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COMMENTS FROM 2010

Submitted by Comments:
steve batthany md
From: Lake Worth, Fla 33467
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

A happy and Holy 2011 to all my fellow travellers to and through Richmond Hill.
It shaped us; we shaped it and down deep inside, it has left a lasting imprint in our hearts.
Thank you all for this woderful vehicle to travel down memory lane.
Added: December 31, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
margaret emanuele
From: 112 st.
E-mail:

I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas holiday, and that u all have a wonderful healthy New Year in our beautiful Richmond Hill.
Added: December 31, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com

May all present and former "Richmond Hillers" and their families have a wonderful new year, filled with good health, success, and love.
Added: December 31, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Dominick Augello
From: Diamond Bar, Ca
E-mail: daugello@mazdaofpuentehills.com

Wish everyone season greetings and a prosperous new year!
Added: December 30, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Marygrace O'Gara
From: Richmond Hill, Queens
E-mail: Mogara2@schools.NYC.gov

Hello, I am a teacher at P.S. 66 in Richmond Hill. We are searching for alumni of the school.
We recently were granted landmark status and we are hoping to hear from former alumni and administrators to kind of gather up a who's who at what are they doing now. We'd love to hear any stories or memories that you'd like FTP share about the "little red schoolhouse" on 102nd street.
Please feel free to contact me at mogara2@schools.NYC.gov or you can write to me care of the school, Mrs. Marygrace O'Gara, P.S. 66, 85-11 102nd street, Richmond Hill, NY 11418.
Added: December 30, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Happy New Year Richmond Hill!
My usual thoughts of the holidays always include RH and childhood and of course the "good sisters" at HCJ.
Anyone remember the Chinese restaurant across Myrtle Ave. from where the RKO used to be and down that block toward Jamaica Ave. As I recall Mr. Stanley, the owner, used to accompany us kids back into the kitchen to visit and see the cooking. Good food especially around the holidays. Seems like there was a Christian Science bookstore right around there and an art's supply store where my folks bought me modeling clay. Of course Jahn's was right across the avenue too.
Years later when we lived in Miami we were amazed when a Jahn's opened near the Americana Hotel. Too many years. Fun though.
Added: December 27, 2010


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

Hello, Happy New Year to all Richmond Hill, residents and former residents. May we all have a good year with good health, good jobs, safe in our homes and loving friends and family surrounding us through the year, this is my wish to all.
Martha Power, which schools did you attend in Richmond Hill, and when, your name sounds familiar to me. Ken Ball, San Diego Ca.
Added: December 26, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Kathy (cali) Silvis
From: seaford, ny
E-mail:

Did anyone on this site graduate from SBJL in 1962? Looking for some old classmates.
Have been in contact with Mary Hamel, Pat Lustberg and ran into Butch Aliberti a few years ago.
Added: December 26, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Martha Power
From: Kentucky
E-mail: deerraven@yahoo.com

I'm feeling homesick lately and find myself drawn to things past this Christmas night.
I read recently that although we have aged, so has the world. It was as though a great weight was lifted from me because even though everything we loved about growing up in Richmond Hill is gone, the memories are there because we were there and they're real.
So, I guess you can take the girl out of the Hill but you can't take the Hill out of the girl after all. I wear what I call the "ancestor necklace" made of silver charms: a Big Apple, a Star of David, a Crucifix, the Chinese character for God, a subway token and a heart representing my parents and all the people in Richmond Hill who made me who I am. I never take it off.
Merry Christmas, old neighborhood, your avenues bedecked with lights. Best wishes for the New Year, everyone. Stay safe. Martha
Added: December 25, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Martin Munitz
From: Weston, Ct.
E-mail: LawNYC@aol.com

I graduated in 1961 and lost track of just about everyone from my class. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knows the whereabouts of Sylvia Meltzer, Gloria Lambert and/or Barrie O'Brien.
Many thanks, Marty Munitz
Added: December 24, 2010


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

To all,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all Richmond Hillie's, may you all enjoy warmth, love, good companionship, and also the wonderful food of the Christmas Season.
We also should spend quality time in our favorite house of worship thanking Mary, Joseph, and the Little Baby Jesus for all the wonderful inspiration and love they have instilled in each and everyone of us throughout the years.
My favorite place to go was the midnight mass at Holy Child Jesus with Father Shine performing the mass.
Ken Ball Sunny (Rainy) San Diego
Added: December 24, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

Merry Christmas to each of you who visit here.
Christmas was a special time growing up. It seemed that the essence of the holiday was intact then. In the post WWII baby boom, most families that sprouted up in the early 50s began with very little. As such Christmas was a time of splurging on things like special desserts - many were ethnically based, and hand down from generation to generation. For us, it was things like struffoli, torrone crescent shaped anise cookies, a grain pudding with pectin, and fruit cakes. For parents of that generation, social life revolved more around families.
In my family, with all of my maternal aunts and uncles and ost of the paternal ones within a few miles of each other, it meant that the entire holiday season was spent visiting each others homes. Christmas eve and Christmas day was spent at grandparents with all of my aunts, uncles and cousins present. We'd then visit and host each aunt and uncles in both theirs and our homes.
New Year's eve? Also spent with aunts and uncles. Sadly today, I see those cousins and few remaining aunts and uncles mostly at sentinel events only - weddings, funerals, etc. The decorations seemed to take on greater significance - bright lights brightened spirits. Shoppers really did rush home with their presents - not ordered over the internet. Malls barely existed then - Green Acres was an outdoor mall, remember? A trip to Jamaica and the Christmas display on the 6th floor of Gertz seemed magical. Even if on a smaller scale, Liberty Avenue was transformed into a holiday crush of shoppers, and music, and Christmas adornments on street lamps or under the El.
The heart of Christmas then was in family, and friends, and joy - not in elaborate gifts. While there is nothing wrong with nice gifts, they can serve as an unnecessary distraction. So, I wish for each of you a Christmas filled with simple joys, family, friends, and faith. In each of those simple things - a hope baked dessert, a warm Christmas greeting, a kind gestures, and the chnace to be with family or a call to someone you haven't spoken to in a while - my wish is you rediscover the joy of Christmas this season.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
Added: December 23, 2010


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

Mike:
Yes the track meets were awesome, remember the Millrose games in Madison Square Garden? What a blast back then. We saw Jim Beattie run a sub-4 min. mile. Great memories.
Again to all Hillite's have a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year.
Added: December 22, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Merry Christmas to all those who grew up in the best neighborhood of all time, always remember the kick off for the season...
the lighting of the tree up in the park... oh well merry christmas to all
Added: Deceember 22, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
mike hedler
From: wears vally sevierville tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Paulie,
I do remember those days, your right about the rainbow bar it was a great place. as for bobby I guess after the Nam he kinda rode off into the sunset with his princess.
Ronnies brother was Eddie, and he could fight. and then there was Corrine Smith almost married that gal. Nam really changed us i guess.
Merry Christmas to you and your familly. I pray that the Lord Jesus blesses you this comming year.
Remember when we used to go to the track and field meets.
Added: December 22, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to all natives of Richmond Hill.
Reading Rich Culotta's memories of Liberty av. at xmas bring back great memories. Many more stores that I can't begin to name let alone remember.
Added: December 21, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
George W Brosnan
From: Dingmans Ferry PA
E-mail: mossphoto@hotmail.com

Seeking the past, especially photographic or prints.
Added: December 21, 2010


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

Mike Hedler:
Of course I remember Ronnie Mantz. We all hung out at the RAINBOW BAR (106th and Jam. Ave.) His brother (forget his name) was always in a fight it seemed. That was the best bar in RH at that time. Anyway you and I hung with him many times.
Mike: Whatever happened to Bobby Brown? He was also a cool dude. There were a lot of Nam vets like us back in the Hill. Miss them all.
Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.
Added: December 21, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
gina melchiorre
From: nj
E-mail: highhopes43@yahoo.com

Does anyone remember Mikes Tavern on liberty ave in ozone park...
My dad used to take my sistes and I there as kids...
Added: December 20, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

Mike Hedler:
In a previous post, you asked if anyone remembers the Manz Family from Jamaica Avenue and 115th St. I do remember a little about the family. If my memory is somewhat accurate, they had a large family and lived between 114th and 115th Streets on Jamaica Avenue. They may have been neighbors to Ron Gorecki (sp.)
I remember Franky Manz, his brother Ronny, and they had a cousin whose name I will never forget, Tinkerbell.
Added: December 20, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
mike hedler
From: wears vally sevierville tennessee
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

awesome site,
thank you all for sharing such great memories nothing could ever steal them away. may Our Lord Jesus richley bless all of you, merry Christmas.
what times of joy getting up in the morning with such anticipation carrying out family traditions passed down. man I miss those days.
Added: December 20, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Rich Culotta
From: Long Island
E-mail: richculotta@verizon.net

As the holidays approach, I usually find myself thinking about past Christmas memories and growing up in Richmond Hill.
I remember as a young kid getting dragged up Liberty Avenue almost every day with my mother to go shopping. Usually I would complain, but around Christmas time I must admit, it was enjoyable.
I remember all the decorations that hung across Liberty Avenue. The bright stars and bells that continued all the way underneath the "EL" (train). There was always a Santa ringing a bell outside of Kresge's 5&10 collecting for the Salvation Army. By the time I reached the end of the block, and stood at the corner of Lefferts Blvd., the sound of Santa's bell would fade and be replaced with the aroma of the Pizza coming from Carlos Pizzeria around the bend.
People hustled back and forth doing their Christmas shopping at places like Dodds and Goodys or Buster Brown shoes. Perhaps having something sweet at Karp's or grabbing a meal at St. John's Resturant. It was always fun to run into a friend of the family or a school buddy and share a laugh.
I'm sure we all have fond memories of Christmas in Richmond Hill. For some, I bet that it's hard to believe that in a borough of New York City, where people can be cold and preoccupied, there was a town, where you felt the warmth of friendship and the joy of just being a kid.
From My family to yours, A very Merry Christmas, and a safe and Happy New Year.
Added: December 20, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Virginia (Ginnie Siems) Parine
From: Bellingham WA
E-mail: vparine@yahoo.com

I lived in Richmond Hill from 1951-1981, OLPH '65, Christ the King HS '70.
My father, Willie (Bill Siems) lived there from 1920 until 1980. I lived at 104-50 117 St. and 109-46 116 St. My dad lived at 104-21 116 St. 1920-?. Does anyone remember him. He played basketball ALOT. RHHS, Jahns, St. John's Lutheran church on 107 Ave?
His friends were Larry Kuhn, Joseph McCade, Russell Jones. My Grandfather was Charlie Siems.
Added: December 19, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Aurelia Santolla Kieffer
From: Midland, Texas
E-mail: Fkief55224@aol.com

As always I enjoy reading the updated Hill website.
Added: December 19, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

Ms. Mayer-Gaffney,
Thanks for taking the time to explain your anger and frustration concerning your new neighbors. There is always two sides to every story, but from your side, I don't think it is likely that these people will ever come around.
As difficult as it is, it may be time for you to move, if that is easier than putting up with such sub-human behavior. Some of our newest immigrants have a vastly different concept of immediate family, and population density within a dwelling, so it is not unusual for 2, 3 or more families sharing a house.
In NYC, such violations of housing code are not enforced as rigorously as other places, but you may find some help in advocacy groups or block associations.
Added: December 19, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Mr. Wood:
It's a pleasure sharing our comparisons and stories of your house. I took a few pictures of it when it was down to the last, probably original shingles that you weren't familiar with showing the window that we never knew was hidden behind the siding of later years.
Possibly we can exchange e-mails and I can send them to you. I'm sure you would find it just as interesting. Thank you for the invite and send my regards to your wife. That is very kind of you both and surely we have a lot to talk about.
Yes, I've been through a nightmare here for a few years but have only hung on because it's my family home for 47 years, hoping for better times. Anyone else would've moved or have brought up more charges, as well as getting an order of protection, which I was advised to do but didn't, fearing it would just instigate them more. Instead, it made me a prisoner for awhile. I'm trying to cope the best I can, though the past and bad memories cannot be changed.
Mr. Barcia:
I agree that change is a way of life, likes, dislikes, everyone's entitled to them. I know that things should be done legally though. Even disregarding that, in my situation, and I'm not going to pour my heart out with the story which would be a mile long, some people are just crazy with no other explanation, which unfortunately is what I'm encountering.
I pride myself on being good neighbors to everyone, never having a problem in my life. I thought I had new neighbors/friends. When they tried to build up to or almost over my back door, including part of my front lawn, my two surveys weren't enough. I tried, still talking as friends, but it enraged the other parties that I would not go along with their using a tape measure to determine a new property line, so I am still being accused of "stealing their land."
I am quiet and easy going so I assume they thought I was an easy target. Yes, they did get away with a lot and most would be in jail. As I mentioned, they've since taken legally what they could, according the the surveys, building directly on the property line, but no where near where they tried to. When someone physically goes for your throat, the police have to be called. When someone urinates on your front sidewalk out of spite, the police have to be called. When someone bangs on your window laughing, then points a video camera at you taping, the police have to be called. When someone reports a violation that they did and you get the blame, you have to go to court. There are a million more incidents and I'm not going to get myself sick over it again, yet I'm sure it's not the end.
In 47 years, I never had to call the Police before. I know of an elderly woman who was going through the similar harrassment when new houses went up and they fought with her, trying to take her back yard. She ended up in the hospital. Thankfully she's okay. There was an elderly man who was beaten to death with his own cane in a similar incident a few years ago when he wouldn't accept a minimal payment, I think $10,000 for his home that the didn't want to sell. Could you imagine? It was all over the news and is heart breaking!
As for over crowding, yes, these homes which used to house 4 now house 30-50 people. I know of many and it is the majority now. I haven't a clue as to who lives here anymore. Yes, this is Richmond Hill and I as well try to keep the good memories alive.
Mr. LaVecchia:
Thank you again for understanding and I know it's heart felt!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!!!
Added: December 18, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Winter
From: southern ca
E-mail: bob.winter49@yahoo.com

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
May the spirit of the Hill always be with you.
Added: December 15, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

Certainly, it is disturbing to see front lawns cemented over to make parking lots. I guess it's a reality because today there are multiple cars in a family, and very limited on street parking.
Let's not forget that in the 60's and 70's, beautiful wood clapboard and shakes were covered by what we thought were "beautiful" aluminum siding, or the faux rainbow colored fieldstone. Many homes tore out or covered deep stained "old" solid oak or mahogany fascia in homes to be replaced by "modern" masonite paneling. Solid wood kitchen cabinet with glass panes replaced by formica.
Thankfully, the movement today is back towards traditional appointments, but this is also likely a phase, until the next movement in home design takes root. The manmade materials, such as Hardy planks, and premium vinyl siding, are much more realistic.
While some can lament mini-mansions, I think neighbors can and should be appreciative that a neighbor is sinking large amounts of money into a home, likely increasing the value of your own home. It's a lot better than someone moving in who turns a large one bedroom home into a tenement and letting it decay.
I've had difficult neighbors in my life, and always found that a little kindness CAN go a long way in bridging disagreements. There will always we knuckleheads who don't respond in kind, but more often than not, kind gestures will be appreciated by even the hardest of hearts.
What made Richmond Hill special at times were neighbors looking out for neighbors. It seemed that anyone's father had the authority to discipline you for any number of offenses. Despite the diversity in the "new" Richmond Hill, kindness can still reign for those who remain, and help invigorate the town. Today's a good day to start. After all, it's the season!
Merry Christmas to all who visit here. May good health, joy, and prosperity fill your holiday and upcoming year.
Added: December 15, 2010


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

To ALL my Hillite family and friends,
I wish you all a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Ms. Gaffney: I understand your grief. Hang in there.
Added: December 13, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

To: Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
Lord help you it sounds like you got mixed up with some "non-ideal" neighbors! Sorry about that.
Think I mentioned that the window was in the center of the front bedroom while I lived there but the real estate photo shows it missing. There were only four of us on the first two floors while we lived there so my parents used the front bedroom (large). Our tenant, Ms. Ruth Schilling, lived on third floor.
It was the best of times in Richmond Hill for us anyway. Wonder what ever happened to Schilling? Anyway times and houses change I guess.
Watching "It's A Wonderful Life" the other night reminded me of scenes from Richmond Hill although I think it was all shot on a lot in Hollywood.
Wish you the best. If you ever get to SC you'll have to visit with my wife and I! Then we can really talk old times!
Added: December 13, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Marlon Okoi Sr.
From: Twin Cities, MN
E-mail: marskid2k2@yahoo.com

i was 6 went 2 ps116 then was 7 or 8 went 2 ps55.
teachers- mrs. davis, mrs. keller, mrs. berlinsky. best friend tejnerine sookai. went to the libary off of jamaica ave etc.
Added: December 10, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

To Mr. Wood:
From how you describe it being gray and white when you were there was obviously not what we saw underneath. I'd guess that was the original shingles and frame that they peeled away to do the stone front, which was a deep green, possibly from 1915. We took a few pictures.
As I mentioned, I never saw screens on the porch and yes, the garage still stands! Was the oval window in the center of the 2nd floor as I described? It was beautiful and certainly a piece of history in itself, as was the rest of the house. Our house has been shaking from the commotion of the work going on.
A tree overlooking the yard was cut down months ago and the yard is completely cemented over now. Yes, the historical society and block association has tried to help in the past but the law doesn't seem to be on it's side. The problem lies in that we were supposed to be "landmarked" 10 yrs. ago from what I heard and now it's probably out of the question. I've been to a protest and meetings regarding all the illegalities going on with the demolition and construction here but it's a viscious circle, a no win situation. I became of victim of it when the house next to me was taken down illegally, no permit, with asbestos covering all, which was bad enough but then it turned into continuous fight over the property line. I had to call the Police many times being fought with constantly and it all pertains to they did not want to believe my surveys, rather use a tape measure to take my property, so now I am accused of having thier "land." They built right on the property line starting with an illegal wall which they reported to the D.O.B. saying that I built it when they got in trouble, leaving a violation in my name. They trespassed when they felt like it, video taped me in my window, hit the side of my house with sticks, cursed us, came at us physically and got away with it all except for a list of Police reports from these times. It's awful and to think my Parents worked so hard to purchase this house in the 60's and we've been good neighbors to all!
Who would've thought this would be? Not me! So, I keep to myself, but live next to a "fake" mansion surrounded with electric gates and cameras, some of which point in my direction, as they always remind me that I'm being taped. It's pure harrassment and they continue to this day to try to start a fight every chance they get. I guess the house wouldn't bother me so much if the people weren't so crazy! What a way to live! I've seen it all though and how they get away with it.
Ms. Garretto:
I went to school with Richard and used to ride bicycles, play games etc. with Maria, as well as the other kids on the block. How's the family doing? It's been many years. Please tell them I said "Hello!"
When I tell Mr. Wood about knowing the house from 2 families, it's the Pante's and my friend's since the 60's who's Uncle passed away, hence the house went into an estate, having to be sold. Yes, it was a beauty and I'll assume that they're making it into what they want, but it's sad with what we've seen being trashed.
I don't understand how anyone doesn't appreciate what's already there. We all loved the stained glass and the sitting area down stairs, along with the beautiful wood through out. Sure enough, it was probably exactly the same as you remember it until sold, being well kept and preserved.
Mr. La Vecchia:
Thank you and I'm being polite!
Added: December 10, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS NY
E-mail: LEFTY5895@MSN.com

Hi, want to know if there is any more info about the Forest Park Carousel. Did the City find a vendor to take over yet??
Even though I don't live in the area any more I still like to keep up on the news in the area. I really hope it opens by next spring so people can enjoy it until the fall. For a while there was a flood of info about the carousel when they started filming the movie up there. Then it just died out, nothing available.
If any one has the latest news about the carousel please post here.
Just curious about whats gonna happen with it. Thanks A Million!! Jeff Costigan.
Added: December 9, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com

Anyone have any news about frequent contributer to this site, Michael Romano?
He was a classmate of mine at "The Hill". He loved Richmond Hill.
Added: December 8, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

To: Louis Garretto
Your grandparents must be the folks that purchased our house from my parents at 114-11 in 1957! Small world.
My parents moved to Miami after selling and that was where I grew up through High School. Quite a change from Richmond Hill!
My wife and I still watch the movies my Dad took of the old place.
Added: December 8, 2010


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

Ms Gaffney: You hit the nail right on the head.
Added: December 8, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Katherine MCCartney (nee Panariello)
From: Branford, CT
E-mail: lmg821@hotmail.com

To Michael & Ronan Murphy,
Michael, unfortunatally the obituary you saw is the same Hughie Tetonic you & I knew. You may remember me, Kathy, his ex-fiance from 114th Street, between 95th & 101st.
I remember your apt & your lovely mother, Bridie.
Added: December 8, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Louise Garretto
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: lmg821@hotmail.com

To Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney:
It's heartbreaking reading your account of the renovations being done at 114-11 86th Avenue. My grandparents bought the house in the mid 50s and lived there with their daughter and her family, the Pantes, until January 1967 when they moved to Connecticut. The kids are my cousins Louis (he passed in 1978), Richard, Maria, Linda and Christopher.
To hear that the magnificent woodwork and stained glass in the front hallway have been removed is a travesty. They were admired by all who stepped into hallway. I did notice when the house was listed on realtor.com that no renovations had been done since my grandparents sold the house 43 years ago.
The old kitchen on the first floor had the old waxed paper holder on the wall that my grandmother used!
Added: December 7, 2010


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

To John Teplansky...
are you related to Larry Teplansky who went to Gate of Heaven and John Adams HS?
If so, he and I along with several others cut John Adams and spent the day at his grandmothers house accross the street from Adams HS eating Dugans powered donuts... ask him about that sometime...
it would have been in 1959/60.
Added: December 7, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com

I lived at 91-50 110th St for many years and the house next door to ours (towards Atlantic Ave.) was the house that Jack Cassidy had lived in per our neighbors.
Added: December 7, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Thank you Marilyn!
It must truly be sad to live that long in a neighborhood and see houses, no people's homes, being torn apart. Times change but I am a little amazed that the local historic society does not come into the picture.
Here in the South, especially Charleston, we have learned that preserving the old homes is very important. So many of them are very modern inside but retain the exterior.
Anyway, thanks for writing those comments. My wife and I were thinking about visting the old neighborhood but have decided to leave our memories to last. It would be good to see HCJ all these years later so who knows what may happen. The house at 114-11 was bright grey and white. Porch was screened in summer (big job for Dad) and then open in winter months. Think I mentioned that the garage was built by parents in 50's and bricked on the inside by my father who was not satisfired with overall construction. Bet those bricks are still there! Maybe the Historical Society can tell me if they have any interest in early pictures of the house.
I'm glad that my parents had the pleasure of living in Richmond Hill for so many years from the 30's to the 50's. Grand area and I'm only learning most of this now.
Added: December 7, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
HARRY FIUMARO
From: SOUTHOLD NY
E-mail: BOHACK@aol.com

To Alice Ruschmeier Love:
The Jack Cassidy that you refer to is probably Jack Cassidy the actor that is the father of David Cassidy.
His production company was called Richmond Hill.
Added: December 6, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
JOHN TEPLANSKY
From: SARASOTA, FL
E-mail: jmteplansky@yahoo.com

It was great to stumble on this website.
Mucho memories here from Richmond Hill and Ozone Park, even Howard Beach and Woodhaven.
Added: December 6, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York 11418
E-mail:

To Bob Wood, Past & Present Homeowners And Residents:
As Mr. Wood and I have talked about a few times was the fact that I've known 2 families who've owned his childhood home since he moved, spending much time there. We like to compare as to how he remembered it and how I've seen it for all this time and again would appreciate any feedback from him on this latest post.
For 47 years, I and the neighborhood knew the house for how it looked over the years, pretty much the same, but in good condition. Since it's recently been sold and now under renovation, we saw the unveiling of history, possibly how Mr. Wood remembers it.
Since the 60's, it always had aluminum siding, pale green and white, a beautiful lawn, gardens etc.. Suddenly as the siding was removed, there we saw the house covered in deep green shingles, possibly the original. There was also a beautiful oval window upstairs in the center, which seemingly must've been covered up for all these years, which no one even knew it even existed behind the living room wall. As silly as it sounds, we were seeing history, a house we thought we knew, now looking authentic and like the Victorian it was called. We were amazed by it all!
I'm not sure if this is how Mr. Wood knew or remembers the house. I believe he mentioned a screened in porch, that was never known to us. It was always all cement with the wrought iron scrolls going up to the 2nd floor. Now, due to the current construction, no one would recognize it.
We understand that when one purchases a house, they can do whatever they want with it, which is only fair, but we've seen some things which are disturbing. The precious stained glass windows, that were still mint, were knocked out only to be replace with regular glass. Windows on the side are undone, no longer existing, covered with stone work. The beautiful wood, which was high sheen and original through out, was possibly ripped out as new wood was brought in, as a garbage pile accumulated on the front lawn. The outside is now tan and brown stone face, as the scaffolds still stand as more work is to be done.
There's absolutely nothing left to say that it's the same house, which we all think is a shame. As I say, of course people are entitled to do what they want with their property, but doesn't anyone cherish the historical beauty of this and other homes? Why would someone knock out stained glass windows? Why would someone rip out beautiful un-marred wood only to replace it with the lower grade quality of today? I'm sure all of it was original during the building of the house in 1915. This is of course not the only case but a trend in the neighborhood.
Sadly too many good houses have met their destruction, being sold for the land they once stood on, only to be replaced by cold, generic houses, which is now the style and front lawns with their gardens replaced by cement. The lucky ones who still stand are usually gutted from top to bottom, bought only for their frame. I/we don't understand why someone would buy a house unless it was what one was looking for in the first place or at least similar.
We all see the historical part of Richmond Hill declining with this and especially with the demolition of so many homes with so much history, as well as so much to share. Maybe it's just me or a few of us, but we appreciate the work, art and craftsmanship that once went into these houses which truly made them beautiful. No one can say that about the new ones that are hurriedly going up like building blocks, with no personality as we know it.
It's a shame Richmond Hill wasn't landmarked as it should've been years ago!
Added: December 4, 2010


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Alma Basile Surita
From: Glasgow Ky
E-mail: abasile@glasgow-ky.com

My name is Alma Surita, I graduated RHHS in 1973, I have a very good friend name Agnes Colucci but last as I known she got married, her last name is Watson and has a daughter.
I always stood in touch with her and when I moved to Ky from Calif I lost her number and that was 10 years ago. I been looking for her ever since.
Please if anyone knows anything about her please let me know. Thank You so much!
Added: December 3, 2010


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J Doyley
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: beadz@raysavage.com

Trying to get some history on my Church: Gospel Baptist Church. Corner of 129th St. & 97th Ave.
During the 1950s, Cass Santos was the pastor. Any info would be great. Thanks.
Added: November 30, 2010


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

With regard to Churches - possibly Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and funeral home possibly Leo Kearns on Lefferts Blvd. near Liberty Ave.
Added: November 29, 2010


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Alice Ruschmeier Love
From: Graham, NC
E-mail: plove001@triad.rr.com

I am reporting the passing of a longtime Richmond Hill resident, my dad, John Ruschmeier at 93 on Nov. 21, 2010 in Burlington, NC.
Dad's family moved from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn to a row house on 95th Ave just off 123 St. during the Depression. Dad often spoke of one of his friends, Jack "Chickie" Cassidy and how all the girls in Richmond Hill thought he was the best looking guy in Queens.
Dad left R.H. during the war for the South Pacific with the Navy and married Mom in 1946 when they bought the house from my grandparents and began family life there.
Three of us grew up in that house - me, Steve, and Irene going to SBJL, joining Scouts, marching on Liberty Ave. in the Memorial Day Parade, etc. going to local Catholic HS, then on to college and marriage.
Dad was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 74 yrs., and Holy Name Society at the Church and sometimes performed in the parish talent show. He had a beautiful voice.
For over 40 years he was an usher at 10 a.m. Mass at St. Benny's. In 1984 Mom & Dad moved to the Poconos and in 2005 I moved them to NC. Mom passed in 2006 and Dad peacefully joined her last week.
One of Dad's favorite things was a trip to Weiss' in Broad Channel on the way to Rockaway for clam chowder and french fries. Good memories from the olds days when our pleasures were simple.
Added: November 29, 2010


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john peri jr
From: long beach, ny
E-mail: johnperijr@gmail.com

John Peri, my father, threw money in the street on Thanksgiving for many years.
We lived on 109 Avenue between 126 and 127 Streets. My father died in 2006. Virginia married Ronald Walsh and lives in Oceanside. John Peri Jr.
Added: November 28, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

The Holy Child Jesus Parish of Richmond Hill will celebrate the ending of their 100th Anniversary Year with a final Gala Event.
DATE: Saturday, January 8th, 2011. LOCATION: Immaculate Conception Center (ICC) 7200 Douglaston Pkwy. Douglaston, NY 11362. TIME: 5:00 PM - Mass of Thanksgiving at ICC; 6:00 PM - Cocktail Hour; 7:00 PM - Dinner Reception. TICKETS: $75.00 per person. RSVP.
To order tickets, go to: Registration Form.
Added: November 26, 2010


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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail:

Happy Thanksgiving to all of the people who hold the wonderful memories of growing up in Richmond Hill deep in their hearts.
May you have a peaceful day and a joyous holiday season.
Added: November 25, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

Happy Thanksgiving to each of you who help to enrich my memory of a small town in Queens that was a special part of our existence.
Though the years have dispersed us, some to very far away places, I am thankful for those of you who recollect, and those of you who visit just to read.
In a not so small way, you've created an authentic sense of thanks to God for placing us in Richmond Hill during our formative years.
Wishing each of you a thankful holiday, and thanking God for the places and people who helped make me the person I am.
Added: November 25, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone,
remember all the great times, especially the night before, Glenns bar was always packed, and then Regents Row... great times to be had in the old neighborhood...
Richmond Hill was the place to be on thanksgiving...
Added: November 24, 2010


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Barb Wojtko
From: CO
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

Hello to John Leahy--
saw your post and just wanted to send a greeting to your sister Julia. I was in her class ('63) at SBJL. I remember you as the "little brother".
Would love to hear from Julia. Good luck with your reunion! It's a shame SBJL has closed.
Added: November 23, 2010


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mary johnson
From: Long Branch NJ
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello Friends! A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
I was just reading some of the postings about the old neighborhood. It really sparks some old memories. Some I had forgotten about. Keep it up! Regards Mary
Added: November 23, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: Sunny San Diego
E-mail: knkball@att.net

Hello All,
It has come that time of year when you could listen with a sharp ear and hear the strains of "Any Thing For Thanksgiving", this of course would have been back in the late forties and early fifties and I think it is a Richmond Hill, generated tradition and I am not sure how long it carried on. Different to say the least but fun none the less.
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy and for goodness sake save me a drumstick, LOL Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: November 23, 2010


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jim lettiere
From: tampa, florida
E-mail: finndsl@verizon.net

to mike pallidino
the hitching post was dug up and given to a friend of my sister joan back in the 70's.
as you may know donald died in 1984 and robert died in 2006. donald from drugs and robert from lung cancer.
Added: November 22, 2010


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mike palladino
From: west palm beach, fl
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net

back to jim lettiere...
I graduated S.M.G.H. with your brother Donald... Hung out with him and your brother Bobby when they had the band.
Is that hitching post still in front of the old house?
Added: November 21, 2010


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hector payano
From: honduras, centro america
E-mail: apayano2002@yahoo.com

i'm a graduate from richmond hill high school, i played varsity baseball, i'm from the class of 1992...
two of my closet friends died during my high school years: anthony delgado (track star) and douglas ruggiero (star catcher for the richmond hill lions varsity baseball team)...
Added: November 21, 2010


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Barbara Timper Daseking
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: richbarb@aol.com

Hey Mike, did you go to HCJ? Think you were one of the "cool" guys.
Added: November 20, 2010


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jim lettiere
From: tampa, florida
E-mail: finndsl@verizon.net

to mike pallidino
i lived on 102st from 1936 to 1953. my grandfather purchased the house in 1920. my parents lived there until the mid 70's. the house still looks the same as when i lived there.
check it out on google earth, the address is 97-27 102 st ozne park n.y. 11416. jimlettiere
Added: November 20, 2010


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mike palladino
From: west palm beach, fl
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net

to jim lettiere...
did your family live on 102nd st. between 101st and 97th ave.??
Added: November 19, 2010


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John Leahy
From: Tewksbury Township, NJ
E-mail: jleahygm@aol.com

I grew up in Richmond Hill from 1957 to 1974. Graduated from SBJL. Lived on 117th street and Atlantic Avenue.
I would like to hear from SBJL - the class of 1971 as we prepare for the 40th reunion.
Added: November 19, 2010


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

Doctor Frank,
perchance you knew me when my parents had the C&F Bar & Grill on Liberty at 111th from 59-63. I used to hang with the kids in that area.
you may even remember Danny Manning who lived above my parents business.
Added: November 19, 2010


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Mike Hedler
From: sevierville tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Does any one remember the Mantz family on Jamica ave. around 115th st?
Added: November 19, 2010


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Alice Smith Arzani
From: Charlotte, North Carolina
E-mail: AliceMai4@carolina.rr.com
Love the web site! It was a trip down memory lane.
I attended PS 66 PS90 and RHHS class or 1952. I would love to hear from classmates.
Added: November 18, 2010

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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Lots of new people visiting the site so I'll try this again.
Anyone out there recall a James Dooley or Anthony Market or Kenneth Erwin? This would have been in 50's. Lived at 114-11 86th Avenue. James lived on Bessemer Street as I recall. How about Margaret Dempsey or Virginia Giaconni? Christopher Hauk? Maureen Cummings, Betsy Forey or Barbara Speedling?
Added: November 18, 2010


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Doctor Frank Lanzone
From: Manhasset
E-mail: flanzone@aol.com
I love reading these stories. I lived at 110-02 103rd Avenue from 1954 to 1970.
My father had his medical office on the first floor of the house. We all went to Gate of Heaven so we lived in Richmond Hill but all our classmates were in OZ. We were within one block of Winthers, Moblegotts, Abelmans Pharmacy, Eisenhardts and Jay Kay butcher shops, the library, and more other stores than you could imagine.
There were 3 different bus stops and one subway el a block from my front door. Every day we played with the Hittenbachs, the Magnones, the Bowers, the Vitales, the Rogers, and all from the same street!
We had more kids the same age in a three block radius than one could imagine.
Added: November 18, 2010

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mark young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
dr john rodgers,
if you new my sister you new carol blake and joan jalanza when i came home frome viet nam i went out to brentwood to visit sister john edmund in 1969 who answered the door was sister st dorthy than she looked pritty good.
Added: November 17, 2010

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Sheryl Raphael Maldonado
From: Hawley, Pa.
E-mail:
I lived on Woodhaven Blvd. almost all of my life until 5 years ago.
The Green bus that runs north and south on the Blvd. is the Q11. The Q60, another Green bus, runs east to west along Queens Blvd. ending at 60th Street in Manhattan. The 55 is a NYC bus (blue) that runs along Myrtle Ave. from Richmond Hill to Ridgewood. Hope this helps...
Added: November 17, 2010

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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

Art,
The Barcia's who lived down near St Mary Gate of Heaven were not related. I never crossed paths with them either.
To Dave,
Thanks for the kind words about my writing. I practically lived in that schoolyard for many years, so I feel a kinship to know you were there just a few years earlier.
When you think about it, all of our memories of Richmond Hill are shaded in colors framed by the era that we lived in -- the grand (and scarcer) automobiles of the 40s and 50s, the olde style Green Line buses replaced by the more modern ones in late 60s.
To this day whenever I step on a bus, I instinctively look for the vinyl cord that would ring a bell or buzzer signaling to the driver that you are getting off the next stop.
Anyone remember the sharp smell of sawdust and God knows what else it was in Scaturro's on Liberty Ave?
Added: November 16, 2010


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

Mark Young:
The "Q-60" bus that ran on Woodhaven to Rockaway was not a Green Line Bus, it was a Triboro Coach line bus and originated in Rego Park at Queens Blvd and 63 Drive.
Working on the boardwalk in the middle 1950's I learned the hard way, by picking up a girl from Rego Park, that the Q-60 was an express bus that was going to leave me at a local station on Queens Blvd. to catch a "GG" train to 71st Continental, where I could switch to an E or an F to Union Tpk, and finally, a Q-10 that could get me home to Jerome and 120St.
By the way, I was a classmate of your sister, MaryAnn, at SBJL.
Added: November 16, 2010


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

I believe the Woodhaven Blvd bus was the Q-21; and that it ran from Queens Blvd and Woodhaven down to, at least, Liberty Avenue.
There was another Green Line Bus that ran from Woodhaven and Liberty (Crossbay and Liberty) to Rockaway Park (B. 116th Street and Rockaway Beach Blvd.) where it connected to another Green Line Bus that ran to Roxbury (Riis Park).
Prior to the summer of 1956, when the subway to B.116 St. opened, in order to get to my job at B.97 and the boardwalk I had to get to Crossbay and Liberty to catch that bus. I had many choices depending on the day of the week and the time of day.
I lived on 120 St. between Jerome and 97th. I could take the Q-10 which ran frequently, to Rockaway Blvd and transfer to the Q-7 on Rockaway Blvd ran on a 25-30 minute headway. I could take the Q-8 to Woodhaven and walk down to Liberty; I could even walk to Lefferts and Liberty and take the train to Rockaway Blvd and then go downstairs and take the bus.
The amount of cash I had in my pocket decided if I paid one fare and took the buses I could get a free transfer on, or the train.
Added: November 16, 2010


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jim lettiere
From: tampa, florida
E-mail: finndsl@verizon.net

to jane dinsmore summa
i knew your mom and dad many years ago. your mom lived on 97th ave between 103rd and 105th sts. i left ozone park to join the marine corps where i stayed for 30 years.
i sure miss all the frinds i once had.
Added: November 16, 2010


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jack sullivan
From: manhattan
E-mail: sullijo@rcn.com

looking for jean cannon who lived on 111th street in richmond hill.
I (the family sullivan) lived at 91-14 111th street just three or four houses down from where jean and freddie cannon lived. Lovely people...
we left from richmond hill and moved to malverne, long island in april 1945... I attended holy child jesus.
remembered: eileen costello, claire devoy, irene kling, patrick karl, william carter, barbara l'hreux, edward hofman, gerard, anyone remember old john sullivan...?
Added: November 16, 2010


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

To Sal Barcia:
How are you related to the Barcia family from 100 St. & 101st Ave.? My wife's cousin Joanne married into that family.
P.S. I lived on 102 St. off of 101st Ave. (behind Kawalla's store) for a short while, in the late 60's.
Added: November 15, 2010


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Dave O'halloran
From: Chatam, NJ
E-mail: Dwoh61@gmail.com

Sal, You are the best writer on these pages...
I played basketball at ps 62 on many days from around 1960. First with st. bennie's cyo team and then in schoolyard at 62. I used to either walk to 62 from from my apt on 126th and 101st ave or take bus along jerome. I thought 62 was so modern and clean compared to other schools from that time.
Between you and Mark Young, my days from long ago come alive. Thanks, Daveo
Added: November 14, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

I'm not one to post negative stuff about the state of Richmond Hill and actually have a disdain for any talk of which group is responsible for a perceived decline.
However, looking at the following school report card for PS 62 shows pretty miserable academic performance:
http://schools.nyc.gov/OA/SchoolReports/2009-10/Progress_Report_2010_EMS_Q062.pdf
Added: November 14, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

The schoolyards:
Very often, people who grew up in NYC will say they grew up in the streets. In Richmond Hill, this was only partially true. More correctly, we grew up in the schoolyards. For me, that schoolyard was PS 62, technically in Ozone Park, officially called the Chester Park School, and straddling the Ozone Park-Richmond Hill border.
As a kindergardner in 1960, the school was nearly spanking new, a carbon copy of dozens of NYC public schools built around that time. What varied in most of these schools were the schoolyards, based on the footprint of the lot they were built on. After school let out, the schoolyards were transformed. During the schoolyear, there was an after school program staffed by teachers, which transformed the cafeteria into a game room (a pool table, bumper pool, knock hockey (!), ping pong. There were arts and crafts for younger kids and girls. (How many elastic band pot holders and plastic string key holders were made over the years?)
The gym was mostly used for wiffle ball (in the winter months) and dodgeball. At night three nights a week from 7 till 10, the school doors opened again, for the night center. Again, the cafeteria was a game room, but the gym was used for basketball. At night, HS teens and college men flooded the tiny gym to play halfcourt pickup games. Lose, and you may have to wait 3-4 games to play again, unless you were good enough to get chosen by someone waiting winners.
In the summer months 6 days a week the schoolyards were flooded with kids until dark. In a more respectful time, Sunday was always for church and rest, and the schoolyard remained empty.
Today on Long Island and elsewhere, softball is considered mostly a girls game for youth. In the 60s and 70s, I'd venture to guess that more boys played softball than baseball - usually because fo the lack of turf. Without instant messengers or cell phones, and with a telephone being a guarded commodity in most homes, you simply showed up at the schoolyard at the appointed times when chooseup games began. Weeknights, softball games began around 7, until there were enough guys to fill a team - usually 6 or 7 on a side until more guys showed up to fill in positions (you'd pitch and catch to your own batter until a full team could be fielded).
Basketball was an entirely other story, played outdoors at the 95th avenue side of the schoolyard. Sheetmetal backboards painted dark brown at some point, no nets, bounded east to west by a chain link fence and the cafeteria and gymnasium walls. Those were the short sides. If the ball escaped north to south, and especially south towards 101st avenue, a familiar cry of "Ham and Eggs" would ring out as guys raced to the fence. Be the last one there, and you'd have to trot nearly a block to retrieve the ball if the scholyard was empty.
We had a core group of guys who played basketball in the PS 62 schoolyard for nearly a quarter of a century. I was never in most of their homes, never phoned most of them, yet new where to find them and when - in the schoolyard.
On Saturdays, from about 1968 to 1990, at noon a regaulr group played outdoors, on the same court. After all that time, you'd be hard pressed to know everyone's last name. A couple of guys had enduring nicknames that resonated out of this schoolyard to others. (Anyone remember "Head" or "R"?) Our pickup games were mostly comprised of non-varsity basketballers, unlike the more elite 106th street park. However, on many occasions, when a high school star from public or CHSAA schools wandered into our schoolyard expecting to dominate, they were mostly surprised to find that halfcourt 4 on 4 on asphalt was much different than fullcourt in aseptic gyms. More often than not they found they couldn't dominate our guys at PS 62, and on many occasions, didn't come back when they lost more than they won. Home court advantage meant knowing the dead spots in the backboards, just how forgiving the rims were, and every crack in the asphalt.
Instant messengers? Just tell a guy who lived on the kid's block that you were looking for him.
Added: November 14, 2010


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Louise Garretto
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: lmg821@hotmail.com

I believe the Q60 ran along Queens Blvd.
I remember taking it into the city when the E/F would suspend service.
Added: November 13, 2010


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Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park Queens NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com
I lived in Richmond Hill during the 1970s and until Nov 1985. I lived on 112th street between 91st and 93rd Aves.
I remember Charlies Deli on 111th street off of Atlantic Ave. He had the best German Potato Salad. I went to the South Queeens Boys Club. I will never foret John D'Agnese and Richie Godkin who were murdered in the Shamrock Bar they owned on the morning of April 11th 1981. They were like a second brother and father to me, I miss them terribly to this very day.
I remember Tolleys Shoes on Jamaica Ave. I remember Joe the barber next to Charlies deli. I remember bowling at Triangle Bowling Lanes. I remember Tommys Pizza on Liberty Ave when it first opened. I remember Karps further down Liberty Ave. Those were all good times in my youth. I remember the truck with the ride "The Whip" and the swing that came around.
I went to PS 90 school. We used to tease George the Custodian something awful and he would yell at us and make us laugh. Those were fun times, times I still have never forgotten. I went to the Church of the Resurrection with Father Kemp. He died a few years ago. He was a very good reverend and taught me a lot when I was young about being good to people and doing gods work that way. I remember the Centennial Parade down 111th street in 1972. Sadly though, the neighboorhood has changed for the worst. I go down my old block and it is filthy and lacking in spirit.
I cannot believe Jahns was torn down and replaced with the Montezuma Restauarnt and Salernos is gone forever. Those 2 places had a lot of history in them and they are only in our memories.
Added: November 13, 2010

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mark young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
jim lovett --
art bornschein hit it on the head, the q37 runs on 111th st to kew gardens. the question is what is the number of the bus that runs on queens blvd on the 59 st bridge and ends at first ave in the city.
Added: November 13, 2010

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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Mark Young,
You've really shook up the marbles in my head now. I thought the Q60 ran along queens blvd into nyc, and now that you mention it I think the crossbay blvd bus was the Q37. The red bus on liberty ave was the Q110. I picked that up on the corner of 125th & liberty ave.
It was the pits after the race track got out and all the red buses would go up liberty ave on their way to Roosevelt raceway or Yonkers raceway.
Back to the green buses, I thought it was the Q7 that ran on rkwy blvd and ended at rockaway blvd and liberty ave by the old white castle.
Added: November 12, 2010


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John Miller
From: Greeley, Colorado
E-mail: jmrph@aol.com

I justed wanted to say thanks to Frank, Margaret, and Ginny who read my comment of 7 Nov 10 and as a result helped me locate my family that I have been looking for over the past several years.
Also thanks to all the others who responded with suggestions. This web site and those who helped with information have truly made a difference in my life!!!! Thanks john
Added: November 12, 2010


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Bob Rainis
From: long island
E-mail:

Kingsly Hermans - South Africa,
Thanks for the very early Christmas wishes. just curious, do u remember the house number on 93rd Av bet 112-113 St?
I'm pretty familiar with the block, family lived there for 30 years. Pretty sure that the last "original" of the block died several months ago Frances Stimburis, mid-late 90's.
Added: November 12, 2010


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mark young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
to jim lovett
the q60 ran to howard beach and broad channel and than to rockaway beach 116th st. thats the way you got to to the bow wow using the q60.
Added: November 12, 2010

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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

The Q8 and Q10 took relatively straight routes on Jerome and Lefferts. The Q41 zig-zagged covering everything else.
New busses could not be assigned to the Q41 route because they were too big to make all the turns on narrow residential streets.
Added: November 12, 2010


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martin iraggi
From: Williston Park, NY
E-mail: mpi61@aol.com

Remember the saying "Where were you in 62?" from the movie American Graffiti; I was graduating from RHHS.
It was the year our basketball team played in the playoffs for the first time at the old Madison Square Garden, it was a great year!
Added: November 12, 2010


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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail:

I rode the Red Bus Line quite often to go shoppping in Mays, Goodwins, Lerners, and Gertz on Jamaica Ave.
It began around 100th Street on Liberty Ave., and continued through South Jmaica, going down Old South Road. I believe it ended a block from Gertz.
Added: November 11, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Mark Young
Didn't the Q41 go to Howard Beach at one time. I think by the bowling alley at 157th av. We used to take this to the Big Bow Wow.
Added: November 11, 2010


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

Mark, You have most of it right on the busses.
The Q8 used to stop in front of my Apt. bldg. on the corner of 125 St. & (Jerome Ave.). It ran from the bus terminal in Jamaica (near Gertz) to Euclid Ave. in Bklyn.
The one left out was the Q37 which ran down 111 St. from Aqueduct racetrack to the subway station in Kew Gdns. (my wife corrected me on this).
The Q41 went down 127 St. past P.S. 121 to 109th Ave. to Rockaway Blvd. and west, past John Adams H.S.
Added: November 11, 2010


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joann cutichio rodecker
From: east islip
E-mail: joannrodecker@yahoo.com
lived in Richmond Hill til 1965.
I took the Q41 to school in Jamaica every day. I got on at 123rd st. and 111th ave. We went straight to Jamaica terminal then walked to Hillside Ave an 165th st.
Does anyone remember the red buses that ran along Liberty Ave? I remember taking it to Hillside Ave to my school. Went to Jamaica Vocational H.S.
Added: November 11, 2010

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Kenea Letts
From: South Richmond Hill NY
E-mail:

Hi All,
Thanks so much for helping with my survey (as well as the kind encouraging posts) K...
Added: November 11, 2010


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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
to kenea letts:
i thought i would come to your rescue. i lived in richmond hill from 1946 to 1973, knew the busses and trains well. i lived on 127th st and 95th ave, so we will start with the q41.
the q41 ran from 95th ave to atlantic ave to archer ave than to jamaica station. and then going the other way towards ps121 going towards the race track and then past john adams and then turning around and going back to jamacia.
and now q10. the q10 is easy, it ran from kennedy airport along lefferts blvd to kew gardens.
and now q8. the q8 starts from jamaica station runs along 101st ave or jerome ave all the way to downtown brooklyn.
Added: November 10, 2010

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george farrell
From: st. louis, missouri
E-mail: mcy2@aol.com

To the folks who attended Our Lady of the Cenacle:
Anyone remember Jim Raftery OLC '55 who was a great basketball player at Holy Cross HS in Flushing and St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
Jim came from a large family and I believe they lived on the east side of the Van Wyck near Hillside Ave which we used to call Briarwood.
Added: November 10, 2010


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pat ullrich
From: upstate NY
E-mail: patullrich@tds.net

My great grandparents Hugh and Mary Livingston lived on 113th st. 1900-48 when my grandparents Mabel and John Slattery lived there until 1950.
Hugh worked as an engineer on LIRR and was first to drive the electric train from Jamaica. John Slattery was a NY city cop. My mom, Mabel Slattery Wittmer lived there as a girl and married Ed Wittmer who lived down the block.
trying to find info. on William Slavin father of Mary Livingston and lived in the house in 1900 with son Thomas. William also worked LIRR but had owned a bar earlier. If any one knows any info would appreciate it.
Added: November 10, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Kenea Letts:
Took the survey for all 3 lines. I used all 3 when I lived there 40 years ago. It was the green bus line back then. Good luck kid.
Added: November 9, 2010


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bob rickert
From: wilmington, DE
E-mail: mbrickert@comcast.net

To John Miller:
Adding to the information you have already received, another church is Our Lady of Perpetual Help, So. Ozone Park. Also, if your family has Brooklyn roots, obituaries might have been in the "Brooklyn Eagle" - which has been out of business for a number of years.
Added: November 9, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Hello John Miller,
The newspaper was the Long Island Press, its no longer in business, try asking Dennis Doyle, he might help you... Churches were Holy Child Jesus... or Saint Mary Gate of Heaven... they would of been the closest two churches to your family and 109 st.
Added: November 8, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Anyone recall the Columbus Dady parades that marched down 86th Avenue?
Since I went to HCJ we did not take part but curious if that has changed over the years.
My father was Lutheran and Mom was Catholic but that war has simmered down over time and perhaps the HCJ kids take part in the parade???
Added: November 8, 2010


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Kenea Letts
From: South Richmond Hill NY
E-mail: kletts@excite.com

Hi All, I recently moved to South Richmond Hill and basically learning the "lay of the land". It is a cool neighborhood!
I am familiarizing myself with the buses and I decided to do a school project of people's perception of the buses (Q8, Q10, Q41) that service the area.
So here is a general plea for help with my project. Anyone who lives or have lived in the neighborhood and uses or have used these bus routes, please feel free to fill out this survey - one survey per bus route. Here is the website - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3Q6PZDQ
This is for a final grade for a college project, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
Added: November 8, 2010


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John Miller
From: Greeley, Colorado
E-mail: jmrph@aol.com

Hi Folks, Need some help.
I am trying to locate my father: John Aloysius Miller (Jr.; II; born 1924/1925. He and his family lived at 107-33 109th St. Richmond Hill, NY.
My grandftaher's name was the same (John Aloysius Miller; born approx. 1875) and my grandmother's name was Margret Miller (born approx. 1880, Maiden Name was Grover). I know that they lived at the above address as late as 1947, but can find no records after that date.
My dad's sisters were Emily (born approx. 1900), Elizabeth (born approx. 1902), Anna (born approx. 1905), and Veronica/Vera (born approx. 1919). My father worked at Mary Immaculate Hospital as a chauffer in about 1946/47.
Any help would be most appreciated. Can anyone tell me what newspapers carried obituaries for the Richmond Hill area in the 1950's and 1960's? Funeral Parlor names? Names of churches? Any info would really be appreciated. Thx, John Miller.
Added: November 7, 2010


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Kingsley Hemans
From: South Africa
E-mail: akyllaris01@yahoo.com

I stop back here once in a while to reminisce and read the postings of former niegbours to my late Father.
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: November 7, 2010


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Patricia Stefanak Hennessy
From: South Hartwick, NY
E-mail: hennesps@msn.com

I have photos of my daughters at a Memorial Day Parade that was on Rockaway Boulevard in 1963.
I also remember that parade when I too (long long ago) was a little girl.
Added: November 7, 2010


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Dan Malone
From: Florida
E-mail:

I started at OLC in the early 50's and left in 58. Anybody remember me?!!
Added: November 7, 2010


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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail:

I marched in the Memorial Day Parade with the Brownies and Girl Scouts many times.
It started under the train tracks on Liberty Avenue, past Lefferts Blvd. It ended on my corner, 133rd Street and Liberty. There was a small Triangle named the Roby Ryan triangle. A wreath of plasic flowers was always placed there. Sometimes it would be there all year.
Many groups and bands marched to represent their organizations and respect for the holiday. Local politicians and storekeepers participated. Rifles may have been fired in the air to salute fallen heroes. Old cars were also featured. There were crowds of onlookers, many people deep, and lots of chairs would line the route. People came outside many hours before to get a prime position to watch the event. Ice cream trucks would park along the way, and make a "killling".
For me, the parade was the official start of summer, and it also meant that school would soon be over. As the years went by, the crowds dwindled. I lived on Liberty Avenue til 1970. I do not recall when the parades stopped.
This is another wonderful memory I have of my hometown, Richmond Hill.
Added: November 7, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

I marched in the Liberty Avenue parade from maybe 1965-1972 with the cub scouts and boy scouts.
I don't remember the direction it ran, but spanned from about 104th street to the VanWyck Expressway. The avenue was lined 6-10 deep the entire parade route.
Added: November 6, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Jonn Mulry
Trust me Jonn they were on liberty av. Can't remember exactly what street they started on but ended at Roby Ryan triangle. This was at 133 rd st. and liberty av. This is where 103rd av started.
My last parade I marched in was 67-68. I remember sitting in front of Bill's Bike store at 125th & liberty where I lived. After 77 when I moved I don't know.
Added: November 6, 2010


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

Jim Lovett, are you sure you don't mena the Memorial Day Parades being on Rockaway Blvd.?
That's what I remember there being. I did take part in the 1962 parade. Don't recall there being such parades on Liberty.
Added: November 5, 2010


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Sharon Van Dyke
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: siwanejk@suffolk.lib.ny.us

Does anyone remember the Underwoods of Richmond Hill?
My great-grandfather John A. Underwood of 118th Street had an electrical contracting business there until he was 85 years old.
I am looking for any Underwood or Patten cousins who can give me any information on my family tree.
Added: November 4, 2010


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Kathleen Liles
From: Florida
E-mail: kitkat10410@hotmail.com

Does anyone know the Schoeppler family from around 1955?
They had a daughter, Mary, who went to Our Lady of Wisdom Academy in Ozone Park from 1950 to 1955.
Wondering if anyone knew Mary or the family. If you know of her or her family please contact me. I believe they lived on Lefferts. I am Mary's daughter. Thank you.
Added: November 4, 2010


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Helen Eagleston
From: Marbletown, NY
E-mail: novagirl@hvc.rr.com

To Anthony Taglienti:
Alice Furci is my cousin. She moved to Florida many years ago.
Added: November 2, 2010


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Denise Martin
From: Nassau Co. NY
E-mail:

To Dennis Doyle:
I was good friends with Lucille's older sister, Grace, during my years at OLC (I graduated in 1966).
Don't know where she is or what she is doing these days but another friend of Lucille's and Gracie's, Michael Ginocchio, is living right across the street from OLC!
Added: November 1, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

Hustedt Chevrolet moved out on Long Island to the town of Centereach, location about the middle of the Island length wise and width wise.
Hope that solves the mystery. Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: October 31, 2010


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
Oh yes Linda Trick Fleury... I remember trick or treating on the block as you described it!!!
We would love to get money to spend in Kavons... mostly pennies!! Here in PA they drive to parking lots and kids trick or treat out of your trunk!!! I suppose it is easier since there is so much land in between our homes... BUT... nothing beats going from house to house on a block in Richmond Hill!!!
I am happy we are still friends Linda, John Rommel, and others! All the best! T-Bone
Added: October 31, 2010

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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Art is right, Hustedt Chev was on corner of 124 & Liberty.
If memory serves me right it was closed and vacant before I left area in '77. On a different note I just read Daily News article online about Little Guyana in RH and parade on Liberty Av.
Do they still have Memorial Day Parade on Liberty Av., if not when did it end. I marched in it with cub scouts and So. Ozone Park L.L. in late 60's.
Added: October 31, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

I believe the location on 101st avenue for Hustedt Chevrolet was parts and service. I think this was circa 1960-1970.
I think it became for a while after that the same for Lichtenstein Buick.
Can anyone help here?
Added: October 30, 2010


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

Houstedt Chev. was located on the corner of 124th St. & Liberty Ave.
Added: October 30, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

To Denise Martin:
I graduated from Cenacle in 1968. I remember Lucille Spears very fondly. We were friends in Cenacle and later through RH High School.
To: Linda Trick Fleury:
Wow! You really brought a (embarrassing) smile upon my face. Thanks for your discretion! You are absolutely right... John Rommel had the best Halloween Parties down in his basement, as well as other swinging soirees. His stereo was like a sacred altar upon which we played our favorite albums and anxiously listened to the latest releases of our favorite bands!
Thanks for reminding and remembering all the fun we had during Halloween in our costumes. I remember one year Wendy and me went as Bonnie & Clyde. I also recall Pete Troy's face was covered in blue makeup (way before Blue Man Group) because he was so into playing blues music, Larry (Larz) was wearing some kind of Russian fur hat, and I think Mike McCormick was banned for being a "little too much."
Fun memories in Richmond Hill... Happy Halloween!!
Added: October 30, 2010


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Linda (Trick) Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com

As Halloween approaches I look back at all the fun times we had on that holiday.
If it fell on a school day, we'd race home and usually dress up in some hastilly put together get-up and makeup, grab a shopping bag or pillow case and start out to trick or treat with friends.
Living on 114th St. it was Teresa, Susan & Regina. We'd skip the houses that weren't decorated -- they usually didn't answer and looked too creepy. The word always got around as to which houses had the best candy.
Mrs. Menzel always gave out home-baked donuts in little white bags. Mrs. Batthany threw coins to us out of her second story window. When Halloween occurred on a weekend, some kids even changed costumes and started all over again!
As we got older, we still had fun dressing up and going to parties. I remember a particular party at John Rommel's house. Dennis was an Indian (won't go into detail about that costume!), Brian Farren was the Teenage Werewolf (he swept up in a barber shop & glued the hair to gloves and socks-it was all different colors!), Eugene Donnolly wore his mother's housedress and a mop on his head.
Over the years, Tom & I went to various parties and kept a box of assorted costumes and accessories. When we had our children, they even got to use some of the funny wigs, hats, clown noses, etc. when they started trick or treating. After moving to Florida, I wasn't sure how festive it would be down here for my favorite holiday. I was pleasantly surprised to see how big Halloween is in South Florida. Also, the weather is usually in the 80's and the trick or treaters don't have to wear any jackets like up north.
This year our kids both carved pumpkins and will be celebrating with friends. Tom & I will be buying extra candy - expecting a big turn-out Sunday. Happy Halloween everyone!
Added: October 30, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

To John Treubig,
Of course you are correct about George's - middle of the block between 110th and 111th, on the north side of 101st Avenue. Between 110th and 109th was Hustedt Chevrolet, which relocated it's show room to New Hyde Park until hey closed a year or two ago.
Say hello to Charlie. The hoops are long gone from PS 62. I don't know that there was a longer running pickup game - it ran for more than 20 years on Saturdays. I hope you are well.
Added: October 29, 2010


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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com

I remember how much fun we had on Halloween!
The houses were all attached or very close together, if you just trick or treated around the block you had a shopping bag full of candy! If you went to the apartment buildings (we weren't supposed to) you had two shopping bags of candy!
Happy Halloween to all past and present Richmond Hillers!
Added: October 29, 2010


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Sher Chamber
From: New York
E-mail:

That Pet Shop was Marvel. Owned by the DiBlasi family.
In my teens, I went out with their only son Joe, for about 3 years.
Added: October 29, 2010


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Margaret Boyce Hoffman
From: Bradenton, Florida
E-mail: Hhnymaggie@aol.com

This Halloween thinking of the best costume store in RH... RUBIES !!!!
Loved that place couldn't afford any costumes but loved walking around. Can't remember where my car is but remember that !!!! HAGD
Added: October 29, 2010


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Denise Martin
From: Nassau Co. NY
E-mail:

I lived in Richmond Hill in the late 50s on 130 St and went to Our Lady of the Cenacle.
Later, I lived behind Jamaica Hospital, which was technically Jamaica, but still hung out on the streets of RH. All of your comments brought back so many things: yes, I remember the book club and the Christmas Village at Gertz, Chelis Hall, the Roller Rink (in front of which I was hit by a car when I was 9!), the RKO, egg creams from a candy store on Jamaica Ave, Barney's pharmacy (that's now an auto parts store, I believe), the bowling alley on Jamaica (still there, I think), even Joe, the Bungalow Bar guy!
Speaking of Bungalow Bar, we always thought it was better than Good Humor, so we would let the Good Humor truck go by and wait for Joe!
Anybody go to OLC? Remember "Sister Superior", Monsignor Dillon, Sr Katherine Richard, Sr Francis Dorethea, Father Manzo?
I fondly recall friends and neighbors: the Ginocchios, the Kerns, the Pafumis, the Calcanes, the Capacotta and Spears families, Ellen Velsor, the McDermotts. Thanks for the trip down memory lane all of you!
Added: October 28, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

Hello,
Does anyone remember Sid's Candy store on the corner of 104th and Jamaica Ave and a bar almost directly across the street with a Glass Brick front not sure of the name. I also recall the barbershop a few doors down from Sid's were I had my first haircut and at two years of age and put on quite a show for the customers, that is what I was told anyway, LOL.
A little bit down the street was a Glass Shop (Saul's) and a Pet shop owned by an Italian family an excellent place for a young lad to go on a rainy day watching the critters an fish put on a show for free. There was also a bakery that had Onion Rolls in a torpedo shape that were to die for 5 cents each, buttered, yum. Ken Ball Sunny San Diego
Added: October 28, 2010


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John Treubig
From: Hazlet, NJ
E-mail: jtreubig@comcast.net

To Sal Barcia:
I think George's candy store was between 110th and 111th. Always a dilemma if I had a whole quarter to spend (rare)...
Should I get two scoops of ice cream with chocolate syrup or one of the infinite combinations of dime, nickel, and penny candies? Life was tough.
Added: October 27, 2010


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Anthony Taglienti
From: Las Vegas Nevada
E-mail: anthony_taglienti@yahoo.com

Richmond Hill High School 1958-1962.
Still remember a beautiful young lady, named Alice Furci. Hope this note finds Alice happy and in good health. You were a good friend who had so much Class. I know you are the same today.
Your friend, Anthony Taglienti.
Added: October 26, 2010


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Amber Kelps
From: Puerto Rico
E-mail: akelps@yale.edu

Hello everyone... looking forward to using this site!
Added: October 25, 2010


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Lauren J. Diamond
From: Chapel Hill, N.C.
E-mail: laurenjaynecoffee@gmail.com

I currently live in North Carolina, but a very good friend of mine is from Richmond Hill, NY.
She always mentions a boutique that was on 109th Street with fabulous clothing for women called "Blanche's Boutique" in the late 50's early 60's. I adore the styles from that time, and am very familiar with the area because I lived in Jamaica, N.Y. till I was 22 years old.
Do any of you remember this shop? Or, do you have any photos of it. I understand that Blanche had impeccable taste, and new exactly how to dress the beautiful women of Richmond Hill.
Many thanks. Sincerely, Lauren graduate of Jamaica High
Added: October 22, 2010


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John Immerso
From: Lexington, South Carolina
E-mail: Immerso@yahoo.com

Ah Yes! Life in Richmond Hill, New York. My family lived in Richmond Hill for many, many years.
My Grandparents (Roy and Anna) lived on the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Hillside Avenue. They lived on the top floor of this apartment building (cold water flat). My father was raised in this apartment. His name was Raymond Immerso. His brother Johnny Immerso, George Immerso, Joseph (Ducky) Immerso, Charlie Immerso, and sister Gloria Immerso all lived here.
They all spent their lives in this corner of the world. My Grandparents shopped at the A & P. They even rented the lot that the A & P was on (before the building was put up) and parked cars for the RKO Keiths Theatre.
My father worked as a soda jerk in Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor for years. He worked for Frank Jahn. He also helped in the projection room at the movie theatre when he was younger. Uncle Johnny opened a small deli right around the corner from Jahn's on Myrtle Avenue. My Grandparents lived in this apartment all of their lives. My Grandmother moved out of this apartment around 1981.
The Immerso family lived here from around 1926-1981 - 55 years! A long time family of Richmond Hill, Queens!
Added: October 21, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

yes Linda it was the best summer... and yes I do remember you...
our crowd was a great bunch of people... Jimmy Perrin, Hondo Halsey, Tom Osborn, Bert and Stevie Cedermark, and all hanging out on Joy Stockers stoop... lol... great time.
Added: October 20, 2010


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Linda White Besink
From: Oradell, NJ
E-mail: scorpia31@aol.com

Hi everyone. I'm looking for some old friends from the best summer of my life, 1968.
I lived on 91st Avenue between 107th and 104th Streets. For some reason I find myself thinking about that summer and the great times.
Let's hear it if you remember!
Added: October 18, 2010


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Steve Batthany
From: East Moriches
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

To Sal Barcia: Good try but your a full block off. First (as a favor to me) are you related to Pete Barcia?
By the time the Itch became a factory where guys would play "fast pitching"and handball the questioned establishments had disappeared. The candy store immediately adjacent to Jerome belonged to Sam Pashkoff and his wife Becky and so much penny candy for sale that you couldn't believe it. Oh, he also had the Daily News and Mirror @a price of $.03.
Several stores west on the south side of the street was Avery's Hardware. It could challenge any Home Depot. I would hang around there and help in the afternoon, but my hardware career came to an abrupt end when I mentioned the flat & round Bastard Files to my mom one evening. Well Tempus fugit and in another 20+ years there will probably be ageodesic dome and a huge depatment store. Seeya!
Added: October 17, 2010


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HARRY FIUMARO
From: SOUTHOLD NY
E-mail: BOHACK@aol.com

Go To http://cinematreasures.org/search/
This will give you the details of most Movie Houses, some like the "Valencia" has pictures.
Added: October 17, 2010


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

to all you richmond hillers,
the jerome movie was called the ITCH.
Added: October 17, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

To Steve Bathany,
Now the Jerome Theatre was before my time, but I have a vague recollection of a building on 113th St and Jerome (101st Ave) that was formerly a movie theatre. That being said, there was a candy store on the north side of 101st Avenue, just east of 111th Street alternately called Chester's or Pops. Right next door (or next store as we pronounced it) was a small grocery market called Stanley's. There was a stationery store on the south side of Jerome on 113th whose name I can't remember. A few doors down from Chester's/Pops between 110th and 109th there was a candy store called George's (I think his wife who worked with him was named Ethel). On the corner of 109th was a candy store called Looie's, also called Cheap Looies, where Looie was a ascerbic little old guy who hated kids. There was a hardware store between 110th and 111th stree called Bermans.
The name candy store has kind of vanished, but stationery stores do exist. Gone though is the wonder to a child of a place stocked high with penny candies in jars on shelves, soda, ice cream, racks stuffed with comic books and magazines, as many as 7 daily papers including morning and after editions (the Long Island Press!!) and a luncheonette counter. It seemed like those who could afford to eat at the counter were wealthy to a kid wo came from a post depression and post WWII family that watched every dime.
Like many kids of the era, I read many comic books cover to cover, and came to know what days the new editions of my favorites would arrive on newstands. Twelve cents for a regular comic book. 25 cents for a thicker annual. I favored the Superman series - Action, Superman, Superboy, Lois Lane, Adventure, Jimmy Olsen - and also read Batman and a few others. I thus favored DC comics over Marvel. By the 60s, there were also Western cowboy comic books, but they were remnants of the 50s that were much less popular. Peruse the comic rack for more than a couple of minutes and you would be reprimanded to buy something. I favored George's to buy my comic books, which I read faithfully from the age of 4 till about 13, when a love of baseball overtook my love of comics. I learned to read mostly from comics at about age 4, asking my mother to help with words i couldn't recognize. My interest in learning to read was driven by comic books.
Drug stores also had comic book racks too. There was a drug store on the corner of 110th (whose name I can't remember), and another on the corner of 108th street owned by a pharmacist named Eichler. I went to grade school with his daughter Helen, who was a brilliant, quiet, but very kind kid. I seem to remember that she became a physician. If true, I'm confident she became a great one.
As a child, I thought these local store owners were wealthy. They seemed to bustle day and night with a cash register going non stop. As a young adult, I came to realize that many of these store owners lived in small, sometimes one room apartments in the back of the stores, a meager existence for certain.
Added: October 16, 2010


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Steve Batthany
From: East Moriches LI
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

To Mike Zaveckas and all who remember the $.09 admission to the Jerom theatre.
#1 Hi! Mioke1 #2 what was the item given to each paying moviegoer for a raffle to obtain free admission to the 2 features 15 cartoons 1 Serial and 1 News real the nxt week?
If that was easy, What was the name of the Candystore on Jerome Ave west of the theatre and of the Hardware store several doors west of the candy store? Now That's Trivia!
You all have a great night tonight watching the Yankees effort in Texas.
Added: October 15, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Columbia, SC
E-mail: marfak01@sc.rr.com

FOR MARILYN MAYER (GAFFNEY)
Thought it easier to talk about RH here. Sorry to hear that 114-11 was being renovated but have to say that the pics I've seen online looked like the place I remember! That would be 1957! Kitchen does need work but then it's historic and we all hate to see that kind of change.
I did send my sister copies of the real estate pics posted online. She graduated HCJ 1954 and went on to Mary Louis Academy then St. Mary's in Notre Dame. The Gaffney () had me thinking it was someone in SC as Gaffney is not too far away. Ha. You did say that you lived down the street, right?
Tell us more about the old house. I can still see my father painting the screens in the winter in the basement. And do you recall the porch being enclosed with screens in the summer? Shoot us an email and I'll try to get some old photos of the house to send online. Bob
Added: October 15, 2010


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Patrick Clark
From: North Carolina
E-mail: Happy2BAlive71@aol.com

I grew up in Richmond Hill in the seventies and eighties.
I remember Liberty Avenue. I lived on 120th street and 101 avenue. Key Food was on 121 Street and 101 Avenue. I remember going there as a kid and bagging groceries for change so I could buy baseball cards.
I remember St. Johns Diner and the poor crippled guy on the corner of Liberty Avenue selling ice cream out of that freezer hooked to a bike.
I miss Richmond Hill but I have all those memories I will never forget.
Added: October 14, 2010


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

Bob Rainis: Last name rhymes "WITH" LOL.
Bob: I'll be coming up between Dec. 1-8. I'll will be in the area, but can't right now pin down a specific date. But your escort will be appreciated. LOL.
I'll list on this site the day I'll be up there. We'll see who really knows RH. LOL. Still can't believe you lived down the block from me on 108th and we never met.
Added: October 14, 2010


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Danny Soldano
From: south ozone park
E-mail: dannysoldano@aol.com

As always your web page takes me to places that were always here but were always overlooked.
The passage of time covers and hides such beauty that once was truly a garden called Queens... I enjoy walks through forest park and the areas adjacent to the park so rich in history it saddens me to see our youths lack of interest in it's history. We must never forget it's gorgeous history or any history for that matter.
Please continue your fabulous work and please keep us informed of future outings.
Added: October 14, 2010


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Jim Matthews
From: New Hampshire
E-mail: bbbjim@mac.com

Does anyone have any further information about a Lynvets Reunion? Google brought me here but I can't seem to find the post about it.
Although I lived in OZ and went to OLPH, Richmond Hill was certainly part of the journey. And of course, there were lots of guys from the Hill that played on the Lynvets.
Having played on the Lynvets Intermediates and Juniors, (circa 1961-65) I was lucky enough to continue on to play for Coach Larry Kelly at Manhattan College. Then another season after collgege with the Seniors.
I suspect this may have been posted here previously so excuse the redundancy but for those interested in some wonderful stories about the Lynvets, Pop Warner Football, Coach Kelly, and locations surrounding Richmond Hill, read Timburg's "State of Grace"... a great read. Again, any info about a Lynvet reunion is appreciated.
Added: October 13, 2010


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Frank Biscay
From: Iselin, NJ
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com

For Barbara Benom... try lirrhistory.com.
I'm sure that history website will answer your questions, good luck.
Added: October 11, 2010


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bob rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

St Paul's Lutheran Church- 114th St was finally sold to an AG congregation.
Yeah, I missed the HCJ re-union, shame on me. When i saw Tony Peretta's listing of '67 attendees, well i kicked myself in the butt. Still in the neighborhood, now weekly bringing an elderly lady to church in the Bronx, she was a fmr member of st Paul's and st John's, well it ain't st Paul's.
I was up at the park the first day of Fall waiting for a certain transplant from Florida looking for an escort... LOL LOL
Added: October 11, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Bibi Ashraf
From: FL
E-mail: bibi@thebestprogram.net
great to find old friends Cindy and Angelica.
Added: October 11, 2010

Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Quinn Benom
From: California
E-mail: berkeleyrelic@interverse.com
Does anybody know about what year the trains that ran along Atlantic Avenue from Woodhaven towards Jamaica, went underground?
I remember seeing them in about 1945 outside my window on Atlantic, but somewhere along the line they were built underground.
I think it was about 1947 but I'm not sure. Anybody know?
Added: October 10, 2010

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john trainor
From: suffolk co, ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com
A few recent comments really struck a chord.
Hugo's Ice Cream Parlor, we used to almost own the back booth there, crowding six or eight of us in with occasional spill over to an adjacent both. As long as we were not too noisy Hugo would leave us alone.
St John's Restaurant, yes, I and friends would stop in there at 3:00 or 4:00 for a full meal after much liquid "refreshment". The corner of Liberty & Lefferts, almost our home, just talking about anything, sharing friendships we didn't fully appreciate in our youth but that our precious to me now. And when a little younger, the streets were our athletic fields, though there were trips to Smokey Park.
If I may just drop a few names; Tony Aniano, Mike Ippolito, Billy Bayer, Diane Dietz, Billy Lellig & Pete Karp. Thanks.
Added: October 9, 2010

Submitted by Comments:
Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mail:

To Sal, I remember those days all so well.
As we played in the school yard or up at the pond each of us picking a team remmbering the linups and batting in the same order and lefty or righty depending on who was to bat. God your message really brings back the good old days of being free and easy and good old summer time.
Yes and our own ground rules. Short right field fences were automatic outs, longer drives of the fences in left or right center were doubles, with telephone poles used as markers. Mom looking for her broom that little did she know was in the school yard with no broom on the end any more.
Enjoy the World Series - GO YANKEESSS
Added: October 8, 2010


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

To Dan Zaveckas,
You old guys remember the turn-out gear of old. But you had a somewhat better gear. I see you're still a Longggislander. I'm now in Williamsburg, Va. Hope all is well with the family.
I vaguely remember when we lived across from each other on 97th Ave. betw. 133 & 134th Sts. Our wives would sometimes push the baby around together. That baby is now 43 with 5 children of his own and a Lt. Col. in the USMCR. His brother is 40 with the same rank.
Stay in touch. Art
Added: October 8, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Im saddened by the post that St. John's is now a Indian/south American rest.
St John's was my pit stop for Veal parmagian and a side order of spaghetti at 4 am on sat or sun mornings as I NAVIGATED home from Al's Stereo.
Added: October 7, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

As I watch the MLB playoffs, I'm reminded that for us in Richmond Hill, most of our ballgames were played on asphalt and concrete in schoolyards, and in the streets.
Sewer plates were used for home and second, and car door handles for 1st and 3rd. The tiny schoolyards had their own ground rules. Short right field fences were automatic outs, longer drives of the fences in left or right center were doubles, with telephone poles used as markers. Clinchers would quickly get scuffed and worn, soft and light. We'd play with them until their covers tore off and their lives ended as a mound of string.
With all World Series games played in the daytime in those days, few of us stayed home glued to black and white tv sets. For the lucky few, we'd be out playing some form of ball ourselves (stickball, softball, or something) and have transistor radios, which seemed like an amazing invention. Imagine that - a radio that didn't need to be tethered to an electric outlet.
We'd emulate the World Series teams in stickball games, mimicking a particular batter's stance, or pitchers windup. It was a great way not to get too upset as the days grew cooler and shorter as the leaves turned ablaze.
Added: October 7, 2010


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Frank Biscay
From: Iselin, NJ
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com

To Christina:
The Ice Cream Parlor you refer to was "Hugo's" which was located between a candy store on the corner and St. Johns Retaurant on the other side. Hugo's later became an OTB parlor.
The St John's was an Indian/South American restaurant the last time I was in the neighborhood (7 years ago).
Added: October 7, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Dan Zaveckas
From: Massapequa
E-mail:

To Barbara about what firemen wore in 1947:
They had black raincoats (no reflective yellow stripes yet-came later in the late 50's). And the firetrucks were bright RED.
Grew up on 112th bet. Jerome and 95th Av. Remember when the Jerome Movie was .09 for kids and a quarter for adults. First date with my future wife was a movie at the RKO Kieths followed by a sundae in Jahns nextdoor.
Added: October 4, 2010


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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com

We ought to have a reunion of people who lived in R.H. and who are now living in South Florida.
I liked the comments that Mike P. made about the neighborhood. "You can take the girl out of Richmond Hill, but you can't take the Richmond Hill out of the girl".
I have so many wonderful memories about the people, the shops, the schools, the parks, the movies, and the events of my childhood there. Who wouldn't want to relive those carefree days? We felt safe and secure in our little town/world. People got along well, and worked together. I guess everyone has the same "warm and fuzzy feeling" when they think of their hometown.
The world is everchanging, and as a result, we must "go with the flow", and except the fact that our R.H. does not exist any more... however, it does exist in our hearts. Those precious memories can never be taken from us.
Added: October 3, 2010


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Mike Palladino
From: Palm Beach County, Fl.
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net

It amazes me to see how many Richmond Hill people have moved to south florida.
I was reading how many people were lamenting the changes of the neighborhood. Its sad but is it the change in the area they lament, or the loss of their youth. Some of my fondest memories were of smokey park... or shopping with my mom on liberty ave. One change that has occured that I'm happy about is the change in me that has occured with age and maturity. I thank GOD for that. We were blessed to be born in the time we were.
This site shows me that most of us have matured into productive citizens who remember their youth with fond memories, not bitter about what has changed. We don't need negative comments...
Added: October 3, 2010


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CHRISTINA CRAVEN LAWS
From: Chesapeake, Virginia
E-mail: claws323@gmail.com

Hi, lived in Ozone Park, but we shopped in Richmond Hill.
Looking at the intersection of Lefferts and Liberty, I recall an ice cream parlor not far from the corner. It would have been katty corner to the the street where Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home was located.
I've been trying to locate Steve Mistretta. Anyone know?
Added: October 3, 2010


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Barbara Quinn Benom
From: California
E-mail: berkeleyrelic@interverse.com

I'm writing a memoir and my current chapter is about a fire we had at our home in Richmond Hill in 1947.
I'm wondering if anybody knows what color the firemen's jackets were in those days and also what color the fire trucks were at that time. I want to make it as realistic as possible and, obviously, don't remember since I was only seven years old.
Added: September 30, 2010


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Kathryn Zabrocki Strode
From: Gilmanton, NH
E-mail: rocki35@metrocast.net

Does anyone have any information about the Coulter Family?
Ann was my classmate at HCJS. We graduated in 1966.
Added: September 28, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Aurelia Santolla Kieffer
From: Midland, Texas
E-mail: Fkief55224@aol.com

I hated missing the 100th anniversary of HCJ.
Love reading all the comments.
Added: September 26, 2010


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

God Bless Sr Margaret Theresa my 2nd grade class teacher.
She looked fabulous that night at the HCJ Reunion!
Added: September 24, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

To Robert Sheridan: Yes the party was a real blast.
Save the Date: Saturday, January 8, 2011. The HCJ Gala Event Party will conclude the 100 Year Anniversary 1910-2010.
In an earlier post, both you and John Celauro mentioned how you knew the Dirienzo Family. I was also friends with them and I am happy to say that Tracy Dirienzo recognized me at the Reunion Party.
She told me all her sisters are doing really well and while we were talking a younger woman came over and I was introduced to her. It was "little" Tracy's daughter who is now 20 years old. Her daughter's name is Stefanie in memory of her sister.
Robert, I don't think we ever met, but I do recall your family name as good friends with Mrs. D. and the family.
Added: September 23, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

Regret missing the HCJ gathering but enjoying it 'virtually' through comments being posted.
Pensey Pinky or Spalding? (I recall them at .25 - bought one for my daughter the other day @ 2.00!)
Added: September 23, 2010


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Joseph Hill
From: Springfield, MO
E-mail: k0ivk@k0ivk.com

Thanks for the website.
I was searching for information about the old Grebe Radio Factory. I found where the plaque was placed on the building in 2004. I saw where it was part of the Jamica Hospital Medical Center.
On another site where the building was mentioned it said 1922-2009. Does anyone know if it is still standing?
Added: September 21, 2010


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Bob Watts
From: Morgan Hill, CA
E-mail: wattr2@verizon.net

Lived in RH & WH for 18years. Graduated HCJ 1955, attended RHHS until 1958. Did 4 years in the USAF.
After discharge I married and stayed in California. Have resided in the bay area for 48 years but I sure miss the good old neighborhood. Glenn's after a visit out to Hofstra college. Jahn's or Corde's after a special date. A slice at Connie's (aka Jimmie's). A cone at Carvell's or some clams out at Cross Bay.
I see a lot of names going across and wonder if these are the same kids or their kids that I grew up with. My travels would take me far and wide in the city. Jamaica, Ozone Park, Cypress Hills, East New York, Woodhaven, "Irish Town" Rockaway, Lower Manhattan.
I don't get home as much as I used to but most of the NY family have passed on. The cousins are spread all over the US. The man who mentioned the Schaefer Family, they were my grand parents and Aunts and Uncles, all have passed. Would like to hear from anybody I went to school with, dated or hung out with.
Added: September 21, 2010


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

Next year, 2011 will be the fiftieth anniversary, for those of us who are 1961 alumni of RHHS.
If anyone hears of a reunion please submit to this website. Thanks, would love to see y'all again.
Added: September 21, 2010


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Anthony (Tony) Peretta
From: Massapequa, NY
E-mail: tperetta@gmail.com

HCJ- reunion/100 Yr. Celebration 9.18.10, class of '67--
It was an incredible and great time shared with so many old friends and wonderful memories. Thank you to all who put this event together. It was an outstanding accomplishment and everything was great.
The classrooms, the church, and especially the Mass brought me back to a wonderful time in my life and it was a night I will always remember.
I am still very close with Bill Heaney, Tom Osborn, Kevin Heaney, and Mark Rollins, but to see again and talk with Vinny Pinto, Leo Dooley, Mike and Tommy Manzo, Johnny McDonough, Jimmy McGuinnes, Lou D'Stefano, Johnny Penner, Andy Shea, Joe Sorice, Betsy Delaney, Marie Manzo, Susan Ryder, Andrea and Joy Stocker, and so many others was just great and like old times.
Added: September 21, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

John Devine email address corrected!
When placing John's comment into the Guestbook yesterday, I incorrectly placed two @ signs in his email address which is now corrected.
For those who tried to email John and got an error, please try again.
Added: September 21, 2010


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John Devine
From: Farmingdale, NY
E-mail: jobet45@optonline.net

Attended Holy Child Jesus reunion on Sat.
My hat goes off to all those who organized this event. It was very well done. Having worked in the old nabe for 25 yrs. First at Glenn's and 20 yrs at Regents Row I got to see many people I hadn't seen in yrs.
The school looked magnificent and walking into the gym brought back many fond memories.
Added: September 20, 2010


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

To Laurie Feliciano, where do you live in the Poconos?
I have been here, an old member of Adams, and P.S. 121, and it seems I run into more people from Queens, than native of Pa. That is after 30 yrs. of living here.
It has changed here, too many people, stores, etc., but everywhere is different now. I liked country living, which I did have in R.H. with a chicken coop in my backyard as a kid, and could hear a rooster (not ours) crow every morning from Libertay Ave. around 132 St. or so.
Those were wonderful times but time marches on and far better than the alternative. This note is for Betty Akus's daughter, please give Betty a wish from me for a happy birthday on the 27th. and I do hope to hear from her. God bless, Ginny Kopp
Added: September 20, 2010


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello Friends! I was just looking at the site again. How nice that Holy Child had a reunion. I'm sure a great time was had by all.
To Jim: I graduated from St Theresa's in 1964 and then I went to John Adams for 4 years and graduated in 1968. I moved out of Richmond Hill in 1971 when I got married and moved to Ridgewood in Queens which wasn't that far away. I have a few years on you I see.
We have all good memories of Richmond Hill and our old alma maters. Regards Mary
Added: September 20, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Dennis, left about 11:45 PM, had a long trip back to the jersey shore, but I was so impressed with the school and church and the people who put this all together.
It was a special monment in time that will mostly likey never happen again, so many people, they said it was 800, then I heard a thousand, who knows, but the best part was everyone knew your name.
It started when a man tapped me on the shoulder in the school yard, and said hello billy, it was the bartender from glenns, john devin class of 57, my God he looked the same.
I knew it was going to be a special day, and my classmates just kept showing up, most like me decided to make the trip the day before... lol... and it was amazing to go to church and see the place packed and three deep along the sides.
When Father Colamaria stood out there in front of us I know he was so impressed with the crowd, more like overwhelmed, it was truly amazing to see that many people who just showed up because they came from the greatest neighborhood that there was and it showed that so many people really cared about richmond hill.
It was special for sure, yes Dennis I missed you by about 10 minutes, I was with all my classmates and my brother stayed till the end, he had a driver to drive him home at least.
I was so impressed with the school it was so clean and it was just like I left it... amazing, they did a great job with that place, my hat goes off to all that worked on this anniversary... great job... would love to do it one more time... Bill
Added: September 20, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

Holy Child Jesus Church 100 Year Anniversary Party:
I am so happy to say that I was able to attend the Party. However I did not arrive until 10:45 PM. Inspite of that, the Party was still in full-swing when I arrived (it went until 2 AM). The Holy Child Jesus Schoolyard was packed with people. It was truly a sight to behold.
Soon after arriving, I began to recognize many familiar faces from long ago. Maybe the hair was thinner or grayer here or there, but all-in-all everyone was in top form after so many years.
It is nothing short of a miracle to see so many of your friends from your childhood over 40 years later partying together and sharing good energy throughout the night.
Bill Heaney: I am so sorry I missed you. I was able to speak with your brother Kevin and expressed my big hello to you. I may have missed you by a half-hour or so. We will have to figure out something another time.
Huge thanks to Regina, Marie, Ivan, Laura, Mary, and so many others who volunteered their time and energy who made this a wonderful and memorable event.
Also to Brian Gray for shooting off the loudest fireworks I ever heard. And especially to all my friends who came up to me with a warm hello who recognized me after so many years.
This was a once in a lifetime event. Congratulations Holy Child Jesus Parish!
Added: September 19, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
geraldine grasso
From: centereach ny 11720
E-mail: gerig10@aol.com

I found this website by accident.
My mother Beatrice Walczyk nee Petrucci grew up in Richmond Hill and went to John Adams High School. My dad Walter Walczyk, who lived in Jamaica on Liverpool St. also went to John Adams.
Both my parents maintained friendships with their childhool friends. Something to be envied for sure. Florence Petrucci and Lawrence Petrucci are my aunt and uncle.
Over the years I have heard great stories about the good old days and Richmond Hill. Geri Grasso
Added: September 19, 2010


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Theresa Boyce Jenkins Curry
From: ohio
E-mail: Theresacurry@att.net

I had really good memories of r.h.
some make me feel sad as I had a mother with mental illnes and really didn't understand what was going on in her life. but going to jahns for ice cream and going to the keiths to watch flipper will stay in my thoughts 4 ever.
I took 2 buses to work and 2 buses to come home. loved going to jamaica with my grandmother. Got my first bra at Gertz.
went home last sept. and I cried the first day I was there. The only nice thing left is Alfie's. Had to go to the police station and no horses, just a bunch of cars with no place to park.
most of richmond hill has changed, the people are different but keeping my memories are priceless.
Added: September 16, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Hey Dennis,
just talked to Reginia and she told me theres over 800 people coming, and I could pay at the door... will be coming anyway, spoke to johnny mcdough today and hes coming as well...
seems alot of people like myself had to wait and see... its going to be a great day... hope to see you there... Bill
Added: September 15, 2010


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John Parenti
From: Mastic, NY
E-mail: jjaypare1@optonline.net

Mention was made of Phil Rizzuto playing ball for RHS...
I wonder how many remember when he and Eddie Yost (Washington Senators) taught gym during the off season at PS 121 (I believe it was 1950). I remember him giving me pointers on the chin up bar, as well as teaching me how to run the 100 yard dash.
Those were the days when ball players weren't making the millions they now make, and used the off season to supplement their income.
Added: September 15, 2010


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Helen Akus Eagleston
From: Marbletown, New York
E-mail: novagirl@hvc.rr.com

For Ginger Kopp:
How nice to hear from you! I do remember you from the scouting events so long ago.
My Mom, Betty, is doing well and will be 80 on September 27. My Dad, Eddie, passed away in 1983. Mom lives up in West Hurley, Ulster County, NY now and was thrilled when I called her to tell her about your message. She remembers you with great affection and it really made her day.
If you would like, please contact me directly via email. Take care.
Added: September 14, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

Holy Child Jesus Church 100 Year Anniversay Updates:

Although the Dinner on Saturday, September 18th has been sold out (over 600 people) there is a possibility that tickets may become available if some cancel or can not attend. But there are no guarantees. This would require being there before 6:00 PM to take a chance that your year has an opening.

Agenda:
All invited to following events except the Dinner is for Ticket Holders.

Starts 2:00 - 2:30 PM mingle outside (also ticket holders registration)

3:00-3:30 PM Garden Memorial (Respecting Deceased Alumni)
3:30-5:00 PM Tour the school and grounds, Meet Faculty Old and New
5:00-6:00 PM Mass will be held in the Church
6:00-10:00 PM Alumni Dinner in Auditorium ($55 Ticket holders only)

After 10PM Doors open for extended party (no tickets required)
10PM-1AM Cash bar outside w/Music

Although the Dinner is for Alumni of Holy Child Jesus School, many friends as well will be attending from the neighborhood.

The Dance which was scheduled for Saturday, September 25th has been cancelled and has been changed to January 8, 2011 as a Gala Event which will be the ending of the Centennial Year Celebration of 1910-2010. More details To Be Announced for this event.
Added: September 14, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Andy Brislin
From: Fort Mill SC
E-mail: wppss123@aol.com

Class of '60
If anyone remembers me please let me know if you are going to the reunion. I only attended RHHS 59-60. Graduated 1960.
Helen Fabel are you going?
Added: September 13, 2010


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

Rich Ohle,
The Holy Child Alumni 100th Anniversary Dinner this Saturday the 18th required pre registration for the event.
The RSVP date was sometime last month.
Added: September 12, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Pacholder (nee Messina)
From: Houston, TX
E-mail:

I graduated from John Adams High School in 1960 and lived on 123rd St. between Liberty Ave and 107 Ave.
I have wonderful memories of living in Richmond Hill.
Added: September 12, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Richard Ohle
From: Los Angeles
E-mail: Richard@RBKKinspects.com

Can anyone provide more information about these functions:
All Year Comeback Reunion! - Holy Child Jesus School - Saturday, September 18, and 100th Year Celebration Dance - Saturday, September 25.
Added: September 12, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Mary Johnson,
You mentioned St Theresa's. When did you go there? I graduated in '69.
Added: September 11, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Hey Larry,
I've sat here and shook the cobwebs loose for some names. Sister Agnes was principal then Sister Helen. I was in 8th grade when Father Smith died and we acted as ushers at the doors. I remember Father Schuck, he was pretty good. Remember the softball league in the schoolyard and handball games in the pit.
Some people I remember in my class, Maryann Geary, Diane Zuber, Michelle Messsina, Tom and Stave Zido. The McGowens, Jimmy, Johnny, and Tommy. Raffanello's. Dan Armagno and Gary Carpenter. How about little league at Lincoln park. I think it was Lincoln park.
Will shake more cobwebs loose soon.
Added: September 11, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Wood
From: Irmo, South Carolina
E-mail:

To: Anthony Palmisano
Not sure of the timeframe with Sister Francis Agnes but maybe you recall Sister Saint Luke, Sister Mary Fontbaum. Long time ago but I was more than a problem for these good nuns! And let us not forget the "spanking machine" in the office across from the principal!!!
Funny memories.
Added: September 11, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hi Larry!
I'm glad you have some good memories of Richmond Hill and St Theresa of Avila school. I think my Mom knew your Mom from the neighborhood; you know, shopping and all. I don't remember your Mom's name but I kind of remember her face.
I was only a child too and it is long ago. My Mom was Mary Micka. She passed away about 3 years ago at the age of 85 sorry to say. My Dad passed in 1997.
But those were the days in St Theresa's and in the old neighborhood. Nice to hear from you. Have a nice day! Regards Mary
Added: September 10, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Richie Schmidt
From: Boynton Beach Fl
E-mail: trscreative@aol.com

Hey Ru, nice to hear from you here on the RHHS guest book.
I too played in the Rich-Haven Little League during those same years. The "Robins" if I remember correctly. We had the pitching and won two titles.
Oh and by the way, south siders rule!
Added: September 10, 2010


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Laurie Feliciano (Harris)
From: Poconos PA
E-mail:

To Richie S.:
That's certainly the truth that everyone knew everyone and being 2 doors down from the "Milk Farm" we knew everyone who walked to "Smokey Park". Our dog Shane used to sit out on the stoop and everyone would stop to pet him.
I believe you were friends with my younger brother or sister. Some of the other names you had mentioned I remember also.
It's been a long time but I do treasure my RH days.
Added: September 10, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

Great post about Bill's Bicycle shop on Liberty.
After a few months working a part time job at the A&P on 104th and Liberty, I saved enough money to buy a Schwinn Varsity 10 speed bike at Bills. It was sold at a fair trade price of about $105. It opened up my world as I biked to the beach, Worlds Fair grounds, and even to Long Island. I had it until a few years ago when I moved.
When my kids got their first bikes, a fleeting thought was to return to Richmond Hill and Bills (if it were even still there). Instead we went to the Mineola Bike shop on Jericho. It felt vaguely familiar, but I didn't know why until now.
Thanks to the poster who alerted me that the shop was owned by Bill's son. In a small way it connected the dots.
Added: September 10, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Richie Schmidt
From: Boynton Beach Fl
E-mail: trscreative@aol.com

To Laurie F. -
Yes, you are correct. My brother Randy lives in Brooklyn today. Our house on 123rd btwn Atlantic & 95 Ave. was ours for over 3 generations.
Your name strikes familiar to me too, but I must confess that my recollection of names from the past is not as good as when we lived there.
Back then we knew everybody, every home, every crack in the sidewalk. I'd never wish for a different time and place to grow up.
Added: September 9, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Rudolph
From: Levittown, N.Y. (but ALWAYS R.HILL!)
E-mail: Drrudy411@aol.com

Richmond Hill, born & raised... and quite frankly, DAMN proud of it, as I KNOW most of you are... familiar with MOST of those of you who have previously posted on this site.
If you don't know me, there's always a good chance that you knew one of my siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. I, myself, went to H.C.J. and graduated in 1972... and will be proudly attending the reunion along with a bunch of family members.
An escort around R.Hill???? Although I'd be ably qualified to serve in this capacity, don't think the need is really there, security-wise. After all, we were told that Richmond Hill was "changing" since our early years and in truth, as it might not be as it once was, it still is the same in our memories, as my friend Rich Scmidt, so eloquently stated (even though he was from the "other" side of R.H... jk)!
A few random thoughts:
Diners... They were all good! The Triangle Diner (Myrtle Ave & Jamaica Ave.), The Club Diner on Atlantic Ave. (111-112 Sts.) where my friend, Frankie Schipp's father worked the midnight shift. We always had to be quiet in his house during the day while his dad slept. Has expanded over the years, but was always good for those after-hour, drunken meals back in the good ol' days ! And of course St. John's on Liberty Ave, 118 St. - Lefferts Blvd.
Pizza... was always partial to Steve's on 111th St. & Jamaica Ave., although Alfie's, across the street from Jahn's (No Address Necessary) was also top shelf. And again, for the after-hours crowd... Dani's, across from Regents' Row (again, no address necessary!) was ALWAYS a late night and worthy option.
Rich-Haven Baseball... played for them for 3-4 years (late 60's-early 70's)... Twin Fields, where we played most of our games, was located across from the Forest Park Bandshell, down in that ravine on Freedom Drive (also sufficed quite well for sledding in the winter!)
Played on the Indians with George Cassata as manager (with his son, George, as well) and the Twins another year along with Kenny & Butchie Greco...
Angelo the Pretzel Man... at H.C.J. Schoolyard during lunch recess... Sold those big soft pretzels for 15 cents, but would break it in half and sell half of it to you for 10 cents!!!
South Queens Boys Club... went there, almost religiously, along with my brothers & cousins, for almost every day from the ages of 7-18, made countless friends who are still counted amongst those to this day!
I could carry on for awhile, but you get the idea... All GREAT memories... to us native R.H. folks!
Added: September 9, 2010


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

Hi, I was wondering if anyone remembers a nun from Holy Child Jesus named Sister Francis Agnes?
She was my Religious Instructions teacher when I was in first grade. Thanks, Anthony
Added: September 9, 2010


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Larry Lutzak
From: Bellerose, Queens, NY
E-mail: wa2cnv@yahoo.com

Hi Jim -
My sister, Ellen, had "Tank" - I dodged that bullet.
From St. Teresa's - Father Shuck; Sister St. Hillary; Sister Agnes Florita; Mrs. Ruth Sinnott (I was in her 2nd grade class); Sister Laurina (principal when I was there); Mrs. McGlean (her son, Barry, was my classmate); Sister Marguerite (I was in her 7th grade class); Sister Alice Marion.
Classmates: Charlie Probst; Dennis Haynes; Gary Stevenson; John Munnelly; John Trudden (one of his brothers, Michael, was my classmate); Helen Huber; Dawn Cardi; Georgiana Xerchaikis; Anna Chilemi; Clare Holmes; Mary O'Connor; Sally Sullivan; JoAnne DeCico.
I'll have more by the weekend. (This is a riot - I came up with all of these names off of the top of my head!)
Added: September 8, 2010


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Laurie Feliciano (Harris)
From: Pocono's PA
E-mail:

I posted earlier today (not on here yet) how much I enjoy reading memories of RH. Recognize many names.
Some from my days at Smokey Park and being #7 of 9 children, I also recognize names from my brothers and sisters age group. Richie Schmidt sounds familiar to me. Brother Randy?
Anyway, it always put a smile on my face when I read the postings and have many great memories too. Used the vpike website and saw my old house, Looks nice still. 124-13 95th ave. Family home from 1943-1995. Regards to all.
Added: September 8, 2010


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

Frank, and everone else.
Kitty Esposito passed away early yesterday morning. we are gathering in Florida tomorrow to sort through things and make the arrangements. oh, Frank, Mom remembered you fondly. Jonn
Added: September 8, 2010


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Richie Schmidt
From: Boynton Beach FL
E-mail: trscreative@aol.com

Smokey Park will always be "Smokey Park" to me. Or "Smokey Oval" if you want to get technical.
I found it unfortunate that the present Hillers, due to a belief that "smokey" was a derrogatory term, would initiate the name change (no knock on Phil Rizzuto). So many years of being "Smokey" should count for something, but I guess it's just another sign that nothing lasts forever and change is inevitable.
As far back as my parents generation, and probably further, sports and playground leisure of all kinds, including swinging on the flag pole rope from one side of the parkhouse to the other were regular activities. My dad pitched for the RH Saxons there. I spent so much time and made long time friends there who I'm still in close touch with. For sometime now, my mom, a writer, has been soliciting stories to compile as a book of "memories of Smokey Park". With all the many generations of Hillers who were there, it would certainly be an interesting read.
If anyone wants to contribute, you can contact me. I've tried to contribute a few stories, but found myself censoring the best parts (Mom still believes I was a good kid). Some say the park is located btwn 125 & 127 Sts, and while that's physically true, to me, it's located in the memories of those who grew up there.
Added: September 8, 2010


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andy shea
From: Hartsdale NY
E-mail: sheamerc90@aol.com

Good to hear from you Dennis...
Salty Parker was a baseball player, I believe... Kevin still goes by that... I'll have to ask him about the Louie Pante connection.
Looking forward to seeing Bill Heaney and Rob Ranis at the HCJ reunion and hopfully many more... it's been along, long time.
Added: September 8, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Larry Lutzak,
I lived over Bill's bycycle shop at 125th & liberty ave. til '77. I also went to Saint Theresa's. I think I remember your sister Linda, as I graduated in '69. I hung out with all the McCabes brothers Terry, Frank, Tim, Brian, I think there were more, but can't think of the names.
If you went there you must remember Sister Teresa Margarite AKA Tank. I saw stars many times after she was done. And Sister Lewis' metal ruler.
Refresh my memory of anyone else from there.
Added: September 8, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

To All:
looks like I will be making the trip up to the hill on the 18th, was waiting for my son to tell me the date of his daughters christing...
so andy shea and bobby raines will be seeing you there... talk to tony perretta as well and my brother kevin... hope to see a few old friends on the 18th...
Added: September 7, 2010


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

For real, Smokey Park was and is located between 125th St. & 127th St. on 95th Ave. & Atlantic Ave.
Added: September 7, 2010


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Bill Carr
From: Riverdale MD
E-mail: wcarr@greenheron.net

There are many more comments here than there were the last time I visited!
I noted there's now a book on Maple Grove. The Marist Brothers at Molloy used to use Maple Grove as a peaceful place to walk while saying their prayers. Some of us kids from the Kew Gardens Road area used to use it for less pious reasons.
Best to anyone who takes the time to post a memory here.
Added: September 7, 2010


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

Mark Young:
Is that why you live in Jersey? LOL. Mark, we all love The Hill, so chill out my man.
Added: September 7, 2010


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

Glad some of you see the humor (like me) in my bodyguard quest.
I will be there this fall, if anyone wants to escort me around I'll be up the park on a date I'll publish on this site.
But really, just sitting up at the park talking about the Hill would be great. If the Hill makes that "comeback" some of you speak of, I'll be the first to return. "GO JETS".
Added: September 7, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

This is the article regarding the renaming of Smokey Park: http://tinyurl.com/255whmr
I am not certain if Rizzuto attended Richmond Hill HS for all 4 years or if he played baseball all 4 years. About 20 years ago, I met Phil at a baseball card show in my hometown where he was signing autographs. His personality was a carbon copy of his on-air personna and he initiated conversations with the long line of autograph seekers.
I asked him where in Richmond Hill he lived, and he replied that he never lived in Richmond Hill, but went to school there because Franklin K. Lane didn't have a baseball team in those days.
One other interesting note on Phil Rizzuto, from his NY Times obituary:
As for his trademark expression "Holy cow," he said he adopted it in high school at his baseball coach's suggestion, to replace profanity.
So, not only did Richmond Hill spawn the greatest public address announcer in the history or U.S. sports, but arguably the most famous phrase in Yankee history.
As Mel Allen would say, "How about that?"
Added: September 7, 2010


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com

To Jim Burke,
Nice job remembering the low backyard fences and gates in the garageless alleyways of many homes. As a small child I remember that our next door neighbor, a kind, elderly spinster named Tootsie Ryan, often surprised us by tapping on our kitchen window or screen to announce that she had made Rice Krispie treats or some other baked goods for us kids. My mother never forgot those small kindnesses (nor did I).
Years later when Tootsie was confined to living in a nursing home in Brooklyn, I never minded the treks via public transportation to accompany my Mom to visit Tootsie.
Added: September 6, 2010


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mark w young
From: Brick N.J.
E-mail:cocozak1@aol.com

to all Hillites:
A sorry day for all of us. Smokey Park is no longer called smokey park it is now called Phil Rizzuto Park out of respect for Phil he did go to school at RHHS as a student.
Now Paul La Vecchica can take his friends on a tour to the bad side of Richmond Hill and take a map to find 124th st because the park is not on 124th st. its between 125th and 127th to be precise. PS: dont forget your bodyguards Paul.
Added: September 6, 2010


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Bob Rainis
From: LINY
E-mail:

Paul, the dodgerman, so you'll be hangin by the soldier one nite this fall... I had to search a bit to find why u riled my brother Dan. He stayed, we didn't.
Can't argue with your assesment myself, but Dan is very proud of his community and it shows.
To Andy Shea, looks like I'll be stoppin bye HCJ on the 18th. Never knew the Ohle's lived anywhere but 113th st. Me, I hung with John Ohle who married Marie Travis from city-line.
Paul, I can't spell hyph-nated. Ra-Inis... nope LOL LOL
Added: September 6, 2010


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Vinny Avellino
From: Brick N.J.
E-mail: vfa114@comcast.net

Paul La Vecchia - will be glad to escort you and your wife around R.H. for a Slight Fee... lol.. lol...
let me know when... vinny
Added: September 6, 2010


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Larry Lutzak
From: Bellerose, Queens, NY
E-mail: wa2cnv@yahoo.com

In looking up information for our family tree, in particular my "Uncle Vinnie" the late Vincent P. McCormack of Ozone Park (and OLPH), I came across the website.
I have been here for two hours and it's 2AM, Labor Day. This site is truly a "labor of love" and I'm so glad I stumbled upon it! Sooo many memories viewed which stirred hundreds for me. I and my family grew up at first home, an apartment on 118th Street near Jamaica Avenue, then moved to our house at 105-76 130th Street, "South" Richmond Hill, NY 11419, between 1954 and 1972.
I would love to share so many of my own memories with all of you - I just need to get some rest! I'll leave you all with several memories of my own: Karp's soda fountain on Liberty Avenue between 122nd St and Lefferts Blvd (right near Crone's bakery, my Mom's close "second favorite" to Gebhardt's on Jamaica Avenue) and Bill's Cycle shop on Liberty Avenue about 126th Street, when they started it in the back of the appliance store. Bill (the son) later opened up a store in Mineola on Jericho Turnpike - sadly he passed away about 4-5 years ago.
All four of us - me, my sister Ellen, brother Phillip, and sister Linda all attended St Teresa of Avila (graduated June 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969) and we knew the McCabes, Father Raymond Smith, and all those priests (thanks, Mary Johnson!). Best wishes, all.
Added: September 6, 2010


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

In the '40s & '50s, houses on 129th St south of Liberty had low fences between backyards, with gates, to facilitate casual neighborliness.
As tots, my sisters and I would ring doorbells and announce to old ladies "We came to visit". Cookies and drinks would ensue.
Added: September 5, 2010


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Frank Biscay
From: Iselin, NJ
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com

To John Mulry...
will keep your mom, Kitty, in my prayers as I knew her well. She served me my first legal drink (rum & coke) on my 18th birthday in September 1960 after checking my brand new draft card.
She was a real nice bar person, ciao, Frank.
Added: September 4, 2010


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William "Will" Bremmer
From: South Brunswick, NJ
E-mail:

Thank you all!
I truly appreciate all the comments and information regarding the horse stables in Forest Park.
I look forward to going to Dixie Dew with my granddaughter.
Added: September 4, 2010


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

John Mulry:
My wife and I want to extend our hopes and prayers for your mom. When our parents (the greatest generation) leave us, its with the memory of how they brought us up to be how we are today. (pretty good). They gave us so much back then.
Added: September 4, 2010


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Paul Landsperg
From: Walnut California
E-mail: carolynpaul@verizon.net

I can't think of the last time I checked in on Richmond Hill.
I know that it has changed so much, most all are gone. I know most of my family is no longer in the area.
Peter might be still trapped in Ozone Park but I would think he just fell off the end of the family tree.
Added: September 4, 2010


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

hello, haven't lived in God's country since 1962, when at age ten, I was dragged out. can never get it out of my blood.
on a serious note: for all those who remember the C&F Bar&Grill at 111-11 Liberty Ave. and my folks Kitty and Frank Esposito who ran the place from 1958-63, there is not too good news.
my mother is being moved into hospice in Florida (God knows I wish it were on the Island, instead, where her family, outside of me lives) she has a perforated bowel and due to heart condition, cannot be operated on.
please remember my Mom in your prayers at Mass, Liturgy, Shul, or service. that she may be comfortable in her final days and that she may be reconciled with God. thanx. Jonn
Added: September 3, 2010


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

Mike Romano:
I'll be up in NY this fall. My wife and I will certainly be touring the Hill. If ANYONE wants to ESCORT us for safety reasons let me know on this site and I'll gladly meet you up at the park (Soldier). (LOL)
Mike it would be great to meet you also. CIAO. I'll post the dates this fall, or sooner.
Dennis Doyle:
If you like I can contact you when I'm coming and meet you too.
Added: September 3, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org

To Will Bremmer:
The horse stables at Forest Park still operate.
Dixie Dew Stables, 88-11 70th Rd, Forest Hills, NY 11375, 718-263-3500. Lynn's Riding School, 88-03 70th Rd, Forest Hills, NY 11375, 718-261-7679.
Enjoy the ride!
Added: September 2, 2010


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Gail Dawson
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

We are all very passionate about our home, Richmond Hill. Past, present, and future!
Added: September 2, 2010


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Mike Romano
From: USA
E-mail:

Paul La Vecchia,
I'm from a different branch of the Romano family tree, but like you, know just about every corner of Richmond Hill, and still have very fond memories of the place.
This website is a great place to connect with people like yourself, who share those memories, and treasure the past, and "tell it like it is"!... so, from one hyphenated-American to another, "Saluti, e buona fortuna"!
Added: September 2, 2010


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Shannon Cameron
From: Kennesaw, Georgia
E-mail: smc5924@students.kennesaw.edu

I am working on a research project that centers around Joan Newton Cuneo.
I believe that she was a resident of Richmond Hill at some point in her life but have not been able to narrow anything concise down. I am hoping that I can garner some assistance.
Added: September 1, 2010


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mary johnson
From: Long Branch NJ
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Would anyone know the Feluren family?
I think they lived in Richmond Hill a long time ago around 110th St? Sam Feluren, Esther Feluren and their children, Ann Feluren, and Leo Feluren. Thank you
Added: September 1, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Peter Pennington:
Yes, Richmond Hill indeed had a street named Beech Street which is now 120 St.
Beech Street (circa 1911) would be located today on 120th Street between Jamaica Avenue and 84th Avenue in Richmond Hill, NY. The name Birch Street would be for 120th Street south of Jamaica Avenue.
Added: August 31, 2010

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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Hi Andy Shea:
Great to read your recent comments. Please say hi to Kevin McLernon for me (he may not remember me though). If my memory is correct, we used to work together as busboys at the Hofbrau.
Also, I do not know why I remember this but our beloved dear friend Louis Pante used to tease Kevin McLernon with the name "Salty Parker" and rub his cheeks if I recall. When I asked Louie what is that all about, he would not give me specifics but just said it had something to do with what happened in class or school at HCJ.
I hope by now, what ever it meant, that if you mention this to Kevin, I truly hope it only puts a huge smile across those "salty" cheeks.
Added: August 31, 2010

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Ann Downs
From: Louisa Va
E-mail: cilldara08@yahoo.com

I was born on 102 St. my parents are both deceased and I don't know what ave...
anyway I am looking for Connie Mistretta, she had ran the family dry cleaning business on Atlantic Ave. and I think about 117th St... there was a church around the corner...
does the name Mistretta ring a bell with anyone? I loved Richmond Hill
Added: August 31, 2010


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andrew shea
From: Hartsdale NY
E-mail: sheamerc90@aol.com

Hello fellow RH folk.
I haven't posted in awhile but was to curious to see who was going to the HCJ reunion. I keep in contact with Kevin McLernon '67 and he will be attending with his sisters Patty, Nancy, and Mary.
I was happy to see the post from Rick Ohle. Rick you lived next door to the shea's on 106th street. We used to go to Belle Harbor with you and your family along with your mom Mary's brother and sister... a good Irish name that escapes me. I think one of them was in the clergy. Do you remember when your 3rd floor went on fire! Big excitement on 106. I remember how beautiful your house was on 113th street . It does not surpise me that it was an original it was very grand.
Sorry to hear about your parents and sister. We lost our parents and my sister Kathleen (car crash 1993 at 37) she is sorely missed. My brother Jack, Mamroneck NY, was just ordained a Deacon, Michael is CPA in SC, Billy is a loan officer in Dallas and Mary Ellen lives near Peoria Ill. selling adverising space for local newspapers. I live in Hartsdale NY and am a school social worker with a private practice.
We had wonderful times growing up in RH... from all the fun on 106th street where everyone stayed on the block playing army, coco-monster, ring alevio, stick ball, kick the can, stoop ball, etc. To the days at Jackson Pond playing basketbal touch and tackle football... and later on drinking schaffer beer at the upper log.
I hope to see many of you (Billy Heaney, Rob Ranis) on this site at the HCJ reunion. Rick (who was once called Ricky) please pass my regards on to Bill, John, Steve, and Tom. Andrew Shea
Added: August 31, 2010


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

To Mike Romano:
Kudo's on your remarks, and Ms Emanuele's also. Mike are you related to the Romano's who use to live on 115 st. (95-38)? I lived there many moons ago.
To Peter Pennington:
Yes, some of the numbered streets in R.H. were previously named streets. One that comes to mind was 101st ave. (I believe it was Jerome ave.)
Someone on this site should be able to help you with name streets. Good Luck.
Added: August 31, 2010


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Mike Romano
From: USA
E-mail:

It seems my recent comments re: the "state of the neighborhood" touched a few raw nerves.
To those of you who took my comments as honest appraisal of the facts, no further explanation is needed. For those who have pointed to the ever changing ethnic makeup of "the New York neighborhood", it should be noted that some have brought with them contributions and advancements which have improved the quality of life for the community as a whole. They valued the opportunity to be Americans first, while still maintaining a more personal connection to their ethnic roots, rather than ignoring the customs and social behavior of those who welcomed them, and that includes in no small part learning the language.
And as to Dan Rainis' offer to tour the neighborhood and offer his services as bodyguard, I was born and raised in Richmond Hill, and lived there for better than the last 45 years, so I've seen the changes firsthand, and don't need you to "clear things up" for me.
I'll let your comments stand on their own merit, or lack therof...
Added: August 30, 2010


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Margaret Emanuele
From: richmond Hill
E-mail:

Hi, I so agree with Dan Rainis:
This is still a great area, beautiful homes, I love it here, I have great neighbors. My block is still beautiful, the only downfall is that where losing our beautiful old trees when we have a bad storm. its a community, and a very safe place to raise a family.
Added: August 30, 2010


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John Celauro
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Saw someone mention the Good Humor Ice Cream truck. Ahh... what an adventure I had way back when...
In the old days, The Good Humor truck came around daily and one of the things the driver offered was a "Day in the Good Humor Truck" with him. You had to be good (or a good buyer) to get invited to sit in the truck and go on the driver's route with him for the day.
One day Joe the driver (or whatever his name was) picked me. Yes, me. I was so excited. I went with him all over the neighborhood and helped him in his daily routine.
I would ring the bell, hand out the Toasted Almonds, Eclairs (or what have you) ice cream bars to the customers as Joe stuck his frozen arm in the truck to retrieve them. He had two doors, a rear one and a side one. He never seemed to know where anything was because he would always open both doors to find the specific ice cream bar the kid wanted. (Bad inventory control I guess.)
Anyway, he would hand me the ice cream to give to the kid who was buying it. All the while the frozen vapor from the open door obsuring Joe's face, as he stuck his head into the cavity of the truck, sort of like a lion tamer sticking his head into the lion's mouth. I had to be 9 or 10 years old. It was so exciting.
Fast forward 50 years... first off, my mother would never allow me in any Good Humor ice cream truck with no seat belt, ringing any bells while sitting next to a frozen arm pervert driver. She would say "Sure, no wonder they call him the Good Humor Man, you're not going in any truck". Times change. Bet they got seat belts now.
Added: August 30, 2010


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peter pennington
From: stansted england
E-mail: prpflendishstansted@yahoo.com

Could some kind person in richmod hill please help me?
I live in England but my grandmother's brother - James T Macarthur lived at 515 Beech St., Richmod Hill. There is an article in the archives of the NYT about a divorce in 1911 and which gives that address. He was a house building contractor and family legend says he was responsible for building a lot of Queens.
I cannot find Beech St on maps or google of Richmond Hill. Where was or is it and can anyone please help me to read up anymore about him.
He is buried in Greenwood and I do not know of any family in NYC. Thanks.
Added: August 30, 2010


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

Mr. Richmond Hill:
Nobody, expecially me ever said RH was a slum. People like you who put words in other peoples mouths is not very nice.
It's great you live there all these years, and every Hillite wished they (including me) could move back.
But do me a favor, don't call me or anyone else any names when you really don't know the person. Maybe you are one of the reasons people left. In the future refer to people on this site by their names. But please don't think you know the Hill any better than anyone else who's lived there during the good times.
P.S.: I lived on the "North Side" of The Hill. I've been everywhere. There's absolutely no area you could possibly take me I don't know. I know the beauty and the beast of RH.
As far as being afraid, never happen. As for being a hyphenated American, I'm proud.
Added: August 30, 2010


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
While it can't be denied that Richmond Hill is not the same place we fondly remember, I have to agree with Dan's comments about having it trashed from afar.
I'm still here, but on the north side where there are still some nice sections along the borders of Forest Hills and our sister town of Kew Gardens. As I read the comments about how great Richmond Hill was years ago, I can't help but wonder, So why did you all leave?
Wouldn't it be fairly close to the way it used to be if the majority of the former residents stayed? I guess the grass really is always greener someplace else.
Added: August 30, 2010

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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore, Ok
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net
Matt Wasilewski:
I remember you from hangin out with Pat Carmody. His grandmother lived next door to Steve Seyster. I remember you from the summers Pats cousin Tommy Neff came to stay. I remember days playing stickball from 8:00 in the morning until it was too dark to see the ball anymore. After someone would hit the ball up on a roof we'd put our money together and run around to Rupecks(that little deli on 95th & 124St) and get a new Pensy Pinky. I think they cost 25 cents.
We had quite a crowd. It was a great childhood.
Added: August 30, 2010

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Robert Jones
From: va
E-mail: rev047@aol.com

was great growing up here...
lived here from '50 to '64... went to St. Teresa till '64... Remember uncle jacks toy store, st. Johns restaurant, mr. softee coming down the block everyday... lived on 125th st and 97th ave...
looking for some old friends from here... always enjoy thinking back on the good times.
Added: August 29, 2010


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

Due to the Miracle of goggle earth, and street level maps, anyone can virtually drive around Richmond Hill at anytime, from anywhere.
I did just that, looking for recognizable signs of the neighborhood I grew up in, wondering if any of the folks and families that I knew as a kid still lived there? Is it me, or limitations of the google camera, that makes the streets look much narrower than before?
I looked for the familiar front porches that were so welcoming to neighbors that now are all closed in! The business now are mostly protected by security gates, and where once Bakerys, Delicatessens and markets used to display their goods promenently in their windows, now there is very little of that to be seen! (I'm speaking primarily of Jamaica Avenue from Woodhaven to Van Wyck, all along Hillside and Lefferts - not much of the old neighborhood to be seen!)
But, realistically, this is saddly true of just about any place! Does anyone know of a place that is better now than 30-40-50 years ago? We could as New Yorkers look and see - a New Coney Island, and greatly improved districts in lower Manhattan, but for the most part its all gone downhill!
I have lived in south Georgia for 30 years now since retiring from the Air Force, and we have a lot of people moving here now out of Florida, saying how bad it is getting there!
My Uncle Ed moved down to New Port Ritchie when he was in his mid 70's from Floral Park, and after about a year he was ready to move back! Philisophically, I believe God wants us to look forward, and not backward, so I am happy with the good memories I hold in my heart and mind, of the families and friends in the community, all affectionately remembered and stored in my personal time-capsule...
Wishing somehow, just one more time, we could all just show up together, on any given Friday or Saturday, at Jahns ice cream parlor, after seeing a double feature movie at the RKO Keiths, or meet up and walk down Jamaica Avenue, (or Liberty Avenue) together after school.
Maybe with the guys gathering on the corner and try singing harmony, all sweet memories to cherish indeed! What we have is a gift! Treasure that! God Bless each one of you, where ever you are now, and look forward with great anticipation and excitment to the New neighborhood that The Lord has promised that we shall live in! One that will never run down or deteriorate, and our friends will never grow old or die!
Like good wine cheers and warms the heart, good memories do as well! So I raise my glass of memories in a toast of thanksgiving for the gift we have all been given "To the Hill that was, and to the Hill that will be!" Salute...!
Added: August 29, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Delvers
From: Oregon
E-mail: JimDelvers@Comcast.net

"Mr. Softy" was the other ice cream truck.
Added: August 29, 2010


Submitted by Comments:
Frank Sgambati
From: Whitestone, NY
E-mail:

I recently was told about this site and I skimmed thru it quickly for now, but soon I'll look at it more closely.
With that in mind, I'll say that what caught my attention was a comment that the neighborhood changed and not for the better. Years ago, many years ago, the streets and sidewalks were immaculate. Raked and broom swept was the rule rather than the exception. Now when it rains or the wind blows that is how the place gets cleaned up.
As a limo driver I occasionally pass thru the blocks I grew up on: Liberty Ave., Lefferts Blvd., and the surrounding blocks. What a difference between the ethnic make up from then to now and how the properties are generally maintained.
In years past on a summer night you could hear the juke box from the ice cream parlor. Now the sounds are more like tortured cats howling. Sad to say it, but I don't see this community ever regaining it's former place as a place to call home for a proud society as it once was. I come from the South side, 107 & 133 where there were stick ball games, roller hockey, ring-o-leaveo, skully, and anything else you could play on the streets.
Joe, the Bungalow Bar ice cream man hit my block twice a day, John from Good Humor did it once as did another vendor whose name I forget. A dime bought you a piece of heaven during those hot Summer days. My neighbor left a glass tumbler near his garden hose so the Sanitation crew could get a drink. Those days there were three guys to a truck which was the chain and bar conveyor type.
Anyone remember Duggans bread truck where the driver stood up while doing his house to house route? I remember my father would burn the fallen leaves at night to reduce the amount of trash to be picked up.
Being so close to the South Ozone border, I went to PS 121, and then to St. Teresa on 130 St. untill 1960, then on to John Adams HS on Rockaway Blvd. After that, the US Navy. more to come...
Added: August 29, 2010


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Mike Ryan
From: Mattituck, NY
E-mail:

To Mike Romano and others who agree,
I think if one is going to be TOTALLY honest, and not just applaud these comments, is that those of us who agree are more uncomfortable with the ethnic and racial diversity that is NOT western european than we are with the condition of the houses and front lawns.
Brooklyn has gone through a renaissance and many glorious brick and brownstone homes have been renovated to their former glory. In Richmond Hill, the homes except as you approach Park Lane South were simple smaller frame houses, many now approaching 100 years old. Many have been modified and enlarged to support the new Hillite's concept of extended family under one roof. We don't like to speak about it, but Irish immigrants found prejudice when moving to the mostly German Richmond Hill in the late 1800s, and Italians that followed in large waves from 1905-1920 encountered the same prejudice from the Irish and Germans who arrived before them.
Many neighborhoods in Queens are more unstable ethnically and racially because for the most part, Queens is a gateway borough to America. People come here, often prosper, and leave for other places. To degrade its current condition we would likely have to retreat and find that ethnicities that who arrived in Richmond Hill before us didn't care much for us either. The only difference is that for the most part, we were caucasian europeans, and the new Hillites are more diverse in their skin color and where they hail from.
So, yes Richmond Hill has changed a lot from when we were kids. The reality is that it's always been changing and there were times when our ancestors who represneted a newer ethnicity were not so welcome either by those more established here.
Added: August 29, 2010


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Matt Wasilefsky
From: Phoenix, AZ
E-mail: mattwasilefsky@hotmail.com

This reply is for Vince Glasser.
I do remember you. You were one of the mini bike guys down on the end of 123 street.
How wierd that you remembered the ball gettin stuck in the car. I forgot all about that until you brought it up. That was funny how that happened. We laughed all day
Added: August 29, 2010


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Dan Rainis
From: Richmond Hill (not a slum)
E-mail:

Mr Florida,
Having lived in Richmond Hill for 44 of my 47 years I am insulted by your ridiculous comments. Has the neighborhood changed, of course, what neighborhood hasn't. Is it a slum or unsafe, NO.
There are many fine people still living here who care for their homes and neighborhood. Some of us haven't fled like many of you have. Come visit again some time, I'll walk the neighborhood with you and show you how fine it still is, don't be scared I'll protect you.
I also don't chose to go through life as a hyphenated American.
Added: August 28, 2010


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

to jim burke my boat thief buddy and any one else that lived in the hill.
the diner on atlantic ave was and still is on 112 st. i lived on 112 st as a kid in the fiftys when they bought the diner there on a huge trailer.
does any one remember sheffield farms on atlantic and 130 st and reo moving co on 125 st and 101 ave?
Added: August 28, 2010


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Teresa laughrun
From: Ventura, Calif
E-mail: mstreloren@yahoo.com

Did a Rita Demayo go to this school?
Mother Jean and father Lenoard and sister Lenora. Graduated around 1957, '58, '59. She is a family member that I'm trying to locate. Thanks.
Added: August 28, 2010


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Richie Schmidt
From: Boynton Beach, FL
E-mail:

Suprising that the diner debate has had no mention of St. Johns on Liberty Ave.
Added: August 28, 2010


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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com

No one loved living in Richmond Hill more than I did.
Times were simple and safe. (I lived there from 1947 to 1970.) I could ride my bike from Van Wyck and Liberty to Crossbay Blvd., weaving in and out of streets and roads. Also from 111th Avenue to Jamaica Avenue, and many in between. Smokey Park was our place for recreation and socialization. The Lefferts and Casino Movie Theaters were our places of "culture".
The schools that I attended were some of New York's finest... P.S.55, P.S. 121, and R.H.H.S. '65 (The teachers I had inspired me to be a N.Y.C .teacher.)
One could walk all the way down to the A train station, and take it into Brooklyn, or ride to Rockaway Beach. The Red and Green Bus lines got you to your destination.
It was fun to be able to know the storekeepers on a first name basis. There were many different ethnic types back then too. Some people did not even speak English. However, there was a common ground among all of them: respecting each other's differences and property. Police and Firemen were revered.
The world is upside down and there are other values now. Richmond Hill is only one town which has fallen victim to the "new morality ". Do not pinpoint any one neighborhood in particular as being the best or worst. Of course those people who lived and loved in R.H. would like it to be the same as it was when we they growing up, myself included. (I was there for a reunion in 2005.) Nothing stays the same. That is why there may be hope for our beloved town.
Mike Romano... please contact one of us to let us know you are ok. Someone was asking for you and left me a message.
Added: August 28, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: TX
E-mail:

Any memories of the ice cream man, Angelo?
I believe at times he would even come into the school yard at HCJ at lunchtime and sell ice cream. Don't ask me why his name just came to mind!
Added: August 28, 2010


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John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@verizon.net

Will: Yes the bridal path is still there and the horses are still in service.
I believe the stables are in the same place. Visit: http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/horseback
Added: August 27, 2010


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

You're not really old unless you remember the barn with the milk wagon horses on Atlantic. My sisters gave them names.
Added: August 27, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mail:

Well it seems everyone had a great time at the reunion.
As for the diners on 111th st and Atlantic ave. You are right on about the best eggs, home fries and bacon, plus coffee and cheap, well at 2 in the morning after a long night of partying.
Added: August 27, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

To Will Bremmer:
If I am not mistaken, the two stables were Dixie Dew and Parkside. I may be wrong but those are the names that come to mind. It was always a thrill to see the horses while running through the woods. Don't have a clue if they are still there.
Given liability issues in this day and age my guess is that they are no more.
Added: August 27, 2010


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

Will Bremmer:
Yes they still exist. At least "Dixie Doo" does. Maybe the name may have changed, but I saw the new wooden rails they put up in Forest Park. They dug out trails too. I use to ride with my friends back then, what fun it was.
Go to the soldier, walk up the hill and you can see the new paths they built. Unless they changed it since '05, it should be there.
Added: August 27, 2010


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

Mike Romano:
Nobody has more respect for the HILL than me. I am totally correct in my assessment. I spoken to quite few of my friends who grew up there and they agree with me 100%.
However, hopefully the town will re-bound down the road. Yes it is diverse w/many many new peoples. Would you really bring up your children up there right now the way the it is, I don't think so.
As for Italian-American as I am, we brought a lot of class to the area along with our Irish, German, and other ethnic friends.
I'm sorry, you are incorrect with your analogy. The place is not the SAME. I would not in the condition it is now move back. However, we both know how beautiful it once was, and that is the memory I will always cherish.
Mike, you would actually walk with your family along Jamaica Ave, and feel comforatble? I don't think so.
Added: August 27, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Mike Romano...
your dead on with your statements... the neighborhood is gone... the new people are not european and have no respect for there homes... all they do is live in it... theres no up keep no gardens, and no paint brushes... lol... but I still call it home... it was once a great place to live
Added: August 27, 2010


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Dennis Mooney
From: Redondo Beach, Ca.
E-mail: moon6666@verizon.net

The name of the stables in Forest Park was "Dixie Stables".
As a kid I would get there early on saturday mornings to help clean out the stables and saddle the horses. My pay was 3 hours of free riding.
Added: August 26, 2010


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Dave O'halloran
From: Chatam, nj
E-mail:

Re mike romano's comments
It takes honesty and heart to express what many of us feel from such a great place to live and grow up. It was the very best and no one nor time will take away.
Dave O, 126th st and 101st (liberty) ave. St. Bennie's 61 and Molloy 65.
Added: August 26, 2010


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William "Will" Bremmer
From: South Brunswick, NJ
E-mail:

Does anyone remember the horses in Forest Park?
Do the stables still exist? I remember seeing them as a kid and always wanted to ride a horse through Forest Park.
I plan to visit nearby in Great Neck, Nassau L.I. for 1 week in September (Labor Day weekend) and would be willing to finally make a dream come true if it is possible.
Added: August 26, 2010


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Gail Metz
From: Pennsylvania
E-mail:

I wondered if anyone who went to St. Benedict Joseph Labre School on 117th Street remembers Donald Edwards and his sister, Mary?
They moved around 1951-52 to New London, CT. We lost touch and I'd really love to reconnect with them now. I lived across the street from them on 116th Street. Gail Metz
Added: August 26, 2010


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Mike Romano
From: Once there, Now here
E-mail:

Paul La Vecchia,
I had to write in after reading your honest, politically incorrect comments about the embarrassing decline of the once noble place called Richmond Hill.
The truth is undeniable, like it or not-the decay of the neighborhood, like so many other proud suburban enclaves throughout Queens and Brooklyn, seems to be directly linked to the fading influence of the once ubiquitous European American influence- yes, I'm stating the obvious, what we all know in our hearts to be true, but have been stifled from expressing in today's social climate...
I'm proud of what my Italian-American ancestors, along with German, English, Irish, Polish, and all other European people have contributed to the quality of life in our local communities and the country as a whole!
Neighborhoods were safe, clean, and a great place to raise children in the tradition of their parents and grandparents. I'm sorry to say that today I can walk from one end of Jamaica Avenue to the other, and I'd be hard-pressed to hear more than a handful of conversations spoken in English- yes, does anybody remember English?
Listening to today's social commentary, you'd think it was somehow wrong to cherish being an American who embraces the values upon which this country was built- hard work, respect for the family, which included a mother and father married to one another, and friends and neighbors too proud to take a free ride on their medicaid and benefits cards...
Richmond Hill is still a great place to visit, provided you have a time machine in which travel to the past, or you visit this website and connect with the people who remember how proud they once felt to call Richmond Hill home.
Added: August 26, 2010


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Mike Hedler
From: sevierville tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Paul that is correct,
Your Dad made a catcher out of me like it or not, great memories.
Added: August 24, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Paul, I guess I was in the 6th grade to the 8th grade, so that had to be about 1965 to 1967...
Mr demayo was one of my coaches... he lived on 98st... think his son mickey was our center fielder... and ox polker also was on the team... lol... man have to think way back on those guys...
remember the parade start at the chase manhatten bank on forest park drive... one thing about rich haven they had great uniforms...
Added: August 24, 2010


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Deirdre Caulfield
From: Dublin, Ireland
E-mail:

Glad I found this website.
I lived in Richmond Hill briefly during the 1970s while attending St. Johns University. I'll never forget getting lost at Union Turnpike. So many buses.
But I truly loved living there (Lefferts Boulevard and I think 91st Avenue). I was in the center of everything. University, JFK Airport, Jamaica Ave, Queens Boulevard, Parks, Subways to Manhattan. I plan to visit again.
Added: August 23, 2010


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Robert (Bob) Van Nostrand
From: Calif. (L.A.) County
E-mail: rvan70@aol.com

Lived 101-31 130th Street, south of 101st Ave.
Attended R.H.H.S. until 1946... Whew, that seems like a log time ago. Don't recognize any of the names logged in here...
Added: August 23, 2010


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

Mike Hedler: I think it was the Giants.
I believe you, me, and my brother Tom were on the same team.
Billy Heaney: What years did you play in RHLL?
Just spoke to Mike Landers who lives in Mississippi (yes that Mississippi) LOL. We spoke for while about the Hill. He worked in Harry's Deli 62-65 and lived on 108th between Jam ave and 89th ave. Great Chat.
Checked out the Wall St journal article, what a joke. To say the neighborhood (especially Jamaica ave) is getting better is crazy. It has deteriorated to a slum. I was embarassed to parade my wife around back in 2005.
The only area still beautiful is the Park. Most of the north side of Jam Ave. was somewhat in tact. The European heritage is gone.
Added: August 23, 2010


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Danny Roth
From: Norwalk, CT
E-mail:

I grew up near Metropolitan Ave and Lefferts Blvd. Enjoyed all the comments on the website. It truly brought me back. Hoffbrau, Jahns, and RKO Keith, I will always cherish. Thanks!
Added: August 23, 2010


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Anthony Mancaruso
From: Homosassa Florida
E-mail: amancaruso@tampabay.rr.com

Have been missing lately. I like to look and go back to my childhood in Richmond Hill.
My father served in World War I and received the purple heart for his wounds. I remember the parades with the American Legion to Forest Park and the Monument. We were so proud and thought this country was the one and ONLY.
Keep up the good work and the memories alive.
Added: August 22, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Melissa Collins:
I have forwarded your request to Carl Ballenas, our local historian. He is also an Officer for the Friends of Maple Grove.
If he has further information, he will certainly reply back to you.
Added: August 22, 2010

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melissa collins
From: richmond hill queens
E-mail: mpelle4870@aol.com

My Great Grandfather was a Laborer on the L.I.R.R. out of richmond hill in 1870. His name was patrick callan, how can I get any info. on that.
Also his children went to the early school 1875 that was opened september 16th, under the care of miss ella g. gale. Where and how can I get any information on my family?
They lived on 111th. st. in 1867 then moved to 112th. st. They are all buried in maple grove cemetery queens.
Thank you for any help. Melissa C.
Added: August 22, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

John Trainor, good to hear from a neighbor.
Names don't ring a bell but it's been many years. Memory is going.
Hung out at the schoolyard til 72-73, graduated to the liquid hangouts. On 125th st. by school there was a brother and sister named George and Janice. On 124th right by school, Rob Morelli lived. We played sponge ball there, too many windows and houses. Played hand ball in back of school by the ramp that went into the yard.
We use to "borrow" 6 packs of Piels from the Key Food on 101st av. When we had money we got an OLDER teenager to buy Yago Sangria. They were ONLY 89 cents a bottle then.
If you can remember more let me know I'll jar my memory more.
Added: August 21, 2010


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

if anybody would like to take a trip to richmond hill,
just go to vpike.com, type in a address and you can see the changes.
Added: August 21, 2010


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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS NY
E-mail: LEFTY5895@MSN.com

Hi, want to know if there is any info yet bout the Forest Park Carousel.
Been closed for a while now. A shame the City could mess with this landmark. I hope the City can find a vendor to operate it, would really be a loss to the neighborhoods around it. Even visitors from other areas. Great for little kids.
If anyone has info bout the Carousel please pass it on, really appreciate it!! J. Costigan
Added: August 21, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Thanks John Celauro:
Click here for the Wall Street Journal article "New Immigrants Put Stamp on Richmond Hill".
Added: August 20, 2010

Submitted by Comments:
John Celauro
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Today's (Friday Aug 20) Wall St Journal has an article on Richmond Hill and the changes it has seen.
Perhaps someone can supply a link.
Added: August 20, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Just skimming thru posts of previous years and found 2 real close to me.
First from Ralph Morea from a post in 08 about Nick's on 123rd & Liberty. Great place to stop walking home from the lefferts movies. Second from Rich McDermott in 8/08 about Ralph's candy store. I lived 4 doors down above the bike store. Hung out there at the store with the Raffanello's, McGowans, to name a few. This was between 67-75.
If you remember more email me.
Added: August 20, 2010


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john trainor
From: northport ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Jim Lovett,
If you played ball on 125th st between 101st & 103rd Aves you remember the school there. My friends and I played basketball & softball there often. On 124th st we played stickball and punchball. Later we hung out by Hugo's Ice cream parlor, Liberty & Lefferts.
Do you remember anyone from 125th st, Bobby Belanti, Diane Dietz, Billy Cummings? They were two lovely blocks, large, old trees, quiet, a good place for kids growing up.
Added: August 20, 2010


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Dominick Augello
From: Diamond Bar, Ca
E-mail: dominick@jainternational.com

Reading about the old watering holes. Brings me back to the more care free days.
There was a place on Park Lane South called The Park Lane. I don't know how any guys from Richmond Hill (under 18) got their first beers in bar but it had to be there.
The police from the 102nd would be in the front door everyone would be out the back door. It was a comedy. The place burned down few years ago.
Every one keep up the good work on the site .
Added: August 20, 2010


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Steve Batthany
From: East Moriches (the site of PA Flight 800)
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

Good to see comments from Bob Rickert, Jim Burke, and Vinny Smith.
Will try to straighten out some geohistorical facts about queries on the website. Yes cordes was an ice cream parlor if you went west to 114th and Jamaica (hard by the Garden Theatre with it's outdoor theater on the roof.
Jahns is now closed. I had the occasion to stop in before they shut the doors and the place was last owned by a Russian couple who waited on 4 old folks and sold them coffee and buns, and "no" Selma was no longer the cashier nor was "Pickles" Flaherty the manager.
Most sad there would no longer be any of those Friday night poker & crap games, we would have to go to 130th St behind "Bungalow Bar".
As far as Salernos, all you said is true but rumor has it that is is an Indian restaurant. When Jay Marshall sold Glenns to AL Wolfendale (Glenn was Als son hence the name).
He moved up to 135th St & Lefferts and yes Jay Kennedy and TV John were the batrtenders. The place was frequented by air port folks, (Kennedy was still Idlewild in those days) and by the racetrack fans and personnel. Some rumor has it that it was the prototype for the gin mill in "Good Fellas".
Hi Vinny Smith, yes that was Al Victor a really nice guy & my sister lives in East Port, she is well. Mike is still up in the Catskills and I'll tell him Hi.
Jim Burke we knew your uncle John and I can say on his behalf that I never saw him fall down. To Bob Rickert, HI! Marie just had knee surgery Tuesday. She is doing and can you imagine that Bobby Thompson is dead.Should of been the other way around like old #13.
I remember that Branca, Thompson, Jean Hermanski, and a few Yankees showed up to play at Dexter Park on the Sunday following that terrible game.
Well that's all folks. Would love to roll the years back and go to the Jerome for 9 cents, no one believes it.
Added: August 19, 2010


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Bob Rickert
From: Wilmington, DE
E-mail: mbrickert@aol.com

To answer the inquiry from Jim Grady.
Salerno had a store front restaurant/pizza place next door to Marshall's - which was located on the corner. Jay and Bill Marshall sold their bar to the Salerno people in the late '50s and bought a bar down Lefferts near the Belt Parkway. Salerno then expanded their store front into the old Marshall's.
Many a cool brew I enjoyed in Marshall's.
Added: August 19, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Paul, yes I played 3 years in rich haven baseball...
best baseball there was... much better than the cyo... I think myself and jack maple along with vinny shelhorn played on the mets, and the cardinals... lol... man that was a long time ago...
played down on the conduit... i think it was called TWIN FIELDS... Vinny Shellhorn was a very good pitch... fast...
hey what was the name of the mens store on the corner of 111 st. next to steves pizza...
Added: August 19, 2010


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mike hedler
From: sevierville tn.
E-mail:

Paul, I played in that league.
Remember your dad was one of my coahes.
Added: August 19, 2010


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Ginger Kopp
From: N.E. Pa
E-mail:

I will not go on f.b. anymore. Burned by hackers too many times.
This msg. is for Mrs. Akus (forgot your first name, sorry) but wanted to know if your Mom is Betty and your brother is John.
I use to be a den mother with your Mom if that is your relative. She was/is a wonderful person and we had great times. We shared many a laugh together and marched in all the Liberty Ave. parades, along with our little Cub Scouts.
I hope she is well and if so, please tell her Ginger sends her best regards. Too bad I cannot put email address online anymore but know she will remember me, as dearly as I remember her.
God bless... excuse typos but this text is too small for we old folks.
Added: August 19, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Have enjoyed reading the comments. Some of my memories are living in RH from 58-77.
Lived at 125th & liberty. Went to St Theresa's, graduated in 69. I remember Mrs. Sinnot and getting my bell rung many times by Sister Rita. Went to Brooklyn Tech, graduated in 73.
Discovered the real world of parties. Al's Stereo, Red Den, to name a few. But best memories were pizza at Lefferts & Liberty the best, Lefferts movies, Al Victors for music, Uncle Jacks for anything for kids. Brakfast at St John's at 4 am. Smokey Park, stickball at the school yard on 125th st between 103rd av, and 101st av.
Anyone remember the places around these dates email me.
Added: August 18, 2010


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Jim Grady
From: Niagara Frontier
E-mail: gjepd@roadrunner.com

When did Salerno's come into existence?
I remember that location as Marshall's until 1955, was not around after that.
Added: August 18, 2010


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Helen Akus Eagleston
From: Marbletown, NY
E-mail:

If you are on Facebook, there is a Richmond Hill page with some wonderful conversations, recollections and photos.
Added: August 18, 2010


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Ginger Kopp
From: N.E. Pa.
E-mail:

Jimmy Lovett,
I do not know if you are THE Jimmy that lived over Shannons Bar for a long time. If it is, I wrote to your email address, if not, please disregard.
For some reason I thought you had moved to California. I miss the days when you were all little boys playing on 126th. St. and being told by our only unfriendly neighbor that only people that lived on our block, could play there.
How the heck are you and if you do get my email (which I cannot post as I was burned on facebook) please let me know how you are and what is happening.
Those sure were the days and I miss them a lot. God bless
Added: August 18, 2010


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

Yes, Cordes was cool, but I believe in the late 60's, the place was called GRIPPA'S, right next to Steves Pizza and Richie Napolitano's apt. (The Best Pitcher in all of RHHS History).
Jimmy Arleo (drummer) played in Grippa's (He set up a small stage in back) for a short time. I think Tom McCann shoes or Miles shoes store was on corner and the pool hall around the corner, upstairs on top of the shoe store.
And of course the great Gebhardt's bakery across the street. Frank Molinaro's dad own the Hat blocking place (also sold them) I believe next to Gebhardt's. And let's not forget the 111 st. bar w/ bowling alley downstairs (played in league 62-4.)
I still can't believe nobody on this site has played in Rich-Haven L.L.
Added: August 18, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Tommy Manzo,
God how are you, been a long time, hows your brother mike, does your family still live in the neighborhood, and are you going to the hcj reunion...
my brother is floating from fire house to fire house... think hes up in harlem right now. He told me he work with you a few years back, along with jimmy weirner, and I think JIMMY HAMEL... not sure but pretty amazing all of you in the same house...
anyway hello and yes know all my capitals... was taught by the best... the sisters of st joes... lol
Added: August 17, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Gloria, your right on both -
cordies was on 111st next to al's candy store, and frairs maybe wrong with the spelling was on the corner of 107 st... and sweeties was on 102 st.
Added: August 17, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

To Gloria Albanese:
Good catch on Cordes. Whether or not it was "Mrs. Cordes" behind the counter we knew her by her first name, "Flo". Good jukebox, great tuna fish, very nice people.
And the Seidler sisters studio was run by Miss Louise if I am not mistaken. Had to sit there many a day waiting for my sister to finish her routine.
And as for Dorgler's auto repair, that was run by a Ferdie Dorgler (60's) - someone my father knew. A name I would have completely forgotten if not for this site.
Added: August 16, 2010


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Let's not forget the Old Bailey (now Austin Ale House) and 10 Downing Street (now an Italian restaurant owned by Marty Spolan who used to own the sporting goods store).
Added: August 16, 2010


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Gloria Albanese
From: Jamesville, NY
E-mail: jalbanese8@twcny.rr.com

To Dennis Doyle - Thanks again for this great website!
One small correction - the ice cream parlor on Jamaica Ave. between 110-111 St. was Cordes (cor-dies). There was another one further west on Jamaica Ave. - Frer's (and now maybe I have the spelling wrong!) at about 107 St., I think.
I grew up on 110 St. near Myrtle Ave. and my grandparents lived on Hillside Ave. between 121-122 St.
Speaking of Glenn's Bar, we went to Seidler Sisters Dancing School as little kids. The Dancing School was upstairs.
Hello to all my fellow dancers ...
Added: August 16, 2010


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

only one month away from the big Holy Child Jesus 100th Bday Bash and my class of 1970's big 40th reunion.
hope to see all my classmates there.
Added: August 16, 2010


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

To John Celauro:
Richie Kreppein and I thank you, it was great seeing old friends again. And yes we will be doing it again next year.
And for the sailor hat, it sure bought back a lot of memories. Rich Newell
Added: August 16, 2010


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

I guess I remember Dorgler's and Lumber Yard and they merged in my mind.
Added: August 16, 2010


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craig kennedy
From: lindenhurst, ny
E-mail:

Grew up on 111 st., family all over RH.
Looking forward to hearing from people born 1937 or so.
Added: August 15, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Louise Galiano, Vin Smith, and Jim Burke:
I just did a Google Map Search and "discovered" that Richmond Hill Lumber (115 St. and Atlantic Ave.) is next to Dorgler's Auto Repair (116 St. and Atlantic Ave). Both businesses are still there. Click here to view Google Street view.
Added: August 15, 2010

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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Louise Galiano:
The Ice Cream Parlor off the corner of 111th St. on Jamaica Avenue was "Chords" and the German Bakery diagonally across on Jamaica Avenue was "Gebhardt's".
I remember a "Dorgler's" car mechanic shop on Atlantic Ave. around 116 St. I had gone there in the early 1970s. They were definitley located there for many years. I tend to remember the Lumber Yard as "Richmond Hill Lumber" as Vin Smith had commented in a earlier post. They were near 115th St. and Atlantic Avenue.
Check out the Richmond Hill Lumber website here. The RH Lumber yard has been there since 1927.
Added: August 15, 2010

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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Dorgler's Lumber Yard (1950)
Added: August 15, 2010


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john celauro
From: long island
E-mail:

Want to give a shout out to Richie Newell and Richie Kreppen for hosting our reunion on Saturday night.
Lots of laughs and good time had by all. Thanks guys for the work you did in gathering us together (herding cats) and supplying the facility and eats and drinks.
Had a good time, hope to do it again.
Added: August 15, 2010


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vin smith
From: saugerties ny
E-mail:

the lumber yard on Atlantic / 114 - 115th st was called (drum roll here) The Richmond Hill Lumber Yard... I think...
Added: August 14, 2010


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Jim Lovett
From: 125th & Liberty Av. - Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Does anyone remember Al's Stereo Bar (111th St & Liberty Av), O'Neil's bar, and Shannon's.
Lefferts movies, Sat matinees in the early 60's for a buck. @ movies, soda and hot dog. Bill's bike store. Uncle Jacks toy store. Great times.
Added: August 14, 2010


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tommy manzo
From: rockville ctr
E-mail:

Billy Heaney,
Billy it was Billy McMahon @ RR not Monahan. Billy can u still name all 50 state capitals?
Added: August 14, 2010


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

There's probably no one still around who remembers my uncle, John McElroy who hung out in Glenn's.
He read newspapers and news magazines from cover to cover and was a walking encyclopedia of news and sports.
Added: August 13, 2010


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Louise Galiano, (nee-Schwark)
From: las vegas
E-mail: electricdoctorinc@cox.net

Does anyone remember the name of:
the Ice Cream Parlor on 111th St. & Jamaica Ave, the German bakery diagonally across from it on 111th St & Jamaica Ave., the little mom & pop German deli on 111th st. just off the n/e corner of Atlantic Ave., or the name of the Lumber yard on Atlantic and 114th-115th Sts?
Added: August 13, 2010


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John Celauro
From: Long Island
E-mail:

I remember Glenns Bar. I used to hang there in 1968, drinking my first beers at 18 (legal then), in those tiny glasses, for 25 cents. Every third was a buy back.
In August 1968, I was in there watching TV and the Democratic National Convention in Chicago was on and we were watching the protesters in the streets getting beat by the cops and yelling "the whole world is watching". I was then radicalized to leftist politics.
Now, I listen to Rush Limbaugh every day religiously. We've come a long way baby.
Added: August 13, 2010


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Phil Curia
From: Indio, California
E-mail: PJEMS14@aol.com

Hi. I just picked up my granddaughter from Del Taco's and she was telling me about all of her friends hanging out there.
For some reason, I remembered my days of hanging out with my peers at Jahn's Ice Cream Palor in Richmond Hill Queens. I told her about the kitchen sink and how great the place was with wooden tables and how we would carve our name in them. What a great time I had there with my friends. I started going there as soon as I got my driver's license in 1967 and kept going there with dates and friends till about 1975 when I got married and moved to New Jersey.
I said to my granddaughter tonight, maybe I will go on line and look up Jahn's and see if anything comes up. I am glad you had this web site and that you printed a great article. You brought great memories alive.
God Bless You, Phil Curia.
P.S.: I went on to read about Forest Hills park. Another memory that was such a great place to visit with my family. We had such a great time there. Just a few short minutes from the "city", brooklyn and we were in the country, complete with a carousel and pony rides. The trees were tall, the atmosphere was fun and there was never a threat of vandalism or anyone bothering us. No crime ever was present back then in 1955-1965.
What another great memory to have lived in those times was something really special. Sharing with my family was especially great. I moved out to California in 2000 and still live here, but it is so great to remember those simple times.
Thanks again for the web site, Phil Curia.
Added: August 13, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

There is considerable mention of Glenn's bar. It was my next door neighbors on 107th between 86th Ave & Jamaica Ave who founded and first opened Glenn's.
Their names were Al (I think) and Paula Wolfangle - to me they were Mr. & Mrs. Wolfangle. They had two children. Karla - a dancer in NYC, and son Glenn, hence the name Glenn's. He was a fair bit older than I was and a deaf mute. A gem of a guy and a lovely family.
I recall them being very generous to their next door neighbors (me) at Halloween. I trust there are others who may also be familiar with the heritage of Glenn's- a spot my parents would periodically visit before it morphed into a spot for the younger crowd.
At the same time my parents were fairly close friends with the Four Bros (Triangle Hofbrau). At the Hofbrau I had the chance more than once to be brought into an inner courtyard (Hof?) where I would see a recently dressed deer hanging by its haunches. Venison was a fixture, in season, on their menu. Pretty rare for me to see a deer - dead or alive - in Richmond Hill!
With the proximity of these two institutions they could very well have offered up Richmond Hill's first version and opportunity for a pub crawl.
Added: August 12, 2010


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Eddie Marino
From: Syracuse, NY
E-mail:

Anyone remember the tailor on Park Lane South opposite Jackson's Pond? (He resembled a brown-haired version of Harpo Marx).
I once brought a leather jacket in to have the pockets re-lined, and when I returned days later to pick it up, he had sewn the flap pockets shut, rendering them useless. It seems he didn't know how to replace a pocket lining, and when I complained, he became indignant! I paid the bill, but I should have disarmed his sewing machine before I left...
some things you just never forget, especially if you're a kid with no money for a new jacket!...
just another story from the old neighborhood.
Added: August 12, 2010


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Frank Mignone
From: Hamel Minnesota
E-mail: mplsfrank@aol.com

Just reading the 2010 entries, looking for names, from long ago and found Phyllis Chechile. That was a name that was part of the Ponce Pizza gang.
I am retired now and have been seeing the world by bicycle. I am planning a bike trip from Minnesota to the old country Richmond Hill.
Dennis Doyle keep up the good work hope all is well for you.
Added: August 12, 2010


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Ed Pirog
From: Atlanta, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net

Glenns was across the street from the RKO Kieths and Jahns. Does anyone know if the bar is still there?
Took the wife there on our first date.
Added: August 11, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Paul:
the royals played at richmond hill high school in the night league, we had a group of guys who played together for about 20 years...
we became Glenns bar when the old owner AL Katz wanted to sponcer us, he bought the uniforms and paid the fees in the long island press league...
we won the division about 6 or 7 times and played in the finals of the press league a few years in a row... very good team... we use to play the 102 pct every wed night for a barrel of beer at victory field... and all went back to the bar to have some fun... later we change to regents row...
speaking of the randell island tourment, yes we played in it as well... and yes we made it to the finals in that as well... something like 6 or 7 games in a row... I remember vinger hill...
we use to drink in the bar on the corner of 112 st... the one nobody went into... but you could be 16 and drink... it was called pops...lol and the bookies use to place the bets on the horse in there... they could care less who drank there... we also played out in jones beach...
later on... team finally broke up a few years ago... to old to play...lol
Glenns bar was across the street from jahns and salernos... 117st and hillside ave... bar tenders freddie schmidth, and bill monahan, to go along with old ralph... great bar... like cheers everyone knew your name...
Added: August 11, 2010


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Vin Smith
From: saugerties ny
E-mail: vlsmithfam@aol.com

Hey Steve Batthany -
thanx for the info but there was a more correct entry that stated the music store as Al Victors. That's what I recall also. Liberty and 123rd St.
Just saw my brothers Danny (lives on LI) and Bob who lives in SC. Visited w/ them at Dans' over this past weekend. Tell Mike to give me a shout. Is Cecilia still living on LI? What about Rod?
Here's to Kavons'! Stay well, Vin S.
Added: August 10, 2010


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

Billy Heaney:
Where was Glenn's bar (sounds familiar) and where did the RH Royals play softball (What years)?
We played for Pisano's on 112th I believe and Liberty Ave. Also played for Guy's Vinager Hill across street from The Big "A" back in the early 70's. Played in tournaments at Riker's Island (elimination) played until you lost.
We did quite well except by the 3rd game you were drained somewhat by the summer heat, and the fact we usually partied the night before. Great times we had playing ball.
Added: August 10, 2010


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Dominick Augello
From: Diamond Bar, Ca
E-mail: dominick@jainternational.com

It is enjoyable to read some of the entries. They bring back alot of good times in Richmond Hill. We truely grew up in Gods Country.
Guys keep up the good work. Lived on 102nd and 85th ave from 1943 to 1975 .
Added: August 8, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Billy Heaney:
Thanks for pointing out that "Richmond Hill's Hero" Sgt. Joseph E. Schaefer was missing from our list of Noteworthy People from Richmond Hill. He is now (finally) included.
Added: August 8, 2010

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Betty Fay
From: Oxford Mass
E-mail: dreamhaven@hotmail.com

I have a beautifully embossed green autograph book from your Edgar D Shimer Junior High School class of 1934.
It belonged to a George Gross. The Principal was D. Daniel Wallstern. His graduating teacher was Miss Etta Maker.
I was wondering if you have any information on the students in this graduating class.
Added: August 6, 2010


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Joe Coscia
From: Highlands Ranch, Colorado
E-mail: cmichjoe@comcast.net

What a great site!!
I grew up and was raised in Richmond Hill and this is truly a way to go back to those great days when life was much easier and without cell phones, and people actually talked to each other!!
Lived on 93rd Avenue between 104th and 107th Street. Great memories of RKO Keiths and all of the other sites.
Thanks again!!!!!!!
Added: August 6, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

ok best softball team from the area... richmond hill royals... then later we were called glenns bar.
Added: August 6, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Yes the best diner was on 111st and Atlantic... especially after closing hours at Glenns bar.
Best damn cheese burgers with all the grease, just help fill you up at 3am... or 4am... spent many a night there...
and on saturday which was really sunday, then off to the beach... lol
Added: August 6, 2010


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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com
to jim burke my boat thief buddy, the diner was on 112 St.
that was my stop after closing the bar. john the short order cook was a crazy guy, back then i invented the bacon cheese burger.
that was bob johnson last stop before he got killed on his motor cycle. we hung out in toms bar, he was going home to get his car when that happened.
Added: August 6, 2010

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Maureen Scanlon Conneally
From: Westchester County
E-mail:

A great website for R.H. and all of "old New York":
http://www.screanews.us/NewYork/ContentsNewYork.html
Added: August 6, 2010


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Ed Pirog
From: Atlanta, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net

Cyndi Lauper lived down stairs from my wife when they were growing up. We got to go to some of her concerts by invite both before and after she made it big.
Another star who didn't quite make it big was a worker at Steve's pizza place off 114st street and Jamacia ave. His first role was in Happy Days as a pick pocket and his most noticable was one of the thugs in Goodfellas... can't think of his name.
Added: August 6, 2010


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Chris Glasser
From: Corinth, TX
E-mail: glasser7@aol.com

To Matt W.:
I remember you as if it was yesterday. I believe you were more commonly known as "Mattie". I was in the younger bunch and you probably remember my older brother(s). Most of us were Met's fans and while Shea had it's own personality, our 123rd Street stickball field was unique with our outfield starting at 95th Avenue.
I still remember a ball that was hit hard enough to stick in between the hubcap and rim of a car driving by, causing a "car rule" game ending. At least if it would have went down the sewer we could have lifted up the sewer plate and fished it out with a coat hanger.
Such great memories. Hope all is well and keep the memories alive.
Added: August 6, 2010


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Fran Werner
From: Plainview NY
E-mail: Frantchr@aol.com

I have a picture dated July 1921 of the Richmond Hill's Business Association.
My uncle is in that picture as he was a builder. Since all of his immediate family is deceased I thought you might want to keep it in your archives. I can be reached by email. FRAN WERNER
Added: August 5, 2010


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:
The 111th St diner was on Atlantic.
We went to "mass" in the back of a bar on Jerome that opened early.
Added: August 5, 2010

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Joanne Gesuele
From: Centereach, NY
E-mail:
Edward Bornschein:
Will do, thank you. Joanne
Added: August 5, 2010

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

If you didn't go the diners on 111th st and Atlantic ave. and the one down the block from the bowling alley that was across the street from the Triangle Hoffbrau, then you weren't a true Hillite.
The diner on 111th was Silver and sort of oval shaped and looked like a train car. Best eggs, home fries and bacon, plus coffee and cheap. The other one was similar, great breakfast. We would go to the 111th st diner after a long night of partying. Me, Bobby Winters, and the "gang" and eat. Then trek home. Don't forget on Atlantic ave and 108th st was CARVEL.
Went back to 111st diner in 1980's, and it changed its outer appearance to a aluminum siding look (Brownish) if I remember. I spoke with Richie Newell 9:00 AM this morning and we talked for almost an hour about our experiences back in the day. We also spoke of the many people on this site that claim they were in the Park the years we were, and we coulnd't re-call any of them. They say they were there the same years we were with many friends (like us) but who were you people? We never SAW YOU.
Remember were talking 1960-thru early 70's. So the rest of you Hillites stop claiming this was your "turf" IT WASN'T.
Added: August 5, 2010


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mary johnson
From: Long Branch NJ
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

To Dennis Doyle:
I am glad I was able to forward that information to you about Bob Sheppard. It was fun learning that he came from Richmond Hill and had such an interesting life. And I love the website you created for him.
And it gave me a chance to look at some of the other famous people from Richmond Hill too. I knew about Jack Lord; I didn't know about Cyndi Lauper though. How interesting! The more I think about it, the more I realize how fortunate I was to grow up there.
Thank you again and have a great day! Regards, Mary Johnson
Added: August 5, 2010


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john hitsos
From: atlanta, ga.
E-mail:
Al Victors music store was the small music/sports store that was located between 121 and 122nd st.
They offered music lessons in the back usually by the guys in the local nieghborhood bands.
Added: August 5, 2010

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John Celauro
From: Long Island
E-mail:
Diners... The "diner" on 111th st (I assume you mean on Jamaica Ave, next to the pool hall, downstairs to the left) was great to go to Mass to. We used to order the Holy Fries, while ostensibly attending Mass. Great place... did a lot of praying there (that our parents wouldn't walk in and see us).
I remember a diner near the triangle... near the Einhorn's supermarket (Harry Fuimaria would remember Einhorns, competitor to Bohack, who as I recall bought them out. I'm kind of sketchy there, but Harry weigh in on that if you would), later Key Food...
I vaguely recall a bowling alley there, the diner though near there had great fries too, for a quarter no less. Took some first dates there, expressing my fidelity to them, till they started to compare notes.
I was busted due to my diner exploits.
Added: August 5, 2010

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Steve Batthany
From: east moriches NY
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com
to vinny smith: an old neighbor from 114 st
Hey Vinny, I think that the store you are talking about was called Arlos (the propritors) last name.
He was very nice and had fine merchandice. I think that he sold some jewelry in the store. sbatthany SBJL52
Added: August 4, 2010

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PATRICIA CENTAURO FONTANA
From: FLORIDA
E-mail:
Lived on 120th Street between 107th & Liberty Ave.
What a great site! I will be back!
Added: August 4, 2010

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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com
to the person looking for terry bornschein she is my cousin.
go to super pages .com type in her name and you will get her phone number. i sent you an email but it must have went to spam.
regards eddie
Added: August 3, 2010

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Robert Oldham
From: Maine
E-mail: roldha11@yahoo.com
Arthur, Joe, Patty, Rose, 110th gang
from Bobby
Added: August 3, 2010

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Anne Sanks Miller
From: Hobe Sound Florida
E-mail: amiller1957@live.com
To Joanne Gesuele:
I forgot alll about Uncle Jacks's. I remember on the first day he had a line outside his door. All the kids in the neighborhood went there to buy school supplies.
Those were the days, and Gertz Department Store. Memories, Memories, thanks for bringing them back :)
Added: August 3, 2010

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Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mail:
Diners - hands down - 111st. Diner for late night fun in the late '60s.
Added: August 2, 2010

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vin smith
From: saugerties, ny
E-mail:
There was a small music store on Liberty on about 121st or 123st. I can't remember the name. I bought a Black Les Paul guitar there back in 1970. Now He Made The Best Pizza!
Added: August 2, 2010

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John Stott
From: Austin, Texas
E-mail: jcstott@aol.com
In 1950 I visited with the Dr. George and Ruth Fernlund, I believe it was at 86-20 115th street just a few doors off Jamaca ave. It was at the time of the Long Island RR collision. I was with their nephew Robert C. Rogers, we were in the US Air Force at the time.
If you know of anyone that remains of the Fernlund family I would like to hear from them. Any news would be appreciated.
Added: August 1, 2010

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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Just checking... again.
Anyone remember Anthony Market, Kenneth Erwin, Jimmy Dooley, Virginia Giaconni, Margaret Dempsey... mid 1950's at HCJ?
I lived at 114-11 86th Avenue. I see the house has recently sold. Fun to see on Google. Long time since I left but still fond memories.
Added: August 1, 2010

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Joanne Felicciardi Gesuele
From: Centereach, NY
E-mail: liloveit@hotmail.com
Bornschien:
I've noticed many comments posted by people with the name Bornschein. Are any of you related to a "Terry Bornschien" she and I met while working together at CBS / Columbia Records in NYC (Now Sony Entertainment Music).
We were good friends, but lost touch, I've been trying to track her down. She lived on 101st Avenue in RH, and moved to the Lindenhurst area with her family.
Added: July 31, 2010

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Joanne Felicciardi Gesuele
From: Centereach, NY
E-mail:
Wow what great memories.
Spent lots of time at all these places, John Adams Sr. day spent at Jahns with many from the graduating class of 74. I do remember Gertz Christmas display, nothing even comes close. Does anyone remember the book club at Gertz. You'd get a b-day card and an invite to come pick up a book of your choice, which now that I think back on it I'm sure had to be paid for by my mom.
Another great memory is that of the Memorial Day parade. Remember "Uncle Jacks" toy store on Liberty Ave and about 119th Street. He always received the loudest cheers.
Added: July 31, 2010

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Mary Fleury
From: Middletown, Rhode Island
E-mail: mperlingiero@cox.net
Looking for information on the family of Dr. Fernlund.
They had 3 children - Kristen, Audrey, and Richard. They lived on 115th Street next to Union Congregational Church.
I believe their home was sold in 1962. They also owned a home in Huntington, L.I. Would appreciate any leads.
Added: July 31, 2010

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Linda (Trick) Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com
Teresa, Hope all is well with you.
I agree about Salerno's - they had great food and it was affordable. The only thing I didn't like was when that accordian player came to your table. It was usually when you had a mouthful of pasta and the other diners would all turn to stare at you.
I think people tipped him so he would go away!
Added: July 31, 2010

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Maureen Connelly Cahill
From: Sun City Hilton Head
E-mail:
I lived right near Salerno's & they had great pizza & Italian food. The two owners were Nick & Joe (I Think)?
Added: July 30, 2010

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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
I am surprised no one has mentioned that wonderful Italian Restaurant Salernos... right near Jahns!!
They had great Italian food! Maybe I missed that posting!
Added: July 30, 2010

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J. Santini
From: New York
E-mail:
One more vote for Pizza City on Crossbay Blvd., some of the best sicilian pizza ever to hit a hot oven.
It was always a welcome stop on the way back from Rockaway Beach on a hot summer afternoon, along with a tall cold soda, it was a perfect ending to a lazy summer vacation day... who cared if the old Merc we drove had no air conditioning, we were used to the heat, as most of us had no A/C at home either...
I'm old enough to remember as well the White Castle on Rockaway Blvd. and Liberty Ave., where the girls would roll out on skates to take your order as you pulled up to a spot in the parking lot. Open the window halfway and soon she'd come out with a plastic coated tray piled high with sliders on a paper plate covered with a sheet of waxed paper, the greasiest and tasiest fries, and ice cold cokes and orange drinks in paper cups which reminded us "don't be a litterbug" and dispose of properly. She'd clip that tray onto the car window, and we were set. Who could forget that aroma!...
great times, even better now with the passing years.
Added: July 30, 2010

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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com
Hey everyone, the best thing about Richmond Hill is that we all grew up there!
Someone mentioned Pizza City, it reminded me of Lenny's Clam Bar (?) that was on the other side of Crossbay Blvd. and had the most delicious stuffed baked clams that I have ever eaten.
Added: July 29, 2010

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John Celauro
From: Long Island NY
E-mail:
In order to end the "GREAT PIZZA DEBATE" I offer, even though it was outside of the perimeter of Richmond Hill as I described in a previous post...
I offer the place where we all went to on the way home from the beach (Rockaway) and that was PIZZA CITY. That should end it. No one didn't like PIZZA CITY. It was a factory, serving thousands of pies to all you beachgoers, whether you hitched to the beach, drove, rode your bike or walked (because no one picked you up when you did hitch.)
End of discussion... now onto... hmmm? diners?
Added: July 28, 2010

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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
cosmo - mark young
the last time i sean you was in a coffee shop on the east side near the fdr drive, i think it was first avenue. i walked in and you were sitting on the wright side of the store. you had a con edison hat on and it was blue. we talked a bit and that was it .
the year was 1971 or 1972 i am guesing. take care, mark
Added: July 28, 2010

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Roberta Dee
From: Atlantic Beach, N.Y.
E-mail: bertros6@yahoo.com
Spent most of my childhood & adult years in Richmond Hill!!
It will always be a part of my heart!!
Added: July 27, 2010

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MARY ROSE
From: BOYTON BEACH FLA
E-mail:
Hi - anyone living in Florida that remembers Carlos Pizza should visit Dominics iii in Lake Worth (Hypoluxo and Jog rds).
This is the same owner as the original Carlos Pizza in RH, they even have a picture hanging up of the original place in Richmond Hill with Charlie Maggio. Pizza is excellent (same original recipe) and brought back a lot of memories for me!!!! Ask for the owner Matty (Matteo) - a great guy who worked many years at Carlos on Lefferts Blvd.
He loves talking to people from the old neighborhood!
Added: July 27, 2010

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Diane Caracciola
From: NC
E-mail: Dianeatwork2003@yahoo.com
WOW! I didn't recognize one name on the posts I read, but I certainly recognized all the places! smokey park, the boys club, Big Bow-wow - which immediately reminded me of mystic colasus. And all the pizza places!
I read some posts of years past, & someone mentioned the Christmas village at Gertz. That is something I will never forget! Great site!
Added: July 27, 2010

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Frank Lanzone
From: Manhasset
E-mail: flanzone@aol.com
I did not know that Bob Sheppard lived on 110th St!
Over the years it uncanny to see how many people I have met that all lived within a few blocks of me on 110th St.
Tom Kiesling whose dad had KayJay Meats on Liberty Ave, Sean Grimes whose dad was the Morton's Salt 'very uncommon actor' and later starred on "All in the Family." Rich Kaiser. All the Corrigans. Mike Friend, who wrote the book "Kitchen Spanish" and Kim West amongst others.
Added: July 26, 2010

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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore, Ok
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net
Tom Feldman:
Tommy Ivo of S&S speed shop. Haven't thought of him in a long time. There were so many muscle cars in the Richmond Hill area to list.
I was merely scratching the surface. Artie Truman had a dragster up on 124 St and Hillside Ave at his gas station too. Had two 426 hemis in it. To my knowledge he never got up the nerve to drive it.
Added: July 24, 2010

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Cosmo Mastropaolo
From: New Vernon New Jersey
E-mail:
Looking for classmates who graduated from St Benedict Joseph in 1960 and Richmond Hill High 1964.
Added: July 24, 2010

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Frank Lanzone
From: Manhasset
E-mail: flanzone@aol.com
I dont know if anyone looks at this site anymore.
Anyhow, we lived in RH from 54 through 70. My dad was a doctor on 110th st. I could go on forever about where i grew up.
fond memories include Winther's, Sukons, Al Diamonds, Kresges, Levensons, The El, the multiple pizza places, the Casino and Lefferts theaters, smokey oval etc.
Added: July 23, 2010

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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com
to all you pizza nuts out there angelos was the worst russos on 101ave just east of lefferts bl. was better then frank & joe russo opened villa russo
Added: July 23, 2010

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Robert (Bob) Koenig
From: Hoschton, Georgia
E-mail: sprucecrk@earthlink.net
I grew up after being born in Jamaica at 92-18 102nd Street. Was a 1954 graduate of RHHS and married my sweetheart Orene from Ozone Park. My family were members of Pilgrim Cong Church. My wife and I recently celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary.
During high school I worked for Dahmens Florist on Jamaica Avenue. We lived around the corner from the Bond Bakery and every once in a while went to the back door of the place and the worker flipped us a HOT bread. Boy was that ever good.
Added: July 23, 2010

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Joann DeTommaso
From: Florida
E-mail: pfigurito@cfl.rr.com
I graduated from St. Teresa of Avila, in 73. It's located on 111th Ave. & 130th St. Across the street was Kip's Drug Store & Abe's Candy store.
I remember Mrs. Sinnot as the school secretary. There was a Dan's Supermarket diagonally from there & right on 126 & 111 was Anne's Candy store, the fish market, Gus & John's Deli, the beer & soda distributor, & a card shop.
I don't see anyone's name in here that I went to school with, but just maybe somewhere down the line that will change. I lived on 126th st. & 115th ave. I come from a family of 4 other sisters & 5 brothers.
Reading some comments posted, I remember certain things growing up. My dad belonged to the American Legion on Rockaway Blvd. across from Stallone's Bakery & St. Anthony's. They used to have a bizaar there in the empty lot across the street. But also remember someone mentioning the parades. My dad marched every year, and one year one of my older sisters marched as Miss Liberty. She must've been about 10-12 yrs. old. Not positive. I also remeber the lumber yard further down Rockaway, i think like 134th st. or something like that.
I was just there for my mom's 85th b'day, visited the old neighborhood & seen how so much has changed. As time goes on, and we grow older and go are able to revisit the past, it's just incredible how dramatic those changes can be.
Well, I do look forward to meeting up with someone I know, but if not, maybe one of you will remember some of the things I remember & share. Thanks!
Added: July 23, 2010

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Richie Schmidt
From: Boynton Beach FL
E-mail:
To Matt W.:
Being younger, and a generation apart with probably the only thing in common being 123st/95ave, it's no surprise that you wouldn't specifically remember me. Our age group was closer to that of the younger Rohr, Tommy.
We knew your group, though. Good that you get to see them once a year.
Added: July 22, 2010

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mark w young
From: baton rouge la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
art bornschein:
the question is yes the best pizza was angelos from 1955 to 1965; scar around his neck was from a wound during WWII either fighting for the italians or the americans. sometimes he wore a bandana and some times he did not.
and the reason why he opened late in the afternoon is because he had a gambling problem horse racing. always at the big A, this was before otb.
Added: July 22, 2010

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Chris Smith
From: Floral Park, New York
E-mail: csmith9@nyc.rr.com
Bill Heaney,
You might be interested in my posting on October 27, 2008. It is about Sgt. Schaefer. Unfortunately I can't find the magazine.
Added: July 22, 2010

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tom feldman
From: illinois
E-mail:
vince-
you forgot Tommy Ivo (used to park his dragster at 108th street & Atlantic ave); maybe he lived there, I don't know.
I think I broke in to his business when I was 7. I recall being lifted and shoved through a partly open window one night to retrieve something the older guys had tossed in. No guard dog, fortunately.
Added: July 21, 2010

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Robert Jones
From: Va
E-mail: rev047@aol.com
Looking for old friends from 97th ave and 125th st.
Added: July 20, 2010

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ken snyder
From: florida
E-mail: kennbtkn@aol.com
in regards to joe schafer the war hero:
when he came home he was given a massive parade all along jamaica ave and up 102st. i think he lived north of jamaica ave on 102st. we lived on 102st just before park lane south.
he sat on the top seat of this large touring car and waved to everyone. he was our home town hero. my father knew joe, living in the 1930 & 1940s in richmond hill you knew every one for blocks around.
Added: July 20, 2010

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

Art B.:
Art, I wish I was up there, I would love to treat you to a slice. LOL. Bob Sheppard, another great reason why the Hill is so awesome. We continue to surprise. I wish it was 1960 all over again.
Hope everyone's having a great summer. As a Vietnam vet, I salute our SOLDIER in the park.
Added: July 20, 2010


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

To Richie Smith:
Yes that was the group. We also had Paul Rohr and Steve Seyster in our group. There were some great stickball games. I know we challenged the 122nd street gang. Greg Rantenella, Vinnie, and Chris Bonomo. Some good time.
I can't say I remember you but the name is familiar. I still see all those guys about once a year.
Added: July 19, 2010


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John Samuels
From: Wheeling, West Virginia
E-mail: john_samuels2@msn.com

Have found a JAHN'S menu with an address of Rego Park, NY.
Menu is fantastic - Broiled Roumanian Tenderloin steak $1.75; Veal Cutlet Parmigianne $1.49... just to quote a few.
Thought you might be interested.
Added: July 18, 2010


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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore, Ok
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net

It's always a pleasure to check on the Richmond Hill page.
A topic I see a lot of comments on this time is pizza. I don't remember if it was Carlos or Tommies pizza at Lefferts blvd & Liberty ave. Always enjoyed it there, but I also have fond memories of Aldo's pizza on 118 St and Atlantic ave. But then someone mentioned New Park pizza over on Crossbay blvd. Now that stirred up some memories. It reminded me of racing out past the first bridge. That certainly was a place to see some incredible muscle cars. And then there was the Big Bow Wow. I haven't thought about that place in years.
Crossbay blvd as I recall pretty much got too hot for racing after Billy Lapaglia split his 69 Ford Torino into 2 or 3 pieces after wrapping it around a tree at 100+ MPH. We even had our share of racing on Atlantic Ave from the 121 St light to around the middle of Smokey park. The trick was to shut it down before ya got to the curve.
Guys like Artie Risdell better known as Rip, Tommy Layden, Bobby La Curto, Billy Filasky, and lets not forget Roger Auglieri AKA Roger Mustang.
We definetly had some serious motor heads in the neighborhood. Definetly a colorful place to grow up.
Added: July 18, 2010


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Raymond Kelly
From: Ocala, Florida
E-mail: rjk412@yahoo.com

I also had the privlege of knowing of Joe Schaefer as his sister was in my class at Holy Child.
Her name was Virginia and she brought his congressional medal into school for us to see, that was back in 1945 and it left quite an impression on all of us as I still remeber it as though it was yesterday.
We should always be proud of our heroes such as Joe for the freedom we have enjoyed in this country.
Added: July 17, 2010


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Dennis R. Foster
From: Carmel, CA
E-mail: drfoster@redshift.com

I have had occasion to meet, know, and/or see in person a number of famous American men. Only two of those men, Bob Sheppard and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., stand out in memory as having been remarkably eloquent, dapper, and dignified.
Back in 1967 I was invited by Lenny Neubauer, a friend from Richmond Hill High School, to play half-court basketball with him and other faculty members at John Adams High School. Our first game had just gotten underway when a silver-haired man in his fifties, who was nattily attired in a blue blazer, gray trousers, white shirt and tie, appeared on the sideline.
By virtue of his striking presence and deportment, I was quickly under the impression he was a rather substantial and important person. He stayed to watch the game for a time while he spoke quietly on the sideline with another faculty member. After the end of play, as I was changing back into street clothes with the other players inside the health education office, I heard a voice which sounded like that of someone I knew. Upon turning around I saw the nameless man who I had seen earlier in the gym. I was perplexed. I don't know this fellow, I thought, so how is it I know his voice?
Lenny saw the confused look on my face. He said, "That's Bob Sheppard... the announcer at Yankee Stadium." I looked once more at Mr. Sheppard, and said, "Aha! So that's what he looks like." Thus one of the great mysteries of my childhood had been solved.
Added: July 15, 2010


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Richie Schmidt
From: Boynton Beach FL
E-mail: trscreative@aol.com

To Matt W. -
Would your "group" with Joe Sica also include Joe Cutrone (who posts here on occasion) Joe Tusa, Debbie & Lorraine, Al Cimaglia, Pat Carmbody, etc? It was 123rd St. and I and my "gang" were the younger kids there on the block.
We all thought of you guys as the cool older teens. I suppose we were the pain-in-the-ass kids, but I do remember we had some classic "battle of the age groups" games in stick and whiffle ball.
Added: July 15, 2010


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

I often travel around the country for work where on occasion I draw attention and sometimes derisive comments for my NY accent.
What a great thing to learn that the most revered and respected public address announcer in the history of sport, a man known for his precise enunciation and use of vocabulary, is in fact a Richmond Hill native. I'm sorry I didn't have him as a teacher at John Adams or at St. John's University.
Learning only now that he was a Richmond Hill native, and a fellow native of 110th Street no less, I can go forward with confidence knowing I too can pronounce all syllables of a word correctly, especially the consonants NY'ers are so famous for dropping. RIP Mr. Sheppard - you were a treasure to NY, and Richmond Hillites are proud of our native son.
Added: July 15, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Dennis Doyle,
I see you added the yankee announcer to famous people, well theres one missing... his name is Joe Schaffer and they dedicated a statue up in jackson pond to this hero... he won the congressional medal of honor during world war two... along with a host of other medals... he was the most decorated mitilary man from our town...
he used to bartend at my place your place on 110 st and jamaica ave... see if you can add this hero to your list...
I met him a few times, great guy...
Added: July 14, 2010


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

Paul La Vecchia:
In response to your offer, I'm going out tonight for pizza, I'll be needing you credit card #. I'll wait until then. Thanks, Art
Matt Wasilefsky:
Didn't want to get into the "pizza" fray, but, as you mentioned, Angelo's was the best for me. Maybe because it was directly across the street from my apartment building on 101 (Jerome) Ave.
Burned the skin off of the roof of my mouth many times there. I still picture him clearly in my mind (Angelo) with his half ear or ears. (Never did ask him what happened to them).
Added: July 14, 2010


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Frank Biscay
From: Iselin, NJ
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com

Bob Shepherd, Yankee announcer, lived on 110th Street between 107 and 109 avenues.
In fact, in the mid 40's i lived upstairs in his mothers two family house which was probably the third or fourth house from 107 Avenue on the even numbered side.
He was a speech teacher in John Adams HS in the late 50's and taught my friend, Bob Good, how to overcome his stutter. He was also an English teacher part of the time. He'll be missed.
Added: July 13, 2010


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TOM BLANK
From: MORICHES NY
E-mail:

It was good to get some answers on my note.
I lived on 133 where 103 met Liberty, 2nd house in. Went to PS 55 and PS 57, then to St Pius in So Jamaica.
My father was bartender in Bauman's Bar and Grill. We also lived in an Apt. behind McCourt and Trudden Funeral Home which was across the street on opposite corner from Library.
My cousin Artie and wife had a storefront rest about 2 doors down from Library for a while. McCabes lived over drug store and Priest across street over a store, Gunn lived on Jerome Ave and 132 and when I was there Horns lived over Baumans.
My cousins played ball for the Atomics and the Royals.
Added: July 13, 2010


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

To Art Bornschien
That gun event at the Benzinos deffinitely stands out in my mind. He actually shot a stray bullet through our house window which the detectives came and picked up.
Mike Sicas younger brother Joe hung out in our group and I still see him every year or so. His brother Mike lives out in Suffolk County.
I see everyone has been discussing the best pizza, perhaps you remember angelos pizza restaurant on 101st avenue between 124th and 125th street. That was the absolute best pizza in New York. As I recall the restaurant would open late afternnons.
To Barb. Thanks for the memory comment. It is amazing how much old stuff I remember and new stuff I forgot.
Added: July 13, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:
And proud to add Bob Sheppard was a product of St. John's Prep in Bed-Stuy (as I am).
Added: July 12, 2010

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Yeon Lee
From: Kew Gardens
E-mail:
I recently moved to Kew Gardens and truly enjoy the neighborhood. I was trying to get further information about the neighborhood and found this website. After reading the history provided here I am very thankful for finding your information. Not only did I find out about how Kew Gardens is connected to Richmond Hill but I also learned about Maple Grove Cemetery which I do not live too far from. I had no idea of its past and it is incredible how this cemetery helped in the creation of Kew Gardens.
Thank you for your Historical Society website!
Added: July 12, 2010

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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Mary Johnson:
Thank you for sharing the information regarding Bob Sheppard. I did not know he was born and raised in Richmond Hill. I placed him in our list of Noteworthy People from Richmond Hill and compiled this webpage about him.
Added: July 12, 2010

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mary johnson
From: Long Branch NJ
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello All! Hope the summer is turning out well for everyone.
I just wanted to comment on the passing of legendary Bob Sheppard. I never knew he was a Richmond Hill person having been born there in 1910. And he taught at one time in my old alma mater, John Adams High School. But he was there and left many years before I went to the school.
What a career and a life he had! A life well lived! Have a great day everyone. Regards Mary
Added: July 12, 2010


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

Tom Blank,
I knew all your buddies but I don't remember you. I was delivery boy for LoBue Brothers grocery. The candy store next to the library was Larino's (sp?), Janie's family. Ray Horn was closer to my age. We carpooled to the Brooklyn Navy Yard with John Moran.
Added: July 11, 2010


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

Are you people kidding me, I lived up the block from Connie's pizza for 20 years. Although pretty good, was far from the best. Steve's on Jam. ave. near 111th st. was by far the best.
I've eaten pizza at most of the places mentioned. New park was also outstanding. But there were so many great ones in Queens. Astoria, were my wife is from also has great pies.
Everyone tonite go out have a slice on me. LOL. P.S. Connie's burnt quite few also.
Added: July 11, 2010


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john trainor
From: northport ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Tom Blank,
I remember two of the names you mention & I used to live on 131st St just off Liberty, having moved there from Manhattan in 1953. Bobby Gunn would hang out at a candy store on Liberty a few doors from 131st St. My older brother & he didn't get along and duked it out one day, but in time came to peaceful terms. Dougie Horn went to John Adams about the time I did, always a popular guy, always fun and upbeat. He passed away quite some time ago.
There was a grocery store on the corner, a library a block away, the Lefferts movie theater was near, and PS 121 an easy walk from our house. Everything you needed in that one nice area. Good luck and health to you.
Added: July 10, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, South Carolina
E-mail:

So much talk about pizza.
Anyone remember Maureen Cummings or Betsy Forey? Went to school at Mary Louis with my sister, Alice Wood, now living in Atlanta.
Is Our Lady of Wisdom still functioning? Obviously been a long time, leaving 114-11 86th Avenue in 1957. Oh, HCJ for eight years before my father retired and moved to Miami.
Added: July 10, 2010


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Richie Weis
From: Patchogue NY
E-mail: Romeowisk@aol.com

Damn I grew up in richmond hill 1968-1985, went to PS 55, JHS 226, then RHHS.
My grandprents lived on 130 St between Liberty and 103 Ave for 35 years. Remember Swifts, Labue's, Pinincis... sorry about the spelling.
Added: July 10, 2010


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TOM BLANK
From: MORICHES NY
E-mail: TOMGENIE@aol.com

I grew up in RH until 1951 when we moved to LI.
I am writing this in memory of 4 of my best buddies Rich McCabe, Doug Horn, Bobby Priest, and Bobby Gunn who have passed on. Also my four cousins George, Bob and Eddie Blank, and Artie Brooks. All from between 130th and 132nd Streets and Liberty Ave.
RIP. I know they have a good Ballteam in Heaven.
Added: July 9, 2010


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Sheryl Maldonado
From: Hawley, Pennsylvania
E-mail:

If you traveled a little west, over to the corner of Woodhaven Blvd. and Jamaica Ave., you would come to the best pizza place ever... Carlos pizza.
Added: July 9, 2010


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Richie Schmidt
From: Boynton Beach FL
E-mail: trscreative@aol.com

Hello Richmond Hillers past & present.
Been reading posts for sometime now and first time posting today. Mostly because I have to nominate Carlos Pizza (Lefferts & Liberty) as a contender for best pizza.
Good to see old friends names and posts. Great stories of the past.
Added: July 9, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mail:

To my fellow pizza lovers -
I have eaten at both Connie's and Tommy's. Both excellent pizza, a little different in flavor. TOP TWO FOR SURE.
Any other votes? Eat at Connies after a HJC CYO baseball game wins with Mr. G. When I got older eat at Tommy's on Liberty downstairs from the Pool Hall. Anyone?????
Added: July 9, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mail:

To Robert Sheridan:
Your right about the pizza place in Seal Beach. That is the only good pizza in CA. I eat there at least every other week. Not far from my house.
The actually name is a Slice of New York in Seal Beach.
Added: July 9, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Best Pizza...
have to say it isin't in richmond hill... its in howard beach, and its still there today... new park pizza... biggest slices and best pies around... still today...
Added: July 9, 2010


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Maureen Connelly Cahill
From: Sun City Hilton Head
E-mail:

Hank Michel,
Just realized it was not Sister Rose Gerald, but Sister Joan Ida that I had in 8th grade. Mind is going fast!!
Added: July 9, 2010


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Maureen Connelly Cahill
From: Sun City Hilton Head
E-mail:

Hank Michels,
I remember one of the nuns you spoke about. Believe it was Sister Rose Geraldine (not Gerald). Sister Rose Geraldine was from Ireland & was my 8th grade teacher.
I wanted desperately to go to Dominican Commercial H.S., but was the type who would get so nervous taking the test & I didn't make it. She told me to write them a letter telling them how much I wanted to attend the school. I did & a little while later I received an acceptance to the school.
Added: July 9, 2010


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Bill C.
From: Northport
E-mail:

Carmine Coletti,
My wife was a regular at Jahn's Richmond Hill, and sadly we know why it closed, I grew up in Flushing on Main Street in the 50s and early 60s.
You say Jahn's opened up on Main Street, don't you mean Chang's!
Added: July 9, 2010


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Vin Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail: vlsmithfam@aol.com

Carlos was the best pizza, that I remember.
Liberty and 117th I think. It was there long before Tommy's.
Added: July 8, 2010


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robert staab
From: orange county
E-mail:

with out a doubt Connie's had the best pizza, Jamicia Ave on 107th to 108th Street.
I would go in the kitchen as a kid and see all the food being prep'd. hahaha we wouldn't eat it now, but he had the best back then. Jamaica Ave 102nd to 111th Streets, the best ever.
Added: July 8, 2010


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Dougie Flynn
From: L I N Y
E-mail:

Hands down- Tommy's Pizzeria on 118st and Liberty.
Added: July 8, 2010


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

To: Matt Wasilefsky
I lived on 125 St. & 101 Ave. I worked for "Kay-Dek" from 1961-62, as did Paul "Shaldanot". I went to RHHS with Mike Sica, but don't recognize any of the other names.
Also, I "DO" remember the Benzinos (Beverley) and the time her brother held off the cops, at their house, with a rifle.
Added: July 8, 2010


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Barb Wojtko
From: CO
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

To Matt Wasilefsky--
I remember some of the names you mentioned! There was Irene Coleman on the corner of 124th and 95th Ave. The Flynns lived one or two houses away-- I went to school with Noreen Flynn. I remember two Dumrouf girls-- think their names were Fran and Barbara.
My aunt and uncle lived on 124th St-- Al and Agnes Hank. If any of them visit this site I hope they'll write in and let us know where life has taken them.
You have a really good memory, Matt!
Added: July 7, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

To Bob Winter:
Try New York Pizza (I think that's the name) on Main St in Seal Beach. Down about a half mile on left from PCH. Not bad.
Don't confuse it with another almost next door.
Added: July 7, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Rick Ohle, wow theres a name, yes I remember you, boys club, softball at richmond hill in the summer.
Your brother John and I swam together on holy child swim team... remember a guy named Jerry Murtha, and Gene O'Brien, both were on my relay and we took third in the olympics... lol
you had a brother Billy as well... my mom and your mom bowled together in the rosary society...
and Bobby Sheridan, now I remember you, you were good friends with Ernie Pericas, I lived across the street from them... and Billy Costalino, and Ernie and myself use to hang out on 109st all the time... wow names from the past... have to think way back to remember...
Bobby Sheridan I remember one time we went to jamaica shopping, and when we came back you put your hand in the richmond hill saving bank night deposit and pulled out a 20 dollar bill... 20 dollars was alot of money back then... lol
Added: July 7, 2010


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Carmine Coletti
From: Glen Oaks NY
E-mail: carminecoletti@aol.com

I grew up in Flushing and when a Jahn's opened up on Main Street, that was huge news.
My wife and I described the Richmond Hill Jahn's to our daughter just the other day. Sadly she will never know the thrill of going to Jahn's. Some things should really last forever.
Thank You John Jahn!!
Added: July 6, 2010


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Hank Michel
From: Georgetown Texas
E-mail: Hank@bighank.com

It is gratifying to read how much RH was appreciated by everyone. I too had a blast there.
I haven't seen many comments from HCJ classmates of 1957. We had some great nuns, Sr. Juan Ita, Sr. Rose Gerald, Sr. Joseph Patrive, Sr. Consuella, and more. I stayed friends with Sr. Joseph Patrice until her death a few years ago. What an inspiring and wonderful woman. We named our daughter after her.
I don't even hear too many comments about Uncle Ralph at Glenn's. I worked there several years as his counterpart after working many years at the Hofbrau.
There were so many great memories from both places. I hope everyone has a great summer.
Added: July 6, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mail:

OK! I guess everyone has their own opinion on where Richmond Hill statrs and stops. So let's move on ---
What was the best pizza place and who had the best pizza? Have fun with this one, since I'm out here in California now and only found 2 good pizza places, but not New York Pizza.
Added: July 5, 2010


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

The comments on the South Queens Boys Club brought back memeories, I too was a member and remember the bowling alley in the basement.
You had to press down the lever and metal rods would pop up for you to set the pins. Quite frequently someone would leave the rods up and than the bowler would throw the ball and get a big thunk sound and nothing would happen. Needless to say there were a lot of bent rods from this.
Lets hear more from the 124th and 123rd street and 95th ave people. It was great growing up there.
We had the Colemans, Flynns, Sicas, Britenbachs, Walshs, Carmody, Jasiaks, Sheldonats, and across the streets you had then Benzionos, Dumrouf,s Dockpwits, and the KEY DEK factory.
Anyone remember any of this?
Added: July 5, 2010


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Mary H Price
From: Ireland
E-mail: moiragannaire@yahoo.co.uk

Hi, I am hoping to make contact with my relatives.
My fathers uncle David McDonald lived in Richmond Hill in the 1950's, and was married to a German woman. He worked as a bus driver. His son is also called David and visited our family in 1955, he was 16 at the time making him approx 71 now.
My father, Joey Price, was in the USA in 1974 and looked for this family but couldn't find them in Richmond Hill.
Any help would really be appreciated, we have very few relatives on this side of the family and would love to make contact. Thank you so much.
Added: July 5, 2010


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linda hammer
From: ozone pk
E-mail: lfoy0003@charter.net

live in mo. now.
I remember Lennihans, the Red Den, and McGowans. tended bar at the Jagermeister, and Red Den.
Added: July 3, 2010


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Rick Ohle
From: Los Angeles
E-mail: Aquaticz@att.net

Hello All, I wanted to respond to those that wrote:
For Connie Russo- I remember you. I was a toe head until I was about 31, then I had kids, need I say more… LOL. It stayed blonde until I was in my forties & now a light brown with (oh my) gray highlights.
Connie thank you so much for mentioning all those people (Arthur D'Alessio, Anna Trieste, Joan Yee, Jack Inzetta, Anna Paolella, Kay Annunziato, Tony Spoto, Linda Piccoli, James Palazzolo, Maria Malta, Sue Caracciolo). Once I shook off the dust off my memory I remember them all. They were all a part of my life growing up, going to school at Holy Child Jesus & later at RHHS. Can you believe we had up to about 60 kids in a class!
Do you keep in touch with them? I dated Kay for a while in HS, in fact she was my date for the Prom. The kids found an old prom photo many years ago which they gave me a hard time about (don't all kids). I still have it.
WE had a hell of a prom! We went to the Top of the 666's and saw Glenn Miller & his band. What a show & what a memory. Then we went to see Rodney Dangerfield, where old Rodney knew a beauty when he saw one, he had Kay sitting in his lap in no time and was making jokes about me in front of the whole place… on stage. Side bar: Dustin Hoffman dam near did the same when I worked at Cinema 1. Then as I recall a trip to the Staten Island Ferry followed by a day at the beach. I also remember sleeping for day's afterward.
Those were the days – thanks for reminding me. I was just looking at names here on the guest book and remember many of you. I suppose that is because I am in the middle of my siblings. The oldest is 5 years older than me and the youngest 5 years younger. Bill Heaney, Richie Newel, Ken Ball, Paul La Vecchia (Hi Paul), Bill Mahan, Dennis Doyle of course, Sheryl Maldonado, Anne Marie Kujawski (Hello), Bob Rainis, you have a sister I went to school with Jeanne think, you lived down the block from us), Michael LaMarca, McDunna & Tom Feldman.
I think it is time to break out the old graduation photos's. Anyone remember Sister Ann Michell? How about Sister Regina Margret? Miss Sack's.
I also read about Glenn's and Ralph the bartender. He served my folks their first drink as a couple, he also served me my first drink. My uncles woked at the Triangle. I worked a Cameo pet shop as did both my brothers Steve & John. I also worked at Jahn's (cutting the cream, dressing it, worked the counter & occasionally the grill. Lots of memories there. I also set up tables with a friend named Mitch for Bingo next door at the RKO after it's glory days' were over. Anyone remember the vaudeville acts at the Sat afternoon show at the RKO? The roller Rink on Hillside Ave ( I think) The 4 th of July... LOL. now that was a holiday!
Anyone remember the bottle rocket wars in the HS yard? When we were really out of hand we used roman candles to shoot at the other side. Then there was the annual trip to NY ChinaTown to get the goods. I think everyone knew we were selling them because we would fill a trash can (those silver wire ones) with mats of fire crackers. What we did to that poor building... Climbed all over it to retrieve handballs and the like.
Once we stole the keys and all the gym equipment just before school started. Murray Stockfedder called each of us by name into his office the first day of school. He wanted to know cough, cough... if we could see to it that the stuff was retuned including the keys, should we happen to know who did it. That guy was great. He and the gym teachers who worked summers in the school yard & taught me a lot.
We lived across the street from the HS yard on 113th and 89th Ave since I was years old. I have not seen a game of stick ball since I was 17. Best Johnny on the Pony games in the HS yard & at the Boy's Club on Atlantic Ave. I spent a lot of time at both places as a young boy and early teenager.
I am glad I left RH when I did but I shall never forget what a place it was. Richmond Hill was a slice of Americana. Where the air was clean, you could smell the trees and say hello to neighbors. They were either going to or coming from Jamaica Ave. Neighbors watched out for all of us (sometimes good sometimes not).
I have a great story about Forest Park and the time my brothers and I borrowed a few horses and took them HOME. I'll write about that another time... I told Dennis Doyle the story lately & he cracked up. This is long enough for now.
Thanks to all of you for a trip down memory lane. I have been talking with my wife & although I am not a good writer she thinks I should write down all I remember. Ummmmm I said what about the statue of limitations. Sal the cop may come looking for me. Regards to you, Rick Ohle
Added: July 3, 2010


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Brian McNerney
From: San Dimas, CA.
E-mail: ceo@lavernechamber.org

Grew up in Richmond Hill on 102st by Forest Park.
Went to Holy Child Jesus school and graduted in 1958. Went to Molloy after that and graduated in 1962. Loved the experience and have met a lot of old friends in the past but want to see if anybody else has turned up. I loved everthing about Richmond Hill. It was so special and taught us so much about life.
Loved the old Glenn's, Salerno's, Jahns, and Westfalls. We were married in Westfalls 40 years ago. My Wife, Carol Ann, lived down the street!! It was a great time to live in Richmond Hill and I love this site which brings back so many memories.
Going back to LI for a wedding and I have to take a trip to the old Church (Holy Child) which is celebrating 100 years this year. Anybody who remembers the McNerney's, Devine's, Claro's, from that time period please let us know. I still think about PS.66, the Holy Child gym, Mr. G, Mr. Ring, and Artie Beyer. It was so cool to live there and remember how special that time was.
I try to expain that to my California friends and they don't relate. After 33 years I still have my accent and I love it!!
Added: July 3, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Texas
E-mail:

Am proud to say I did a stint as a pin boy at the bowling alleys at the Atlantic Ave Boys Club. Do I ever date myself when I tell people that!
May have done that with Ernie Pericas (RIP) from 109th St.
Added: July 2, 2010


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

Hi Dougie,
Thank you for your comment, you made my day. I remember all the other names as well, Chris Wolf, John Godsell, and Pat Devitt. Please tell them you heard from me and please tell them to e-mail me if they like it would be great to hear from them.
The Boy's Club was a great place. I think of my job there and everyone often. Unfortunately, I'm not on Facebook. I'll be sure to tell Paul you said hello. Him and his family moved to Colorado about 6 years ago. He really likes it there. He checks out this site once in a while. I'm sure if he sees your post he'll reply.
In the meantime when I speak to him I'll tell him you were asking for him. Thanks Doug for writing back. Thanks for remembering me. You made my day. All the best. --Tony
Added: July 2, 2010


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Dougie Flynn
From: LI NY
E-mail:

John Brownne - Sometimes.
Is John Brownne your REAL name??? Yes, when it would get really windy I would have to run home, comb my hair see that it was OK only to go out in the wind again!! -Dougie
Added: July 2, 2010


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Dougie Flynn
From: LI NY
E-mail:

Tony Parlmisano-
Johnny Kestel and I got a good laugh after reading your post and commenting about the "Intermediate Game Room". Now that brings back some memories.
I don't know if you go on Facebook but they have a page called "I was a member of the South Queens Boys Club" with some old photo' s posted on it. I recognize some old faces and there is one of John D'agnese as well. Take care, Dougie
Added: July 1, 2010


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Maria T. Mirabile (nee Catalanotto) (Giannone)
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: redwine@optonline.net

Looking for classmates from St. Mary Gate of Heaven '1967.
Linda Forster, MaryAnn Smith, Donna Stillo, Susan Chiddo, Thomas Barcia, Thomas Fusaro...
Added: July 1, 2010


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john brownne
From: queens
E-mail:

dougie flynn is it true you would run home and fix your hair?
Added: June 30, 2010


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Dougie Flynn
From: LI NY
E-mail:

Hi Anthony,
I remember you. You were a great guy. I remember your brother Paul too. You were the only guy that worked the front desk and would let me in if I forgot my card. I think Ozzie and a few others worked it too. Ozzie would see me everyday and if I forgot my card he would say "You can't get in".
I'm going to Mike Kestel's house in 2 weeks and Castillo, Pat Devitt, Cris Wolf, John Godsell, and the Kestel Brothers will all be there. I'll be sure to foward your regards.
Also say hello to Paul for me. I remember going to the Annex with him and another student set me up and told me he liked to be called "Paulie" so I said to him "Hey, Paulie Paulie! What's up Paulie "Well he got so mad because he thought I was being a wiseguy (I guess I was not realizing) and he wanted to BRAWL! I had to calm him down by telling him I was just kidding with him.
After that I thought "Don't mess with Paul Parmisano". The things we remember.
Added: June 30, 2010


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail: anthony.palmisano@ca-cib.com

Hi Dougie,
This is Tony Palmisano and I worked the front desk and the intermediate game room at the Boys Club. I remember you and all the people you mentioned, Mike Costillo, the Kestels, and Joe Aqualina.
I passed the club some time last year and saw that the pool is gone. I couldn't believe it. I remember all of us raising money and literally helping dig the hole for the pool. Would like to hear from any one from the Boys Club. I started working there after school at 13. Then became a member of the Mens Club.
I have a lot of great memories and some sad ones too especially that April 1981. Thanks... Tony Palmisano
Added: June 29, 2010


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mike hedler
From: ten.
E-mail:

How I remember those days.
They were a special part of my life & I cherish those memmories, also the track meets and all the sports we played, the old crowd.
Added: June 28, 2010


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Grace Boll Ilasi
From: Elmont
E-mail: brandigrac@verizon.net

Would like to hear from anyone who went to P.S 108, in Ozone Park, Queens, in the 1960's.
Added: June 27, 2010


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Dougie Flynn
From: LI NY
E-mail:

Jennifer Espinoza- Did you have a brother named George?
Added: June 27, 2010


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Dougie Flynn
From: LI NY
E-mail:

Chris Glasser, I know you remember me.
I was Timmy Murphy's best friend growing up and still am to this day. I saw your post about Cammi Farrell and thought of my trip to the Dominican Republic last Dec. Unbeknownst to me, her brother George was sitting next to me in the Hotel restaurant! I didn't even recognize him. My friend did.
I hadn't seen George since '75 when we graduated from SBJL. We caught up for awhile and I also inquired about Cammi. She was a real sweetheart and I remember how her ears would stick out slightly because she always wore her hair in a pony-tail.
She has lived in Colorado close to 30 years now. I think she went to school there and stayed. She's been married for years and has a family and is doing quite well according to George who still lives in Queens by the way. Take care -Dougie.
Added: June 27, 2010


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Dougie Flynn
From: LI NY
E-mail:

Rick Ohle, I remember you from the Boy's Club.
You were a "Monitor " weren't you? I actually still keep in touch with guys like Mike Castillo, The Kestel Bros. Joey Aqualina to name a few. I think your friends were the Cinelli Bros. Pete Werner, the Haggerty's .
The Club is still there and I'm sure that you must of heard of the tragedy that befelled it's staff back in '81.
Added: June 27, 2010


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

No offense to you purists who are debating the jagged boundaries of Richmond Hill, but for me at least, living on one of those boundaries where the adjacent backyard was in Ozone Park, I always felt that I was living dead center in Richmond Hill - if not the center of the universe.
As an adult, I can see the larger and grander Victorians approaching Park Lane South, but as a child I thought of them as inferior to the center of my universe.
Reading this site, and receiving e-mails from newly discovered old friends (thanks to this site and Classmates.com) the common lamentation is how much the neighborhood has changed.
Thanks to this website, a few minutes allows me to return to a Richmond Hill perfectly intact - with kids wondering if one person could consume (or afford) a kitchen sink at Jahns, where the bakery crumb buns are perfect, and where baking Italian bread never smelled better.
I know Glenn's is long gone, but I imagine Ralph the bartender limping around - either crusty or friendly depending on his mood (mostly friendly), and where friends would be waiitng to welcome you in your favorite schoolyard.
Think hard enough, and you can almost smell the acrid scent of fireworks still hovering in the air on July 5th. No matter which corner (or center) of Richmond Hill you lived in, summer was certainly to me the best time. "A" train to Rockaway Beach anyone?
Added: June 26, 2010


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, FL.
E-mail: Dodgerman25@yahoo.com

Everyone can check this site under maps and click walking tour. (Victorian R.H.)
It shows North R.H. and Kew Gardens. That's the general area we hung out. Of course area 3 is the main site of 108th and PLS.
Does anyone remember the Rich-Haven LL. It started in 1958 and is now W.O.R.K.S LL. We played most of our games at Smoky Park 124th & Atlantic by LIRR tracks. The rest in Highland Park in Brooklyn. Right on Jamaica ave. Played until 1963 in Youth League. 13-15 yrs old.
This league is 52 yrs old they wrote us up in Long Island Press, Daily News amd NY Mirror, etc. I can't believe there isn't anyone else who played in the league back in the late 50's, early sixties.
We paraded up and down Jamaica Ave, from Woodhaven 76th St, all the way to Woodhaven Blvd with our uniforms on. What memories.
Added: June 25, 2010


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John Parnti
From: Mastic, NY
E-mail: jjaypare1@optonline.net

I hope this clears up the confusion, as copied from richmondhillny.com:
"Richmond Hill borders the Van Wyck Expressway to the East, 109th Avenue to the South, 101st Street to the West, and Metropolitan and Hillside Avenues to the North.
Atlantic Avenue is the division between North and South Richmond Hill. North Richmond Hill Zipcode is 11418 South Richmond Hill Zipcode is 11419.
Richmond Hill borders the communities of:
Kew Gardens to the North,
Briarwood to the Northeast,
Jamaica to the East,
South Ozone Park to the South,
Ozone Park to the Southwest,
Woodhaven to the West,
Forest Park, Glendale and Forest Hills to the Northwest."
Added: June 25, 2010


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John Santino
From: Queens, NY
E-mail:

if any of you are losing sleep out there re: what neighborhood you grew up in, may I suggest checking your zip code.
I think that's one thing the U.S. post office got right... maybe not.
Added: June 25, 2010


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

as far as the "boundary dispute" is concerned:
it really depends on your point of view. I have seen Liberty Avenue (at 111th Street) where my parents had the C&F Bar&Grill listed on maps of Queens as Ozone Park.
Wow, maybe someone should have painted boundaries with flourescent paint and put up signs saying:
Achting! You are now leaving the Richmond Hill district of the greatest city the world!
Liberty Avenue will always be Richmond Hill to me, just as 115-46 117th Street where we lived until July of 1962 be South Ozone Park. That is according to MY point of view.
Added: June 25, 2010


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Paul La Vecchia
From: Delray Beach, FL.
E-mail: Dodgerman25@yahoo.com

Well I'm glad to see the feistyness of our alumni (ALL RICHMOND HILLITES) We all express our Love for the old place were everyone grew up in a REAL life.
We were so lucky yo enjoy a such a beautiful area growing up. I'll ALWAYS BE A HILLITE. A GREAT SUMMER TO ALL.
Added: June 25, 2010


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

Wow! Did I say something wrong, when I said "the real Richmond Hill"?
I can assure everyone that I meant no offense, but was simply trying to clarify my confusion as to why the vast majority of contributors to this forum seem to be from near the Liberty Avenue area of the Hill, and so very few from the north/east area! (that would be from Atlantic Avenue to Hillside/Metropolitan Avenues, and from Lefferts Blvd to Van Wyck Expressway), which is an authentic and valid part (if not perhaps the very Heart and Soul) of Richmond Hill! (here he goes again!) Jamaica did not start until you get to the east side of Van Wyck. Now, we have enough Border Issues in this country already, lets not slice up RH, okay.
Seriously though folks, I always was told that the area from Atlantic Avenue south to Liberty Ave. and from Lefferts to Van Wyck was called "Morris Park", but I was born in Richmond Hill Sanitorium in March 1943, and that was to the south and west of Atlantic and Lefferts!?, and to further add to my confussion, my Maternal Grandparents lived one block south of Atlantic Avenue off of 104th street (I believe it was 94th Ave) right next to the Bordens Milk factory, and that was always called Ozone Park!
Now, I realize I am in the minority here, doubley so, not only because I lived on Jamaica Avenue, but I think I'm one of the few people who write in, that never went to Holy Child Jesus school! (I don't have anything against Jesus, in fact I love Jesus, I just never went to school with Him!) I hope this explaination helps to smooth any feathers I may have inadvertently ruffled with my socially insensitive statement! Shalome.
Can anyone tell me how to get in touch with Carolyn (Weiss) Mathis, who would have graduated from John Adams HS @ '60 or '61, or her brothers Albert or Ritchie? I would loved to know how they are doing. And does anyone remember Earl McNamara who worked at King Kullen on Liberty Ave in the late fifties-early sixties?
Now here's a memory, walking along Atlantic Ave across from Smokey Park in the mid 50's knocking the Soot of the chain link fence that accumulated from the old steam locomotives.
Anyone else do that?
Added: June 24, 2010


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

To Robert Staab:
By saying "the abandoned tracks" I assume you meant the old LIRR Rockaway branch crossing 101 Ave. at 100 St. running north and south. Don't tell the people "there", that they don't live in Ozone Park, I mean "really" don't.
Added: June 24, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mail: bob.winter49@yahoo.com

Ok! I guess it did matter where you hung out.
The issue is the boardline, and I have to agree with Robert's desription of the boardlines of RH.
Added: June 24, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

favorite bars... Glenns and Regency Row.
Added: June 24, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Paul: anyone who says there from richmond hill in the 60's and 70's hung out at the park...
it was home base... the pond the upper log and lower log... the parkie house and the woods... amazing how many kids would show up on a friday night to have a few cold ones, then onto a dance... lol, they came from all parts of town, north, south, east, west... and from all high schools... lol... have to laugh, but all of queens at that time knew of jackson pond...
and if you went down to the beach by way of hitching a ride at cross bay bulvard to 108st and onto fitzes and wards deli to buy your beer, and avoiding jerry erik and the woodside crowd... you would brag about going up to the park and partying... and in the winter it was off to jimmy byrns aka players... on northern blvd to party at 3.00 and all you could drink... damn was that a blast...
Added: June 24, 2010


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John McKenna
From: West Hartford, CT
E-mail: JohnM@grmattorneys.com

I lived in Queens Village. SS Joachim & Anne Parish. I played in 1956 for the RH Saxons Baseball Team. Fond memories.
I remember Joe Bronzino, Roger Wyrondeck, and Vin Nolan. Sunday twin bills. And I remember Jahn's of course.
Added: June 24, 2010


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Mary Hamel Theall
From: New Bedford, Ma.
E-mail:

To Robert Staab:
Hey - Watch it - Who r u calling OLD and with BAD MEMORIES. I would bet on anyone on this site to kick your *>> with any Memories of Richmond Hill, North, South, Up or Down.
Added: June 24, 2010


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

Robert S.: You too are also correct.
But were just talking of a small section of No. R.H. (For example) The People who lived near smokey park 124th and Atlantic ave rarely if ever visited Forest park. They had a park. I played little league ball (58-60) there. But there still Hillites. Anyway, everyone have a great summer.
Added: June 24, 2010


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Claudia (Elkowich) Nusu
From: Winchester VA
E-mail:

I grew up right across the street from PS 121.
My mom was the school crossing guard for St Theresa and then later PS 121. I went to John Adams HS graduate 1970. I too worked at Key Food. That is where I met my bestest friend Connie Russo. I remember Mr. Brandis, and yes he was a hunk.
I hung out at Al's Stereo, still in touch with Al and his wife Gloria. Loved the pizza at Liberty and Leffert's. There also was a great bakery right under the 'el'. Plus a bar across the way.
I remember hanging out on the street corner, though not too often my mom was real strick. I remember having to come home from playing (when I was real young) when the street light came on, when someone got a new car the whole block came out to look at it. Same if some kid pulled the fire alarm.
Our playground extended for blocks. Bassil park, Lincoln park (loved the swings and monkey bars), Alley pond, football games (I was a cheer leader) and the parades on Libery Ave. Lucky's backery also on Liberty had the best Italian ices and there was the Liberty Ave. library just down the road. There were two movie theatre's on Liberty, one before the 'el' and one under the 'el'.
I remember taking the train to Rockaway to bask in the sun and ride the rides at night. And the conduit where the older guys and some gal's would race their cars. I remember the local fish market, the card store, the toy store, the corner laundry mat, the Green and the Red line buses, Kresten the 5 and dime store, May's in Jamaica, green stamps, having to wear dresses to school, being pals with whoever could drive and had a car.
And now a days I'm happy for what I can remember and being able to get up without moaning. Thanks Connie I'm feeling alot older.
Added: June 24, 2010


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Robert Staab
From: orange county
E-mail:

It seems like most of the people involved in this format are old and have weak memories.
I am of the class of 1971 HCJ and loved RH. ok to the west the abandoned tracks, to the north park lane south, to the east Van Wyck and to the south Liberty. my father was NYFD and concers with me. SORRY
Added: June 23, 2010


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

Billy: You are also correct.
That's were most of us hung out. J. Pond. F. Park and the rest. I think you said you lived on 108-09 st never Jam. ave. So you know the real North R.H. Our real question was that the rest of R.H. was foreign to us in a way. But still awesome.
Any way I wish all of the people on this site could meet up at the Wall in the pond. (My second home) meet at the (The Soldier) for a drink. LOL.
Added: June 23, 2010


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bob winter
From: huntington beach ca
E-mail:

As mentioned the whole border thing would create a debate.
AND yes there is a south and north richmond hill. Depending where you are standing on the VW you could be in Kew Gardens.
Added: June 22, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

hate to tell you all... but the real richmond hill was...
forest park... jackson pond 108st... home of the richmond hill wildman... upper log and lower log.... schafer beer, st bennies dances... chelis hall, the tremelos, jimmy loughlin, fat jack maple and his trustie dog sarge, then there was ox polker and his twin dickie bow, and a nut hondo halsey, there were the penner brothers, vinny shellhorn, the manzos, the finnerans, at least ten of them... the colters had 14 I think... the carneys had a buch as well... great town richmond hill... great kids... we had the dooleys from 109 st... the osborns from 110, the oconnors, heaneys, feldmans, fitzpatricks, mcguinnes, pericas, lamarcas, cahills, morans, washingtons, sharans, perettas, rollins, eaharts, patersons, nothing but kids, kids, kids... got to love richmond hill
Added: June 22, 2010


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

Richie Newell:
Yes our "Nations" was never a "gang" but a group of kids (Yea, we were actually teen-agers) that hung together and wouldn't let anyone push us around. We never looked for trouble. We were a close group.
Added: June 21, 2010


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

Johnny Celauro hit the nail virtually on the head.
Those boundries here quoted are pretty close to perfect. Forest Park was an exclusive area 95% of the people up there that we hung out with lived within those boundries. We also hung out a little in Kew Gardens, and played football up at Twin Lakes which is on the GSP. No one from JAMAICA ever hung w/us. They lived in obscurity in So. R.H.
Added: June 21, 2010


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

To: John Celauro,
You must have led a rather sheltered life in R.H., to think that the borders are, as you mentioned. The postal service has a different view and that is from Van Wyck Exp. to around 105th St., and Linden Blvd. to Hillside Ave.
There are two R.H. though, North and South. The dividing line would be Atlantic Ave. I was a R.H. "roamer" travelling north and south by foot and bike. Especially when I delivered telegrams.
The office was on Myrtle Ave. down the street from "The Keith's". (That's the RKO Keiths movie house, next to the ice cream parlor).
Added: June 21, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: CA
E-mail:

Let's all regroup here.
First of all The Nations was not a tough gang, but we could hold our own. They were a bunch of guys that hungout playing sports - stickball, slap ball, football, and if you had roller skates you played roller hockey in front of the Annex building. Yeah we got into fights but mostly one on one.
As for the boardline of Richmond Hill - JC is correct but you must include south of Smoky Park and north of Mytle Ave to the park.
Added: June 21, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

To all,
Sorry about my sentence structure it should have read, We can all be fortunate that our parents/ guardians chose Richmond Hill, as our home.
I also forgot to comment on our local Fire Department folks, they were just past 102nd street on Jamaica Ave, weren't they the best and they would let us look at the fire-engines and sit up on the seats, I liked the Hook and Ladder myself.
These folks were all part of the glue that held Richmond Hill, together as a safe place to live and grow up. Ken Ball, San Diego
Added: June 21, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego
E-mail: knkball@att.net

To All, Happy Fathers Day first and secondly we are all Richmond Hillites no matter which street or boundary we lived near.
Can absolutely thank God and our parents/guardians for selecting an area like Richmond Hill, so we could grow up away from some of the terrible areas that existed in the New York.
Areas where Gangs, Drugs and many undesirables hung out. The Police when I lived on 104th st would chase many of these characters away at first sight of them. The cops back then knew who belonged and who did not they kept an eye out for the kids because many of them lived in the our neighborhood. Several of my friends moved to areas of Brooklyn which were fundamentally dangerous to young kids. I would visit them and they knew not to go two blocks this way or that.
I feel we really had in Richmond Hill, one of the best places to grow up in New York City hands down!
Ken Ball "Proud to have been a product of Richmond Hill" Hey maybe a good Tee Shirt Logo
Added: June 20, 2010


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

Vince Glasser:
The KF Deli Manager's name was Victor. He was quite a character and always had a remark appropriate (or inappropriate, as per your perspective) to the occasion.
Added: June 20, 2010


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

You tell them John C, we knew Richmond Hill because we were Richmond Hill.
As for those who knew the Nations didn't mess with the Nations. LOL Those were great times, see you at the reunion in August. Rich Newell
Added: June 20, 2010


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: aprildale18@yahoo.com

I'm in Metropolitan Avenue, it is the northern boundary of Richmond Hill.
Added: June 20, 2010


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John Parenti
From: Mastic, NY
E-mail: jjaypare1@optonline.net

When did they change the border line of Richmond Hill?
I lived on 125th Street just north of 109th avenue. The southern most tip of RICHMOND HILL.
Added: June 20, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Yikes! John Celauro:
What are you trying to do, create a "turf battle"? I hope this "debate" leads to just pride of one's neighborhood surroundings and not an all-out, down and dirty fight. The Nations was a pretty tough gang I was told.
Added: June 20, 2010

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John Celauro
From: Between 102nd St and Lefferts... 113th St to be exact...
E-mail:

Someone recently mentioned that he considered where he lived in Ricmond Hill (125th St) to be the "real" Richmond Hill.
I need to correct this poor fellow, but the "real" Richmond Hill (using Jamaica Ave as a dividing line) is from 102nd Street to Lefferts Blvd. Past 102nd Street is Woodhaven, past Lefferts Blvd is Jamaica.
I'd also venture to say, that Myrtle Ave is the northern boundry and 101st Ave (or Jerome, whoever he was) is the southern border. Maybe, just maybe Liberty Ave. But most of those people were foreigners.
Hopefully, this clarifies things and hopefully this starts a debate.
Added: June 19, 2010


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Connie (Russo) Cassata
From: Saddle Brook, NJ
E-mail:

I typed a few comments below mentioning friends around the blocks I grew up very close to, working at Key Food on 101st Avenue in the mid 70's, but not until I saw RICK OHLE did I mention RHHS.
Rick, do you still have the (platinum) blonde hair? Do you remember Arthur D'Alessio, Anna Trieste, Joan Yee, Jack Inzetta, Anna Paolella, Kay Annunziato, Tony Spoto, Linda Piccoli, James Palazzolo, Maria Malta, Sue Caracciolo - in no particular order?
I didn't know it at the time, but those days were some of the best memories and I wouldn't want to trade it for teenage years "now a day". I am glad I passed "raising a teenager" recently.
I have to get my 1973 (whew, we're old) RHHS yearbook out, and laugh at the hair styles and outfits worn.
Added: June 19, 2010


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Richard Ohle
From: Los Angeles
E-mail: aquaticz@att.net

Had to come back and say that I knew Jackie Maple as a boy.
He was a friend of my brother John. I went to Brooklyn Technical HS. Jackie saw to it that I came home safely daily on the "A" & "J" trains. I would wait for him and his football buddies after practice.
The neighboorhood surrounding BTHS was a nasty burned out ghetto with junkies and trash everywhere. I'll never forget him. I knew he has become a transit cop but was stunned to read he became top cop in NY- WOW
Added: June 19, 2010


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Richard Ohle
From: Los Angeles
E-mail: aquaticz@att.net

Hi, I lived in Richmond Hill from 1955 to 1976. Both of my parents grew up there as well. WE lived on 111 th Street down the street, 106th St and 113th Street on 89th Ave.
I lived across from RHHS in what we were told was one of the original homes in the Area. The gym trachers at RHHS who worked the play yard & pool during the summer taught me to play ball, swim & learn the early lessons of life. I remember quite a few of the teachers & when I attended my mom worked also worked at the school in the attendence office (not to good for a HS student).
I spent many hours in Forest Park, the lake at the golf course and the HS yard. I worked as at Cameo Pet shop as did my brothers Steve & John. I also worked at Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor and assisted making ice cream a few times with Frank Jahn.
As children we went to the RKO Keiths (sp) every Sat for a quarter. They had a Sat matinee with a vaudville show. We also spent a lot of time at the Roller Ring.
I have 4 brothers and a sister. All the boys spent quite a bite of time at the South Queens Boy's Club. I helped build the pool addition at 13 years old. We also went horseback riding in Forest Park and spent many days at Rockaway beach.
Today I work as a State Inspector for the construction of schools & hospitals in California. I am am sure that I am in the business I am today because of the beautiful home we grew up in. Gas lamps in the halls, hand plastered details, wookwork that would make you want to be a wood worker, crystal cut glass in built-in china cabinets, the kind of craftsmanship that simply has faded from the American experience.
Live in Queens at that time was a lot like Archie Bunker - his show wass a huge hit at that time. Sadly my sister has passed as have both of my parents, my brothers Bill, Steve, John & Tom no longer live in New York. I have many many pleasant memories... do you remember Marie's Candy Store on Jamaica Ave, or the bakery on 111th, the fish store on 113th and Jamaica where you could get killer french fries for a less than a quarter.
I remember when Flushing Medows was being built for the World's Fair, we got turtles from the dredging of the lake. As I said, I've many memories of the ole stomping ground. One last thing for now but my dad always told me about the dog race track on Atlantic Ave.
As I write this I realize that I have a bit of history for RH locked in. Maybe I will write something in the future recalling all I can.
Sorry about the typos, it's quite early :-) Please write if you like :-) I went by Rick in those days- I am now 55.
Added: June 19, 2010


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RoseMarie Dinsmore
From: Florida
E-mail: merdin417@aol.com

Just saw Nuala Stack's note regarding Marge Nolte from Henry's Ice Cream Parlor between l07th St. & 108th St. on Liberty Ave.
I remember her well. You had a sister Pat, whom I went to school with. She hung out with Ann Lang. You were Pat's younger sister. I met you many times at your home. I think you lived on 108th St. off 101st Ave. We all went to Gate of Heaven. I graduated in 1950.
Henry and Bill were the owners and there was Marge and a young son, Bob. He would make us the greatest "frostys". My husband, Joe Dinsmore played for Henry's & Bill's softball team. That was all back in the good old 50's.
My husband told me that long before he met me, he had a crush on Joan Lang. I could go on and on. Please let me know about Pat and Ann and anyone else you think I might know. Hope is all well.
Added: June 18, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Hello Charlie Bezousek...
lived on your block, but down the street... 8753 109 st between 91 ave and jamaica... lived there from '63 to '86... parents moved out in '86 to toms river... maybe you knew my brother kevin... holy child grad in '67.
Added: June 17, 2010


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Virginia McDonagh
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

I went to PS 54 from 1950 to 1956.
So did the rest of my family before me. Margie, Pat, Lorraine, Larry, and Joan DeLaRue. Maybe you might know them.
Added: June 16, 2010


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Charles Bezousek
From: Carmel, N.Y.
E-mail: CharlesBezouseklcsw@gmail.com

I lived in Richmond Hill from 1950 to 1978.
Our family lived on 109th street between 91st and Atlantic Ave's. I went to Holy Child Jesus and Thomas Edison H.S. We lived a few doors down from Mike Hedler's Family.
Added: June 16, 2010


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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore, Ok.
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net

Joe Cutrone,
Your comments about Key Food brought back memories. There was an older gentleman (and I use that term loosely) that worked with you and Tommy Pedula in the deli. He always had something to say to embarass poor Wanda. What was his name?
Hope you are doing well!
Added: June 16, 2010


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

Hello Everyone - I just had to respond to Charlie Hands appeal for recognition!
I remember eyeryone you mentioned Charlie! I was born in '43, and started first grade at PS54 @ '48-'49, this should help you align our ages. I know exactly how you feel, and am equally confused by the lack of response or input for anyone in our neighborhood (what I consider the REAL Richmond Hill), I lived at 125-18 Jamaica Avenue between the Laundromat and the Bakery, and while I am familiar with your name, i seem to remember the candy store as owned by Freddy Pagano. (His store was on the south side of Jamaica Ave. just one store from the corner of 126th Street.)
Was your folks place across on the North side next to the Greek Restaurant? Some of my friends (as well as those you mentioned) were Ralph Pagano (Freddy's youngest son, Bobby McNamara, Paul Magno (who's dad owned a fruit and vegetable store on the southeast corner of 126th).
Around the corner on 126th there was Bobby Jerrnigan who joined the Air Force the same time I did in April 1960, there was also 2 sisters Peggy and Dottie Mehan (Dottie was the oldest, and had a beautiful singing voice, Gene Toomie a year or so younger than me who joined the Navy (Gene's Dad used to drive a cab), Dennis Herbst who lived in the apartment house, across the street lived the Schnarr (?) family. Charlie was one of the brothers, and he went to Unv/Nebraska. They're are just so many. I seem also to recall Patsy Rocco had an older sister named Lucille?!? not sure about her name, but boy was she a beauty.
I had two brothers (both deceased now) an older brother John, and a younger brother Michael. I stayed in the Air Force for 21 years and traveled around the world a couple of times. 2 separate tours in Southeast Asia during the Viet Nam effort '67-'68 & '73-'74, 6 years in Germany and seven years in Great Britian. I married a beautiful Scottish Girl in 1962 and not only are we still married, but we are still madly in love! (I have to thank God for that!)
We settled in the south, right near the Florida border! Are children (3) were all in the last or within 2 years of graduating High School, so we decided to settle in here in Valdosta. I, like you would like to hear how all of the guys and girls from our part of RH are doing.
My wife and I are serving the Lord through a Rescue Mission Ministry called "The Mission Point", and we reach out to street people, homeless, and addicted people in our city. (Please - everyone - pray for the success of this increasingly necessary ministry, whenever you think of us, thanks).
Charlie, you might look back through the archives of this site, and find several messages sent from the Lupeka's, they were brothers who I seem to recall lived on the north side of Jamaica Ave. on 124th Street. I sent some e-mails and they remembered some of my friends. One of the brothers settled in Savannah, Ga (which is not far from Richmond Hill, Georgia!!!) How about that!
Well, I'll shut up now. I wish you all the best!
Added: June 15, 2010


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Janet Renee Derse Swoish
From: Marion, MA
E-mail: rfsjds@comcast.net

I was baptised in the Church of the Resurrection in 1933 and my parents were married there in 1930.
My Grandmother served on the Altar Guild for many years when Arthur Cummings was the Rector. I am delighted to read about the Church. Arthur Cummings was originally from Sheepshead Bay as was my Grandmother.
Added: June 15, 2010


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charlie hand
From: RALEIGH, N.C.
E-mail: crhnraleigh@aol.com

I can't understand why I'm not reaching anyone who lived in Richmond Hill during the 50's.
My mom and dad owned the candy store on Jamaica Ave. between 125th and 126th st. I went to PS 54 which at that time went all the way to the eighth grade.
My friends were Angelo & Frank Chiauzzi, Patsy Rocco, Al Beach, Johnny and Frenk Cullota. It seems everyone who writes on this guestbook lived south of 89th ave and west of Lefferts Blvd.
If you recognize any of this let me know.
Added: June 14, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Anyone remember listening to "Big John and Little Sparky" on the radio? Before the Bakers got their TV in the fifties and introduced us to Howdy Doody... snow screen and all... I used to listen to radio... yeah I know pretty old... on Saturday mornings. Radio was as large as current 40 inch TVs.
Was there not a tropical fish store on Jamaica Avenue around 111 Street? Nice and warm in there on a winter day. They even had a Lion fish from the Pacific as I recall. Poisonous! Best to all the Holy Child and Richmond Hill types. Bob
Added: June 14, 2010


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Mike Hedler
From: Sevierville Tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

April, thank you for your support it is greatly appriciated may the Lord Jesus richley bless you and family.
Added: June 14, 2010


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Dave O., Mike H., and all the rest:
Nobody can thank you enough, but *Thank you*. God bless.
Added: June 13, 2010


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

To: HARRY FIUMARO,
Thanks for the reply. Yes I do remember Jackie, (He passed away quite a few years ago, at an early age), he was a few years ahead of me, on the job. I didn't have too much contact with him though. I do think that my older brother Eddie used to hangout with him. I remember Jackie by the large birthmark on his face.
Added: June 13, 2010


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Dave O'halloran
From: Chatam, NJ
E-mail: Dwoh61@gmail.com

Alternative address for O'halloran is dwoh61@gmail.com
Love to hear from anyone from st bennies/rich hill 1961 -1965.
Added: June 13, 2010


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mike hedler
From: Sevierville Tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Dave Ohalaren,
Yes, The heroism I saw, words can not describe. We are all affected by the Nam. I believe for the most part the vivid nightmares. Trying to make sense out of it, and what we came home to was just as bad as the Nam.
Added: June 10, 2010


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HARRY FIUMARO
From: SOUTHOLD NY
E-mail: BOHACK@aol.com

To Art Bornschein Sr.
I know the place you are talking about. It was called Hooterville Farm Stand and Animal Farm.
We used to bring the kids there at Halloween Time for pumpkins and the kids could pet the animals. It was a very popular place.
Speaking of LIRR, did you know Jackie Herman? He played ball in Lincoln Park. I can remember him telling how he could get the Montauk Run in the days that the Football Giants home games were not televised.
He took the Montauk Run and watched the game in a restaurant that had a Connecticut TV station and then be on the train back to New York in the early evening.
Added: June 10, 2010


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Connie Cassata (RH days-Russo)
From: Saddle Brook, NJ
E-mail:

I was reminded that the Carvel Store was located between 116th and 117th Street. The bakery, owned by Tony was named "Regina Bakery". Key Food memory - wow, Joe (Cutrone) you're sharp with the names and aisle numbers. I remember when Maria (Malta) used to store her water bottle in the deli... until we put white vinegar in it. I do remember having picnics and stick ball or kick ball games.
I wonder how different we must look, that was over 30 years ago. Your hair was very dark with a tight curl, mine was dark with loose curls. Mine is still dark (thanks to dye) and the curl can be out of control at times. My daughter is a stylist so we're working on that. Ha ha. cjc
Added: June 9, 2010


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frank fales
From: San Jose
E-mail: ffales@yahoo.com

To John Wilhelm,
Yes, I know you recently communicated with my bro Robert who lives in upstate N.Y. If I recall you lived in the apartment house across the street on 97th avenue with the Gormans, the O'Niels, Billy Buck, and Bobby Butcher amongst others.
If I recall your family moved out on Long Island and possibly had a Carvel franchise.
Added: June 8, 2010


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

To: HARRY FIUMARO,
Thanks for the photos of "our" 8th grade graduation, (I also replied to your e-mail). I see you are in Southold.
I worked as a conductor for the LIRR for 28 yrs. Had a brakeman who lived there, but passed away a few years back. He owned and operated an animal farm and petting zoo in your town.
As far as L.I. is concerned, you've picked a great rural area to live in. Hope the taxes stayed "somewhat" low in Southold. Art
Added: June 8, 2010


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Joe Brady
From: Woodbury, NJ
E-mail:

I looked up Richie Napolitano to see what I could find from the 1966 World Series, when he pitched against Tom Seaver, USC.
St. John's and USC were the only winning bracket teams in that series, but USC beat them. I'm assuming that Richie went to Richmond Hill HS and I found the blogs of that area in the 1950s very interesting.
I also visited Gertz many times and always got a soft ice cream in a glass with strawberry syrup on the way out the back door. They also had a "Book of the Month" club and as a kid I remember getting lost in the store and they always had 4 or 5 kids in the "Lost and Found" section for the parents to find them.
Other spots I remember were Jahn's Ice Cream on Hillside Ave in Richmond Hill, the Triboro and Green Line Record Shops near Macy's and Gertz, respectively. The Valencia, RKO Alden, Merrick, Savoy, Hillside Theatres in Jamaica, and Keith's RKO in Richmond Hill.
I wonder if any are still there. I remember a great Italian Ice place on Hillside Ave, near 148th Street.
Added: June 8, 2010


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

So great to see posts from other Key Food #426 alumni!
To Sal Barcia:
It seems our career paths crossed more than once. I, too, had my first "job" with the Al Lerner campaign. Because his campaign office was located on Liberty Ave off 121 St, it seems like a lot of kids from 121 St worked there. I remember the campaign manager, Paul Boucher (sp?) had a 1950's Cadillac that he loaded up with us kids to drop off and pick up at various locations. There was a loudspeaker attached to its roof to blare out campaign messages, but I remember Paul shouting through that thing when he couldn't find some of us at the end of our "routes".
Once my best friend, Jeff Cummings, and I slept overnight at the office because they wanted us to be up and electioneering at 6AM on election day. The office was above a bakery (Crohn's, I think) and we were awakened by the smell of freshly baked bread! I must have been about twelve years old, and that was a long time ago, but the memory remains vivid!
And what about our Key Food days? As Connie Russo reminded me, Thursday nights were the best when Sal, the assistant manager, was "in charge!" The inmates were running the asylum. I started out at the deli, sliced off part of my index finger in 1971 (a little piece, can't even tell anymore), and moved to the grocery floor a few years later. That was where the action was, or where you could get away with the most stuff.
Some names from the past: Sal B. mentioned the Roby brothers... I still see Dave ocassionally. The Dreizen brothers, Bruce and Jeff, worked there as well, Jeff in produce. Let's see... we had Larry in aisle one, Bobby Pedulla in aisle two (I think); Iggy in aisle four; Tommy Foudy in the soda aisle (#5); I had aisle six; Kurt in seven (pet food); Dave in eight (detergents); and his brother John in frozen food(ten).
How is it that I can remember this stuff, but not what I did yesterday? Saw Timmy Hannon, another KF alum, at the SBJL visit last year, and he is now a judge on LI!! Imagine that! Although I didn't enjoy every minute of every day I worked there, looking back it wasn't so bad at Key Food. Lots of good people worked there and for the most part we all got on great. Even a few picnics and other social events. So if you worked there, please post your memories.
Added: June 7, 2010


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Pat Colihan
From: Atlanta
E-mail: patcolihan@aol.com

This is a great site and because of it I was able to reconnect with a childhood friend.
I try to get back there when I can, the place has changed but the memories are still the same.
Added: June 7, 2010


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John Wilhelm
From: Merritt Island, Florida
E-mail:

Frank Fales,
Did you live on 97th Ave?
Added: June 7, 2010


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steve batthany
From: Lake Worth Fla
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

Hey Jim Burke
Dr Mascola was @ 118th and 95th Ave. His son (older than us, richie) Altho our nickname for him would not be popular or politically correct now.
I remember when I was 14, we all got a tip on his Dad's racehorse @ Aqueduct race track. Walked over, had some one take me inside and bet $10 for me, he WON!!! and I got back more than $250. Do I remember Dr. Mascola??? Stay well, Steve B
Added: June 7, 2010


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HARRY FIUMARO
From: SOUTHOLD NY
E-mail: BOHACK@aol.com

To: Art Bornschein
I e-mailed pictures of PS 121 graduation classes and the names of the graduates.
There are seven pictures so the download may take a couple of minutes. Hope you enjoy.
Added: June 6, 2010


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James Velez
From: 85-25 105TH Street
E-mail: Jimmyelbosto@yahoo.com

We learn from the past to live in the present & plan for the future.
Added: June 5, 2010


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Lisa Spahrmann Lorenzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
E-mail: lisa.spahrmann@gmail.com

Guess as I've gotten older I have been remembering all the good times... going to HCJ, then Christ the King. Hanging out on Atlantic Ave & 107 St. Thanks to Richmond Hill for all the wonderful memories.
See you at the HCJ reunion on September 18th.
Added: June 3, 2010


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

To Harry Fiumaro,
I remember Tommy Colletti but I don't recall you. Were you in our class? I just now recalled the nickname but don't know why.
Added: June 3, 2010


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Liz Athineos
From: Boston
E-mail: eathineos@comcast.net

Anyone remember Lynne Schnur from class of 1970? Please contact me.
Added: June 3, 2010


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HARRY FIUMARO
From: SOUTHOLD, NY
E-mail: BOHACK@aol.com

Ralph Matragrano was given the nickname of "The Duke" by Tommy Colletti in the 8th Grade of 121.
Added: June 2, 2010


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

To Bob Scott
Bob you might be thinking of my older brother John, he to might of hung out at Al's Stero. Let me know what years. Rich
Added: June 1, 2010


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Dave O'halloran
From: Chatam, NJ
E-mail: Dwoh61@cox.net

Mike Hedler
it is memorial day and I remember louis willet (medal of honor winner) and Pattie McCormick from st bennie's in addition for me (viet nam 1968) John Priesthof, Hymie Willis, Bill Nogowich, Mark Sublett, Gonzalez, and several others from d4/21 11th lib.
Welcome home my rich hill brothers from the nam Dave O.
Added: May 31, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego
E-mail: knkball@att.net

To all,
Does anyone remember Dr Stanton. I believe his practice was on the north side of Jamaica Ave on 104th street nearer to Park Lane South, that's were we went to get our childhood inoculations and I was treated for Bronchitis which plagued my early childhood.
Does the name Ronnie La Port ring a bell he was clipped by a car on Jamaica Ave in the early fifties unfortunately for him he did not make it as reported to me by my older sister Helen Judy Ferguson Ball.
Did anyone hitch a ride on the back of the old Bell Telephone hanging on the old vise handle in the back while riding their bike suicidal at best I got three rides until one of the phone trucks stopped real short to shake me loose I'm sure and I nearly wound up under the rear wheels, that was close for sure woke me up and scrambled the bike and me as well, lesson learned.
Sneaking under the turnstile at the 104th street station, as skinny as I was when I was younger you could have slipped me through the mail slot on the average homes door (I was painfully thin at best) this was a right of passage you had to do it at least once. We would wait for the "to the city sign" to light up and buzz then slip under and run up the stairs quickly the station mistress was not happy with us at all--- So I owe the Subway System in New York at least two dimes so you will sue me--- LOL.
The Kerchenhiters, Fred Buck, Ronnie Saxon, Sherman Singer, Christine Krasner, Nancy Hecht, Mary Ann Bruno, Harold Meyer, Judy Meyer, John Ormond, Jimmy Daley Hello!!!!!!!
Ken Ball, San Diego CA
Added: May 31, 2010


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Barbara Procaccini Cuoco
From: Bermuda
E-mail: bcuoco@ibl.bm

To Julia Kreppin,
the girl you are thinking of was Cheryl McCarthy. she was brutally murdered on that train station. she had gone to Christ the King high school with me. I remember how horrified we all felt.
It was one station away from where i lived on 123rd St. And i don't think it was ever solved. That was kind of the beginning of the end of my innocent years.
Added: May 31, 2010


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Mike Hedler
From: Sevierville tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Memorial day,
Its raining here. I suppose God's cring not of sadness but of Joy for those who are with Him. I remember the parades as if it were yesterday, the gun salutes at forrest park flag pole. I'm thinking about all our friend and family that didn't come home.
Jimmy Sullavan comes to mind, killed in the Nam with the army Rangers. and many more
Added: May 31, 2010


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

It was nice to see the R.H. Historical Society and the lovely Victorian Lady in Blue in the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade yesterday.
There is a 5 minute video of the parade on youtube. Search: "2010 Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade".
Added: May 31, 2010


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Connie Cassata (nee - Russo)
From: Richmond Hill then - Saddle Brook, NJ now
E-mail: niecon@optonline.net

What a blast from the past!
Maria Catalanotto (entry from below) mentioned my childhood BEST FRIEND Pat Colihan. That was back in the days when you only had ONE best friend. Maria was like my OLDER SISTER that I never had. She was the first of our friends to have a boyfriend. And I won't get into those memories. She liked the "bad boys" unlike me and Pat. Right.
I also saw a entry about Key Food on 101st Avenue. I worked there in '73 - probably till '75. I met another BEST friend there Claudia. Also spent a lot of time with Maria at work and after. Remember Thursday nights when Sal was "in charge" and we used to defrost shrimp cocktails in the ladies room for break time. Tommy owned the soft drink aisle. Was Joe in the produce department? That was back when there weren't scanners and prices were put on the items.
My family were the original owners of Carvel IceCream on Liberty Ave, 114th Street opened in the mid '70s. I must have decorated over 5000 cakes in the 7 years we were there. Can you say "extra crunch"?
Does any one know about the whereabouts of Tony Calarco? He owned the bakery on the same block as Carvel. I think the name of it was Capri Bakery?
Added: May 31, 2010


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Vin Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail:

Hey Mike Bath, Ronan & Mike Murphy --
I have a painting company and Bill E. is my main foreman. Bill has been married for a number of years w/ a stepson and grandson. Les and I have two boys (men now). Ben 29 / Josiah 25. Josiah became a dad in Jan. I guess in about another 10 yrs that will make me a grand-dad. All our parents have passed on.
Ronan remember you / I waited overnite at the garden for tickets to Harrison. We were about 15th in line, by the time the sale started we were about 600th.
Mike B. saw Bob Houde at my bros. last weekend on LI. Asking about u. Is Bob Maletta out there? Remember staying at Lorraine Boccio's house in Huntington Station LI. That was real country to us back then. Mike B. are you still out toward Delhi / Oneonta - how many kids and how old is your 1st daughter? Name? Chris Walcott passed away last yr.
Many fond memories of RH and forest park / our haven in the city. Vin
Added: May 31, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Jennifer Espinoza:
Thanks for your comments which I / we truly appreciate.
Added: May 31, 2010

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Mark Grossane
From: Watertown, CT
E-mail: markgrossane@rocketmail.com
Like Sal I had my introduction to work in the Hill. I grew up in the house at 111-02 95th Ave. - one block south of Atlantic.
Many of you may remember that there were several small stores on the NE corner of Atlantic & 111th; one was a "German" deli run by Charlie and his wife Sophie. One of the others was a butcher shop owned and operated by Charlie Langenfass. Well this shop, in the summer of 1965, became the scene of my baptism by fire, my introduction to the world of work.
At just 16 years I still needed to have "working papers" and I remember going with my mother to, I think, the Board of Health in Jamaica (Parsons Blvd.?) to get all signed up. Charlie was a decent sort, but tighter than a drum, and he had me running all the time with a variety of tasks.
Tue. I had to fill the egg cartons from the large cases that were delivered that morning. There was hell to pay if I broke an egg,and Charlie would get it back from me somehow. Remember sawdust on the floors of butcher shops in those days? On Fridays I had to sweep out the entire store and haul up 25lb. burlap bags of 'dust from the cellar and spread it down. The huge chopping blocks had to be cleaned daily, and this was done by spreading several handfuls of sawdust on the block (to absorb the blood and fat remnants) and then scraping them with large brushes that had metal bristles, in effect taking a thin layer of wood off the block and thereby cleaning it.
But the real test of a young man's character and endurance came on a weekly basis when the fat barrel had to be put out on the front sidewalk to await the arrival of the fat truck. The fat barrel was an old 55 gal. oil drum that had to be kept in the walk-in refrigerator until it was ready to be put outside. The barrel and its rancid contents weighed more than me; Charlie offered no help or suggestions on how to get it out the front door. And of course the first time I had to do this it was about 90 degrees and stifling.
I cannot describe the smell, I did not think I would make the thirty feet to the door. I rolled the barrel in an upright position turning the top as you would a big steering wheel. I made it that day and every week in that long ago summer on 111th Street.
Added: May 30, 2010

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Jennifer Espinoza
From: Boynton Beach, FL
E-mail: xoxo826@hotmail.com

I remember Richmond Hill as clearly as yesterday. I was born in 1983 and lived at 107-33 128th Street (south side).
As a child I remember riding my bicycle thru the busy yet familiar Liberty Avenue, going all the way to Forest Park and enjoying my afternoons there.
And how can I forget the day that my big sister Cinthia introduced me to Jahns Ice Cream Parlor, being there portrayed some history of the older Richmond Hill which is quite nice.
In my younger days I never thought that our small town would be so full of history, but as an adult woman I now know and will continue to be proud of RH. This is by far a great site. Thank you for offering such great history. ♥
Added: May 30, 2010


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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

How about Dr Mascola, on the corner near St Benny's.
He did our big family's back-to-school physicals for free. His son, in my sister Valerie's class also became a doctor.
Added: May 30, 2010


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Bob Scott
From: So Cal
E-mail: rscott@micros.com

Richie Newell, did you hang out at Al's Stereo?
Added: May 30, 2010


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julia kreppein wissell
From: cape coral florida
E-mail: julia1950@msn.com

Does anyone remember a girl being raped and stabbed to death at the Van Wyck stop on the Jamaica El in the late 60's?
I lived on 112th street in the 50-60's. It was a great town. Still loved it. Just curious as out of no where it just came to me about my friends murder and although we all hung out as we went to Catholic School, she was a friend via various friends and tonight it just came to my mind.
Any one that remembers it appreciate you letting me know as cannot locate it at all. Her name was Cheryl she was about 16 years and belive she went to Dominican Republic H.S. in Jamaica. Not too sure as it was so long ago. Around that time they stopped keeping both entrances to the El open... she just happened this one night to go down the one that was closed and was killed.
all info I would really appreciate... Tks Julia Kreppein-Wissell
Added: May 30, 2010


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Anne Sanks Miller
From: Hobe Sound Florida
E-mail: amiller1957@live.com

Anybody remember Mr. Brandis, he taught at PS 121 and was a Gym teacher. All the girls thought he was so cute.
He was the first male teacher I ever had.
Added: May 29, 2010


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Mike Cannon
From: Bellerose, N.Y.
E-mail:

Carlos Bakery in Hoboken N.J. has what your looking for in crumb cake. Check out cake boss on tlc.
Added: May 29, 2010


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John Seibert
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: byrd4a@aol.com

I'm from grauduated class of 1970.
Added: May 29, 2010


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

Going back to Doctors in Richmond Hill from the "old days" does anyone remember Dr. Saverio Buatti on 111th Street about a block or so north of Jamaica Avenue?
His waiting room was so full and it took so long to see him you would think he was the only Doctor in Queens. Then there was Dr. Maher Saad on 105th Street north of Jamaica Avenue. He was OB/GYN and probably delivered most of the kids "in the neighborhood" back in the day. His son is now an OB/GYN in same office.
Added: May 29, 2010


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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com

To Frank Fales,
Regarding the NY crumb cake, beleive it or not, Entenmann's makes a Deluxe NY Crumb Cake that is great. When I buy it, I usually hear from my family, "who ate the top off the crumb cake, Mom"? (Guess who!)
For Pizza I have found Pietro's in Pasadena, CA as the one that comes close to Steve's Pizza (then Angelo's) that was on Jamaica and 111th. Good luck in your quest.
Added: May 28, 2010


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

Reading so many Richmond Hill vignettes that span many overlapping generations and many streets (or blocks as we call them) and mini communities within our community, it reminds me how many of us got our first working experience in the many businesses that operated in or around Ricmond Hill.
I had my first "paid" job courtesy of my older brother Anthony, delivering political circulars, first for Al Lerner, and later his successor, Al Dellibovi. I don't think I was more than 8 or 9 at the time. They would stuff a mound of kids into an old station wagon of a grumpy staffer, and drop us off one by one on corners with a designated route and pickup location. The "pay" must have been way below minimal wage, but seemed like a small fortune. Note: The line of succession was very short to the present, with Tony Seminerio replacing Dellibovi as Assemblyman and retaining that position for many years.
I then worked at the A&P, after an ill-fated one or two day job doing heavy lifting at All-State Rubber on 101st avenue. My brothers teased me that I was fired because a 60 year old man could lift more than I could as a skinny 15 year old. The A&P on 104th St. and Liberty seemed like such a classy place to work. And work us they did. We had to wear white shirts and ties, and do everything from unloading trucks, to packing out and rotating stock, to mopping and sweeping stores. They paid better than other supermarkets, and cracked the whip. Many other chains knew if they hired a kid who didn't get fired at the A&P, they got someone well trained and used to hard work. I worked briefly for a manager named Ralph DiFarlo, and then a grizzled, nasty beast of a manager, Eugene Smith. Bill Sadowski and Joe Carbone were assistant managers, and they had a wonderful crew of bright adults - George Connors, Joe Kreckl(sp) (dairy), and Joe Scibelli (produce). I was barely 17, and the youngest on the crew, which included college guys Gary?, Jimmy Bieger, Ray Coppola, and Bobby Federici. In those days women dominated the cashier's position - Patricia Reilly, Eileen Gannon, and a tough single woman named Muriel are names I remembered.
I met friends later that I still am in infrequent touch with - Buddy Gannon (from OLPH) and Wally Benson (Holy Child). We had a little too much fun there, and after a period where we drove Mr. Smith nuts, were transferred to other stores. I then worked at the A&P on 98th and Jamaica with Mike Iorio, a manager name Colgan, Niles ?, Sue Powers, John Reilly, Joe McGuire and a host of others I remember only by first names - Mike, Jimmy, Pat, and a few others.
I also worked at the Key Food on 101st Avenue and 120th Street. Interest group of characters there, the Roby brothers, Joey Cutrone, Bobby Fennell (who I saw last year after 30 years - still the same), a rotund manager named Joe, and assistant named Sal who loved to say "Oy!", Tommy Foudy, Gaspare, Bruce, etc.
Choosing pharmacy as a field of study, I then worked a few years at Wise Drugs on 111th Street and Jamaica. Partners Richie Santo, Lou Gazzale and his wife Nancy created a family atmosphere. They treated their customers well, and taught me a lot about customer service. They had a full timer named Richie Molinari, his son Kenny worked there, and a retiree Rudy?, and a younger guy Mike? who was a steamfitter full time and a trusted part timer.
I probably waited on some of you in any of those positions. I'd like to hear about your part time jobs in RH and surrounding areas.
Added: May 27, 2010


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Nuala Stack
From: Nanuet, New York
E-mail:

For those who hung out in Hennie's Ice Cream Parlor on Liberty Ave and 107 street: Marge Nolte, the owner celebrated her 100th birthday this past winter.
Marge danced the entire night of the party. She lives in Florida.
Added: May 27, 2010


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frank fales
From: san jose ca
E-mail: ffales@yahoo.com

as a former new yorker and more importantly a richmond hiller, i want to know who made/makes the best new york crumb cake? (if they ship them that would be even better.)
my criteria is large crumbs (crumbs should be larger then the cake itself) with lots of powdered sugar on it. i would ask the same for pizza but i think even with fedx it would be a little cold by the time it got out to me:) my criteria for pizza was/is simple, you folded it and picked it up and if by the time you got it to your mouth most of it's cheese was on the plate, well that was New York pizza at it's best.
still can remember the pizza place on liberty and lefferts blvd. $.15 cents for a slice, another dime for a coke and by the time you finished the first, you just had to have a second slice. this is making me hungry just remembering.
any help in finding that ultimate New York crumb cake is appreciated...
Added: May 27, 2010


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Arthur Scheeder
From: Brooksville Fl
E-mail: ascheeder@tampabay.rr.com

We lived at 107-16 115th St during and after WW2.
I recently viewed that area online and was saddened by the loss of trees in that area. We used to play stickball in the street and had trouble with all the branches.
I remember vegetable and ice carts going through. We went crabbing in Jamacia Bay. I went to P.S 108 and still see that building there. I have fond memories of growing up in Richmond Hill.
Added: May 26, 2010


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

Class of '62 from St. Benedict Joseph Labre (SBJL) in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY.
Interested in creating a list of old friends? Send info to Joyce with your particulars; maiden name, City and State, and your contact# or e-mail. If someone already has a list in progress, let's share!
Added: May 26, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Huntington Beach, CA
E-mail: bob.winter49@yahoo.com

WOW Ken, that must of been a great treat seeing your old scooter.
I remember building one myself using a wooden milk box and a single roller skate pulled apart, one part for the front and the other for the back. Panting it and hammering on the soda bottle.
But seeing yours after all these years WOW! Thanks for sharing.
Added: May 25, 2010


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

To: Joe Matragrano,
I would appreciate it if you could put me in touch with your brother Ralph. We were great buddies in 7th & 8th grades at PS121. He was a real great guy and a responsible kid. (Wish I had stayed close with him).
As I said in my last message to you, I spent some time at your home and probably met you also. Your parents were really nice people and I remember one of our teachers praising your mom's "Italian" cooking.
Sadly though, that teacher probably hated me after I threw a rolled up shop apron at Everett Hubbard and he ducked, and it went thru her giant fish tank. I think that if I were suicidal I would have done so that day. Please give my regards to Ralph and the family.
To Ken Ball:
Next time your in the "Hill" see if you can find "my" milk crate scooter, it's somewhere on 112th St. between Jerome Ave. & 95th Ave.
Added: May 25, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Anyone out there recall Christopher Hawk or his family of 9?
Lived near HCJ on 86th Avenue.
Added: May 24, 2010


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diana murphy smith
From: hillsdale, new jeresey
E-mail: dianasmith810@yahoo.com

I have six beautiful grandchildren, only one granddaughter, ages from 1 to 13yrs, two are a set of twin boys, loving life, wonderful husband, married 38 years. God is good, sending hello to all my fellow alumni, hope to see you at a reunion someday.
sending smiles your way
Added: May 23, 2010


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Sher Chambre
From: New York
E-mail:

Ken, I read your post and my eyes filled up.
What a wonderful story you shared with all of us. Enjoy and cherish your scooter. (I remember making one... I think it fell apart the first time I used it on 112th St)
Added: May 23, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego
E-mail: knkball@att.net

Hello all, I am sure all of us who grew up in the forties, fifties and sixties remember putting together a soap box scooter.
I used a wooden Borden's Milk box and also a single roller skate pulled apart and a two by four for the base to mount both the box on top and the separated skate on the bottom.
Mr. Taylor from 104th showed me how to fasten all the parts together so they would handle all the hard play it would have to endure over the time it was used.
The finishing touches came after the two handles set in a "V" shape were screwed in place on top of the box and the "coupe in the grass" was installing Pepsi, Cocoa Cola, and not to be forgotten Hoffman Soda bottle caps all around the box (Crate).
In 1989 I took a nostalgia trip back to Richmond Hill and looked up some of the old 104th street neighbors, found a few but some had passed on (Good People). I touched base with one of the neighbors who was in her 90's and she said she had something for me in the basement, I could not imagine what it could be because we had left in 1955 to move to Long Island.
I ventured into the basement with it's old coal fired furnace and looked in the corner and there it was my old scooter, wow you want to see a full grown man cry, Wholly Molly I was all choked up. She said to me this is a good thing, please take it with you and I did so very willingly.
So I still have my scooter after all these years what a fun memory that I can still see an feel. Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: May 22, 2010


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Joe Matragrano
From: Saint James, NY
E-mail:

To Mike Allocca-
Yes, I remember Dr. Goldstein. His office was in his home located on 124th street four houses from mine. He was my family dentist and as you said a very nice guy.
He would always encourage me to do well in school and took a genuine interest in me and my entire family. He had a wife and two daughters named Ellen Sue and Beth Ruth. All good people.
Added: May 22, 2010


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Maria Mirabile (nee Catalanotto)
From: Richmond Hill then - Valley Stream now
E-mail: redwine@optonline.net

I remember my Richmond Hill days.
I had an older sister and an older brother. I vividly remember playing stick ball on 112th Street (where our home was - corner of 103rd Avenue). We would try to hit the ball as far as we could to the elevated train.
I remember horse and wagon coming with vegetables. I remember the whip ride - which would come down our block every summer night. Let's not forget Bungalow Bar and the Good Humor truck.
I remember my friends Pat Callahan, Connie Russo who lived around the corner on 111th St. right near Al's Stereo. My aunt lived above Al's stereo. Between the 'L' and the music blasting I wondered how she ever slept!
I can recall making a large bed sheet banner - with Peanuts and Snoopy in spray paint to bring to Shea Stadium to our dearly beloved Mets! We would go on Ladies' day and our tickets were 50cents! Memories are sweet
Added: May 21, 2010


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Mari Ortiz
From: Deptford, NJ
E-mail: mariamozbucks@yahoo.com

I love New York. I lived in Richmond Hill til 1959, went to school at the public school 121 in Richmond Hill.
The years I lived in New York were the happiest years of my life. I love New York.
Added: May 21, 2010


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Carol Fowler (Rodriguez)
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: cardio620@earthlink.net

Hi, I just found this comment section and saw your name. I wonder, could you be the same Victoria Wood that I know from the 60s.
I lived on 109th Street right off of 101st Avenue. You lived at 97-25 109 St. I lived at, and still do, 97-45 109th St. You have a sister, Jeannie and a couple? of older brothers.
Please email me. I'd love to know. Carol
Added: May 20, 2010


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

Richmond Hill Friends Reunion
It is getting close to the 2nd annual Richmond Hill friends reunion to be held on August 14, 2010. Those who attended last year had a great time seeing old friends.
If any one is interested in attending please e-mail me and I will add you to my mailing list and send you more information. We hope to have a good turn out this year of old friends from the Hill.
So any one who lived in Richmond Hill from (1960 - 1965) or attened Holy Child or hung around at the Richmond Hill Annex, High School, Forest Park or was either a member or a friend of the Nations, this is for you. Have you ever wondered of what happened to old friends from the neighborhood? Well now is your chance to see for yourself.
The reunion will be held on Saturday August 14, 2010 at the American Legion Post #948 located in Bellmore, Long Island. The cost will be $50.00 per couple or $30.00 per individual. The price includes a Buffett, Beer, Wine, and Soda. We are looking for names, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address of old friends.
You can contact the following people for more information: Julia Kreppein-Wissell - julia1950@msn.com; Rich Newell - coachrich00@yahoo.com; and Richie Kreppein - hacksquad@aol.com
Added: May 19, 2010


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Mike Allocca
From: New Canaan, CT
E-mail: maallocca@sbcglobal.net

Anyone remember the dentist Dr. Goldstein on 124th Street?
He'd be considered a rare breed these days. He'd spend an amazing amount of time after treating you getting to know you and letting you know he cared. I still think of him as a really nice guy after almost 50 years.
Added: May 19, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

I'm trying to locate information about Frank Garrafolo (spelling?) from HCJ in the 50's. He was pretty popular singing in the old days. Did he ever make it big in NYC?
Also, anyone remember Patricia O'Leary or her brother Henry?
Added: May 19, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Bob R.:
talk to tony perreta and my brother Kevin, both said they are coming... lol, get all my info from Tom Ozborn class of 66... still keep in touch with a few of them...
Added: May 19, 2010


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ray hansen
From: calgary, alberta, canada
E-mail: rayhansen@shaw.ca

He was not really in R.H. but anyone remember Dr. Blank? His office was on Lefferts near Metropolitan...
I remember folks with jars of water and small fine nets scooping tiny "creatures" fronm Jacksons Pond to take home to feed their pet fish. How about "Dead Mans Curve"? It was the last hard right after going over Myrtle Ave. by Victory Field, just before you got to Woodhaven Blvd. Forty miles per hour was the "target speed". I remember doing it in pops 1953 Dodge, borrowed for a date. I remember my date, poor girl, Joanie Young from way down in Bklyn, Palmetto street. Whatta scream... Her mother dated Jackie Gleason as a kid.
How about Larry Cosgrove? He joined the Navy and on discharge bought a white Caddy convertible, about a 1956 model year. Remember "belly whopping" in winter on "Flexible Flyer" sleds? We sure had one hell of a load of ball games too... punch ball, stickball, stoopball [maybe a Glendale game] besides soft ball and baseball... Kids here dont play on the streets... How about in Queens these days?
Dating myself i was in either the class of 1953 or 1954 at the "Hill". I had a stroke a year ago and some memories, right next to still vivid ones are no longer sharp. At rhhs Mr. Griffith was Principal replacing Mr. Dann who was Principal when we were in the "Annex".
I would give most anything to hear that old nickelodian banging away in JAHNS... how about you?... Happy Trails To You All... We mostly all got along didn't we...!
Added: May 19, 2010


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Bob Rainis
From: deer park
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

Bill H,
I'll let u know if she is Sr Germaine of HCJ and she would have been our 1st grade teacher as Sr Bernedette Mary was the second grade.
Speaking of the HCJ 100 Anny re-union slated for Sept 18th, doesn't look like the replies are coming in as anticipated... could be wrong, but I strongly suggest that anyone who went to HCJ and that mean's all you "public's" (released time) let them know you are planning to attend!
Added: May 18, 2010


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Maureen Connelly Cahill
From: Sun City Hilton Head
E-mail:

I find it hysterical that we can all remember things that happened 40 years ago, but can't remember where we placed our eyeglasses 10 minutes before!
Added: May 17, 2010


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Liz Athineos
From: Boston
E-mail: eathineos@comcast.net

Looking for Lynne Schnur class of 1970.
If anyone knows here whereabouts, please contact me. We are having a Girl Scout reunion and if she knew she would come.
Added: May 17, 2010


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honey chambers
From: norfolk, va.
E-mail:

one train station was on 111th st. and the other was on the corner of 113th st. newmans drug store and steitz fish market were on that corner also.
i lived directly in back of that one, 112-23 jamaica ave. from 1943 -1953! rhhs was between 113th and 114th st.
Added: May 16, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

All this talk about doctors... what about Dr. Adams right across the street from the HCJ Church?
Most times required waiting about an hour before he worked through the waiting room. He did make house calls too.
Added: May 16, 2010


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Jim May
From: New Jersey
E-mail: seamus3930@optonline.net

I lived around the block from Dr. Wein and he was my doctor. $2 per visit. His top item was the therapy gizmo.
You laid down on a leather topped bench and got the blue light treatment for five minutes front and then five minutes on the back. He gave you dark glass goggles to wear so you wouldn't ruin the eyes. I used to get wax in the ears and he'd pour in some orange liquid to get rid of it. He always had a crowd there like a clinic and you'd spend quite a while waiting to see him.
He had a nurse there, I've forgotten her name, but her boyfriend also hung out there, helping her keep order and moving furniture around. He was Abe Simon, who had a title fight with Joe Louis, lasted about six rounds. He was a great athlete at John Adams and, I think, threw the hammer or someting in the '36 Olympics.
If you ever see "On the Waterfront", Abe is one of Johnny Friendly's gang of hoodlums. They are all pretty ugly and he is the ugliest of the bunch.
Dr. Wein had a little mustache, wore a white doctor's coat and smoked Old Golds one after the other.
Added: May 16, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Anyone recall a Greek family, Seidel, daughter Patti living right off Jamaica Avenue around 115th street?
Also the name of a pizza place in Ozone Park near the Bohacks? Guess that is the right spelling?! Also, was the stairway up to the "L" down the street from Holy Child or nearer 114th street?
Hey, give me a break here, I left in 1957. Bet I know more about getting around Miami than you do! Ha.
Added: May 15, 2010


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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com

So many memories, however, speaking of doctors...
Does anyone recall Dr. Morris Wein, a "Marcus Welby" type doctor? It could take hours waitng to be seen. He took alot of time with each patient. He really cared. Used to have "baking machine". He would put long sticks up your nose into sinus cavity to clear them out! Yipes. He was located on 103 Avenue and 127 St.
I also went to Dr. Milton Cohen, who made house calls... Dreaded a needle in the tush. lol. He had two daughters, Margery and Carol. Wonder where they are.
Added: May 15, 2010


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mark w young
From: baton rouge, la
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

went to see dr mailman when i came back from viet nam. he said i had flat feet, i had to laugh after all that i was through.
dr mailman was connected with jamaica hospital, across the street from him was dr meyerdirks, his son went to st bennies. dr lustigs pratice was located on 103rd ave and he was jewish and married to a lady that was catholic and the children went to st bennies; and dr lustig was connected to mary immaculate hospital in jamaica.
this question goes to all the people that worked in jahns. i remember the kitchen sink and the tall in the saddle but thats all i remember. the fathers and mothers would chuck us in there and then go in salernos and drink and eat and smoke the butts.
those were the days, mark young.
Added: May 14, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Southern California
E-mail: bob.winter49@yahoo.com

See, who ever said Janie was part of the Nations, that was not true.
There was no girls in the Nations.
Added: May 14, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Southern California
E-mail: bob.winter49@yahoo.com

Hi Janie -
Wow the last I saw you, you moved into the apartment next to me on 120 street. Who would figure will live in the same apartment house when we were kids.
RH site is so cool! And to think all the people I have re-connected with even your brother Tommy. I'm living in Southern California now - Huntington Beach, been here for over 20 years now. Moved to NJ in '69 and worked for AT&T for 20 years before moving to CA.
I'm now working for UnitedHealthcare. I got married to a Jersey girl, and have a daughter 26 who just got married last August.
Great to see you on this site.
Added: May 14, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Bobby Raines, do you think that was sister germaine... lol... we had her in what the second grade I think... amazing... are you going to the holy child reunion.
Added: May 14, 2010


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

In 1950 I had an emergency appendix removal done at Jamaica Hospital, by Dr. Barber (121 St north of Hillside). About a month later I got hit in the forehead by a baseball bat and got stitches from Dr. Mailman!
I always wondered what occupation the next doctor I needed in an emergency was going to have.
Added: May 13, 2010


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bob rainis
From: LI
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

Could the poster from Texas who taught at HCJ in the 50's be Sister Germaine?????
If so, jump on over to the HCJ reunion page... lots going on.
Added: May 13, 2010


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Janie (Fleury) McGovern
From: Wilton, Connecticut
E-mail: jfmcg17@yahoo.com

OMG!!! Bobby Winter... a childhood friend and so many memories.
The last we heard about the Winter Family... you were residing in New Jersey. Of course, that was back in our "twenties".
I'll always have fond memories of Jahn's, RKO, Forest Park, and Holy Child, as well as many of our former neighbors and classmates.
I've been living in Connecticut cloae to thiry years now, I am married, and have a son (27), and a daughter (25). Hopefully, life is treating you well. I would love to hear from you. Janie
P.S. I was never a member of "The Nations".
Added: May 13, 2010


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Ruth Stuart
From: North Potomac, MD
E-mail: rutbatavs@comcast.net

Just visiting my old neighborhood. I was looking for a good picture of the portable classrooms at RHHS.
The NYT January 16, 2008 article, "On Education - A Queens High School With 3,600 Students, and Room for Just 1,800" has a great picture, but a view from the sidewalk 114th st. might be better to get a perspective on the enormity of it.
If anyone can help me, please send it my way.
Added: May 13, 2010


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Sher Chambre
From: New York
E-mail:

Yes, Steitz Fish Store. Had that dusty old turtle in the window on the left side. He had a cigarette in its mouth.
Just wanted to tell people that the Carousel in Forest Park is closed down. They are waiting to find a vendor to operate it again. Salerno's is now a Mexican Restaurant. And I'm sure you all know that Jahn's is no longer there.
Added: May 12, 2010


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Linda Goddard Mancini
From: North Bellmore, NY
E-mail: Mamamancini@verizon.net

OMG!!! We used to call it the "Health Station"!!!!
I remember it - a long time ago. Guess I went there when I was a toddler. Then we had our family doctor, Dr. Marvin Mailman, who had his office on Lefferts Blvd. between Atlantic and 95th Ave. He used to make housecalls with his little black bag and if you needed a shot, he boiled the needles in my Mom's pot on the stove.
Long, long ago - I was born in 1946. Lived on 116th Street and had 4 sisters and 2 brothers. The Goddard parents, Eleanor and Clyde are still in the house.
Love reading the memories.
Added: May 12, 2010


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Paul C. Lupica
From: Guyton, Ga (Savannah)
E-mail: pclupica@gmail.com

Bob Wood, Yes I remember the shoe store.
We used to 'hangout' at that corner in the early '60s. I remember Mike and Maureen Hedler, "Little" Alice, 'Penny', and a bunch of others but can't remember names who hungout there. The manager, Mr Schwalbe, was Sid and Mary Lou's dad. Mary Lou hungout with me at that corner.
I also have a memory of being taken to some sort of health clinic or something (just off Jamaica Ave on 114th or 115th Sts) when I was a baby. I remember the whole place was painted a greenish color and all the 'babies' were on a long table that was partioned off. Like little cubicles.
Do you or anyone remember that place. I was born in '48 so I'm talking about a LONG time ago.
Added: May 11, 2010


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mike hedler
From: sevierville, tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Bob Wood, I do remember getting those greasy fries, it was a fish market I believe.
Who could forget Miles shoe store, bought my first pair of convese sneakers there.
Added: May 11, 2010


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

Hi Sher, The name of the candy store that you mentioned next door to Wise Drug's was Marie's Candy Store.
There was a lady with red hair that worked in there with Marie named Ann. I always stopped there on my way to school at lunchtime. Regards, Anthony
Added: May 11, 2010


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

I certainly remember Miles Shoe Store. I lived on that block 1943-1953, and my family there until 1960.
I bought all my shoes in Miles and they were only Black Ballerina Shoes $2.99, or Black Penny Loafers, and wouldn't wear anything else until I started wearing Heels and bought them there too.
They had an Xray machine when we first started going in but later they were banned from shoe stores because of the radiation.
Steitz, The Fish Store on the corner of 112th was where we bought the greasiest French Fries but absolutely the best ever.
Adams Bike Store down the street where I rented a bike for $.25 for a few hours.
Woolworth's a few stores away from Miles was where I did so much walking around and looking at everything. The Garden Theatre was across the street next to the Ice Cream Parlor where all the kids hung out.
Ahhhh such good memories.
Added: May 11, 2010


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Charlotte Mahoney
From: PA
E-mail:

Bill Woll---
Did you know someone from RHHS in the Class of 49 named Donald Fuhry? He often was called Elmer. He lived on 121 St and 103rd Ave. in Richmond Hill. If you did, he was my Dad.
I remember him talking of many of the places you mentioned.
Added: May 10, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
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To Bob Wood:
Yes, Miles was a fixture as a shoe store. The bike shop was Adam's (and Mr. Adam had a perpetual layer of grease on his hands and under his nails while fixing flats on the wooden floor of his shop). And the fries were from the fish market with saw dust on the floor on the corner of 112th and Jamaica Ave. All memorable institutions.
Oh, and I used to get my haircut at that barber shop - Phil would cut my hair. The chairs had the leather straps hanging from them to hone the straight edge of the razors.
Added: May 10, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Anyone recall the Miles Shoe Store on Jamaica Ave. and 112 Street? Got my first Army boots there in the 50's! OK, I know it's old stuff but fun.
What about the "joint" near the barber shop on Jamaica Avenue where they sold "juicy" french fries after school? And the old bike shop on Jamaica Avenue near that barber shop... no waiting and all the barbers in white of course.
I grew up with an Airedale in the house that father walked religiously. Anyone recall our dog... he was pretty wooley most of the time.
Added: May 9, 2010


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Bll Woll
From: Venice, Florida
E-mail: coerce7817@mypacks.net

I thoroughly enjoy the many comments from the Richmond Hillites.
I lived at 87-53 110th Street from 1944 until 1951. I was a 1949 graduate of RHHS, a "49er" as we called ourselves.
All of the places that have been mentioned here bring back such vivid memories: Jahns, RKO Keiths, Loewes Willard, Hillside Rollerdrome, Garden Sweet Shoppe, Poppies. As we grew older, there was Furci's at the corner of Atlantic Ave. and 111th Street, the Brick Front Cafe on Atlantic Ave. about 117th Street. Beach 116th Street, Rockaway, Jackson Pond, Victory Field, I could go on forever listing the mmories that are flashing into my mind. But I know you all understand.
I'm glad I found this site. I particularly want to mention, Gerry Cunningham from 91st Ave., Cal Weisinger and Eddie Bauer from 111th Street. These were my closest friends during high school years. I hope they are all okay.
Added: May 9, 2010


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Dave O'halloran
From: Williamsburg, Va
E-mail: Dwoh61@gmail.com

I lived near corner of 95th ave and 126th st. Remember "joinses" candy store.
I remember the counter where the pretzel sticks were in the stand-up container. Also got sodas from the the fridge in the middle of the store, remember my favorite flavor was pinapple soda. Also liking wise potato chips but switched to the new and saltier lays chips.
Smokie was our Disneyland. I will never forget the kids growing up, the great neighborhood, and the times in that wonderful place in our memories of "Richmond Hill".
Dave ("Davy" for you that remember me)
Added: May 8, 2010


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Sher Chambre
From: New York
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The candy store on 111th Street was called Mr. Hamms.
On the n. side of 111th & Jamaica Ave was Wise Drug Store. Next to that, was another candy and newspaper store.
Added: May 8, 2010


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

B. Heaney:
Yes Jackson's pond was frozen over quite a few times. One year all of us broke up the ice and we were on "floats" like in the artic circle LOL. with long branches from the pine trees as oars to push us around. We occasionally fell in but were never soaked because of the shallowness at one end. But it was pretty "deep" at the other end, I think a foot or so.
The candy store was across the street and we used to go in and break the owners chops a few times but he still liked us beacause we spent money on the sodas and chips and ice cream.
Many a great time with Jackie Maple and his bulldog stealing our pensie pinkies and spauldings balls when w/ played stickball. I miss RH so much, and I gather so do many of our Alumni. Great Times.
Added: May 8, 2010


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Germaine Wieman
From: Houston, Tx
E-mail: grwieman@academicplanet.com

Enjoyed searching for former students of mine. HCJ 1950's. "By your students you are taught".
Thanks to them, I successfully and happily taught school for 40 years.
Added: May 8, 2010


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mike hedler
From: sevierville, tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Bill, I also remember when Jackson pond was filled with water, watching people with their boats. Man some of them were so neat. some had sails and some even had motors. but I used a boat made of popcicle sticks and a make shift sail.
Wow its so awesome to look back at times. Thanks Bill for the memories.
Added: May 8, 2010


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

The candy store on 125th St. and 95th Avenue was "Jonesies"--I could spend half an hour at the penny candy shelves making my choices with my allowance! (late '50s, early '60s). Then Mr. or Mrs. Jones would put my purchase in a tiny brown paper bag.
I also remember the pretzel rods at the soda fountain and the lemon ices--we called them "squeezies". Carefree days!
Added: May 7, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

does anyone remeber when jackson pond was filled with water, and the candy store accross the street sold little toy boats, you could buy and float them in the pond.
Winter was fun as well... the water froze the pond and we played on the ice, remember jack maple falling in one day, was pretty funny... good old days...
Added: May 7, 2010


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

does any one besides myself remember the Memorial Day parades down Rockaway Blvd? they started at the park where 115th Ave begins at the triangle at Rockaway and headed to Baisley Park.
I took part in the 1962 parade, got to the Park, was given an ice cream sandwhich and a ride home from a veteran who was a friend of the family. Are they still having the parade?
Added: May 7, 2010


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marty peshler
From: smithtown
E-mail:

chris glasser, sure i remember your brother paul. how is he doing? hope all is well with you. regards, marty
Added: May 6, 2010


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Dr John Rodgers
From: TERRA VISTA, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

Frank, I believe the candy store was called "Jonesey's", at least during the middle 1950's.
I remember the "icebox" Coca-Cola box in the middle of the floor, on a hot summer day after playing a baseball game, it was great to reach in, soak your arm in ice water, and pull up a bottle of soda. I remember, particularly the "Mission" brand Black Cherry, or Cream sodas. To me, they were even better than Hires root beer or Coca-Cola or Pepsi.
By the way, thanks for putting me in touch with your brother, John. He and I were classmates in SBJL (I lived around the corner from you--on 120 Street).
Added: May 6, 2010


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john trainor
From: northport, ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Frank Fales, coincidental that you should mention the candy store by the park.
I've thought about it a couple of times lately, it was kind of out of the way but on a lovely tree lined street. I went in a couple of times but don't remember the owner. I guess after 1960 I wasn't up there much. You are right about the thoughts that come back to us, the things we piece together from our past.
Not crazy so much as inconsistent, but that's how it goes after half a century has passed.
Added: May 6, 2010


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Wayne Masters
From: Franklin, NH
E-mail: waymasters@metrocast.net

Thank you to Edward Shillito and John Rodgers for their help in finding the location of the former LI Banana Co.
I'm looking forward to driving by through the area they have identified this June.
LI Banana, by the way, provided all those bananas you enjoyed at your banana splits (or was it a "Nosher's Nightmare") at Jahn's ice cream palor.
Added: May 6, 2010


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Lisa Destio Tecarr
From: St Paul MN
E-mail: venimeux@live.com

I grew up in brooklyn and queens, hung out everywhere though.
I had friends in Brooklyn, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, the OZ. Lefferts, smoky park, forest park, 88 park, etc, etc. I went to JHS 210 and FK Lane. A lot of friend I had went to RHS also.
I wonder if anyone remembers me!!!
Added: May 5, 2010


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

As I read the entry by Marty Peshler regarding Dennis and George Farrell I couldn't help wonder about their beautiful sister Camille who was in my "Class of '78" at SBJL. She was such a bright, beautiful, caring girl. I can only hope life has been good to her.
Also, I believe that Marty may remember my brother Paul Glasser.
Added: May 5, 2010


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frank fales
From: san jose, ca
E-mail: ffales@yahoo.com

Does anyone recall a candy store across from Smokey Park?
I seem to remember at the end of it's exsistence, it was owned by an elderly guy and one day he started literally "giving away the store". I believe the cops came and were trying to contact relatives.
Kind of crazy the memories this site envokes each time I visit.
Added: May 5, 2010


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May Green
From: Leesburg, VA
E-mail: mayc45@aol.com

Looking for info on Fox hunting on Staten Island in the early 1900.
I am trying to find the name Townsend as either a Master or Field Master. Can you help me?
Added: May 5, 2010


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John Parenti
From: Long Island
E-mail: jjaypare1@optonline.net

Mike, I remember Miss Ramsey...
but the last time I saw her was in 1951, when I graduated PS 121. She was my 8th grade science teacher. She was pretty old then, probably to a 13 year old kid anyway. If I remember right she had like faded red hair. But she was a good teacher. I remember getting an A+ on my science project on the planets.
The one teacher who had an influence on me was Mrs Bernard. I was sort of the class clown, and she told me "Never to lose my sense of humor".
Added: May 4, 2010


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barbara racano
From: long island, new york
E-mail: soloenufber@yahoo.com

hello, if anyone has information pertaining to HMS large bell, moorpoint, circa 1941 please contact, many thanks
Added: May 4, 2010


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Anthony Mancaruso
From: Homosassa Florida
E-mail: amancaruso@tampabay.rr.com

I was born on Jamaica Ave. (123 St.) year of 1926. Lived in various Apartments, Ozone Park, 124 St., 126 St., PS 54 was my elementary School. Moved from area in 1937 to Cambria Heights (Suburbs).
Love to see that some of us are still living and remembering the great Days.
Added: May 4, 2010


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john trainor
From: northport ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Mike A,
I remember Miss Ramsay from 1955 as my science teacher. My impression of her now is that she was at least in her early fifties then. But as you say about the powers of observation of the young, mistakes are possible. I recall her as professional, helpful, and low key. However given the material I offered to the world, she nor anybody else couldn't have had a profound effect on me.
In any case, I was to busy always talking to the two pretty girls sitting across from me, Patsy Labas & Marie Ferrara. Again, thanks for your earlier help. John
Added: May 4, 2010


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Sir Timothy Maloney, PhD.
From: Parts Unknown
E-mail: Tim.Maloney@gvltec.edu

Perhaps I've been searching in the wrong archives.
But I haven't found any information on the following: Holy Child Jesus School, P.S. 90 Elementary, and the,"Adam's Family" style house next to my parent's house at; 87-71 111th Street.
Also, the origin of the remains of an ancient,"Queen Ann" cherry orchard in our yards. Who's trees were earily monstrous!
Added: May 3, 2010


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Mike Allocca
From: New Canaan, CT
E-mail: maallocca@sbcglobal.net

Does anyone remember a Miss Ramsey at P.S. 121Q in the mid-fifties. She taught math and science to 7th. and 8th. grades.
She had a remarkable influence on my life and I'd like to contact her if it is at all possible. I remember her as being pretty old at the time, but at 12, everyone over the age of 25 is old!
Added: May 3, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, South Carolina
E-mail:

To: Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
Thanks for the continuing information. Another interesting point about the basement or as we called it cellar of 114-11. My father, the NYPD guy, set up a shooting range for me to learn to shoot .22's down there. Mother objected to the thump-thump of shooting but we got by. Also on New Year's he would shoot his .38 police revolver into the ground outside to join in the fun. Nowadays we would all go to jail I'm sure.
Great deli on Jamaica Ave. called Gassaw and Camp (spelling?!). I was old enought to vote in the Miss Reingold competition. Recall another family, the Bakers, son Raymond, in the neighborhood. He was a little older.
And yes, for the fellow that wrote in to advise me about 'It's A Wonderful Life', figured it was done on the backlot in Hollywood but one never knows. Still a great book with great photos.
Life is very good in SC but still recall some of the fun in old RH!!!!
Added: May 3, 2010


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marty peshler
From: smithtown
E-mail:

have been off this site for a while but did attend the 'last' st. bennys reunion. it was great but so many more people would have attended if they knew about it.
saw some comments about the tremeloes who played every sunday afternoon at chellis hall. we loved that band and my group of friends followed them wherever they played; dublin pub, etc... and i even had them play at my wedding.
george farrell, hello, hope all is well. get in touch with al, he would love to talk to you. saw dennis at the st. bennys farewell.
Added: May 2, 2010


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Paul C. Lupica
From: Guyton, Ga.
E-mail: pclupica@gmail.com

It's wonderful but saddening when I read these comments about Richmond Hill.
My brothers and I were born and raised on Hillside Ave and 124th st. until about 1972. Our mom, Adele Lupica (nee: Williams) moved into that house sometime around 1920 with sister Violet and my grandparents Leonard and Anna Rudolph Williams.
Growing up we lived in the most friendly and most beautiful neighborhood imaginable. Then as we married and moved away we failed to realize that our neighborhood was going to change. For the most part, yucky.
When I married in 1969 I moved to Jackson Heights with my wife Kathi Giambertone. In 1972 we decided to move to Savannah, Ga. A few years ago I began to visit my brother, Lenny, in Massapequa. I was curious what 'the old neighborhood' looked like. So I drove in and found so many changes that it was almost unrecognizable. Sure most of the homes are the same but their surroundings are heartbreaking. Tall fences in front of homes. Concrete slabs for parking where front yards once were.
Just think if we just stayed in Richmond Hill and left it alone, what a beautiful place it would be today. I've read comments from writers of changes from 'way back.' Meaning the '80's or '90's. Who remembers the 'Pretzle man' with his box of warm pretzles or the 'ice man' delivering big chunks of ice. Or the coal man dumping coal down chutes into cellars. Who remembers when the city started 'alternate side of the street parking'? Speaking of which, what is the purpose of 'alternate side of the street parking'? There are too people with too many extra vehicles and not enough parking. Because of, that's right, alternate side of the street parking.
Don't get me wrong I'm not wanting to bash you guys but see what progress has done to Richmond Hill, N.Y. Once seen as 'a beautiful little city within a city.' Has anyone ever given it REAL serious consideration to put 'The Kieths' back to what it once was? See the movie 'The Majestic' with Jim Carrey and see if that doesn't inspire you.
Thanks for your time.
Added: May 2, 2010


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Edward Shillito
From: Roswell, Ga.
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To Wayne Masters,
I believe the Long Island Banana Company was/is? located on 89th Avenue between 120th and 123rd Streets just East of Lefferts Blvd. I used to walk past it on my way to the railroad yards.
One of my best friends growing up, Glenn Coleman, lived on 120th Street near the corner of 89th Avenue.
If anyone knows the whereabouts on Glenn Coleman please let me know.
Added: May 1, 2010


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bob rainis
From: LI
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

I'm in the neighborhood more frequently now as an elderly member of St John's-St Paul's Lutheran likes to come up to the congregation I serve in the Bronx.
As you know you can "travel" the streets of RH by using street map of Google. The block I grew up on, 93rd Ave bet 112-114 Sts had these beautiful mature trees, 2 in front of every home. It provided wonderful shade in the summer (who had AC?) the leaves were outstanding in the Fall. Of course those who came after us, almost to a house, cut down the trees!
I recently queried a RE agent about a hosue on 117th (91st) and was directed to a "wonderful Victorian" in the RH section, across from Jamaica Hosp. I told him, THAT AIN"T NO RH, at least to us RHites.
Added: May 1, 2010


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
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To Bob Wood:
If you think about it, I have 47 years worth of memories from your previous house. What's better when you're a kid to have a bunch more and getting to know them all?!! No, it was never scary at all.
In fact, it was always bright and cheery, but as kids, I think we all feel the same about our own. The last family with 9 kids worked out fine with some of them doubling or tripling up in the third floor bedrooms. Dinner was always fun there too, pizza every Fri. night with everyone around the table. Those were the days!
The basement I wouldn't say was totally finished since I don't know of any work ever being done, but considerably modern compared to the typical Queens cellar. It was always neat as a pin, with a beautiful table in the center. I also remember the closets, also with the shining wooden doors down there with the mirrors on the outside. No one really used it, except for the small laundry room off to the side. The garage I'm sure is the same also!
As for the Post Office around the block, I only found that out seeing a historic picture from the early 1900's. In fact many probably don't even know. For years, everyone called it the "helicopter place", an office building, assuming having something to do with them!?! It's been a Union Hall for quite some time now.
I remember well the Nativity Scene in the Church yard at Union Congregational, which I'm sure many weren't here to see. It was a lovely. I remember as a kid, my parents bringing me around at night and it was just so peaceful. There really wasn't many or any other on-lookers, but I'd stare in awe at Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in the Manger. They'd usually have lambs, sheep and other live animals with them. It was such a beautiful thing for people to dress up, as a live reenactment, bringing out the true spirit of Christmas. I don't know if/of anyone else who remembers that!
There was even the lighting of the tree in Forest Park which we'd get chosen from Holy Child for a Choir to sing, which I'm proud to say that I did. I wish Richmond Hill still maintained the simplicity and all it offered back then. It was great!
Myrtle, who lived on the other side of my street lived to be 100, so people said. Her Daughter passed approximately within the past 10 yrs. and the house was sold. Sadly, relatives sell now a days, rather than keep it in the family. Did you know the Chechile's or the Levine's on 114th St.? Our yards pretty much connected with yours. Our's was the Levine house, bought from the Daughter, a teacher, after her Father passed.
I still wish I could find out more info here. I am happy for you though, touching base with good old Richmond Hill after the years!
To Raymond Kelly:
The Holy Child Jesus 100th Reunion is Sept. 18, BUT you must get your name and information on the list with the Church. They are sending out invitations and you must R.S.V.P. by June 1st. I'm sure if you call the Church directly, they can get the papers to you so you can attend. It's going to be a big day!
To Amy Teitelbaum:
I, as well as many remember the store very well. I'm sure you know it's been a Drug store for many years, but for those who've moved and come back, still ask about it. The last I heard about Dennis was he was still a car mechanic, I believe working in Ozone Park. I have some friends who might know more regarding him and the family.
Added: May 1, 2010


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Pat Gallagher
From: Floral Park, NY
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A few weeks ago my two childhood BFFS' celebrated 50 years of friendship. In 1960 Mary Vinciprova, Marie Cacioppo and I met.
We lived on the same block, 125 Street between Hillside Ave and Metripolitan Ave. We grew up together on the block. With many other kids, we played tag, rollerskated, rode bikes and caught lightning bugs. When Mary's father whistled, we knew it was time to go home.
Each day we walked twelve blocks to and from Our Lady of the Cenacle elementary school. We purchased Nancy Drew books at Westbridge Pharmacy under the el and Italian Ices at Bernie's candy store.
On Saturday afternoons, we often would go to the matinee at the RKO policed by matrons armed with fllashlights. We never could afford the Kitchen Sink at Jahns. We took the bus down Metropolitan Ave. to attend Christ the King High School.
We got our first jobs in Jamaica's 5&10 cent stores (Woolworth's, Grant's and Lampston's). On Sundays we attended dances at Chellis Hall. The Beatles rocked our world. In summer we would hitch to Rockaway Beach.
Added: April 30, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Hey Hank, played for glenns bar in softball, most likely played you guys way back...
good friend of mine still has his knife sharpening place on 123 st, jeff nella... he's still in the neighborhood.
Added: April 30, 2010


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JOHN KOLB
From: BELLEROSE, QUEENS
E-mail: JOHNNYJACK55@aol.com

Hey Hank Haynes, how you doin,
You are correct my friend, good times. In case you don't remember me, Eleanore's son-in-law.
Added: April 30, 2010


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Wayne Masters
From: Franklin, NH
E-mail: waymasters@metrocast.net

I am trying to find an old address.
In the late 1940's and through the 1950's my Dad and my uncle owned the "Long Island Banana Co." located in Richmond Hill. I believe it was north of Atlantic Ave. and tucked in by the rail yards.
As a kid I remember walking over the tracks to get to Jamaica Ave. Originally it had a long loading deck across the front... sometime during the 50's an addition, designed by my father, was added to the front.
Bananas came in on a rail siding behind the building, were ripend inside, and then shipped out via a fleet of trucks to supermarkets, hospitals, etc. I spent a good part of my childhood playing in the plant and neighborhood.
Returning to Valley Stream for my 50th reunion and might be interested in driving by the old location.
Added: April 29, 2010


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Hank Haynes
From: Dayton, OH
E-mail: hhaynes@woh.rr.com

Dr George Benetti was the bass player of the Tremelos who did a great job of "Oh Lonesome Me" back in 1960.
His office was at 120 St and Jamaica Ave across from the Mohawk that I owned for a brief time with my exest bestest partner Jimmy Reddy.
Good old days. Regards to all, Hank
Added: April 29, 2010


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Ellen LaChapelle (Giesa)
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail:

I lived in Jamaica and the band at Chellis Hall and Presentation school hall was the Tremelos, not the UK band Tremelos.
The members were George, Harry, Jimmy, and Tommy. The band I remember at Community Gardens was The Cordials and Mal was the lead singer.
Added: April 29, 2010


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Mark Grossane
From: Watertown, CT
E-mail: mgrossane@hotmail.com

I remember the Tremelos primarily from Chellis Hall, they had a great version of "Everlasting Love".
I was Christ the King H.S. class of '66, and we were fortunate to have them play at our senior prom, which was held at the old Americana Hotel on Broadway & 54th St., NYC. What a night!
Added: April 28, 2010


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Paul Lupica
From: Guyton, Ga
E-mail: pclupica@gmail.com

To Bob Wood:
Check out 'It's a Wonderful Life' on wikipedia. It was filmed at the RKO studios and their property in Encino California.
Added: April 27, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

Bob Wood:
I have been collecting old cars for many years and I own three old Dodge Coupes 1916, 1919, and 1923. I love old history and It's a Wonderful Life has always been one of my favorite all time pictures.
During the parts collection of my old Dodge Car Parts I ran into the man out here who owns the old 1917 Dodge Touring (in the picture) that was run into the old tree by, George Bailey all those years ago. The car actually was run into the tree (stunt man style) and the replacement wheel does not match the 3 original wheels.
Sitting in this car for me was quite an honor thinking that Jimmy Stewart sat there all those years ago, very cool! Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: April 27, 2010


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Raymond Kelly
From: Ocala, Florida
E-mail: rjk412@yahoo.com

Somewhwere I heard there is to be a 100th reunion of Holy Child School to be held. Could someone enlighten me of when and where?
Thank you, I was from the class of 1945.
Added: April 26, 2010


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mimi oldsum
From: richmond hill new york
E-mail:

It is so refreshing and comforting to read what the old village was really like "back then".
I moved to RH in 1980 and at that time the area was staring to make a slow come back. Many of the older folks most of you the writers moved out, others passed along and children moved away for the LI homes and better schools. Many of my family lived many many years in RH until their end.
I moved to RH because of my fond memories of the area. But, boy I was surprised to see how such a wonderful town has been turned around. Those once wonderful and beautiful Victorian homes are almost gone and replaced with multi family brick box houses. Can not find good pizza, bagle or german forrest cake anywhere.
The good ol days are gone and so are the folks who made it good. Lets keep the memories alive!
Added: April 26, 2010


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Community Gardens! That's a reunion I'd like to hear about.
I don't remember the house band, only that the music was really good in the late 60's long before the disco era.
Added: April 26, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Tommy, Billy and Dave, The Tremelos Played at St Bennies, Chellis Hall, and later years at the Dublin Pub out on Jerico TPKE... they were a great band to listen to back then... played all the current music and very well...
Added: April 26, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

OK guess I'm living in the past too much but have been reading "Images of America, Richmond Hill" and could not help but notice the winter photo on page 110. It reminded me of the movie with Jimmy Stewart, "It's A Wonderful Life".
I wonder if any of the footage for that flick was shot in Richmond Hill. Guess I'll have to look closely next time it is on tv. Also in reading the entry from the grandaughter of the hardware store owner... frequented the place often with my father. In the 50's a gallon of mineral spirits was 35 cents but one had to bring their own bottle! Dutch Boy paint was a couple of dollars and nails were sold by the pound. Salespeople used to give me a bad (not really) time. Little kid in a man's store! Was it not just down the avenue from a butcher store?
Lastly, the photo on page 102 of HCJ third grade was a hoot. I have one just like it from 1950 but the faces seem strangely similiar. Could swear some of those kids were in my class. If anyone out there has not read the Richmond Hill book I highly recommend it.
Added: April 26, 2010


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kenny z
From: gettysburg, pa
E-mail: kennysburg@hotmail.com

to bill c...
i Remember Community Gardens. the disco pub on Jamaica ave about 215 st, right? hot spot on friday or saturday nights. but... don't remember the Tremelos being the "house band".
does anybody remember a pub called Beau Brummels? i know it was on hillside ave and just east of either 110 or meadowbrook parkway i think. a lot smaller than community gardens but also a good time on fri/sat nights. also had some good bands. met the love of my life there but sadly lost her.
Added: April 25, 2010


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John F. McKenna
From: Manchester, CT
E-mail: MJMP77@aol.com

Great site. I played for the RH Saxons in 1956 at 2nd Base.
I have run into Joe Bronzino PhD. on occasion. I remember that he and Roger Wyrondeck(sp?) were our best players. I remember Chuck Schilling(sp?) on the New Hyde Park Hawks Team went to the hated Red Sox for awhile. Games on Sunday, two, at Ozone Park, near the Parkway. Anyone out there?
I do remember Jahn's. I lived in Queens Village. SS Joachim and Anne, and Bishop Loughlin. Then Holy Cross, College of, and then flew in the Navy. Now I practice Law in West Hartford, CT.
Added: April 25, 2010


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Amy Teitelbaum
From: Delray Beach, Florida
E-mail: moondance56@aol.com

My Grandfather, and then my Dad owned 'Teitelbaums Hardware' on Jamaica Ave and 108 St across the street from Connie's Restaurant and two doors away from the Deli.!! They owned it for about 50 years!!
Anyone know where any of the Kreckos are? They used to live over Starbrite carpet store on 111th I think; Doug, Dennis, and David?
Added: April 25, 2010


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Teresa Pedone (nee: Smith)
From: PA/NYC
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Hi Linda Trick Fleury!!! I hope you are all doing well? We are all good!
Joanne graduates from Columbia Law School next month and sits for the bar in July!! Brian owns his own boxing gym and software company and Madalyn graduates from LaGuardia HS of Performing Arts in June... she will be attending NYU Tisch school for Drama in the fall!! Anth and I are doing great! I am retired and VERY happy!!!
Send my love to all... This website is great!
Added: April 24, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Southern California
E-mail: bob.winter49@yahoo.com

I don't remember Carlo's, but I do remember Tommy's below the pool hall on Liberty. Tommy's had great pizza.
Living in California - God do I miss NY pizza.
Added: April 24, 2010


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

About the Tremelo's:
They were a Great British band from Essex, England. I can't believe they played in the places people have mentioned on this site. If they did, they had to be strung out. LOL.
They were a band that played pretty much SRO crowds at concerts. They had 8-10 hits. Are there 2 bands same name?
P.S.: The Tremelo's - They never had a song called Sweet Caroline. (Of course Neil Diamond did). The band mentioned on this site at local functions must be a same name band, not the British group.
Added: April 24, 2010


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

To L. Fry--
I went to SBJL with a Stephen Degruccio-- graduated in 1963. Possibly Charles' son? Might be a lead in your search-- good luck!
Added: April 24, 2010


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Linda (Trick) Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com

This site is so much fun- Dennis, you've done a great job.
We enjoy seeing the names of some of our old friends and classmates. Richmond Hill was a wonderful place to grow up-it had a small town feel yet you could easily hop a train and get to Manhattan.
Tom & I have been living down here in Boca Raton for 15 yrs. with our 2 kids Caitlin (21) and Brian (26).
The weather is great and nearly half the people we meet are originally from NY! We've made some really good friends in Florida but do miss our old friends.
Added: April 23, 2010


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Mary Woods
From: richmond hill, NY
E-mail: jfredmcred@aol.com

To L.Fry:
The house at 87-59 117 Street was owned by the DeGruccio family until 1977. Good luck in your search.
Added: April 23, 2010


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Dave O'halloran
From: Williamsburg, VA
E-mail: Dwoh61@gmail.com

Bill Heaney:
Same great memories from dances at st. Bennies (class of 61) and molloy (class of 65). The very best memories, good people and times. No matter where life has taken us the road always comes back to those very special times, people and times. Davy O'halloran
Added: April 22, 2010


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Bill C.
From: Northport
E-mail:

I just noticed the Tremelos mentioned again, but no one seems to remember Community Gardens.
They were the house band their also, and that was the place to be on friday night. Proper attire only, any fighting was promptly resolved, and yes the Tremelos always included their signature slow dance, that always packed the floor.
Added: April 22, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

seems a few more names came on this site... fantastic... it would be spring in richmond hill and another summer on the way...
we be drinking up in the park at the lower log with the king... jimmy luger... lol... and then friday nights be going to st bennies for the dance, and molloy dances on sat night... it was great sneaking in to those places...
anyone remember the tremelos... damn they were a great band... favorite all time song sweet caroline...
Added: April 21, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

To: Dennis Doyle... Thanks again.
The old Post Office had a coal chute out front built into the sidewalk. Couple of my not too bright friends opened and slid down into the basement of the bldg. Had to go up the slide to get out! Needed to be closed.
We used to ride bikes up to Forrest Park, enjoy the pond and of course all the swings, slides etc. Guess that is still there. Walks in the woods were off limits unless parents were along. Is crime an issue more now? Guess so.
The church across from 114-11 had a marvelous Christmas program with stable, live actors etc. Great fun for us across the street. Also had a buddy that lived on Bessmer Street, James Dooley. Around that block lived Kenneth Erwin also a friend.
Funny story... not really... while visiting Erwin, chased him into his home and ran my arm through the front door glass, cutting it pretty seriously. Ran all the way home giving my mother a near heart attack and she ran me over to Dr. Morse's office across the street. Still have the scar. Dr. Morse had a daughter Susan that was a friend. Her brother Ted went to Naval Academy.
In olden times we walked everywhere safely. True now? Thanks again for information.
Added: April 21, 2010


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

To Anne:
The pizzeria was named Carlos Pizzeria. There was also one on Woodhaven Blvd. and Jamaica Ave, and one I believe in Glendale on Metropolita Avenue. The owner was Charlie Maggio who lived across the street from me on 112th. between 91st and Jamaica Avenue's.
He had the best pizza around.
Added: April 21, 2010


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L. Fry
From: Maryland
E-mail: leftyl.alf@gmail.com

I am searching on behalf of my father who is 85 years old for his platoon mate Charles Degruccio who lived at 8759 117 th St., Richmond Hill, NYC in the 1940's.
They served in WWII together in the Pigeon Signal Corps in the South Pacific. Anyone know of this person and if he is still living?
Added: April 21, 2010


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F. Ciccone
From: Long Beach, New York
E-mail:

Carlos's pizzeria was on Lefferts Blvd and Liberty Avenue.
Added: April 20, 2010


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JOHN KOLB
From: BELLEROSE, QUEENS
E-mail: JOHNNYJACK55@aol.com

To Anne Sanks Miller:
I think it was called Carlos Pizza on Lefferts and Liberty.
Added: April 20, 2010


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Helen (Akus) Eagleston
From: Marbletown, New York
E-mail: helen.eagleston@cliffordchance.com

To Zelda Grossman:
I remember your mother so well and am very sorry to hear of her passing. She was my second grade teacher at PS 62 and always such a wonderful person.
My thoughts are with you and your family.
Added: April 20, 2010


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Teresa Pedone (nee: Smith)
From: PA/NY
E-mail:

Anne Sanks Miller:
I think it was Carlo's pizzeria...
Added: April 20, 2010


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joann cutichio rodecker
From: east islip ny
E-mail: joannrodecker@yahoo.com

I remember the pizzeria on Lefferts and Liberty Ave. It was Carlos Pizzeria. I know because it was next door to Murphy real estate were my father worked. Above it was an attorneys office.
You're right they had the best pizza. Spent many afternoons after school buying a slice and a coke for 25 cent. I don't think it's there anymore.
Added: April 20, 2010


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

Anne Miller--
I believe it was Carlos Pizza. And I agree it was the best. Nothing like it here in Colorado either!
Added: April 20, 2010


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

The pizzeria you are thinking of was Carlo's Pizza on Lefferts and Liberty Ave. They did have good pizza but there was another one on Liberty Ave going towards the old A&P supermarket it is still there and it is Tommy's Pizza that pizza I really miss.
Remember Hugo's Ice Cream Parlor and Karps all good memories.
Added: April 20, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Bob Wood:
It truly is fascinating to read your memories of the vicinity where I lived. I grew up in the house on 115th Street next to the Union Congregational Church. My family purchased the home from Dr. Fernlund (sp?) around 1962, if that rings a bell.
Our family found out years later that our home is known as the "Lefferts Farm House". Hence, my interest in Richmond Hill history. Directly across the street (from south to north) were the Kelly's, the Donovan's, the Pallino's, the Amatrudo's, the Kriedman's, the Gentele's, next house not sure of, and the last house before the Post Office on Myrtle Avenue were the Dorio's. However, I don't remember that building as ever being a Post Office. It was closed down when we moved to 115th Street. As a kid, me and my friends would sneek inside and "explore" the place. Looking back, we were very lucky nothing ever went wrong being in a huge abandoned building.
On the other side of the street, the corner house on 86th Avenue and 115th Street lived a woman named Claire and her husband.
Added: April 19, 2010

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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

To: Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney and Dennis Doyle
This site is addictive. Thanks for more information. Almost like ancestory.com but the folks (some of you) are alive and well!
Dennis you must have lived right next door to the barber shop I went to and right across from a candy store I spent too much time in. Glad some of the Pallinos are still around. Their father was a hoot. Reminded me of Jackie Gleason.
Marilyn: I don't know who owned the house next door as I never recall seeing them. Big place though. I'm still in shock that 9 kids lived in 114-11. Did they finish the basement? It was a scary place when we lived there with little lighting etc. Sort of like the movie Home Alone with the furnace making funny noises.
As I recall there was another stairway to the basement below the stairs in the hall. And yet another fact my mother removed all the paint from the stairs and railings so that the natural wood would show through. Major job at the time. And yes the garage... my father was not satisfied with the original job when they built it in the 50's so he lined the walls with brick. He was pretty handy with that sort of job. Great fun.
The house on the corner of 114th and 86th, right across from RHHS Annex was Myrtle McGlockin (?!) with daughter Sallie. Friends of my mother and sister. Around the block across from the post office was the house of the Foreys, daughter Betsy. That would have been on Myrtle Avenue.
And finally, yes, I recall the trolleys before they were replaced. Bad friends used to put CO2 cartridges in the tracks... explode... and trolly driver would chase them off! I'll put my thinking cap on and try to recall other neighbors. I'm thinking that the Tomasellos lived right behind us. Sound right?
Added: April 19, 2010


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Mark Rollins
From: Griswold CT
E-mail: rollinsct@sbcglobal.net

Chellis Hall Dances---great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Do miss RH---I miss the walking to everywhere---Hey---remember the roller rink. Was it on Metro ave?
Added: April 19, 2010


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ZELDA GROSSMAN LUBART
From: NEW YORK CITY
E-mail: ZELSEWS@aol.com

I just wanted to comment on my Mom's death at 100 years old.
Goldie Grossman graduated RHHS, as we all did, and then taught at PS 62.
Added: April 19, 2010


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Anne Sanks Miller
From: Hobe Sound Florida
E-mail: amiller1957@live.com

Refresh my memory someone.
What was the name of the pizzeria that was on Lefferts Blvd and Liberty Avenue. They had the best pizza. Cant find anything that comes close in Florida.
Added: April 18, 2010


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Bob Schneider
From: Colfax, California
E-mail: photoinfo@imageessence.com

To everyone who reads this site - "I need your help!"
I have been reseaching links to my past, I grew up at The Ottilie Home for Children on 148th Street during 1948-1956 and I attended PS117. I'm writing a book about my life experiences and the people, during those wonderful times at the Home.
I came upon this comment on this site from the year 2006, it says; "She lived at Ottilie Home for Children most of her life. I have documents that indicate ..."
However, I couldn't find a link/E-mail contact to this person. I'm looking for anyone that might have lived in the neighborhood, or around Jamaica during those years and knows about Ottilie.
Anyone that remembers the Home, Area, or might even know people from this period of time. This is a great story of a very special place in time... Can you help me? Thanks, please contact me!
Added: April 18, 2010


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

John Rodgers:
Also worked with Carl & Bart's meatmarket. I believe it was 1957 or '58. It lasted a few months until I ran away from home for a few days, and too embarassed to go back.
I believe I took over the job from (I believe his name was Sal) sooner than I expected, when we were delivering meat together, and our bikes collided and he broke his arm. (No, I didn't do it intentionally).
Anyway, those guys were great to work for and ran a nice shop.
Added: April 18, 2010


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Liz Athineos
From: Boston
E-mail: eathineos@comcast.net

Looking for Lynne Schnurr for a Girl Scout Reunion July 2010.
Added: April 18, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net

Hello to all the Richmond Hillites:
You guys have had a Wet Winter and we are having a Rock & Roll Shaking Spring here which was one of our last worries on the East Coast as I remember.
Does any one remember the old Packard Dealership on 102nd St. across from the Jewish Synagogue. I recall in the early fifties watching them unload the 1950 Packard's from the car carriers. This was so fastening for me at that time and moulded in me a love for the automobile which still is with me today. I have many Antique Cars, no Packard's though.
The Ford Dealership down toward the Willard Theater on Jamaica Ave. was another fun place to watch this; I suspect boys rite of passage and as I remember a few doors down the Chinese Restaurant with the 3 Almond cookies, they were sure good.
Ken Ball, Sunny Rock & Rolling San Diego
Added: April 18, 2010


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Marilyn Mayer - Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

To Bob Wood:
Regarding 114-11, how very interesting! I believe the family stated that the house was built in 1915, so there were other owners prior, but so far everyone that we know of were students of Holy Child Jesus. The concrete work is still there and there was some question as to when the garage was built, which is there as well.
I remember in the 60's there were beautiful flowers and bushes lining the front of the porch which I think were also in the back. I may remember a B.B.Q. back then, but also, I was a kid. In later years, no.
As I mentioned before, the inside is all original. The wood is a high shine, the little shutters which extend from the kitchen to living room and the quaint window seats, all of which you may remember are still the same. Personally I always loved the stained glass in the downstairs hallway where as kids we would sometimes sit. The third floor was always the children's bedrooms.
I know there was a web-site through the realty that was showing the house and property. If I can find it, I will forward it to you if they're still showing. We knew Grace and Mildred who have passed, probably within the past 10 years. One or both were teachers I believe and they would love to play the piano. They always took their car out on Sunday to go to Church.
Who lived next door in the big Victorian then? I think it was a multi-family early on, having had a friend there, then it was bought and sold in the mid-60's to a family who stayed until 6 years ago. In the 70's, the Market family was still there since some younger children would play with theirs. Coincidently Dr. Morse was my pediatrician when we still lived in Woodhaven, not having an idea that three moves later we'd be owning a house right up the block. I think it was in the late 60's that the house was sold and has since been an investement house.
Do you remember any other family names from 114 St. or 115 St.? It's great reminiscing about a nice time growing up in Richmond Hill and the people who made it so pleasant. The memories are good and I hope they are for you too.
I still wish I had could find the backround history of my own home and hopefully some day with some luck, I will. P.S. ~ By the way, Mary Louis Academy for girls is still open and an accomplished high school.
Added: April 17, 2010


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Kathleen Lane-LaFaman
From: Hazlet NJ
E-mail: hopeanthony@aol.com

hi
Added: April 17, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Bob Wood:
I grew up across the street from the Pallino (sp?) family on 115th Street. I remember Benjamin who was much older than me. His sister Valerie and her mother still live in the same house. If I run into her I will mention your post. And if I get more info I will post here.
Added: April 17, 2010

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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, South Carolina
E-mail:
Just fishing for infomation now.
Anyone remember Sister Fontbaum from HCJ? What about Sister St. Luke? Had my troubles with both of them in the fifties as a little troublemaker! At least I never had to get with that spanking machine in the principals office!
Trying my best to get names spelled correctly. Virginia Giaconni out there? Frank Garrafollo? Patricia or Henry O'Brian? Benjamin Pallino? Been a long time but still remember many from HCJ.
Summers swimming at RHHS pool. Waiting in line for a turn of course.
This is a great web site for old folks like myself. Trying to remember people and places is good for my Al Heimers!!! Ha.
Added: April 17, 2010

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Dr John Rodgers
From: USA
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com

My first job was also as a delivery boy for Carl's Meat Market 120-14 Jerome Avenue. I worked there (without working papers) from 1953-1955.
I learned to slice cold cuts on the machine (except for liverwurst, which had to be cut by a knife so as not to "dirty" the slicing blades), run chuck steak through the grinder in the walk-in refrigerator to create chop meat, to hold up holiday turkeys while I used some type of wall mounted machine to pull the leg tendons through and out of the legs, and, in general, how to clean. I delivered orders most every day, particularly the holiday orders.
This was great practice for my first "legal, real" jobs in a boardwalk restaurant in Rockaway (B97st and the Boardwalk) and at Hahl'w ice cream parlor on Rwy Blvd and Lincoln St. all through high school!!!
Added: April 16, 2010


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Betty (McLaughlin) Fitzgerald
From: Las Vegas, NV
E-mail: lvbmcfitz@aol.com

To Marrilyyne Shillito--
I read the posts on the Richmond Hill Historical Society Guestbook regarding the 1969 RHHS school ring and yearbook. It may be simple to figure out who the ring belongs to. Since it was taken from a deceased soldier, you could cross-reference the names of the graduates with names listed on the Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial wall. You can go to www.thewall-usa.com for this info.
Sadly, there may by more than one name on the list... but maybe not. As to where the author of the article Rob Geesen is-- that's anyone's guess.
I have done involved searches trying to locate my classmates from the St Teresa of Avila 1961 class. With 2 other searchers we have located more than 75 people and have a reunion planned for June, 2011.
I have done a search for Rob Geesen and have a few leads to follow. Does anyone have ANY info on Mr. Geesen? What state he might be from? Age? Even his last e-mail address-- although inactive-- may give a clue to his location. When was the article he wrote submitted?
I'll let you know if I'm able to learn anything further. Betty (McLaughlin) Fitzgerald Las Vegas, NV.
Added: April 16, 2010


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

To Joseph Davis,
My, my, my! I had only met your sainted grandfather once, and that was when my mother and stepfather bought the Silver Dollar.
My sister, then age four and myself (seven), sat at a booth slurping Cokes while the old folks did their business thing. As far as dogs are concerned, our Alsatian Caesar was leashed to the steam pipe at the approach to the bar. Mom needed him when she was alone at the C&F. I wonder if you knew the Mannings who lived over the Bar. Danny and I were inseperable and got into all sorts of trouble together, two naughty little micks.
I was in the neighborhood last in August of 2000. It was at the time a West Indian sports bar. They redid the place, but fear not, the old bar lives.
Next time I talk to Mom (who lives in Florida, Dada died in 78). I'll let her know about your post.
Added: April 16, 2010


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Roger Eisenhardt, Sr.
From: Wantagh, Long Island NY
E-mail: quohog@aol.com

Great web site!
My mother, Jeanne Cannon, grew up on 111th Street (just south of Liberty) and my father was Walter Eisenhardt, the last owner of Eisenhardt's Prime Meats on Liberty between 110th and 111th. The store was passed down to my dad from his, Charlie Eisenhardt.
I went to work in the butcher shop at age 11 because I wanted to save money to buy an electric guitar. My job was to slice cold cuts, make chop meat, bag orders, and sometimes run local deliveries. This is where I learned my work ethic and the meaning of "customer service". It also allowed me to be with my father and grandfather, who were my idols and remain so to this day. I worked there up till high school and then got a job in my town on Long Island. However, for many years after, even while in college, I would help out around Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
After my dad sold the store, it was taken by an electrician and then an insurance broker. After I got married, my wife and I lived on 85th Avenue, just a block or two from the "soldier" in Forest Park. From there we moved to Kew Gardens and then finally moved out to Long Island in 2000.
My children are very familiar with the great past and present features of Richmond Hill, and any time we are any where close by, we make it a point to drive around and catch up with developments.
I am glad I had the opportunity to work and live in this historical and special part of Queens. These memories will never leave me.
Added: April 15, 2010


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Joseph Davis
From: Short Hills, NJ
E-mail:
To John Mulry of Chattanooga:
My grandfather was Gus Worgull who sold the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill on Liberty Avenue to your parents in 1959. Gus and my grandmother, Cecelia "Sadie" Worgull (nee Flannery), ran the place for many years and lived nearby.
As a kid in the early to mid 50's, I would visit the Silver Dollar and grandparents and have happy memories of the place, including the white tile floors, the tortoise shell, bar, etc. Gus was a hunter and used to prepare venison dinners for patrons during the winter with deer he had bagged upstate NY.
He also kept a dog named Spotty in the bar who was a biter and would not be allowed these days.
Added: April 14, 2010

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Mary-Ann Corda Rhodes
From: Chester, VA
E-mail:
I lived on 130th St. between 101st & 103rd Ave. until 1973 when we moved out to Suffolk county, I went to PS 55 and the JHS 210. I was 13 when we moved. What wonderful memories.
Karp's and Smokey Park were 2 of my favorite places.
Added: April 13, 2010

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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, South Carolina
E-mail: marfak01@sc.rr.com
To: Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
Thank you for the information about 114-11! My Mom and Dad purchased the home in the 30's (near as I can tell) for $6500!!
Sister and I grew there until 1957 when Dad retired from NYPD and moved to Miami. Sister went to Mary Louis... guess its still there... Dad did the concrete work with grass in the middle when they put the garage in during early 50's.
When I was there we had a lady renting the third floor, Ruth Schilling. The Downheims were next door. Grace and Mildred with their Mom. German folks across the street, the Markets. Italian folks just down from them, the Terenties. Excuse the spelling I was just a little kid then.
Also in the big house next to the church across the street loved the Morses, doctor and family. Oh yeah, my Dad built the BBQ grill in the backyard. Still there?
No, don't want to buy the place but glad its had such fine residents.
Added: April 12, 2010

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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Marilynne Shillito:
Thank you for offering to help regarding the article about the lost 1969 RHHS ring found in Vietnam. Unfortunately, the author of the article is no longer in contact. We tried emailing him in the past but his email is undeliverable now. When we first published the article we had asked the author, Rob Geesen, if he could forward us the ring, and we would make sure it got to the right family, but he had declined.
We have decided to leave the article on our website with the hope that the ring may one day be returned to the owner and/or family.
Added: April 10, 2010

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Alice Ruschmeier Love
From: Graham, NC
E-mail: plove001@triad.rr.com

Mike Hedler:
I e-mailed you at your address. Yes my dad tried to convert me and Tommy to catchers but I'm left-handed so that didn't work. Tom did though.
Added: April 10, 2010


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

Mike Hedler:
I e-mailed you at your address. Yes my dad tried to convert me and Tommy to catchers but I'm left-handed so that didn't work. Tom did though.
Added: April 10, 2010


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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjjohnson@pershing.com

Hello Friends!
Happy Easter to all. Happy Passover! And Happy Spring! Hope everyone is well. Enjoyed all of the latest postings. Regards Mary
Added: April 9, 2010


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail:

Alice Rushmeier...
did you have a sister Irene? She was a year ahead of me at SBJL... same Rushmeier?
Added: April 7, 2010


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Barb Wojtko
From: Colorado
E-mail: bwojtko@msn.com

To Alice Ruschmeier--
I think I remember your family name. Don't you have a brother Stephen? I graduated from SBJL in '63--- went to Christ the King H.S.
I lived on 125th St. and my grandparents owned a house down the street from you--- 121-06 95th Ave (pretty sure that was the number) until about 1960. Have lots of happy memories from back then!
Added: April 7, 2010


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Alice Love (Ruschmeier)
From: Graham, NC
E-mail: plove001@triad.rr.com

Lived on 95th Ave from Dec '47 to Aug.'73.
Attended SBJL grad '61, OLWA (Ozone Park '65), Hunter College '69. Married at SBJL in Aug '73 and left NYC. Living near Chapel Hill, NC. Would love to hear from people from St. Benny's or Wisdom.
Added: April 6, 2010


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Marilynne Shillito
From: Roswell Ga
E-mail: ejs8523@gmail.com

To Dennis Doyle -
Read the article on the web site re 1969 RHHS class ring. Was the owner ever found? I am a 1969 graduate and have my yearbook - Would be glad to help. Thanks!
Added: April 6, 2010


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mike hedler
From: sevierville tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

paul, I do remember those teams.
I was on the robins first year and the giants the second year. your dad turned me into a catcher. good days
Added: April 6, 2010


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Louise Garretto
From: Long Island
E-mail: LMG821@hotmail.com

To Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney:
I remember you! You lived on the same block as Phyllis Chechile. The Pante house on 86th Avenue was actually the Garretto house. It was owned by my grandparents. Mrs. Pante is their daughter and my aunt.
It's great to know that the front hallway still has the original stained glass and that the wood wasn't painted over. It was a beautiful hallway. Alot of great Sunday dinners in that house with my nonnina making everything from scratch for all of us and adding lots of love.
Added: April 5, 2010


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Ann-Marie B. Sudmann
From: Patchogue, New York
E-mail: classyleo89@aol.com

Hey Robert Sheridan did you go to school at Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream?
We used to talk about a great many things when we were kids. You liked dinosaurs as I remember and you were very smart. You use to walk me home from school.
Added: April 5, 2010


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Noreen Hellers
From: mahopac, ny
E-mail: noreenbob@aol.com

Wow, there are so many memories here, eds candy store etc.
I think I was closer to maries candy store on jamaica ave and 111st. I use to get vanilla soda or egg creams.
Tommy Manzo I think I went to school with Janice and lived in the apartment building on myrtle ave next to your aunt Jean.
I was looking for info on gebhardts bakery. I was wondering if anyone ever took those recipes for ice crumb buns and creme doughnuts and is either baking them somewhere else or has the recipes.
I don't think I've ever had any soo good. So I googled it and here I am.
Added: April 5, 2010


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Richard D Di Sipio
From: Dublin, Va
E-mail: pazzoasino1@verizon.net

Anyone with info from the 1920s... Had Family there then...
Added: April 5, 2010


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bob schulman
From: wayne nj
E-mail: bub21349@aol.com

vinnie i remember that vw too.
remember playing the basketball games in the lavecchias basement? you were a funny guy, big but funny. hope everything is good with you. all ok with me. they were the good old days.
Added: April 5, 2010


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

This is directed to Bob Wood.
I'm sorry that I can't help you with any of the friends you knew from here, but coincidently, I do know the two families that have owned the same house after you.
I live on 114th Sreet, right around the corner, having moved here in '63. At that time, I was going to Holy Child and became friends with the Pante Family who owned it then. When they sold in the late 60's, the Cervino Family purchased the house and with 9 children, once again I had more friends, as well as spending a lot of time there. In late '08, Mr. Cervino passed away and his Neice's Family lived there up until a few months ago. The house is once again for sale now.
After just speaking with an "heir" to the estate and telling her of your post, she asked if you were interested in buying it back. LOL
Seriously, she found it very interesting after all of these years to know a bit more of the history of her home for so many years, though she was curious as to what years your Family lived there. It still has the original wood through out, the stained glass window in the downstairs hallway and has been maintained very well, probably as you would remember it. Everyone has fond memories of that lovely home, as well as myself. It has seen many children in it's day.
I wish I could be lucky enough to hear or know how to find out the backround to my own!
Added: April 4, 2010


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Bob Wood
From: Columbia, SC
E-mail: marfak01@sc.rr.com

Lived at 114-11 86th Avenue in the 50's.
Dad was one of New York's finest. Retired and moved to Miami when I was half finished with 8th grade of Holy Child. Any of old gang still remember those days? Jimmy Dooley, Anthony Market, Margie Dempsey, Kenneth Erwin, Virginia Giaconni etc.??? Sister Alice went to Mary Louis.
Added: April 3, 2010


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John Mahoney
From: Long Island
E-mail: mtgsaremylife@optonline.net

Lived on 130th St. between 101 and 103 Avenues. Attended PS 55 61-68, JHS 210 68-70, and RHHS 70-74. Spent most summers at PS 55 school yard through 60's & early 70's.
All the posts brought back memories of places and things we all experienced. Most of the old crowd have moved away but a few remain that I see occasionally, so I see how the old neighborhood has changed when I visit. The memories will last though.
Added: April 2, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX.
E-mail:
One thing that you'll notice throughout the posts on the RH site as people recall friends and shop owners is the diversity reflected in family names.
It never mattered, a family's ethnicity was never even a remote consideration nor should it have been. We were schoolmates, friends, team mates, and part of a rich community in many many ways. And that sense of community/neighborhood brought us together as it still does via this website. Thank you.
Added: April 2, 2010

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John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@verizon.net
Jeff and Ed,
Thanks for the update on Ed's candy store on Myrtle. I had forgotten about the fire until you mentioned it. I do remember Ed's car and how the paint and trim melted. It was a 61 Galaxie. I remember that he also had an old Chrysler New Yorker from around 1955.
He was also a tinkerer with electronics. He once repaired my transistor radio and a PA amplifier for me. He was indeed friendly but I didn't recall he was ill and it was strange how he abandoned the business never to return.
Some in the neighborhood suspected that he may have been selling more than candy especially with all of the HS kids that used to stop there on the way to the bus stop.
Added: April 1, 2010

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Louis Dunham
From: Port Orange, Florida
E-mail: baracudda@aol.com
I lived at 109-07 Lefferts blvd... in the 40s & 50s... Was friends with Billy Karp and Bill Curtis... Went to PS 100... PS 121... John Adams High School... Joined the US Army in April 1955... worked when i was young at Phillipsons Phcy... and managed Weiss Wines and Liquors on Liberty Liquors till i enlisted
Added: April 1, 2010

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CHARLIE HAND
From: RALEIGH, N.C.
E-mail: CRHNRALEIGH@aol.com
I grew up on Jamaica Ave. and 125th St.
My Father & Mom owned the Candy Store at 125-09 Jamaica Ave. I went to P.S. 54 from 1950-54 with my friends Angelo and Frank Chiauzzi, Patsy Rocco, Johnny and Frank Culotta, whose parents owned a Deli on 89th Ave. and 126th St. Anyone know the whereabouts of any of the above, e-mail me if you can.
Have many fond memories of Richmond Hill in the 50's. Charlie Hand
Added: April 1, 2010

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Tommy Manzo
From: Rockville Ctr, L.I.
E-mail:
To Dennis Doyle
Hey Blackie, how are you doing? I see from one of your earlier posts that you are still in contact with Tommy & Linda Fleury.
Tell them I said hello next time your in touch with them.
Added: April 1, 2010

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john trainor
From: northport ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com
Reading the posts recalls many fond memories, hanging out with the boys on Liberty & Lefferts, Hugo's Ice Cream parlor and St John's Restaurant, football at Smokey Park, the quiet nights in the summer, what a beautiful area it was.
I graduated from PS 121 in 1955 & went on to John Adams HS. If anyone can tell me just how I might obtain a graduation photo of my class at 121 I would appreciate it.
Anybody remember a Diane Dietz from 125th St, or Vic Krosnecki from 124th St? Regards to all.
Added: April 1, 2010

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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Tom Manzo:
Hey Tommy (Mongoose) great to read your Post. Say hi to your brother Mike and others who might remember me.
Added: March 31, 2010

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Tom Manzo
From: Rockville Ctr, L.I.
E-mail: RVCTOM@aol.com

The Liquor store across from the pond was owned by Frank Massimiano. He lived around the corner in the apt. bldg. on 109th St. He was Nicky's ("BULL") father. He also had a daughter Tina and an older brother whose name escapes me.
The store on the corner was many different things depending on the year. A real estate, barber shop, law office.
The deli was owned by the Lentini's for a number of yrs. They lived in the big house on the corner of Myrtle and 84th ave next to the apt. bldg.
Added: March 31, 2010


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Ernest Casey
From: Queens
E-mail:

Spent many birthdays at Jahn's. Took many dates to Jahns.
Richmond Hill, Flushing, and Elmhurst. lol What a lost. A great fixture in them neighborhoods.
Added: March 31, 2010


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Robert Staab
From: upstate
E-mail: rjspatriot@aol.com

Bill Heaney:
I grew up with Kevin 89th ave 107th. Please say hello for me thank you, Bob Staab.
Ed Shillito:
There was a deli in that block they would sell quarts of beer to just about anyone.
Added: March 30, 2010


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Rich Bianculli
From: Florida
E-mail:

Great reading the stories!
We are planning on being up there in mid May.
Added: March 30, 2010


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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, Ga
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net

That was a taylor shop owned by my best friends grand parents in the late 60s to 70s. He was proud of the fact that his grand dad planted the first pine tree behind Jacksons pond.
The family name was Rodgers and they lived in the appartments around the corner on 109th street.
Added: March 30, 2010


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Brenda Becker
From: Flatbush, Brooklyn
E-mail: brendabecker@optonline.net

My mother, Mathilde Beecher, moved to RH with her family around 1925, to 89-30 118 St., and was married in St. Bennie's, where I was baptised; I was born in RH in 1957, and a year later my folks sold the house and moved to Woodhaven, then later to other points in Queens.
They had neighbors named Tookey. Although I don't have any conscious memories of RH, I absorbed from my Mom's stories a rich sense of the life you evoke so nostalgically here.
She and my dad dated at Triangle Hofbrau; she and her sister sat through cartoons and newsreels to get to the double feature at the Keith and Valencia. After a date in "the city," the young folks, even during the Depression, would come home in the wee hours and ride the milk wagon down the street at dawn in their evening clothes, she recalled.
Crime was almost unheard of, the parish was the center of one's life, and it seemed as if life was a lot simpler and more innocent. Even I, who left Woodhaven by age 5, remember Gebhardt's bakery and the incomparable smell of chocolate and dark wood at Smitty's ice cream parlor.
Although my mom said she disliked her family's cramped "Archie Bunker house," I was struck when I revisited it recently by how cozy the street seemed. I pictured my dad, who guarded FDR as an MP during WWII, coming to court my mother when he was on leave, and my parents leaving the house in their wedding clothes for SBJL, and coming home with me in their arms from the hospital. (I also smiled to imagine what my Irish grandmother's reaction would have been to seeing a Sikh gentleman in a turban walking down her street!)
Fortunately, on that visit we were able to take my daughter to Jahn's before it closed, but the scruffy sad vibe of the surrounding commercial strip seemed very sad. Also a shame to see so much "Queenscrap" new construction going up. I thought it was very profound of one commenter to point out that an entire era now lives entirely in our shared memories.
This forum has stirred my very earliest ones, along with a deep connection to my family's history. It also makes me wistful that my daughter, who has grown up in the closely guarded, post-Etan-Patz "playdate" era, could never have known the freedom we knew as kids to "go out and play"...
Added: March 30, 2010


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Ed Shillito
From: Roswell, Georgia
E-mail:

John Saladino -
Yes, there was at least one other store between the candy store and the bar/restaurant on the corner. It could have been either a dry cleaners or a tailor shop. I don't remember a liquor store at that location but I do remember one between the candy store and the hand laundry in the block of stores across from Forest Park on Myrtle Ave. between 108 & 109 streets.
I believe the name of the bar/restaurant on the corner of 114th street and Myrtle Avenue was the Park Lane. I was in Eds' candy store the day the restaurant burned down. There was a woman working alone in the early afternoon when something on the stove caught fire. She ran to Eds screaming fire and Ed and I took a fire extinguisher and tried to put it out, but as soon as the fire reached the walls it went right up and across the ceiling.
We had all we could do to get the woman (who by now was hysterical) and ourselves out before the fire blocked our exit. The candy store and the tailor? dry cleaners? filled with smoke.
I remember Ed used to drive a pale yellow '62 Ford. The chrome trim on the car melted from the heat of the blaze. It was soon after that Ed put the "gone fishin'" sign on the door and never returned.
Added: March 29, 2010


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jeff bates
From: Montgomery N.Y.
E-mail: cinbat2@aol.com

John Saladino,
I remember Uncle Ed's candy store on Myrtle Ave between 113 & 114 Streets. He was a great guy who was always there for us kids going to the bus stop after school. He enjoyed talking with everyone.
I remember the sign on the door. I believe he was ill and knew he would never be able to return to the store. Ed showed me the first microwave in the restaurant next door around 1970.
We all called him Uncle Ed.
Added: March 29, 2010


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henry rich
From: littleton colorado
E-mail: hanklee_rich@yahoo.com

I graduated from JHS 171 in June 1945 along with 2 good friends who were somewhat famous to us teenagers at the time. One was Joyce Jahn, of the ice cream parlor fame and the other was --- Weismantel, can't remember her first name of the Showboat club fame (next to the cypress hills swimming pool.)
I have the class graduation picture and will submit it as soon as I find out how to do it. I lived at 98 Hemlock St which was a short walk to the pool and about 4 or 5 blocks to the ivy covered 171.
Does anyone remember the ivy?
Added: March 28, 2010


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Terrence Flanagan
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: ber3fish3@aol.com

Did anyone watch "Kitchen Nightmares" on 3-26-10?
It was an episode from Boca Raton, Fl. The owner of the restaurant had her father working there. I only saw the last two minutes, but her father was Angelo, who owned his own pizza parlor on 111 St. and Jamaica Ave. from the late 70's through the 90's.
Added: March 28, 2010


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Liz Athineos
From: United States
E-mail: athineose@comcast.net

Anyone know Lynne Schnur from class of 1970?
Added: March 28, 2010


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Vincent Polera
From: Seaford
E-mail: chenz62@msn.com

I lived in Richmond Hill/S.Ozone Park, on 107th Ave between 125th and 126th streets. (A block away from Liberty).
My grandparents lived on 114th st. and 109th Ave, by OLPH Parish. I lived there from 1962-1974. P.S. 121 for K, then St. Theresa of Avila for grammar school. Dad was in Rescue 2 in Brooklyn, just a few blocks where he grew up on Myrtle Av. Brooklyn.
Reading this thread reminds me of countless places, things, times, etc which our family had experienced in RH. Now I know why people reminisce as they age... Time slows down or even goes backwards when we immerse ourselves in good past memories!
Keep the posts coming!!
Added: March 27, 2010


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John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@verizon.net

Ed Shillito, I found your comment about Pete and Ann's candy store on Myrtle Ave. very interesting.
Do you remember when they sold around the early to mid 60's to Ed who in the early 70's put up a hand written sign on the door "Gone Fishing, will return???" and never returned? Do you remember how there were a few other stores next to the candy store before the restaurant/club on the corner expanded and took them over?
I believe there was a dry cleaner and a liquor store??
Added: March 27, 2010


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John Toretto
From: Riverhead, N.Y.
E-mail:

Sher:
I saw your post re: Marvel Pet Shop, and it's nice to know that there are others who grew up in Richmond Hill and share the same great memories... your mentioning their names woke up my memory as I do recall Josephine having passed away, and Salvatore running the shop for a while as a pet supply store for feed, etc... his grandson also worked with him for a time, and then at some point, the store closed its doors for good...
I still remember the neon canary in one window, and a neon "fish in a bowl" in the other window, a welcome oasis for a kid who loved animals. How I wish those small family businesses which once lined Jamaica Ave. were still around. I would've loved to have taken my kids to those places, but unfortunately that era has long faded from our lives...even so, it's amazing how much we still vividly remember, something as simple as a comforting comment or simple kindness... sometimes, I close my eyes, turn back the clock, and smile... it sure as hell beats reading the newspaper...
Added: March 27, 2010


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

Does anyone remember (I'm sure) The Rich-Haven little league. It started in 1957, maybe 58. There were 6 "minor league" teams. Hawks, Ravens, Eagles, etc.
The major's were Dodgers, Giants, (my team), Tigers, Cubs, Braves, and Indians. My brother and I played for many years in the league which played a majority of its games at Smokey Park. 124th St. and Atlantic ave.
My dad, Mr. Ardery. Mr. Damm were all mgrs of teams then. I know many of you out there played or new of this league which still exists today under the names "WORKS' Woodhaven, Ozone park, R.H., Kew Gardens, and S. Ozone Park. Where they play and what teams are in the league are a mystery to me.
If anyone knows of or has played in either of these leagues drop a line to our guestsite and let me know. Many great memories of this time were treasured.
Added: March 27, 2010


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Bruce Olinsky
From: Concord, NH
E-mail: brucejayo@comcast.net

Hey, Keith Williams! Wow! South Carolina!
Whatever happened to your brothers Kevin and Lance? I used to "hang out" with Lance during the late 70s on 132 St. (In case you didn’t know / remember me, I lived "up the block" from you at 95-30 132 St. Coincidentally, my wife also graduated Jamaica High. Like you, we moved out of state. You may have known my sister Hope. She lives in Rocky Point, NY.
To answer your question, I remember the Pollanos lived in the apartment building on 95 Av and 132 St in the late 60s / early 70s. I recall that Ray was an avid softball player. I often saw Ray carrying baseball bats to and from the PS 55 schoolyard. We played softball games there during "summer school" administered by Mr S. and Mr. Keefer. (I have fond memories of this because my team came in first place and I still have the "VDC 55" Softball Champs 1970 team trophy - it‘s 40 years old this year). Ray's younger brother Bobby also played baseball / whiffleball, sometimes with my childhood friend Peter Arato, who I‘ve recently reconnected with after 40 years. Regrettably, I don’t have any current information on the Pollanos. Good to see your name again and hope all is well with you. Thanks for your posting!
Added: March 27, 2010


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Roger Marftin
From: Los Angeles, California
E-mail: contact.roger@yahoo.com

My Great-Uncle Henry Haugaard designed the Kew Gardens Republican Club building many years ago.
His brother was William C. Haugaard who was my grandfather and who worked with his brother Henry. I am happy that the building was saved, and next time I visit New York I would like to see the structure. Roger Martin.
Added: March 27, 2010


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Bill (Brower) Howard
From: PA
E-mail: spotinthewoods@msn.com

This is a post for anyone who has worked in Jahn's during the 1950's.
We are trying to locate anyone who may have any knowledge about the guy's who worked there, if anyone has any information, please get in touch with me at my E-mail address, thanks. Bill
Added: March 26, 2010


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Charlotte Mahoney
From: PA
E-mail:

Hi Victoria Wood.
I remember all those places in Richmond Hill. What years did you live there and where? I live in the Lehigh Valley also.
Added: March 26, 2010


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Sher Chambers
From: NY
E-mail:

Someone mentioned Marvel Pet shop?
The owners were Josephine & Salvatore DiBlasi. Both have since past away. They lived directly above their shop. I remember it very well.
Added: March 25, 2010


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Tony Peretta
From: Massapequa, NY
E-mail: tperetta@gmail.com

First time that I actually took the time to read through all of the comments and great memories that we all had shared living in Richmond Hill.
I lived at 107-24 91 Ave. that is on 108 Street north of Atlantic Ave. which was home to Carvel, Mabeys Rest., Proce Distributers and the Shell Gas station, and south of Jamaica Ave. I went to HCJ class of 67, Holy Cross HS class of 71, and St. John's U class of 75.
My closest friend from gramma school to this day- Bill Heaney, has talked about this web site, and my friend and family attorney Tom Osborn just mentioned it to me, so here I am.
Eileen Maloney-- I remember you and your family so very well- your Dad and I were very close and I am sorry the he has past, as did my father. Your Mom I remember as being so nice and very attractive and I remember you being so smart, attractive and full of life. I think that you went to John Jay. I am very fortunate to have grown up in Richmond Hill and to have had such a great childhood, teenage and young adulthood growing up in that area. I am also fortunate to still be in contact with many of my friends from that time regardless to the fact that we do not live near each other.
I look forward to the reunion of HCJ on Sept. 18th and revisting this site and hopefully hearing from some other friends that I lost touch with.
Added: March 24, 2010


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Pat Stefanak Hennessy
From: Mount Vision, NY
E-mail: hennesps@msn.com

Hi to Liz Moore -
My first time on this page and my eye spotted your 113th St. address immediately. We lived at 109-39 (only the Fazekas family between us). Even earlier than that, my mother Marge and your mother Anne were friends as kids in Brooklyn - I think it was your Mom's sister who was closest to my Mom.
The story I remember from those days is that your Grandmother permitted roller skating in the house... My husband Denis Hennessy (Richmond Hill High School and St. Johns U) and I have lived Upstate for about 35 years (married for 50).
My brother Frank who would be 77 now passed away in 2003; brother Ken lives in Danbury CT. and John is the only one still in Queens. I am still close to Barbara Wenthen (now Cassidy), we see each other at least a few times a year and usually vacation together in Maine in the summer. We have four daughters - in Brooklyn, Chatham, NJ, Oneonta, NY and Minneapolis; ten grandchildren.
Life is good. Hi to all the Moores.
Added: March 23, 2010


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David Ragozin
From: Seattle, WA
E-mail: dlragozin@comcast.net

Relatives of mine, Max and Leah (Gordon) Stern and their son Ariel (probably also daughter Pnina) lived on 117th (101-59) between 101st and 103rd during the 1930's.
Ariel recently informed me that there was a candy store on 101st between 117th and 118th which was run by, and lived over by other relatives - one of whom, identified as Shia (Joshua) Grozovsky, was supposed to be my grandfather's nephew (through Shia's mother).
These are the first leads I have toward any US relatives through my grandfather's siblings. Would appreciate any old time Richmond Hill records or residents memories which might lead me to additional information about the candy store, the family (possibly with a changed or transformed name - as no 1930 census records on 101st between 117th and 118th seem to exist - except for a Radcliff family) or any other leads towards following up on these newly discovered relatives.
Thanks.
Added: March 22, 2010


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego California
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello to all Richmond Hillers,
Spent the early years of my life in Richmond Hill (88-09 104th St) a fun place to start life and learn the fundamentals of how to be a good person in life. Being within the New York City confines it was a really calm and stable area, no gangs and crazy things going on at least when I lived there. The schools were good and there was discipline so we all could learn in a normal classroom setting.
The only thing I feared in school was the Dental Hygienist send us off to the 92nd Street Dental Clinic for an examination, 21 Dentists, No Waiting.
Just curious does anyone remember, Marie Bruno, the Netti Family, the Kirschenheiter Family, Fred Buck, Kent Lay, Larry Kent, Henry or Dorris Mueller, Henry Mulvey, Edwina Mitchell, Billy Haas, Nancy Hecht?
I wonder if there was any thought toward ever showing some of the old school class photos I think it would be a hoot to say the least and maybe old childhood or neighborhood photos just a thought.
To all be well. Kenneth Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: March 21, 2010

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victoria wood
From: Lehigh Valley, PA
E-mail: vwharmony@aol.com
What a trip down memory lane, loved it.
Anyone remember Winters Ice cream parlor, Al's Stereo Bar, The Salty Dog? Would like to hear from you.
Added: March 21, 2010

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John Toretto
From: Riverhead, N.Y.
E-mail:
I have many happy childhood memories spending idle time at the pet shops on Jamaica Ave. in Richmond Hill.
Cameo on 114th, Marvel on 105th, and another [don't remember the name] on 106th, where my siblings and I so thoughtfully bought our mother a rabbit for Easter which she allowed us to keep, if we promised to take care of it... guess who ended up with that responsibility! (He was a great pet, and he loved spaghetti!)
The owners at Marvel were wonderful to us, always patient as we sometimes spent the good part of an hour viewing the fish and hamsters, and maybe leaving with a bag of rabbit pellets, one goldfish or maybe a neon or zebrafish. More often than not we'd leave without spending a dime, but were always welcomed back the next time.
Sadly for the neighborhood kids, it's been closed now for 20+ years. Cameo had a more varied collection of pets for sale, including pint-sized alligators, which were perfectly legal to sell at the time. I just couldn't convince my mother that an alligator would make a good pet, and since there were no holidays associated with them, I was out of luck. Baby Capuchin monkeys were also advertised for sale in the back of my Monster magazines during the mid-sixties, delivered to your door in a ventilated box for about $6.00. I was nixed on that idea as well... thank God for mothers with common sense. I can't begin to imagine what I would've found upon opening the box... a word about Buttkiss, the Pacu (always thought it was a piranha) I always felt sad for that fish, stuck for the rest of its life in a tank that would be, for us, the equivalent of a walk-in closet.
If Cameo should close its doors someday, and that fish is still surviving, I think it should be given a one-way ticket, 1st class, to South America and freedom. What do you think, Steve?
Added: March 20, 2010

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Kathie Webster
From: S Hempstead, NY
E-mail: kylencody@peoplepc.com
For some reason I started thinking about the Sunday afternoon dances I used to go to at Chellis Hall when I was in high school, so I looked up the name in Jamaica, NY because that's all I could remember.
I had no idea it was in Richmond Hill, although I had friends there with whom I went to high school at Christ the King in Middle Village. I'm going to send them the link to this page! But my real interest was in Chellis Hall, that I have so many fond memories about.
Unfortunately I can't remember half the people I met there! But it was great fun, the music was terrific and it was a place teens could go and enjoy themselves and keep out of trouble (mostly. There were some interesting things that went on on the dance floor!)
Thanks for the memories...
Added: March 20, 2010

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Karen Johnson Boscarino
From: Jackson NJ
E-mail: Karenboscarino@yahoo.com
Bob Staab:
Hi! So your their son... you said your dad still lives on 89th Ave.? wow... i thought they sold it... i lived there for 2 yrs. i was 21 when i got married in 1970... how old are you and your brother and sister... nice to talk to you... give my regards please??
Added: March 20, 2010

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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Sheryl Raphael Maldonado:
All I can add is that Ted graduated the same year as me from RHHS, 1971.
Added: March 18, 2010

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Sheryl Raphael Maldonado
From: Pennsylvania
E-mail:
Does anyone remember the Zajaczkowski family? They lived around 130th Street and 90th Avenue?
They had a son named Teddy who graduated Richmond Hill HS around 1970 or 71. He went into the Air Force right after graduation and was stationed in Texas. I have been trying to find any info. on Teddy. We used to be friends. Would love to track him down. Thanks all... great site!
Added: March 18, 2010

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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Ann-Marie Sudmann:
I have great memories going to the Chellis (sp?) Hall Dances. I was 12-years-old when my fellow classmate, Brendan Loughlin, from Our Lady of the Cenacle School asked me if I wanted to go with him to dance with some girls at a place called Chellis Hall. He was a bit more "worldly" than me, and plus, he had been there before with one of his older brothers named Francis I believe. Well, trying to be cool, I said OK (he didn't know that I never went to a "real" dance before). I then learned I had to wear a jacket and tie if I wanted to go, and I thought, gosh this is pretty serious stuff. LOL.
Well, when we arrived the place was packed and looking back now I think me and Brendan may have been the youngest ones there. The live band on the stage was The Tremoloes and they were really rockin' out. Most everybody was dancing except for me and Brendan until he spotted two girls sitting on the side of the dance floor. Brendan said, "come on, let's ask those two if they want to dance". I was so nervous but luckily for me Brendan pretty much had the whole scene under control and I just followed his lead and when my new dance partner stood up well she was taller and probably a bit older than me but she just whisked me onto the dance floor and I felt like I was "ten feet tall".
Me and my friend Brendan had a great time dancing away with our partners. I remember The Tremoloes would mix up their set with slow and fast numbers but my favorite was their closing number "Rock Around The Clock". I went there many times after that first time with Brendan. The Dances were held on Sundays. Chellis Hall was part of or connected to the Chapel for Mary Immaculate Hospital. By the way, I was born in Mary Immaculate Hospital. So in a weird way, it was like "home" for me.
Added: March 18, 2010

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Ann-Marie Sudmann
From: Patchogue, New York 22772
E-mail:

Great memories, wanted to know more about Chellis Hall Dances...
Added: March 18, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

To Eileen Maloney,
Hi Eileen, yes remember you very well, and your dad was such a great guy. The man always went out of his way to say hi, funny Tony Perreta is doing fine lives out on the island as well, in fact he's my daughters God Father, see alot of the old crowd still.
My Brother Kevin is still on the fire department, 31 years and is a bagpiper and lives in staten island, my sister retired from the nypd and lives in blue point long island. My self, 4 kids all grown and 3 grand kids, live down the jersey shore, but still pass through the neighborhood every now and then... Great to hear from you... Bill
Added: March 18, 2010


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Eileen Maloney-Galdi
From: Suffolk County, NY
E-mail: eileengaldi@gmail.com

WOW!! Barbara!!!
Yes, that's me: Tom & Ruth's daughter & Peggy's cousin. How are you?? How are things in Bermuda?... Still one of my favorite places ever! This website just amazes me. It brings back so many good memories. I've added my email if you would like to catch up.
Hope to talk to you. Take care.
Added: March 17, 2010


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Barbara Procaccini Cuoco
From: Bermuda
E-mail: bcuoco@ibl.bm

To: Eileen Maloney
Hi... are you Tom and Ruth's daughter? And Peggy's cousin??
Added: March 16, 2010


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Jim Krauciunas
From: 300 miles north
E-mail: northst@ntcnet.com

My brothers and I grew up on 101 street and Park Lane South, went to PS 66, PS 90 for Jr High, then spent 3 months at JHS 210 when it first opened, then on to Richmond Hill High from 1968 to 1971 with the race riots in full swing, but the worse was the when we heard the words "everybody in the pool, now everyone out of the pool" were spoken.
I've been reading this section for about three months and I cannot believe all the things that are brought up that I haven’t thought about for years, what really hit home was the "lower and upper log in Forest Park" comment! I haven’t heard that since I wasn't old enough to drive!
Looking back now, my best childhood memories of Richmond Hill are from that time. The things I was able to experience as a child growing up in that area can never be duplicated now. All the places we could walk, take a bus, train, or ride a bike to and never worry about any danger associated with where we were. A few of my fondest memories of the area were: George's (I knew it as Pop's) soda shop on 104th and Jamaica, when we would chew on a match, and when the end was good and wet, (and Pop wasn't looking), we would throw it up and stick it to the ceiling, there must have been thousands up there! What a firetrap that must have been! Then we would try to swipe a penny candy from the wooden display on the way out.
Buying six packs of beer at The Colonial Deli when I was 14 or 15 without a problem. Hanging out at Wilson's hobby shop watching the slot cars for hours, and entering my model cars in his contest, I even won once! Spending hours at Mike's basement bike shop looking at his display of decals. Stopping by the back door of Bond bread (I think) off of 102 St. north of Atlantic. The guy taking the bread off the conveyor belt would give us a loaf of bread right out of the oven if we filled his water bottle.
Laughing at and joking with "The Chief", or "Cavanah" a guy who would follow the fire engines on his bicycle, what a surprise it was while at a friend's house, finding out he live two houses down between 102 and 104 street a couple of blocks south of Jamaica Ave. He also had a brother who followed garbage trucks!
Looking at the large display of gum and toy machines outside of the supermarket between 101 and 102 streets on Jamaica Ave. while my mother shopped. Throwing apples at the pipe factory window grates on Park Lane South. Sailing my boat on Jackson Pond when the whole pond was so out of level and only the southern end filled Getting balls, bats, games or just about anything you wanted from the park house at the 108 street park. Waiting on line with my new school supplies on Jamaica Ave east of Woodhaven Blvd.
Playing stickball in PS 66 schoolyard where someone had to be in the street on the other side of the fence to catch the ball before it went down the sewer. Playing stickball at Jackson Pond the years they didn't fill it. Sled riding in the soup bowl. Walking on the wall on Park Lane South. Walking the tracks on 100 Street. Skateboard riding with the steel wheeled skateboards that would stop dead with the smallest pebble in the road. Looking at all the nickel and dime toys at a store on 102nd and Jamaica Ave. Getting a great slice of pizza and a soda for 25 cents. Having a Spalding or Pency Pinky in the spokes of your bike and knowing 50 games that you could play with that ball Forest Park, watching the "Mars Man" play chess, the carousel, and pony rides, concerts at the band shell, picnic tables, Easter egg hunt, The "Tarzan swing" in the "woods". Sitting on a log, and knowing every path in the "woods". Eggs, chalk socks, and shaving cream on Halloween. Firecrackers on the 4th and looking for duds on the 5th Hundreds of other things that made that area special Even when I started driving, the street races, hanging out at Al's garage on 100 street, S&S speed shop, "the pits", places on Cross Bay, etc.
All great fun, and no hassals! Richmond Hill is a great place, but when my parents passed, I thought I would feel bad about selling the house I grow up in, but the neighborhood just wasn't the same. I walked the streets and didn't know anybody. It just wasn't the same, sad. I believe the 70's was the turning point.
Seems like everyone moved away those years, I know I had no desire to buy a house in the old neighborhood back then, and it seems like no one else that I knew did either. But I loved my childhood and believe that it was the best place ever to grow up in.
Added: March 15, 2010


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Eileen Maloney-Galdi
From: Suffolk County, NY
E-mail:

To Billy Heaney-
I remember you very well, but I'm sure you don't remember me. I went to school with your brother, Kevin. I lived next door to Tony Peretta. You were the "older" boys and I think I had "crushes" on each and every one of you at one time or another. I was friends with Linda & Ann Byrne and Annmarie Kucija.
I read through this site from time to time and it has brought back so many fond memories of the neighborhood. I have not been back in a while. My dad died in 2002 and then my mom moved out of the area. Anyway, take care and say hi to your brother Kevin.
Added: March 15, 2010


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Jim Grady
From: Niagara Frontier
E-mail: gjepd@roadrunner.com

To Bob Staab:
I was wondering if your father is about 76 and graduated from St Bebedict Joseph Labre in Jan 1948.
Added: March 15, 2010


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TOMMY BLANK
From: LI NY
E-mail: TOMGENIE@aol.com

To John Stapleton:
I sent you an email but thought I'd put a few lines here. We lived behind McCourts (later moved to 133 and Liberty by monument) and my Dad was a Bartender at Bauman's, a favorite hangout for my whole family. My cousins were George, Eddie, and Bobby Blank and Artie and Bobby Brooks all good softball players on the Atomics and Royals. Richie McCabe and I were good friends and played ball together. Walter was our coach, also went to St Teresa's but Richie and I went to PS 55. We moved to LI in 1951. Some other names from area, Bobby Priess, Dougie Horn, Danny Powers, and Bobby Gunn. I'm glad I grew up in RH, Tommy Blank.
Added: March 15, 2010


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Ed Shillito
From: Roswell, Georgia
E-mail:

I lived in RH on 112th st. between 86th & Myrtle Aves from 1948 to 1971. Moved to Brooklyn for 5 yrs and came back to the Hill in 1977. Lived on 108th st. between 85th & 86 aves. until I moved South in 1994. Had great neighbors, the Costigans, the Shavers, the Martins, the Calo's, and the Lee's.
Hated to move but had to go where the job went. Had too much time there to start over someplace else. Growing up in the Hill was the best place for a kid. I can remember walking over to Ann & Pete's candy store on Myrtle between 113th & 114th. for penny candy (it actually was a penny back then), baseball cards were a nickel a pack and you could buy those wax tubes with the liquid inside for 2 cents each.
There were trolley tracks on Myrtle Ave until the middle 50's when they were paved over. My friends and I rode our bikes all over, to Forest Park, Victory Field, even to the railroad yards on Lefferts Blvd long before there was a supermarket there.
If we needed air in our tires we knew just where to go, Adams Bike Shop on Jamaica Ave and 112th St. You would knock on the side door and he would put the air hose out through a hole at the bottom of the door. If he was closed you would have to ride to the Cities Service station across from the RKO Keiths on Hillside and Myrtle.
The Hill was a great place for a kid. Ahh, memories.
Added: March 14, 2010


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Dennis Mooney
From: Redondo Beach, Ca.
E-mail: moon6666@verizon.net

To John Mulry:
I sure do remember the Dentist office on Liberty Ave & 115th st. I lived on Liberty Ave between 114th and 115th over which is now or was back in the 50's Liberman Furniture Store and it became Martin's Paint Store. Dr. Carlin was the first Dentist I went to.
Added: March 14, 2010


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Joan Burns Zettlemoyer
From: now in Ocala FL
E-mail: zotm@cfl.rr.com

I lived at 105-44- 130 street off of Liberty Ave 1 sister Gail 3 brothers Richard Robert(Butch) Alan Looking for Pat Mathews a school friend if any one can help Thank you
Added: March 14, 2010


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Vinny Avellino
From: Brick. N.J.
E-mail: vfa114@aol.com

To: Bobby Schulman
Are you still driving that VW Beetle, i remember it so well i just barely fit in it. lol..lol... had no place to put my legs... it felt like a death trap... And the Funny Thing About it, You Were So Proud to Drive it... lol... lol...
looking forward to March 20, i'll be there at the park at noon... bring the VW beetle.
Added: March 13, 2010


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John Stapleton
From: Miami, Florida
E-mail: johnnysunshine2002@yahoo.com

I grew up in RH @130th and Liberty Ave.
McCourts Funeral Parlor was in the south corner and Baumans Saloon across the St. Richie & Walter McCabe lived over the Drug Store and the two "Hottest Chicks" were Peggy & Naomi Ubran.
I hung out at Harps Ice Cream Parlor (Could have been the site for Happy Days) shot pool at Freddys, had my first drink leagally #18 at The Greentree across the street from the Casino.
We wore the peg pants, with saddle stitch and pistol pockets, We though we were bad, but compared to todays "Teens" we were Teddy Bears. Loved the dances at Victory Field, going to Rockaway Playland to Duffys on 116th St with phony draft cards. We were in there one day when an undercover cop asked us for IDS, Louie Castanza was 17, he said he was old enough to be in the Army and you know they threw us all out.
Had great times with Jimmy Cebulske, Tommy Karanty, Danny Dooley, Eddie Duffy, Blackie, Rockie, and on & on. Went to PS 121, communion St Teresa. Loved growing up in RH, moved to the Projects in NYC @16. That was a horror story. Read that Adrian "Lefty" Burke became a quarterback for the Bears, we had alot of great athletes back then, we were always in the street or Smokey Oval.
Like The Lone Ranger, "I'd like to return to those Golden Days of Yesterday", but Alas, nothing left but a cloud of dust. God Bless All
Added: March 12, 2010


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larry laconte
From: usa
E-mail:

in response to lynda sandzones post, i was wondering if she had a brother charlie; i remember him from hanging on the corner of 114 by the store and the used car lot.
Added: March 12, 2010


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Hilda Abreu
From: Miami, Florida
E-mail: XSpanisheyes59@aol.com

I lived at 133-04 115th Ave., back in 1957 and then moved to Miami.
I am trying to locate one of my best friends, Mary Bologense. She married and I don't recall her married name. We went to PS 155 together or St. Teresa of Avila School.
If anyone knows her or her family please contact me at my e-mail address... Thank you.
Added: March 12, 2010


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Joan Burns Zettlemoyer
From: 105-44-130 Street
E-mail: zotm@cfl.rr.com

I went too school at PS121 and then JVHS seems so long ago.
But I am trying to fine Pat Mathews, she and I were friends. She was from Iceland the kids on the block called her SIS.
I got married, moved away, we moved for many years. My mom, brothers, and sister lived there a few more years; Robert, Alan, and Gail, mom's name was Esther. We moved there after my dad died in 1947, mom worked at creedmore st hospital. she is gone now, thank you for any help, Joan.
Added: March 12, 2010


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

does any one remember Dr.Carlin who had a dentistry practice on the second floor at the building on 115th and Liberty?
last time I went to him was in May of 62. had a tooth yanked and this charming lady named Carol (ten years my senior) held my hand through the ordeal. she lived on I think 123rd.
nice of her to help a ten year old through that (she was good looking,too)
Added: March 12, 2010


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bob schulman
From: wayne n.j.
E-mail: bub21349@aol.com

remember rich hill well, pond was favorite hang out, along with our fort. they were the good old days. john celauro, bomeisels, lavecchias, gillespie, and the list goes on. hope to see you at the next reunion.
Added: March 12, 2010


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Joseph G. McBride
From: Spotsylvania, Virginia
E-mail: jgmcbride@verizon.net

Stop by every now and then, just to look. Haven't made a comment in a while, so here it is. lol
Added: March 11, 2010


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George Rokenbrod
From: Richmond Hill ny
E-mail: grokenbrod@aol.com

My family roots in RH go back to the early 1900s.
My father lived on 125th St between Jamaica and 89th Ave across the street from the saloon. My earlier friends were the Romano's, Rowan's, Moore's, and many more.
We used to have a crank living on the block who complained that we were making too much noise. If anyone knows anyone from that block for the years 1942-1945. I moved on the day of the first bus on Jamaica Ave.
I have moved many places in RH, 114th between Jerome & 103rd Ave, 108th, 109th, and 110th between Myrtle and Atlantic.
Added: March 10, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

To Paul,
well yes the northside is in ok shape, but where I came from between jamaica and 91ave, its a damn mess. Houses are falling apart, the park will always look good and thats the best part of the neighborhood, always was, and always will be the best palce to meet anyone.
These past storms we had the last three weeks took down alot of trees in the park, man some of those trees are over 100 years old.
With the closing of regents row a few years ago, have no real reason to stop. I enjoyed the austin ale house during the jets run for the super bowl this year, reminds me of old times, we had over 30 guys up there from all over enjoyable day.
If you go to the park you should make it up to the ale house, good food, I know dennis doyle knows the place, maybe if I'm not doing anything, I can stop up there, I'm in the city 3 days a week... let me know... Bill Heaney
Added: March 10, 2010


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mary johnson
From: Long Branch NJ
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com

Hello Friends!
I was just reading Tony P's letter from Middletown DE. I've read something like that letter before I must admit, but it is so true. We had no things like cell phones and PC'S in the day and no cable TV. Only a few channels; I think 2 through 13 and maybe some UHF stations, but no 150 channels of nothing much like we have today! I can't stand cable now. I watch it for the news (CNN) EWTN the religious channel, the weather channel, and maybe an occasional movie. I really don't watch it for anything else.
Today we have all overweight children; back in the day, an overweight child was seldom seen. We ate greasy foods, butter, cookies (Our Mom's baked and from scratch Oh boy!) and sodas and of course, the good stuff too like veggies and meats and potatoes. But we jumped rope (double dutch) and ran and played and swam. We were always in the street playing with the other kiddies. I see no children playing in the street that way we used to years ago. I don't even see the children in my neighborhood. So sad!
We went to school classrooms, no home schooling and we went to church with our parents on Sundays and maybe an occasional movie or ball game (it was cheaper back then). No cell phones, we waited to talk to each other when we got home. What a novel idea that was?
It seems to me we have all of these modern conveniences today and the world is not really better for it. I think we had more fun back then; it was a more innocent time. Thank you and have a good day. Mary
Added: March 10, 2010


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Bill (Brower) Howard
From: Dingmans Ferry, PA
E-mail: spotinthewoods@msn.com

Honey Chambers:
when you get the time, please get back to me, if you like, use my E- mail address I listed, thanks Bill.
Tony:
Nice post, it really speaks volumes about Richmond Hill.
Added: March 9, 2010


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Lynda M. Sanzone Reddy
From: Royal Palm Beach, Fl
E-mail:

I grew up on 114th St. between 95th Ave, & Atlantic Ave.
Richmond Hill was a great place to grow up. Love to read all the stories about it.
Added: March 9, 2010


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

Billy Heaney:
I was last there in 2005, walked thru most of tha area I grew up in 1960-80. The north side of Jam. Ave with the beautiful Victorians and such were in very good if not supurb condition. The south side of Jam. Ave. was more dilapidated. The park looked great.
I'll be up there next week Mar. 12-20, and I'll be visitng the area again. It's been five years, I know a paint brush on the freaking el train is needed badly.
Added: March 9, 2010


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Bill (Brower) Howard
From: Dingmans Ferry, PA
E-mail: spotinthewoods@msn.com

To Honey Chambers;
Yes I went to PS 90 too, not sure about when I graduated, I think I graduated from RHHS in 49 -50. When you get my age the memory isn't as sharp, but I do remember you. You baby sat for my aunt Ann, the kids were Tom and I cant remember the other one... do get back to me...
Added: March 9, 2010


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Bill (Brower) Howard
From: Dingmans Ferry, PA
E-mail: spotinthewoods@msn.com

To Honey Chambers;
Hi, I remember your name, nice to hear from you, do you have an E-mail address?? So tell me what your up to?? funny how time passes, so you remember spin the bottle, wow someone made an impression on you lol. E-mail me at my E-mail address. Bill
Added: March 9, 2010


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Honey Chambers
From: Norfolk, Va.
E-mail:

To Billy Brower,
I lived around the corner from you on Jamaica Ave. I remember going to your house and playing "spin the bottle" for the first time!!!
Don't remember who all else was there but there were a group of boys and girls! :)) This was about 1947. I babysat for the "Gotterup" boys who lived around there.
I graduated from P.S. 90 in 1949, what school did you go to? I don't remember you in 90??
Added: March 8, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

funny drove through the old neighborhood last friday, wow dosen't anyone own a paint brush, the houses seem to all need repair. What a disgrace, that neighborhood was always looking well groomed and the grass was always cut in front of everyone house. The houses are all falling apart, and in need of repair.
Guess whatever people have moved in are not like the people before them thats for sure... the neighborhood looks like its dying... what a shame... like some old tree... although the pond looks good... wow... just was very upsetting to me.
Added: March 8, 2010


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margaret emanuele
From: Richmond Hill, Queens
E-mail: Duncan2246@aol.com

Buttkiss is doing fine, he loves his tank, and Steve takes really good care of him... he is one famous fish...
Added: March 8, 2010


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Mark Reich
From: Philadelphia
E-mail: markreichus@yahoo.com

Great web-site!! Cameo Pet Shop ROCKS!!
Added: March 8, 2010


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Bob Staab
From: orange county, ny
E-mail: rjspatriot@aol.com

Karen Johnson:
I was the alter boy with my brother, my father is still in the house, since 1959. I remember your family but not you sorry.
My mother lives in Fla as well as Jimmy. How old were you then?
Added: March 8, 2010


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

To Tom Feldman,
Thanks for relating the story about Cameo Pet Shop - nice to see it's still around. The pet shops in Richmond Hill - Cameo's on Jamaica Ave, and shop next to Blue's on 113th St. on Liberty, along with a fish hatchery that sold mostly wholesale on 109th St and 101st Avenue - helped fuel a lifelong interest in aquariums for me.
These stores offered a window into another world where exotic fish, reptiles, and other pets existed. The shopkeepers who ran them seemed passionate about their love for the pets they sold.
A crumpled up, severely huncbacked man named Henry owned the fish hatchery on 101st Avenue. He was nearly always patient and pleasant to me as a young boy who would wander in with pocketfuls of nickels, dimes, and quarters to peruse his latest delivery. I'm certain he charged me close to what he paid, and sometimes less.
Enter through their doors, and there was a symphony of gurgling filters, chirping birds, meows and barks, through the warm humid air that felt like a rain forest.
Added: March 8, 2010


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Karen Johnson Boscarino
From: New Jersey
E-mail: Karenboscarino@yahoo.com

for Bob Staab-
i used to live in your house... we were tenants... my parents were Kay and Ed Johnson. My brother Eddie also lived there... they lived there from 1969 to 1976. they passed away not long after they moved - 6 months apart.
your sons were alterboys in the wedding at Holy Child Jesus. Oct. 1970... i also think you came to my reception... my mom was close to Marilyn... they loved living there... hope all is well... Karen
Added: March 7, 2010


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tom feldman
From: illinois
E-mail:

Just heard on NPR weekend edition sunday...
a story about the old fish in Cameo Pet Shop in Richmond Hill, which I remember had a sign on the tank with the name "fearless fosdick", but maybe this one is a different fish with a different name. Here's the link to the story about "buttkiss" at www.npr.org
Added: March 7, 2010


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Bill (Brower) Howard
From: 112 st Richmond Hill
E-mail: spotinthewoods@msn.com

lived on 112st most of my life...
worked at Jahns for 5 yrs. remember Keiths movie theater, Dexter Park, and the Bushwicks roller derby, stock car racing, the good old days.
Added: March 6, 2010


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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

I was saddened to read the post that said Stephanie Derienzo had passed away. We were all very close during our 8th, 9th and 10th years in school. We were all SBJL cheerleaders.
Rest in Peace Steph. Rest in Peace Noreen. Gone too quickly.
Added: March 5, 2010


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail: rfsheridan@aol.com

To JC:
The Dirienzo home is still occupied by Mrs. D on 117th near the trestle & Salerno's. Nancy had a number of sisters - Stephanie (who I believe joined the NYPD but is now deceased), Marie, Charlene, and Tracy.
Our families at one time were fairly close.
Added: March 3, 2010


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Bob Winter
From: Ca
E-mail: bob.winter49@yahoo.com

To JC:
I remember building the hole like a fort in the woods. With a cover of logs and the tauplin covering part of it with leafs over that so no one would find it but us.
Yes I remember the day Cavanagh came by and freaked us out.
Added: March 3, 2010


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J Celauro
From: Oyster Bay NY
E-mail:
Some old names just popped us, specifically Bucky Gillespie, Marie Dorio and Nancy Dirienzo.
Nancy was my "girlfriend", as much as thats possible being in the 7th grade. She lived around the trestle (near Salernos) on 117th St. She had a few younger sisters. I think Charlene was one of them.
Nancy Direienzo initials are obviously ND. I probably wrote JC & ND a few thousand times a day during our "courtship" in the the 7th grade. The take away from that relationship was my lifelong devotion to the Notre Dame football team. You never know what winds up motivating you. GO ND ( the footbal team ) and thanks Nancy for that connection. Guess her initials changed.
Wonder what they became, who knows... maybe I'd like that team too.
Added: March 3, 2010

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bob rickert
From: Wilmington, DE
E-mail: mbrickert@aol.com

My daughter told me about this site and I have read many of the submitted comments. Two observations:
(1) the contributors are in many diverse locations - both in the U.S. and foreign.
(2) most of the contributors are from the 50s and 60s.
I was born in 1930 and lived at 95-28-134th St until 1939 when we moved to 95-53-115th St. I was somewhat heartbroken with that move being very comfortable on 134th St. I used to go to a baseball field on 130th St near the LIRR and watch the Dunton (or Dutton) Bombers play. They had uniforms similar to the Yankees. A man with a cigar box used to walk through the stands looking for contributions. I remember being very chagrined not having a coin to drop into the box - but that didn't stop me from going back the next Sunday.
I entered SBJL school in 1936 - walking from 134th St to the school. It was not a big deal. My parents moved to 115th to be closer to the school and church. My grandmother lived next door at 95-55.
Things were different then (I know - a cliche) but they were. 115th St was one way from 95th to Jerome (I'll refer to that avenue as Jerome - not 101st Ave.) It was changed the opposite way some years later after a street paving project.
Another way it was different was no one had cars. You could stand at one end of the street and see only one or two automobiles which was OK with us since we had more room to play. There were also plenty of trees - many of which are gone.
At the corner of 115th and Jerome - across from the Imperial Bar and Grill, Mr and Mrs Drake had a grocery store - later taken over by Johnsons Funeral Parlor. Across from the grocery store - on the same side of Jerome - was a Shell gas station operated by Adams, who also sold and repaired bicycles there. Next to Adams was Scarpati's produce store and down from Scarpati's was a tailor and suit presser named Saladino. Across from Adams' gas station was a Tydol gas station and I cannot recall who operated it. There was an empty lot at 116th and Jerome - opposite another gas station - Mobil, I believe.
If you walked from 115th to Lefferts, there were four bars and yet another gas station at Lefferts and Jerome. One of my mothers shopping standards, Pete's Meat Market was between 118th and Lefferts. He always had good meat.
I graduated from SBJL in 1944 and I know things have changed drastically since. Few things do not change - except of course memories of what once was.
Added: March 2, 2010


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Virginia Biscay Steel
From: Amityville, NY
E-mail: splinter11701@yahoo.com

Grew up on 109th St. Used to roller skate a lot there. 107th Ave was the smoothest place to skate. Went to SMGH and Adams.
Added: March 2, 2010


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

To Dennis Doyle:
Nancy Derienzo, Maria Dorio, Eddy Wachtel, and Charlie Antonelli hung around the High School most of the time. Most of us were around 13 or 14 when we started the Nations. We were just a bunch of guys and girls who hung around the park and school yard and our main thing in life was playing sports and going to parties about every Fri nite.
If any one knows the address of people who grew up in Richmond Hill in the mid 60's and hung around the Jackson Pond or Richmond Hill Annex and High School please contact me on information about the Richmond Hill Friends/Holy Child Reunion on August 14, 2010.
My e-mail address is coachrich00@yahoo.com and in the subject box type in Richmond Hill Friends Reunion. Right now I have around 60 address.
To Paul Lavecchia:
Give me a call and let me know when you and Bobby are getting together. Rich Newell
Added: March 1, 2010


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Paul La Vecchia
From: delray beach, fl
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

Dennis:
Bobby Schulman and I will be up at the park (Soldier) but we haven't set anytime or day yet. Probably the weekend of the 20th late morn-early aft. for an hour or 2. But it will be at a moments notice. So e-mailing you will be difficult.
I'll only call you if we go. so e-mail me your number. we-ve spoken before 2-3 yrs ago, but I don't have your number. Richie Newell was the oldest, then me, Bucky G. we were all 1-2 yrs apart.
Added: March 1, 2010


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richie lovaglio
From: rockledge, fl
E-mail:

saying hi to all my classmates from holy child in the late 60s- early 70s. living a good life in florida with my girlfriend linda of 12 years, she is a great girl. we kayak, ride bike, go to alot of rock and roll concerts, and enjoy the beaches down here. hope everyone is doing well.
Added: March 1, 2010


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Dominick Augello
From: Diamond Bar, Ca.
E-mail: dominick@jainternational.com

Just like to inform former patients of my brother Dr. John Augello who practiced dentistry on 102nd St. and also on Hillside Ave. that he passed away December 15, 2009.
On the lighter side of things, remember the Park Lane Bar and Grill. A good many of us got our first look of the night life and many early mornings.
Added: February 28, 2010


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jerry nogueras
From: portorange fl
E-mail:
looking for old friends from 1978. i was called jake.
Added: February 28, 2010

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Anne Sanks Miller
From: Hobe Sound Florida
E-mail: amiller1957@live.com
To Tony Petrigliano:
Great Comment. You bought back alot of good memories growing up in Richmond Hill. Its nice to see someone else thinks like I do. LOL
Added: February 28, 2010

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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To Paul La Vecchia:
Thanks for the Invitation! Email me anytime when "The Nations" are back in the hood.
One of the names that appeared in the Guestbook regarding The Nations was Bucky Gillispe who I remember as one of the "older guys". I think he hung out with some people that maybe you, Bobby Winter, and John Celauro knew as well. Such as: Nancy Derienzo, Maria Dorio, Eddy Wachtel, and Charlie Antonelli.
To: Dominick Augello
My Dentist, Dr. Augello, had his office in the basement of a beautiful old house on Hillside Avenue off the corner of Lefferts Blvd. He had a very large fish tank built into the wall of the waiting room which made the wait pleasant. I think he was from 102nd Street, and maybe there is a realtion to you?
Added: February 28, 2010

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Donna (Ferrara) Henry
From: Long Beach, NY
E-mail: dhmeems@aol.com

In response to Janet Clark-Duff:
Hello, In response to your post on the Richmond Hill Historical Society site... In 1965 Miss Clark Duff was my 2nd grade teacher at PS 90. Unfortunately, being only in 2nd grade I was not privvy to any personal information, so I can only offer a description and fond memories. I do not have a very good recollection of those years at all, but she definitely stands out.
1) She was a very sweet and caring woman and a good teacher. She always encouraged me and made me feel smart. She definitely contributed to the formation of my self esteem.
2) I grew to be 5' 7" myself and I was only in 2nd grade, so I have no real idea, but I suppose in comparison to other teachers or adults that I knew she seemed to be a very tall woman. Also fairly pretty with soft wavy reddish hair. She was one of the few teachers that I remember as "Miss", so I assume she did not marry (at least back then). I suppose she may have been in her mid to late 30's - again recollection from a 2nd graders perspective.
3) Class trip to the Bronx Zoo - OMG, poor sweet Miss Clark-Duff (always with the hyphen). She worked so hard to give us all a great experience, but it must have been one of the worst days of her life. First, the Giraffe was chewing on some leaves and had foamy green saliva bursting from it's lips. I remember thinking eeeeewww, when it decided to clear it's mouth and spit - yep, right on Miss Clark-Duffs head. Any other teacher I had, the whole class would have been cracking up, but everyone was shocked and worried. As if that wasn't enough... when we stopped for lunch at the picnic tables and she had settled all of the children into their spots with their lunches, she slid into her seat at the end. Key word here is "slid". Her butt had several splinters one of which seemed to be about 8 inches long. It must have been bad because I just remember all of the chaperone mothers being in the Ladies room helping her and they had to get a first aid kit. Seems like they were in there forever and poor Miss Clark-Duff dutifully limped around for the rest of the trip.
I am so sorry that I was unable to provide you with any real information, but I hope these fond remembrances brought a smile to someone's face - I know they did mine.
Added: February 27, 2010


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Andy Brislin
From: Fort Mill (Tega Cay) SC
E-mail: wppss123@aol.com

Just wondering if there are any plans for a 50th reunion for the class of 1960?
Added: February 27, 2010


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Dominick Augello
From: Diamond Bar, Ca.
E-mail: dominick@jainternational.com

Went to P.S. 66, P.S. 90, and Richmond Hill High School. Lived in Richmond Hill from 1943 to 1973 on 102nd St.and 85 Ave. just south of P.S.66.
To the good times we all had on Freedom Drive and the Soup Bowl on those snowy winter days. And all those that hung out at Victory Park handball courts and Meyers Ice cream Parlor on Jamaica Ave. a BIG HELLO!
Added: February 26, 2010


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Paul La Vecchia
From: delray beach, fl
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

Tony: Never in a million years LOL. We were in only one place, Jackson's pond.
Yes I knew Jimmy and Eddie Fitzpatrick, but they lived on 110th St I beleive. But Billy Fitz and Mike La Marca lived on 102 St. They were on our Football teams (Chargers-Vikings). But we seldom if ever hung out on 102 st. 90% of our guys were from R.H. and a few from Kew Gardens. Anyway I hope to meet one of my friends I grew up with in R.H. next month, somewhere between March 12-22., up at the pond (Soldier).
I see you live in Delaware, but if your around there at that time, you can e-mail me (beforehand) your Phone#. We can meet you up there.
To: Dennis Doyle. I guess you still live near the park. If you want e-mail me your phone #, we can meet you also if your interested.
Added: February 26, 2010


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Tony Petrigliano
From: Middletown, DE
E-mail: tonypetri@earthlink.net

Paul:
I'm beginning to put the pieces together. I believe that you hung with the crew from 102 St. Weren't Eddie Fitz and his sister part of that group? I mostly hung with the older guys who stayed over by the Deli where I worked and which was owned by the Lentini family. Sal, their son was a large guy, hard to forget.
There were the Wahrer Bros (Ken, Curtis and Ricky), Pete Ginty, Mike Schumickey, Phil Gaudino, the O'Sheas (John and Kevin) and others. They were all older, in their late teens/early twentites and had great cars as I recall.
I also hung with some guys in the playground, Artie MacAuley was my best friend. We played basketball, black spider and chess and at night we came in through the hole in the fence on PLS and drank beer and smoked cigarettes. Does any of that sound familiar? Tony
Added: February 25, 2010


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Lisa Spahrmann Lorenzen
From: Now- Phoenix, AZ
E-mail: lisaloren@cox.net

My family has lived in Rcihmond Hill for a very long time. My uncle worked at Proce Beer Distributer on 108th St & Atlantic Ave.
I remember when Carvel was across the street. We played stick ball on 108th St & in front of grandma's house at 92-17 107th st.
Great site to assist me with all my ancestry research.
Added: February 24, 2010


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com

Mr Cavanaugh, yes he was the nitwit always chashing the fire trucks, and starting the fires...
my brother kevin was station in the fire house a few years ago on 101st... and believe it or not cavanagh was still hanging around... and yes he was caught starting a few more fires... the fire department throw him out of the house because he was crazy...lol... but the last I've heard is hes still alive and living in the neighborhood...
Added: February 23, 2010


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Kathy Kearney (maiden name Mullen)
From: Coral Springs, Florida
E-mail: keark001@aol.com

Hello to all the great people that lived and grew up in Richmond Hill. Reading all the posts has brought back many memories of times past.
My name is Kathy Mullen (married name Kearney), I lived on 95th Avenue between 121st and 123rd streets. Graduated from SBJL in 1964 and went to St. Michael's in East New York. I got married in 1975 at SBJL moved to Kew Gardens then onto Great Neck. Moved to Coral Springs, Florida in 1989, and have been here since.
Didn't visit New York very much over the last 20 years until I reconnected with some longtime friends. Some of you might remember Pat Delace, Madelyn Reilly, Ann Cody, and Ellen Brown. Since our reunion we have visited each other often.
It is great to hear some of the old names John and Roseanne Celauro, Jimmy Xinis, Bomelsels, Marty Peshler and Guilio DeLuca, and many more names from my class of 1964.
As the names came up on the screen I remembered many exciting times growing up in Richmond Hill. Thanks for the memories.
Added: February 23, 2010


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mike hedler
From: sevierville tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Richie, you are correct Cavanah was not crazy willie.
Also crazy willy did buy our refreshments. The hole is where Big eddy fitz pushed willy in and he came back in a gorilla suit and willy thought it was a gork monster fun times in those days
Added: February 22, 2010


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Mike Batthany
From: high atop mount upsadasium
E-mail:

Wow Linda Trick! Had forgotten! Had a older sister, right. Lived next door to Charlie and Linta. Hey Ronan Murphy, "this is kinda like Nos-tolgia get it, Nos stalgia... Lenny Graham 1970.
Added: February 22, 2010


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larry magnano
From: long island
E-mail: lamamag@optimum.net

remember the imperial bar on 115st and 101 ave, jim farnworth owner. i am his step son larry still here but not in rh, long island now. Graduated from RHHS in june of '66.
Added: February 21, 2010


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

To Tom LaVecchia:
Cavanagh was not Willey Hurley, Willey lived on 112th off Jamacia Ave. He used to buy us our refreshments in those days. Cavanagh used to hang out at the pond all the time. You would always see him sitting on the benches up on Park Lane South.
To John Celauro:
I remember the hole and the day he came in, I for one didn't like him being around. He always seemed to me that one day he would snap.
To Paul LaVecchia:
At our last reunion we were talking about the soft ball team from Guys Vinegar Hill playing in the tap of keg league. Remember the all night tournament we played in Rockville Center. We sure had great times back then. I hope to see you guys in August and you should have received an e-mail from me reminding you of the reunion.
Added: February 20, 2010


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Gloria Eriavez (Schreckengost)
From: Port Jeff. Sta., NY
E-mail: geriavez95@optonline.net

I lived at 94-13 111th St from 1940 to 1955.
I saw the name Janet Reich. The Reich family lived in back on 112th. There was Anne marie, Susan, Paul, Janet and Mark. I used to play with them and also babysat for the younger ones.
I remember when they built the Diner in the lot next to their house on Atantic Ave. Sliding down the big dirt hills and throwing dirt bombs at everyone. I have tried to find out whatever happened to the Reich family. I came back to Richmond Hill after I got married and lived there until 1965.
If anyone knows how to reach Janet Reich please give my email.
Added: February 20, 2010


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Paul La Vecchia
From: delray beach, fl
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

Tony:
We played there 62-65. Maybe the times we came up there to play, your crew was on the pond and we just went elswhere. It's funny how we didn't meet. Name some of the guys that you were with at that time, I'll bet I know some of them.
We literally had dozens of people up there on the pond wall on weekends for those years mentioned. You must have known Jack Maple. We played Ringo-levio and so many football games on those little fields around the soldier.
Added: February 20, 2010


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J Celauro
From: Long Island NY
E-mail:
Speaking of Cavanagh, anyone remember the the hole we built in the park above Jackson Pond, on the hill about 300 yards from the pond and about 50 yards off the park drive that ran thru the park?
We built this huge hole (or took it over), like a cave. Must have been 8 feet deep about 20 feet in diameter, with dirt seats in it along the perimeter. We had some sort of tauplin covering this thing and we would hide out in there and smoke pipes.
No drugs, just pipe tobacco. We were in there one day and Cavanagh came by and freaked us out. Any of you guys there that weird day?
Added: February 19, 2010

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Tom LaVecchia
From: WestBabylon N.Y.
E-mail: majrtom24@aol.com

Cavanaugh Was Crazy Willie I think he was one of the 4 Hanley Bros Some of us played softball at RHHS yard on their team in the summer league.
Added: February 19, 2010


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Tony Petrigliano
From: Middletown, DE
E-mail: tonypetri@earthlink.net

A friend sent me this a while ago.
After reading this page, I flashed back to the simpler times we all grew up in and thought this really summed it up perfecty (no matter where you lived). Enjoy:
According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of us who were kids in the 40's, 50's, and 60's probably shouldn't have survived.
Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets. (Not to mention the risks we took hitchhiking).
As kids, we would be carted around in cars with no seat belts or air bags, and riding in the back of a truck, on a warm day was always a special treat. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps, and then rode down a steep hill, only to find out, we forgot brakes.
We would leave home in the morning, and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on, and no one was able to reach us, because cell phones hadn't been invented yet. We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents! No one was to blame, but us! Remember accidents? Some of us even had fights, punched each other, and got black and blue... but we learned to get over it. We drank water from the garden hose, and not from a bottle. We ate cakes, and bread with lots of butter, drank sugared sodas, but we were hardly ever overweight... because we were always outside playing, and although we shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, no one actually died.
We did not have Playstations, Gameboys, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, or for that matter, any video games at all. We did not have 99 channels on cable, videotape movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends. We went outside and found them. We rode bikes, roller skated, or walked to their homes and stood out in front, and yelled for them to come out to play, or knocked on the door, rang the bell or just walked in to visit them. Can you imagine doing such a thing today? Without even asking a parent? By ourselves? Out there? In the cold cruel world? How did we do it?
We made up games with sticks and tennis balls, we ate worms. And although we were told it could happen, we did not put out very many eyes with our Red Ryder BB Guns, (nor did the worms live inside us forever, like our parents said they would!) Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat it. And the next time, they usually passed. Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected, and there was no one to hide behind. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law. In addition, despite, or perhaps, because of all this, this generation has produced some of the most outstanding risk-takers, problem solvers, innovators and inventors, ever.
The past 50 years has seen an explosion of advancement and new ideas. Why? Because we were given freedom and responsibility; the chance to succeed and to fail; and we learned how to make the most of what we were given. If you were one of us, congratulations! If you weren't, too bad; you missed some really good times!!!
Added: February 19, 2010


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Tony Petrigliano
From: Middletown, DE
E-mail: tonypetri@earthlink.net

Paul La Vecchia; 'tis a puzzlement, eh?
We were a gang of about a dozen guys playing stickball every day and I don't remember any other groups playing. We always had enough to field two teams of about 6 or 7. I also worked at the Candy Store and was in the playground every day.
I cannot imagine how we can't remember each other! Can you give me any other hints to try to re-connect the memories in my failing mind? lol Tony
Added: February 19, 2010


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Tony Petrigliano
From: Middletown, DE
E-mail: tonypetri@earthlink.net

Ed Shillito:
Great to hear your name again. I have so many memories of you and the goofy times we spent together. I have not heard from any of the others you mentioned. I did get an e-mail from Lester Fellows who lives in London, UK. I'll forward it to you at your e-mail address.
How did you end up in Georgia? Let's chat via e-mail. Tony
Added: February 19, 2010


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Paul La Vecchia
From: delray beach, fl
E-mail: dodgerman25@yahoo.com

To set the record straight:
Cavanaugh was really Denny Hurley's brother. "crazy Willie" was his name (Bill). His 2 brothers played softball with us at Guy's Vinegar Hill bar down by Aquaduct Racetrack.
Added: February 19, 2010


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Michael Murphy
From: Dublin, Ireland
E-mail: michael.c.murphy@ucd.ie

I remember Maryann Lopez from 8th grade SBJL - I thought she was so beautiful, and also Rosemarie Conte, who I was "in love" with, in a nerdy 13-year old sort of way.
How about Gerry Meskill from 117th street? I believe that Hugh Tetonic may have died - I googled him and read about a Hugh Tetonic who died, and was an electrician. (might be someone else?) Anyone remember the Imperial Room on 101 Ave? It was thrilling to us teenage boys!
I remember Sister Marie Pacis at SBJL - she taught us woodworking We made a bookend and a lamp. Maybe that's why I became a carpenter, who knows. Is Meet Me At The Stand still there? (Jamaica and Lefferts).
Added: February 19, 2010


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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Teresa Smith Pedone:
You are right, I did not go to SBJL. I went to (OLC) Our Lady of the Cenacle, eventhough I lived a few blocks from HCJ.
That explains why I know most of your friends when they started in H.S. However, there are a few "old" friends I had that I knew when they were still in SBJL. But I am 1 year older than you and you may not know them.
During my last two years in grammar school, I used to deliver the L.I. Press newspaper, and my route was 117th Street between 101st Avenue and Liberty Avenue, including the sides of 103rd Avenue and Liberty Avenue. Our office was on 101st Avenue and 113th Street. There were a few guys I think were going to SBJL (the Reddy Twins, Dennis Upton, Bob Tittleman, and some others who lived in your area like Wolfinger). Oh, and that is why I also know of the Imperial Room!

Added: February 19, 2010

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Teresa Smith Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
Dennis:
YES, I know Janet Riech but haven't seen her since grammar school!! She graduated a year ahead of me but I believe she went to CK HS.
It is a VERY small world. You did not go to SBJL correct? That is probably why I don't know you... BUT... we must be very much alike since we hang or have hung with the same fine caliber of friends!!
Take care!
Added: February 19, 2010

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