: Neil Bennett

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 1 August 2005.

I can't believe I found this website! Woo Hoo!! I found it by looking up my old school which was St. Teresa of Avila in South Ozone Park. I lived in Richmond Hill on 95th Ave. and 129th St. Those were the best times of my life. We played in the streets all the time and it was safe back then. No gangs, no crime, no drugs. Just clean fun. I was a regular tomboy back then. We played outside because we loved it and never ran out of thing to do, we only ran out of enough daylight to do it!!! lol Mister Softee and Bungalow Bar came everyday, we had clubs for boys and clubs for girls. We played hopscotch, double dutch, stickball, war, dodgeball, flipped baseball cards, played with tops, yo-yo's, cut out dolls, red light green light, simon says, bottle caps and the list goes on and on. I feel so sorry for the kids today. They will never know what fun we had. I think one of my little girlfriends all the time. Her name was Eileen Mahoney. She had the biggest freckles I ever saw. I wonder if she'll ever be lucky enough to find this website. I moved to Long Island in 1965, Florida in 1989, Wisconsin, Maryland and now Pennsylvania. They are all nice places to live but nothing can compare to the memories I have of Queens N.Y. Liberty Ave, Lefferts Blvd, Atlantic Ave. I'm a full blooded native New Yorker and I'm proud of it!! Thanks for this great website!


Author: Diane Galliano - Of Waynesboro, PA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 31 July 2005.

Went to p.s. 51, then 54, JHS 217, RHHS (grad 1962). My grandfather has John J. Lake & Son Hardware Store on Jamaica Ave near 114 st. Friends went to Stietz Fish Market on Fridays for french fries.


Author: Gail Usher Rosner - Of Vienna, VA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 July 2005.

RE: Rememberances of 109th Street in the 1970's
Wonderful Tree Lined Street

Wow what great memories- my mom(Johanna Kaskus) lives near me in Colorado. My brother George is in LA. She still gardens at 81. Email me if you can - would love to share more stories.
I've heard that our house at 86-32 had a fire last Christmas and is still sitting empty.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Johanna Stephenson


Author: Johanna M. Stephenson - Of Arvada, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 29 July 2005.

the reason that the black out reminded me of the tee shirt store is because he had a shirt that said " I survived 1977" and listed all the trauma from that year- son of sam, blackout, death of elvis, i forget what else.


Author: karyn ( hollenback) waladkewics - Of NJ , USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 28 July 2005.

hey, bill wacker, i remember you from SBJL-- nice to see an old familiar name-- and you definitely brought up alot of good memories ( and some bad- our kitchen caught fire during the blackout of 77 and the firefighters couldn't find us right away)
but that reminded me of the tee shirt store on liberty ave - darned if i can remember the adress- where you'd buy a blank shirt and get any iron on you wanted-a shirt worked out to about $2.50 or so- i remember he had "ozone park" but not "richmond hill" that always aggravated me!
I also remember begging my mom to let me get the Dorothy Hamill hair do at -where else?- Marco Polo! take care, karyn


Author: karyn ( hollenback) waladkewics - Of new jersey, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 28 July 2005.

Found this by accident - great site. My father was born on 117th St. and went to SBJL. My Aunt lived in the house till she died in the 80's. My uncle owned Mickey's Jerome Tavern. This is a great site.


Author: Maureen - Of Long Island, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 July 2005.

My cousin, Joe ODonnell, lived or lives in the Jamaica/ Queens area. We have not heard from him
for many years. I'm not from this area. He came to New York from Ireland when he was a young man and
worked for TWA ever since. Sometimes he would visit relatives in Ireland, London, and Queens; however,
I do not know where his (and mine) relatives are in Queens, Ireland or London. I once visited his sister's
family in Queens when the World's Fair was in town. Joe took me to his sister's house but I can't remember
her married name. A very nice family. If anyone knows this friendly Irishman, Joe, or his sister's family,
please send me an email. Joe may be or would have been in the nineth decade of his life. Thank you for
help and thank you for this web site.
Bill


Author: Bill ODONNELL, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 July 2005.

I have been intrested in history ever since I lived in Eygpt with my mum at the age of 10 and we went on brave expiditions into the dark tombs of the kings, but I have to say that this society makes history more fun than I had down in those dark tombs alone with my mum, this gives history such a bright new meaning! I hope that many generations of kids will have alot of fun learning from this Society! Keep up the good work boys and girls!!


Author: Ryan Glass - Of Bristol, Bristol.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 July 2005.

It was so much fun reading about Richmond Hill that I thought I would throw in a recollection or two. I lived on Metropolitan Avenue near Lefferts but attended RHHS between 1950 and 54, later to go to Queens College.

Richmond Hill to me was the greatest place in the world. We used to hang out Jahns, the Keiths, Marshalls (which became Salernos), the Sugar Bowl on Jamaica Avenue, the Hofbrau, etc. For us, there was the Y on Parsons, Forest Park, dare I say, the pool room on 111th street and Bob Nolte's great little ice cream parlor on Liberty. There was 116th Street and Rockaway Blvd and the pubs on 103rd street where we hung out all summer while the music rocked and had a ball. Oh those were truly the great days! To this day, I still have fond recollections of pistol pants, hot rods, Bermuda bells, drag racing, Mr. B collars, high rises, pizza parties, the Sunrise Drive-In, Commodore's swim team, the Senior Prom and the post mortems, hanging out with the stage crew, grabbing a sandwich at the German deli on Jamaica Avenue, the greasy french fries on Friday, hanging out in front of Jahns, singing doo-wop on the corner of Hillside and Myrtle, the ole' gang including Friction Stick, Rebel, The Saints, Big Ronnie B., Big Time, the girls from Mary Lewis, Ernie Pierre the Fox, Barry the wizard of the fountain and Papa Jahn....

I remember some of the funny things like how the manager in the Keith's used to shake his head and wonder how he had a full balcony yet so few paid admissions. It used to haunt him but no matter what he did, the balcony was usually full when the rest of the theatre was empty. Blame the kids who got somebody to open the upstairs doors so that they could sneak in. Then there was the time the police caught up with us when we were setting a new record for the number of kids in a turnstile. We were working on fifteen when we got stuck and the police had to separate us or we would have stayed that way for it seemed the rest of our days.
Does anyone remember Ernie falling over someone's feet who were sticking in the aisle at Jahns when he was delivering one of the first Kitchen Sinks. Sorry to say, your's truly who was more intent on what was playing on the juke box that what my feet were doing...

Oddly, none of us ever thought of crime, of calling home, of wearing a helmet. If we had a buck in our pockets, we were loaded. We could go anywhere and do anything.
They were great times to be alive and I feel sorry for the kids today who will never know what it means to get on the subway at 300 and go to the City to hang out at Horn and Hardart and walk around the city to soak up all of the atmosphere. With no parental representation. And do it all on about 75 cents. Any nostalgia buffs! feel free to write. Les Friedlieb


Author: les friedlieb - Of Lewes, DE

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 July 2005.

Holy Child Jesus, Class of 1962...To Lynn Leonardi.. My friends and co-worker, the Peters, tell me they know you. When I was talking about a possible re-union of our granduating class I had our diploma and pictures and she recognized you. Several of us are in touch because of this website. Would you like to join a re-union if we can find all or most of our classmates. Do you keep in touch with anyone from the class of 1962? Hoping you are well and happy, I'm hoping also this msg to you brings contact with more classmates. Click on the envelope to contact me. sincerely, Judy Alfano


Author: Judith Alfano Lajoux - Of Franklin Square, NY

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 July 2005.

as a former Brooklynite I found your site very interesting


Author: stan erlitz - Of seattle wa, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 23 July 2005.

I stumbled upon your site by chance. I worked for Verizon as a service technician out of the Atlantic Avenue garage. Climbed many a pole in Richmond Hill. I wish everyone all the best


Author: Jim - Of Bayside, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 22 July 2005.

Andrea,
when did you go to P.S.100? I was there from 58-62, before we moved to Seaford. in first grade, I had Mrs. McManus, in second, it was Mrs. Weisbart, in third, it was Mrs. Morse. in fourth, it was Mrs. FitzSimmons. my mother also went there in the thirties, her name then was Carole Snedeker.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 22 July 2005.

I too came upon this site by accident. My sister, Judy (Guaglardi) Schroback went to Wisdom Academy in the 1960's.
I went to PS 100, JHS 202, and Stella Maris High School. My maiden name is Guaglardi. I'm always sad to hear about places disappearing - like Jahn's, that big 5 & 10 cent store that had 2 locations on Jamaica Ave, The Triangle Haufbrau. These were all great places. I grew up on 120th Street in South Ozone Park & moved right near Richmond Hill High School once I got married. What a great spacious apartment for relatively low rent. My husband taught at John Adams High School & JHS210 for awhile. My sister was principal at PS60 & retired last year. She also taught at PS62. I still know teachers at PS 100 - one of my friend's teaches there now and my mother was a school aide there. Richmond Hill is still a nice neighborhood.


Author: Andrea Grill - Of Smithtown, NY

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 20 July 2005.

looking for diane owens and annalee sanita... diane lived above the fish store on 118th street we hung out at the laundry matt on 118... and annalee live on 118 we were good friends but we all grew up and drifted away... hope to hear from someone


Author: maria - Of lake grove,ny, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 18 July 2005.

I am looking for any relatives of Claude Martin Parker, born October 9, 1934. He was born in Jamaica, New York and was a foster child. He was never adopted, and attended St. Agnes in upstate New York. He unfortunately passed July 4, 2002 in Wilmington, NC. He lived in Wilmington and Castle Hayne, NC for 29 years. I am his daughter and I am trying to find any biological parents, aunts, uncles, sisters or brothers. Thanks.


Author: Tracey Parker Graham - Of Elizabethtown, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 July 2005.

Re: The Americana Lanes - do you remember the weekly bowling tourney on friday night? If I remember it correctly, it cost you $10 and you got to throw 20 ballas on 20 lanes... the person with the most strikes went up against the past week's winner. My brother won once. We'd go there many times to be followed with breakfast at the diner on the corner of Crossbay and metropolitan.


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 July 2005.

It was great seeing some familiar names and places. I am glad so many are doing well and I wish that the class of HCJ-1962 have a great and successful reunion.


Author: Colleen Dougherty Wittner - Of Greensboro, NC

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 July 2005.

paul i lived on 101st. between 101ave and 103ave. when i was 14 we moved to 121st. between 101ave and 101ave and now live in levittown li for 2 and a half years. lots of good time in op my aunt still lives in the house on 101street


Author: andrea - Of levittown, ny.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 July 2005.

Paul, it was (is) Americana Lanes on Rockaway Blvd.


Author: Chuck Rawlinson - Of Succasunna, NJ, US.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 15 July 2005.

I grew up on 98th street between 101st and 103rd. Then went to live at my grandmothers on 99th street. The dead "El" down the block from the Bergen Hunt and Fish. Then moved to 109th between 95 and 97th. Went to SMGH and Hill. Loved growing up in that neigborhood 60's and 70's even into the mid 80's. So many memories 106 park, the "pit" 62, The Arena, Forest Park, The Big Bow Wow, Pizza City, Tommy's pizza, that bowling alley on Rockaway blvd (I forgot the name), and on and on and on. This is a great site.


Author: PAUL - Of NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 14 July 2005.

Is "Mary Immaculate" Hospital still there?
Still the same name?
I was born there in 1958 and my brother in 55.
I posted some Richmond Hill family history back in Dec 2004
111st and Jamaica ave. is where my family lived for about 90yrs. The last person to leave left there a little over a year ago. I havent been on this site since Dec 2004 and was brought back by another guest emailing me. I do appreciate the reminder. It is a great site with alot of info.
thank you all on behalf of the Demestihas and Napolitano family from 111th and jamaica under the "L"


Author: James Demestihas - Of Fairfield California, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 13 July 2005.

i use to live in ozone park on 97st and 103rd ave between 101ave and liberty ave from 1967 to 20003 then i moved to phoenix arizona and my address is 17621 north 22nd drive and now i just found an apartment for rent in richmond hill on 116-09 91ave and my cell phone number is 1602 616 8234 if anybody from ozone park wants to call me anytime day or night ok because i would like to hear from someone that remembers me from ozonepark on 97st and 103rd ave ok


Author: william john slattery - Of phoenix arizona , united states .

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 9 July 2005.

Hi MY FAMILY BOTH MY MOTHER AND FATHER LIVED IN SOUTH OZONE PARK FROM 1929 TO 1947. THE WISE AND BYRNE OR DAWDS. LET ME KNOW


Author: BILL WISE - Of BLOOMFELD, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 6 July 2005.

I just read your pages about Maple Grove Cemetery! This made for a very interesting find for me as I was searching for information on Queens Blvd. I knew of the cemetery and had no idea of the incredible history behind those gates.


Author: Jason Milbauer - Of Forest Hills, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 6 July 2005.

I would like to have contact with anyone from the class of January 1944, just to find out what my old buddies did in their life, ie. Gloria Taylor, Donald Rice, etc.. Also, class of June '44, Steve Klaus & his wife Alice. Let's take a trip down memory lane.


Author: Moira Kenny Lange - Of Allentown, PA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 2 July 2005.

I was in Bayside last weekend at a surprise birthday party for Roberta McBride, and heard about this site. What a great log book. I'm in touch with Thea Hickey, Alice Blake, Jimmy McLaughlin, Paul Kugler, Angie Ianiello. Saw Ed Speedling and Fr. Alden Brown from Holy Child Jesus at the party. Lots of nostalgia sent me here. Visited HCJ last year for a spring wedding and RH looked really good. I had a daughter late in life and she loved the city streets where you can walk rather than drive. In spring of 1989 when the Forest Park carousel was being rededicated, Rudi Giuliani was running for mayor (the time he lost)and he grabbed my baby for a photo op. Great day at the carousel and great pic. Be in touch, I enjoy hearing how people's lives are going.
Linda


Author: Linda Beyer McHugh - Of Silver Spring MD

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 1 July 2005.

John Mulry: I didn't have any sisters ... just a younger brother who did wear glasses. I was born in 58. He was born in 61. We lived in a white house on the same side as the Greenwood bakery, about six houses from 107th ave. My best friend in those days, Keith Dougherty, lived on Liberty in an apartment above Irv's Candy Store and Vormbrock's Realty. That would have been real close to you.


Author: Tom Klein - Of NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 1 July 2005.

Patrice, third house from Greenwood bakery, now I remember you. If I'm not mistaken, I knew you as "Patty" in those days.


Author: Tom Klein - Of NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 1 July 2005.

Sandi,
I went to P.S.100 from 1958-62, here were my teachers: Mrs. McManus (1st grade), Mrs. Weisbart (2nd), Mrs. Morse (3rd), and Mrs. FitzSimmons (4th). did you have any of those teachers?


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 29 June 2005.

Tom Klein? didn't you have an older sister, and didn't you wear glasses back then? if so, we palled around a bit back then I was known by my nickname Billy (legally it's Jonn, please don't ask). my parents had the bar and grill on the corner, and I was seen hanging with Danny Manning, quite a bit


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 29 June 2005.

Graduated in 1967 from Holy Child Jesus School


Author: Patricia Dougherty Grubb - Of Greensboro, NC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 28 June 2005.

Wow, I didn't know this site existed..what a trip down memory lane. I went to PS 100/PS108 and John Adams HS - 1958-1961..I lived on Liberty & 117th St.growing up..I remember Winter's/Hugo's/Jahn's/The Casino/The Lefferts..my Mom just gave all the ruby glass she has collected from the theatres years ago to my sister Charlene...I have another sister named Barbara who was much younger. It was a wonderful place to grow up in, we were never afraid I used to walk all over the place even at night. This is a great site and I'll be back to visit...if anyone remembers me drop an email at ... sdoscher458@aol.com


Author: Sandi (Schick) Doscher - Of Pinellas Park FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 28 June 2005.

Tom,
I remember you and your family. I also remember the Olsons, Raffanellos, Bankovskys, Altmans, Schweicherts and Youngs (on 112th). I lived on the same side of the block as you did, the third house from the Greenwood Bakery. I lived there from 1954 until 1972. What a small world!


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 27 June 2005.

Reading your site brought back a lot of memories of growing up in the greatest neighborhood in Queens. I lived at 94-12 121 Street between Atlantic & 95th. We moved their fro Bklyn. in 1954 and sold the house in 1998. My father Al Hoffman was an usher at St. Benny's at the 5 PM mass for many years. The families on the block were Keegan, Cina, Dursi, McCoy, DiAmore, Morgan, Risdell, Hennesy, Flood, Monte, Steubel. Please email me @ nyhoffmans@yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from anyone
Al Hoffman


Author: Al Hoffman - Of Franklin Square N.Y, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 26 June 2005.

I lived on the outskirts of Richmond Hill in Jamaica off Jamaica Avenue and 144th Street during the 1950's - 1960's.
Wow what memories this site brought back. I had a few friends who lived in RH and attended Our Lady of the Cenacle off the Van Wyck. Many thanks to the Society for this website!


Author: Gurdy Elborne

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 June 2005.

I am Guyman Abaeze.
Former, or should I say, always a "Richmond Hillite"!!! Love this site so many memories stirred up and brought to the surface, for all of us to enjoy again!!-- Our Mayberry Revisited!!.


Author: guyman abaeze - Of Lome , Togo.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 June 2005.

To the person who wrote about the memories of 109th street. It was quite vivid and wonderful descriptions. I live in the house where Ralph Campbell lived, and it was with his wife, not his sister. Her Name was Ruth, nee Ross. She was born in that house. Ralph was from Jersey originally and married Ruth later on in life.. Ruth died in a home a few years ago. Ralph before her at the age of 92. I bought the house in 1994. That beautiful 1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner in baby blue is in my garage, with the original 37,000 miles on it. Tony , next door, (Tony and Jean Finizio) just passed on about a month ago. He braved dialysis for 9 years. God bless him. He had the best stories in the world and I was fascinated by them. As for the haunted house, it is now kept beautifullytand pretty again. There have been many changes as people come and go, but it is everyone's memories that keep everything in perspective!


Author: nanc - Of richmond hill richmond hill

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 June 2005.

Rememberances of 109th Street in the 1970's
Wonderful Tree Lined Street

Ice Storm ('71?), Blackout('77), Snowstorm('78)

Neighbors:
Theresa Carmody & Jim Carmody (wonderful couple - Her father was a wheelright--fire engines-in Brooklyn and he was a succesful jockey)
Billy McDonough & Elieen his sister, she made fantastic soda bread & he was always ready with a story
George Haefner - Former secretary to Mr.Louis C.Tiffany, His generosity, Gleaming Black Checker Car His world travelling brother & German Shepard Rex
Johanna Kaskus - A generous soul with a green thumb, her husband delivered Lithuanian and Ukranian baked goods
Mrs. Danes - Left the tyranny of Hitlers Germany
Betty & Conrad - Left Germany as well and had a garden that caught the eye
The Campbells - Ralph and his sister, Ralph was a merchant marine and had interesting souveniers, a bumpy (stones embedded in the concrete) sidewalk and a pristine 60's Ford.
Ralph's neighbor Tony who wore colorful shirts.
Mr. Wyman Holden in the Apt building, a former Bell Lab physicist who retired as computers came into vouge
The "Haunted House" on the corner of 109 & 86th Ave--was lived but the old victorian had a collapsed garage and grey exterior made it Halloween every night.
John's Deli on the Avenue
Bill's Candy Store - Soda Fountain, Comics, Jo-Anne at the counter
Hobby & Model Shop at Jamaica & 106th
Old Munich Deli - Heidi
John Orman Agency - Mr.Orman was knowledgable about the history of the neighborhood as was Mrs. Orman (lived on 107th St. north of 86th Ave.)
Angelo's Pizza, Wise Drugs (Art in the window), Coffee Cake at the ??? Bakery on 111th
PS 90, Holy Child (Father White), JHS 210, RHHS
The professor on 110th St. that owned a South African Bassingi (curled tail--loved to jump)
Assemblyman - Al Dellabovi - Sanitation always made sure his driveway was clean after a snow.
Assemblyman Tony Seminario - Big man and showed a big heart
86th Avenue used to have a Greenline Bus running on it.
1976 reinactment of the revolutionary war in Forrest Park -Recall the Redcoats, Minutemen & Indian Scouts
RH Block Association - Dario Centorcelli, Lorraine Paolino, Tom Dundero, Vivianne Curry & Linda
Dr. Prono (110th St & 86 --old bus stop)
Robert Dunckley CPA (across the street--very high curb)
Frank Daliendo the Carpenter on 110th(Blue Pickup a common site)
Lightning Bugs, "polly noses", Cicadas, Light through the trees and the click clack of the El.

Wonderful place to be at that time.


Author: Lived on 109th Street - Of Yerba Buena, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 June 2005.

Looking for Kenny Ross who lived around 102nd St in Richmond Hill and went to Holy Child Jesus, graduated in 1962. Last heard he is a fire fighter in Florida. Would like to contact him about a class re-union. E-mail me if you see this Kenny.


Author: Judy Alfano Lajoux - Of Franklin Square, NY

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 23 June 2005.

I forgot to leave my email for Holy Child graduates of 1952 bjbuckley1@comcast.net


Author: Elizabeth McCarthy Buckley - Of Thornton, Pa

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 22 June 2005.

Accidentally found this page....my lucky day. I lived in Richmond Hill from 1948 to 63. I really don't think anyone outside of NY gets the "neighborhood" thing. My father was the assistant manager of the RKO on Hillside Ave and I worked in Jahn's. Loved Salerno's on Hillside, Triangle Brothers, PAL at (I think) the l06 Precinct. Went to grade school at Holy Child - anyone out there from class of 52? Bonnie Diamond, Joan Liddell, Claire Maney, Francis Messick, John Adams, John Hicks... would love to swap stories. A big thank you to the historical society


Author: elizabeth McCarthy Buckley - Of Thornton, Pa, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 22 June 2005.

It's so nice to visit this site from time to time to keep up with others from the place I grew up. Thanks!


Author: Gayle Crawford - Of Ozone Park, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 June 2005.

moved to 111th st and liberty ave next to AL stereo bar in 1965 and bounced around richmond hill till 1987. Great memories of liberty ave of stores and bars, walks to John Adams HS and playing ball in P.S. 62 schoolyard. Went back for a visit in 2003, what a great place to grow up.


Author: robert beninati - Of tampa, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 June 2005.

Patrice,

I lived on 111th, between Liberty and 107th Avenue from 1958 - 1970. Some of the families on the block were the Olsons, Rafenellos, Seegers, Tarantolas, Bankovskys, Altmans, Schweicherts. Also Aherns, Youngs, Brogans, and McClearys around the block on 112th.


Author: Tom Klein - Of Piscataway, NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 June 2005.

I really enjoyed reading from all those people.This is a website to keep for ever and ever! I remember Richmond Hill because I used to work at The Triangle Hofbrau at Myrtle Ave&117th St. The Four brothers owned it then and I remember the Father just before he died in the late 70's. I also used to live on 111th St from early 80's to early 90's.Then I moved to 104th St&95th Ave.(cyndi lauper'place)where I am today.Richmond Hill was and still holds lots of history and memories for so many people.My Uncle had a barber shop at 130th St and 101Ave.I am very happy to find this site and wanted to be part of it.Will be looking for other new entries from time to time.Lets try to keep those big bueatiful houses. James from Ozone Park


Author: James Grimaldi - Of Ozone Park, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 June 2005.

Did anyone know the English teacher James Joseph Flynn who lived at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and taught at Bishop Loughlin High School in the 40's ?


Author: TT

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 19 June 2005.

IN 1944 I LIVED ACROSS IN MANHATTAN AT 504 W.126TH STREET, I WAS A DISTRESSED BRITISH MERCHANT MARINE AND WAS WORKING AT THIS ADDRESS AS A JANITOR. I ALSO WORKED ON A ICE TRUCK DELIVERING TO ALL THE BARS IN HARLEM INCLUDING THE APOLLO THEATRE. I HAD LEFT WARTIME ENGLAND AND MY 1 YEAR STAY WAS THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE I AM SURE AND I HAVE TRAVELLED ALL OVER EUROPE AND AM NOW IN AUSTRALIA BUT NEW YORK HAS GOT TO BE THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD AND I WISH I WERE THERE NOW. I WOULD Have liked to have been able to contact all of the friends that i had made there but after all these years it doesnt seem possible, but if any body with the name REMALEY, DOO DOO DONATO, JOHNY PAVIN GET IN TOUCH, BOY WOULD THAT BE GREAT. SO ALL YOU LUCKY NEW YORKERS TAKE CARE AND BE LUCKY. BILL BARNETT U.K/ 1940S NOW ON OZ.


Author: BILL BARNETT - Of melbourne , AUSTRALIA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 18 June 2005.

I spent the first 24 years of my life living in Richmond Hill on 130th St between 107thand 109th. I am 62 years old now and have very fond memories of growing up in Queens. I still am very close with others who grew up in that neighborhood. (Bruce Squeglia, Frank Grillo, Danny Fogarazzo) and married a girl from 133 street, who's maiden name was Carol Fudge.


Author: Dennis Sherack - Of East Rockaway,NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 June 2005.

Patrice,
1958-62, the years my folks had the C&F.
Jonn


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 June 2005.

WHAT A GREAT WEB SITE.
I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF R.H. I LIVED ON 131 ST BETWEEN 107 AND 109 AVE. I PLAYED FOR ST T'S BASKETBALL TEAM BACK IN THE DAY.


Author: BRUCE SQUEGLIA - Of LYNBROOK L.I., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 June 2005.

John:
I did not know Danny Manning, although I lived right down the street. What years would that have been? Do you know any other families on the block (111th, between Liberty and 107th Avenue)?


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 16 June 2005.

I was seeking information on the name Briggs and found your website. Not sure if your Jeremiah Briggs is any relation as of yet. Will let you know if it works out.


Author: Evan Briggs - Of Seattle

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 15 June 2005.

Patrice!
Woah! if you lived at 111th and Liberty, do you remember Danny Manning who lived with his parents and little brother above the C&F? Danny and I got into all sorts of naughtiness together.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 15 June 2005.

Mike,
if you went to John Adams during the 40's and fifties, perchance you knew my Mom, Carole Snedeker? she graduated in 1950, I presume.


Author: Jonn Mulry

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 15 June 2005.

For Pat who asked about the Sanitarium. We all were heartbroken to see it go. I forwarded to her a picture of the sanitarium. i hope she received it. It was never a "historic landmark" legally and that is why they tore it down. With all our hard work, all we have been able to make a legal LANDMARK is the Republican Club. All the other sites are on the Nationl Register of Historic Places, but that does not protect it from demolition.


Author: nancy - Of richmond hill.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 15 June 2005.

My family lived at 95 - 12 127th St from about 1965 - 1978. Vincent, Anthony, Robert and Joseph grew up there and our sister was born out in Massapequa. Great memories of Smokie Oval, PS 55 and SBJL Catholic Church. Names remembered - Mike Wills, Chris Zarnecki, Richie Catania, Dana Luchesse, Cathy Hughes, Tammy Frepain, Nisha, Ferdo Ong, Ronald Bache, Blaze, Jean Marie, Antonette, John Snyder. Whow, what a rush.


Author: Robert Napodano - Of Mesa

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 14 June 2005.

Lived in RichmondHill from 1967-1993


Author: neal wadenpfuhl - Of miami, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 13 June 2005.

Lived at 8759 115th St between '34 and '39. Wonder whatever happened to the Teglers at 9745 on the 2nd floor? There was John and younger sister Patricia (?) John and I played in the deep snow one day, got soaked and I got pneumonia. Recovered.. Again, a great web site!


Author: Frank Springer - Of Damariscotta, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 13 June 2005.

I have lived in the same residence in Richmond Hill for 69 years this coming August 2005, and I was born at the Richmond Hill Sanitarium, 121 St. & 95th Ave. Richmond Hill, N.Y. 11419 The property has just been purchased and
the house brought down to the ground. Since I think this was a historical landmark, I was wondering if there are any pictures available. I asked several times to have a picture taken of the location, this was never done, and now
it no longer exists! Can anyone out there help me?
Thanks,
Pat


Author: Patricia M. Sexton - Of Richmond Hill, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 12 June 2005.

I am a resident of Richmond Hill for almost 69 years and graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1954. We celebrated a 50 year reunion in The Friar's Club in 2004.
Would just like to register my visit.


Author: Patricia M. Sexton - Of Richmond Hill, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 12 June 2005.

Does anyone remember the Ideal Meat Market on Jamaica Ave.? It was also on the corner of another street and was still in existance in the late 1970's. It was across the street from the Depot of Good Humor Ice Cream which must have closed during the late 1960's. The proprietor was named Edward Scherne and he was a gem of a man. My father lived in Richmond Hill and we'd go there together. The Ideal Meat Market smelled like heaven and I remember the kindness of Mr. Scherne and how he's always give me a slice of bologna. I also know he had at least one daughter who was a beauty contestent and remember his advertising signs inside for Rheingold Beer that usually featured the New York Mets. I would love to hear from any of Mr. Scherne's family members. Thanks.


Author: Robert Miller - Of Union, NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 11 June 2005.

Regina Morra - How are you, so nice to hear from a familiar person!!!! Hope all is well, I live on Long Island withy 4 children and I wish they knew the childhood we had!!! Where in NJ do you live, I lived in Jersey for 4 years!


Author: Clare Rickert Guarnieri

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 10 June 2005.

hi, while searching for kew gardens i found your website. Thanks for the memories!!


Author: del shachtman - Of San Francisco, CA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 9 June 2005.

John, yes I remember the C&F very well... I lived right down the street. That was many years ago!


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 8 June 2005.

Patrice, do you remember the C&F bar and grill across from Winther's? my Mom and stepfather had the place. speaking of dentists: does anyone remember Dr. Carlin? he had his office on the second floor of the building next to my Grandfather's plumbing shop (H.A. Snedeker) on 115th near Liberty. I guess Dr. Carlin is long gone.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 8 June 2005.

Note to John Macken Ade--- you inquired about the name of the dentist on 111th and Liberty, upstairs on the 2nd floor. It was Dr. Leonard Bernstein... he was my dentist, too in the 1960's! I lived right across the street.


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 6 June 2005.

I lived in Richmond Hill on 111th St. and Liberty Ave. I remember Winther's, Smitty's (grocery), the library between 111th & 112th on Liberty. I went to OLPH (graduated 1968) and Dominican Commercial H.S. (graduated 1972)....I enjoyed reading the entries very much---it brought back many fond memories of my childhood!


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 6 June 2005.

ken zaveckas - Of warwick, ny mentioned Mission soda... my father would go towork on Saturday morning and leave 50 cents allowance for me at the end of the kitchen table. I would walk to the corner of 95th avenue and 102nd Street, and buy a small loaf of Italian bread + a bottle of mission grape... then I would go across the street and buy a DC comic... all this cost 48 cents... I would them walk to Jamaica Avenue and 102nd and sneak on the El - it was there I read the comic, ate the bread, and drank the mission grape... every Saturday morning. There isn't a Saturday that goes by without me still looking for the 50 cents.


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 5 June 2005.

Great site. I was born in Richmond Hill, baptized at SBJL, lived in So. Ozone Park on 121st & 111th, went to PS 100, OLPH, John Adams. Good friend was Ronnie Karp of KARP'S Ice Cream Parlor. Went to Lefferts Theatre every Sat., Dave's Candy Store on Lefferts. Many great memories.
This was back in the 40s-50s.


Author: Mike Mattes - Of El Paso, TX, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 4 June 2005.

hi, i was seeking info on old history of long island, ny and enjoyed my visit on this part of the island. Thanks!


Author: trevor howard - Of port washington, ny

This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 June 2005.

there isn't a day that passes that i don't remember something about richmond hill. st.benny's 59-66; flipping cards in the schoolyard, the "penguins" who always pulled you by the ears or broke the rulers over your knuckles or the pointer over somewhere else, sbjl baseball the "knights, royals, celtics etc, friday afternoon benedictions, weekends, stickball summers and 2 sewer plate wallops,"slap", football winters on the 100 yard "field" we painted on the street, summer nights of ring-o-levio, mission sodas, bike rides to forest park, hanging out on each others stoops playing cards, talking about girls, 4th of july fireworks with the smoke so dense you couldn't see the end of the street, lincoln vlaun, ann marie smyth, 95th ave from school to home on 112th, snowball fights, hanging water balloons in the tress triggered by black thread to get unsuspecting passersby, yet, aside from this, a very safe place to grow up in. then RHHS 70-74. annoyed at the old man at first because all my friends were going to loughlin or molloy and he made me go to hill. then realized years later my time at hill was the best years of my life. dances, larraine day, track team and practice every day "DDDDD", Mrs Kapp & Mr Leary, "jerky" serkey, friday night basketball games in the gym,jeanie klocek, the class of '70, rockaway beach on weekends @ 116th street. it seems like you couldn't wait to get out so you could be older and get the car or a job and now you wish you could go back and do it all over again only knowing now what you didn't or wouldn't know then. queens college 70-74, finally driving, more track, commuting to college, driving 1,500 miles/month in the city, coney island, jones beach, working at Faust's gas station and leaving my paycheck there for driving the car 1,500 miles/month. FR. bill smith, chaperoning (me? loloolol) friday night dances, winter ski trips, cindy fava, barbara breslin, kathleen mcgrath. marriage... apartment in RH, FDNY 77-present, then bought my own home in RH, kids born there, wish i had a dime for every time i took them in the carriage, stroller, on my shoulders, or power cycle up 108th to forest park, the carousel on sundays, jahns, HCJ, jason's, schmidts candy, or lewis'. actually worked as a covering lieutenant in Ladder 143 on jamaica ave & 102nd for 2 1/2 years. felt like the mayor of RH. sadly, "had" to move in '90. may not sound like much to some but has filled me with memories that will last my lifetime. truly wish i could do it all over again and it really had to be an experience as many of you seem to feel the same way.


Author: ken zaveckas - Of warwick,ny

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 June 2005.

Thanks Pat Bernado for telling me about this site. A hero of ours once lived in Richmond Hill -- Peter John Russell. Until now, I knew he was from New York City but now I can learn something about the neighborhood where he grew up.

My acquainance with Peter was brief -- less than 10 minutes. He had just reported to our unit (240 Assult Helicopter Company, located at BearCat, South Viet Nam) and was about take his first an only flight as a "Mad Dog" -- call sign we used.

Please visit this web site for more information: http://www.taskforceomegainc.org/r032.html He and two other crewmembers were last "seen alive".

I haven't forgotten -- I pray America never forgets her heros!


Author: Morris Miller - Of Tulsa, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 31 May 2005.

This is a good site.
I lived in Richmond Hills between 1997-2003.


Author: Swaroopa - Of Jackson, TN, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 31 May 2005.

Great site. I love Richmond Hill, the history and the neighborhood (though I have only been there once), yet, if it was a safer neighborhood when DINKINS was mayor, that is truly pathetic. I have seen community board reports that seem to indicate that that is true. Current and recent RH residents, fill me in: has crime gone up in the nabe in the last 10-15 years. I have read that NYPD precinct captains underreport crime, and journalist Nicholas Stix, who commutes on the A train, has actually seen it happen. (Search Google for "underreporting of crime and his article appears first). I have seen pictures of certain Queens neighborhoods, such as Sunnyside, as having no graffiti on elevated structures in 1985. Was Richmond Hill the same way back then?
I am not from Queens but I attended private school there for many years so it is like a second home. It is a shame that this wonderful borough, which was quietly and ultimately superior to Manhattan in the 80's, did not benefit much from an administration it wholeheartedly supported, and has been reduced almost to the status of the Bronx.


Author: Andrew Smith - Of NYC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 31 May 2005.

Hi Mark Kenny and Clare Ricket, went to St. Benny's with the both of you. Mark your house was right in back of our house. I have been living in New Jersey for 20 years. I have one boy. I miss Richmond Hill. I tell a lot of stories about the old neighborhood and St Benny's.


Author: Regina Morra Ross - Of Robbinsville, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 May 2005.

Brian Ashcraft: Saw your note about looking for info on NYC subways. If you were looking for historical information, particularly the Jamaica Ave el, or the Liberty Ave. el, check out the following websites: www.nycsubway.org www.bmt-lines.com www.nycrail.com The bmt one in particular has the fascinating details of just when each station on the lines was opened. Also, one of them talks about the planned expansion of the Liberty Ave el out to Laurelton (Springfield Blvd near the Belt Parkway) and a line that would have run down the Van Wyck! Both my father and grandfather worked for the BMT, I grew up hearing the stories.


Author: drjohnrodgers - Of Valley Stream, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 29 May 2005.

This is an exciting site. I particularly cherish the rememberances written by Tom Kraujalis. Thank you, Tom.


Author: Shelly Pikul Perez - Of Houston, TX, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 28 May 2005.

I was searching for information on nyc subways and came across your webpages about Jamaica Avenue. This has been very fascinating for me due to the fact that my family was from Richmond Hill at one time. Great site!


Author: Brian Ashcraft - Of Boca Raton, Fl, U.S.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

Mark Kenny, I went to SBJL with you !! Richmond Hill definitely has brought me the best memories ever !! I am still friends with Lynn, Kathy, Mike, Debbie, and Mary C., also see a few other people time to time. I live on Long Island married with four children. It was nice to see a familiar name on this site !!!
Clare Rickert Guarnieri


Author: Clare Rickert Guarnieri - Of Islip Terrace, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

i was researching John Adams for a school project and found your website which has been very helpful on his days in New York City. Thanks!


Author: Joshua Davis - Of Rockville, MD, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

Love comming back to this site time and again. I LOVED growing up in Richmond Hill and wouldn't trade it for anything. I attended S.B.J.L till 1976 then on to Hill till 1979. I married with 7 children living in central Forida since 2001. I hope to here from old friends down the line.


Author: Mark Kenny - Of Orlando

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

Hi I grew up in richmond hill in 1954 thru 1964. Lived on 126th Street and Hillside Ave. Went to Jahns Ice Cream Parlor, Salernos Italian Restaurant the RKO Keiths the Library and my mom worked at Lip****z stationers on Jamaica avenue. It was great to grow up there.


Author: Sue Haag-Elias - Of FMB Florida, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

Ginger, I grew up around the corner from you, on 120 st. between Jerome and 97th. I am quite a few years older than you, I left 120th St. in 1963 when I got married. I remember Buff's (also called Corio's) from the time it opened (around 1947). I went to SBJL and so did the Corio kids, one was a boy, the other a girl, both older than I.
The "atmosphere" in the store was colder than the "atmosphere" in Karps, Ludemann's, Prusser's or even Schaefer's Candy store on Jerome between 121 and 123 Street while the Schaefer's were running it. (They sold it in 1961 or 1962 and the new owners wanted to make it a luncheonette for the men who worked at Richmond Hill Tin Supply and the Fuel Oil Company between 121 and 120 st.) In the late 1940's and early 1950's (up until about 1955 or 56), there was a barber shop in one of the brownstones across from Buff's. A retired barber who had worked at the Plaza Hotel (I think his name was Murphy or Mulcunry) opened a shop in the living room of his apartment. After he passed away, a barber named Vinnie Trieste opened a shop on the same side of the street as Buff's, next to the Laundromat on the corner of 120 and 101 Ave.
I lived at 97-19 120 from Dec. 1945 to Dec.29, 1962. I still get to Russo's about every other month for dinner and I am amazed at how Jerome Ave and Lefferts Blvd has changed!


Author: Dr. John Rodgers - Of Valley Stream, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 26 May 2005.

Went to P.S.55, P.S. 121, my class was the last 8th grade class to graduate there,I graduated from RHHS in 1971. Lived across the street from Buff's candy store on 101 Ave. between Lefferts and 120 st. I still live in Richmond Hill, would love to hear from neighbors or classmates. Great site.


Author: Ginger - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 26 May 2005.

the name of the toy store on 121st and liberty was GIBBS,,, I lived down the block


Author: philip - Of levittown, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 24 May 2005.

In 1967, at the age of 13, my family moved to Richmond Hill from Clinton Hill/Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. It was in my refinished attic room at 90 - 04 102nd Street that I began to develop my mathematico - philosophical system of "Mathematical Realism" (www.1stbooks.com/bookview/2105,
www.1stbooks.com/bookview/19815, and www.1stbooks.com/bookview/30441) from about the age of 15 when I studied the rationalism of Descartes and Spinoza. Through walks in the Forest Park woodland trails from 102nd Street/Park Lane South, I experienced the beauty of nature and sought the proofs for the being of God, and the spirituality of human self - consciousness. It was there - in one simple attic room, one simple non - Victorian/non - Queen Anne house, and one simple park - in Richmond Hill, that I began to comprehend the infinite perfections of God and man's powers of self - reflection, intellect, and the free - will to love. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude toward God for the beautiful people, together with their beautiful talents (Louis Fratello the Barber, Arnstein and Sancetta the Pharmacists, Bill's Fountain at 104th St/91st Avenue, George's Fountain at 104th/Jamaica Ave, Wessling's Books, Lipschutz, Majestic Photo, Dr. Kalish the Physician, Dr. Menichino the Dentist, Joe's Ice Cream, Dorr Dance Studio, and others), who embellish our lives. I ask only that two places be historically preserved in Richmond Hill: the Richmond Hill Public Library and my former home at 90 - 04 102nd Street.
It was in the former that I had first picked up some books in philosophy, and it was in the latter that the truest vision ever had of God came, perhaps, there. I left my heart, not in San Francisco, but in Richmond Hill.


Author: Joseph N. Manago - Of Briarwood, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 22 May 2005.

I graduated from Holy Child Jesus in 1962. A reunion sounds like fun. I keep in touch with Cathy Corcoran Barton and Lorraine Parrino D'Aleo. I'll pass on any information to them. I'm a registered nurse working at Columbia University Health Service. I live in New York Ciy with my husband and son. I'd love to see some of my old friends.
Joan Connelly Lantz


Author: Joan Connelly Lantz - Of NYC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 19 May 2005.

a Memorial Day parade, how that brings back memories.when I was living in South Ozone Park (1958-62), we had many a parade down Rockaway Blvd.. I even got into one in 1962. I had been a part of Glen Morris Presbyterian Church at the time, and I remember our Sunday School having a parade down the Avenue where the church is still located. your mention about a Memorial Day parade makes me wish I could find a wormhole to get out of here for a few hours, and participate. have fun!


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 May 2005.

Attended Holy Child Jesus From 1957 to 1966. Looking former friends and classmates.


Author: Kathryn Zabrocki Strode - Of Gilmanton, NH

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 May 2005.

Anyone out there attend Gate of Heaven in Ozone Park during the years 1941-1949?


Author: Bob Rademacher - Of Smithville, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 May 2005.

Looking for the graduating class of 1962 from Holy Child Jesus. 4 of us are working on a re-union and trying to find you. Virginia Lynch, Annemarie Rielly were mentioned... are you girls out there? Kenny Ross and Bruce Terzano and Jack Consiglio were also mentioned to us and I'm wondering if anyone knows how to contact them. We hear Kenny is a firefighter in Florida. Congratulation for that Kenny, that's a wonderful thing you're doing. Please e-mail me through this site. We'd love to hear from you and possible arrange a re-union. Judy Alfano


Author: Judy Alfano - Of Franklin Square, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

Grew up in Richmond Hill and went to Gate of Heaven & RHHS. Moved in the 70's during college years. Its been great to find out about this website.


Author: Amy Mangiano - Of Boston, MA, US.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

Annie of Shirley:
You were looking for information on the Quinn or Dooley families. Well as you can see by the name I'm a Quinn email me and I'll let you know everything I know.
Butch


Author: Butch Quinn - Of Hermitage, TN, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

HI EVERYONE! Please join the Richmond Hill Historical Society on Sunday. May 29th 2005 at 11.30 am to march in the Memorial Day Parade down Metropolitan Avenue. All are welcome! Bring the kids. Meet us at the corner of Metropolitan and Ascan Avenues.
Hope to see you there! Email me if you have any questions!


Author: nancycataldi@earthlink.net - Of richmond hill, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

hello,
I just found your page while searching infos for my name.
My first name is Albon.
If you have some infos about that name feel free to e-mail me.
thanks


Author: Albon - Of Hamburg, Germany.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

My parents moved from the Bushwick/Ridgewood section of Brooklyn in the early 60's. They had six boys and three girls who grew up in an attached home at 94-16 124th ST. just down the block from the old casket co. that was used by a commercial printer when we moved there. My father's name was Joseph and my mother's name was Barbara both of my parents are deceased. The rest of the family in age order was Barbara, myself Joseph Jr., Gloria, James, Michael, Thomas, Robert, Charlie and Susan. I attended SBJL graduated in 1965 and went on to Bishop Loughlin HS. During the summer I was working at SBJL assisting the custodian, Joseph Welsch cleaning, some painting, and getting the classrooms and hallways ready for the next school year. Later on I worked on the Weekends at the church setting up for masses and weddings. Hung around with Ed Wallace who lived on 95th or 97th Street. Ray Burbage on 127th and 101st Avenue, Terry Nelson who lived on 123rd Street between 95th and 97th Avenues. Attended school with Mike Willet who lost his older brother in VietNam. Some one mentioned the Sanitarium on the corner of 121st Street and 95th Avenue. The Canning's lived in that home and Mr. and Mrs. Canning had 13 children (if my memory is correct). I went to school with Tony Canning. My second home was Engine 270's (now squad 270) on 121st Street just north of Atlantic Avenue. I was also a member of the Fire Auxiliary Corps and rode with the engine. Does anyone remember the LIRR Morris Park Shop whistle. It would blow at 7:45 am, 8:00 am, 11:30 am 12 noon, 12:45 pm, 1:00 pm. 3:45 pm, 4:00 pm, 11:45 pm and 12 midnight. My parents used this as our wakeup, breakfast. And the 12:45 pm was the off to school signal. As I grew up and was allowed to stay out late in the summer the 11:45 pm whistle was our call to home for bed. Our panents always took us out to Jahn's, Karps or Winters for some ice cream. Who could forget Carlos or Tommy's pizza. They were fun days and not stressed like our lives in NYC are today. Anyone remember the "banana factory" on 89th Ave. and 121st St. It wasn't a factory but a banana storage plant. The banana's would arrive from the LIRR boxcars and this place would package them up for shipment by truck to supermarkets etc. A lot of kids used to stop off and get a free banana by just climbing the loading dock stairs and looking inside. A worker would grab a banana give it to us and tell us to get lost. Would like to hear from others who graduated SBJL in 1965.


Author: Joe Walc - Of Forest Hills, NY, US.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 7 August 2005.

I already for a long time "live" on the Internet and saw thousand sites. But such as yours - interesting and well made out come across very seldom... Thanks for excellent work!


Author: Serg - Of NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 6 August 2005.

I would like to thank the the mother's, father's , aunt's, unlce's for all their hard work, time and effort. I played for Lynvet Jets years ago. It was one of the most powerful in my life at time, which helped me become a sound person. Thank You Lynvet, and Thank You Mike K. Stan Williams.


Author: Kitch Hamilton (Keith) - Of Ft.Myers, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 6 August 2005.

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Author: Alex - Of Montgomery, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 6 August 2005.

Born and raised in South Ozone Park. Attended PS 100 from 1948-54, from there PS 121, John Adams HS, then on and on. We lived on 111th Ave. between Lefferts Blvd. and 120th ST. My sister's name is Barbara, my brother's Arnold. Dave's candy store was right around the corner from where we lived and and never a day goes by without thinking about the place, the people, the laughs and some tears. Some of my friends were Dave Stillman, John Broncato, Marty Novell the O'Mara brothers (Timmy & Terry) Harold Kuck, Raymond Ronni just to name a few. The bus rides (Q10) through Richmond Hill was always enjoyable with twists and turns through tree lined streets as were rides to Jamaica on the Q10. In the early 50s-60s the Green Bus Line had greatest drivers and the noisiest buses, it always felt that they would disintergrate at any given time, but who cared, it was enjoyable entertainment for a dime. Anyone remember me?


Author: Robert Hauser, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 6 August 2005.

I landed on your website while searching for information on Victorian Home restoration. Just thought I'd register my visit in your guestbook. Enjoyed my visit and information on your Victorian Homes!


Author: suzette rafferty - Of Portland, ME, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 5 August 2005.

i am the only true cowboy in richmond hill and am proud of that fact. and i am the only person of native american decent still representing the disenfrantized cherokee nation and am proud of that fact also. and i am proud to be a richmond hillite


Author: michael davis - Of richmond hill, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 4 August 2005.

GREW UP ON 135TH ST AND 109TH AVE. I WENT TO PS 121 AND JOHN ADAMS HIGH SCHOOL. MY MAIDEN NAME IS CAROL CABLE. LEFT NY IN 1961 TO MOVE TO NJ. THIS IS A GREAT SITE. ENJOYED READING ABOUT THE GOOD OLD DAYS.


Author: CAROL PENNA FKA CABLE - Of WHITING, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

i have now heard from 2 old friends from the neighborhood thanks to this website, what a great way to spend some stressfree time looking back to the "good ol days". anybody know anything about John Amatuccio from 103rd st and liberty ave my old queensbourough cc buddy


Author: robert beninati - Of tampa, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

In 1983 I was a student at a local high school and worked part time for the Brooklyn Union Gas Co. I worked in these very streets in QUEENS, NY. I attened P.S- 121 FROM 1973-75...IT WAS A VERY GOOD TIME FOR ME.


Author: RONALD BALDWIN - Of CHARLOTTE, UNITED STATES.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

I lived in "The Hill" from 1951-1970. I am in touch with a few friends fom the neighborhood. I try to visit when I can from California. Married w/2 girls. email me at stevedallis@yahoo.com


Author: Steve Dallis - Of North Hills, Calif., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

As a history buff, I really enjoyed your website & information. Thanks


Author: Beth - Of Liberty, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 3 August 2005.

I love Richmond Hill and I went on self tour last weekend. I wish I had seen this site before... it's great.
I forgot to mention... I grew up in Ridgewood and going to Jahn's and/or Van Wyck Lanes was a big treat!


Author: Michael - Of Bronx, NYC, N.Y., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 2 August 2005.

Hey James Grimaldi... I got my first haircut and "shave" at Ralph's Barber Shop on 101st Avenue and 130th Street. Was that your uncle??? Wow... I lived on 132nd Street and 101st Avenue. As a kid Ralph gave me a haircut and then a fake shave just for the fun of it. I remember him well.


Author: Richard Oszust - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 2 August 2005.

I had a great childhood in Richmond Hill. The ice cream at Jahn's, to playing with so many kids on my block. Today... the ice cream is now ices and now kids are having playdates. Those were great times... how things change!


Author: Jennifer - Of long island, usa.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 2 August 2005.

MR. BENNETT,
IN REFERENCE TO PLAYING B.B. AT 108TH ST. IN ROCKAWAY. I USED TO PLAY THERE TO. AFTER HANGING OUT AT MCGUIRE'S BAR, I GOT TO KNOW THE FAMILY. TO MY AMAZEMENT, DICK NEEDED A THIRD ON THE COURTS ONE DAY AND PICKED ME. ASK ME IF I WAS NERVOUS? AS TIME WENT ON, I USED TI BUMP INTO AL AT THE NYAC AND WE WOULD CHAT. I HAVE SEEN DICK ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS AT PARTIES FOR A MUTUAL FRIEND. WHEN I STOP TO THINK OF IT, THEIR MOTHER WAS MORE OF A FRIEND THAN "HER BOYS". AS I TYPE THIS, I THINK I KNOW YOU FROM B.B. AND TH BAR SCENE AND MAYBE, EVEN MEETING YOU IN THE CITY WHILE AT WORK.
ED GONZALEZ


Author: ED GONZALEZ - Of KEW GARDENS, N.Y.,USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 1 August 2005.

I stumbled across this website while searching for information on musician Dave Van Ronk, who was a tenant in our house on 111th street in the 50's. What a treasure trove of memories. I remember crossing Jamaica Avenue to go to the egg store by going up and over the el station because it was considered too dangerous for a young child to cross the busy street. I haven't lived in Richmond Hill for almost 30 years, but I still think of it as home. Any 1964 RHHS graduates out there?


Author: Janet Arnish Kiely - Of Centreville, VA

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 1 August 2005.

Found this site looking for information on 108th street Rocakway basketball and Dick, Al and John Mcguire. I was born in Astoria, and in the 50's I traveled often to play basketball at the 108th st. courts. By some twist of fate, I ended up in a game against the three brothers, a game that lasted about 5 minutes, and only because the McGuires were being merciful.

I am now writing an article based on that event.

Keep up the good work.


Author: Neil Bennett

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 1 August 2005.

I can't believe I found this website! Woo Hoo!! I found it by looking up my old school which was St. Teresa of Avila in South Ozone Park. I lived in Richmond Hill on 95th Ave. and 129th St. Those were the best times of my life. We played in the streets all the time and it was safe back then. No gangs, no crime, no drugs. Just clean fun. I was a regular tomboy back then. We played outside because we loved it and never ran out of thing to do, we only ran out of enough daylight to do it!!! lol Mister Softee and Bungalow Bar came everyday, we had clubs for boys and clubs for girls. We played hopscotch, double dutch, stickball, war, dodgeball, flipped baseball cards, played with tops, yo-yo's, cut out dolls, red light green light, simon says, bottle caps and the list goes on and on. I feel so sorry for the kids today. They will never know what fun we had. I think one of my little girlfriends all the time. Her name was Eileen Mahoney. She had the biggest freckles I ever saw. I wonder if she'll ever be lucky enough to find this website. I moved to Long Island in 1965, Florida in 1989, Wisconsin, Maryland and now Pennsylvania. They are all nice places to live but nothing can compare to the memories I have of Queens N.Y. Liberty Ave, Lefferts Blvd, Atlantic Ave. I'm a full blooded native New Yorker and I'm proud of it!! Thanks for this great website!


Author: Diane Galliano - Of Waynesboro, PA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 31 July 2005.

Went to p.s. 51, then 54, JHS 217, RHHS (grad 1962). My grandfather has John J. Lake & Son Hardware Store on Jamaica Ave near 114 st. Friends went to Stietz Fish Market on Fridays for french fries.


Author: Gail Usher Rosner - Of Vienna, VA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 July 2005.

RE: Rememberances of 109th Street in the 1970's
Wonderful Tree Lined Street

Wow what great memories- my mom(Johanna Kaskus) lives near me in Colorado. My brother George is in LA. She still gardens at 81. Email me if you can - would love to share more stories.
I've heard that our house at 86-32 had a fire last Christmas and is still sitting empty.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Johanna Stephenson


Author: Johanna M. Stephenson - Of Arvada, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 29 July 2005.

the reason that the black out reminded me of the tee shirt store is because he had a shirt that said " I survived 1977" and listed all the trauma from that year- son of sam, blackout, death of elvis, i forget what else.


Author: karyn ( hollenback) waladkewics - Of NJ , USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 28 July 2005.

hey, bill wacker, i remember you from SBJL-- nice to see an old familiar name-- and you definitely brought up alot of good memories ( and some bad- our kitchen caught fire during the blackout of 77 and the firefighters couldn't find us right away)
but that reminded me of the tee shirt store on liberty ave - darned if i can remember the adress- where you'd buy a blank shirt and get any iron on you wanted-a shirt worked out to about $2.50 or so- i remember he had "ozone park" but not "richmond hill" that always aggravated me!
I also remember begging my mom to let me get the Dorothy Hamill hair do at -where else?- Marco Polo! take care, karyn


Author: karyn ( hollenback) waladkewics - Of new jersey, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 28 July 2005.

Found this by accident - great site. My father was born on 117th St. and went to SBJL. My Aunt lived in the house till she died in the 80's. My uncle owned Mickey's Jerome Tavern. This is a great site.


Author: Maureen - Of Long Island, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 July 2005.

My cousin, Joe ODonnell, lived or lives in the Jamaica/ Queens area. We have not heard from him
for many years. I'm not from this area. He came to New York from Ireland when he was a young man and
worked for TWA ever since. Sometimes he would visit relatives in Ireland, London, and Queens; however,
I do not know where his (and mine) relatives are in Queens, Ireland or London. I once visited his sister's
family in Queens when the World's Fair was in town. Joe took me to his sister's house but I can't remember
her married name. A very nice family. If anyone knows this friendly Irishman, Joe, or his sister's family,
please send me an email. Joe may be or would have been in the nineth decade of his life. Thank you for
help and thank you for this web site.
Bill


Author: Bill ODONNELL, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 July 2005.

I have been intrested in history ever since I lived in Eygpt with my mum at the age of 10 and we went on brave expiditions into the dark tombs of the kings, but I have to say that this society makes history more fun than I had down in those dark tombs alone with my mum, this gives history such a bright new meaning! I hope that many generations of kids will have alot of fun learning from this Society! Keep up the good work boys and girls!!


Author: Ryan Glass - Of Bristol, Bristol.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 July 2005.

It was so much fun reading about Richmond Hill that I thought I would throw in a recollection or two. I lived on Metropolitan Avenue near Lefferts but attended RHHS between 1950 and 54, later to go to Queens College.

Richmond Hill to me was the greatest place in the world. We used to hang out Jahns, the Keiths, Marshalls (which became Salernos), the Sugar Bowl on Jamaica Avenue, the Hofbrau, etc. For us, there was the Y on Parsons, Forest Park, dare I say, the pool room on 111th street and Bob Nolte's great little ice cream parlor on Liberty. There was 116th Street and Rockaway Blvd and the pubs on 103rd street where we hung out all summer while the music rocked and had a ball. Oh those were truly the great days! To this day, I still have fond recollections of pistol pants, hot rods, Bermuda bells, drag racing, Mr. B collars, high rises, pizza parties, the Sunrise Drive-In, Commodore's swim team, the Senior Prom and the post mortems, hanging out with the stage crew, grabbing a sandwich at the German deli on Jamaica Avenue, the greasy french fries on Friday, hanging out in front of Jahns, singing doo-wop on the corner of Hillside and Myrtle, the ole' gang including Friction Stick, Rebel, The Saints, Big Ronnie B., Big Time, the girls from Mary Lewis, Ernie Pierre the Fox, Barry the wizard of the fountain and Papa Jahn....

I remember some of the funny things like how the manager in the Keith's used to shake his head and wonder how he had a full balcony yet so few paid admissions. It used to haunt him but no matter what he did, the balcony was usually full when the rest of the theatre was empty. Blame the kids who got somebody to open the upstairs doors so that they could sneak in. Then there was the time the police caught up with us when we were setting a new record for the number of kids in a turnstile. We were working on fifteen when we got stuck and the police had to separate us or we would have stayed that way for it seemed the rest of our days.
Does anyone remember Ernie falling over someone's feet who were sticking in the aisle at Jahns when he was delivering one of the first Kitchen Sinks. Sorry to say, your's truly who was more intent on what was playing on the juke box that what my feet were doing...

Oddly, none of us ever thought of crime, of calling home, of wearing a helmet. If we had a buck in our pockets, we were loaded. We could go anywhere and do anything.
They were great times to be alive and I feel sorry for the kids today who will never know what it means to get on the subway at 300 and go to the City to hang out at Horn and Hardart and walk around the city to soak up all of the atmosphere. With no parental representation. And do it all on about 75 cents. Any nostalgia buffs! feel free to write. Les Friedlieb


Author: les friedlieb - Of Lewes, DE

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 July 2005.

Holy Child Jesus, Class of 1962...To Lynn Leonardi.. My friends and co-worker, the Peters, tell me they know you. When I was talking about a possible re-union of our granduating class I had our diploma and pictures and she recognized you. Several of us are in touch because of this website. Would you like to join a re-union if we can find all or most of our classmates. Do you keep in touch with anyone from the class of 1962? Hoping you are well and happy, I'm hoping also this msg to you brings contact with more classmates. Click on the envelope to contact me. sincerely, Judy Alfano


Author: Judith Alfano Lajoux - Of Franklin Square, NY

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 July 2005.

as a former Brooklynite I found your site very interesting


Author: stan erlitz - Of seattle wa, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 23 July 2005.

I stumbled upon your site by chance. I worked for Verizon as a service technician out of the Atlantic Avenue garage. Climbed many a pole in Richmond Hill. I wish everyone all the best


Author: Jim - Of Bayside, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 22 July 2005.

Andrea,
when did you go to P.S.100? I was there from 58-62, before we moved to Seaford. in first grade, I had Mrs. McManus, in second, it was Mrs. Weisbart, in third, it was Mrs. Morse. in fourth, it was Mrs. FitzSimmons. my mother also went there in the thirties, her name then was Carole Snedeker.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 22 July 2005.

I too came upon this site by accident. My sister, Judy (Guaglardi) Schroback went to Wisdom Academy in the 1960's.
I went to PS 100, JHS 202, and Stella Maris High School. My maiden name is Guaglardi. I'm always sad to hear about places disappearing - like Jahn's, that big 5 & 10 cent store that had 2 locations on Jamaica Ave, The Triangle Haufbrau. These were all great places. I grew up on 120th Street in South Ozone Park & moved right near Richmond Hill High School once I got married. What a great spacious apartment for relatively low rent. My husband taught at John Adams High School & JHS210 for awhile. My sister was principal at PS60 & retired last year. She also taught at PS62. I still know teachers at PS 100 - one of my friend's teaches there now and my mother was a school aide there. Richmond Hill is still a nice neighborhood.


Author: Andrea Grill - Of Smithtown, NY

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 20 July 2005.

looking for diane owens and annalee sanita... diane lived above the fish store on 118th street we hung out at the laundry matt on 118... and annalee live on 118 we were good friends but we all grew up and drifted away... hope to hear from someone


Author: maria - Of lake grove,ny, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 18 July 2005.

I am looking for any relatives of Claude Martin Parker, born October 9, 1934. He was born in Jamaica, New York and was a foster child. He was never adopted, and attended St. Agnes in upstate New York. He unfortunately passed July 4, 2002 in Wilmington, NC. He lived in Wilmington and Castle Hayne, NC for 29 years. I am his daughter and I am trying to find any biological parents, aunts, uncles, sisters or brothers. Thanks.


Author: Tracey Parker Graham - Of Elizabethtown, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 July 2005.

Re: The Americana Lanes - do you remember the weekly bowling tourney on friday night? If I remember it correctly, it cost you $10 and you got to throw 20 ballas on 20 lanes... the person with the most strikes went up against the past week's winner. My brother won once. We'd go there many times to be followed with breakfast at the diner on the corner of Crossbay and metropolitan.


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 July 2005.

It was great seeing some familiar names and places. I am glad so many are doing well and I wish that the class of HCJ-1962 have a great and successful reunion.


Author: Colleen Dougherty Wittner - Of Greensboro, NC

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 July 2005.

paul i lived on 101st. between 101ave and 103ave. when i was 14 we moved to 121st. between 101ave and 101ave and now live in levittown li for 2 and a half years. lots of good time in op my aunt still lives in the house on 101street


Author: andrea - Of levittown, ny.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 July 2005.

Paul, it was (is) Americana Lanes on Rockaway Blvd.


Author: Chuck Rawlinson - Of Succasunna, NJ, US.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 15 July 2005.

I grew up on 98th street between 101st and 103rd. Then went to live at my grandmothers on 99th street. The dead "El" down the block from the Bergen Hunt and Fish. Then moved to 109th between 95 and 97th. Went to SMGH and Hill. Loved growing up in that neigborhood 60's and 70's even into the mid 80's. So many memories 106 park, the "pit" 62, The Arena, Forest Park, The Big Bow Wow, Pizza City, Tommy's pizza, that bowling alley on Rockaway blvd (I forgot the name), and on and on and on. This is a great site.


Author: PAUL - Of NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 14 July 2005.

Is "Mary Immaculate" Hospital still there?
Still the same name?
I was born there in 1958 and my brother in 55.
I posted some Richmond Hill family history back in Dec 2004
111st and Jamaica ave. is where my family lived for about 90yrs. The last person to leave left there a little over a year ago. I havent been on this site since Dec 2004 and was brought back by another guest emailing me. I do appreciate the reminder. It is a great site with alot of info.
thank you all on behalf of the Demestihas and Napolitano family from 111th and jamaica under the "L"


Author: James Demestihas - Of Fairfield California, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 13 July 2005.

i use to live in ozone park on 97st and 103rd ave between 101ave and liberty ave from 1967 to 20003 then i moved to phoenix arizona and my address is 17621 north 22nd drive and now i just found an apartment for rent in richmond hill on 116-09 91ave and my cell phone number is 1602 616 8234 if anybody from ozone park wants to call me anytime day or night ok because i would like to hear from someone that remembers me from ozonepark on 97st and 103rd ave ok


Author: william john slattery - Of phoenix arizona , united states .

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 9 July 2005.

Hi MY FAMILY BOTH MY MOTHER AND FATHER LIVED IN SOUTH OZONE PARK FROM 1929 TO 1947. THE WISE AND BYRNE OR DAWDS. LET ME KNOW


Author: BILL WISE - Of BLOOMFELD, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 6 July 2005.

I just read your pages about Maple Grove Cemetery! This made for a very interesting find for me as I was searching for information on Queens Blvd. I knew of the cemetery and had no idea of the incredible history behind those gates.


Author: Jason Milbauer - Of Forest Hills, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 6 July 2005.

I would like to have contact with anyone from the class of January 1944, just to find out what my old buddies did in their life, ie. Gloria Taylor, Donald Rice, etc.. Also, class of June '44, Steve Klaus & his wife Alice. Let's take a trip down memory lane.


Author: Moira Kenny Lange - Of Allentown, PA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 2 July 2005.

I was in Bayside last weekend at a surprise birthday party for Roberta McBride, and heard about this site. What a great log book. I'm in touch with Thea Hickey, Alice Blake, Jimmy McLaughlin, Paul Kugler, Angie Ianiello. Saw Ed Speedling and Fr. Alden Brown from Holy Child Jesus at the party. Lots of nostalgia sent me here. Visited HCJ last year for a spring wedding and RH looked really good. I had a daughter late in life and she loved the city streets where you can walk rather than drive. In spring of 1989 when the Forest Park carousel was being rededicated, Rudi Giuliani was running for mayor (the time he lost)and he grabbed my baby for a photo op. Great day at the carousel and great pic. Be in touch, I enjoy hearing how people's lives are going.
Linda


Author: Linda Beyer McHugh - Of Silver Spring MD

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 1 July 2005.

John Mulry: I didn't have any sisters ... just a younger brother who did wear glasses. I was born in 58. He was born in 61. We lived in a white house on the same side as the Greenwood bakery, about six houses from 107th ave. My best friend in those days, Keith Dougherty, lived on Liberty in an apartment above Irv's Candy Store and Vormbrock's Realty. That would have been real close to you.


Author: Tom Klein - Of NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 1 July 2005.

Patrice, third house from Greenwood bakery, now I remember you. If I'm not mistaken, I knew you as "Patty" in those days.


Author: Tom Klein - Of NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 1 July 2005.

Sandi,
I went to P.S.100 from 1958-62, here were my teachers: Mrs. McManus (1st grade), Mrs. Weisbart (2nd), Mrs. Morse (3rd), and Mrs. FitzSimmons (4th). did you have any of those teachers?


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 29 June 2005.

Tom Klein? didn't you have an older sister, and didn't you wear glasses back then? if so, we palled around a bit back then I was known by my nickname Billy (legally it's Jonn, please don't ask). my parents had the bar and grill on the corner, and I was seen hanging with Danny Manning, quite a bit


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 29 June 2005.

Graduated in 1967 from Holy Child Jesus School


Author: Patricia Dougherty Grubb - Of Greensboro, NC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 28 June 2005.

Wow, I didn't know this site existed..what a trip down memory lane. I went to PS 100/PS108 and John Adams HS - 1958-1961..I lived on Liberty & 117th St.growing up..I remember Winter's/Hugo's/Jahn's/The Casino/The Lefferts..my Mom just gave all the ruby glass she has collected from the theatres years ago to my sister Charlene...I have another sister named Barbara who was much younger. It was a wonderful place to grow up in, we were never afraid I used to walk all over the place even at night. This is a great site and I'll be back to visit...if anyone remembers me drop an email at ... sdoscher458@aol.com


Author: Sandi (Schick) Doscher - Of Pinellas Park FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 28 June 2005.

Tom,
I remember you and your family. I also remember the Olsons, Raffanellos, Bankovskys, Altmans, Schweicherts and Youngs (on 112th). I lived on the same side of the block as you did, the third house from the Greenwood Bakery. I lived there from 1954 until 1972. What a small world!


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 27 June 2005.

Reading your site brought back a lot of memories of growing up in the greatest neighborhood in Queens. I lived at 94-12 121 Street between Atlantic & 95th. We moved their fro Bklyn. in 1954 and sold the house in 1998. My father Al Hoffman was an usher at St. Benny's at the 5 PM mass for many years. The families on the block were Keegan, Cina, Dursi, McCoy, DiAmore, Morgan, Risdell, Hennesy, Flood, Monte, Steubel. Please email me @ nyhoffmans@yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from anyone
Al Hoffman


Author: Al Hoffman - Of Franklin Square N.Y, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 26 June 2005.

I lived on the outskirts of Richmond Hill in Jamaica off Jamaica Avenue and 144th Street during the 1950's - 1960's.
Wow what memories this site brought back. I had a few friends who lived in RH and attended Our Lady of the Cenacle off the Van Wyck. Many thanks to the Society for this website!


Author: Gurdy Elborne

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 June 2005.

I am Guyman Abaeze.
Former, or should I say, always a "Richmond Hillite"!!! Love this site so many memories stirred up and brought to the surface, for all of us to enjoy again!!-- Our Mayberry Revisited!!.


Author: guyman abaeze - Of Lome , Togo.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 June 2005.

To the person who wrote about the memories of 109th street. It was quite vivid and wonderful descriptions. I live in the house where Ralph Campbell lived, and it was with his wife, not his sister. Her Name was Ruth, nee Ross. She was born in that house. Ralph was from Jersey originally and married Ruth later on in life.. Ruth died in a home a few years ago. Ralph before her at the age of 92. I bought the house in 1994. That beautiful 1961 Ford Galaxie Starliner in baby blue is in my garage, with the original 37,000 miles on it. Tony , next door, (Tony and Jean Finizio) just passed on about a month ago. He braved dialysis for 9 years. God bless him. He had the best stories in the world and I was fascinated by them. As for the haunted house, it is now kept beautifullytand pretty again. There have been many changes as people come and go, but it is everyone's memories that keep everything in perspective!


Author: nanc - Of richmond hill richmond hill

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 June 2005.

Rememberances of 109th Street in the 1970's
Wonderful Tree Lined Street

Ice Storm ('71?), Blackout('77), Snowstorm('78)

Neighbors:
Theresa Carmody & Jim Carmody (wonderful couple - Her father was a wheelright--fire engines-in Brooklyn and he was a succesful jockey)
Billy McDonough & Elieen his sister, she made fantastic soda bread & he was always ready with a story
George Haefner - Former secretary to Mr.Louis C.Tiffany, His generosity, Gleaming Black Checker Car His world travelling brother & German Shepard Rex
Johanna Kaskus - A generous soul with a green thumb, her husband delivered Lithuanian and Ukranian baked goods
Mrs. Danes - Left the tyranny of Hitlers Germany
Betty & Conrad - Left Germany as well and had a garden that caught the eye
The Campbells - Ralph and his sister, Ralph was a merchant marine and had interesting souveniers, a bumpy (stones embedded in the concrete) sidewalk and a pristine 60's Ford.
Ralph's neighbor Tony who wore colorful shirts.
Mr. Wyman Holden in the Apt building, a former Bell Lab physicist who retired as computers came into vouge
The "Haunted House" on the corner of 109 & 86th Ave--was lived but the old victorian had a collapsed garage and grey exterior made it Halloween every night.
John's Deli on the Avenue
Bill's Candy Store - Soda Fountain, Comics, Jo-Anne at the counter
Hobby & Model Shop at Jamaica & 106th
Old Munich Deli - Heidi
John Orman Agency - Mr.Orman was knowledgable about the history of the neighborhood as was Mrs. Orman (lived on 107th St. north of 86th Ave.)
Angelo's Pizza, Wise Drugs (Art in the window), Coffee Cake at the ??? Bakery on 111th
PS 90, Holy Child (Father White), JHS 210, RHHS
The professor on 110th St. that owned a South African Bassingi (curled tail--loved to jump)
Assemblyman - Al Dellabovi - Sanitation always made sure his driveway was clean after a snow.
Assemblyman Tony Seminario - Big man and showed a big heart
86th Avenue used to have a Greenline Bus running on it.
1976 reinactment of the revolutionary war in Forrest Park -Recall the Redcoats, Minutemen & Indian Scouts
RH Block Association - Dario Centorcelli, Lorraine Paolino, Tom Dundero, Vivianne Curry & Linda
Dr. Prono (110th St & 86 --old bus stop)
Robert Dunckley CPA (across the street--very high curb)
Frank Daliendo the Carpenter on 110th(Blue Pickup a common site)
Lightning Bugs, "polly noses", Cicadas, Light through the trees and the click clack of the El.

Wonderful place to be at that time.


Author: Lived on 109th Street - Of Yerba Buena, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 25 June 2005.

Looking for Kenny Ross who lived around 102nd St in Richmond Hill and went to Holy Child Jesus, graduated in 1962. Last heard he is a fire fighter in Florida. Would like to contact him about a class re-union. E-mail me if you see this Kenny.


Author: Judy Alfano Lajoux - Of Franklin Square, NY

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 23 June 2005.

I forgot to leave my email for Holy Child graduates of 1952 bjbuckley1@comcast.net


Author: Elizabeth McCarthy Buckley - Of Thornton, Pa

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 22 June 2005.

Accidentally found this page....my lucky day. I lived in Richmond Hill from 1948 to 63. I really don't think anyone outside of NY gets the "neighborhood" thing. My father was the assistant manager of the RKO on Hillside Ave and I worked in Jahn's. Loved Salerno's on Hillside, Triangle Brothers, PAL at (I think) the l06 Precinct. Went to grade school at Holy Child - anyone out there from class of 52? Bonnie Diamond, Joan Liddell, Claire Maney, Francis Messick, John Adams, John Hicks.....would love to swap stories. A big thank you to the historical society


Author: elizabeth McCarthy Buckley - Of Thornton, Pa, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 22 June 2005.

It's so nice to visit this site from time to time to keep up with others from the place I grew up. Thanks!


Author: Gayle Crawford - Of Ozone Park, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 June 2005.

moved to 111th st and liberty ave next to AL stereo bar in 1965 and bounced around richmond hill till 1987. Great memories of liberty ave of stores and bars, walks to John Adams HS and playing ball in P.S. 62 schoolyard. Went back for a visit in 2003, what a great place to grow up.


Author: robert beninati - Of tampa, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 June 2005.

Patrice,

I lived on 111th, between Liberty and 107th Avenue from 1958 - 1970. Some of the families on the block were the Olsons, Rafenellos, Seegers, Tarantolas, Bankovskys, Altmans, Schweicherts. Also Aherns, Youngs, Brogans, and McClearys around the block on 112th.


Author: Tom Klein - Of Piscataway, NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 June 2005.

I really enjoyed reading from all those people.This is a website to keep for ever and ever! I remember Richmond Hill because I used to work at The Triangle Hofbrau at Myrtle Ave & 117th St. The Four brothers owned it then and I remember the Father just before he died in the late 70's. I also used to live on 111th St from early 80's to early 90's. Then I moved to 104th St & 95th Ave. (cyndi lauper'place) where I am today. Richmond Hill was and still holds lots of history and memories for so many people. My Uncle had a barber shop at 130th St and 101 Ave. I am very happy to find this site and wanted to be part of it. Will be looking for other new entries from time to time. Lets try to keep those big bueatiful houses. James from Ozone Park


Author: James Grimaldi - Of Ozone Park, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 20 June 2005.

Did anyone know the English teacher James Joseph Flynn who lived at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and taught at Bishop Loughlin High School in the 40's ?


Author: TT

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 19 June 2005.

IN 1944 I LIVED ACROSS IN MANHATTAN AT 504 W.126TH STREET, I WAS A DISTRESSED BRITISH MERCHANT MARINE AND WAS WORKING AT THIS ADDRESS AS A JANITOR. I ALSO WORKED ON A ICE TRUCK DELIVERING TO ALL THE BARS IN HARLEM INCLUDING THE APOLLO THEATRE. I HAD LEFT WARTIME ENGLAND AND MY 1 YEAR STAY WAS THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE I AM SURE AND I HAVE TRAVELLED ALL OVER EUROPE AND AM NOW IN AUSTRALIA BUT NEW YORK HAS GOT TO BE THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD AND I WISH I WERE THERE NOW. I WOULD Have liked to have been able to contact all of the friends that i had made there but after all these years it doesnt seem possible, but if any body with the name REMALEY, DOO DOO DONATO, JOHNY PAVIN GET IN TOUCH, BOY WOULD THAT BE GREAT. SO ALL YOU LUCKY NEW YORKERS TAKE CARE AND BE LUCKY. BILL BARNETT U.K/ 1940S NOW ON OZ.


Author: BILL BARNETT - Of melbourne , AUSTRALIA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 18 June 2005.

I spent the first 24 years of my life living in Richmond Hill on 130th St between 107thand 109th. I am 62 years old now and have very fond memories of growing up in Queens. I still am very close with others who grew up in that neighborhood. (Bruce Squeglia, Frank Grillo, Danny Fogarazzo) and married a girl from 133 street, who's maiden name was Carol Fudge.


Author: Dennis Sherack - Of East Rockaway,NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 June 2005.

Patrice,
1958-62, the years my folks had the C&F.
Jonn


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 June 2005.

WHAT A GREAT WEB SITE.
I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF R.H. I LIVED ON 131 ST BETWEEN 107 AND 109 AVE. I PLAYED FOR ST T'S BASKETBALL TEAM BACK IN THE DAY.


Author: BRUCE SQUEGLIA - Of LYNBROOK L.I., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 17 June 2005.

John:
I did not know Danny Manning, although I lived right down the street. What years would that have been? Do you know any other families on the block (111th, between Liberty and 107th Avenue)?


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 16 June 2005.

I was seeking information on the name Briggs and found your website. Not sure if your Jeremiah Briggs is any relation as of yet. Will let you know if it works out.


Author: Evan Briggs - Of Seattle

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 15 June 2005.

Patrice!
Woah! if you lived at 111th and Liberty, do you remember Danny Manning who lived with his parents and little brother above the C&F? Danny and I got into all sorts of naughtiness together.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 15 June 2005.

Mike,
if you went to John Adams during the 40's and fifties, perchance you knew my Mom, Carole Snedeker? she graduated in 1950, I presume.


Author: Jonn Mulry

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 15 June 2005.

For Pat who asked about the Sanitarium. We all were heartbroken to see it go. I forwarded to her a picture of the sanitarium. i hope she received it. It was never a "historic landmark" legally and that is why they tore it down. With all our hard work, all we have been able to make a legal LANDMARK is the Republican Club. All the other sites are on the Nationl Register of Historic Places, but that does not protect it from demolition.


Author: nancy - Of richmond hill.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 15 June 2005.

My family lived at 95 - 12 127th St from about 1965 - 1978. Vincent, Anthony, Robert and Joseph grew up there and our sister was born out in Massapequa. Great memories of Smokie Oval, PS 55 and SBJL Catholic Church. Names remembered - Mike Wills, Chris Zarnecki, Richie Catania, Dana Luchesse, Cathy Hughes, Tammy Frepain, Nisha, Ferdo Ong, Ronald Bache, Blaze, Jean Marie, Antonette, John Snyder. Whow, what a rush.


Author: Robert Napodano - Of Mesa

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 14 June 2005.

Lived in RichmondHill from 1967-1993


Author: neal wadenpfuhl - Of miami, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 13 June 2005.

Lived at 8759 115th St between '34 and '39. Wonder whatever happened to the Teglers at 9745 on the 2nd floor? There was John and younger sister Patricia (?) John and I played in the deep snow one day, got soaked and I got pneumonia. Recovered.. Again, a great web site!


Author: Frank Springer - Of Damariscotta, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 13 June 2005.

I have lived in the same residence in Richmond Hill for 69 years this coming August 2005, and I was born at the Richmond Hill Sanitarium, 121 St. & 95th Ave. Richmond Hill, N.Y. 11419 The property has just been purchased and
the house brought down to the ground. Since I think this was a historical landmark, I was wondering if there are any pictures available. I asked several times to have a picture taken of the location, this was never done, and now
it no longer exists! Can anyone out there help me?
Thanks,
Pat


Author: Patricia M. Sexton - Of Richmond Hill, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 12 June 2005.

I am a resident of Richmond Hill for almost 69 years and graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1954. We celebrated a 50 year reunion in The Friar's Club in 2004.
Would just like to register my visit.


Author: Patricia M. Sexton - Of Richmond Hill, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 12 June 2005.

Does anyone remember the Ideal Meat Market on Jamaica Ave.? It was also on the corner of another street and was still in existance in the late 1970's. It was across the street from the Depot of Good Humor Ice Cream which must have closed during the late 1960's. The proprietor was named Edward Scherne and he was a gem of a man. My father lived in Richmond Hill and we'd go there together. The Ideal Meat Market smelled like heaven and I remember the kindness of Mr. Scherne and how he's always give me a slice of bologna. I also know he had at least one daughter who was a beauty contestent and remember his advertising signs inside for Rheingold Beer that usually featured the New York Mets. I would love to hear from any of Mr. Scherne's family members. Thanks.


Author: Robert Miller - Of Union, NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 11 June 2005.

Regina Morra - How are you, so nice to hear from a familiar person!!!! Hope all is well, I live on Long Island withy 4 children and I wish they knew the childhood we had!!! Where in NJ do you live, I lived in Jersey for 4 years!


Author: Clare Rickert Guarnieri

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 10 June 2005.

hi, while searching for kew gardens i found your website. Thanks for the memories!!


Author: del shachtman - Of San Francisco, CA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 9 June 2005.

John, yes I remember the C&F very well... I lived right down the street. That was many years ago!


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 8 June 2005.

Patrice, do you remember the C&F bar and grill across from Winther's? my Mom and stepfather had the place. speaking of dentists: does anyone remember Dr. Carlin? he had his office on the second floor of the building next to my Grandfather's plumbing shop (H.A. Snedeker) on 115th near Liberty. I guess Dr. Carlin is long gone.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 8 June 2005.

Note to John Macken Ade--- you inquired about the name of the dentist on 111th and Liberty, upstairs on the 2nd floor. It was Dr. Leonard Bernstein... he was my dentist, too in the 1960's! I lived right across the street.


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 6 June 2005.

I lived in Richmond Hill on 111th St. and Liberty Ave. I remember Winther's, Smitty's (grocery), the library between 111th & 112th on Liberty. I went to OLPH (graduated 1968) and Dominican Commercial H.S. (graduated 1972)....I enjoyed reading the entries very much---it brought back many fond memories of my childhood!


Author: Patrice - Of Orlando, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 6 June 2005.

ken zaveckas - Of warwick, ny mentioned Mission soda... my father would go towork on Saturday morning and leave 50 cents allowance for me at the end of the kitchen table. I would walk to the corner of 95th avenue and 102nd Street, and buy a small loaf of Italian bread + a bottle of mission grape... then I would go across the street and buy a DC comic... all this cost 48 cents... I would them walk to Jamaica Avenue and 102nd and sneak on the El - it was there I read the comic, ate the bread, and drank the mission grape... every Saturday morning. There isn't a Saturday that goes by without me still looking for the 50 cents.


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 5 June 2005.

Great site. I was born in Richmond Hill, baptized at SBJL, lived in So. Ozone Park on 121st & 111th, went to PS 100, OLPH, John Adams. Good friend was Ronnie Karp of KARP'S Ice Cream Parlor. Went to Lefferts Theatre every Sat., Dave's Candy Store on Lefferts. Many great memories.
This was back in the 40s-50s.


Author: Mike Mattes - Of El Paso, TX, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 4 June 2005.

hi, i was seeking info on old history of long island, ny and enjoyed my visit on this part of the island. Thanks!


Author: trevor howard - Of port washington, ny

This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 June 2005.

there isn't a day that passes that i don't remember something about richmond hill. st.benny's 59-66; flipping cards in the schoolyard, the "penguins" who always pulled you by the ears or broke the rulers over your knuckles or the pointer over somewhere else, sbjl baseball the "knights, royals, celtics etc, friday afternoon benedictions, weekends, stickball summers and 2 sewer plate wallops,"slap", football winters on the 100 yard "field" we painted on the street, summer nights of ring-o-levio, mission sodas, bike rides to forest park, hanging out on each others stoops playing cards, talking about girls, 4th of july fireworks with the smoke so dense you couldn't see the end of the street, lincoln vlaun, ann marie smyth, 95th ave from school to home on 112th, snowball fights, hanging water balloons in the tress triggered by black thread to get unsuspecting passersby, yet, aside from this, a very safe place to grow up in. then RHHS 70-74. annoyed at the old man at first because all my friends were going to loughlin or molloy and he made me go to hill. then realized years later my time at hill was the best years of my life. dances, larraine day, track team and practice every day "DDDDD", Mrs Kapp & Mr Leary, "jerky" serkey, friday night basketball games in the gym,jeanie klocek, the class of '70, rockaway beach on weekends @ 116th street. it seems like you couldn't wait to get out so you could be older and get the car or a job and now you wish you could go back and do it all over again only knowing now what you didn't or wouldn't know then. queens college 70-74, finally driving, more track, commuting to college, driving 1,500 miles/month in the city, coney island, jones beach, working at Faust's gas station and leaving my paycheck there for driving the car 1,500 miles/month. FR. bill smith, chaperoning (me? loloolol) friday night dances, winter ski trips, cindy fava, barbara breslin, kathleen mcgrath. marriage... apartment in RH, FDNY 77-present, then bought my own home in RH, kids born there, wish i had a dime for every time i took them in the carriage, stroller, on my shoulders, or power cycle up 108th to forest park, the carousel on sundays, jahns, HCJ, jason's, schmidts candy, or lewis'. actually worked as a covering lieutenant in Ladder 143 on jamaica ave & 102nd for 2 1/2 years. felt like the mayor of RH. sadly, "had" to move in '90. may not sound like much to some but has filled me with memories that will last my lifetime. truly wish i could do it all over again and it really had to be an experience as many of you seem to feel the same way.


Author: ken zaveckas - Of warwick,ny

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 3 June 2005.

Thanks Pat Bernado for telling me about this site. A hero of ours once lived in Richmond Hill -- Peter John Russell. Until now, I knew he was from New York City but now I can learn something about the neighborhood where he grew up.

My acquainance with Peter was brief -- less than 10 minutes. He had just reported to our unit (240 Assult Helicopter Company, located at BearCat, South Viet Nam) and was about take his first an only flight as a "Mad Dog" -- call sign we used.

Please visit this web site for more information: http://www.taskforceomegainc.org/r032.html He and two other crewmembers were last "seen alive".

I haven't forgotten -- I pray America never forgets her heros!


Author: Morris Miller - Of Tulsa, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 31 May 2005.

This is a good site.
I lived in Richmond Hills between 1997-2003.


Author: Swaroopa - Of Jackson, TN, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 31 May 2005.

Great site. I love Richmond Hill, the history and the neighborhood (though I have only been there once), yet, if it was a safer neighborhood when DINKINS was mayor, that is truly pathetic. I have seen community board reports that seem to indicate that that is true. Current and recent RH residents, fill me in: has crime gone up in the nabe in the last 10-15 years. I have read that NYPD precinct captains underreport crime, and journalist Nicholas Stix, who commutes on the A train, has actually seen it happen. (Search Google for "underreporting of crime and his article appears first). I have seen pictures of certain Queens neighborhoods, such as Sunnyside, as having no graffiti on elevated structures in 1985. Was Richmond Hill the same way back then?
I am not from Queens but I attended private school there for many years so it is like a second home. It is a shame that this wonderful borough, which was quietly and ultimately superior to Manhattan in the 80's, did not benefit much from an administration it wholeheartedly supported, and has been reduced almost to the status of the Bronx.


Author: Andrew Smith - Of NYC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 31 May 2005.

Hi Mark Kenny and Clare Ricket, went to St. Benny's with the both of you. Mark your house was right in back of our house. I have been living in New Jersey for 20 years. I have one boy. I miss Richmond Hill. I tell a lot of stories about the old neighborhood and St Benny's.


Author: Regina Morra Ross - Of Robbinsville, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 May 2005.

Brian Ashcraft: Saw your note about looking for info on NYC subways. If you were looking for historical information, particularly the Jamaica Ave el, or the Liberty Ave. el, check out the following websites: www.nycsubway.org www.bmt-lines.com www.nycrail.com The bmt one in particular has the fascinating details of just when each station on the lines was opened. Also, one of them talks about the planned expansion of the Liberty Ave el out to Laurelton (Springfield Blvd near the Belt Parkway) and a line that would have run down the Van Wyck! Both my father and grandfather worked for the BMT, I grew up hearing the stories.


Author: drjohnrodgers - Of Valley Stream, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 29 May 2005.

This is an exciting site. I particularly cherish the rememberances written by Tom Kraujalis. Thank you, Tom.


Author: Shelly Pikul Perez - Of Houston, TX, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 28 May 2005.

I was searching for information on nyc subways and came across your webpages about Jamaica Avenue. This has been very fascinating for me due to the fact that my family was from Richmond Hill at one time. Great site!


Author: Brian Ashcraft - Of Boca Raton, Fl, U.S.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

Mark Kenny, I went to SBJL with you !! Richmond Hill definitely has brought me the best memories ever !! I am still friends with Lynn, Kathy, Mike, Debbie, and Mary C., also see a few other people time to time. I live on Long Island married with four children. It was nice to see a familiar name on this site !!!
Clare Rickert Guarnieri


Author: Clare Rickert Guarnieri - Of Islip Terrace, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

i was researching John Adams for a school project and found your website which has been very helpful on his days in New York City. Thanks!


Author: Joshua Davis - Of Rockville, MD, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

Love comming back to this site time and again. I LOVED growing up in Richmond Hill and wouldn't trade it for anything. I attended S.B.J.L till 1976 then on to Hill till 1979. I married with 7 children living in central Forida since 2001. I hope to here from old friends down the line.


Author: Mark Kenny - Of Orlando

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

Hi I grew up in richmond hill in 1954 thru 1964. Lived on 126th Street and Hillside Ave. Went to Jahns Ice Cream Parlor, Salernos Italian Restaurant the RKO Keiths the Library and my mom worked at Lip****z stationers on Jamaica avenue. It was great to grow up there.


Author: Sue Haag-Elias - Of FMB Florida, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 May 2005.

Ginger, I grew up around the corner from you, on 120 st. between Jerome and 97th. I am quite a few years older than you, I left 120th St. in 1963 when I got married. I remember Buff's (also called Corio's) from the time it opened (around 1947). I went to SBJL and so did the Corio kids, one was a boy, the other a girl, both older than I.
The "atmosphere" in the store was colder than the "atmosphere" in Karps, Ludemann's, Prusser's or even Schaefer's Candy store on Jerome between 121 and 123 Street while the Schaefer's were running it. (They sold it in 1961 or 1962 and the new owners wanted to make it a luncheonette for the men who worked at Richmond Hill Tin Supply and the Fuel Oil Company between 121 and 120 st.) In the late 1940's and early 1950's (up until about 1955 or 56), there was a barber shop in one of the brownstones across from Buff's. A retired barber who had worked at the Plaza Hotel (I think his name was Murphy or Mulcunry) opened a shop in the living room of his apartment. After he passed away, a barber named Vinnie Trieste opened a shop on the same side of the street as Buff's, next to the Laundromat on the corner of 120 and 101 Ave.
I lived at 97-19 120 from Dec. 1945 to Dec.29, 1962. I still get to Russo's about every other month for dinner and I am amazed at how Jerome Ave and Lefferts Blvd has changed!


Author: Dr. John Rodgers - Of Valley Stream, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 26 May 2005.

Went to P.S.55, P.S. 121, my class was the last 8th grade class to graduate there,I graduated from RHHS in 1971. Lived across the street from Buff's candy store on 101 Ave. between Lefferts and 120 st. I still live in Richmond Hill, would love to hear from neighbors or classmates. Great site.


Author: Ginger - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 26 May 2005.

the name of the toy store on 121st and liberty was GIBBS,,, I lived down the block


Author: philip - Of levittown, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 24 May 2005.

In 1967, at the age of 13, my family moved to Richmond Hill from Clinton Hill/Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. It was in my refinished attic room at 90 - 04 102nd Street that I began to develop my mathematico - philosophical system of "Mathematical Realism" (www.1stbooks.com/bookview/2105,
www.1stbooks.com/bookview/19815, and www.1stbooks.com/bookview/30441) from about the age of 15 when I studied the rationalism of Descartes and Spinoza. Through walks in the Forest Park woodland trails from 102nd Street/Park Lane South, I experienced the beauty of nature and sought the proofs for the being of God, and the spirituality of human self - consciousness. It was there - in one simple attic room, one simple non - Victorian/non - Queen Anne house, and one simple park - in Richmond Hill, that I began to comprehend the infinite perfections of God and man's powers of self - reflection, intellect, and the free - will to love. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude toward God for the beautiful people, together with their beautiful talents (Louis Fratello the Barber, Arnstein and Sancetta the Pharmacists, Bill's Fountain at 104th St/91st Avenue, George's Fountain at 104th/Jamaica Ave, Wessling's Books, Lipschutz, Majestic Photo, Dr. Kalish the Physician, Dr. Menichino the Dentist, Joe's Ice Cream, Dorr Dance Studio, and others), who embellish our lives. I ask only that two places be historically preserved in Richmond Hill: the Richmond Hill Public Library and my former home at 90 - 04 102nd Street.
It was in the former that I had first picked up some books in philosophy, and it was in the latter that the truest vision ever had of God came, perhaps, there. I left my heart, not in San Francisco, but in Richmond Hill.


Author: Joseph N. Manago - Of Briarwood, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 22 May 2005.

I graduated from Holy Child Jesus in 1962. A reunion sounds like fun. I keep in touch with Cathy Corcoran Barton and Lorraine Parrino D'Aleo. I'll pass on any information to them. I'm a registered nurse working at Columbia University Health Service. I live in New York Ciy with my husband and son. I'd love to see some of my old friends.
Joan Connelly Lantz


Author: Joan Connelly Lantz - Of NYC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 19 May 2005.

a Memorial Day parade, how that brings back memories.when I was living in South Ozone Park (1958-62), we had many a parade down Rockaway Blvd.. I even got into one in 1962. I had been a part of Glen Morris Presbyterian Church at the time, and I remember our Sunday School having a parade down the Avenue where the church is still located. your mention about a Memorial Day parade makes me wish I could find a wormhole to get out of here for a few hours, and participate. have fun!


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 May 2005.

Attended Holy Child Jesus From 1957 to 1966. Looking former friends and classmates.


Author: Kathryn Zabrocki Strode - Of Gilmanton, NH

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 May 2005.

Anyone out there attend Gate of Heaven in Ozone Park during the years 1941-1949?


Author: Bob Rademacher - Of Smithville, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 May 2005.

Looking for the graduating class of 1962 from Holy Child Jesus. 4 of us are working on a re-union and trying to find you. Virginia Lynch, Annemarie Rielly were mentioned... are you girls out there? Kenny Ross and Bruce Terzano and Jack Consiglio were also mentioned to us and I'm wondering if anyone knows how to contact them. We hear Kenny is a firefighter in Florida. Congratulation for that Kenny, that's a wonderful thing you're doing. Please e-mail me through this site. We'd love to hear from you and possible arrange a re-union. Judy Alfano


Author: Judy Alfano - Of Franklin Square, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

Grew up in Richmond Hill and went to Gate of Heaven & RHHS. Moved in the 70's during college years. Its been great to find out about this website.


Author: Amy Mangiano - Of Boston, MA, US.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

Annie of Shirley:
You were looking for information on the Quinn or Dooley families. Well as you can see by the name I'm a Quinn email me and I'll let you know everything I know.
Butch


Author: Butch Quinn - Of Hermitage, TN, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

HI EVERYONE! Please join the Richmond Hill Historical Society on Sunday. May 29th 2005 at 11.30 am to march in the Memorial Day Parade down Metropolitan Avenue. All are welcome! Bring the kids. Meet us at the corner of Metropolitan and Ascan Avenues.
Hope to see you there! Email me if you have any questions!


Author: nancycataldi@earthlink.net - Of richmond hill, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

hello,
I just found your page while searching infos for my name.
My first name is Albon.
If you have some infos about that name feel free to e-mail me.
thanks


Author: Albon - Of Hamburg, Germany.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 May 2005.

Hi I was a member of the first Lynvets football team in 1952
I am now living in port st lucie fl
I went to St Sylvester catholic school and ps 214
I would like to hear from any one


Author: Billy Jones - Of Port St Luce fl

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 11 May 2005.

I LIVED IN OZONE PARK ON 102 STREET, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER ME? I WENT TO PS62 THAN GATE OF HEAVEN THAN RHHS THAN WE MOVED TO WANTAGH LONG ISLAND. FIREBIRD WAS MY C.B. HANDLE. EMAIL ME... THANKS, JOE


Author: JOE CAZZALINO (FIREBIRD) - Of FLORIDA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 11 May 2005.

THIS IS A GREAT SITE LIVED ON HILLSIDE AVE & 123 ST WENT TO PS.54 JHS.217 & R.H.H.S GRAD.1969


Author: TOMMY MOYLAN - Of BAYSHORE, NEW YORK.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 7 May 2005.

i love this site and saw my sons 2yr school teacher in here...


Author: HARRIET CHAMBERS - Of NORFOLK, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 6 May 2005.

great site! lived in richmond hill from 1950's-1970's. I still miss my old neighborhood.


Author: dale henderson - Of Rochester, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 5 May 2005.

Memories of Growing up in Richmond Hill & So Ozone Park.
1) Stoop ball; play for hours
2) Stick ball; use sewer plates as makers.
3) White Castle Hanberger Runs. Can I have eight burgers for .12 each and a coke?
4)Drag Racing on Cross Bay Blvd, Atlantic Ave and the Nassau Expressway.
5)Visiting Dave's Candy Store at Lefferts and 111th Ave for a chocolate egg cream. 10 cents you know.
6)Fishing Spaldings out of sewers to save a 26 cents or the cost of a pency pinky.
7) Going to the Belt Parkway to play basketball or softball.
8)Riding the Q-10 Q41 and Q9 to Jamaica or Kew Gardens.
9)Going To the "Island" for New York Nat'l Speedway.
10) Going to the Rockaway's or Jones Beach for a swim.
11) Heading to Coney Island to ride the cyclone, Thunderbolt and Tornado rollercoasters.Don't forget about Nathan's Hot Dogs and Potato knishes too.How about a trip to Steeplechase.
12)Riding the Subways A E F Lines to the "city". "Watch the closing Doors" Ding dong ding dong.
13)Catching Lightning bugs in Jars.
14)Stopping a Carlos Pizza for a 15 cent slice of cheese pizza at Liberty & Lefferts.
15)Stop At Merckels Meat Market nearby for a free slice of balogna.
16) Stop at Loft's Candy for a Block of chocolate.
17)Stop at Al Diamond Records on Liberty between 116th & 117th st for the WMCA top 25 weekly list.
18)Watch at the Lefferts theater 13 ghosts where an actual ghost goes accross the theater.
19)Go bicycling anywhere around Queens and have the time of your life!
20)Just hang out with your friends on their "Stoop" and talk the night away.
I can go on but I believe this was a very memorable and fun time of my life.


Author: Tom Kraujalis - Of Aurora,CO, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 3 May 2005.

hi, great site and information about forest park, etc... Thanks!


Author: jodi hagstrom - Of Forest Hills, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 1 May 2005.

Graduated SBJL in '60. Molloy in '64. Lived on 114th St. between Atlantic and 95th. My sisters Patty, Maryann & Brigid still live in RH. Still friends with Steve Maltese, Jim Rudolph, Jack Curtin, Phil Moran & others. Great memories of Smokey Park and Mickey's Jerome Tavern. Have my Kindergarten class picture from '52 and love to get all the names to the faces. I can send anyone the photo if they would like a copy.


Author: Bob Warren - Of Lindenhurst, Suffolk.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 April 2005.

I luved finding this website and have bookmarked it as my favorite. I grew up in Richmond Hill but my parents moved when I was only 12 just before I started high school in 1963. I always missed my hometown and wanted to say thanks for this wonderful website!


Author: Laura Lynch - Of Denver, CO, US.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 April 2005.

This site is great. Brings Back great memories. My family lived On 109th street between liberty and 103rd. My mother Elaine Bloom was born on that block. My grandfather owned lighting fixture store on 109 and liberty -- Piermont lighting. I went to PS 108, JHS 202 (first class) and Adams in 1960's. It was a great time in Richmond Hill. Played ball in yard at 108 or 62 everyday and than handball on American Bedding. The Casino or Lefferts movie every saturday morning. Lunch at Winters after than stickball or football on 109, with the sewer cover as Home or the goal line. I played on St. Mary's little league. Hoping to hear from old friends.


Author: todd greenberg - Of NY

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 April 2005.

lived at 107-21 lefferts blvd fom 1934 - 1947 went to ps 100 and to 121. moved to long beach in 1947 and have lived in florida for many years - my father owned liquor store between 117-118 st on liberty ave for many years. would love to hear from anyone who remembers me my sister suzanne or my parents - site brought back good memories of my childhood.


Author: gary weiss - Of clermont fl, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 April 2005.

Grew up at Linden Blvd & 121st in the 1960's. Remembering the Toy stores on Liberty Ave. Sukon's, Uncle Jack's, Al Diamond Records. Does any one remember the name of the toy store in the 60's at Liberty Ave and 121st Street? Please write and let all know.


Author: Tom Kraujalis - Of Aurora, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 April 2005.

looking for anyone who remembers the quinn or dooley familys in the early 1900's. my uncles were artie dooley vincent dooley (vic was a priest) tom dooley, lucille dooley, mary dooley, josephine dooley, cassie dooley. if anyone remembers them please let me know. trying to find out about my family history


Author: annie - Of shirley, suffolk.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 29 April 2005.

Loved this site! Brought back many memories of RH and Holy Child Jesus School, graduated in '63. In many of the comments of others, I can relate - Jahn's, Forest Park - skating and sleding of course and even playing in the park - safely!!! Still a great neighborhood. Parents still live in Kew Gardens. If anyone else reads this from the HCJ class of '63, sign on to Classmates.com and find many of your friends!


Author: Suzy De Maeyer-Blanchard - Of Ithaca, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 28 April 2005.

Awesome site! Brought back many memories from my childhood. Keep up the good work!


Author: Paul Fraraccio - Of Lake Ridge, VA, Prince William.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 27 April 2005.

To view a five page slide show of the Elisabeth Riis Commemoration held on April 17, 2005 at Maple Grove Cemetery, go the the link accompanying this message and click on the thumbnail under the April 26th entry.

http://www.oldkewgardens.com/rhhs.html


Author: Joe - Of Kew Gardens, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 27 April 2005.

hi, found your site searching for indians of long island. Enjoyed the articles!


Author: bert greer - Of Baldwin, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 26 April 2005.

I think this site is awesome, love the stories can relate- makes me homesick !!!


Author: Clare (Rickert) Guarnieri - Of Islip Terrace, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 April 2005.

Thanks for your information pages about the Maple Grove Cemetery


Author: Althea Morgan - Of Port Jefferson, LI, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 April 2005.

Terence:

Bill's had the best root beer--Rock and Root.

Jack Shea


Author: Jack Shea - Of Mamaroneck, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 April 2005.

Hi Everyone! If you are wondering about the walking tour at Maple Grove Cemetery, because of the rain on Saturday the 23rd of April. we will be doing it on Sunday, the 24th at 1 pm. Meet us at the administration gate at Kew Gardens Road and Lefferts Blvd and wear comfortable shoes! thanks!


Author: nancy cataldi - Of richmond hill

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 April 2005.

I enjoyed reading many of the posts. I grew up on Jamaica Ave. and 107 St. My Mom (Jo-Ann) worked at Bill's candy store, as did my siblings and I. Everyone thought my mom was Bill's wife. We hung out at the school yard of PS 90, and enjoyed our trips up to the park. Played ball for Rich-Haven, graduated from PS90 in 77, went to 210 and Graduated RHHS in 82. Still in contact with many of my friends from my childhood. Richmond Hill was great to grow up in. Hope it as good for my kids, who attend Holy Child.


Author: Terrence Flanagan - Of Richmond Hill

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 April 2005.

Everytime I look at this sight I get a real nostalgia high. I grew up at the edge of Richmond Hill, 107th Ave.&133St. Went to PS121 1945-1953, and Brooklyn Tech. Played for St. Teresa for 5 years. This sight keeps me in touch with my past I feel as though I know all the people who write here by their memories which are the same as mine. I cant even begin to think of all the people I haven't heard from in over 40 years. If anyone remembers me give a shout.
Russell Morea


Author: russell morea - Of smithtown, ny.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 23 April 2005.

Graduated 1968. Vietnam Vet. Retired, Sioux Falls, SD


Author: William J. Feezell - Of Sioux Falls, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 23 April 2005.

At the March 29, 2005 130th Anniversary Gala of Maple Grove Cenetery, students from the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica put on a "Living Exhibit" in which they portrayed some of the people buried at Maple Grove. To see a slideshow of the event, go to the URL that accompanies this message, and then click on the thumbnail under the entry for April 19, 2003.

http://www.oldkewgardens.com/rhhs.html


Author: Joe - Of Kew Gardens, NY, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 21 April 2005.

HELLO...GREW UP ON 107TH ST BETWEEN LIBERTY AVE AND 101ST STREET. GRADUATED FROM PS 62 IN 1950. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF MY OLD CLASS MATES. ALSO ATTENDED PS 108 IN 1951 BEFORE MOVING TO CONNECTICUT.


Author: RICHARD SANTORO - Of GROTON, CONNECTICUT.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 20 April 2005.

I truly enjoyed my visit through the old neighborhood...


Author: Tom Collins - Of Las Vegas, NV, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 20 April 2005.

Ernest, your mother, 'Mrs. Grossman, was my first grade teacher at PS 62 (I'm now 58)... other teachers were Mrs. Dean, Mrs. Teats, and Mrs. Federver...


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 19 April 2005.

Find this site fascinating. Grew up in Ozone Park (103rd Street between Jerome Avenue and 97th Avenue. Went to Richmond Hill High School. Mother was teacher at PS 62... 106th Street off Jerome Ave., then new building on 108th Street. Lots of fond memories. Jahn's, for sure... remember Frank Jahn.


Author: Ernest Grossman - Of Tamarac, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 18 April 2005.

An old friend forwarded me a link to your site and I'm glad he did. The slideshow is outstanding. I grew up at 86th Avenue and 113th Street along with my 4 brothers and 2 sisters. I will tell them all about your site, and I'm sending in my membership application tomorrow. Thank you for the work you have done. It is greatly appreciated.


Author: Jim Hauck - Of Greenville, NY, US.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 17 April 2005.

This is great. My family lived on 106th between Jamaica and 86th Avenue. Great memories!


Author: Jack Shea

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 April 2005.

Lived in Ridgewood, Glendale, went to summer school at RHHS 1970, and to Jahns many times, nothing like New York, it will always be my home.


Author: Patricia Graziano aka Lanza - Of Winter Springs ,Fl, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 April 2005.

I am looking for some picture of my mother. She was Anna Marie Weifert. She was in Class: 1-1-2 Room 209, Mrs. L. Miller. 1945. Thanks for any info you can provide.


Author: Tara Wuytack - Of Round Lake Beach, IL , USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 12 April 2005.

JIM... WOW TALK ABOUT MEMORIES I REMEMBER THE GREASE POLL!!! REMEMBER CAFE 2000???? HOW ABOUT BOW WOW AND PIZZA TOWN... LIFE WAS SO EASY THEN, TIMES WERE GREAT. WISH MY CHILDREN COULD HAVE EXPERIENCED THE FUN WE ALL HAD IN RICHMOND HILL/OZONE PARK!!!


Author: Daneen - Of STATEN ISLAND, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 10 April 2005.


Grew up in Richmond Hill from 1959- 1974. Attended St Benny's till '74, then became one of the first females to attend Stuyvesant H.S in Manhatten. Now living in Colorado & Utah. Have mostly fond memories of growing up on 114th street between 95th and 101st avenue. Have not been back in 30 years. Wondering if things have changed much on my old block. Would like to hear from others.


Author: Jean Linscott - Of Denver, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 10 April 2005.

Thanks to all who've responded to our inquiry of 6/2002 Re: Lakeville AME Zion Church- Manhsset NY Historic district.We have come upon interesting facts because of your notice to our inquiries. Please note e-mail change


Author: chapman -Ducree

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 9 April 2005.

Does anyone remember the Lynvets, the local Pop Warner League football team who played their home games at Cross Bay Oval? If so, I am now reading a book you might enjoy... it is titled "State of Grace", a bio written by Robert Timberg who was born in 1940, lived in Kew Gardens and in the late 1950's and early 1960's played for the Lynvets under coach Larry Kelly. In the book many familiar spots are mentioned from City Line to John Adams HS, to the old Imperial Lounge on 101 Ave. Bob eventually graduated from the US Naval Academy, served in Vietnam during 1966-67, and has worked for the Baltimore Sun for over 30 years now, presently the deputy chief of their Washington Bureau. The book was just published in November, but my local library was able to get me a copy. Quick quiz... Where did the Lynvets name come from? When the team was being formed they held their meetings at a Catholic War Vets hall above a fruit stand on Liberty Ave. and Elderts Lane. That post was named for Fr. Lawrence Lynch who lived in City Line as a kid and became a Marine chaplin who died on an a battlefield in Okinawa in 1945. So they did a great job in putting together the beginning of Fr. Lynch's name and added the vets meeting location. In 2005 major US corporations now pay PR firms $2-5 million to come up with a good name. I'm sure many of you will enjoy this book, especially if you are now in the 50-70 age group.


Author: Jim Beck - Of Mineola, NY.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 4 April 2005.

Daneen mentioned St. Mary Gate of Heaven parish, although a non-Italian Woodhavenite my friends and I would always go to their 101 Ave. feast with tons of great food. Especially entertaining was watching all the guys in their tanktops trying to make it up to the top of the greasepole to impress the onlooking young girls.


Author: Jim Beck - Of Mineola, NY.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 4 April 2005.

Wow... Richmond Hill... who can ever forget. Now that I have children of my own, I constantly tell them stories, of how you could never get down a block without seeing someone u know. I went to SMGH on 101st Avenue, John Gotti had the fireworks everyyear... who can ever forget the Aqueduct fleamarket! Furci ravioli's... my sister (who lives in Florida) and I constantly make trips to Ozone Pizza... we actually have to freeze it for her to take home. I went to Dominican Commercial HS... anyone out there that remembers me??? Email me fdgentile@aol.com


Author: Daneen g> (Leverock) - Of staten Island, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 3 April 2005.

Richard.... I was a 76 St. Woodhaven kid , but was also a Brooklyn Tech grad ... in 1964. A good friend of mine, Joe Leary, was an English teacher at JHS 210 for several years in the early 1970's. My Rich-Haven Little League days were at Smokey Oval... I played for the Kiwanis Giants, but we always wanted to play Jahn's team... even if you lost you got a sundae there after the game.


Author: Jim Beck - Of Mineola, NY

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 3 April 2005.

I was born at Kew Gardens General Hospital, now gone, and grew up on 132nd Steet between 95th and 97th Avenues right across the street from PS 55, my grammar school. I went to JHS 210 and Brooklyn Technical HS, although I spent one year at RHHS. I remember friend's birthday parties at Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor, where they served "The Kitchen Sink" A huge conglomeration of ice cream, syrups, fruit, whipped cream...YUM. Stickball, ringoleavio, baseball in Smokey Park, hot dogs from the truck on Atlantic Avenue...9 o'clock mass at St. Teresa's. St. John's diner on Liberty Avenue where my parents took my after my first holy communion. So many memories. Haven't been back in a long time. Glad to see this site...it's quite impressive. Thank you.


Author: Richard Oszust - Of New York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 31 March 2005.

The Historical Society needs your support! It will entail writing a letter to the Landmarks Commission supporting a historic district in Richmond Hill, and one to the Mayor. We definately have been noticed lately and we have made some progress. The only way are we are going to win this is to make some noise.Will you please join me and over 400 people who have already written letters?
And I greatly thank all of you that have already sent in letters. I handed the Mayor the pile of 400 and It was a great feeling! Please email me if you would like to help , and I will send you simple instructions...you do not have to live in RH to help us save what is still a community full of life and memories.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Nancy Cataldi, President of The Richmond Hill Historical Society
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Author: nancy cataldi - Of richmond hill historical society

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 31 March 2005.

Question: What is the cost to send a child to Richmond Hill High School?


Author: Ivy - Of Orlando, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 30 March 2005.

Great web site. I grew up in So Ozone Park/Richmond Hill and this site brings back memories of some of the best years of my life growing up there. Thanks!!!


Author: Tom Chichester - Of Highlands Ranch, CO, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 30 March 2005.

I have a Grebe radio, I saw won in the henry ford mus. it was a 1916 model. Mine still works.


Author: G. M. Doyle - Of lakeville, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 29 March 2005.

hi, just searching the web on Long Island history and found your website to be very interesting. Long live your history!


Author: Meg Graeber - Of Boone, IA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 29 March 2005.

I live about 3 blocks from the former Edgar Shimer school but never knew who he was. It was interesting to learn that he is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery.


Author: Jeanne C Majors - Of Jamaica, Queens.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 27 March 2005.

I CAME ACROSS THIS WEBSITE BY ACCIDENT I WAS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE.I GREW UP ALL MY LIFE IN RICHMOND HILL I WENT TO P.S.55 AND I WENT TO 210 J.H.S. I ALSO WENT TO RICHMOND HILL HIGH AND GRUADUATED IN 1980, BUT I LIVE ON 127-15 95TH AVE MY BEST FRIEND LIVED NEXT DOOR AND HER NAME WAS LORI WILLS SHE HAD A SISTER DEBBIE AND CATHY ALSO THERE WAS HER BROTHERS MARK AND MICHAEL WILL LOST TRACK OVER THE YEARS AFTER I GOT MARRIED MOVED TO S.I. N.Y. AND NEVER HEARD OF THEM AGAIN . ALSO NEXT TO OUR HOUSE WAS THE CONNELY'S MRS CONNELY WORKED AS THE SCHOOL SECRETARY P.S.55 AND SHE HAD 4 SONS ONE OF THEM WAS DAVID I WONDER WHERE ARE THEY NOW! ALSO IF ANYONE HADS INFORMATION ON A GIRL MAMED CONCHA PEREZ SHE LIVED ON 95TH AVE AND 125ST PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ELENAFL95@hotmail.com THANK YOU FOR YOUR SITE, I NOW LIVE AND TEACH IN NEW JERSEY BUT I MISS THEGOOD TIMES AND GOODS FRIENDS I HAD.


Author: ELENA(MAIONCHI)BARBATO - Of EDISON,NEW JERSEY, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 26 March 2005.

Cheers from Nunavut, Canada.
This is a nice site.


Author: Kazaletti Vincent - Of Nunavut, Canada.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 26 March 2005.

I never truly appreciated Richmond Hill while living there. I took many things for granted. Thirty years later I find myself longing for those wonderful memories growing up and living in Richmond Hill. I just want to say thank you for this website.


Author: Linda Thistle - Of Norwalk, CT, USA.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 March 2005.

Often wondered about Richmond Hill's history and wow what a gold mine of information you have provided me with. Thank You!


Author: Vinay Kumar - Of Richmond Hill, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 March 2005.

Give yourselves a raise... great site. Have you considered a message board for exchange of genealogy information??


Author: Colin, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 March 2005.

Thanks for your information on Jacob Riis.


Author: Gudron Jacobson - Of Lancaster, PA, US.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 23 March 2005.

I'm looking for any information on the Dotson Family. Thomas is the only one i know of. Looking for hebrew names


Author: Batsheva - Of chicago, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 March 2005.

hi, missing richmond hill brought me to this wonderful place on the web. Thanks!


Author: Johnny Boswell - Of Wilton Manors, FL, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 March 2005.

I was looking for information on the "Battle of Long Island" and found your website. Thanks for your great resource.


Author: Jonathan Erksine - Of Sands Point, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 20 March 2005.

Great Site


Author: Patricia McGrath, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 20 March 2005.

The Historical Society needs your support! It will entail writing a letter to the Landmarks Commission supporting a historic district in Richmond Hill, and one to the Mayor. We definately have been noticed lately and we have made some progress. The only way are we are going to win this is to make some noise.Will you please join me and over 400 people who have already written letters?
And I greatly thank all of you that have already sent in letters. I handed the Mayor the pile of 400 and It was a great feeling! Please email me if you would like to help , and I will send you simple instructions...you do not have to live in RH to help us save what is still a community full of life and memories.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Nancy Cataldi, President of The Richmond Hill Historical Society
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Author: nancy - Of richmond hill

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 19 March 2005.

Interesting reading. My mother's family lived on 109th St.


Author: Jeanne - Of Lansdale PA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 19 March 2005.

I enjoy this site! It helped me in my research on my family: the Seidenspinners. My great-grandparents (Pius & Augusta Seidenspinner) built the house at 91-04 113th Street that was later owned by my grandparents(Frank & Florence Seidenspinner. Seidenspinners owned this house from about 1916 until the mid-1960's, right across the street from RHHS. We date our old family photos based on whether the school building built in the late 1920's is in the background or not! My great-grandfather's 1918 draft registration still shows this now numbered street address as "Cedar Avenue"! Best Regards.


Author: Chip Krauss - Of Doylestown, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 17 March 2005.

Eldees 113th n 114th Liberty Ave, playing johnny on the pony in the parking lot going across the Street to Friends pizza, Winthers for egg cream!! big hang out 76-78 joe cogliano, pat catalano, mike viola, billy paradise, anthony babra, sam n maria ruggerio, donna vandeyheyden, maryann zummo, joyce reddy, jeannie cotillo, neil, steve, carl, sal, james, wow what memories!! where r u guys!!


Author: karen dicarlo - Of boston mass

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 16 March 2005.

To Dr. John Rodgers: you are right... it was Lefferts... I remember my father asked Dr. Mailman how to lose weight... he told him "eat everything you eat, only half of it..."


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

I just remembered: Al's Stereo Bar was a successor to the C&F. My folks closed the place in 1963. In a visit in 1978, I beleive, I think it was Al's Stereo bar then. It had the cracked tile floor that was there when my parents had the place. In 200, I noted that it was now a West Indian sports Bar. Oh, do you remember Danny Manning who lived above the C&F. we hung around together, and got into all sorts of mischief, some of which may not be printable in a family forum.


Author: Jonn Mulry

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

Excuse my mistake .. Sam & Joe's was considered as a Dairy , not a Deli. While I'm here ... what was the name of the Italian Restaurant next door to the Crossbay Theater ? It was a neighborhood favorite to bring the entire family for pizza or pasta ... give up ... it was Rocco's.


Author: James Beck of Mineola , NY

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

Anyone remember Eldees , what I think was the first discount appliance store in the area catering to union members and giving competition to PC Richards and Friendly Frost ? I think is was on Liberty , between 113 & 114 Sts. , and their TV ads featured a guy named Jerry yelling and wearing a hard hat. My guess is it opened around 1970. Heading east on Liberty was the S&H Green Stamp redemption store near 120 St. , as well as Sam & Joe's Deli on the next block with the autographed photo of Bernadette Peters on the wall. Mmmm , those chocolate covered graham crackers and fresh cream cheese.


Author: James Beck of Mineola , NY

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

Anyone remember Eldees , what I think was the first discount appliance store in the area catering to union members and giving competition to PC Richards and Friendly Frost ? I think is was on Liberty , between 113 & 114 Sts. , and their TV ads featured a guy named Jerry yelling and wearing a hard hat. My guess is it opened around 1970. Heading east on Liberty was the S&H Green Stamp redemption store near 120 St. , as well as Sam & Joe's Deli on the next block with the autographed photo of Bernadette Peters on the wall. Mmmm , those chocolate covered graham crackers and fresh cream cheese.


Author: James Beck of Mineola , NY

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

Great Site!! But I grew up in Ozone Park. Would love to find a similar website. Grew up in the 60's/70's. Went to Nativity. Would love to hear about some Ozone Park memories.


Author: Mary Randazzo

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

To: John Mackin Ade I remember a Dr.Mailman, but in 1950 his office was in a house on Lefferts, just south of Atlantic. I was taken there after getting my head split open by a baseball bat in a game. He did a good job with 12 stitches in my forehead. He told me the scar would go away in 5 to 10 years, he was wrong, I still have it 55 years later!!


Author: Dr. John Rodgers - Of Valley Stream, NY

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

Walter,
the C&F was on the northeast corner facing across from the Greenwood Bakery (which closed sometime after 2000, my last visit to the area). Winther's was on the northwest corner. oh, by the way, I am waiting to hear something in this forum or an Email to me from Barbara, daughter of Charlie Winther.


Author: Jonn Mulry

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

The Historical Society nedds your support! It will entail writing a letter to the Landmarks Commission supporting a historic district in Richmond Hill, and one to the Mayor. We definately have been noticed lately and we have made some progress. The only way are we are going to win this is to make some noise.Will you please join me and over 400 people who have already written letters?
And I greatly thank all of you that have already sent in letters. I handed the Mayor the pile of 400 and It was a great feeling! Please email me if you would like to help , and I will send you simple instructions...you do not have to live in RH to help us save what is still a community full of life and memories.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Nancy Cataldi, President of The Richmond Hill Historical Society


Author: nancy - Of richmond hill historical society

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

Thanks for the memories and a great website!


Author: Margaret McKenna - Of Miami, FL, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

I enjoyed reading so many of your entries. I've lived here in Ozone Park all my life. So many of sharing your lovely memories on the history of this great neighborhood. I thank you all. I loved going to RHHS. I only have great memories attending there. I was so lucky in meeting such great friends at that school.


Author: Evelyn Chavez - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 March 2005.

To Melvin Wolfsont ... Incredible , I was just browsing through Woodhaven/Richmond Hill sites when I came across your message.I am 58 now , but my dad was Blaise ' Whiz' Beck who graduated from RHHS in 1935 . I have his ' Senior Dome' in from of me and see your photo and bio .... Domino Staff , Orchestra 3 , Band 3 , P.T. Seceretary , Modern History Honor. You were one dapper guy then . My uncle , Eugene Ursini , was in the 1936 class and played on the same RHHS baseball team as Phil Rizzuto , until Phil left school before graduation to sign with a minor league team. My dad died back in 1974 , but my mom might remember some of your classmates who were my dad's closest friends. We can meet at Jahn's ( still there) to discuss this .


Author: James Beck of Mineola , NY

This entry was recorded on Monday, 14 March 2005.

you speak of '111th Street under the El"... I used to go to a dentist that was on the second floor on the corner... anybody remember his name? I couldn't forget my Doctor's name on 111th if I tried... Dr. Marvin Mailman.


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head island, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 14 March 2005.

Walter, I grew up in Woodhaven, but had several relatives very close to Al's Stereo under the el on 111 St. ( but I don't think they ever hung out there) Cousin Frank Hagmann, now 56, lived on 111 St. between 101 & 103 Avenues. Cousins Suan, George and Marie Buck (now 61-65) lived on 111 St. near 107 Ave. I remember we would travel to Ed Blue's on Liberty and 113 St. when I needed 'dress clothes', and hoping to stop by White Castle on the way.


Author: James Beck of Mineola , NY

This entry was recorded on Monday, 14 March 2005.

Yes, I do remember Al. i was woncdering what corner the C&F was on, same side as Al's Stereo bar? I remember delivering meat to "Marge" at the Falcon too. Does anyone remember Jimmy and Rickie Daley, sister Doreen from 111th? does anyone know what happened to Jimmy and Rickie, there dad was Richard.


Author: Walter Eisenhardt Jr. - Of Forest Hills, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 14 March 2005.

Just found your website. Reading through felt like coming home; it reminded me of so many things in my childhood: Jessy's candy store, that perfect sound of my first bat crack at Smokey Hollow. My father would drop me off at Holy Child for Mass and my girlfriend and I would go out the other door- down to Jamaica Avenue and Freres Ice Cream Parlour for a hot fudfe sundae, or Cordes for an English muffin and a coke. Remember Chellis Hall, the Sunday afternoon dances out in Jamaica? The chlorine sting of the Richmond Hill high school pool. Remember going up to Forest Park and playing Hide and Seek and nobody worried? Best of all was stickball and running bases out in front of the house. Or coming home at twelve for Campbell's Soup and Wonder bread rolled up and a glass of milk at lunchtime from Holy Child.. and making it back in time for the bell at twelve thirty! I remember ice skating up at the pond in forest Park. Yep. I remember it all.


Author: Mary Anne Kelly

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 14 March 2005.

I attended RHHS in the early '60's. Some of the best times in my life were spent with my friends at the HS and around the neighborhood. Thank you for a wonderful web page.


Author: Ernie Tubb - Of nyc, nyc.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 13 March 2005.

I am tracing my family history, I believe there were many Italians from my home town Tocco Da Casauria that settled in Richmond if anyone has some information I would be gratefull


Author: Carmel Byham (Conti) - Of Sovereign Islands, Australia.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 11 March 2005.

Eric Daliendo,
I used to know a Mike Daliendo that lived on 118th street right acrossed the street from the police station in a big old victorian house. He had a sister Denise. We used to play stick ball in the school yard right next to the police station. Just curious if he was any relation to you.

Butch Quinn


Author: Butch Quinn - Of Hermitage, TN, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 10 March 2005.

hi to everyone who loves Richmond Hill. I truly hope this website continues to bring all who share great memories past and present together for as long as possible. Thanks RHHS for a beautiful website!


Author: joe whitney - Of San Diego, CA, US.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 10 March 2005.

Walter Eisenhardt,
I remember your father's shop, my Mom and stepdad bought meat from there for the C&F Bar and Grill across the street fro Winther's. I also had a timewarp moment when you mentioned the Easter baskets at Winther's. you remember Charlie, do you also remember his brother Al? I still see thier faces after these many decades.Ah, it'll never be the same.


Author: Jonn Mulry

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 March 2005.

Just want to say thanks for keeping a great site on Richmond Hill!


Author: Gary Grenfelt - Of Springfield, MA, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 March 2005.

Dear Barbara,

I delivered the meat to your dad's store each Saturday that he used to make the hambugers he sold. My father was Walter Eisenhardt of Eisenhardt's Prime Meats, just a few doors down from your dad's store. I remember clearly jumping up on the stool to enjoy an egg cream. lemon lime or cherry coke after making my delivery. Your dad was a very nice man and always gave me a silver dollar tip. I remember the smell of chocolate taking over Winther's around easter, the place owuld be filled to the brim with baskets. What fond memories I have of the ice cream parlor. It;s what's missing from the world today, simple pleasures. Please write back.


Author: Walter Eisenhardt Jr. - Of Forest Hills, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 March 2005.

I graduated Richmond Hill High School June 1935. I am now in my eighty-seventh year. Phil Rizzuto sat next to me in a couple of classes. I was interested in music and since I was a Polio victim could not indulge in any sport while at school...however I cheered all my fellow students. One year after graduation I received a full scholarship to the Juilliard School. I did rather well as a musician, becoming a member of the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini. In later years I had three different businesses--manufacturing French Provincial Furniture; Men's Neckwear; owned restaurants and had the second Discotheque in N.Y.C., then a Jazz Club featuring old cohort Buddy Rich and most of the well known jazz musicians.


Author: Melvin F. Wolfsont - Of El Cajon CA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 March 2005.

Thank you for this lovely website. I grew up on 129th Street. My family moved there in the mid-'50s. I joined the family in 1960 and stayed until leaviing for college. My dad owned Dutton Pharmacy at the corner of 101st and 130th.

RH was a great place to grow up. Didn't go to the area schools. Most of my friends went to either St. Benny's or St. Theresa's. I was sent to the Jewish equivalent of a parochial school. I did march in the St Paul's Lutheran Church marching Band. Had great friends. Would love to hear from them. Please email, but drop the obvious spam trappage from the address.

I do remember going to kindergarten at PS 55 (and the summer camp program, too). Unfortunately, one of the teachers (with bright red hair) wasn't particulary fond of dealing with Jews, no matter how young they were. It was a difficult year for a rather shy child.

To Gene Van Paag, The butcher store on Liberty and 116th may have been Gus,' A kosher butcher. I thought Karl Ehmer's was on 101st and 128th, and then moved to Liberty Ave later. I might be mis-remembering, too.

Thank you again for this great website.


Author: Adelle D. Stavis - Of Chelmsford,MA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 March 2005.

Barbara,
I remember Winther's very well. My mother and stepdad had the C&F Bar and Grill across from the luncheonette from 58-62.I was known as Billy at the time, but legally I am and always have been Jonn.


Author: Jonn Mulry - Of Chattanooga

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 March 2005.

Rosemary - It's been a long time but I always remember you especially when I visit the family in Ozone Park. We were classmates in PS146 up until the 3rd grade when I was transferred to PS108 - we were again re-united in Robert Goddard and John Adams. The name is Kern.


Author: SUSAN SHAFRANSKY - Of MIAMI, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 March 2005.

I was hoping that someone might remember my husbands family,I posted and inquiry a while back but noticed that more people have been accessing this site nd thought maybe I should try again.My husbands mother was Ruthann Mertins she had a brother Robert Mertins who were both born in Richmond Hill. Her parents were Robert Mertins and Anna Pritchard according to the 1930 census shows that they lived on 8743 129th street , richmond hill ny.
If any one knows or remembers anything please let me know.
We have no other info on them other than this.
Ruthann married Robert R Sergent from WestVirginia.
Thank YOU


Author: Robin Granicy-Sergent - Of Lancaster, CA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 6 March 2005.

MY NAME IS BARBARA. MY DAD OWNED WINTHER'S ICE CREAM PALOR (LUNCHENETTE) ON 111TH ST. AND LIBERTY AVE. I'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO REMEMBERS IT.


Author: BARBARA WINTHER GINEXI - Of BABYLON NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 6 March 2005.

Grew up on 115th Street off of Atlantic Avenue from 1955-1967. Fond memories of Richmond Hill. Went to PS 62 and PS 55. Looking for Laura Lopez and Jeanne D'Agostino.


Author: Carol (Sodano) Surico - Of Centereach, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 4 March 2005.

I discovered your interesting website and community by searching for Victorian Homes and enjoyed my visit here!


Author: Florian Henrickson - Of Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 March 2005.

Great site!
You're providing usefull info to the world.


Author: Darsent Kentskey - Of OH, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 March 2005.

SBJL graduate 1960. My sisters still live in the neighborhood so I am in there often. Still see grammar school friends. It would be great to hear from other classmates.


Author: Bob Warren - Of Lindenhurst NY

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 March 2005.

Borned and lived in Richmond Hill from 1952-1976 when I got married. St. Benny's 1966 Grad.


Author: Joe Mastrocovi - Of Rockville Centre, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 2 March 2005.

I was searching for information on carousels and your historical society site has done a magnificent job! Thanks!!


Author: Don Sheridan - Of Amelia Island, FL, U.S.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 March 2005.

Found this site by accident and I love it. Can't wait to get the book. I was born and raised in Richmond Hill so the trip down memory lane was great. Thank you.


Author: Barbara Cuoco, Bermuda.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 March 2005.

Born in Richmond Hill 1n 1945 lived there till 1986 134-10 107 ave St. Teresa & John Adams H.S. Today I teach and coach boys basketball, at Christ The King H.S. for the past 25 years. Started coaching basketball at St.TERESA IN 1961.


Author: Bob Oliva - Of LYNBROOK N.Y, U.S.A.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 28 February 2005.

Wow what a fabulous website. I lived in Richmond Hill during the 50's and always longed for visiting again. Your website provided me with the next best thing to actually being there.


Author: Peter Neilson - Of Houston, TX, USA.

This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 February 2005.

Its been a real unexpected pleasure to find this website on Richmond Hill. Thanks!


Author: Jimmy Elson - Of Westport, CT, US.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 February 2005.

I lived at 84-16 107th st from 1958-1968. Attended HCJ school through the 7th grade until my family moved to NJ. My grandmother still lives on Park Lane South in Woodhaven, she turns 95 next week. I remember walking to HCJ each day and stopping at the candy store to buy Smith Bros. cough drops and bazooka bubble gum. I remember going to Jahn's for special occasions, such as after dance recitals. Does anyone remember the Seiler sisters dance studio with Miss Louise and Miss Grace? I have wonderful memories of sleigh riding and the pond, and spending summers at the park learning to dance from Mrs Burke. Does anyone remeber Mrs Burke? She tough nursery school at the park along Park Lane South. I'll never forget growing up in Richmond Hill.


Author: Barbara Ross (Stanton) - Of Charlotte, NC

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 February 2005.

I am writing this post in memorial of my brother Frank Daliendo who died on february 22 2005 he lost his fight with cancer and is now resting at peace. He was only 37 yrs old and a life long Richmond hill and kew gardens resident. His career was at verizon and he was the head of the board and hampton cout in Kew gardens. He loved Richmond hill and its historic buildings. I wanna thank all his kind and loving friends that he met and loved growing up in Richmond hill. He is survived by his brother Eric, sister Adrienne and his godson Eric Christopher Daliendo. Rest in peace Frank Daliendo we will never forget you.


Author: eric daliendo - Of merrick, new york.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 23 February 2005.

My memories Of growing up in Richmond Hill are many,and ever so happy, growing up in the early Forties was the best of all times,my happy school days at Holy Child Jesus,and then on to Richmond Hill High were truly the best


Author: Mary Spina Anthony - Of Amherst,New York, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 February 2005.

Great website! I truly enjoyed my visit through the neighborhood.


Author: Howard Goldberg - Of Forest Hills, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 February 2005.

Coming from 104-th st.and 88 th ave. Anything for Thanksgiving sounds very familiar to me. I can still remember the confused looks on the people answering the door, seeing us with our extended hands hoping for the treats to come. We, my friends Harold Meyer, Jimmy Daly and Henry Muller collected about 8-dollars and lots of apples, bananas and nuts. Time frame late forties, this was a tradition in the Richmond Hill area!!!!!!!


Author: KENNETH F BALL - Of San Diego, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 February 2005.

Wonderful site! Is the name Richmond (Victorian Richmond)derived from from the commanding officer of the RI Line Regiment who's troops were in the Battle of Long Island?


Author: Jerry Levans - Of York, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 20 February 2005.

I too remember trick or treating on Thanksgiving Day when I was younger. In fact I have a picture of myself & 2 of my friends doing so in the early '50's.


Author: Maureen Connelly Cahill - Of Bluffton, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 18 February 2005.

Speaking of 'trick or treat', does anyone else remember going door to door on Thanksgiving, asking "anything for Thanksgiving?" Everybody says I'm crazy, but I remember doing it.


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton Head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 18 February 2005.

Dan Murphy: Thanks for answering back Dan. It's funny the stuff we remember from childhood. Nowadays it's hard to get the kids to just say trick or treat, no less stick their hand down into some gooey substance before they get a treat. But it was great and a fun memory, you can tell your sister she made an impression on one kid anyway.
I was back there in '96 and looked pretty much the same to me too. Just a lot more fences and fewer trees than I remembered.


Author: Butch Quinn - Of Hermitage, TN, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 17 February 2005.

can anybody recommend any good summer camps in kew gardens, richmond hill, forest hills or middle village? i am looking for a camp for my 6 year old daughter for this coming summer.also can anybody tell me how i can tell if a camp and its staff is good. i mean to go to summer camp i guess i should have looked into them last summer but i didnt know that then. if my child is going to attend this summer i have to pay in full before the session starts and i want her to have fun and be safe so any and all suggestions are welcome. thank you!


Author: kew gardens resident - Of kew gardens

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 17 February 2005.

I also agree that this is one of the best websites I have visited and I am not even from Richmond Hill.


Author: Alexandra Paine - Of Anaheim, CA, U.S.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 16 February 2005.

I'm doing research for a school project and wanted to say thanks for the wonderful information I learned about Richmond Hill. Excellent Website!


Author: Marcos DeFrancesco - Of Ridgewood, NY.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 February 2005.

This is a great site. I hung out at Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor with lots of friends. My late mother's best friend; Mrs. Kuenzig and her family had a big house on Myrtle Ave.There was also a very good Italian restaurant next to Jahn's.I realize the neighborhood has changed but so has the Ridgewood of my youth. I wish there was a Ridgewood site.


Author: anita bischoff - Of Kings Park, New York.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 13 February 2005.

i was watching the channel 5 news on sat. nite feb.10,2005. they were reportinf from in front of the 102pct. they said a 16 yr old boy was stabbed to death in richmondhill. they then showed a blood stained sidewalk on 85th avenue. i didnt see it on any of the other news reports and cnt find it in todays paper. does anybody know actually what street on 85th ave this happened? did they find the person who did it???? what is happening to our wonderful neighborhood????????it isnt as safe as it once was.


Author: me - Of kew gardens, queens.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 13 February 2005.

What a neat site. I was born and raised in Richmond Hill. Attended P.S. 121 from 1946 to 1955,then Adams graduating in 1959. Have many fond memories of there. Left the city in 1970 and never looked back , raised a family, worked ,retired and have just recently been visited by the spirit of years past. The old neighborhood was a great place to grow up.We had Jahns,theRKO,the Lefferts,Nicks, NeriS and so many other places to go. Played ball in Smokey Park many times.Went sleigh riding in Forest Park and played in the streets as all kids did at that time.We belonged to the First Methodist Church that stood at 97 ave. and 118st.Have lots of good memories of that also. Would like to find any old friends from back then.If you know me please e-mail Bob


Author: Bob Heuer - Of Red Hook NY

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 11 February 2005.

Your mother, 'Mrs. Grossman', was my 2nd grade teacher at P.S. 62. I think she might have taught my brother also. Remind her that I was the kid that sang 'Silent Night' at the Christmas pagent. Ah yes... the Morris Park Thespians... John Ade


Author: John Mackin Ade - Of Hilton head Island, SC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 10 February 2005.

i LIVED AT 97-11 103 STREET OZONE PARK AND ATTENDED PS62,108 AND RHHS'59. mY MOM GOLDIE GROSSMAN TAUGHT AT P.S.62 FOR MANY YEARS. MY ENTIRE FAMILY INCLUDING MY MOM GRADUATED RHHS. SHE IS NOW 97 YEARS OLD. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO KNEW HER, ME OR ERNEST, MY BROTHER.


Author: ZELDA GROSSMAN LUBART - Of NEW YORK, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 February 2005.

What a Man


Author: Ted Carpenter - Of Huntsville Tx., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 February 2005.

To whom it may concern:

For a book on the war memorials of New York City, I am
seeking information about memorials in the Richmond Hills
community. If you have information about memorials
in your area could you please contact me at
212 749 0330 or by email at: snyder@amnh.org

Thank you for your assistance.

Cordially, Cal Snyder



Author: cal snyder - Of new york, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 February 2005.

I enjoyed my visit to your website tremendously! My memories have been rejuvenated... Thanks!


Author: Glen Berenson - Of Fishkill, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 February 2005.

great site. spent all of my childhood days in Richmond Hill. Many many great memories. left latter part of 1965 to enter the navy. wound up landing in California and have been here since 1973. Whenever I visit New York I always go to the old neighborhood. 110th between Liberty and 107th Ave. Love to hear from anyone from the old neighborhood.
Chuck


Author: chuck fanelli - Of san mateo, ca, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 February 2005.

As an educator who has lived in the Richmond Hill area all of my life, I was pleasantly suprised to come across your website. I particularly found the link to the Battle of Long Island especially helpful since I am currently teaching a unit on the American Revolution. Many thanks, and I look forward to perusing your site in the future.


Author: Alma Rodriguez - Of Kew Gardens, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 February 2005.

I grew up in East New York and moved to Richmond Hill in 1970 where I resided until 1985. We are currently looking for former classmates/neighborhood friends from St. Malachy's and East New York. If you lived there, went to school there or know someone who did, please have them visit our website www.stmalachy-eny.org as we are planning a 2005 summer reunion. Thank you.


Author: Susan Heineman

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 February 2005.

i am so glad to see this website i remember so much about richmond hill, it will always be in my heart and memories good and bad forever. i was born in flushing queens, 1964 i lived on 102nd street richmond hill right off of jamaica avenue. let me tell you there was just always something happening there, never a dull moment, i went to all public schools first anyone remember p.s. 66, then jhs 210, then finally rhhs. my god it was so beautiful north of richmond hill i lived south it was a bit different. i tell my children stories of my old neighborhood, there was my church holy child jesus located on 114th street then there was of course forest park what a park the band on sunday old music but it was part of the charm, then the carosel i still remember when that went on fire they restored it thou. how about rockaway beach the playland woodhaven was nice i would live over there shopping eating at carlo's pizzeria, lewis of woodhaven, my god where has all the time gone the music was good people were free of speach and expression i wish that there was another chance for such a great loving everbody knows your name type of enviorment but i don't see that for this generations to come. now its play dates the schools running your life your speach its really so different. maybe i'm a dinosaur to some but for me i feel privledged to have known such a life yes at times it was rough riots in the schools having to prove yourself always but it made me a better person.my mother and grandparents came to richmond hill in the 1950's then my mother married my dad from brooklyn then it all took of from there i married first time in 1983 i left richmond hill went to so.ozone then suffolk county now married again to a native long islander its hard to express yourself sometimes to people out on long island or anywhere else because they really don't totally understand the history behind richmond hill nor do they care to. life here is quiet and there is not as much landmark places of memory. i had alot of fun friends fighting hardtimes poverty extreme but thank you mom and dad because the poverty made me what i am now strong wise and appricative of everything i have today. god bless richmond hill forever the summers and hopscotch the icecream man and late night sitting on the stoop bull****ting was a blast it didn't cost you five cents to have a great summer. i grew up jeannine alfieri i wonder for bad or good does anyone remember i would like to know.


Author: jeannine nicolosi - Of new york, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 February 2005.

Great website!


Author: Laura Schmidt - Of New York, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 6 February 2005.

Chicago IL will remain our favorite both for its unique architecture and historical buildings.


Author: Mike - Of Chicago, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 5 February 2005.

This is a trip down memory lane to 13 years spent as a child growing up in Richmond Hill/Kew Gardens... years full of rich memories. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures! I found a classmate here! (1967 Holy Child Jesus graduate).

When I moved away from New York at age 13 I cried because I thought there was really no where else BUT New York. I discovered Ohio and so much more of the world. But New York will always hold a special place in my heart!

God Bless and Thanks for a Great place to "come home to"!


Author: Mary-Rose (DiBenedetto) Andersen - Of Ashland, OH, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 5 February 2005.

Moved to Richmond Hill in 1971 from the South Bronx. I lived on 124th St. just south off of Liberty ave and went to St. Theresa of Avila School from 1st thru 5th grade, then SBJL for 6 to 8th grade... graduaded in 78, Then unlike almost everyone else, I bypassed Rich Hill HS and went to Thomas Edison HS in Jamaica. A little side note for the person who mentioned Mr. Harnishfager …he left to join the NYFD I think around 1980.

The things I remember:

1 Smokey park off Atlantic ave.
2 The Days we spent in Forrest Park. (Does anyone else know of the secret room that was built underground just a few yards off of the Interboro Pkwy??) We found it accidentally when we were out “exploring” one day and we hung out in there many a time. I never knew who built it, but always appreciated it. I went back to see if I could find it a few years ago, and the only way I know I found it was because it collapsed in on it self. It had bench seats from a van, a ladder, candles and a filing cabinet. Every kids dream! Wow! A secret clubhouse!!!
3 Jahn’s Ice cream parlor.(still open after all these years)and Salerno’s Restaurant.
4 Jack’s Toy Store (long gone…Jack died 1977ish as I recall, very nice man)
5 The Lefferts theatre (last I knew was a Rite Aid) and the Casino theatre (which became Martin Paint)
6 Kreskeges (sp?) 5 and 10 type of store
7 the blackout of 1977
8 massive snowstorm of 1978
9 Te Amo candy store at Lefferts and Liberty and the video games I played all day at the Indian candy store across the street on the north side of Liberty ave. next to the florist (forgot the name of the place)
10 the Liberty Bell Diner
11 “Cruising” Liberty ave. when we were old enough to drive. W00T!
12 the “Banana King” and the big fire. (bless those poor firemen)
13 the “Big Apple” or was it “Red Apple” fruit store?
14 Radio Shack and the free flashlights they used to give away.
15 Bill’s Bicycle store. Oh I wanted a moped soooo bad as a kid!… never got one.
16 Tony’s Hardware store where you could actually buy only 2 or 3 nails from the bins.
17 Marco Polo hair cutters (“THE” place to get your hair cut)
18 sneaking into the A train on the “EL” and going to the beach.
19 the donut shop (I think it was called Jack and Jill???)around the corner and the Chinese food joint.
20 The HORRIBLE pizza at Neri’s pizzeria (GAK!) Never understood how he stayed in business. The store always had a “strange odor in it. We kids said that the smell was because he killed his wife and had her body in the basement. Kids are funny ain’t they!

I guess as we grow older we forget the bad and only remember the good…

I moved to Riverdale in the Bronx in 1990, lived there for a year and now live in North Selden in Long Island since 1991. My son is 7 now and like me loves computers..

Thanks for the rant/memories
Bill Wacker (age 40 now…)


Author: Bill Wacker - Of Selden, Long Island

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 5 February 2005.

I am trying to find the name of the man who opened the first smoke free restaurant, or maybe it was an ice cream parlor, in New York City...do you know where I can find this information?


Author: Nicole Carr - Of Springfield, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 February 2005.

Thanks for your information on American Indians of Long Island


Author: James Palmisano - Of Manhasset, NY, US.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 February 2005.

Butch Quinn: That was my sister, Ann Breiner who made you stick your hand in a mysterious brew before you could get a Halloween treat. She and her husband lived in the house for quite a few years after my parents moved to Colorado. Emory is my nephew. I went by the house a couple of years ago. The neighborhood, and the house, still look pretty much the same


Author: Dan Murphy - Of Yonkers, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 February 2005.

I have enjoyed reading all of the entries of this website. As a former resident of Richmond Hill, I can honestly say that I have great memories of growing up in an era and neighborhood that was truly a wonderful place to have as part of my history. My parents moved into our home shortly before I was born in 1954, and lived there until our family moved in 1975. My parents owned our home at 104-41 90th ave, and lived there until 1975, when my father took a job in Philadelphia and moved to southern NJ, where he retired.

When traveling on business to the NY area, I enjoy returing to my "roots' driving thru various spots of Richmond Hill. I'm so pleased to see that "the more things change, the more they remain the same". Jamaica Ave looks very much the same. 109th Street, where my wife -Anastasia Sweeeney grew up, appears to be untouched, as do other areas. Forest Park, 108th St and Park Lane South, where our first child was born, and Atlantic Ave have brought back such strong connections to a time gone bye. My Oldest son now lives in Brooklyn, and whenever the oppty presents itself, I long to drive thru the 'old neighborhood' where many memories are so very prevelant.
Holy Child Jesus, (class of 1968), Bishop Loughlin MHS (class of 1972)with many friends from RH and Woodhaven including Nick Casesse, Luke Monahan,Bob Bergemann, and others whom I continue to keep in touch with....
Other memories include Gebhardts Bakery (oh, to have a slice of crumb cake from gebhardts), Harry Khan's deli on 108 St and Jam Ave, Roy's Deli on 104st and 91st ave where I had my first Roast Beef Hero (extra mayo please..)

As I write this, Im also remembering many of the families of our "block" including the Stockers,the Heimerle's, the Holschers, the Washingtons, the Scharens, the Powers, the Higgins, the Beechels, and the Gutlebers. There were so many more families whose names now escape me, but are remembered very dearly.

This was such a significant part of my past. I relish the memories it has provided - I always enjoy seeing the current state of my old neighborhood - and look forward to visiting this area again.

To those who still remain in Richmond Hill, my hope is that you understand that this neighborhood is rich with history. Cherish it, Preserve it, Live it and Love it, as I did while growing up there so many years ago..

Steve Cedermark.


Author: Steve Cedermark - Of Cary, NC, USC.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 31 January 2005.

I'm doing research on my family name Babbage, and found your website. I did a search on your site and found that there is a street named Babbage. Not sure if there is a connection with my family roots.


Author: Brenda Mae Babbage - Of Metuchen, NJ, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 30 January 2005.

i lived in richmond hill for 38 years and moved to levittown 2 years ago i lived at 101-55-121st. my husband lived there 45years.


Author: andrea grombliniak - Of Levittown, LI, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 12 January 2005.

Enjoyed "revisiting" the neighborhood through your wonderful website!


Author: Steven Delesanti - Of Rochester, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 8 January 2005.

Happy New Year!! To all our members, friends and visitors!


Author: Dennis Doyle - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 2 January 2005.


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