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COMMENTS FROM 2008

Submitted by Comments:
Dan Smith
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: dtpsitaly@optonline.net

Lived in RH from 1948 - 1995 - 114th & Jerome / 123rd & 103Ave / Jerome & 120th / Lefferts btw Jerome & 103rd / 108th btw Jamaica & 86th Ave. One of six kids - Bob, Loretta, Virginia, Vincent & Theresa.
Good memories - good times (Jerome Movie / D&H BAgels / John's Candy Store, Kavon;s, Eric's, etc. (All gone but never forgotten!)
Added: December 30, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Eileen McNamara Farco
From: Bedford, Texas
E-mail: www.comirishilean@yahoo.com

I lived in Richmond Hill 1960-1969 and then moved to Huntington, Long Island, I am now living in Texas.
I saw Ricard Newell's note on a reunion and I am interested in attending. Maybe Mary Hamel might be interested too.
Added: December 30, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
J.L.
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Hi Louise, I read your comments with mixed emotions...
I graduated HCJ and attended classes through the years with Richard, Louis's younger brother. I knew Louis as well and was truly saddened to hear of his passing. I remember him to be a very funny, friendly, and respectful guy. His brother Richard was a real character, with a slightly warped sense of humor (like mine), and would have us laughing all the time, much to the chagrin of our somewhat exaspirated teachers!
At that time, there were approximately 65 students per class, no switching classrooms, and no gym periods... need I say more?! How is Richard doing these days? I remember when the family moved from their beautiful home on 85th Avenue off 115th St... Danbury seemed like a world away.
I also noticed a comment from another classmate, Tom Feldman, another comedian from HCJ! Tom, you once wrote and read an essay in class that was a gem! It was hilarious, so much so that I still remember the scene today as Sr. Regina stopped you cold and sent you to your seat, while we were doubled over in laughter! Apparently she didn't have as dry a wit as you and I... still, she knew how to teach English and I credit her with turning out a class that would put some of today's graduating classes to shame!
So much time gone by, and so many changes in our personal lives and in the old neighborhood we knew, it's nice to visit this site and bring to light again some of the memories that have enriched our lives and made us who we are today... until tomorrow, the best to everyone for the New Year and beyond...
Added: December 27, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Abbate
From: Connecticut
E-mail:

I stop back here once in a while to reminisce and read the postings.
My family used to live on 93rd Avenue between 112th and 113th Streets. It was a wonderful time of my life.
Just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for a Happy New Year.
Added: December 27, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Ryan Christopher VanWilliams
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: RyanVWPhoto@gmail.com

Wonderful and informative website.
I'm proud to be a current resident and hope the tradition of the neighborhood continues for decades to come!
Added: December 27, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Bill Sorice
From: NYC
E-mail: bill@coldginproductions.com

I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and extend my well wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! Warm Regards, Bill Sorice http://www.billsorice.com
Added: December 25, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Dear Katie LaConte:
I was Brian Doyle's Uncle. And I believe the shoe store is still there with Augie.
Added: December 25, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Vinny Avellino
From: Brick, NJ
E-mail: vfa114@aol.com

Wishing everyone a Merry Chirstmas & a Happy NEW YEAR...
Added: December 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Katie LaConte
From: USA
E-mail:

My husband grew up at 86-17 106th St Richmond Hill and was wondering if Dennis Doyle was related to Brian Doyle who was killed at aproximately 14 years of age when he fell between the freight cars of the Long Island Railroad. This would have been around 1980.
Also was wondering if American Shoe Repair and Augie the Shoe Repair guy are still there on Jamacia Ave between 114th and 115th across from Lipshitz Stationary as he used to be in there all the time.
Added: December 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Teresa Smith Pedone
From: 114th Street
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Hi Louise, So glad to hear you are enjoying the website.
I have met at least 3 people now from the site. I have notified my brother Vincent Smith to take a look.
Enjoy your holidays and I look forward to more info on you and your family. I went to CK also and I do remember you!
Added: December 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Tom McCann
From: Boston, MA
E-mail:

I lived most of my early years in Ozone Park (77th Street) and Richmond Hill (108th Street) just off 101st Avenue.
I have many fond memories of growing up there in the forties and fifties. I graduated from John Adams in '52 and moved to Boston in '60 and have been here ever since.
I have been a member of the Historical Society for many years and was saddened to learn of Nancy'death. A wonderful person and a great loss.
Keep up the good work and all the best for 2009. Tom McCann
Added: December 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Hi Louise!
Its so nice to read your entry and trust all is well with you. I was best friends with your cousin Louis from about the ages of 7 thru 14.
When his family moved to Danbury, CT I would travel up there with his Dad on MetroNorth after he finished work in Manhattan on some Fridays to spend the weekend there. Louis was so proud of his Dad and rightly so. I have such wonderful memories of the Pante Family both in Richmond Hill, NY and in Danbury, CT.
If at all possible, please send my best wishes to them all.
Added: December 21, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Louise Garretto
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: LMG821@hotmail.com

My brother-in-law, John Celauro, showed me this website and it's quite a trip down memory lane.
Dennis Doyle, didn't you live on 115th Street between Jamaica Avenue and 86th Avenue and were good friends with my cousin, Louis Pante? Louis left us 30 years ago next week from Hodgkin's Disease.
Seeing some of these names and places mentioned (the old bagle factory, Kavon's, etc.) are great. I went to SBJL, Class of 1966, graduating with, among others, Vincent Smith, and then on to Christ the King High School.
I loved summers swimming at RHHS, spending hours on line to be one of the 20 to be let in! I played alot of handball at the park on 106th and Atlantic, too. I skated at Victory Field when they would make ice...never skated at Jackson Pond even though it was closer. Played softball at Smoky Park on 125th Street between Atlantic and 95th Avenues. If we weren't playing an organized sport, we were playing running bases, ringleevio (?), or riding our bikes.
I must put in my two cents regarding the crumb cake debate...Gebhardt's on Jamaica Avenue and 111th Street was the best...Glendale and Greenwood were good, but Gebhardt's... the BEST at everything. Their napoleons and eclairs... mmmmmmm! I'm expanding just thinking about them!
Marty Peshler... I remember learning how to whistle and whistling back and forth from 113th Street to you on 116th! Maryanne Gordon, I went to SBJL with Kenny and remember your family living on 116th Street across from the Goddards and Ferrins and then moving to 118th Street. Kathy Giambertone lived a few doors away before we both moved. Everett Batthany... wow a blast from the past. So many names are jumping off the screen, I could really go on.
This is definitely going on my "favorites"!
Added: December 21, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Frank Biscay
From: Iselin, NJ 08830
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com

Happy Holidays to all who read and frequent this site. Lived on 109th street between 107th and 109th Avenues from 1947 until 1968 when I married and moved to So. Ozone Park.
Merry Christmas to all my old friends from Al's Stereo (111th St. and Liberty Ave) including Richie Sowinski, Joe Edelmann, Tommy Walsh, Charlie Shaw and his brother Hughie, the Gillen Bothers Joe and Eddie, Pat Bradley, Jerry Crane, Tommy Block (110th St.), and the rest of the guys whose names I forget and all those who were friends of my brother, T.J. who played football for Winters A.C. (John Mullins, Dennis Kraft et al).
Added: December 21, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, California
E-mail: knkball@att.net

May all of the current and former Richmond Hillites have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year the best to all for the new year!!!! Ken Ball
Added: December 21, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville, Florida
E-mail:

Florida is a nice place to live, but I think I can not forget the time I used to live in Richmond Hill, N.Y. It realy was a good season of my life.
Over there I meet Diana Wantola and we passed a beautiful time... Rafael Rivas
Added: December 20, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Joe G.
From: Nassau County, NY
E-mail:

Hi Gail,
I do remember the Bennett sisters, as well as who I believe to have been their older brother. They owned the house on the corner of 104th St. and Park Lane South in R.H., and although I never had either as teachers, my friends and I knew them from the neighborhood... they had a beautiful backyard, small but landscaped like a mini-paradise.
Mr. Bennett was something to talk to, full of stories of his youth, riding a "Flying Merkel" motorcycle and getting into, what was considered at that time, trouble!
When they moved away, the house was never the same, unfortunately like most of the neighborhood today... keep those precious memories close, as I do, because "they're all that's left you"...
Added: December 19, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Foster
From: Carmel, CA
E-mail: drfoster@redshift.com

I wish everyone a joyful Norman Rockwell kind of holiday season... just like the ones we used to know in Richmond Hill.
Added: December 19, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Tricia Becker
From: Monroe, NY
E-mail: lovabletri@hotmail.com

Phyllis Leinwand,
There are 2 generations of "Beckers" that graduated from PS66 Queens. I am one of 12. I graduated in 1997.
Mr. Jay Rosler was my principal and the assistant principal was Mrs. Stripolli. My 4th grade teacher was Mrs. Barlow who was also my aunts 4th grade teacher. I never got a chance to go back to the school after I graduated and moved out of town.
I see that you are looking for some memorabilia. I believe I have my banner that I received when I graduated. I still have my autograph book, pictures, and water bottles that were given to me.
I would love to take a ride to the school and see the change since I have been gone for 11 years. Hope to hear from you soon.
Added: December 18, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@optonline.net

Hi Mike Lovaglio.
I remember you from the HCJ Teen Drama Club in the 1970's I was in Fiddler on the Roof, played Fryedka one of the Russians and Man of LaMancha played Dr. Carasco. They were good times.
The Teen drama club went on for many years and is still going with a show each summer in August.
Added: December 17, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Steven Nanton
From: Springfield, MA
E-mail: cameraz@yahoo.com

Hello. This site has really brought back memories.
My name is Steven Nanton, and I lived in Richmond Hill from about 1956 to 1978. I lived in a big corner house at 86-04 107th Street. I actually found my old house on this web site's slide show. On the other corners across the street from us were the Turner family, the Fedrowski family and the Decole family. Next door to us was the Lucker family.
I attended P.S. 66, P.S. 90, R.H.H.S. and St. John's University. My parents, Clifton and Audrey Nanton, were well known in the community, being active in the school system and in Scouting. I was a member of Boy Scout Troop 149, and made many friends there.
My father was an avid photographer, and enjoyed taking pictures of our neighbors and their children. He was also sort of the official photographer for P.S. 66, and every year took pictures of the school's June Fete.
After college I became a reporter for the Long Island Press and worked there for 10 years. The paper closed in 1977 and I ended up in Springfield, Mass., where I still reside today.
Some of the things I remember most about Richmond Hill are Forest Park, the dances at St. John's Church, Bill Horter's (sp?) candy store and Harry Kahn's deli, both on Jamaica Avenue between 107th and 108th streets, and my teen-age hangout, the Terminal Restaurant on Jamaica Ave. and 104th St.
Although I have been back to New York City (Manhattan) many times over the last 30 years, I have not been back to Richmond Hill. I hope to visit my old neighborhood some day; maybe I'll run into some old friends.
Added: December 16, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Joseph G. McBride
From: Virginia
E-mail: jgmcbride@verizon.net

HCJ Class Of '69. Interesting site.
Lived on 116th Street, but way up near Metropolitan Avenue. Moved away 1979.
Added: December 15, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Rebecca "Becky" Ulrich
From: Toronto, Canada
E-mail:

Hello neighbor! I'm from Richmond Hill, Canada!
Added: December 15, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Charley Moore
From: Berkeley, CA
E-mail:

Happy Holidays from a former Richmond Hillite! and Thanks for the wonderful website.
Added: December 15, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

It's great reading about the Hill.
I want to wish all our past and present Hillites a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and a Happy New Year to all.
Added: December 13, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Gail Blackburn
From: Warrensburg, New York 12885
E-mail:

Anne J. Benitt, a retired history teacher at R.H.H.S., (sister of Joan C. Benitt) died on December 7, 2008. Does anyone remember her?
Added: December 12, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Lou A Kouvaris
From: east meadow long island
E-mail: lamidas@aol.com

just surfing and found site, brought me back, graduated 1972 from RH high.
Added: December 10, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Robert Rosener
From: Morristown, New Jersey
E-mail: rosener1@aol.com

I was born and raised in Richmond Hill. Went to both Holy Child ('47-'51) & St Benedict Joseph ('51-'55).
My father owned Rosener's Delicatessen on Jamaica Ave. & 125th St. from 1940 to 1951 and he also owned Gus's Deli on 117th St. & 95th Ave. from 1951 to 1971. I went to Delehanty HS in Jamaica and St. John's Pharmacy College.
During HS I worked at Kuhlmann's Butcher Shop on Lefferts & Atlantic. After college I worked at Kip's Drug Store in South Ozone Park, 109th Ave, and also worked some times at John's Park Pharmacy, corner of Lefferts and Atlantic.
I still remember the days of playing stick ball, stoop ball, box ball on 117th and 95th with the guys - John Henry, Jack Bracken, John and Frank Damato, Joe Minogue, Richy Ruzika, etc. Somehow, I lost touch with all of these guys once I moved to NJ and they left the area. I know Jack Bracken became a priest and was assigned to Resurrection-Acension in Rego Park but I have no idea where he is today. If anybody knows where any of these people live it would be greatly appreciated if you could let me know.
Played a lot of ball in Smokey Park and always came home with soot all over my clothes. When the diesel locomotives eventually came in the LIRR yards we still came home with soot over our clothes. How many people remember the Sheffield Farm milk factory on Atlantic Ave. When my father ran out of milk in his store he would go to Sheffieds and get a couple of cases.
I left the area in 1964 but still, when I go to Long Island, I always try to visit the old neighborhood. I was recently their in June '08 and boy how it has changed. My wife and I went to a function in Howard Beach and before going home we took a tour of the neighborhood. It now is so small in comparison to what it was 44 years ago. But boy did it bring back some great memories of my youth.
It has changed but the memories still remain.
Added: December 6, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Richard McDermott
From: Washington, DC
E-mail: mcdermottr@yahoo.com

I would like to here from anyone who might have worked with my mother Harriett McDermott at the Key Food supermarket on Lefferts Blvd. My mother worked in the meat department as a meat wrapper in the 70's & 80's.
When we would sit down for dinner at night my mother would tell us stories of the things that happen in the store that day. One day a customer had blood running down his neck and my mother thought he was hurt only to find out he had a roast beef under his hat. She would always have nice things to say about how hard the kids worked in the store while attending college or high school. Years later these kids would come back to the store to show my mother their new born children.
My mother passed away last week and I still remember the special times we spent at the dinner table with the tales of Key Food.
Added: December 6, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Phyllis Leinwand
From: PS 66 Q
E-mail: Pleinwa@schools.nyc.gov

I am the present principal of PS66 on 102nd St.
Our school is currently under consideration for NYC landmark status by The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
We would love to hear from anyone who attended our school and would like to affirm its contribution to the culture of the Richmond Hill community.
We are also seeking any school memorabilia for our archives. Thank you!
Added: December 5, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Eileen Ball Pacheco
From: Staten Island NY
E-mail: taxgal411@aol.com

My family moved onto 109th Street between Atlantic Ave & 95th Ave in 1964.
I attended P.S. 62. I was fortunate enough to have had Mr. Andrew Penkalo for my fifth grade teacher and Mr. Henry Brooks as my sixth grade teacher. These two amazing men impacted my life tremendously. I went to Elizabeth Blackwell Junior High and Richmond Hill High School. I left Richmond Hill in 1980 but do visit often.
I am very proud to have come from Richmond Hill. As I have gone through life, it is always obvious when i meet someone new if they come from Queens. People from Queens are so down to earth and truly warmer people. I love this site!!
Added: December 4, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Garry Glennon
From: Edison, New Jersey
E-mail: garryglennon@optonline.net

Responding to Robert Tricaros' question about steam engines running along Atlantic Avenue:
When I was a very young kid in the late thirties--early forties, the train tracks were above ground, and the trains were pulled by steam engines. There was a foot bridge going over the tracks at 108th street. On the South side of Atlantic Avenue there was an ice house, close to where Proce Beer Distributers is now (are they still there?). The tracks were put underground sometime in the early forties.
Added: December 3, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Josoni Vincenzi
From: Anchorage, Alaska
E-mail:

Does anyone remember Jacksons pond? If so, is it still around?
Added: December 3, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Vinny Avellino
From: Brick, N.J.
E-mail: vfa114@aol.com

Paul LaVecchia...
you forgot me after all the times i took a bus to get to your house from Woodheaven even rode my bike to your house so we could hang out... even during the winter.... and you don't mention me as one of the guys that hung out together... ?????? what happen i don't count... but i forgive you so write me vfa114@aol.com
Added: December 2, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Mike Lovaglio
From: East Northport
E-mail:

What a great site! I grew up in Richmond Hill.
I lived on 115th St. between Jamaica Ave. and 89th Ave. My Aunt, Uncle and cousins lived next door and another set of Aunt, Uncle and cousins, as well as my Grandparents lived down the block! I went to Holy Child Jesus from 1965 to 1973 and Richmond Hill High from 1973 to 1977.
I remember birthday party's in Jahn's, in the back room. Remember that old-fashioned juke box they had that had all the little instruments playing inside it?
I saw some posts about the Teen Drama Club at HCJ. I was a part of that as well. I appeared in six plays and directed one (I really miss those days). I used to hang out and play handball stuff at PS 90 schoolyard, and used to love hanging out at the pond (The Pine Forest). I lived in R.H. for 27 years before moving to Woodhaven, Maspeth, and finally East Northport.
Well it was great thinking about the good old days. Keep this thing going!
Added: December 2, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Richie Lovaglio
From: Florida
E-mail: warehouse@imcopexamerica.com

hey steve heller, richie lavag.
Me and you hit each bar from lefferts to elderts lane. hi nancy favilla its been a long time, how is your family? miss hangin out at 90 park. jamica ave had alot of great times.
happy holidays to everyone from richmond hill
Added: December 2, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Richie Lovaglio (Lavag)
From: Florida
E-mail: warehouse@imcopexamerica.com

lived in richmond hill 75% of my life.
Went to HCJ, CTK and RHHS. I hung out in 90 Park. I am still in touch with most of my friends I hung out with. Like to know where the people I went to Holy Child Jesus are. Richmond Hill was the Best. Everyone knew everybody in the neighborhood.
Added: December 2, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Al Guarino
From: Nanuet, New York
E-mail: ametman31@aol.com

Grew up on 102nd street and 85th ave...
Those were the days... Great neighborhood back then... Hung out right across the street in p.s.66 school yard. Played basketball for Holy Child through out my childhood. Confirmation and communion at Holy Child.
Added: December 2, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Peter Mohan
From: Pawleys Island, South Carolina
E-mail: nu2isle@aol.com

I grew up on 110 street just south of Jamaica Avenue.
Nearly every kid I knew went to Richmond Hill, but I went to Bishop Loughlin (1960 - 1964). Rich Napolitano was the king of RHHS baseball! If anyone has his email, I'd really appreciate it. Peter Mohan
Added: December 2, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Ben Sala
From: Sunrise, Florida
E-mail: bens730@yahoo.com

This is in response to Bill Peck.
My friend told me he noticed your message recently. I haven't been on this site in some time. If I remember the last time I ran into you was at least 20 years ago when I was up on a visit. It has been a long time since i spoke with Ray also. I heard he retired from the City a # of years ago.
If you get a chance send me an E-mail, it would be good to catch up. Hope everyone is OK. I see Lee also put a posting on the site. Looking forward to hearing from you. Ben
Added: December 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Steve Groark
From: Rockland County, New York
E-mail: Spawtzfan@yahoo.com

I was 3 when my family moved from the Bronx to Richmond Hill (1968) to 103-23 123rd St.
My brother and sisters attended St Teresa of Avila then to PS 121 while I went directly to PS 121 (1970 - 1976), you might remember me as the kid they could never find (I was always hiding out above the gym). I remember Ms Doherty, Mrs Alexander and Ms Kaufman (by today's standards she would be considered "Goth"). I remember singing "Sing a song" by The Carpenters at graduation in 1977. It was during this time we learned how to deliver pizza's to our neighbors (No caller ID back then).
We would always have Chinese food for dinner from the resturant on 123 & Liberty. We would always be in the movie theater on the corner or at "The Waffle Machine" ice cream store across from "Georgios".
I went to JHS 210 (Elizabeth Blackwell) from 1977 - 1979, I realized then that girls had boobies and I didn't, my first crush came in 7th grade (Her name was Annette Austin and she was Hot!) and I did a lot of stupid stuff to get her attention... obviously it didnt work!
During my junior high school days, my parents split, there went the house and my mom moved us to 113th St & 101 Ave, this is when I also developed my other love at this time... I would spend all day at PS 62 on 108 st & 101 ave, I would play box ball & softball from sun up till you could not see the ball anymore. I made some cool childhood friends there, Harry, Herman, John, Johnny Boy Vanessa, Conchetta, Lisa, & most importantly Mary (We still keep in touch today because both our aunts believed we would end up together somewhere, somehow, someway).
I attended (sometimes) Richmond Hill High School (I emphasized the "high" part of it. We also lived on 107th St, eventually the family settled (Sounds like "Little house in Richmond Hill", into a house my mother bought on 90th & Rockaway Blvd. During this period I went from playing ball to smoking and drinking as part of the "62" crew, one stupid mistake after another landed me up here in the country to a place called "St Agatha Home for Children". Dont be sad for me after a tumultuous transition to "the system", it turns out it was the best thing to EVER happen to me, I went home for a little while, I worked at "Laces" & "Dunkin Donuts" until reality set in and I realized my place was here in Rockland County, where I reside today... Oh, That orphanage / home I went to live in as I child, I now have been workin in for 23 years helping others like I was helped in my troubled times. If you remember me, my brother (Patrick) or my sisters (Dorothy, Joan or Kathleen), Drop a line, I would love to hear your version of "Richmond Hill" Street Blues. Peace
Added: December 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
J. Saro
From: Long Island
E-mail:

I grew up in Richmond Hill in the 50's and 60's and I recall my friend's grandmother telling us about a mounted police station which existed in Forest Park at 102nd St. and Park Lane South, across the street from her home.
Her comments were prompted by our questions about a crumbling concrete slab, approximately 10x15 ft., which remained under two mulberry trees about 75ft. from the road. We spent countless hours climbing those trees, and sometimes falling out! (In those days, when you hit the ground, you hit it hard!...)
Does anyone remember a mounted patrol in Forest Park, probably in the 1930's or 40's?... I'm not sure if any of the foundation still remains, as I haven't been up there in years. It probably would be a good idea today...
love the website, and best regards to all, especially the long time residents with the best stories to tell.
Added: December 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Kenneth F Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

I find this a fun, take me back to the past and make me smile site--
thank you for this wonderful link to the past! Ken Ball
Added: November 30, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville, Florida
E-mail:

If somebody knows Diana Wantola, tell her I say hello. She can leave a email here, Thanks.
Added: November 29, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Aleeza Kamara
From: Beirut, Lebanon
E-mail:

I lived with relatives for a few years in Richmond Hill. I truly enjoyed all the different cultures and the neighborhood. I miss it and hope to visit again. I learned so much about Richmond Hill through this website. Thanks.
Added: November 28, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Martin Molloy
From: West Babylon
E-mail: Memar3@aol.com

I spent my childhood years in Richmond Hill 101-25 109th st. off liberty ave.
I lived with Foster Family Mrs Elenor Mack. If anyone has anything to share or they also lived with the Mack Family please get in touch via email. I have fond memories of block parties and Or if anyone has details.
Added: November 28, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Josoni Vincenzi
From: Anchorage, Alaska
E-mail:

Is SBJL school still around? I went there when i lived in NYC.
Added: November 27, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Robert Tricaro
From: San Francisco
E-mail: rct2cu@att.net

LIRR trains from Jamaica to Long Island City are diesel powered and while the Richmond Hill station is along the route (and now abandoned), did diesels (and earlier on, steam locomotives) stop here.
Growing up in Richmond Hill in the late 40's and 50's, I remember seeing only electric trains stopping at that station--enlighten me someone.
Added: November 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

David Golembiowski:
I believe the book "Victorian Richmond Hill", Edited by Mary Flanagan, is out of print. I am not sure if its possible to order through the Richmond Hill Library, but it's available there as a library book.
Richmond Hill Library
118-14 Hillside Avenue
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
TEL: 718-849-7150
Added: November 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
David Golembiowski
From: Huntington, NY
E-mail: jdbella@verizon.net

How do I get a copy of A Victorian Richmond Hill by Mary Flanagan?
Added: November 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Kim Bradley
From: West Palm Beach, Florida
E-mail: bradleykim@bellsouth.net

I've been working on our family tree and my great great uncle and aunt, Joseph and Elizabeth Browne owned a home in Richmond Hill (123-12 97 Avenue) in the 1930s and I've been trying to find out more about their family.
If anyone has a snipit of information or a direction to point me in, I'd be grateful.
Added: November 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Josoni Vincenzi
From: Anchorage, Alaska
E-mail:

Thanks for the information, Mr. Doyle. You really are versatile!
Added: November 23, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
John DeMarcus
From: oklahoma city, ok
E-mail: jdema10306@aol.com

Nice website, was just looking for info on Grebe radio.
Added: November 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
James Loughlin
From: St. Charles, Mi.
E-mail:

I enjoy reading all of the comments concerning the old neighborhood...
Josoni, I lived on 116th street in the 60's and do remember the fun times we had sleigh riding in Forest Park, and buying our 6 cent Hersheys and 10 cent Cokes at Heinz's candy store across from Jackson's Pond. He also sold old coins, and we'd save our money to "invest" in a Buffalo nickel or Wheat penny for the future, in hopes that we'd someday retire rich!...
Hope you're doing well, and a big hello to the rest of the gang, wherever you are!
Added: November 22, 2008


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Thank you Josoni!
And yes, Eddie's Sweet Shop is still open. Same Location:
Eddie's Sweet Shop
105-29 Metropolitan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375-6737
Phone: 718-520-8514
Added: November 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Josoni Vincenzi
From: Anchorage, Alaska
E-mail:

I just want to say that Mr. Doyle does an excellent job at posting the comments with speed and efficiency. Thanks for the hard work!
Added: November 22, 2008


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Josoni Vincenzi
From: Anchorage, Alaska
E-mail:

Its me again.
I'm just wondering if anyone can tll me if Edy's Sweet Shop is still in business. I'd love to visit the old neighborhood.
Added: November 21, 2008


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Lee Peck
From: Harveys Lake, Pa
E-mail: crafter191@gmail.com

I lived on 113 st from about 1964 to 1984.
It is great to read all the postings and remember the places mentioned! I am still in contact with some friends from back then. I would love to hear from Mona Basitide, or get info on her whereabouts-I regret having lost touch with her.
Thanks to my brother for turning me on to this site! Lee Peck
Added: November 21, 2008


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Jeff Costigan
From: Fresh Meadows, NY
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com

Hi, was wondering if some one bought the Jahns building yet, and if they did, what will it become?
I really miss going there once in a while with my wife to get a few burgers and some ice cream.
I grew up in Rich. Hill and went to Jahns a lot when I was a kid. Lived on 108 St, near the park, would walk there by myself or a brother or sister. Well, just wondering of the building or store was bought yet.
Any info please pass along. Thanx, Jeff Costigan
Added: November 21, 2008


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Arthur Perry
From: New York City
E-mail: artperry46@yahoo.com

I spoke with Nancy Cataldi only once, but I remember how helpful and friendly she was.
She took the time to explain to me what I needed to know. Talking with her was a memorable experience. I am so sorry to hear of her passing.
Added: November 20, 2008


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Rocky Schwarz
From: Manhattan
E-mail:

Last year during Open House New York, we greatly enjoyed the tour led by Nancy Cataldi and Ivan, particularly the warmth felt as we encountered friends and neighbors along the way.
Today at an event at Teachers College, Columbia University, where I work, I was speaking to my good friend Sue Nanka-Bruce, now a resident in your community, and she told me of Nancy's sudden death. I was so sorry to hear about it, but when I went through the guestbook and found the entry about her funeral arrangements, the funeral home, the church where the mass was held (and no doubt the cemetery) -- all featured on the tour -- were all so appropriate that I know she's still right there with you in spirit.
Best wishes to the Cataldi family and her extended Richmond Hill family.
Added: November 20, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Richard Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

Attention Richmond Hill Friends Reunion (1960-1968)
Holy Child - Richmond Hill Annex and High School
Do you remember the days of School Dances, House Parties, and Stick Ball, Hanging out in the School Yards or Forrest Park? Maybe you remember Cordes Ice Cream Parlor, Steve's Pizzeria, RKO Keiths Movie Theater, Glenn's Bar or Club 111 Bowling Alley. Have you ever wondered of what happened to old friends from the neighborhood?
Well now is your chance, Julie Kreppein-Wissell, Rich Newell, and Richie Kreppein are putting together a friends reunion for Saturday June 13, 2009 to be held at the American Legion Post #948 located in Bellmore, Long Island. The cost will be $75.00 per couple or $40.00 per individual. (Non-Refundable) The price includes a Buffett, Beer, Wine, and Soda.
It has been over 40 years since our childhood days, so what do you say lets get together and catch up on lost years. We are looking for names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address of old friends. Please RSVP to any of the below address if you have any information and would be interested in attending by Feb 2009. We are also looking into blocking off hotel rooms for those who will need a place to stay.
Julia Kreppein-Wissell - julia1950@msn.com; Rich Newell - coachrich00@yahoo.com; Richie Kreppein - hacksquad@aol.com
Added: November 18, 2008


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John Mackin Ade
From: Hardeeville, S.C.
E-mail: MacksMets@gmail.com

To Bill Peck:
I remember that route. I delivered the Long Island Press to your house (probably before you were there) in the early 1960s. Mack
Added: November 17, 2008


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Pete Conrad
From: Fremont California
E-mail: peteconrad@yahoo.com

My condolences to the Cataldi family.
Nancy was a classmate at RHHS and we shared a few classes. I have been visting this website over the years and have always marveled a her dedication to the preservation of Richmond Hill and the beautiful homes. She put Richmond Hill on the map, she'll be missed.
Kind Regards, Pete Conrad RHHS Class of '71
Added: November 16, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Mary Hamel Theall
From: New Bedford Ma.
E-mail: ma5hm@aol.com

Hello again, wanted to ask if anyone on this blog went to SBJL in the years 1954/1962 [Mary] or my brother Bob 1947/1955. Thank You and have a wonderful day. Mary Hamel
Added: November 16, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Jeff Costigan
From: Fresh Meadows, NY
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com

Hi, was wondering if any one knows or knew of a Deborah Sito, lived on 85 Ave near 102 St.?
I went to R.H.H.S with her, graduated in 1983. Just wondering if she still lives in Rich. Hill or moved. Please let me know any information about her, really appreciate it!! Thanks, Jeff Costigan.
Added: November 15, 2008


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Bill Peck
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: maryannpc@aol.com

Anybody from 113th St. and 101st Ave. - Richmond Hill area from around mid '60's and beyond.
Remember - Bill, Ray and Lee Peck; Linda, Donna and Ethel Chiaino; Franky and Ralphy Castigliola; Lourdes, Joe and Mario Barroso; Patricia and Dennis Ghannon; Kathy, Joe and Bobby Kuppelmeier; MaryEllen and Carol Badini; Ben, Vinny and Johnny Sala; the Woolfinger Boys; Frenchie; Tommy Gargulo; Tommy Doxie; Maureen and Dear Kevin McGough; Virginia and Kurt Straub; Ted, Steve and Chris Whitting; the Gould Girls-Julia and ?; George Linscott; Ann Van Bergen; Linda, Bobby and Nancy Eurie; Carmine Ambrosino; April Costa; Ben Marty and Family.
(How about the abandoned gas station on the corner, the Knitting Mill, the Bagel Factory?) My literal finger-to-finger blood brother Johnny Saporito and parents of all the above.
Forgive any misspellings and omissions. Bill Peck
Added: November 14, 2008


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Harold Landsperg
From: Clovis, New Mexico
E-mail: ka5bat@suddenlink.net

Thank you for your reply. Seems I had a type error on my address last time. Crazy fingers.
Anyway I used to live on 114th St. between 101 and 103 Ave. If anyone could tell me how to get in touch with Billy Hanley, Dennis Adams, Billy DeMorata, or Irene Howe or Gail Healey or any of the many others that used to hang out at John's Candy Store back in the early 60's. It would be greatly appreciated.
Added: November 13, 2008


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Josoni Vincenzi
From: Anchorage, Alaska
E-mail:

I grew up in Richmond Hill in the early part of my life (i was born in 1955). My family moved to Alaska in 1972.
I miss going to the R.K.O. Keiths. I even saw the 3 stooges there! Those were good days...
Added: November 12, 2008


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Mary Irene Hamel/Theall
From: New Bedford, Ma. 02740
E-mail: ma5hm@aol.com

My name is Mary Hamel.
I lived at 89-39 118 th St between 89th and 91st. My grandparents - [Grandfather] Louis Hamel and Ana Hamel bought the home that was my Dads and Mothers. My Father and Uncle went to St Benny's. My parents were Married there. Bob and Mary Hamel went to school there and my brother Bob and his Bride were Married there.
It was nice to find this site. A bit of History, my grandfather Louis Hamel had the zone changed so his boys Louis and Henry Hamel could attend SBJL and NOT Holy Child. Thus the History of the Hamels and St. Benedect Joseph Larbe. Thank You, Mary Hamel Theall
Added: November 12, 2008


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

First of all, I extend my condolences to Nancy Cataldi's Family and closest friends.
I knew of Nancy over the years through her historical books, photographs and reading about her involvements along with accomplishments in the newspapers. A few years ago we had the pleasure of meeting her, having had problems on the block with illegal demolition and rebuilding. I believe the R.H.B.A. recommended that we call her and she was here in a flash. What a go-getter she was and to think we had just met her. She always cared enough to take our calls, give advice, get involved, and be supportive at all times. We since had become friendly, seeing her at meetings, community functions and such, while keeping in touch on a lighter note. Nancy was the strength of Richmond Hill, trying to keep it alive however she could with her non-stop energy. She always fought to try to right the wrongs. We should all credit her for all that she has done and tried to do for the neighborhood. Her accomplishments were many and though some may not be aware, we all should be thankful. I was shocked when reading of her passing on this site on November 1st. Personally, I wss very upset, having just been "speaking" with her via the computer a few days before on October 28th. She was well as we chatted back and forth about different things, Halloween, the neighborhood happenings etc.. The sad thing was her last message to me was wishing me to feel better and to take care, which I also found after the fact. She was so young and vibrant, with this happening so unexpectedly.
It truly is a sad loss for those close to her, anyone who knew her and the community as a whole. She was a loving, caring person and will be missed terribly. She now has her place in heaven, reunited with her Mother Lucia, who she loved and missed so dearly. God Bless! Sincerely, Marilyn & Jimmy
Added: November 11, 2008


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Rafael Rivas
From: Jacksonville, Florida
E-mail: rafa.rivas.6@gmail.com

This is to say HELLO!!! to Diana Wantola, she used to be my girlfiend from 1970 thru 1972, then I have to move to San Jose, Costa Rica, after we split for some reasons; reasons that all lover have in common.
I wish to find her again and see how is she doing after so many years? It is going to be very very nice to see her again. My hope is that that happen some day.
Added: November 9, 2008


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Dear Harold Landsperg:
Although I make every effort to post guestbook entries in a timely manner, I regret that there may be some that can fall through the cracks due to what may appear as spam.
One criteria when posting which is very helpful, is to please include your first and last name. Not sure if this is why your past entries failed to make it into our guestbook but it certainly was not deliberately blocked. My apologies to you and the inconvenience it has caused.
Added: November 9, 2008


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Harold Landsperg
From: Clovis, New Mexico
E-mail: ka5bat@suddenlink.net

I was just wondering why the comments I have submitted in the past 2 or 3 years regarding friends like Irene Howe, Dennis Adams, Billy Hanley and Billy Demorata, have never been posted.
Would whoever is blocking the stuff please take the time to tell me why. Thank you, Harold Landsperg
Added: November 9, 2008


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Charles Pericas
From: Charlotte, NC.
E-mail: boricua13@bellsouth.net

I was raised in Richmond Hill from 1957 till 1973 when I left for college.
I remember Jahns Ice Cream Parlor and the RKO Theaters, Forest Park, and the crazy skateboarding and sleighing down the hills. I worked for a Italian Meat Shop between 108 and 107th Street, did deliveries and clean-up.
HCJ and Bishop Loughlin graduate. New to this site, looking for Steve Quatrocci, Jimmy Lore, Frank Penner, Tony Mafatore, Pugliese, Jim and Michele Moratta, Mike Poelker and brothers. Any ideas? Best wishes to all.
Added: November 8, 2008


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Jeff Costigan
From: Fresh Meadows, NY
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com

Hi, was sad to read Nancy passed. at such a young age too!!
I never knew her, never met her but my mother did and used to talk about her. My mom worked for Community Board 9 on Queens Blvd. Guess she met Nancy at a meeting, don't know. Don't know if any one remembers my mother, Agnes Costigan. She passed in 1994, when I was in the Navy. Emphysema, at 68. Funny, I was just going to email her today and ask if she remembered my Mom.
Does any one know how Nancy passed?? Please let me know, want to share this with my sister. My thoughts go out to the Cataldi Family. Jeff Costigan.
Added: November 8, 2008


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Dorren & Danil Dreger
From: Glendale, NY 11385
E-mail: Splithorn@aol.com

Some words by Warren Zevon called "Keep me in your heart" For our dear departed Nancy Cataldi,

Shadows are falling and I'm running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile
If I leave you it doesn't mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile

When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for awhile
There's a train leaving nightly called "when all is said and done"
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sometimes when you're doing simple things around the house
Maybe you'll think of me and smile
You know I'm tied to you like the buttons on your blouse
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver's headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for awhile
These wheels keep turning but they're running out of steam
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile

Added: November 6, 2008


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Shirley Waddell-Whitfield
From: Nichols, SC
E-mail: denimblufeather@aol.com

Once before, I as a student from RHHS in the late forties and early fifties wondered what happened to some of the people that I knew well back then.
Does anyone know what happened to Elizabeth Alwang, Catherine Willenbrock, Josephine Romano or Phyllis Wright? If so, please respond.
Added: November 6, 2008


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Beatriz Cordero
From: Orlando, FL
E-mail: maipiu40@yahoo.com

My condolences to the Cataldi Family.
I was a long-time resident of this beautiful and historical neighborhood for 15 yrs until my move to Florida 18 months ago. I truly love this neighborhood; the beauty of these wonderful homes. While reading the paper on-line i came across this article and was sadden to read that a woman who worked so hard to preserve this neighborhood had unexpectedly passed. Although while a resident of Richmond Hill, I did not have the fortune to know her personally, as I browse through this website, I am reminded of my time there and how much I enjoyed living in Richmond Hill; I resided at 108th St & Park Lane South for 13 years. I was and am proud to have lived in such a wonderful part of the NYC.
Again, my condolences to the Cataldi Family. And to the Historical Society, please continue Nancy's hard work. God Bless.
Added: November 6, 2008


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Jannette La Sota
From: Forest Hills
E-mail:

My condolences to everyone on the untimely loss of Ms. Cataldi.
May you have the comfort of many loving memories and the support of each other to continue keeping her hopes, dreams, and visions for the neighborhood as alive as her spirit will always remain. Rest in peace Nancy.
Added: November 5, 2008


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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga, TN
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com

rest in peace, Nancy, and may angels escort you to your home in Heaven. may your memory be eternal, gracious lady.
Added: November 5, 2008


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Chris Glasser
From: Corinth, TX.
E-mail: glasschr7@aol.com

I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Nancy Cataldi.
Although we never met I've been able to enjoy so many memories due to the great efforts of Nancy and her collaborators at the R.H.H.S. Let's all keep Nancy in our memories each and every time we visit this wonderful site.
Thank You Nancy and May You Rest In Peace
Added: November 3, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Ivan Mrakovcic
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: ivan.mrakovcic@gmail.com

We formed this historical society in late 1996 and Nancy became President in April of 1999.
As Founding President I handed Nancy a candle and she turned it into a blazing beacon for Richmond Hill. For me and the rest of the Board of Directors, she will always remain a beloved inspiration.
Added: November 2, 2008


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

Dear Members and Guests:
With great heartbreak, I sign this Guestbook with the entry that Nancy Cataldi, President of the Richmond Hill Historical Society, passed away on October 29, 2008.
It is so hard to believe for all of us that were fortunate enough to be touched by her warmth, energy, and drive which seemed to be the perfect fit needed as our President for the Richmond Hill Historical Society. She will be terribly missed and we still can't beleive she is no longer with us. She was always there, helping, planning, hosting, meeting, petioning, galvanizing, inspiring, and just plain old loving the Richmond Hill community, working to protect its past and future for over 10 years. Her work was never done, always a new battle, and she fought for Richmond Hill right up to her very unexpected and untimely end. Richmond Hill lost a true friend but her spirit and work will continue on through the continued efforts of the Richmond Hill Historical Society.

Please remember Nancy and her family in your prayers.

Funeral services for Nancy Cataldi: Family will receive friends at
Leo F. Kearns
85-66 115 Street
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
DATE: Wednesday, November 5th and Thursday, November 6th
TIME: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at
The Church of the Holy Child Jesus
111-11 86th Avenue
Richmond Hill, NY 11418

Donations in memory of Nancy may be made to Bobbi and the Stray's at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/bobbicares.html
Added: November 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Tom Feldman
From: Illinois
E-mail: tfeldman08@gmail.com

Reading these comments is like talking with my brothers. I've heard so many of these stories before, and recognize so many names of people they hung out with.
I graduated from HCJ in 1969, but we left RH in 1971, before I could get into the same kinds of trouble as my older brothers. We lived on 109th, south of Jamaica Ave, across from the phone company.
Anyone remember the Feldmans? All nine of us? Maybe I shouldn't ask... Our old house is still on the Google satellite photo, but that's all I've seen of the place in 37 years. "Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana."
Added: November 1, 2008


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Richard Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

Attention Richmond Hill Friends Reunion (1960-1968)
Holy Child - Richmond Hill Annex and High School
Do you remember the days of School Dances, House Parties, and Stick Ball, Hanging out in the School Yards or Forrest Park? Maybe you remember Cordes Ice Cream Parlor, Steve's Pizzeria, RKO Keiths Movie Theater, Glenn's Bar or Club 111 Bowling Alley. Have you ever wondered of what happened to old friends from the neighborhood?
Well now is your chance, Julie Kreppein-Wissell, Rich Newell, and Richie Kreppein are putting together a friends reunion for Saturday June 13, 2009 to be held at the American Legion Post #948 located in Bellmore, Long Island. The cost will be $75.00 per couple or $40.00 per individual. (Non-Refundable) The price includes a Buffett, Beer, Wine, and Soda.
It has been over 40 years since our childhood days, so what do you say lets get together and catch up on lost years. We are looking for names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address of old friends. Please RSVP to any of the below address if you have any information and would be interested in attending by Feb 2009. We are also looking into blocking off hotel rooms for those who will need a place to stay.
Julia Kreppein-Wissell - julia1950@msn.com; Rich Newell - coachrich00@yahoo.com; Richie Kreppein - hacksquad@aol.com
Added: November 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Brian Doyle
From: Yerba Buena, CA
E-mail:

Chris, thank you for your thoughtful post.
Reading it revived a childhood memory, this is going back 30 plus years, but I recall a renactment of a Revolutionary War Battle in Forest Park, I think it was the Battle of Long Island. Walking up from 109th St to Myrtle and Park Lane we found crowds around the Buddy monument; Redcoats and Braves running in the Forest, the crack of muskets; it was quite a site.
Does anyone remember such an event in the Park?
Added: October 29, 2008


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Chris Smith
From: Floral Park
E-mail: csmith9@nyc.rr.com

In the December 2008 issue of World War II History there is a picture of Sgt. Joseph E. Schaefer receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions in Stolberg, Germany.
"On September 24, 1944, Staff Sergeant Joseph E.Schaefer of Company I, 18th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division was part of a platoon defending a crossroads south of Aachen when it was attacked by a superior force. One of the company's squads was taken prisoner, another abandoned its position, and only Schaefer's squad remained.
German fire became so intense that Schaefer ordered his men to take up positions in a nearby house. Despite continued attacks, Schaefer's men repulsed every one; the sergeant personally accounted for between 15 and 20 German dead. He then went out looking for the enemy, captured 10 of them, and even freed the squad that had earlier been taken prisoner. For his courageous deeds, he was awarded the first of seven Medals of Honor that would be earned by American soldiers during the siege of Aachen. Most importantly, he and his squad prevented the enemy from taking the crossroads."
If you are ever in Forest Park go behind the Buddy Monument and you will see, Sgt Joseph E. Schafer Oval, the nice memorial that was built in his honor. There are also two plaques, under trees, for other soldiers. One is for Capt. Peter Russell, Viet Nam MIA, and the other is for a World War I soldier whose name I believe was Gray. (I haven't been by there in a while.) Sgt. Schaefer passed away shortly before the monument was dedicated.
That little area of Forest Park is a nice reminder of what America is all about, and some of the good people who fought to defend us.
Added: October 27, 2008


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Daniel Masessa
From: Maine
E-mail: msgmasessa@yahoo.com

Hey Bob Murtagh, I don't remember you but I lived at 93-07 123rd St from 1958 to 1969.
We were three houses in from Atlantic Ave. Moved to 125th St in South Ozone Park in 1969. I was also a boy scout member of Troop 273. I remember Bill Welsch was the Scout Master. My dad also voluntered and helped the scout leaders during the meetings and camping trips.
I have no idea if the scout troop is still in existence or not. Amazing that we lived so close together. Please e-mail me about your old boy scout stuff.
Added: October 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Ashley Bharath
From: Coral Springs, Florida
E-mail:

I had always love SBJL: Saint Benedict Joseph Labre school in Richmond Hill, New York.
The staff was always friendly and caring. I miss that school. I even found my friends from SBJL after so many years.
Added: October 20, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Murtagh
From: Morrisville, PA
E-mail: murtagh48@hotmail.com

I grew up in Richmond Hill from 1958 to 1971. I lived at 93-32 123rd St. just off Atlantic Ave.
I was wondering if anyone knows Boy Scout troop 273 is still in existence. I found some of my old scout stuff from the troop and would like to donate it to them.
Would like to hear from anyone that remembers me.
Added: October 17, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
christine kramer zabrouski
From: long island
E-mail:

im looking for lisa callozo my next door neighbor in 1987 on 108th street.
Added: October 17, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail: anth0712@optonline.net

I lived in Richmond Hill fron 1961-1991. I went to HCJ graduated in 1973 and RHHS-graduated in 1977. I lived first at 87-37 112th St and then we moved to 91-13 111th St.
Had many friends on my block. John McGee, Mario Scorcia, Tony Melito, Billy Matos, John Kopec, Steven Keener. I worked at the South Queens Boys' Club on 110th St. and Atlantic Avenue. I ran the front desk and one of the game rooms during 1973-1980. I also worked the bingos later on. I had many friends there also and knew man, many members of the Boys' Club. The Pelters, Anetrellas, McGinty's, Mark Mignone, John Godsell, Patrick Devitt, Eddie Kessell, John Kessel, John Vandenberg,
If anyone remembers me (Tony Palmisano) please e-mail me. Would love to hear from you. Anyone Hve Mrs. Artz as a teacher in PS 90 would love to hear from her or Mr. Cinicola, Mr Cammilleri, Mr. Giacolone, Mrs. Steeger, Miss Place, Miss Privati from HSJ and from RHHS Mr. Steve Nathanson or Mr. Egenthal. Thank you.
Added: October 16, 2008


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Claire Jackson
From: Holland/the Netherlands
E-mail: clarejackson@live.nl

Does anyone know one of my relatives from the jamaica avenue 110th?? (14629???) Queens, NY.
my father: Rudy Jackson jr is a very tall man. used to be a great bball player in the 70's early 80's at Greece, France, Holland, and NY (college), but had to stop it because of an accident with his foot so he wasn't able to dunk anymore. his father Rudy Jackson sr???
I left NY on the age of 4 so I can't remembre anything... I can't even imagine what my father would look like now. I'm looking for them 'cauz i don't have any family since he left my biologic mother- i dislike her. Please help. If you know where to find them, please tell me. My grandmother died on cancer when i was 11yr old. her last wish was to see me but my biologic mother never told me she was ill or even dieng, she didn't told me her last request because she was afraid i never would come back home to holland again, because i always bagged everyone to live with my father and mother (grandmother) and family in NY. Now i'm still trieng to find her grave to say goodbye.
i'm searching for allready 15 yrs from now (i'm 26). Please please please help me. do u have any information aboud my relatives please contact me. I want to see them and get to talk to them before i lose my launguage so i won't be able to communicate with them anymore, and my grandmother keeps on haunting me in my sleep telling me i have to look for my (grand)father before it's to late and i'll turn nuts.
My grandmother used to have two little white barking dogs, one of them was named snowball?? my fathers nickname was Jay. he maybe moved to New Jersey or Jersey city with his father. He TOLD me (if it's true, i'm not sure) he's a basketball manager or agent now. My grandfather's still working out by lifting weights.
Thank you for your attention and help. I hope this way will give me ANY information. because till now i have none.
Added: October 15, 2008


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Marguerite Reed
From: Washington
E-mail: mpatmacconnell@aol.com

This website is a fantastic find.
I lived in Richmond Hill in the 30's and attended Our Lady of the Cenacle Church. There I met a Trinitarian nun, Sister Elizabeth John who fostered my vocation. She also encouraged my friend, George Deas, who became a priest.
I would love to know if they are still on this planet. Any info would be so appreciated. God bless.
Added: October 15, 2008


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Judy Alfano
From: Nassau County
E-mail: Lilac1@optonline.net

Does anyone hear from or know where we can find Jimmy Tinken, Jack Consiglio, Mikey Beaumont or anyone else from the Class of 1962 from Holy Child Jesus?
If anyone missed our reunion in Oct. 2007 and following small gatherings of we who are local to each other, please get back to me so we can tell you about the reunion. Thank you, Judy and the rest of our friends from the class of 62.
Added: October 11, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Kathy Giambertone Rapach
From: Savannah, Georgia
E-mail: krapach@comcast.net

Hi Maryanne (Gordon), I tried to email you but was unsuccessful. I remember when you were born!
I went to SBJL and your brother, Stephen, was a year ahead of me. Your family was wonderful. I moved to Jackson Heights after SBJL. Please let me know if you ever get to Savannah. I visit Charleston frequently. Take care and Hi to all the graduates of SBJL 1964!
Added: October 10, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
dave 0'halloran
From: williamsburg, va
E-mail: dohloh@att.blackberry.net

i am trying to find out what happened to rocky romano... a very close friend growing up in the 60's in richmond hill and at sbjl.
i understand he has passed away but i don't know when or anything else about what happened to rocky... any help... daveO
Added: October 9, 2008


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Mayor of Queens
From: Richmond Hill / Woodhaven / Ozone Park
E-mail: not important

Metal Detectors on Jamaice Avenue, huh, never was never been.
I was walking through the hill today on this beautiful autumn day with the foilage starting and it still holds true as one of the safest places to live. You could walk te streets of jamaice avenue or libery at night without anyone bothering you.
We still have the best Italian Eateries thoughout the hill, woodhaven ozone park, howard beach area. And yes to me its all the same area. Its long island that is plane lame and boring with nothing but septic tanks, seven elevens, racoons, and not to mention the wonderful area of hempstead near by, haha. Its no wonder so many people leave for the island but regret it in little time. So many people rather have that value of New York City Property again but with the rural feel.
With the diversity and all the great restaurants being landmarks in the area such as sorrento's, don peppe's ozone, romeo's, greenwood bakery, lennys, russo, mario's, koko rico, pats deli, and so many more which is too long to mention. This area still proves to be New York's Best kept secret.
Dont beleive me, come around more often and if I recall its Long island you see all the time on the news with all these animals breaking into houses and people getting hit on the head in the streets. Keep the seven elevens and hemsptead. The Hill will prevail
Added: October 9, 2008


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Frank Wajert
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: fwajert@sbcglobal.net

I would like to get in touch with Cecelia Batthany Dunne. I am a very good friend of your family.
Rod and I, spent our early Twenties palling around such Richmond Hill establisments such as Glenn's Bar & Grill and the Triangle Hofbrau. I know he is living in Toronto. I've been in touch with him recently. I know your mother passed away, but Rod told me that your mother always kept that picture I gave her.
If you read this please send me an email. Richmond Hill was a very special place. Frank Wajert
Added: October 7, 2008


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Maryanne Gordon
From: Charleston, SC
E-mail: maryanne_harward@hill-rom.com

I haven't been on this website in quite awhile. It brings back so many great memories.
I was raised in R.H. Born in 1962, graduated SBJL in 1976. My family moved in 1977. I have 4 older brothers: Stephen, Kenneth, Arthur and Keith. They all went to SBJL. Stephen and Arthur still live in N.Y.
Love to here from anyone that remembers us!
Added: October 7, 2008


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Veronica Guerad
From: Levittown, NY
E-mail: VLTGNY@gmail.com

I grew up in Richmond Hill, had many free Birthday Sundays, yes the kitchen sink, wow what a treat, all friends help eat it.
I was so looking forward to taking my grandson to Jahns for his birthday this yr. I took my children to Jahns every month and on their birthdays. It was a trip from the Island to Queens but worth it. I'll truly miss going, we would go to the movie than Jahns.
Great memories, sorry my grandkids won't enjoy it.
Added: October 5, 2008


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Philip Marino
From: Westchester, NY
E-mail: bigphil020@optonline.net

Remember The Marino's from ozone park, L78, or P.S. 64.
Does anyone know Marcy Greenberg, John Adams 1970 to 1974?
Added: October 4, 2008


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Deborah Draisin
From: Long Beach, NY
E-mail: dstarpro@hotmail.com

Wow Jahn's - it's hard to believe it's gone! The loss of the Hofbrau was rough enough.
The old neighborhood has changed quite a bit - Jamaica Avenue is a bit rougher, and the Hill requires metal detectors now :-(
I raised my son there until he was 11. I miss the old haunts sometimes, and all the people I used to know. It was a pretty rad place back in the day: The East, the coffee shop, the Lanes. Still hoping for a reunion if we can get organized.
Added: October 1, 2008


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Patricia Teta Spencer
From: Smithtown, NY 11788
E-mail: donlin3@optonline.net

I enjoy this site as well and I saw one from a Camile Bruno Howe who also went to PS 53 and had Mrs. Cornell for 6th grade.
My class was the last graduating class of 57 and then the school was torn down. I really loved that little wooden school and all of the teachers. My sister Margaret who was older than me also went to the school and had Mrs. Cornell.
We lived on the corner of Lefferts Blvd and 95th Avenue. My Mom sold the house in 1990 and moved out here by me but has since passed away.
Growing up in Richmond Hill was wonderful and I am so pleased that others feel the same. It was a great place to grow up and oh so safe.
Do you remember the little store on the corner of 117th St. It was owned by a Mr. Momathy more than likely spelled it wrong but he had the patience of a saint with the small kids when we chose our penny candy. Anyway it is all good memories of my childhood. Trying to recall kids names but I am having what I like to call a senior moment.
Would enjoy hearing from you about the old neighborhood.
Added: September 29, 2008


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Lynda Maggiore-Durand
From: Ft Lauderdale, Florida
E-mail: MayburyMadam@comcast.net

I remember The Palace, Jamaica Avenue and 109th Street. Every girl in RHHS shopped there.
Yes, it was pricey for that era, but the clothese were worth it. I graduated in 1967 and hung out at Ponce's Pizza Place on Jamaica Ave an 114th Street.
Does anyone know me?
Added: September 27, 2008


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cecelia Batthany Dunne
From: eastport, New york
E-mail: cedunne812@

This web site is a hoot.
It affirms what I always felt Richmond Hill was a great place to grow up. My brothers and I grew up on 114th Street between 101st and 103rd Avenue, or as my mother always said, Jerome and Kimble Avenue.
We grew up in the house which my grandfather purchased brand new in the early 1920's. Steve, Gerard, Everett, Michael and I all went to SBJL. I still see many of my old friends from Richmond Hill.
I also married a Richmond Hillite, Robert Dunne from 124th Street. Again great site.
Added: September 27, 2008


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Lynda Maggiore-Durand
From: Ft Lauderdale, Florida
E-mail: MayburyMadam@comcast.net

My name if Lynda Maggiore-Durand, and I recognized your name from my Forest Park Days (1965??) with Tommy and Donna Bamberger, Little Fitz, Chucky Wachtel and his brother. If I'm not mistaken, your uncle was Uncle Paulie?
Are you that Paul La Vecchia? We used to swing on the flagpole rope until they locked it up and there was still fish in Jackson Pond.
Let me know if any of this sounds familiar.
Added: September 26, 2008


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Louis Plachowski
From: Santa Monica, CA.
E-mail: plachowski@earthlink.net

Raymond Zaher was my best buddy from the 3rd grade at PS66 through graduation a RHHS in 1964.
Anyone have any information please connect with me. They were grand times.
Added: September 25, 2008


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Joel Hurley
From: Leavenworth, Kansas
E-mail: hurleyjoel@yahoo.com

Thought I would say "Hello" to all the wonderful people who were kind to me and my Mom when we visited there.
We were close friends of Dr. & Mrs. Long. It was a real pleasure to have met you all in June 2002.
Added: September 25, 2008


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Jerry Russo
From: Westport Ct
E-mail: martypesh@yahoo.com

Regarding Paul Martins entry about No Parking in Richmond Hill causing business to fail, I agree.
Why did the town get rid of so many parking spots. Was someone hoping that the businesses would fail and then they would buy the builings at a discount?
Something stinks here!
Added: September 25, 2008


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marty peshler
From: smithtown, n.y.
E-mail:

deb ryan, do you have a brother, danny, and if so, how is he doing?
know pat manning and his brother danny very well and the older vernice sisters. if anyone 'out there' would be interested in organizing another reunion from the class of '64, please contact me. regards, marty
Added: September 23, 2008


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Paul Martin
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Luis Is Incorrect about the rko keiths in richmond hill.
It was not sold to new owners. That was Salernos next door. Please check your facts before typing... The building has been owned by the same family for over 25 years and they are totally keeping the place intact. Anyone with half a brain can see that if they go inside.
The whole business area is doomed from a business perspective because there is no parking. If the city wants to stop businesses (old and new) from going belly up, they should improve parking for customers asap. They crippled that area years ago when they removed parking under the lirr next to Salernos. Perhaps you preservationists should focus on that to improve your neighborhood. There are thriving queens business areas with lots of immigrants like r.h. with abundant parking. Why not us? Something to think about...
That is the only way to save Richmond hill businesses.
I love the area too, but i think politically someone wants it to fail, hence the parking problem they created.
Added: September 22, 2008


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Jack Shea
From: Mamaroneck, NY
E-mail: jltshea@gmail.com

There was a tobacco pipe manufacturer on the corner of 101st and Parklane South called Medeco.
There was also a pharmaceutical company in the same complex that later moved to Garden City, LI. The Bond Bread bakery was off 102nd Street south of Jamaica Avenue.
Added: September 21, 2008


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Camille Bruno Howe
From: Massapequa, New York
E-mail: phowe50@optonline.net

Just found this website during a search for an old friend from my childhood. Her name is Catherine Schopp and her family had an apartment over a bar on 116th or 117th Street.
She had two old sisters and a younger brother. We graduated from P.S. 53 around 1954 and Mrs. Cornell was our 6th grade teacher. We went to Ruthie Barnes' dancing school in Jamaica.
After graduation, I moved to Elmont, New York. Catherine went on to be a dancer and after she married a musician, she moved to Las Vegas in the 60's. That's when we lost contact. Some of our friends during the 50's were Barbara Jelly, Joanie Kruz, and Angelina Sapporita. We went to religious instruction and mass at St. Joseph Labre. We went skating at Hillside Roller Rink. We went shopping and to the movie on Liberty Ave. We shared a great childhood in Richmond Hill and I would love to reconnect with Catherine.
In reading the comments on this site, I saw one by Patricia Spencer and she must have been at PS53 the same time we were there. Patricia, I would love to hear from you.
Added: September 20, 2008


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Charlotte Mahoney
From: Coopersburg, PA
E-mail:

I lived in Richmond Hill from 1962-1989. It was the greatest place to grow up. That will always be home.
Our house was on 121st and 103rd Ave. It was a huge Victorian. Now it is an Apartment Complex. The area has undergone dramatic change.
In response to Colleen Larsen about the Richmond Hill Sanitarium... my Dad, was born there in 1931. It was a Maternity Hospital then and then a Sanitarium. The Cannings lived there for many years when it went Residential. After the Cannings left in the 80's, it became housing for Flight Attendants and Pilots on layovers from the local Airports. I'm not sure if it still is though.
Yes, Richmond Hill brings back many good memories.
Added: September 19, 2008


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Luis Vazquez
From: Manhattan (but grew up in Ozone Park & Kew Gardens)
E-mail: lvazquez1101@yahoo.com

I am curious as to whether anyone at the historical association is doing anything to save the RKO Keiths Theater which (in my opinion) is the most important historical builidng still standing in Richmond Hill and has the potential of being a beautifully restored movie palace as it once was.
The theater was recently sold and there is a lot of concern that the new owner might have plans that involve gutting the theater for retail or other use. This would be a travesty for Richmond Hill and the city as a whole. The beautiful marquee has already been marred by the new owner and we think it is the first step in the destruction of this diamond in the rough.
Thanks in advance for your attention to this! Luis
Added: September 18, 2008


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Liz Ivette Torres Martinez
From: Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico
E-mail: liz-34@hotmail.com

Hi, Chris: I am Lizy from Puerto Rico.
Remember that you live at the house number 87-52, 110 street at the Liberty Avenue (Richmond Hill - New York). I want know of you. The name of my mother is Ramonita Martinez, so she live at 108-41 159 St Apt 7E, Jamaica, NY 11433. I remember your forever my friend from Ecuador.
My phone number is 787-934-7430. I love you forever.
Added: September 18, 2008


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Patrick Wider
From: St. Louis, Missouri
E-mail: pwider@sbcglobal.net

I was born in Jamaica Hospital in 1949 and lived in Richmond Hill (9519 109th Street) until 1955, when my family moved to Uniondale, Long Island. We rented the top floor from my parent's best friends, the Duckfields.
Three things I remember best - a local restaurant where a waitress was named Carol (?) - she brought out my high chair, the Good Humor truck, and Gebhardts' Bakery. For several years after we moved to Long Island, my aunt would bring us goodies from Gebhardts - crumb cake, butter cake, and apricot and almond cake. I called the latter "cap and amon" cake.
To this day, I've never had better coffee cakes as those sold by Gebhardts!!!!!!
Added: September 12, 2008


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Ramona Maros
From: W. Coxsackie NY
E-mail: Rambeau84@gmail.com

I am still trying to find out if anyone remembers the Paris sisters? Also Meliora Weshreck. My Father Fred Krumm married Patricia Maros. There were four girls, Linda, Patricia, Jill and Yolanda Paris. They lived on 124th.
Also my biological father was also raised in Richmond Hill. His name was Roger Oscar Maros. Any information would be such a blessing.
Family Weshreck: Meliora, Bob, Susan, Cathy, Bobby. Maros Family: Oscar, Patricia, Roger, Duhain, Ramona, Goldie. Krumm Family: Fredrick, Lester, Marion, Harriet Thank you soo much, Ramona.
Added: September 11, 2008


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Nancy Walsh
From: Charlotte, Vermont
E-mail: nancygwalsh@cs.com

Hello!
Your website came to my attention as Charlotte Riis, Jacob's daughter-in-law, was a memeber of my family. We have a 1908 letter written to Jacob at Richmond Hill discussing his son John's entering the Forestry Service. Charlotte was a delightful lady with alot of artistic talent.
Please contact me to help fill in more information on her marriage to John and other family geneology.
Added: September 10, 2008


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FRANK SENGER
From: RICHMOND, VA.
E-mail: HIGHIQINNY@aol.com

Richmond Hill High School 40 Year Reunion slated for June 20, 2009.
Please help spread the word to the Class of 1969. Email me your: Name, Email Address, and Home, City, and State. Thank You.
Added: September 9, 2008


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail:

Hi All, Just a little funny story.
I was on the train in New Jersey and saw a man with a cap on that said "Richmond Hill Raiders". I got excited thinking it was a team in Richmond Hill NY until the man explained to me that "Richmond Hill Raiders" is a boys soccer team in Richmond Hill Ontario Canada.
For a moment there I thought I had met a fellow Richmond Hillite. How strange was that? Bye for now
Added: September 8, 2008


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Deborah Ryan
From: West Hartford, CT
E-mail: dhryan5@comcast.net

Talk about a walk down memory lane.
I forgot we could watch two movies for 50 cents!! The visuals are there like it was yesterday. Graduated St. Bennie's in 1970. Can't forget those nuns!! Remember the corner, hanging out, Smokey Park.
Sad to return, as it all appears like the remnants of war zone. No wonder why people have a hard time defining home.
Still have wonderful friends from Richmond Hill... Rosanne Fasano, Patrick Manning, Michelle Vernese... we look exactly the same... only better!!
Added: September 8, 2008


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Andrew Shea
From: Hartsdale NY
E-mail: sheamerc90@aol.com

To Paul La Vecchia,
I grew up between Jamacia and 86th Ave. I went to HCJ and St John's prep. I knew Jackie Maple well. Tommy Bernhardt was my 7th grade basketball coach along with Kenny Meade (who was one of the original sky marshalls).
We all used to play ball in Jackson Pond and at the Boys Club on Atlantic Ave. Later on we drank at Glen's and Regents Row. Those were good times.
Added: September 8, 2008


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Rosanne Fasano
From: New York
E-mail:

It's funny to see my name in print and realize that someone remembers me, or at least my name, from that era.
I grew up in Richmond Hill from 1958, with my parents, grandparents, two brothers and cousins, and I love reading these pages and reminiscing about the places and people of Richmond Hill and the wonderful community it used to be.
Added: September 8, 2008


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Chuck Bardram
From: Spokane WA
E-mail: cbardram@comcast.net

I lived in Richmond Hill from 1966 to 1978 - Lived at 101-57 116th st.
Friends were Jan Jacobson, Doug Palma, Greg O'Malley, Andy Golba, Maria Troisi, John Finamore...
Went to PS62 for 2nd & 3rd grade - I remember a Roseanne Fasono from that era.
Went to PS 60 for 4th-thru 6th, then JS 210 1971 - 1972 - Anyone remember Vicky Nagy??
Added: August 30, 2008


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Robert Uss
From: Pennsyltucky
E-mail: robuss@hotmail.com

Born and Raised in Richmond Hill NY.
Went to St Joseph Labre from 1982-1991 then to RHHS. Grew up on 115th street and 101 ave. Looking for old classmates or friends. Love reliving these great memories :)
Added: August 29, 2008


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joey cugno
From: jacksonville, fla.
E-mail: buffettcugno@bellsouth.net

to the person who stated that they lived in my parents home over Jean & Santo's deli. please send me a e-mail.
I have not lived their since I returned from Viet Nam and was wondering if any one still was there from when I lived there. thanks, Joey
Added: August 29, 2008


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George W. Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net

Bakeries and Ice Cream Parlors - Richmond Hill was the best!
Our Buns can't be beat, and our Ice Cream can't be licked! Ahhh, the stuff of real memories!!! I'm off now to get a "Cholestrol Lovers Pizza" Best wishes to all you "Hillites"!
Added: August 28, 2008


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: 114th and 101st Ave
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

WOW this is great. I met Sal Sanfillipo using this website.
We want to get some more 1968 graduates from SBJL together for a 40th reunion! Please email me so we can set it up! There is no time like the present.
Added: August 27, 2008


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Carl Kratzer
From: Frankfurt, Germany
E-mail: carl_kratzer@yahoo.com

As it concerns bakeries, I am biased to Greenwood on 111th and Liberty.
My Mom sent me there every Sunday morning where at least 20 people stood extremely patiently in line. The bakery was always closed for the month of August, so that the owners could go to Italy for their vacation. It always smelled fantastic and the food tasted even better.
When I used to live on 114th Street and take the A train to Manhatten, I used to always get a plain roll with butter and a "coffee regular" from one of the spanish-speaking employees from Greenwood. I stopped in one day after being away for about 8 years and an older Italian woman (I presume the owner) recognised me right away and was happy to see me.
These types of proudly-run family businesses that I grew up with in Richmond hill could never be surpassed by a chain such as Dunkin Donxxxs!
I really miss the old days and will cherrish those memories...
Added: August 26, 2008


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Cathy Harrington
From: Ocean, NJ
E-mail:

Yes! I loved Mrs. Musilli!
So sorry to hear of her passing. She was my 6th grade teacher at PS 51. I thought she was very smart, and very exotic, since she taught anbd spoke language(s) as well and I think her husband had an accent, which was very interesting to a 12 year old! She used to wear fantastically red lipstick, and I THINK I remember her in maternity clothes?!? I used to see her walking from school sometimes, as my family lived on 117th st -- you on 118.
My siblings are Paul and Julie Harrington and our parents Jean and Vic (who passed in 1996). Yes I believe they had her as well. But she was a neighbor! And I do believe I recall her as having a boy and girl? Well, good luck with more memories about your very terrific mom.
P.S. -- Big "hello", Mr Doyle! :)
Added: August 23, 2008


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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com

looking for donald vass or eddie matson, lived in rich hill around 1955-1960.
Added: August 20, 2008


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail:

Hello friends!
I think the candy store (Ralph's), the one reader wrote about on 126th Street and Liberty Ave; is the same one I remember. I used to have cherry cokes in there as a kid. I think the owner's name was Rudy and he had a daughter Teresa that was in my class in grade school in St Teresa of Avila. This would have been around the late fifties or early sixties.
Anyway good memories always. God bless Mary
Added: August 18, 2008


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Liz Ferrara
From: NC
E-mail: liz.ferrara@yahoo.com

In response to Joe Cutrone's August 1 entry.
Don't know how old you are, but the best crumb cake and crumb buns by far were from Gebhard's Bakery on Jamaica Avenue off 111.
Added: August 18, 2008


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chris scheid
From: staten island
E-mail: toph8134@att.net

what wonderful memories, now some more...
Pedersons music store, the old plumbers truck Lempke, Davis candy shop, Pat's shoe store, Bohacks, the bike shop located in someones basement around 104 street or appliance shopping at friendly frost down Rockaway Blvd.
Added: August 18, 2008


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Bob Sawyer
From: Fredericksburg, Virginia
E-mail: poppie1944@hughes.net

Looking for LoAnn Rigney who lived in Woodhaven in the 1960's and went to RHHS.
We were friends and use to go to Pop's ice cream parlor.
Added: August 16, 2008


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Richard McDermott
From: Washington, DC
E-mail: mcdermottr@yahoo.com

Anyone out there remember Ralph's candy store on 126th St. and Liberty Ave. I use to love Saturdays because they always served the best hot dogs.
I was a little kid 6 or 7 and the teenage girls who hung out their where always so nice to me. Richard McDermott
Added: August 16, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Maria Garcia
From: ozone park
E-mail:

thank you so much shirley!! you were a big help!
Added: August 15, 2008


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Wallace H. Ayres
From: Peter Cooper Village, New York, NY 10010
E-mail: wha385@aol.com

I was interested in your references to Mr. ROBERT PARYLAK who I was acquinted with when I was growing up and living at 81-20 165 St., Jamaica NY.
Mr. Parylak was an accomplished pianist, and he had a brother named John and a sister named Margaret. Regretably, John died in the WWII war effort. John Paryloak and my sister dated for a while.
Added: August 14, 2008


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: 114th street and 101st ave
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

I am the last of the 6 Smith children.
I graduated from SBJL in 1968 and from Christ the King HS in 1972. We lived across the street from Kavon Department Store. Does anyone remember this store? Would love to hear from any of my past friends...
Siblings: Bobby, Danny, Virginia, Vincent and Loretta. This is a great website!
Added: August 14, 2008


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George Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net

This page is fast becoming a novel we could call "Bakery Wars"!
I lived on Jamaica Avenue between 125th and 126th streets from 1945 to 1959 and directly downstairs from where I lived was a bakery (funny - I never knew their name!) right next door the Barney Theissen's Deli. Their cakes (especially cheesecake), bread and rolls were great! (They also brewed some of the best coffee you ever tasted) I do remember the young bakers name was Henry, and he lived on 89th Avenue and 126th street.
Anyway, if we were taking a poll on the best bakery in Richmond Hill they would get my vote. But, I would like to quickly add that down on Jamaica Avenue around 102nd or 104th streets there was a bakery where my Grandmother used to shop that was also great!!! In Fact, declaring myself to be somewhat of a Bakery Aficionado (Latin: Bak-o-phile-phatass-a-cus) having visited just about every bakery in Richmond Hill (at least every German bakery), I have to say this: I have tasted the BEST, and tasted the WORST, and there is very little difference between them!
So therefore I propose that in all of New York, and quite possibly the world, We are the champions! The BEST! Nobody beats our buns!!! Case closed!
Added: August 13, 2008


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Augusta Humphrey
From: Massachusetts
E-mail: daugusta74963@msn.com

I have a photo from Behren's Ice Cream Parlor, 338 Court St., Brooklyn from the 1940s. I am researching the photo.
The picture includes a group of young men (in uniform) and women sitting at the ice cream bar. Does anyone know about this business? Thanks.
Added: August 12, 2008


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Ara Morenberg
From: Pembroke Pines
E-mail: amorenberg@protransinc.com

I'm looking for my ancestors. Does anyone remember a Dr. Charles Levin, whose parents' names were Morris and Sophie?
He had a brother George and a sister Frances. They lived in Richmond Hill/Ozone Park from the 1920s until 1945 or so. In 1941, on his WWII Draft Registration, Charles said his address was 107-05 Lefferts Boulevard. In 1930, his parents lived at 117-08 114th Avenue.
If you know where I can contact any of their relatives, I'd be greatly appreciative. My phone number in Florida is 954-438-5877 or you can contact me at my email address.
Added: August 12, 2008


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Joe Saro
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Millie, You are right, Gebhardt's Bakery on 111th and Jamaica Avenue did make the best crumbcake.
I especially enjoyed the buttery crumb buns, 90% crumb and topped with a drizzled sugar coating that made them a pure delight! This was one of the old fashioned German bakeries that could be found all over Queens, and although I've tried many others, Gebhardt's had the best, and not just crumbcake... everything from rolls and bread to jelly donuts and danish (even great coffee)!
Unfortunately, Gebhardt's closed its doors well over 10 years ago, at which time it continued to masquerade as a bakery under new ownership. Since then, it's metamorphosed into a quasi-coffeeshop... even the black and white ceramic-tiled walls are gone...
just another "landmark" establishment gone from the old neighborhood, leaving yet another void which can only be filled with fond memories...
Added: August 11, 2008


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paul galbraith
From: highland falls ny
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

Hello Class Of 1970 from Holy Child Jesus.
We will be meeting at Austin's Ale House on Austin Street in Kew Gardens at 7:30 Sat August 16th. I hope you can attend. Looking forward to this and hopefully a bigger gathering in 2010 for our 40th.
We need email address' for our classmates so please send them to me so we can keep you posted for the big one down the road. Thanks. Paul
Added: August 11, 2008


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Roseann DeStio
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: RoxisDaisy8@aol.com

I grew up in Richmond Hill throughout the 60's and 70's.
My best moments were hanging out at PS 54 playing handball. And taking long walks to JAHN's Ice Cream Parlor, where my mother worked. Next door was the RKO Keiths Movie Theatre, where the movie's were two for fifty cents. Eileen Kenneally's father, who was a cop would get us in for free! Went to RHHS, class of 73.
I am searching for an original menu from JAHN's. Can anyone help me out? And stay well all you old timers from Richmond Hill, those were the fun days.
Added: August 11, 2008


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Tara Buscemi-Williams
From: Clearwater, FL
E-mail: jnt322@yahoo.com

Lived on 92ave. between 102nd & 104th streets.
Went to PS 62, JHS 210, then on to The Mary Louis Academy. Moved to FL at the end of my sophomore year, 1987.
Richmond Hill was a great place to grow up!! Really miss those days!
Added: August 5, 2008


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Nicholas Monteleone
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Haha, Glendale Bakeshop is great, But I would have to go with Greenwood as the best all around bakery even better than Oxford.
Best Cannoli's in NY
Added: August 4, 2008


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Brian Curd
From: Isle of Wight, England
E-mail: brian@curdfamily.com

Came across the site searching for details of Mary CURD who is reported to have been an emigrant from England to "Jamaica" 29 Sep 1684, bound to Robert Shanks for 4 years as an apprentice. I believe she was a weaver by trade but that seems to be where the trail stops.
Anybody with any more info is welcome to contact me at brian@curdfamily.com Thanks for the site and keep up the good work! Cheers, Brian
Added: August 3, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Joe Cutrone
From: Brewster, NY
E-mail: cutrone11@comcast.net

Sorry, Richmond Hill. The best crumbcake in the world was made by Glendale Bakeshop, Glendale, NY.
I'm from Richmond Hill, but I married a Glendale girl!
Added: August 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Virginia Renz Higgins
From: St. Louis
E-mail: surnames@milemarker15.com

My great Uncle Laurence lived and died in Richmond Hill. His home was located at "Stover & Filbert Place."
Does anyone know what those streets are called today? His house there was destroyed by fire in 1934.
Added: August 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Millie Harsha
From: Fresno Ca
E-mail: millieharsha@comcast.net

Does anyone know if Gebhardts bakery is still in business? They made the best crumb cake in the world.
Would love to order one if they are still in existance.
Added: July 30, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Jeff Chandler
From: neverland
E-mail: jchandlerdc@juno.com

I lived in RH from 1952 to 1966.
Went to St Teresa's and RHHS. We lived on 130th and Liberty Ave, next to Trudden's funeral parlor. My grandparents "The Laurino's" owned the candy store around the corner. The library was on the corner. I have a lot of memories of playing stickball in the street.
Miss all the kids on the block. Hope all are well.
Added: July 28, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail:

Good Morning to All:
Thank you to all of you who were able to give me the name of the ice cream parlor on Liberty and 123rd St. Wow that was a great place; I can still see it now. And thanks for reminding me of Karp's. I had forgotten about that place.
I hope you all have a great day. regards Mary
Added: July 28, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Marty Peshler
From: Smithtown
E-mail: MARTYPESH@yahoo.com

Roseanne and John,
Hello and hope all is well. Saw John's comments a while back and then added my own. Did receive feedback from Mike Hans, Todd Kristen, and Kathy Giambertone. I recently saw Mike Contino and I stay in touch with Bill Bryce who lives in Kentucky. I saw him when my son had a volleyball tournament, ten miles from where he lived in 4/07, and saw him again in FL. in 3/08. I do see Bob Hoffman ocasionally.
I can't believe that our reunion was 24 years ago [Where does the time go]. Do you stay in touch with any of our old classmates? I am thinking of organizing another reunion, are you interested? E-mail me and let me know. Regards, Marty
Added: July 28, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

Mike Schneider:
Do you remember Myself, (Paul) and Tommy La Vecchia? I remember you very well. we hung out at forest park, you had a girlfriend for quite some time, did you marry her? How come you're still in R.H.? Paul.
Added: July 27, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
mike schneider
From: richmond hill - still
E-mail: mikris80@hotmail.com

58 years in my home town, brief vacation in asia.
the pond, 106, club 111, rhhs schoolyard. worked at 90 18 years. holy child, sister carol for kindergarden, st. lucy for 8th.
mike
Added: July 25, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Demestihas
From: Reno, NV
E-mail: jdemes@att.net

relocated from Calif to Nevada two years ago. Visiting my cousin Richard Napolitano (from Jamaica ave) in Vegas in a few days
Added: July 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Dorothy Loughran
From: Long Island, New York
E-mail: toml5@optonline.net

lived on 123rd St.
My friends and I often enjoyed the ice cream, sodas and the friendliness of the Ice Cream Palor on the corner of Liberty and 123rd. I knew it as Nick's though. Are we talking about the same place?
Just wondering. Dorothy
Added: July 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Diane Chapin-Ficano
From: Milford, PA
E-mail: poconojo@ptd.net

I was wondering when and where RHHS would have a reunion - does anyone know? I might be interested.
The old neighborhood has changed! I don't think for the better since I lived there from 1957-1980. I think I was very lucky living there when I did.
Added: July 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Dr John Rodgers
From: Smithtown, New York
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

To Mary Johnson:
The ice cream parlor at 123 and Liberty, was named PRUSSER'S. It was sort of a "family" ice cream parlor and handled the crowds from the Lefferts Theater. It was more than a "candy store" it was the equal of Karps in that it sold homemade ice cream cakes and boxed candies.
Added: July 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Russell C. Morea
From: Smithtown, New York
E-mail: russlaw@optonline.net

To Mary Johnson,
The ice cream parlor was called Nick's and it had the best home made ice cream ever. It was an automatic stop after going to the movies at the Lefferts Theatre. Nick even made his own ice cream pops, which were huge and cost 10 cents. It was never a hang out like Pruessers and Karps.
People went there to eat and have the greatest ice cream one could imagine
Added: July 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To Cathi Silvis and Mary Johnson:
If you are talking about the ice cream parlor on 121 St./Liberty, it was Prusers (don't know if it is spelled correctly?)
Added: July 22, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Kathy Kearns
From: Commack, NY
E-mail: M689@aol.com

Lived in Woodhaven
Added: July 21, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Roseann DeStio
From: Queens
E-mail: RoxisDaisy8@aol.com

I lived on Jamaica Avenue, off the corner of 125th Street.
Went to P.S. 54, and Richmond Hill High School. Hung out with the crowd in 54 school yard. Would love to hear from those of you who remember, "Lil' Roe."
Added: July 21, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Baas a/k/a Bobbi Bass
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: sparkleaplenti@aol.com

With regard to your question about boutique on Liberty Ave. -
I only remember one from Jamaica Ave. around 107th/108th or 109th Street called "The Palace" - pricey "back in the day" - late 50's and early & mid 60's.
Anyone remember that one?
Added: July 21, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail:

Hi everyone! To Kathi Cali Silvis:
I do remember an ice cream parlor on Liberty Ave and the corner of 123rd St. It was a real nice place; I can't remember the name of the place but my Mom and my Mom's cousin used to bring my sister and myself in there all of the time to get either egg salad sandwiches (which was my favorite food in there) or an ice cream soda. It was around the late 1950's and 60's they were there. Could this be the same place you are talking about?
Anyway I love this website. It's great! Regards Mary
Added: July 21, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com

lived in richmond in 1940 through 1960.
my father owned reo moving co. looking for any one who worked for rabe brother's moving or allied van lines on atlantic ave & van wyck
Added: July 20, 2008


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Bob Van Nostrand
From: Westlake Village, L.A. County, CA.
E-mail: rvan70@aol.com

It was many years ago that I lived in Richmond Hill at 101-31 130th Street.
I attended Richmond Hill H.S. and grew up along Liberty Ave. Partied at Laurino's soda shoppe, Benders Bar & Grill, and the Chimes. Even visited Sommesee's near 88th St. (I think).
Left in 1950 and returned only to visit my brother, Walter and several dear friends from my youth. It was one of those dear friends that put me on to this site... Wonderful memories, and nostalgic thoughts... Thanks.
Added: July 20, 2008


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Lauren Diamond
From: New York, New York
E-mail: laurendiamond@saatchihealthcare.com

Good morning,
I am wondering about a great boutique that was located several years ago on Liberty Avenue, (in the mid 60's) called Blanche's Boutique.
Please let me know if anyone remembers it. Many thanks. Lauren
Added: July 20, 2008


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To Barbara Wojtko,
Barbara Bornschein is my cousin. We lived in the same Apt. Bldg. on 101st Ave and 125th St. She now lives in Cutchogue, LI.
Added: July 18, 2008


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Todd Brannigan
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: tbrannigan@malveseequipment.com

It was great finding this site.
I actually was able to connect with buddies from the 70's. Hoping to meet more guys & girls that hung out in the RHHS school yard between 1968-1978. We had a two age groups but al new each other.
Great memories and great times...
Added: July 17, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Joe Fiore
From: NJ
E-mail:

Like old times, I rode the J train out there on July 5 out of curiosity.
The houses all look better maintained than they did in the 1960's even though they are 40 years older, mostly built for the coming of the El in 1918. There are few vacant store fronts, but eateries are mostly Hispanic (not my cup of tea for favorite food), and retail consisting mostly cheapy junk and dollar stores.
Judging by the condition of the houses and population density, they could support some better retail better, or has it all gone to malls. It's not the same without Lewis-of-Woodhaven and Jahn's. Schmidts is still there at 95th Street, though closed for vacation.
Also brought back unpleasant memories of the PS66 of early-mid 1960's and the whack-jobs that "taught" there and ran the place. Their present day replacements would all be on 5 o'clock news and assigned to administrative duty if they pulled off the verbal and mental abuse they did in the 1960's, all for little stupid things.
Violence by bussed-in students, and nasty and inept faculty, and administration pushed us with the mass flight to Long Island in 1969 after Shanker's multiple walk-outs.
Can't imagine any of those narcisists are still around (where did they ever get them ?) or are in nursing homes.
Added: July 16, 2008


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paul galbraith
From: Highland Falls NY
E-mail: pgalbraith1956@msn.com

Members of the class of 1970 from Holy Child are trying to organize a gathering in Queens on Sat Aug 16th.
Please let me know if you'd be able to attend and I'll let you know where and when in the coming weeks. Paul
Added: July 14, 2008


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marty peshler
From: smithtown, ny
E-mail: martypesh@yahoo.com

george farrell, i was so glad to see your comments.
i sometimes wonder what happened to you, now i see you are in colorado. haven't seen dennis recently, how is he doing and how are you doing. we are much older now but i still miss 'mickeys'.
richmond hill was such a great place to grow up [you would not recognize it now]. al and his family are up in mass. al and deb are now grandparents. e-mail me when you get a chance. regards, marty
Added: July 12, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail:

Art Bornschein --
I went to SBJL with a Barbara Bornschein -- any relation to you? Graduated in 1963.
Added: July 11, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Rebecca Carmoega
From: Kissimmee FL.
E-mail: ELOY.ELCA@yahoo.com

I remember attending Richmond Hill High School. It was the best years of my life and I met a lot of great teachers, and friends. I hope to someday meet again.
My best part of the school was the swimming pool at gym time, my best subject LOL.
I wish I could go back, I miss it there.
Added: July 11, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Kathy Cali/Silvis
From: Seaford, New York
E-mail: reen727@hotmail.com

I was wondering if anybody remembers an ice cream parlor on Liberty Avenue around 126th Street. I used to go there with friends but just can't remember the name.
Please let me know if you do. I lived on 116th Street between Atlantic Avenue and 95th.
Added: July 11, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
George Farrell
From: St. Louis, MO
E-mail: mcy2@aol.com

Great memories from reading these posts.
I remember all the guys hanging out at Smokey Park and Mickey's Jerome Tavern back in the 60's and 70's. Mickey's was owned by the one and only Francis "Mickey" Rumpf who once kicked a 60-yard field goal at Smokey Park and took everyone's money who bet against him! A wonderful guy who ran a great saloon and had the finest bartenders (Joe Dooley and Richie Carey).
Smokey Park had some great athletes too in those days. Al Peshler, Marty Peshler, Tommy Monahan, Jack Wolfe, Tom Heffernan, Tom Pergolizzi, Joe DiBernardo, Billy Brown, Billy Ruhs, Ed Flood, Freddy Schaeffer...to name just a few.
Great times and great memories.
Added: July 9, 2008


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

To Robert Snow:
I was born in '44, went to PS 121 until 1957 and RHHS until 1961. Lived on the corner of 125th St. and 101st Ave.(Jerome) moved to Sayville LI in 1972.
Added: July 8, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Freddy Stewart
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail:

Its been a real treat reading the guestbook.
I grew up in Richmond Hill during the 1950's and 1960's. I'm looking forward to visiting Richmond Hill this summer while seeing relatives in Long Island. I plan to take the LIRR to the Kew Gardens station and finding my way to Forest Park and whatever else I may remember or discover.
Added: July 8, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

Dennis Mooney. Is this the Dennis that worked for the LIRR?
Added: July 7, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: richmond.hill.history@gmail.com

To Monica Coyne:
I graduated from Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1967.
Added: July 7, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Mike Keats
From: Oceanport, NJ 07757
E-mail: mkeats17@verizon.net

After an absence of many long years, I visited Liberty Avenue the other day and was appalled at the conditions and changes.
The Oldtimers must be rolling in their graves. My folks had a small grocery on Liberty and 117th St. The entire area is unrecognizable except for some small vestiges of what was once there.
Even the houses on the side streets are radically changed for the worse. How sad!
Added: July 6, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Ramona Maros
From: W. Coxsackie NY
E-mail: Ramneau84@gmail.com

I had a dear friend when I was very young. The family's name was Weshreck; Susan, Cathy, Bobby, and mother Mileoria.
We lived on 124th St. I loved my friend. Our family moved to Massapequa LI NY. Never to see her again.
Does any one have any info?? Ramona Maros
Added: July 6, 2008


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Kelly Shannon
From: Orange County NY
E-mail: kss42170@yahoo.com

Trying to locate any information on my family on my dad's side.
Any Shannon's or Burke's from Ozone Park. My grandfather was William Shannon, dock worker, and Ann Burke Shannon, Vaudville. She performed with Jimmy Durante.
My father went to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (I think). The house they lived in had a tree that was hit because of either tornado or hurricane. The family also had a cabin on Breezy Point NY.
Any info would be helpful!!!
Added: July 5, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Shirley Waddell-Whitfield
From: Nichols, SC
E-mail: denimblufeather@aol.com

Maria Garcia of Ozone Park asked about a former prison being located at 101st St and Park Lane South.
From 1940 until 1946, I lived on Park Lane South near 102nd St. There was a pipe (smoking) factory in the area that she was inquiring about. Also, there was a Bond Bread factory somewhere in the neighborhood. I never heard mention of a prison. Somewhere I got the impression that the pipe factory had been turned into apartments.
There are some links on the RH Hisorical Society webpage that she may be able to learn something from. I searched through them years ago and really enjoyed the Richmond Hill link of the Forgotten NY website. I was only 6 yrs old when I first moved to RH and certainly did not appreciate it as I should have.
Added: July 5, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Monica Coyne
From: Paradise Valley, AZ
E-mail: monicasadler@cox.net

Anyone go to Our Lady Of The Cenacle?
Added: July 5, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Robert Snow
From: Clifton, VA
E-mail: rasnow43@cox.net

Born in 43 when my parents lived in RH on 131st St.
Went to PS 121 briefly before we moved to Wantagh out on Long Island. My folks and their parents and their parents all lived nearby for decades. My Dad was born in 1914 and both my Mom and Dad graduated from John Adams HS. My Mom's folks were Schroeders.
As a kid I was fascinated by the El both Leferts and Jamaica. Have been back several times through the years.
Added: July 4, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Paul C. Lupica
From: Savannah, Ga.
E-mail: pclupica@bellsouth.net

Is there anyone out there that remembers Marilyn or Bobby Burns from 89th ave and 126th st, or, Jimmy or Maureen Scanlan from 125th st between Jamaica and 89th aves?
If so, please E-mail me at pclupica@bellsouth.net -- Thanks
Added: July 2, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Maria Garcia
From: ozone park
E-mail:

Is it true that there was a prison previously where the new condos sit on park lane south and 101st street, i've been searching.
Added: July 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Frank Onolfi
From: Elkridge, Md
E-mail:

To: Dennis Mooney, Nice to meet you,
I lived around the corner from you at 103-32 115th street, next door to the bank. My back yard was adjacent to the Chinese restaurant. I lived there from 1967-1975. It was a fun place to live.
Added: July 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Thomas Esterino
From: Long Island
E-mail: vze2dtjd@verizon.net

I recently met with some friends from the old neighborhood.
We met 6/13 at Croxley Ales in Rockville Centre. We had a great time and planned on getting together again on Friday August 15, 2008. If you would like to join us in August, please contact me.
Thanks, Thomas Esterino, Peter Muratore, Vincent Spoto, Margaret Kustowski, Peggy Anderson and Gina Sanfilippo.
Added: June 25, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Jerry Sullivan
From: Sebastian, FL
E-mail: Tailgun79@aol.com

Lived at 97-22 124 St. 1947-1968, went to Nam and never came back to NY but remember PS 55, 121 and RHHS where my mother went before me.
Graduated in 1965; any of our old group the Boppers still around? Would like to hear from anyone from the old bunch.
Went back to bury my Mother in 1998 and at Maple Grove and was really surprised at the changes.
Added: June 22, 2008


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Dianne Antonino (Mc Donald)
From: Tennessee
E-mail: pugsly0705@embarqmail.com

hdfirerooster@sbcqlobAL.NET
Read your e-mail, recognized a name, Robert Tursky. My family had a Long Island Press Paper Boy by that name.
Could it have been the same one?
Added: June 22, 2008


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Dorothy Loughran
From: Long Island, New York
E-mail: toml5@optonline.net

J. Saro, I also live on Long Island now.
And I share your disappointment about the drastic changes in our old neighborhood. I have gone back to visit my old address on 123rd St and I found it hard to believe that I was in the same place.
I do believe that this website is the best place to relive our experiences and to share them. Unfortunately we can never go back.
Added: June 20, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Paul C. Lupica
From: Savannah, Ga.
E-mail: pclupica@bellsouth.net

Fasinating website. Brings back fond memories of my youth.
Quite a lot about RKO Keiths and Jahn's. Glad to read that the inside of the Keiths is basically the same. I remember dancing recital I was in on that stage as a little boy. That was somewhat of my introduction to show business. Not anything big but a little involvment anyway.
Miss the neighborhood and my friends. Wish I could connect with them, but being realistic, so many are gone. If anyone reading this remembers the Lupicas from Hillside and 124th st. would like to hear from you. Does anyone know the whereabouts of Marilyn or Bobby Burns (89th ave and 126th st), Maureen or Mike Hedler, Jimmy Rhodes (107th ave) or anyone from the '50s that might remember me (Paul Lupica).
Fondly remember the schoolyard (ps54), Jamaica ave and 126th st., Kronke's ice cream parlor and soooo much more. The 'good old days' are long gone but the memories last a lifetime. Got married to Kathi Giambertone in '69 and moved to Savannah, Ga. Still here. Savannah is beautiful and no, I don't know Paula Dean.
Miss the neighborhood but not the snow. Wish my kids and grandkids could experience going to the Keiths, Kronke's, Jahns and Forest Park.
Hopefully someone from my youth contacts me. Can also call me at 912-236-3124.
Added: June 18, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Lynn Bergamo
From: Piscataway, NJ
E-mail:

My family moved from Richmond Hill (1961) when I was just a little girl (8 yrs old) and I never forgave them (LOL).
Over the years I became accustomed to my "new" home and friends in NJ but I always missed my brief stay in Richmond Hill.
This website has really helped me regain some of those treasured memories like going to Forest Park in the summer, winter, spring, and fall; Jahns special Birthday Sundae, shopping along Jamaica Ave with my Mom (now deceased). It is wonderful to know that there are others who feel the same as I do regarding Richmond Hill and want to share those times together.
Thank you to all who make this website possible!
Added: June 18, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Ray Kelly
From: Ocala, Florida
E-mail: rjk412@yahoo.com

I read one of your entrys from Nancy Favilla of whom I had the pleasure of knowing her father Frank who was a policeman in Rockaway.
Her father went to Holy Child school and Cathedral High school with my brother. I was very sorry to hear that he passed away as Frank was a very wonderful guy and my brother and I have fine memories of him in his young days.
If you would like to respond, please do.
Added: June 17, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Paul C. Lupica
From: Savannah, Ga.
E-mail: pclupica@bellsouth.net

Stumbled onto this site and was fasinated.
Many familiar names and locations. Does anyone remember the Lupicas (Chuck, Ted, Lenny, our parents Tom and Adele or me) from 123-18 Hillside Ave? Would like any info about Maureen Hedler, Jimmy Scanlon, Judy Alfano, Marilyn Burns (Bobby's sister) or anyone from my youth. Jahn's was great but KRONKE's on Jamaica Ave was better. Will always remember Dick and George. Too bad the family didn't keep it going.
Have soooooo much to say but don't want to bore you. Hope to hear from anyone from the old neighborhood. Call me at 912-236-3124. Still close with ex, Kathi Giambertone.
Added: June 17, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Mooney
From: Los Angeles, Ca.
E-mail: moon6666@verizon.net

Hi Everyone, My name is Dennis Mooney. I love this site. This is the first time that I contributed to the site, So, here goes.
I lived on Liberty Ave. between 114th and 115th street. As a matter of fact the addres is 114-15 Liberty Ave. Right next door to the Richmond Hill Chinese resturant and over Libermans furniture store. The Richmond Hill Savings Bank is on the corner. Woolworths was directly across the street. And the Casino movie was on the corner of 114th. We had three movie theatres in the neighborhood. The Casino, The Lefferts and the Gerome theatre on Gerome ave. (101st. ave) and 114th st. I went to OLPH '48 TO '57 and JAHS until '61. As a teen we moved over to 112th st. and 111th ave. I hung out on Rockaway Blvd back then.
Before I forget, there was always Martins Ice Cream Parlor on Liberty Ave. In the summer we had some great choices. Forest Park, Rockaway Beach and if we wanted to really get out of town there was always the "EL" and the subway. We used to go over to Manhattan and on a hot summer day and we would cruise on the Staten Island Ferry.
I often think about those days and I feel greatful for all those wonderful times.
Added: June 17, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
DeFalco
From: Albany, NY
E-mail: batwrangler66@yahoo.com

Hay Rosemarie
i lived on 127st and 97 ave from born 56 till 78 did you know Christiana Hasting? email me
Added: June 15, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Jane Dinsmore Summa
From: Spring, TX
E-mail: hdfirerooster@sbcglobal.net

Hi! Happy Father's Day :-)! Back in 2006 Bob Rademacher wrote:
"Looking to locate past neighbors in Richmond Hill, Josephine Ferretti, RoseMarie Merante, Richie Coccia, Mary Hickey, Charlie Rome, Marie Masone, Dolores Belfiore. All Gate of Heaven classmates. Clas of 1949."
I am Rose Marie Merante's daughter. Feel free to email me. I hope everyone has a great day & I sure have enjoyed reading the guestbook. Sure brings back lots of memories :-)!
My Dad, Joe Dinsmore lived on 113th St. in Richmond Hill & my g randparents, Rose & Anthony Merante lived on 80th St. in Ozone Pk. I'll have to find out where my Mom lived growing up. I know she went to Gate of Heaven so it's close by :-).
Added: June 15, 2008


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Virginia Oldfield Kopp
From: Pa.
E-mail: kopp_gina@yahoo.com

I said on a prior post that I worked at Personal Finance Co., which was later Beneficial Finance about 7 months after graduating H.S. and it was located over Crohn's bakery.
I have not seen noted here, so wonder if anyone remembers this. One day when the man from the Finance Co. went to make a deposit at Richmond Hill Savings Bank, in the middle of the day, he was barred from entering. It seems the Manager of the Bank was shot and killed. A bunch of young kids went inside, it seems, waving what the Manager thought was a toy gun (this was in 1954) and he waved his arms and told them to leave. They just shot him in cold blood.
We had such a relatively low crime rate, especially violent ones, in that area I still can barely believe it happened. After so many years I am not even sure if it was Richmond Hill Savings or the other one on Lefferts, right off Liberty Ave. but it did happen and for it to happen then in our neighborhood that was big news in the L.I. Press. We could not finish work that day as the shock was too much for us.
In todays' society, where crime is so rampant, even here in Pa., it is difficult to believe how insulated we were and how much I wish we could still be that way.
Added: June 15, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Randy Sherman
From: Florida
E-mail: randala46@bellsouth.net

Does anybody happen to remember the name of an italian restaurant which was located on Main Street (off Jewel Avenue) across the street from Waldbaums and next to the bialy bakery?
Thanks... driving my brother and I crazy!!!! Thanks if you remember. We lived on Jewel Avenue 1950's and 1960's, then moved to Cedarhurst.
Added: June 14, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Jane Dinsmore Summa
From: Spring, TX
E-mail: hdfirerooster@sbcglobal.net

Both my Grandparents & Parents grew up in Richmond Hill & Ozone Park. The Dinsmore's lived on 113th St. in RH and The Merante's on 80th St. in Ozone Pk. Helen & Thomas Dinsmore were my grandparents and Rose & Anthony Merante. My parents Rose Marie Merante & Joe Dinsmore.
I spent my early years on Centreville St., across from Aqueduct Racetrack... on the corner, caddy-corner to the park. 1st grade we moved out to Bay Shore, LI but always came into "the city" for visits with the family.
I loved Ozone Park & Richmond Hill. My cousin's and I would walk the streets and I made lots of friends. My cousin Anthony Merante & I would love to know how to get in touch with Nick Cannissi! I hope I'm spelling the last name correctly. If it's not ss's it's with zz's :-).
I attended John Adams HS for 9th grade only & made a friend that I think of quite often but wish I could remember her name. She was also new to the school & she was Jamaican. My cousin, Anthony Merante, and I would walk down to Pat's Diner on Liberty Ave for a hot chocolate and then play handball at the park (which I think was located near a police station).
Stoops & Handball Walls are nowhere to be found or heard of in TX!! I worked at National Shoe store for a summer & across from that was the Camera Store where you could always find my Uncle Frank Merante behind the counter. A short walk down the block were our close family friends, the Karp's & their Ice Cream Parlour. The homemade Chocolate Easter Baskets and Eggs were the Best!!
I could go on and on. I welcome any emails especially from those of you who knew my family. Joe, Jane & Caroline Dinsmore, Robert Tursky, Rose Marie, Frank, Joe Merante. And there's the cousin's, Anthony, Chris, Donna & Kathy Merante, Carrie Ann, Bobby, Bernard Tursky. Happy Father's Day! :-)
Added: June 14, 2008


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Jan Simmons
From: Wall Township, NJ
E-mail: catladyjan@gmail.com

Mary Woods:
I am trying to find out information on whether or not that case was ever solved. I was told about this website from another website (Kew Gardens/Richmond Hill Historical Society) wherein one of the people there had put together a whole thing about the Kitty Genovese murder which occurred in 1964. I emailed this guy and he suggested this site. So far, no one has yet reported anything. Do you recall the McCarthy murder? Do you have any info you can share?
Thanks for any help you may be able to give.
Added: June 14, 2008


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Jane Dinsmore Summa
From: Spring, TX
E-mail: hdfirerooster@sbcglobal.net

I was doing a search for my uncle & found my Mom's name.
I am still reading through the web-site and it's fantastic! I am forwarding this to my family members... even us "kids" remember the good 'ol days :-)!
Added: June 14, 2008


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David Marc
From: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
E-mail: dmarc@syr.edu

I'm researching an article on Jack Lord for the Oxford Dictionary of American Biography.
Lord was born as Jack Ryan, and graduated from John Adams H.S. in 1938. However, many of the details given about his early life don't make sense because his press agent made up a lot of things to "enhance" his image. For example, I know he has born in 1920 and graduated from Adams in 1938 (I've seen the class graduation picture). But many bios of him say he was born in 1930 (to make him 10 years younger, always a plus in Hollywood).
Does anyone know the true answer to either of these questions: 1) Did Jack go to college at NYU? His high school yearbook says he intended to do that, but there is no evidence that he actually went there or that he went to college. 2) Many bios of Jack say his father, William L. Ryan, was a "steamship company executive." Others says he was a NYC policeman. Which is true? Thanks for any help you can give. David
Added: June 13, 2008


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Rosemarie Nucci
From: Hollywood, FL
E-mail:

I lived on 124 Str. and 97 Ave. from 1969 - 1991.
Grad from SBJL in '74 and RHHS in '78. Was back last year for a death in the family. It was great to seeing alot of the old "places" and alot of new places. This site is awesome.
Added: June 13, 2008


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Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill, N.Y.
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

Wow! Jan Simmons, Did you bring back a memory.
Before that murder, Richmond Hillites thought nothing of jumping on the train after dinner to run to Jamaica for shopping or a movie. After Cheryl McCarthy's murder, many began to rely on cars and other areas to shop.
I do hope someone has information on that case. Mary Woods
Added: June 12, 2008


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Jan Simmons (Mancuso)
From: Wall Township, New Jersey
E-mail: catladyjan@gmail.com

I used to live in Richmond Hill from 1967 to 1975.
I grew up in East New York (Cypress Hills area) and my family moved to RH in 1967 (maiden name Mancuso).
I am trying to find out information on a murder case (cold case) that occurred right down the street from where I lived in RH (132nd Street 1/2 block south of Jamaica avenue. The date was 12/23/69 and the girl's name was Cheryl McCarthy. She was, unfortunately, killed in the Metropolitan Avenue BMT train station two days before Christmas.
The case always "haunted" me and I don't think they ever apprehended anyone. Does anyone on this website have any info? Jan Simmons
Added: June 12, 2008


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Dominick Caroleo
From: West Islip "Now"
E-mail: VICCAROLEO@aol.com

I grew up in Richmond Hill, I am now 70 years old...
Wow, I miss those day's. We didn't have much, but we had family... and that was the best...
God Bless, Don Caroleo
Added: June 11, 2008


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Virginia Oldfield Kopp
From: Pa.
E-mail: kopp_gina@yahoo.com

Honey, I went to the website that you suggested to post a few things that I did on this one.
It is defunct, or at least it ends with the last post dated at the end of 2007. Ironically, the last entry was also from the State Of Pa. as is mine. Weird. I did email them to ask why and will await their answer. God bless, Gina
Added: June 10, 2008


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Harold Swedlund
From: Topeka, Kansas
E-mail: hswedlund@mci.com

I look forward to seeing what is going on in my old neighborhood.
Added: June 6, 2008


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HONEY CHAMBERS
From: NORFOLK, VA.
E-mail:

To Virginia:
Hi!! I don't know you, as my family lived on Jamaica Ave. from 1943 to 1960!! We went to P.S. 90!! I just wanted to say how you hit all the points in my memory of Richmond Hill and all the feelings I feel! Looking back I can see how, even though we went through the War, didn't have any more than the neighbors, we all came away with the same feelings of growing up there.
I am 73 now and when people write about Richmond Hill it gives me such a feeling of Nostalgia!!
Please write on the other Richmond Hill Board so other Hillites can enjoy your posts!!
Added: June 6, 2008


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Helmut Frohnwieser
From: Munich, Germany
E-mail:

Hello New York:
My grand uncle Henry Frohnwieser immigrated to New York in the 1930s from Germany and later on married Caroline Four from the Triangle Hofbrau owners family.
Today I did some research on the internet to see what can be found reagrding Henry and the Triangle Hofbrau and finally I ended up on this site. I went through the guest book and was very surprised how many people posted wonderful memories regarding the Triangle.
Although Henry later on was divorced from Caroline and returned to Germany in the 60s I still remember him talking so proud about his time at the Triangle Hofbrau which was his life. Their 2 daughters, Mary Ann and Lynn, both still live in New York.
I also found a touching story here from William H. Poole who did a posting in the guest book in 2002 at (http://www.richmondhillhistory.org/comments2002.html) saying that he is looking for information regarding his father who was a chef at the Triangle. I offered my help but unfortunately his email address was not valid any more (William if you read this just email me).
I am asking myself why I am posting these lines. Maybe there is still somebody out there who remembers Henry Frohnwieser, the bar tender from the Hofbrau, or who remembers Caroline, Mary Ann and Lynn Four, his former wife and daughters. If a come to New York again I will visit the area (I know the Hofbrau was sold and probably nothing remembers the old times).
This web site is really wonderful. If you have memories regarding the Triangle, Henry or his family please drop me some lines. Helmut from Munich, Germany
Added: June 6, 2008


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Helena Miley
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail:

I have lived in Richmond Hill, NY since 1945 and I enjoyed reading all the comments about our home town.
From my prospective, the old hometown ain't the same, but the memories are wonderful.
Added: June 4, 2008


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Virginia Oldfield Kopp
From: Canadensis, Pa.
E-mail: kopp_gina@yahoo.com

I visit this site often as I remember Richmond Hill and always will.
I lived there until 1982 and all things being equal, it will always be part of my life. We three sisters, me, Ann & Betty Oldfield lived there, gave birth to our children there, and Liberty Ave. was out walking tour from one end to the other. I cannot speak for them, but I miss it still. I did try to email the previous guest, who mentioned my sister Ann as one of the "girls" he had a crush on. It came back, undeliverable.
We all went to P.S. 121 and then on to Adams. I was in the same grade school class with Harry Crosby, Tommy Mulloly, Larry Draizen, Richard Sutton, Junie Rau, Margaret Rubenacker, and played the violin in the orchestra with the girls I mentioned. Miss Grable led it and it involved a lot of work and most of all, fun. We had Mrs. Behnke as our principal, but later Mrs. Littwin. The girls of that era had cooking class, sewing class and all of the domestic classes that the boys were spared. I remember Mrs. Dean teaching us sewing and to this day I am not good at it. I remember making cocoa and cookies to prepare for when we all married, and cooking I do and well.
We lived at 104-20 126th. St. I knew all the girls from Liberty Ave. that I had no classes with but whose parents owned stores. I remember the Thankgivings that we went from door to door asking "anything for Thanksgiving" like a bunch of beggars. I remember Billy Karp and JoanAnn Pederson from Karps Ice Cream Parlor, being in our class and how cute a couple they were and as far as I know still are. I remember the threat of a spanking machine, lining up in the school yard in precise order.
I remember the Garden Club where we grew all variety of plants and the boys constantly destroying them while playing their ball games. Stickball, stoop ball, and hopscotch were the games during those years that we enjoyed so much. Sitting on the stoop was a must, every night. We enjoyed talking with our neighbors and catching fireflies.
I remember the air raids the Victory Gardens and we even had chickens in our backyard. It was a wonderful place to grow up and I cherish the memories. All during my time at Adams, I worked for Dr. Weinberg, a dentist on about 116th. St. and Liberty Ave.
Nights were spent either at the Hillside Roller Rink on Fri. and Sat. and the various confraternities during different week nights. Pizza at Neri's, a Sunday dinner at St. John's or the Triangle Hofbrau, and Levison's Jewish Deli, where the food was so good. I remember having any number of ethnic foods being available and home delivery was always an option.
In those days, the boys who delivered groceries from the local super markets not only carried it in for you, they actually took it out of the box and put cans and packages on the table. I also remember the boys on our block who went off to war and those that never returned or if they did, some were never the same. I remember the cries of the mothers who got that dreaded telegram. I remember when the plane hit the Empire State building and waiting for a neighbor's daughter to come home safely from work there. I also remember a friend of my Dads being in the train crash and the loss.
I remember it all. The good times were the best and the bad times, somehow we survived, but always together. There was a family spirit in our neighborhood. We laughed and cried together. Sure there was always one grouch on every block, but for the most part everyone was friendly. We had many kids on our block, which was the norm. I always will miss those times and long for the values we all shared and the way we respected our elders. The laughter and the tears made us one. I still keep in touch with many of my childhood friends and cherish them.
Many of us are alone now, but then, none of us is ever alone. We are not glamorizing Richmond Hill as we do not have to. It was the best place in the Country to spend one's formative years. So good, in fact, that I brought my 3 sons up in the very same house.
Any other senior citizens who wish to email and we can trade memories. I live in Pa. now and they have no idea of how great Richmond Hill was.
Added: June 4, 2008


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nancy tompkins
From: North Babylon NY
E-mail: tompkins_nan@hotmail.com

Just stopping in...
I was in RH yesterday... Stopped in the Lil Brown Jug to say Hello!!
Added: June 2, 2008


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John Parenti
From: Mastic, NY
E-mail: Jjaypare1@optonline.net

Hi... I'm new to this site, and enjoyed reading all the post.
I was a bit diappointed that there weren't any posts from my generation. (unless I missed them). I lived at 107-59 125th Street, the most southern border of Richmond Hill. There was only one other house after mine, before you reached 109th Avenue the border line to Ozone Park. I went to PS 121 and graduated in 1951. I was one of many foster children living in that house, but I had a very happy childhood growing up on that block.
My best friend Eugene Bergman lived on the next block north closer to Liberty Avenue. We spent many happy hours together. There are so many people that come to mind when I think of Richmond Hill and PS 121. Henry Hilbert, lived up the block from me, Alan Gerbino, and his sister Toni. She was my very first girlfriend. I think I was 11. Then there was Virginia Cook who lived in a big red house on the corner of 124th Street and 109th Avenue. She invited me to my very first birthday party. Gary Burdick, was another good friend, John Mullooly and his older brother Thomas. I was studying to be an altar boy at St. Teresa's and he was already an altar boy, and I have some nice memories of our relationship at that time.
I had crushes on Ann Oldfield, Judy Wetzel, and Grace Cesare my dance partner when we were learning how to dance in the gym. I used to go to the Lefferts movie every Sunday, see a double feature, cartoons, the latest chapter of Superman or whatever, plus a newsreel, and sometimes stay to see the movie over again.
I remember the A & P on Liberty Avenue (not sure if it was 127th or 128th street), and would stay there on a Saturday with my wagon, to help people bring their groceries home, and make tips doing so. I have always taking credit for helping build the Van Wyck Expressway. I was water boy, and the men would send me out to get coffee, sodas, or whatever.
I would love to hear from anyone from that era. (please e-mail me) You would be about 70 now. Still young. What a great place Richmond Hill Was.
Added: June 1, 2008


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J.Saro
From: Long Island
E-mail:

It hurts to admit it, but Richmond Hill is not the same neighborhood that I remember growing up...
few of the familiar businesses and families remain, and even those beautiful Victorian homes, which were so ubiquitous, are rapidly being erased from the landscape, replaced by those lovely 3 family sterile monoliths, the handiwork of opportunistic developers.
What a legacy to leave behind... I still often take a trip back to the old neighborhood, and walk along all the familiar streets, enjoying the great feelings I remember as a kid... problem is, I can only visit in warm but distant memories...
Added: May 31, 2008


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George W Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net

I was born in Richmond Hill Sanatorium in March 1943 - my family lived real close to it at the time.
Now I live in south Georgia (after serving 21 years in the Air Force we retired here), and we have been to Richmond Hill Georgia as well! There is no comparison or similiarity between the two places whatsoever! RH Georgia is right off of I-95 about 20 miles south of Savannah, and travelling at the legal speed limit you go through it in about 5 or 6 minutes max.!
My family and I have been very blessed and privileged to travel extensively to much of the world, and I have rarely found any place that has as rich a history as Richmond Hill! I guess it proves that there is "No place like Home"!
I enjoy reading the guest page entries, and I do so eagerly every few days, looking for familiar names and reminiscing over common memories. I'm still somewhat disappointed though that there are very few entries from the PS 54 area - Jamaica Avenue from Lefferts Blvd to Van Wyck Expressway and Atlantic Avenue to Metropolitan Ave.!!?? Where oh where are you?
We had such a wonderful cultural mix of Irish, Italian, German, etc. and such interesting and unique personalities... I'm sure there must have been a few besides myself who can read and write! Come on you guys and girls - sound off!
And a great big "Thank you" to all who keep this Web site published - keep up the good work, so many of us really appreciate it, especially those of us who now live far away.
Added: May 30, 2008


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Chris Smith
From: Floral Park, New York
E-mail: csmith9@nyc.rr.com

Anne Allman;
Maybe you can convince your cousin and that band of his to do a concert at the world famous Forest Park Bandshell (The Dome) for all of the "Brothers" who grew up in Richmond Hill, New York.
You're invited too.
Added: May 30, 2008


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Nancy Favilla
From: Sterling, Pa.
E-mail: deed5@echoes.net

To Paul La Vecchia,
I'm wondering if your "Paulie", my brother Thomas' friend. We lived on 109, first house off Jam. Ave. My Dad was A police officer. My brothers Thomas and James spent most of thier teenage life up in the park.
You mentioned Jackie Maple. Everyone knew Jackie Maple. I went to HCJ with his younger brother Frankie. If you're not that "Paulie", sorry. But I do enjoy reading your posts. Bill's Candy store was the only place to buy Spaldings and little blue handballs.
If I remember correctly, the Gordy girls lived upstairs and the Flanagan's lived next door to Bills. Take Care.
Added: May 30, 2008


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Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill, N.Y.
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

Hi All New York and Georgian Hillites.
We stopped in Richmond Hill Georgia on a trip south, just because the highway sign said Richmond Hill. We were disappointed that the Museum was not open but the town was lovely.
Added: May 29, 2008


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DR JOHN RODGERS
From: TERRA VISTA, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

Richmond Hill, GA is located on I-95.
When I drive back up to NY I get there around lunch time. There is an Arbys next to a Best Western right at the exit.
I learned of the Richmond Hill in Ontario many years ago when I went to Niagra Falls. I crossed over to the Canadian side for dinner, and upon re-entering the US, I was asked where I lived. I responded "Richmond Hill" and the customs guy asked how long I was planning to be in the states.
After the initial confusion, he told me it was a suburb of Toronto.
Added: May 29, 2008


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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

I see that two others have the same information on "Richmond Hill San".
I once dated a girl who lived in that house after it was used as a private home. I e-mailed her the same info. that you did.
Added: May 29, 2008


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mary johnson
From: long branch, nj
E-mail:

Hi folks!
Isn't that interesting about Greg Allman. I know there was a Richmond Hill Ga; I have never been there though. It sounds very nice. How close is it to Atlanta? I believe there is also a Richmond Hill in Ontario. Long live Richmond Hill and all places that are named that too.
Have a great day, Regards
Added: May 29, 2008


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Anne Allman
From: Savannah, GA
E-mail: anneallman@gmail.com

Hi folks,
I lived in Richmond Hill, GA for many years. My cousin, Gregory Allman of the Allman Brothers Band, still lives there. It's a wonderful community filled with beautiful rivers, small lakes, and pristine pine forests.
Just thought you'd like to know that there's another "Hill".
Be well, Annie Allman
Added: May 28, 2008


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Nancy Tompkins
From: Suffolk County, NY
E-mail: tompkins_nan@hotmail.com

Hi all - I grew up on 121 and 97th ave - Loved Richmond Hill
Went to PS 55 JHS 226 - hung out lots at Smokey Park and the Lil Brown Jug - where I still come in to see Tommy when I can. The neighborhood has changed but the memories are not forgotten.
Live On Richmond Hill now and for always.
Added: May 28, 2008


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Nancy Favilla
From: Sterling, Pa.
E-mail: deed5@echoes.net

Does anyone remember the Barber Shop on 115th street just off Jamaca Ave.?
It was my grandfathers shop and I am looking for information about him and my grandmother. They lived on the Ave., top floor, right on the corner of 115 and Jamaca.
Mostly interested in my grandmother, she died when my father was a young boy. He too is now gone. My grandfathers name was Oreste and I believe my grandmothers name was Nancy.
Thanks in advance
Added: May 25, 2008


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Chris Glasser
From: Corinth, Tx.
E-mail: glasschr7@aol.com

In response to Colleen Larsen's inquiry on "Richmond Hill San".
There was a very large house on the corner of 121st St. and 95th Ave. that was home to the Canning family. I believe that early on it was a small maternity hospital later becoming a residential home.
I grew up with the Canning's and they had a very large family. I believe some of my relatives were born in that hospital.
Added: May 19, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To David Conza:
Would one of your brothers be Frank Conza? I beleive he lived around 102nd st off Jam. Ave. I think one of his brother's was a jockey up at the finger lakes in N.Y. state. Same person? If so, contact me at my E-mail address.
Thanks. P.S. If you don't respond I'll know your not him.
Added: May 17, 2008


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Dr John Rodgers
From: Terra Vista, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

The Richmond Hill Sanitorium was located on the southwest corner of 121 St. and 95th Avenue.
My sister and I had our tonsils removed there, sometime around 1948. It ceased operations as a medical facility sometime in the early 1950's. It was a red-shingled building, had maybe three floors, and in its last years was probably unable to pass certification requirements and that is why it was closed.
I believe that by 1954 or 1955 it was serving as a private house.
Added: May 16, 2008


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Colleen Larsen
From: Big Bear Lake, CA
E-mail: cllc39@aol.com

My mother, Carol Ann Doremus was born at "Richmond Hill San" in December, 1936.
Does anyone know or have any information on that hospital? Thank you!
Added: May 15, 2008


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John Murphy
From: Williamsburg, VA
E-mail: ssbn619@hotmail.com

Woke up feeling nostalgic.
Wonderful website with some interesting facts. It brought back memories of running down to the Dunton Barn (Jerome and 130st) to get my dad and uncle out of the "pub" so they could get home for dinner. We'll be going back there next month to catch a game at Shea before it is gone.
Added: May 15, 2008


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David Conza
From: Saratoga Springs, NY
E-mail: davidconza@verizon.net

does anyone remember dancing in the june fest at ps66.
my mother helped my two brothers and my sister and i sew our own costumes together for this thing. i remember being so terrified to get out there and dance but once i started the fear just melted away and boy was it fun! i'll never forget the may pole. i have such fond memories of PS 66. i'll never forget Lori.
i love Richmond Hill.
Added: May 14, 2008


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Kathleen Meehan
From: West Palm Beach, Florida
E-mail: kcatrini@comcast.net

Lived in Richmond Hill from 1951-1961, went to P.S. 55.
I always remember sitting on the stoop with the neighbors on 101st Ave. Great memories !!!!
Added: May 13, 2008


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anthony palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail: anth712@optonline.net

Hi, this is for Peggy Tinghitella.
I was wondering if you had relatives that lived in either Ozone Park or South Ozone Park. Their names are Mary and John Tinghitella. I believed they had a son, also Mary had a twin sister named Tessie. They were friends with my parents and grandparents.
My granparents names were Louis and Carmela Soriano and my parents names were Robby and Florence Palmisano.
Added: May 12, 2008


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Patrice Beppler
From: Orlando, FL
E-mail: patrice2111@aol.com

To Eddie Gillen:
I also lived on 111th Street, between Liberty & 107th Avenue, between the years 1954 and 1972. I know that at one time at least the business on that 4th corner was a hair dresser. I think the business right next door to that was a butcher shop, and then Smith's greengrocers.
Boy, does that bring back memories!
Added: May 12, 2008


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Dorothy Loughran
From: Massapequa, New York
E-mail: toml5@optonline.net

I often click on this fantastic site and read through the latest comments.
As I've been looking through these recent ones, I've noticed several mentions of Woolworth's on Liberty Avenue. Does anyone remember those Chow-Mein sandwiches they used to serve? They were actually Chinese Chow Mein served on a hamburger bun. My friends and I loved sitting at the counter and devouring them. :-) They were delicious. It was a wonderful time and a wonderful place to grow up.
Thanks so much for this fabulous web site and thanks to all of you who contribute your memories.
Added: May 12, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To Joe Woods:
Those establishments are closed. We bowled in both those alleys and the one on 111th St. and Jamaica Ave., which was a bar upstairs. Since 1980-85 the area started changing.
Added: May 11, 2008


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Joe Gillen
From: Avon, CT
E-mail: workdoc@sbcglobal.net

My brother told me about this site. It brings back many memories.
However, most of the comments I have seen are from a younger crowd. I lived on 111th Street from 1947 unitl I joined the Marine Corps in 1963. After that I lived on 103rd Avenue near 109th Street and then 83-10 118th Street. I went to Fordham and CUNY and now live in Connecticut.
Old friends I'd like to get in touch with: Joe Caffery, Andy Matura, Tony DeAngelis. I keep in touch with Frank Gallagher who I have known for 57 years!!
Added: May 10, 2008


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Eileen Nakken-Marabella
From: Weirton, West Virginia
E-mail: nakkenrules@comcast.net

Hi. I was born in 1944 and grew up in Richmond Hill at 126-07 107 Avenue.
I remember all the stores on Liberty Avenue and the concerts at Forest Hills Tennis Courts and Forest Hill Park with the Merry-Go-Round and free concerts on Woodhaven Blvd. We walked from my house to Jamaica Avenue on Saturdays.
I also remember going to Smokey Park which borded on Atlantic Avenue. There was a pool with sprinklers. We walked everywhere or could take a bus or train to Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Playland, or Manhattan. I attended P.S. 121 and John Adams H.S.
Somebody stop me! I could go on and on.
Added: May 10, 2008


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Jack Shea
From: Mamaroneck, NY
E-mail: Jack.shea@gmail.com

I just located the house I grew up in at 86-28 106th Street on Google Earth and it is gone! It appears to be a vacant lot. Anyone know what happened?
Added: May 8, 2008


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Eddie Gillen
From: San Francisco, CA
E-mail: sfgillen@pacbell.net

Hi I've been reading the comments on this site for quite some time now as it brings back many fond memories of the place that I grew up in.
We lived on 111th St. between 111th Ave. & 109th Ave. just a block away from Aqueduct Racetrack which was actually a farm when we moved there in 1947. I wonder if anyone can help me with this question. The intersection of Libery Ave. & 111th St. had a business on each of the 4 corners, Winthers Icecream Parlor, The Silver Dollar Bar (later to become Al's Stereo), The Greenwood Bakery and ?????.
I've asked my brother Joe and my sister Joan but none of us can recall what business occupied that fourth corner. Any old timers out there who can assist us? Thanks.
Added: May 7, 2008


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Bob Woods
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: BobNY57@aol.com

I just heard that the Woodhaven Lanes is closing soon.
Add this to the demise of the Van Wyck Lanes and there are precious few bowling establishments remaining in our old neighborhood.
Added: May 7, 2008


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mary johnson
From: long branch, nj
E-mail:

Hi everyone, Hi Bernard:
That is great how you got in touch with all of your old friends. I remember all of those people you mentioned. Wow time does sure fly by. First we were in grammar school and now we are in our 50's and years away from social security. But I'm glad to hear time has been good to the people we went to school with. And to you too.
I remember Cappielo had a nice older brother. I can't remember his name though. I wonder if the picture you have of the class is the same one I have. It's a class picture (seventh grade) with Sr Rose. It's the only one I have and I know I took several class pictures but don't know what happened to the others. Oh yes I do remember Abe's candy store. Abe was such a nice man and so was his wife Minnie.
I miss the old neighborhood sometimes. But most of Liberty Ave is all changed now but STAS is still there. As a matter of fact I work with someone who attends Mass at the church on weekends. I wonder if the school is still running. So many of the catholic schools have closed. Have a great day, Mary
Added: May 7, 2008


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Mike Sharkey
From: Npt. NY.
E-mail: kyllikkibeach@optonline.net

If anyone knew Marion or Barbara Keenan in the Richmond Hill section, please contact me.
Our crowd from ENY has been looking for years for them. We all hung out together and they have been the only ones from our old gang who are MIA. Please help. We heard Marion married a guy by the last name of Kelly.
Added: May 6, 2008


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Andre M. Frazier
From: Allentown, PA
E-mail: Tremmersdorf7@yahoo.com

Just signing in:
We lived on 99th Street and 101st Ave for years, if you remember the fire that happened we actually were the only house that survived that.
Anyone out there from the 101st Ave between Woodhaven and 104th Street. Ready to chat with anyone... I did work at John Quartuccios Restaurant, woked at Romanelli Recycling and remeber even Queens Farms Milk that could be purchased in machines, also, Crystals Store.
Anyone wishing to share just write me. Always willing to hear from the old crew... looking for an old Friend Andrew Wunder who lived off 101st and around 104th Street, big blonde guy who always rode a bicycle.
Added: May 5, 2008


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nancy cataldi
From: richmond hill
E-mail: nancycataldi@earthlink.net

DON't FORGET!!!!!
PS 56 has their 100th anniversary this Saturday, May 10th at 10-2pm on 114th street.
please come visit, the historical society will display some of their memorabilia as well! see ya there! nancy
Added: May 5, 2008


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Matt Wasilefsky
From: Phoenix, Az
E-mail: mattwasilefsky@cox.net

Hi Barbara.
I do not think I know you but you did live around the corner from me. I lived at 124-09 95th Ave. If I remember it correctly your address was on the little side street across from the factory KayDeks.
I use to play a lot of hand ball and softball at smoky park. The park is all open now with minimum fencing so the police can drive right into the park if there are any problems.
The area was great to grow up in and I have a lot of good memories from those days. I think on your block there was one house with a lot of property in the front and I remember a big tree with the house being set back in the property. Remember the LIRR train yard sounds and noises.
Added: May 3, 2008


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Bernard Boyle
From: Allendale, NJ
E-mail: bmbspirit@cs.com

To answer your question, Mary Johnson,
I am pretty sure I was not in Sr Concepta's class. I think she was the meaner of the two and although I don't remember the nun's name that I had, she didn't hit as much as the others.
I have been in contact with Robert Jones, smallest guy in the class, and we had some nice communications. Also Robert Capiello, who the nuns would have picked as most likely to fail. He is living in California and has a few successful businesses under his belt, and doing well. I found my best friend from that time, Sal Pinciotto, and we reminisced about STAS and how I used to make him laugh in church until the nun would whack him in the back of the head with her keys. I have the 7th grade class photo, and if you email me at bmbspirit@cs.com, I will send it to you.
And since we are really just outside the actual Richmond Hill boundary, anyone from our neck of the woods should remember Abe's candy store, Russo's Pizzeria, Ann's candy store, where I went every Sunday with the quarter that my mother gave me for church. It was exactly enough for an egg cream and a buttered roll. Dan's Supermarket, Stickball and football at PS 121, and hanging acrossthe street on Adolph Gallela's stoop.
I could go on and on, as can most of us from that time and place, but will save it for the next time.
Added: May 2, 2008


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Timothy Mertins
From: Wesley Chapel, Fl
E-mail: mothy6969@msn.com

im looking for any family information on my grandfather, name is theodore maximilion mertins. thank you
Added: May 1, 2008


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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY
E-mail: LILWEWE@msn.com

Hey, have not been to Rich. Hill in a while.
Jahns is closed, that I know. What is it now, also, what is the Hofbrau?? They had some very good German food there before they sold it.
If anyone knows what Jahns is & the Hofbrau, write back & let me know, appreciate it!! Jeff
Added: April 29, 2008


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mary johnson
From: long branch, nj
E-mail:

Good Afternoon Everyone. To Bernard Boyle:
Yes I think we were in the same graduating class together in STAS. What a small world. Were you in Sr Joseph Concepta's class in 8th grade or were you in the other 8th grade class? Do you ever hear from anyone else?
I live in Long Branch on the Jersey shore with my husband and family. I see you live in NJ too. I like NJ; how about you? Regards, Mary J
Added: April 29, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To Barry York:
Hi! My name is Paul and I grew up In Richmond HIll 1960-80. If you want to tour The Hill, Start at Woodhaven Blvd, Go east on Myrtle Ave. (walking) and you'll walk along The Park until you hit the Soldier Statue. Keep walking on Myrtle until you hit Lefferts Blvd, then walk backwards on Jamaica Ave and Lefferts toward 102nd St. From there you can go up and down all the streets that have the famous Victorian homes of North Richmond Hill.
Good luck, and enjoy. The park alone is worth the trip. There is horseback riding in the park also.
Added: April 28, 2008


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Barbara (Dippel) Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

Love visiting this website--it has brought back many happy memories!
I lived at 94-06 125th St. from 1955 to 1973. Graduated from SBJL in 1963 and Christ the King in 1967. Spent lots of time at Smokey Park and remember all the places everyone was so fond of--Jahns, Salernos, shopping on Liberty Avenue etc.
I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers me!
Added: April 25, 2008


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Bernard Boyle
From: Allendale, NJ
E-mail: bernard.boyle1@thomsonreuters.com

I lived most of my years in SOP on 109 Ave and 133 St, then 101 Ave and 115 St.
To Mary Johnson nee Micka , I think you were in my class, or at the very least, one of my siblings at St Teresa's. I graduated in 64, and visit this site once in a while to go back to the old neighborhood and also to see if I can find people I knew that lived above 120th St on the St Teresa's side of Liberty Ave.
Through this site and Classmates.com , I have found names like Robert Jones, Bob Capielo, Sal Pinciotta, Barbara Burke, and others. I haven't contacted all of them, but hope to in the near future. It is an amazing neighborhood.
Almost every time I read the guest book, someone brings up a place or person I had forgotten and the great memories come back again. I still smile to this day when I remember walking home at 9 O'clock on a summer evening from a full day of stickball, ringalevio, bottle caps and other adventures. Down 133 St towards home with my younger brother Noel, saying hi to neighbors who were sitting on the stoop to cool off, some with a television on numerous extension cords that sat at the bottom of the steps. (B & W of course) You can go home again.
Added: April 25, 2008


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Patricia Spencer maiden name Teta
From: Hauppauge, NY
E-mail: donlin3@optonline.net

Hi Tom Suttmeier,
I was amazed to see that you also went to PS 53 in Richmond Hill. We were classmates all those years ago and our teacher was Mrs. Cornell and we also were the last class to graduate from there before it was torn down and in its place two family homes were built.
I did email you but then you might check this again so this way maybe others who went to PS 53 will contact the site.
Richmond Hill was a fabulous place to live in and I still miss it after nearly 35 years. I lived with my family on Lefferts and 95th Ave until I married in 1966. Still drive in every now and again although most of the places I knew no longer exist like Jahns Ice Cream Parlour and the Hofbrau House on Myrlte and Jamaica Aves. and Salernos Italian restaurant all clossed what a shame. Hope to hear from you.
Added: April 23, 2008


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Barbara Hoffman
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail:

To Bob Woods Valley Stream
No, we did not go to OLPH and graduate together. I graduated grammer school in 1956 and Dominican Commercial in 1959.
Added: April 23, 2008


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Tom Suttmeier
From: Sandpoint, Idaho
E-mail: cocolallacreekranch@hughes.net

Just found this site, wow what memories.
Went to PS 53 until 1955 when my family moved to New Jersey. Anyone remember those early days? E-mail me if you were a class-mate. Thanks, Tom
Added: April 19, 2008


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Stephen Hellers
From: Rockland County
E-mail: jacksonpond@yahoo.com

This is a wonderful site and great to read everyones messages.
I was trying to name all the bars that were on Jamaica Ave between Lefferts Blvd and Elderts Lane.
Driving down Jamaica Ave now is really depressing, seeing how everything has changed from what I remembered.
Added: April 16, 2008


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mary e johnson
From: Long Branch, NJ
E-mail:

I have some more good memories of growing up in Richmond Hill.
Liberty Ave was a great place. There was Rudy's Candy Store and Lunchonette around 127th St and Liberty. The place was always filled with kids from the neighborhood. The big movie theatre on Liberty around 122nd St. I saw some of the best movies made in the 60's at that theatre.
I remember twice the grammar school I attended which was St Teresa Avila on 130th St and 111th Ave. brought the entire school to see "Lilies of the Field" which starred Sidney Poitier. I believe this was Sidney's first motion picture and he was an unknown then. He was a hit in the picture. Another time the school went to see "The Life of St Francis". Oh we had a good time.
We used to go over to a playground on 125th and I don't know if it was Atlantic Ave or one of those aves in between. It as a great place in the summer. We would bring our lunch and then after we would play on the swings and slides. We could spend about four or five hours there easily. Great memories!
Added: April 16, 2008


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Bonnie Miller
From: Seattle, WA
E-mail: millerbon@worldnet.att.net

In researching my family history, it has brought me to Richmond Hill. I hope this is okay to post my message to this website.
Would anyone have information for Ernest and Margaret Mary (McConnell) Mertins' family that lived there in 1930's. They had a daughter, Margaret and a son, Robert. Robert had a daughter, Ruth. If there are any descendants living, it would be great if you would contact me.
I'm trying to connect Margaret with my Matthews family. Thank you for your time. Bonnie
Added: April 12, 2008


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Honey Chambers
From: Norfolk, VA.
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To Mary Woods!!
We lived directly across Jamaica Ave. from the Fish Restaurant (Steitzs) on the corner of 113th St. The smell of fish was with us always but for some reason it never bothered us. The fried fish was delicious and the french fries, although greasy, were the best!!!
We used to sneak them into the Garden Theater and everyone would get the smell and wanted some. !!!Wish I Had Some Now!!!
Added: April 5, 2008


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nancy cataldi
From: richmond hill
E-mail: nancycataldi@earthlink.net

For Julius Gambardella:
On Saturday, April 12, 2008, 1:15 PM, Father Catania has agreed to come up to Maple Grove Cemetery to bless the tree we purchased for Mr. Gambardella.
We ordered a plaque, and are awaiting it, but do not know if it will come in time. The plaque people are so backed up. I will be ordering a floral arrangement to place at the foot of this tree. It is a one of a kind tree and it is small... but for years it will honor Julius, who we all loved dearly. It will grow with our love for him.
It is located near the lake in the center of the cemetery... right in front of the flagpole on the road below. Juilius was one of our most hard working board members and so dedicated to our cause. He is sorely missed. He was a lifetime resident of Richmond Hill.
Please let us know if you can make it, and please pass this on to people who might want to come. Carl and I have a walking tour at 2:00 PM right afterwards. Rita and her daughter Mary and sons will be attending. Thanks, Nancy
Added: April 4, 2008


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Joyce Zakierski Simmons
From: 9 Maple Parkway, Sparta, NJ 07871
E-mail: simmonsjo@yahoo.com

Joyce Estelle Zakierski is the SBJL Class of 1962.
Went on to The Mary Louis Academy, Class of 1966 and then Marywood College, Class of 1970. I was on the 90th anniversary committee, but am trying to locate any SBJL 1962 grads for a gathering to celebrate US, who are turning age 60.
Send your name to simmonsjo@yahoo.com or call 973-729-3341. Let's try to make a reunion happen!
Added: April 4, 2008


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Mary Woods
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

Does anyone remember the fish store on Jamaica and 113th Street, where you could buy french fries wrapped in newpaper?
Added: April 2, 2008


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Bob Woods
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: BobNY57@aol.com

I saw Barbara Hoffman's post and thought we might have attended OLPH together and graduated in 1962.
A store I remember well was Blue's on Liberty Ave and 112th street. It carried the standard navy trousers with cuffs, of course and the OLPH clip-on tie that we had to wear.
Our gin mills of choice were O'Neills on 113th street and Al's Stereo Bar on 111th street on Liberty Avenue. In those days we didn't have to worry about DWI because we could walk home in minutes. Or stagger if need be.
Friday nights were reserved for dances at St. Benedicts. Sunday dances were at Chellis Hall in Jamaica with the Tremoloes. Remember the roller rink on Metropolitan Ave I think? And remember how bowling got to be so popular? Americana Lanes, Woodhaven Lanes, Triangle Lanes just to name a few.
Added: April 2, 2008


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Tom Frank
From: Reno, Nevda
E-mail: scoobytom65@msn.com

It was great to see some of the old places. Went to RHHS from 79-80. Lived on 110th st and 103rd ave.
It was a great place to grow up thru-out my teens. Haven't been back since 86... I wonder if it has changed much.
Added: April 1, 2008


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Robert Musilli
From: Scottsdale, Arizona
E-mail: rmusilli@hotmail.com

I was wondering if anyone had any memories to share of my mother, Mrs Musilli who was a teacher at P.S 51 in the 60's and 70's.
She passed away in 1995 and would mean a lot if someone remembered her
Added: April 1, 2008


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Barry York
From: Canberra, Australia
E-mail: garocon@pcug.org.au

My wife and two children (12 and 14 years of age) are visiting New York in May and are interested in doing the walking tour of Richmond Hill.
Is there a guided tour available? Sorry I couldn't find an email address on the site so am asking this question via your guest-book. Regards, Barry
Added: March 31, 2008


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Janet Steinholtz
From: Lakewood, CO
E-mail: Jangstein@msn.com

Is Richmond Hill High School still in use?
I was wondering if they have ever had class reunions. Jan Steinholtz
Added: March 31, 2008


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Barbara Hoffman
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail:

After the ice cream parlours of our youth, we moved on to other neighborhood establishments such as: Rainbow Bar & Grill - Jamaica Ave. and O Solo Mio and Gallagher's on Liberty Ave. Does anyone remember these?
Added: March 31, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To All:
It's amazing that growing up in R.H., my friends and I didn't even know that R.H. extended that far to the S/E part of Queens. We thought R.H. was from Woodhaven Blvd to Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Ave. to Park Lane South, and of course Forest Park. We all thought that part was Jamaica, but I guess we were wrong.
Many people grew up in R.H. but didn't know each other, bacause of boundries. We never went beyond the points I mentioned.
Added: March 25, 2008


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mary johnson
From: long branch, nj
E-mail:

I was just reading some of the comments about Richmond Hill.
I do remember that nice Memorial Day Parade they had every year on Liberty Ave. My father, Charles Micka, belonged to the St Teresa's Catholic War Veterans back then; he marched in that parade a lot of times.
My father loved Richmond Hill and St Teresa's Church.
Added: March 25, 2008


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Pamela Ringgold
From: Hempstead, NY
E-mail: pringgold7@aol.com

I was a student at RHHS back in the early 80's. I loved the school dearly.
The neighborhood has surely changed. I remember the days of Lipschulz, Jahn's, Woolworth's, and the good old J train.
I'd love to find my old buddy Scott Trantel. If anyone out there knows him, write me.
Added: March 25, 2008


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Shirley Waddell-Whitfield
From: Nichols, SC
E-mail: denimblufeather@aol.com

Several months back I accidently deleted an eMail from someone with some information about Elizabeth Alwang who lived in RH in the forties and fifties. Elizabeth was one of several that I "wondered" what had happened to.
Please send me another eMail, whoever you are, and I'll promise to be more careful. The other one ended up on spam.
Added: March 24, 2008


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dianne cotrone
From: long island
E-mail: ld5659@aol.com

When did Salerno close? Where did Joe go? Did he open another restaurant.
We loved the food and service at that restaurant. My husband and I were engaged there February 14, 1977 and we had our son's christening in the room with the bar in it. There used to be another room to the left of the main dining room too. Julie was the bartender and her husband Eddie was the maitredee. I am so sad that they closed. Is the regular wait staff there. Lou and Joe?
I feel like a chapter of my life has closed; but, great memories live on. Where is Salerno's owners, where did they go? Another root, just ripped out from the earth of Richmond Hill. Great memories great times.
Joe, please contact us if you read this, Dianne and Lou, God Bless you and your family wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Thank for the memories.
Added: March 24, 2008


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mary johnson
From: long branch, new jersey
E-mail:

Happy Easter! I was born in NYC but raised in Richmond Hill between 1955 and 1968.
I went to St Teresa's parochial school. And I went to John Adams HS My parents owned a house on 124th St between 107th and 109th aves. My Mom just passed three months ago and my Dad passed eleven yrs ago. I remember Jahn's; Jack's toy Store on Liberty Ave; the 5 and 10 cents store where I used to enjoy my root beers. Buster Brown's shoe store where my parents got my school shoes. Mr and Mrs Richman owned and operated that store and they were always so nice. Richmond Hill Savings Bank where I opened my first savings account when I was 10. So many memories!
Added: March 24, 2008


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Quirino Maurati
From: CT
E-mail: ansky888@sbcglobal.net

I went to school here from 1972-1976 I was born in 67.
I had The 2 teachers (i don't remember their names) in kindergarten I think one was Mrs Brunner, I had Mrs Cardillo in 2nd grade Mrs Bellia in 3 or 4th. We moved to CT and went to 5th grade before moving to Italy with my parents.
I remember when they dug a hole and put a huge plastic ball that we all put notes into for one day thay can dig it up and read them. Please let me know if anyone out there remembers this!!
I had good friends there such as Jimmy Hodges, Charles Light (who was my best friend we signed our favorite Kiss albums over to each other before i moved to CT), Amato Pintucci who looked like Al Pacino and it was because of the Godfather movie had just come out. Anyway I have alot of fond memories of the ol'neighborhood.
We lived on 108 lefferts blvd. Playing stick ball in the middle of the blvd will always be dear to my heart.
Added: March 24, 2008


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Marty Peshler
From: Smithtown, NY
E-mail: MARTYPESH@yahoo.com

Have not been on this site for quite some time.
Just looked over the last few months of comments and saw Tom DeMartinos request for help with 'The Reunion'.
I see Tom frequently. Julie Kreppein -- Julie I played B'Ball at St. Benny's but played ball with HCJ crew in RHHS schoolyard.
Jim Bosley, I still talk with Anton weekly. I loved playing in those B'Ball Tournaments at St. Benny's. John Celauro - I graduated St B'swith Roseann and the last time I saw her was at the Reunion that I [and Bob Hoffman] organized in 1984.
Roseann - can you believe so much time has passed by. Would you be interested in helping organize another one. Do you stay in touch with Nancy Rudolph [My first girlfriend]. Nancy, do you remember the makeout party at Jean Theis' House or Ann Marie O'Neill or Madeline Vernice?
I saw Mary Rudolph perez's name, who is Nancy's cousin. Mary I do see your older brother Jimmy occasionally who married Ed Wallace's sister. Pat Callahan - I fondly remember all the Callahans, your Mom was my Mom's Bingo partner, and I occasionally saw Tommy who I played with and coached in basketball until he moved to Virginia.
Mike Hans - I have not seen you since we visited you in Maine shortly after the Reunion, one month before my first son was born. How are you and your family? I also regularly see Al Musto, Bill Kane, Anton Shipman, and as previously mentioned To DeMartino.
Would love to hear from any or all.
Added: March 23, 2008


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Susan Bonner
From: Howard Beach, NY
E-mail: USArmymom624@aol.com

Loving the site...
Does anyone know where i can buy the 1970's Woolworth's Shoes that were so popular when I was at John Adams H.S.? I have looked all over and found them on the feet of Gretchen in the "Gretchen Project" but they were not for sale and I have no idea whre she got them. Please advise??
Added: March 23, 2008


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andrea grombliniak
From: levittown
E-mail:

to dereck:
p.s. 100 was on lefferts blvd. down by rockaway blvd. it is not by 101 ave. i just moved from richmond hill 5 years ago. i lived at 101-55-121 street for 38 years.
Added: March 21, 2008


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leonard "Luke" hickson
From: las vegas, nv.
E-mail: leonardhickson@yahoo.com

Gayle McClure (maiden name Fischer), I am try'n to locate Gayle.
We were friends for over 20 yrs. But I lost touch, so if anybody knows how to reach her please contact me or foward my e-mail address to her. Thank You.
Added: March 21, 2008


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Peggy Tinghitella
From: Deerfield Bch., Fl.
E-mail:

I lived on 130th st. and 111th Ave. was born there in 1946 till my family moved to Plainview L.I. in 1954...
Abe's gave me a big smile and St. Theresa's brings back many fond memories... There was a family on our block that had about ten children there last name was Mustgrove...
Added: March 21, 2008


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Daniel S. Masessa
From: Maine
E-mail: msgmasessa@yahoo.com

Lived in Richmond Hill (123rd St and Atlantic Ave) and South Ozone Park (125 St and 111 Ave).
Graduated SBJL in 1972. Went to John Adams HS for one year then Thomas Edison VoTec graduating in 1976. Spent a lot of time running around Richgmond Hill when I was growing up. There are so many places I read about here that bring back lots of good memories. It was a great place back then. Have lived in Maine about 20 years now.
You have a great site here. Keep up the good work.
Added: March 21, 2008


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Mary Johnson
From: New Jersey
E-mail:

My parents owned a house on 124th St between 107th and 109th Aves.
I remember all the stores along Liberty Ave. Moshman's for school clothes, Buster Browns for shoes, the movie theatre, Jack's toy store, the 5 & 10 store (Kresge's). What nice memories!
Added: March 20, 2008


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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: South Florida
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com

Hi.I am an avid reader of this site. It has brought back so many wonderful memories.
I attended P.S. 55 and had the following teachers: KGN) Mrs. Olman-Wiltsey, 1st) Mrs. Gergen, 2nd) Mrs. Gergen, 3rd) Mrs. Sylvia Weiss, 4th) Mrs. Margaret Newell, 5th) Miss Joan Eagle, 6th) Mrs. Margaret Newell.
I think I had the same teacher for both 1st and 2nd grades. Someone can refresh my memory. If anyone out there was in my classes, I would love to reconnect. I continued getting a good education at P.S. 121. I had my first male teacher in 7th grade. He was Mr. Anthony Locurto. I attended my first wake, when his mom died. Mrs. O 'Reilly was my 8th grade teacher. I had several different teachers for major academic subjects, but I do not recall many of them other than the Music teacher, Mrs. Veitenheimer.
I also attended Richmond Hill High school, where I spent some of the happiest and best years of my life, graduating in 1965. In the past, I helped to make our 30th and 40th reunions, which were great. If I am lucky enough to be here, I will coordinate a 50th reunion too. I feel that I received, a stellar education in the neighborhood schools, and it influenced me to become a N.Y.C. teacher myself, in order to "give back" or "pay forward" what I had experienced in those fine. Public Schools.
Currently, I am happily retired, and enjoying a pleasant lifestyle in Florida.
Added: March 20, 2008


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Denise Destefano
From: St. James, Long Island
E-mail: ddelutri51@optonline.net

To Lynn Becker: Do I remember the Beckers?
I've never forgotten you. My brothers & I talk about all the times we shared. Our kids who are all adults now even remember going in your pool. They still refer to your Mom as Aunt Dotty. Would love to get together if possible.
Added: March 19, 2008


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Schoolyard Guy
From: USA
E-mail:

Lived in RH from '55 to 1986 then married and moved to Long Island.
I return often to pass through the old neighborhood for some great memories. We hung out at PS 66... lots of games there from hoops to handball to stickball to punchball to rig-o-levio. I hope you bring your children back to help them appreciate where and how you grew-up. The best thing about those times is that we played and organized ourselves without adults. Adults, yes adults have ruined youth sports now... days gone by will never be repeated. It would be nice if this site could post photos from people who send in photos from the past in Richmond Hill.
A few more memories... the knife sharpening man, pie and vegetable man, fuller brush man, the whip, Joe the ice cream man, Mr. Softee, Pennsie Pinkies and Spaldeens, Jasons toy store, Lewis of Woddhaven, Schlassers, Lipshutz stationary, Maries candy store, Little Brown Jug, Schweeties, Roberts toy store, Villa Grande, Rack-Em Up Billiards, Davies candy store, Wesslings, Rusells barber shop, The Flame diner, Harry Kahns, Miller Bros. Bohack, Lous candy store... there should be a movie made about these times.
Added: March 19, 2008


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Les Gold
From: Cape Canaveral, Florida
E-mail: lesgold@yahoo.com

I was a science teacher at the school from 1972-1975.
Added: March 19, 2008


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Francine Fazio
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail:

I work around the corner from Jahns Ice Cream Parlor, which you all know is now closed.
It is now a restaurant called Montezuma; and Salerno is also closed and reopened under a new name called "NEW Salerno" owned by Guyanese.
Added: March 19, 2008


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Dereck Vega
From: Brooklyn, NY
E-mail: derreckvega@aol.com

I was born in 1974 and my parents purchased a home in November 1979. I lived at 107-42 116th Street.
It was a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in. My next door neighbor became like family and she was my sitter as well while my parents were at work.
I went to P.S. 100 on 101st avenue and my 1st grade teachers name was Elsa Drettler, 2nd grade teacher: Barbara Gardner, 3rd grade, Mrs. O'Neil (who leter left due to her pregnancy) 4th grade: Eileen Bishop, 5th grade: Susan Steiger-Abrams, 6th grade: Ann Keener.
I hope to hear from anyone who grew up in the same area or from anyone I went to school with. Feel free to email me.
Added: March 19, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To: Barbara Hoffman:
I visited Gebhards Bakery on 111th and Jam. Ave. 2005. It was a total disaster. Giant holes in the walls behind the baked goods. These were gaping holes that looked like hand grenades were tossed at them. My wife and I beat it for the door in 1 minute. I doubt they have repaired this mess since then. It's amazing they were selling pastries and cakes.
Added: March 19, 2008


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Carl Kratzer
From: Europe
E-mail: carl_kratzer@yahoo.com

Wow, reading this website really brings on the nostalgia.
I grew up in a standard Richmond Hill house (party driveway and tiny backyard) at 104-31 114th Street (between Liberty and 107). I went to Kindergarden (Mrs. Robarge) and then to OLPH from 1974 until 1982. In 1992 a class reunion was organised and it was then that I realised what a great time I had throughout my early years (although at the time it didn't always seem so). Here were some of my teachers:
1st Grade: Mrs. Brunner - she loved to discipline by pulling hair.
2nd Grade: Mrs. Fostel - All the guys had a crush on her.
3rd Grade: Mrs. Criscola - None of the guys had a crush on her.
4th Grade: Ms. Rando - My mom told me that she was friends with her mom long after I graduated.
5th Grade: Mrs. Ferraro - Nice lady
6th Grade: Sister Jane Carmel - There was a contest to see who could piss her off the most.
7th Grade: Miss Buscemi: Very serious, but cool.
8th Grade: Mrs. Abrusci: Once she had a soar throat and threw up the question "Does anybody have anything that I could suck on?"
In retrospect, those were great years. Afterwhich I went to Molloy/Adams/Farmingdale Tech and finally Baruch College.
Going back is always a strange experience. I really miss J & J bagels (and the girls who used to work there) and going to the cinema on 114th street and Liberty. Or going to a tremendous party at Forest Park as a teenager or going to 116th street and Rockaway beach.
If there is anyone out there from the old neighborhood or OLPH, I would be happy to hear from you. I miss all of you guys and hope that life is going well for you. Best Regards, Carl
Added: March 18, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Hoffman
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: sparkleaplenti@aol.com

To Rick Harrison from Florida:
The name of the bakery on Jamaica Ave. & 111th Street was Gebhard's and it was the best!!!!!
To Jessica Marlowe - Nashua, NH:
A very dear friend of mine grew up in Richmond Hill at the same time as you and now lives in Merrimack, NH. I told her about your listing and she is going to try to look you up. Do you have an email?
Added: March 18, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Mark Berman
From: Connecticut
E-mail:

This is a wonderful web site that has brought back many fond memories.
I lived in Richmond Hill at 103-27 115th Street from the day I was born in 1950 until we moved to Miami in 1960. It was truly a wonderful place to grow up.
I saw someone's comments about Liberty Avenue at Christmas and I remember it in exactly the same way. I was a kindergarten student at PS 62 on the day it opened in September 1955, and I will always remember the excitement of attending a brand new school. My favorite teacher was Mrs. Sweeney in second grade, and I still have all my class pictures.
I remember with fondness all the things others have mentioned in their notes -- especially Jahn's. I also remember taking the "el" and marching with my Cub Scout troop in the Memorial Day parade on Liberty Avenue. At Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Avenue there was Karp's ice cream parlor, one of my favorites. But for those of you old enough to remember, we also had several candy stores where you could get an ice cream cone for 10 cents and sprinkles for a penny more. On Saturdays my sisters and I used to go to the Lefferts and the Casino movie theaters, and if I'm not mistaken, a ticket was 25 cents for two movies and lots of cartoons. There was always a "matron" in a white uniform on duty enforcing the rules and shining a flashlight in your face if you had your feet on the seat in front of you. My father would often take us on the bus to Jamaica to the Loew's Valencia, which was an original movie palace. That's where we saw The Ten Commandments in 1958 or thereabouts. But the biggest treat of all was seeing the Three Stooges live at the Crossbay Theater on Liberty Avenue and Crossbay Blvd. in the late 50s.
I loved spending time visiting the parakeets and gold fish in Woolworths, playing stickball with my friends right in front of the Richmond Hill Savings Bank on 115th Street and spending hot summer days at Rockaway Beach -- 35th Street. Our street was teeming with kids as one of the other people noted, and we spent many hot summer nights playing in the street while our parents sat on the stoop. All the girls played Chinese jump rope and all the boys played ball. And everyone on our street had a hoola hoop, a yo-yo, and a slinky.
I could go on and on -- about the block parties, the grape vines in our neighbors' backyards, the sight of tomato plants in the garden, big plastic backyard pools, friendly neighbors, roller skates with metal clamps tightened with a skate key, learning how to ride a bike and streets lined with maple trees.
Thanks for the memories!
Added: March 17, 2008


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Rick Harrison
From: Florida
E-mail: harrra@comcast.net

I lived in Rockaway in the 60's and early 70's and went to St. Francis De Sales and my family moved to 108 ST 91 Ave.
What I remember, one of the best pizza's was Steve Pizza on 111 St next to the Billiard Hall where Fast Eddie would hang out. I went to RHHS per say but instead of graduating I enlisted in the Navy in 1977. I tried to go to Richmond Hill, when my wife went to Jersey last time in 2003. I seem to remember the J train does not run fully on Jamaica Ave by the hospital.
My father was born in his home in Kew Gardens 130 St by the TNT or Tiny Nut Tavern Bar. Does any one remember the bakery on 111 St on Jamaica Ave. But most of all was the people, the block party and your neighbors. Life was good.
Added: March 15, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Arthur Searby
From: Carolina Shores, NC
E-mail: hobnob@carolinashores.net

I came across your Web site by accident (looking for information about the electric trucks Krug's Bakery operated in the 1930s).
I was born at home in Richmond Hill in 1923.
I recently went to Google Earth and noted that a Norway maple my father and I planted in 1935 in front of our house is one of the very few left on 112th St.
I've enjoyed reading many of the comments others have left on your Web page. I attended PS 51 (K-6), PS 90 (7-8), RHHS Annex PS 56 in my freshman yr., back to PS 90 as sophomore and the last two years in "the Main". I graduated in Jan. 1941.
Of course, all references to the Jahn's, RKO Keith, and the Garden Theatre, where I worked as an usher for $7 a week one summer, brought back some wonderful memories. My father was a mounted policeman in the 102nd Precinct which is next to PS 51.
I'd be happy to hear from old friends out there or anyone who has questions regarding life back then. I still have my copy of the Archway yearbook and perhaps can scan and e-mail copies of photos (maybe of grandparents) to anyone who would like them.
Added: March 14, 2008


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Steve Gaherty
From: Huntington
E-mail:

Many great memories -
I worked at Jahns in Herricks for 3 years 1964-1966. Learned to wash dishes, cook and scoop tons of ice cream. Still one of the best organized and efficient places I ever worked.
Added: March 14, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Tom Panelas
From: Chicago, Illinois
E-mail: taki18397@gmail.com

I certainly didn't mean to offend anyone with the caption of the RHHS photo, but I've gone and changed it all the same:
http://picasaweb.google.com/tpanelas/RichHill
Added: March 10, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Chris Glasser
From: Corinth, TX.
E-mail: glasschr7@aol.com

In response to Darshan Chickery's post on March 4,'08. I'd like to diffuse any misinterpretation.
Mr. Panelas did a wonderful job providing an updated view of Richmond Hill. As for his description of one photo, it is all relative to what you remember. R.H.H.S. was overcrowded when I graduated in 1978. We had fence lining the stairwell from top to bottom as well as a fenced in schoolyard. The roof was even fenced in. That was in 1978. Now it is even more crammed today.
There is no doubt in my mind that Mr.Panelas meant no disrespect to victims of concentration camps. He was simply making an innocent reference.
I respectfully hope you will understand.
Added: March 8, 2008


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Melliza Taipe
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: mels.mt@gmail.com

This is amazing!! So much I didn't know!!
Does anyone remember Mr. Gilliam and/or know his where abouts? He was the best track coach!!
Added: March 7, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Jessica Marlowe
From: Nashua, NH
E-mail:

I grew up in Richmond Hill (near Lefferts and 85th Ave.) during the 1950-60's.
My family moved to Boston Mass. when I was a young girl and I always missed the neighborhood. However, visiting this website has not only preserved Richmond Hill but my memories as well. Thank You!!
Added: March 6, 2008


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Darshan Chickery
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: dchickery@yahoo.com

I love everything about this site, but do not care for Tom Panelas' statement/caption on the ninth picture of the slideshow he has posted at http://picasaweb.google.com/tpanelas/RichHill
I am elated that so many past and current residents have such fond memories of Richmond Hill. Resident since 1993
Added: March 4, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To Jeff Costigan:
I can't beleive you lived on 108th St 1 block from the park. Did you know Jackie Maple and his famous bulldog, or Tommy Bernhardt (he lived 2 blocks from the park? I lived between Jam Ave. and 86th Ave. What years did you live there? Yes, Jahn's is closed. Bill's candy store on Jam. Ave. closed many years ago, I knew his family very well, they were the greatest people.
Added: March 3, 2008


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Teresa Tait
From: Spokane, Washington
E-mail:

What a goldmine of memories! I feel ike I hit the jackpot!
I was just googlein' Richmond Hill thinking maybe there would be some info on my "old" neighborhood, and to my amazement I found this "motherlode" of memories.
Many thanks to all for this website and to the countless others for sharing their personal memories of Richmond Hill.
Added: March 2, 2008


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Jeff Costigan
From: Fresh Meadows
E-mail: LILWEWE@msn.com

Hey, heard Jahn's closed?? When, what year??
Used to go there once in a while with my wife, order one of their bacon burgers then 2 scoops of ice cream with peanut butter sauce. Drove by Jahns about 2 weeks ago, still has the green awning up. Is it bought yet?? What a shame!!! No more Jahns, or Bills Candy store on Jamaica Ave. Well, Bills has not been there for years. Wonder what happened to Bill??
I grew up in Richmond Hill, lived on 108 St, about 1 block from Forest Park. Went to PS 90, JHS 210 then RHHS. Had some great times growing up in Rich Hill. Went there about 2 weeks ago, many stores on Jam. Ave are new, none I remember. Was thinking about the stores then, Connies Pizza, McGoverns Bar, Wilsons Hobby, and others.
I live in Fresh Meadows now, right near Flushing. Been Married almost 12 years, no Kids but 3 Cats. The neighborhood has changed a lot, but will still be the Hill to me.
Anyone who remembers me, drop me a line. Would be good to hear from ya. See Ya, Jeff Costigan
Added: March 1, 2008


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Arleen Kent
From: Cypress, California
E-mail:

I graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1958.
I remember going to Loew Theatre on Jamaica Avenue. I remember Columbia Savings Bank on Woodhaven Blvd. Riding the bus for 25 cents. Going to Behrens Ice Cream Parlor and Jahn's for the "kitchen sink".
Added: February 29, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Ray Acevedo
From: California
E-mail: Buttarays@yahoo.com

My ggGrandfather was with company k 114th Regiment PA.
I was just wondering if there was any historical facts or photos of him or of his company.
Added: February 27, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Carol Green
From: North Carolina
E-mail:

Response to John Romanovich of Jan. 13, 2008:
Welcome back to the east coast, guess things didn't go so well in Illinois, good luck with your new endeavors.
Added: February 25, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Daniel Murphy
From: Yonkers, NY
E-mail: loridan@optonline.net

I remember PS 51 very well.
We lived on the corner of 89th Ave and 118 St. The old section of the school, on 118th St, with the bell tower, was still standing when I started 1st grade (1934). Mrs Belz was principal; Miss Noone taught 1st; Miss Thorpe 2nd; Miss Rolker 4th and Miss Sielinsky 6th. There were four classrooms in the old building down a flight of steps from the main building. The walls between them could be folded back to make a large area used for assemblies.
When they took down the old building (about 1936 or 37) the bell was mounted on a concrete pedestal at the north side of the building on 118th street. It was there for many years.
Some of the kids in my 6th grade class did a large mural on paper of the characters from Disney's Snow White. It was displayed on the wall of the first floor for years. Does anyone remember it? The school only went up to 6th grade, so then I transferred to Holy Child.
In the winter, when there was snow on the ground, the mounted police would bring the horses down the street to play in the snow in front of our house. Every afternoon at 4, Troop K would parade down 118th street on the way to their patrols. I'd watch from our front porch.
I remember when they opened the first supermarket (A&P) on Jamaica Ave. I loved watching the freight trains cross the bridge over 89th Ave, and the switch engines chugging around the yard on Lefferts.
Richmond Hill was a great place to grow up, and I still have many happy memories.
Added: February 25, 2008


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robert stolz
From: riverhead ny
E-mail: idotwo@optonline.net

I don't remember the names of the guys who said they delivered the Long Island Press but I was one of the drivers for Brodsky News who delivered the Press to the local offices from 1960 to 1977 when it shut down.
Added: February 24, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

Just to say my wife and I will be revisiting my beloved R.H. somewhere between March 5-17. Probably March 6-7.
I will give an honest evaluation of the area and post it here on this wonderful website. I know of the decay that's hit some of the area, but mostly I'll be looking for any upgrades.
Added: February 24, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Doris Gurin, nee Singer
From: 88-10 32nd Ave. (1942-1959)
E-mail: muffmax@aol.com

An announcement from a June, 1946 alumna of Richmond Hill H.S. to her fellow graduates:
How are you? I'm doing just fine. Parents of three daughters and grandparents of 11 grandchildren, my husband and I celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary this past January.
We're going strong and hope you are, too! Doris Singer
Added: February 20, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Ruth Liebold
From: Virginia Beach Va.
E-mail:

Just found this site! Walk down memory lane.
Attended P.S. 90 and graduated Richmond Hill High in 1960. Grew up on 91st Ave. between 104th and 107th Streets.
Have lost touch with all things Richmond Hill until now. 50th high school reunion coming up.
Added: February 18, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Tompkins JT
From: OTR USA
E-mail: jimihushandthesecret@yahoo.com

Richmond Hill, those were the days.
I grew up on 120th + 97 ave, went to ps 55, rhhs. guitar player. hung out on 118, the dome at forest park, circus bar.
Life in the neighborhood was an experience. wonder what became of the friends from my youth... i sit and think of names... hundreds of memories, smiles, tears, hopes, dreams.
internet has made it possible for me to reconnect with a few, an incredible thing indeed. should you stumble upon this and remember me, why not drop me a hello.
if i owe you money... forgetabout it. if i owe you a hug... a thank you, a smile, a nod, a wink, or a drink, feel free to let me know. JimiT JT
Added: February 13, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Art Bornschein
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

You guys have to read Tom Panella's web-page and the photos of RHHS and RH.
He also sent me an article, or rather he has it on his page, from the NY Times about the situation at that school. (English as a second language???)
Added: February 10, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Bridget De Gruccio
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail: Wedgewop@aol.com

I lived next to PS 51 on 117th street. Anyone remember that school?
Remember Tip Top Market? Smileys Toy store?, Schlors Deli (not sure with the spelling) The candy store on the corner of 117th street & Jamaica Ave. How about "The Stand" on Lefferts blvd & Jamaica Ave? Remember the grand opening of "Food Fair"? The railroad tracks behind that store? How about the 102 police station, they had horses!
I went to PS 51 in the early 60's, (lived next door, but was still always late) Mrs. Bells was the principal, Miss Omera was kindergarten teacher. Bussed to Glendale JH 119 in Glendale, then graduated RHHS, 1971. Moved to Las Vegas with my parents in 1977.
I have a LOT of memories to share, people I wonder about. Feel free to Email me.
Added: February 9, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Pascal Phillip Matthew
From: Now in Trinidad
E-mail: thisphil@hotmail.com

My name is Pascal Phillip Matthew.
I went to PS121 from 1990 till 8th grade. Then to JHS226. FINALLY John Adams from 97 till December 99. I then moved back to Trinidad and Tobago. I remember being in the G complex in Junior High. Which by the way where the best years of my life.
John Adams High was great as well. Mr.Kaufman was the best Bio teacher ever; everyone was gauaranteed 90's. Anyone who remembers me fell free to email me.
Added: February 7, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Woods
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: BobNY57@aol.com

If anyone hears of an OLPH reunion please post a notice on this board.
I for one would definitely go and many of my friends who attended would also. I graduated in 1962 and I went to a reunion about five years ago. They had tables in the auditorium with class years so it was easy to find my former classmates.
We had the time of our lives at this event so I recommend it to all. Thanks, Bob
Added: February 7, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Margaret ( Boyce) Hoffman
From: Bradenton, FL
E-mail: Hhnymaggie@aol.com

Hi, Enjoy this site very much.
Grew up all over Richmond Hill, Woodhaven & Kew Gardens. Went to PS 43 (Rockaway 110th ST) PS 51 w smelly horses next door, F Troop Police stables, loved the Maypole we used to do. Then PS 90 loved Teddy's for walkaway sunday, also deli had best sandwiches, always got a tuna hero on Fridays !!! Then RHHS, remember the Fish Store on 115th an Jamaica Ave, had a dead turtle with a ciggarette in his mouth in the front window for years and the best french fries on Fridays!!!! Also the Florist with the corsages for your bithday with dog bones and sugar cubes for your sweet sixteen?
Also remember seating on hot sidewalk in line in summer to go swimming at RHHS pool it was fun, boy did that pool stink of chorlrine it was smokie there with so many fumes ha ha!!!
Used to hitchhike on Woodhaven Blvd with friends to go to beach, had to chip in to give driver 10 cents for toll. Hung out at Richie's candy store on Woohaven Blvd when young they used to let you charge sodas and stuff and pay on Fridays.
Worked at Jahns for awile, was sorry to hear it closed. Always wondered what happened to friends from 91st ave. and 115th St. Pamela Wegman and Karen Salerno had alot of fun with them.
Looking forward to reunion Class of 68 RHHS just have to lose 30lbs by then ha ha !!!!! Great memories
Added: February 7, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
nancy gratta
From: richmond hill
E-mail:

Sorry I didn't make myself clear about Our Lady of the Cenacle. It is the school that is closing.
Added: February 6, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To Bob Woods:
Cypress pool was on the corner of Hemlock St. and Crescent St in Brooklyn across the street from the cemetery, about 1/2 mile west of the K. Lane. My Aunt and Uncle lived down the block on Hemlock St. for 45 years.
Anyway, it was a great pool. For I believe at the time 50 cents got you in and 1.00-1.25 got you a locker w/key.
Added: February 4, 2008


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Tom Panelas
From: Chicago, Illinois
E-mail: taki18397@gmail.com

During the holidays I made a quick trip back to New York and spent part of one day strolling through Richmond Hill.
For those of you who haven't been back to the old neighborhood for awhile, here's some of what I saw:
http://picasaweb.google.com/tpanelas/RichHill
Added: February 4, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
nancy gratta
From: richmond hill
E-mail: nmgrat@aol.com

I am very sad to say that Our Lady of the Cenacle is closing.
Added: February 3, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To: Chris Glasser.
I lived on 108 st 86th ave. You had to take a bus to Kew Gardens train station jump on the E or F and then maybe 30 min train ride (the Bus was a least 20 min) rode it hundreds of times.
Yes, if you boarded the train in K.G. a 1/2 hr was possible. Plus, their were rich people prior to my "landing" in 1960.
Great conversation thanks for your imput.
Added: February 1, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Joseph Falco
From: bayshore ny, formally 107-61 lefferts blvd
E-mail: k01jfalco@yahoo.com

Hi to all, I have spent the last year trying to round up old classmates from my class of 85' from Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
The search escalated and we now have contact with over 125 alumni from 80-89'. There is a big OLPH 80's reunion being planned by an 86' graduate. It is scheduled for this June 08'.
Please if you are an 80's grad of OLPH and would like to get in touch with others from school please email me with OLPH REUNION as your description as i dont open emails from those i dont know. I lived in Richmond Hill from 1972-86 (ages 1-15). i went to ps100 from 77-82, olph 82-85, and 1 year at archbishop molloy before moving with my parents to long island.
I am also the nephew of "the Doschers" Jimmy, Jeannie, Joe, Virginia, Eileen, and the oldest my mother Sharon. they attended ps100, 226, and john adams during the 70's. My grandfather Jim sr, used to frequent a bar on liberty between 121st and 122nd? he belonged to a drinking team with a fishing habit. The owner of the bar would give my grandpa all the old 45's from the jukebox.
If any of these people ring a bell shoot me an email. Also looking for Jesse Shoan and Jeffery Sanford maybe ill find them someday! thanks again, joe
Added: February 1, 2008


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Bob Woods
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: BobNY57@aol.com

The comment made about the Astoria pool didn't click with me.
I do remember the Cypress Pool on Jamaica Avenue across from Franklin K. Lane high school. I also recall being taken to the indoor pool at John Adams high school on summer days by the counselors at PS 100. They would form us up and march us over to John Adams and for 10 cents we could swim for an hour.
Of course the best place to swim was the Atlantic Ocean.
Added: January 31, 2008


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cynthia fox roswick
From: colorado springs,co.
E-mail: cynthiaroswick@yahoo.com

Hi, I want to correct my email address in case someone wants to email me. Thanks again, Cynthia
Added: January 31, 2008


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dina beaumont
From: antioch tn
E-mail: dinamark1@aol.com

hi. this website is the best.
i grew up in richmond hill and just recently moved out. what memories. i started out on 118 st. and atlantic ave up the block from sbjl. does anyone recall the big fire on 117st. carol weissman died and her 3 kids. i hung out with cecilia colangelo, m ariellen elmore ect... those were the good times. going to liberty ave shopping to woolworths, john bargain store, karps, eldee appliance, mayfair, kreskie, tom mccann and national shoe store. going to the casino to see saturday night fever and the lefferts theater.
went to p.s 62. we had such great times. life was so easy back then. playin johnny on the ponny, watching the boys play stick ball, dodge ball, ring o levio. we played hop scotch, chinese jump rope, footsie, knockers. if you can remember. i also remember going to gertz in jamaica at christmas time to see the enchanted village and going to may's to buy me and my sister's maxi and middy coats. you were cool if you had one and let's not forget pro keds and skates with the key around your neck.
also i just heard about the closing of jahn's. we always went there for our birthday (the kitchen sink) with our friends. and play the nicklelodean music in the old jukebox. i miss those times and love remembering those days. they always make me smile. as they say in the carpenters song "yesterday once more" we had awesome music also. i could go on forever.
does anyone remember the woolworth shoes that were a big craze in the 70's. i think they called them granny shoes. they came in red, blue, nuetral and paisley. opened toe, sling back. very comfortable to walk in. i like to look for vintage things on ebay and i need to know their exact name. for christmas one year i sneaked around and found out one thing that my sisters and friends liked when they were young. then i did some research on ebay and found each item and each in original package and got it for them. also vintage wrapping paper. it was costly but the look on their faces was worth every penny. we also had the most memorable christmas's. we believed in it.
thanks for letting me share memories with all of you.
Added: January 31, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Arthur Bornschein
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net

Born in 1944 lived in R.H. 'til 1972.
Moved to Sayville, LI. (out on the "Iland") moved to Monterey, Calif. 1996 and then to Wmsbg., Va. in 2001. All of the messages bring back memories. From 112 St. to 125 St. and 101 Ave.
Keep in touch. So many places and people to touch base with.
Added: January 30, 2008


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Shirley Waddell- Whitfield
From: Marion, SC
E-mail: denimblufeather@aol.com

I was just going over the list of spam that appeared on my computer when I noticed one that said re: Elizabeth Alwang.
Since Elizabeth (Dizzy Lizzy) was one of the old classmates that I had listed in my "what ever happened to" entry in the guestbook I was very disappointed when the whole list disappeared. I am not a computer whiz by any means and cannot retrieve it.
Whoever sent it please try again and I promise that I will be very careful not to delete it.
Added: January 30, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Bill Marz
From: Brevard, North Carolina
E-mail: starwheels@citcom.net

I grew up on 110 st. between 101 Ave and 95th Ave.
Played stick ball in the st. almost every day. Recognized names of Donald Crispi and Chris Suriano - corner house @ 95th Ave at the circle.
Hung out at the diner on Atlantic Ave. & ll2 St. Ronnie, Roy, Rod, Charlie, Chris, Bob and the Pig. Great times, great neighborhood. Hello to all.
Anyone who knows me please contact on email.
Added: January 29, 2008


Submitted by Comments:
Chris Glasser
From: Corinth, TX.
E-mail:

In reference to Mr. LaVecchias comment on 01/22/08,
Richmond Hill is only approximately 12-15 miles from Manhattan (depending on what section of R.H.) according to a popular map search site. While maybe under extremely favorable traffic conditions the trip could be done within 20 minutes, I believe the normal average would be more.
As far as being a "getaway place for the rich" I believe that may have been true in its earliest days. That was long before most us that frequent this site were around.
Added: January 29, 2008


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cynthia fox
From: colorado springs, co.
E-mail: cynthiaroswixk@yahoo.com

WOW... I was websurfing to see if I could find anything about the fire in 1950's at the Ideal Toy Co. on Jamaica Ave. and my eye caught this website.
Talk about a walk down memory lane. What fun to read all your letters. I grew uo in Jamaica but remember a few of the students who attended Van Wyck Jr. H.S. were from Richmond Hill.
Does anyone remember taking the El to the Astoria Pool? How about the dances at the Y on Parsons Blvd or the dances at the Catholic Church around the corner? Ronnie Shay lived on Hillside Ave. and around 130th St. over a store. My girlfriend and I used to walk to Forest Park just to pass his house. Her name was Audrey Merchant, mine is Cynthia Fox (now Roswick). We would walk along Hillside Ave. to get there.
When I moved out to Co. I first went to Jahn's to get the recipe for a Brooklyn Egg Cream. Have been to weddings at the Hofbrau and seen a few movies at the RKO Keith's. Remember the old ice crean cones they served? The ice cream part was wrapped in paper and then the server would take off the paper and put it on the cone. Bon bons were ice cream not candy. You hopped on the D train for Coney Island and the Cyclone. In my time, they even has the Parachute ride working.
I love my childhood memories. It is too bad the kids today will never have the freedom we had as kids, jumping on a train or bus and be gone all day and our parents never had to worry about our saftey. We had to come home when the street lights came ome after we went out after dinner in the summer. I miss the fireflies that came out at night.
I would love to hear from anyone who wants to walk down Memory Lane in cyberspace. I was born in 1944 if that matters. Thank you for sharing all your precious memories with everyone.
This site is better than any book out there. Cynthia
Added: January 28, 2008


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Robert Woods
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: BobNY57@aol.com

It is interesting to see the hold that Richmond Hill has on us even today.
I lived there in my formative years between 1952 and 1969. During that period I went to OLPH, Christ the King HS and Queens College along with a tour in the USAF.
My close friends from 107th Avenue and 117th Street included Mark McCrodden, Jimmy Rhodes, Pete Fyfe, Pete Adragna and the rest of the Jokers. We played ball at PS 108 and PS 100, went to O'Neill's Bar on Liberty Ave., Hugo's Ice Cream Parlor and ate at Carlos Pizzeria. To this day we still get together for picnics, weddings and funerals. We lost Freddy Shavell during the Vietnam War and Pete Abamonte to an auto accident.
I still dream in the Richmond Hill house I grew up in. I can't forget the dances at St. Benedict and Chellis Hall or the roller rink. The Lefferts Movie was 26 cents for the Sat. matinee and the Casino was only 21 cents if you could wait until the movies got there.
I remember the Invaders From Mars, The Thing, Three Stooges shorts and the color cartoons vividly. Ultimately we graduated to the balcony at the Lefferts where we took our best girl on Saturday nights to see the Beatles in Hard Days Night or Clint Eastwood in Fist Full of Dollars. We had fun.
Added: January 27, 2008


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Artie Frage
From: Port St Lucie, Florida
E-mail:

Yes, it was Furcis on Atlantic and Crescent Sts., Excellent Pizza, and yes again, it was Westfalls (good food), on Atlantic and 111th, another Furcis also on Atlantic Avenue.
Added: January 27, 2008


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Joe Younger
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Thanks to this website, I found a dear, "old", lost friend from my childhood in Richmond Hill.
Thanks to all who made this possible... Richmond Hill is the Best!
Added: January 25, 2008


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Madeline Rasch Tully
From: Dunedin, Florida
E-mail: madrasch@hotmail.com

Wow, thanks to Frank Schmitt for letting me know of this site. I've been reading for a couple of hours now and thought I would add my two cents, and see if anyone remembers me.
My family lived across the street from PS 108 in RH. 107-74 109th St. Corner, green shingled house with a chain link fence and 3 huge evergreen trees. I went to 108 from kindergarten until graduating 8th grade. Then we moved to Jamaica and I went to Andrew Jackson HS in Cambria Heights. Let's see... 1952 - 1960, I think, my teachers were Mrs. Kroitz, (spelling may be wrong) Mrs. Lecky, Miss Dillon, Mrs. Grushoff, Mr. Bagley. Principal was Mr. Bresnick, I remember a Mr. Fogel (mean to my brother) and so many kids. Jay Schena, Albert Pasini, Gary Litchenstein, Helen Goldblum, Susan Bloom, Maryann Sottile, Maria Spadoro, Christine Piampiano, Buddy Disch (cute), Douglas Curry (my sweety), Ronald King, Elizabeth Keifer, Doreen Haber, Margaret Lamb, Karen Baretela, Randolf Bases, Cathy Aruanno, Susan Pokras, Linda Ho and many more. We used to get out allowance and were allowed to cross a few streets to Irving and Esther's Candy Store. Irving always had a big fat cigar in his mouth and was a great guy. I remember shopping at Al's Associated Food Store and also losing $5 in the frozen food dept. case. We would cash in our deposit bottles there and get some goodies.
On Sunday we went to St. Mary Gate of Heaven mass, with Father Resch. Remember sister Annie (we called her Tug Boat Annie). She only slapped me twice at catachism. There was also a bakery shop next door to Linda Ho's fathers cleaning business; it had the best crumb cake and we'd get some every Sunday, after church. We moved and I think my parents were sad they made that decision. We often talked about the neighborhood and how we missed it.
Oh, Randy the ice cream guy, he wasn't so nice. I asked for a coconut icecream bar and under his breath he said, "I'm not digging for that... she's getting a fudgepop". I never liked him after that. Since we lived across the street from the school, the school yard was my playground. I remember playing punchball, handball, potsie and dodgeball and when it was time for supper my Dad would whistle and home I ran.
I guess most of the kids graduating with me at that time went on to John Adams. I've been invited to their reunions and have not yet made one... but will... one day.
Andrew Jackson never has reunions... but most of my memories are with my friends in Richmond Hill, at PS 108. Best to all!!
Added: January 24, 2008


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Marilyn Zartler
From: Smithtown, NY
E-mail: mzartler@goodwinprocter.com

What was the name of the Bar/Restaurant located on the corner of Atlantic Avenue & Crescent Street (across Crescent Street from the Bowling Alley)?
Was it called Furci's Crescent Palace? If so, what was the name of the catering halls located on the corner of Atlantic Avenue & 111th Street? Was one of them Furci's and the other one Westphal's?
Thanks for your help.
Added: January 23, 2008


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Linda Brown Welch
From: Mastic, NY
E-mail: Welchkin47@aol.com

I was directed to this site and what a great surprise it is!
I lived at 107-43 128th St. from 1953 until 1970, then moved to an apartment at 118-06 Liberty Ave. (over the deli) with my husband. I went to St. Teresa of Avila from 1954 until graduation in 1961.
I, too, remember Karp's Luncheonette (best hamburgers I've ever eaten) and their chocolate Easter candy, all homemade, Lefferts Theater, Uncle Jack's Toy Store (I still have the Scrabble game I bought there in 1969), Kresge's, St. John's Restaurant (you could get a filet of flounder dinner for $1.10 on Friday), Nan Gray's, Nick's ice cream parlor, American Bedding, Goodys, Dadson, Scaturro's, A & P, Buster Brown shoes, I think the pizzeria next or near Nan Gray's was Napoli Pizza (best Sicilian), Norma Deane Dance Studio, where I went for several years in the mid-50s, Dunton Library, Abe's candy store, Dan's Supermarket,and so many, many more stores.
This was the greatest neighborhood to grow up in. Playing hide and seek until after dark, roller skating in the street, great friends. This was the best time to grow up in, and I wouldn't change it for anything.
Added: January 23, 2008


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Sal Barcia
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

I've read some of these posts intermittently over the past few years, and through this site contacted a few of you who have posted. So I decided to post here.
There are so many "Richmond Hills" to each of us with many common threads. Live a few blocks over, be a few years younger or over, and you are in a totally different social strata that had hundreds of kids. I grew up at 97-16 110th street from 1955-82. I believe a head count at one point was over 100 kids on the one street between 97th and 101st Avenues.
Of course I remember the afterschool program and summer camp at PS 62, staffed by public school teachers making a few extra bucks. There was a Mr. Levine, Mr. McDermott, and later Tom Gilroy, who was only a few years older than us when we reached our teens. I still see Gilroy at SJU basketball games, and every few years manage to say hi. He will always mention to someone with me, "Sal was one of the good kids", even though I am now past 50. We played basketball and softball in summer leagues at PS 62, and spent the day in chooseup games as well.
The night center was a big deal when we were in HS and college, going from 7-10 on Tu-Thurs-F, with spirited 3 on 3 games where you had to win to keep playing. I could probably remember a hundred names if I thought long enough, playing with my brother Anthony, Buddy Heinz, Jimmy Meehan, Robbie B., John "Head" Vetrano, John Alfano, Denny, the "Good" Ronnie, the "Bad" Ronnie (who never knew we called him the bad Ronnie), Jay Mancino, Joe Kratz, and many, many others.
St. Mary Gate of Heaven ran a great intramural and CYO program, and when you played CYO basketball at SMGH on the weekends, it was like playing at MSG. Mel Peluso would announce the games, and the bleachers would be packed with kids who just came to hang out in what was a great new gym with fiberglass backboards, polished wood floors, and a refreshment stand too. My favorite year was spent playing Juniors for Luci DeLeonardo, who was a starter for Queens College, with Hank Krause, Dougie Hounsell, Randy PAce, Dom Caccavale, Monk, and a bunch of other kids.
I was in the Boy scouts in troop 262 and 662 that first met at PS 62, a church on 103rd Avenue and 104th Street, and later on 117th and 95th Avenue. Summer camp at Ten Mile River - 2 weeks every summer with guys like Eddie and Bruce Nixon, Glenn Kushner, John Schurr, Joe Paciullo, Mario Baroso, Albie Napolitano, Artie D'Alession and dozens others, with leaders Jack Argento, Milt Kushner, Mr. D'Alessio, and many others.
I went to PS 62 until 4th grade, Ps 58 for a year, PS 60 in Woodhaven, JHS 210, and John Adams HS.
Christmas time on Liberty Avenue seemed like Disneyworld when you were 10 years old. Music blaring in the streets, decorations under the El, and a constant hustle and bustle. Winters, Greenwood bakery, the Chinese Restaurant, Woolworths, Blues, the Casino, Richmond Hill Savings bank, the Lefferts theatre, Lofts, and dozens of other great stores.
I worked at Wise Drugs on 111th Street while in college at St. John's, and recently heard the Richie Santo and Lou Gazzale just sold the store. What Richmond Hill icons those guys are - I'm guessing they were at that store for 45 years!
I also worked at the A&P on 104th Street and Liberty, working there with other HS and college kids and a great crew of older men who were bright and professional even though they were in jobs that today would be considered below their intelligence. Worked for the gruff Mr. Smith with Buddy Gannon and Wally Benson and a bunch of college guys who were older then us. The older men of note were George Connors, Joe Kreckl in dairy, Joe Scibelli in produce, Red the butcher, Joe Carbone as Asst. manager. Lots of laughs, too.
You could go to PS 62 any Saturday morning, after school till dark and sometimes long after, and fund a pickup game of softball or basketball. Memorable kids like Sal Occhipinti, the Donovan twins, Yogi and John Panchin, the Van Bergen brothers John and Harold (Hada), and many many others. For several years in the late 60's we would go out and play softball on the black top on the first day of spring training - no matter how cold it was.
As we got older, Saturday morning basketball was the thing. For over 20 years, eseentially the same group of guys would gather at PS 62 year round for pickup games that were spirited and physical, without a serious fight ever occurring. When we got older, we rented the gym at PS 60 in the winter, and this continued until the late 80's.
I couldn't imagine how it must have been to live across the street from PS 62. How the schoolyard must have looked on a summer night with eveyr basketball court taken, softball being played , and stickball games between the softball, with chalk strike zones scratched n the brick walls between the classrooms. Climb up to the second story school roof, and you could find as many as a dozen Pensy Pinkies, Spaldeens, and a clincher or two.
I could probably write about hundreds of guys and girls growing up in Richmond Hill, and leave out a few hundred more I knew. It was a place where you you fly out your house door at 9AM in the summer, come home for lunch or dinner, and your parents didn't have to worry where you were - even if you were only 10 or 11.
Thanks for this space... It's a great site.
Added: January 23, 2008


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Doris (Pinkerton) Lefebvre
From: Syracuse, N.Y.
E-mail: splitrock6@aol.com

Lived on 8648 104 th Street, went to Holy child Jesus till 2nd grade, parents sold the house in the early 1930's.
It was their first house and no doubt bought it new. Was a neighbor of Doc. Louis, and the Summer's . My brothers were William and Robert and sisters were Alice and Winnie (Winifred). Father and Mother's name was Joseph and Winifred.
Remember Newheimer Jewelers, Schmidt's, Bohacks, Keith's RKO, Jahn's many more places... but at 85 well... I'm getting a little rusty!!!
Thank you for the memories, PS Any one left!!!!
Added: January 22, 2008


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john curcio
From: VALLEY STREAM
E-mail: mrdad1948@aol.com

My name is John Curcio.
My brother Joe and I lived on 130 St between Liberty Ave and 107th Ave from 1960 - the 80s. We played softball at PS 121 and basketball at St. Theresas.
If anyone remembers us please say hello IF ANYONE REMBERS US PLEASE SAY HELLO
Added: January 22, 2008


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maria graziano
From: lake grove, ny
E-mail:

thanks to your website i have found annalee sanita and diane owens...
i have not heard from them in over 20 years
Added: January 22, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To Whomever:
If you can get to Manhattan from R.H. in 20 minutes I'd like to know how. Plus the people who lived in those rich Victorians were not so rich. I did and we were as close to the real middle class as you can get. There we maybe a hand full of the "Rich". Just to let you know.
Added: January 22, 2008


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George Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net

The passing of Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor is indeed a sad occasion, but I am very thankful that I was able to experience it in my lifetime.
I read over all the entries in this guest book, and see that it was not only a positive experience in my life, but also in the lives of so many others. For me it was a kind of time capsule into a more decent era, when people didn't have as much as we do today, but in many ways they had more!
Socially we were better off, when we could all gather there and enjoy the treats and eats and each others company! The Ice Cream was the common denominator. I cannot even conceive of going back to the Hill for a visit and Jahn's not being there! Its like Grandma dying!(sniff, sniff).
But as Bob Hope would say- "Thanks for the memories", and in the finale say of the matter, the one's I really feel sorry for are those who are coming along now, who will never have the joyful experience that many of us have had, that we have tucked away in the little storage boxes of sweet memories of our hearts and minds.
Thank you Papa Jahn's for what you gave us. May we endeavor to leave behind something as significant in life as you did! (Amen?)
Added: January 22, 2008


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Lorraine Vlaun
From: Massapequa Park, NY
E-mail: vlaunl@hotmail.com

I was researching information on my family history and came across a mention of a member looking for his old friends the Hefernan's.
My grandparents knew an Ed Heffernan from East Islip. If you need additional info., please email me.
Added: January 20, 2008


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Lynn Nunes
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: LynnNunes01@aol.com

Huge Victorians, diverse community and easy access to any part of New York. 20 minutes to Long Island and 20 minutes to Manhattan.
Richmond Hill once a getaway place for the Rich is now a thriving community with many different back rounds.
Added: January 16, 2008


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lynn becker
From: centereach, new york
E-mail: cellbeck52@aol.com

anyone remember the BECKERS??? 107 ST JAM AVE?????
Added: January 15, 2008


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Stephen Hellers
From: Rockland County
E-mail: jacksonpond@yahoo.com

I just read some stories here and they were great.
My father still lives in Richmond Hill, right across from Jackson Pond and I'm there often. It was such fun playing stickball, football, softball, and other sports in the Pond where there really was no room for it. We used to go to Glenns also and many good times.
It would be great to hear from anyone that hung out in the Pond or Glenns. If anyone has photos that would be a plus.
Added: January 15, 2008


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John Mackin Ade
From: South Carolina
E-mail: MacksMets@gmail.com

To Dr. Rodgers:
Yes, that is the same Joe Chibaro. We were best friends at P.S. 62 and JHS 171, and he would ring my bell and we'd walk to RHHS together every morning during my first year there as a sophomore (1961).
Joe was a twin, whose brother was named Franny and the two of them hung out with a guy named Tommy Longworth. We all graduated in 1963 and Joe went from a great basketball player to a great coach.
Lost track of him after graduation, but I guess most people do, don't they? Mack
Added: January 14, 2008


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John Romanovich
From: Narrowsburg, N.Y.
E-mail: TustenManor278@aol.com

This is an obituary to a Richmond Hill High School icon and best place a RHHS student could ever go to. JAHN'S Ice Cream Parlor.
It is with great sadness I announce to all my fellow Richmond Hillites, Jahn's has closed for good.
It ceased operation after Thanksgiving 2007. I am totally bummed. And I mean, Totally.
I am feeling this collision of thoughts and emotions that keep repeating, "Say it isn't so Pappa Jahn, say it isn't so." The memories of Jahn's run very deep and are all very true. Jahn's was THEE date destination after the Friday night dances at RHHS. My first date ever, Rosemary Day, was to Jahn's. It was always the "go to place" after any RHHS activity. I remember walking through those great streets of slate sidewalks of Richmond Hill to Jahn's. The same walk I'd take to the B-55 bus to Glendale after school, but at night after a RHHS dance or basketball game or Spring Play or whatever, it was a very special walk.
Once you got there, you'd wait inline for a table. You always passed Zuggy, the cook who always gave me a nod. Being a heavy set man, he glided behind that counter like a skater on ice. He flipped Jahn's pancakes, world class. His club sandwiches, divine. I understand he worked there some twenty five years.
Even as a '61 freshman, I knew the history of this great place. A true link to turn of the century Victorian Richmond Hill. You went there to be seen, have fun, be entertained and enjoy a iconic ice cream creation. That main stay line up of creations like the Boilermaker, the Awful-Awful, the Suicide Frappe, the What Happened?, Screwball's Delight, the Joe Sent Me, the (#”&’$?/) Special, and the Flaming Desire, five scoops of ice cream topped by a flaming sugar cube were always there to delight. My favorite was the Delaware Square. Let's see, two scoops of ice cream, a slice of pound cake, whipped cream (you remember, the real stuff), color sprinkles, two cherries, oh and a layer of hot fudge. Yee-wow! Yes I also remember the Kitchen Sink and all its hoopla and well deserved hype.
Those wooden booths carved with lovers initials. The marble counter, the nickel player piano that, for my money, an entertainment value beyond belief. Tiffany lamps, gas lamps converted to electric, the back room for parties, well you know, you've been there.
I remember going there with my buds Jerry Bokus and Ernie Tubb. Then Sophomore through Senior year going there with Roddy Nalvan, Richie Ceijka, Sherman Walker, and TJ Jiminez, my fellow Stage Crew members at Richmond Hill. Dorothy Alfonso was always a presence with us at Jahn's. We had dates and those dates are now times of speciality in our lives.
After college, I took my son and his Mother to Jahn's and told my high school yarns. My parents took me there pre and post high school days. Experiences there ran from my life's beginning, passed on to my son and followed by other decades with other people in my life. It was a constant in a changing world. I would bet your parents went to Jahn's.
So here I am mourning the passing of one of those "anchored in stone" places I deeply associated with in my incredible fun RHHS days.
I just didn't believe Jahn's would precede me. It was a life that should have lived forever.
I just moved from Illinois back to New York. I have been planning a trip back to Richmond Hill, but my plan never materialized. Now I will return to Hillside and Myrtle Avenues and press my face against the glass window of Jahn's and, for a second or two, will be that 60's RHHS student, peering inside to see how long the line is. I will believe the hand I am holding is my date set for fun and a great experience.
I am totally bummed. I need some ice cream. Get me that half-gallon - chocolate please, and yes with the real whipped cream, hot fudge, sprinkles and can I get that pound cake toasted?
Good-bye Jahn's, good-bye, oh and THANKS so much for all you are to me and all of us
Added: January 13, 2008


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DR JOHN RODGERS
From: Terrra Vista, FLA
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@optonline.net

Cody:
You mention a busboy at Mabees named Joe Chibaro.
I believe I worked with him (1973-1981) at Beach Channel HS in Rockaway where he was the baseball coach. If you are in touch with him, mention my name.
Added: January 12, 2008


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John Mackin Ade
From: South Carolina
E-mail: MacksMets@gmail.com

To Cody:
I sent you an email, but I don't know if you got it.
Winford built Mabee's Charcoal Broil for his 2 sons, Noel and Don. It was located on Atlantic Avenue and 107th street, across the street from the S&S Speed Shop.
It first opened as a walk-up hamburger type restaurant prior to the franchise craze of the 80s, and there was an outdoor section in the front where you could order 21 Shrimp in the basket and a coke and sit outside in the gas fumes.
It was later expanded and became the neighborhood's 3rd top restarant, behind the Hofbrau House and Westfalls.
I was the first busboy hired by Don, who was a free-wheeling happy go lucky kid of guy who had a smile for everyone and a short fuse for a few of us. Noel was the quite one, smoked like a chimney, and loved his scotch in a paper cup. Joe was the chief cook, Tessie and Carrie the waitresses and Joe Chibaro was the other busboy.
Grandpa wasn't around much, but did help out in the early days, usually on a busy Friday night. He kept away from the help, and trust me, we kept away from him as well. He was a man of impecible authority and loved his sons very much.
The restaurant was eventually sold and became a chinese joint, with some really bad food.
I always wondered what happened to the old moose head that hung in the back dining room. We used to hind our week in it and someone got off with a great stash when the place turned owners. Mack
Added: January 11, 2008


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Nancy Kirk
From: East Williston, NY
E-mail: nkirk15@juno.com

My mother and her two sisters were born at 84-15 105th Street in Richmond Hill.
Her eldest sister was born in 1908. The entire family of my grandparents, uncles and aunts lived in the area. Neither of her sisters married. Every other weekend we would drive to their house and enjoy exploring Forest Park. There was nothing like it in Nassau County.
I remember walking their dog in the "soup bowl" (if anyone still calls it that), picking Jack-in-the pulpits and just loving being in the woods. I recently drove by the area and it brought back all sorts of memories. I wonder how the area has changed.
My mother's family is now all long gone, but my memories of Richmond Hill and Forest Park are very much alive. Your website is a gem.
Added: January 9, 2008


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Jim Matthews
From: Nashua, NH
E-mail: jim@beerboozebooks.com

First of all, to John Saladino...
whle reading this site I was also on the phone with Kevin Moran. He wanted me to say hello. Once again checking in to say hello to former Lynvets (Read State of Grace!)
I grew up in South Ozone Park on Lefferts Blvd. but my mother used to tell me to put Richmond Hill as my address cuz it sounded nicer. Went to OLPH, ST. Francis Prep and Manhattan College. Hung out with all the crazies from the Lefferts Bar and Al's Stereo Bar on 111 St. through the late 60s.
Say hello! Peace, Jim Matthews
Added: January 8, 2008


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Cody Chuchul
From: Farmingdale, NY
E-mail: codester05@optonline.net

hi, i figured id post another one.
But i wanted to know if anyone remembers the Beebe Boys (Nuel, and Don) also if anyone knew Winford Beebe. Donald was my grandfather and to tell you the truth he didnt talk much about himself.
I just wanted to know more about him and my greatgrandfather Winford. So if anyone knows anything that would be great... Thanks, Cody
Added: January 8, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To Johnny Celauro:
If you see the name Jim Smith, it's really me Paul La Vecchia. I spoke with Bobby Winter just now for 1 1/2 hrs, remenising about the old hood. He's out in Huntington Beach, CA.
Talk to you soon. Paul
Added: January 7, 2008


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Kate Collier
From: Melbourne, FL
E-mail:

Great website!
I can't believe all the comments which I read most of and even recognized some people whom I will try to contact. Thanks for making this available to all who cherish Richmond Hill. I retired to FL many years ago and have not been back to RH in over 30 years but still consider myself a "New Yawker" from RH.
Added: January 7, 2008


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Pete Mahoney
From: Coopersburg, PA
E-mail: goldenpup@enter.net

Hello, I lived in Richmond Hill from 1968 thru 1989.
I lived at 107-30 121st Street. I went to PS 100, JHS 202 and John Adams. I delivered the Long Island Press for 2 years from 1975 from Liberty Avenue to 109th Avenue on 121st and 122nd Street until the paper shut down in March of 1977. They then had us deliver the New York Post and I lost 3/4 of my route so I quit that and began working at Sam and Joes Dairy at 119-03 Liberty Avenue. I have not seen anyone bring up the store. I worked there from 1977 thru 1984 with Joe and his Son Elliott along with Grace, Maryann, Jerry, George, Ginger among others.
I even met and married a Richmond Hill girl. She lived on the corner of 121st Street and 103rd Avenue. Like some have said here it was like two different worlds. The yellow line in the middle of the road divided schools, police (102nd and 106th.) We met while I worked at Joe's and I met a lot of great people who would come in the store every day.
I miss the Brooklyn Bagels and the Bialys. And the Italian Bread we would get from Monteforte Bakery on 101st Ave and 93rd Street.
We left in 1989 and every time that we go thru the less you recognize. It is a shame but I enjoyed my time there and will always say that I am a New Yorker.
Added: January 7, 2008


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Bob Brittner
From: Vermont
E-mail: rbrittne@yahoo.com

I have been searching for an old friend for the longest time... but to no avail...
if anyone knows a Maureen Mccaffery, Age approx 56... please email me at rbrittne@yahoo.com
thanks... she was my first puppy love :)
Added: January 6, 2008


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John Celauro
From: Oyster Bay, New York
E-mail: jac4c@aol.com

To the La Vecchia Bros and anyone else so inclined to read this stuff.
First off with respect to your references to the gang, The Nation's, that feared gang that we ran in the early 60's, please don't forget the sailor hats we wore to be tough. We terrorized the hood, till 6 pm when our mothers called us to go home for dinner.
Also with respect to our football games, I must say Jimmy Xinis sucked at quarterback. He threw flub balls, that were uncatchable. Today he is a hospital president in Maryland, surviving his disaterous career as a lousy quarerback.
In addition, if any of you recall Roseann Garretto from St Benes... well, I married her after she asked me in 1973... So we are going on 35 years and never had a fight. Amazing. More to follow...
Added: January 6, 2008


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DorothynLevin Swingle
From: 14468
E-mail: dottieswingle@hotmail.com

This is a great site!!!
I wondered if someone could help me find something similar for South Ozone Park. Do they still use the History Of Richmond Hill that my mother's cousin WILLIAM KROOSS wrote?
Added: January 6, 2008


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Suzy Loo
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail:

I enjoyed learning so much about Richmond Hill's history.
Added: January 5, 2008


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Rich Newell
From: Galloway, New Jersey
E-mail: coachrich00@yahoo.com

To Paul LaVecchia:
Sent you an e-mail a few weeks ago, still waiting to hear from you. My e-mail address is coachrich00@yahoo.com.
Also I just gotten an e-mail from Rick Arleo in classmates. I am going to respond tonight and let him know about this site. I will also drop Bobby Winter a e-mail.
It will be great talking about old times. Rich
Added: January 5, 2008


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maria graziano
From: lake grove, ny
E-mail: mbiondi62@optonline.net

does anyone remember annalee sanita that lived on 118th in richmond hill and owned a liquor store on lefferts blvd for a while hung out with diane maria and teresa and dawn.
Added: January 4, 2008


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cody chuchul
From: Farmingdale NY
E-mail: codester05@optonline.net

To Frank Wajert:
Hey, thanks alot; ill be sure to do so.
Added: January 3, 2008


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Sadiqah Ali
From: New York
E-mail:

Jahns is a very nice ice cream parlor, but it has been replaced with a Mexican eating place.
Added: January 3, 2008


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To Bobby Winter:
Reading your second reply to this web-site, I know your the Bobby Winter from the early sixties. My brother Tommy and I played football with you by the buddy monument, stickball in Jackson's pond, etc.
You must remember Buck Gillespie, The Bomeisels, Johnny Celauro, Billy Fitz, Mike La Marca, and our fearless Quarterback Jimmy Xinis.
Please try to E-mail me, or call. It would be great times recalling our glory days. Paul.
Added: January 3, 2008


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Barbara Reiher-Meyers
From: Ronkonkoma, NY
E-mail: reiherbpoet@optonline.net

I lived on Liberty Ave, between 118th St & Lefferts Blvd, then moved to 116th St between Jerome & 101st Aves. Went to P.S. 53, St Benedict Joseph Labre, and P.S.108, then to RHHS.
Many of my poems are taken from Richmond Hill memories. Never a dull moment, especially since I was one of seven children, and there were about 100 kids between the ages of 8 and 15 on one square block, las time I counted.
Added: January 3, 2008


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Nellie Melendez Conway
From: Richmond Hill, NY
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Happy New Year!
What a wonderful website for a wonderful neighborhood both past and present. I grew up in Richmond Hill and still live here for over twenty five years.
Added: January 2, 2008


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Art Bornschein
From: Williamsburg VA
E-mail: 3017burg@cox.net

To Ken Ball:
Thanks for adding the part about "begging" on Thanksgiving. Nobody else can remember doing that. I was beginning to think that I imagined it. Somehow, it must have been a R.H. tradition, but still to this day, I don't know why we did it.
I was born in R.H. in 1944 and lived there until 1972. Thanks again.
Added: January 1, 2008


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Brandon Malachowski
From: Pinellas Park, Florida
E-mail: BANDCFAMILY@yahoo.com
I just recently came to aquire a new paper Ad from the Richmond Hill Record, dating Friday, June 29th, 1923.
This single page Ad has the Class of June 1923 at Richmond Hill High School. It appears to be two separate Classes. The Ad contains the pictures and last names of the students for that year. I was planning to list the Paper on ebay but when I started researching the High School I found that "The Dome" has a lot of historical value and figured I would offer it out to the actual people who attended the School at some point.
From what I understand this is from the original School which is not the athletic field. There is a possibility of a few people still are alive who are in this Ad. The Ad should roughly put them around 100 years old and might be nice for them to jog their memory back to their High School days.
Fell free to contact me via email if you are interested.
Added: January 1, 2008
Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Wishing All Our Members and Visitors a Happy & Healthy New Year!
Added: January 1, 2008

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