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COMMENTS FROM 2011

Submitted by Comments:
Vincent Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail: vlsmithfam@aol.com

Amen to Mike Hedler's comment.
Added: December 29, 2011


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

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year Richmond Hillites, and those I knew a lot of years ago,
Artie Bornshein, Felicity Thoet, Art Perry, God rest her soul Gloria Rinaldi, Dr Harry Stuber, Fred Buck, Henry Mueller Doris Mueller, Harold Meyer, Judy Meyer, Marie Bruno, the Kerchenhieter's, the Netti's, Jimmy Dailey, Art Hanson, the Shield's, and Rob Sheridan.
Enjoy and Be Healthy. Ken Ball, Remembering old school mates/friends
Added: December 25, 2011


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

Merry Christmas to all you hillers,
Jesus took His Place in a manger, so we could have a place in heaven. Jesus came to die so that we might live.
Added: December 25, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
michael yee tyrone yantis
From: quincy, il
E-mail:

hi old gang of 66 school on 102 st. 1970 till whenever.
Added: December 23, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
tommy manzo
From: rockville ctr, li
E-mail:

TO THE WEBMASTER:
It sounds like U should be Spiderman's Sidekick. Dennis have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Added: December 23, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

A Merry Christmas to all the Richmond Hillers wherever you are, it is always a pleasure to see your comments, and share the memories.
A happy and safe and peaceful New Year to you as well, from a guy whose mind and memories still take him back to that beautiful time and place.
Added: December 23, 2011


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

To Jeff Costigan,
I remember going into Lenihan's as far back as 1973. Emil Jonza owned it then and I remember a friend of the family Terry McCabe worked there. I went to school with most of the McCabe family at St. Theresa's.
If I remember Emil also owned the Little Brown Jug.
Added: December 23, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
ED VISCUSI
From: Washingtonville, NY
E-mail: eviscusi@hvc.rr.com

To SAL BARCIA,
As far as i know, my branch of the family is not related to the Robert Viscusi who attended John Adams.
Growing up, i never met any other Viscusi's, but now i can do a google search and find them coast to coast. I moved to orange county in 1984 shortly after my 30th birthday. My mother & father stayed in Richmond Hill until they passed away, my mom in 1995, my dad in 2007.
Boy, my mother sure loved the hill!! merry christmas!!
Added: December 22, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Mark Jones
From: Kent, NY
E-mail: erierat@yahoo.com

My grandfather Conrad Dahmer's Grebe synchrophase looks great on display!
My family is so happy that is in a place where many can enjoy it!
Added: December 21, 2011


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

Dennis Doyle:
Thanks so much for another year of keeping us all up-to-date and connected with one another through this website. Your dedication to it and to us is much appreciated.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy 2012.
Added: December 21, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Florida
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com

To All Richmondhillers,
I remember growing up in RH in the 50's and 60's when there were no artificial trees and smelling the scent of pine when I walked into the house. I remember the Friday after thanksgiving my mother taking us to Jamacia to take a picture with santa. And I was amazed to see the winter wonderland that Gerts Dept store displayed. At the time santa was on the corner in front of woolworths ringing his bell, they were also selling roasted chestnuts & pretzels.
I remember Liberty Ave wad decorated all the way down the el. I was always surprised at the gifts santa brought. Not alot but very enjoyable. It didn't take much to make kids happy then. I remember the Christmas eve of 1962 when it snowed and watching from the window.
My husband Ralph would like to add to his memories of growing up in Jamacia. He lived across from Van Dolan Park and played softball, handball, and football. He is asking anyone if they have any memories of Joe the parkie, he always would trust him with the equipment to keep overnight.
Does anyone remember Elsies candy store? Does anyone remember the group from the park. He hung out at Jacks pizza parlor on Jamacia ave. Anyone out there who remembers me from Our Lady of Cenacle grammar school graduate of '65. We would like to wish all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year. Phyllis & Ralph Martell
Added: December 20, 2011


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

To Kathy Heitlinger... 1957, Holy Child... remember me?
I stayed there until December of 1956 before parents moved to Florida. Seem to recall you. Jimmy Dooley, Kenneth Erwin, Anthony Market classmates??? Maybe not. But... How about Virginia Giaconni? All fun. See you are in Charleston now.
Added: December 20, 2011


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

Congrats, to father Bob Raines,
Between you and Tommy O'Conner don't know who was more holyer... lol... but was with Tommy a few months back... Tommy for sure is not a priest... but congrats to you... enjoy
Added: December 20, 2011


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

To Ed Viscusi,
Are you related to a Robert Viscusi, who was a 1972 John Adams HS grad, and whose family also moved to Orange county at that time, I believe to Clinton Corners. Thanks
Added: December 20, 2011


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

Hi, just want to know how long Lenihans Bar has been open, just curious. Tnanx, Jeff Costigan.
Added: December 20, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
George Rokenbrod
From: Richmond Hill NY
E-mail: grokenbrod@aol.com

Long time resident looking for 1951 graduates from HCJ.
Added: December 19, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
ED VISCUSI
From: WASHINGTONVILLE, NY
E-mail: eviscusi@hvc.rr.com

i lived in richmond hill from 1957 - 1961, then again from 1965 - 1979 and on the the richmond hill / ozone park border from 1979 - 1984. i also had family in woodhaven.
while in queens i attended p.s.62, p.s 54, JHS 217 and Richmond Hill H.S. in 1984 about 2 years after i was married we moved to orange county new york and have raised 3 kids. always loved richmond hill and think of it often. i think of my parents and grandmother, as well as my aunts, uncles and cousins who lived there, and the friends made growing up.
although many of the posted comments are by people a bit older than myself, i do remember many of the places mentioned on the posts. i lived as a younger child on 115th st. off atlantic ave. then later on 123rd st. & 124th between 89th ave & jamaica ave.
i remember sheldons drug store, teseo cleaners, kronke's ice cream parlor, run by brothers george & dick. i remember the german bakery, the deli ran by otto west, charlie muellers buthcher shop, later owned by jack hoffman. also pepitone's restaurant on the corner of 123rd & jamaica. the 3 sons of the owners played stick ball in the vacant lot across the street.
someone posted about D'arcos grocery and how the owner was kind of strange. he always reminded me of barnaby from march of the wooden soldiers. funny how you perceive things as a child. his son bob was a nice guy, he kind of took care of the laundry mat on jamaica ave. between 123rd & 124th st.
thanks to all the folks who keep this sight going. great job & great memories!!
Added: December 18, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
larry magnano
From: farmingville ny
E-mail: lamamag@optimum.net

I lived in R.H. when i came from germany in '62 and lived on 115 st a few houses down from johnson funeral home.
My step dad owned the imperial bar. Graduated from RHHS in '66.
I remember Johns candy store, handball on the side, and of course the I.P.
Added: December 18, 2011


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

Hey Bob Maletta, Great to hear from you! Think of you often -- and w/ fond memories.
Have painting company in Saugerties / Woodstock area. Staying pretty bz with five employees. Remember York Collage daze? Mercy!!!
Mike B. how be thee? Long time no see? Run into Bobby Houde once or twice a yr at my brother Dan's get togethers. He always asks about you.
Added: December 17, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com

Now that I am a New York City Transit Authority Train Operator, everytime I operate the J train, the many memories of Richmod Hill come back to me.
I remember the Long Island Tinsmith company located just off the corner of 111th street and Jamaica Ave. that was there for many years and closed down in 1989 I believe. I will never forget seeing those men on daily basis going to and coming home from school working hard to support their families.
Salernos Restaurant is closed down now on Hillside Ave and is now replaced by the Tropicana lounge. The Montezuma Restaurant which replaced Jahns is now gone. A bar takes its place.
I will never forget Brunswick Lanes either on Myrtle/Hillside. I spent many a Saturday bowling in the mornings for 40 cents a game.
One thing that is different today sadly is the lack of schoolyards to play ball in. I always used to play ball in the Richmond Hill High School yard for many years. They now have classrooms in the yard and this is common with a lot of schools today due to the overcrowding of clssrooms. Its sad how many young people will never get to experience playing baseball and hitting a home run and for a moment being Babe Ruth or Reggie Jackson or whatever their favorite players are. Or to play handball, basketball or whatever one chose to do without the worry of hitting a kid on the swings or seesaw or monkey bars, as the schoolyards were strictly for sport activities. My parents always knew where I was.
Great times that will always be with me.
Added: December 16, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
bob rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail:

well, it only took 58 years... I was ordained on Saturday Dec 3 in the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City by Bishop Rimbo- Metropolitian Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
I Presided at the Mass for the first time on Dec 10 at Ascension Church in Deer Park where my wife and I were married 23 years ago and our three children were baptized. With the exception of our youngest, we had lived in RH on 109/86 Ave.
I will be installed as Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, in the Norwood section of Da Bronx, where I served as pastoral vicar for the past several years. The Installation is on the Feast of the Epiphany , Jan 6th at 7pm...
Long journey from being born on Bushwick Ave... going to school at HCJ and SFP, 25 years as a cop... and well, I now b's Father Bob... to others beside my kids... My wife Barbara can't quite get over the fact she is married to a "priest" LOL LOL... thing is, we Lutheran's (thankfully) are not celibate.
So a shout out to my former classmates, Class of '67-HCJ, this "holy boy" now b's a Reverend. But if you run into me on the street (most unlikely) you can call me "Your Exellency" or Emminence... nice ring... A Blesssed Christmas to one and all!
Added: December 15, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Kathy Heitlinger
From: Charleston, S.C.
E-mail: katklo@hotmail.com

I grew up on 89th Ave. off of 102nd St. Attended HCJ and graduated in 1957.
Just wondering if any of the old crowd is still around!
Added: December 15, 2011


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

Hi, wrote a while back if any one knows of Ed & Marilyn Shillito, used to live in Richmond Hill, next door to me.
When I wrote this, Marilyn replied giving me her email. Cannot find it, if any one knows them and has their email please forward it to me. Thanks a million. Jeff Costigan
Added: December 15, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

@Charlie Wolfinger,
Sounds like you had a John's Candy Store reunion. It's nice to hear some names that prompted both vivid and hazy flashbacks to the days of John's.
I hope they are doing well.
Added: December 14, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
T BOYLE
From: QUEENS
E-mail:

Hi, what was great about R.H. back then, you didn't need to keep looking over your shoulder.
I remember the Boy's Club, the Boxing Coach Joe C, ex Pro. He'd carry a refrig off the J Train to his home on 110 St. Tough but a real good guy. What ever happened to Oscar [poor soul].
Houses, stores, and trees are OK but good people make it nice.
Added: December 14, 2011


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

Hey Mike Batthany!!!
How are you? I hope you and yours are doing great!!! I have 3 grown children, 2 horses, 2 dogs, and 1 cat... how about you?
ALWAYS fond memories!!!
Added: December 14, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Virginia DeLa Rue McDonagh
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: dollymooo@aol.com

To Veronica Thompson:
I remember you from 123 St and Jamaica Ave. I lived over the tailor next to the drugstore on the corner of 123 St. I was friends with Joan Matson and her brother William.
If I remember correctly you had red hair and at that time did go by the name of Ronnie. You lived down the block from Jamaica Ave. I went to school with Kenny Gildersleeve and I remember breaking my ankle coming out of his back door and had to be carried up the street fireman style by a lady and man. Do you remember Kenny Ogle?
In case you may not remember, my name at that time and still is Ginger.
Added: December 13, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Mike Batthany
From: upastate ny
E-mail:

Bob Maletta, same to you and yours!
Stop I think I Love you. But what am I so afraid of!
have a safe and happy holiday!
Added: December 13, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
charlie wolfinger
From: 112-13 101 ave
E-mail: charlie845@aol.com

Just went out to dinner with some of the old friends from RH, anyone remember EDDIE TYBURCZY, BILLY DOYLE, RICHIE SCHNIEDER, BILL HANDLY, GLEN WOLFINGER, JOHN DEPERT, JOHN CAMERA {CLICK}.
We had a good time talking about the good old days.
Added: December 13, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
T BOYLE
From: QUEENS
E-mail:

I lived in R.H. for a few years, early 60's.
Liked the neighborhood, got to know people from one end like Billy Ward and Sal DeFalco down to the other end. The guys doing Acappella, by the Ice Cream Parlor, and sounding good.
How about Connie's great meatball hero, less than a buck. The last time back to R.H. hung out with Pat Sweany and bro. around 1971.
Added: December 11, 2011


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

To Jo Anne Preziosi...
Thank you for the info on Patty Seidel and Midge Springer. Had a big time crush on Midge back in the stone ages! Patty's mother was maid of honor at my mother's wedding. Years later the mother moved to Greenwood, SC, where my mother was living and stayed a few years.
This site continues to amaze me as past recollections drift into my brain.
Added: December 10, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail:

Someone asked about Patty Seidel.
She lived in the first house on 113th Street, down the block from RHHS. Midge and her sister, Tina's last name was Springer. Their Dad was a dentist.
Added: December 8, 2011


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

M.K.,
Yes there was a huge gas explosion back in '67, the blocks I think were around 130 st... gas tank blew up, fire trucks were melted, and houses were destroyed.
I remember this because I was sitting in the 8th grade at Holy Child looking out the window... the flames were over 100 feet in the air... don't think anyone lost their life though...
M.K... looked it up... Jan 13, 1967... I was right... lol... google it... big explosion.
Added: December 8, 2011


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

ED,
Yes, Tony and Archie, and Allen Danulevith, that was the crew...
Archie lives down in phil area, and Allen lives out on long island... Tony lives also in long island... see him twice a year... He's my daughter's Godfather... lol... and there was also a guy named Charlie Halsy, he was nuts, think your brother knew him as well...
Added: December 8, 2011


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

I remember a ConEd gas pipe under Jerome Avenue (101st) east of Van Wyck rupturing and exploding on a morning in 1966 or 1967.
I was living then, in Seaford, LI but working in Forest Hills.
As I was driving in on the Northern State I thought "what a beautiful, orange, sunrise!" Then, I realized that I was driving WEST!!! and that it couldn't be the sunrise. Quickly turning on my car radio I heard that a gas main had exploded (the station identified the area as Jamaica but I know the location was only a block or two east of Van Wyck).
Added: December 8, 2011


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

To M. K. Waldron:
The gas explosion you're referring to may be the one that occurred during the winter of '66-'67 on 101st Ave around 136th/137th Sts. If that sounds familiar, I was there with my 8MM camera. I filmed quite a bit of the fire.
It happened about 4-5 am when a milk truck stopped for a traffic light over the gas main leak. Prior to that someone called the P.D. when they smelled gas and two officers started evacuating homes just before the explosion. The milk truck melted down as did a FDNY pumper that got too close to the huge fire ball coming out of the ground, and stalled.
The ensuing heat from the leak set all the homes on fire that were within 100 yds. The firefighters were helpless in trying to hose the homes down because of the intensity of the heat.
I still have some of the film that I transferred to VHS. Sadly though, when I allowed my fire dept. to use it on L.I., they destoyed half of it.
Don't know if this is the fire you referred to, but it brought this experience to mind and I thought I would share.
Added: December 8, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
M. K. Waldron
From: LI, NY
E-mail:

My grandfather had a home in RH that was leveled by a gas explosion in the 1960's--- I cannot find any info about this event---
does anyone remember?
Added: December 7, 2011


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

Bill, Tony posted here once.
For some reason I remember the 'crew' Robert hung out with on 108 st... Archy and Tony are the ones I remember most. I remember playing with Dorathy... Archy's sister.
Added: December 7, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Grady
From: Niagara Frontier
E-mail: gjepd34@gmail.com

Also was a member of Troop 273 probably 1945-1948.
Lots of memories of camping in Suffern NY and New Dorp on Staten Island.
Added: December 6, 2011


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

Bob Maletta,
I know you went to Bishop Loughlin, I did as well, but later on, years later I met you at Shea Stadium, at a Jet game... At the time your father-in-law and I shared a season pass for the Jets.
Do you remember any of this... lol... it was both your father-in-law and mother-in-law... big Jet fans... lol... section 112 upper deck along the rail.
Added: December 6, 2011


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

Ed Pirog,
Yes, knew your brother Robert, he was best friends with Tony Peretta, think he landscaped for Nick Peretta on 108 st as a side job back in the 60's...
Tony Peretta and I are still best friends. Remember one of your appartments on top of 112 st I think, your brohter liked to set toy racing cars on fire... lol... and fly planes...
So now I know why he flys the big ones... lol... I will tell Tony Peretta about your brother... thanks
Added: December 6, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Rickert
From: Wilmington, Delaware
E-mail: mbrickert@comcast.net

A correction to my Dec 5th posting.
Costigan's Nursery was on the north side of 103rd Ave. A senior citizen moment when I wrote the west side.
Added: December 6, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
John A Finamore Sr
From: Setauket, NY
E-mail: Jafsr196@aol.com

I lived in Richmond Hill from 1958-1974.
The stories, people, places, and "environment" that I read in this blog... Bring me right back home
It's amazing and blessed to have had the privledge to experience what we all know amongst ourselves, it binds us together in a unique lifelong experience that we are all better for.
Added: December 5, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Rickert
From: Wilmington, Delaware
E-mail: mbrickert@comcast.net

To Michele Lyons:
Your comment about your grandfather's nursery stired a lot of memory cells and a lot of nostalgia.
That nursery was on the west side of 103rd Ave between 118th St and Lefferts Ave and stretched the whole block.
There was a wooden sign at the corner of 103rd and Lefferts and I'm fairly certain that it read Costigan's Nursery. It did stop operating as a nursery sometime in the early 1940's. The house was in the middle of the block, an older house with architecturally pleasing lines. That house had a center hall that ran from the front door to the rear.
Your grandfather had a number of children and one of the siblings was Tom. He and I were charter members of Boy Scout Troop 273, meeting in the basement of SBJL. This was during WWII.
One of the patrols in that Troop was the Eagle patrol and Tom Costigan was the leader. We met in the basement of his house. Tom always had a structured meeting and he organized a lot of overnight and day hikes. One of these day treks was out to your grandparents cottage in Farmingdale, riding our bikes along Sunrise Highway which, in the "42-44 time frame, was not the busy road it is today.
I don't know whether Tom is your father, uncle or what, but we drifted apart after high school. Nonetheless, I have fond memories of Costigan's nursery.
Added: December 5, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Maletta
From: Forest Hills, NY
E-mail:

Hello out there to one and all!
Received a call from a SBJL classmate ('66) who suggested I get with it and make contact, Thanks Louise.
Good to see that most of us are still around and pumping blood. Vincent, Bill glad to hear you're fine. And hello to the Hans brothers, home plate was right in front of their house on 120 St.
I regularly connect with Tom Lindsay, Dan Manning, Ed Fitzgerald, and Joe Fuccillo. It's 50+ years we've all been friends.
Good Luck to all and best wishes for a blessed Christmas season.
Added: November 30, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Michele Lyons
From: Los Angeles, CA
E-mail: meeshafaye27@sbcglobal.net

My Grandfather had a Nursery in Richmond Hill in the 1940's, I believe.
His last name was Costigan and I believe that was the name he used for the business.
Added: November 28, 2011


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VERONICA THOMPSON / GUERAD
From: LEVITTOWN N.Y.
E-mail: veelin731@yahoo.com

Lived on 123 St Jamaica Av 50's. Went to OLC.
Reading this, so many good memories. Jahn's Ice Cream, Dancing on Sun. at Knights of Columbus, Forest Park.
Friends, the Matsons, Coburg, Gildersleves, too many to mention.
Ronnie was my nickname. Veronica was too long, LOL. Playing stickball, etc. Anyone know the Dean Family? I'll be back to check.
Thanks for this site.
Added: November 28, 2011


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

Those of us who graduated from SBJL in 1955 (or thereabouts) and those of us who played ball with and against Joe DiBernardo at Smokey Park in the late 50's and early 60's had a sad Thanksgiving Holiday.
Joe and his wife Barbara, lost their son, Joseph Paul DiBernardo, from the terrible effects of the tragic fire in the Bronx, on January 23, 2005.
Firefighter Joseph Paul DiBernardo, a member of Rescue Squad 3, was among six Firefighters trapped by illegal partitions inside a fourth floor apartment. Despite the limited options for escape, Joey put the life of a fellow Rescue 3 Firefighter first, and held a safety rope as the other Firefighter rappeled down the side of the burning building. Joey then attached the personal safety rope to a window guard, but the rope gave way about ten feet down, plunging Joey four stories into the courtyard below. Joey landed feet first and shattered every bone from his waist down.
Prior to the events of January 23, Joey had taken and passed the exam for Lieutenant. He was promoted in May, 2005. Unfortunately, the events of Black Sunday in addition to his work at the WTC on 9-11, continued to plague him and he was forced to retire on January 26, 2006.
Joey passed peacefully sometime during the morning hours of November 22, 2011. His Funeral Mass will be held Monday, November 28.
As we would have said at SBJL, "Resquiescat In Pace," Joey.
Added: November 27, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Robert J. Seeber
From: United States of America
E-mail: Grandpa_Seeber@hotmail.com

I lived at 102-24 86th Road in Richmond Hill, a dead end street, until I was 11 years old.
Now, 55 years later, looking back on my life since then, I regret that my parents decided to move to Rosedale, further out on Long Island, historically a farming community.
Walking to Holy Child Jesus school along 86th Avenue, we collected chestnuts in the Fall. Are there still chestnut trees growing there?
Added: November 26, 2011


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

Ken, once again I can reply to the "anything for Thanksgiving?", entry you have.
When I tell people about it, (even R.H. people), they look at me like I have two heads. Anyway, they other kids on 112 St. did it every Thanksgiving, and to this day we don't know why.
I have a feeling it originated with German influence. If anyone knows please respond.
Added: November 26, 2011


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

To Bill Heaney,
Yup... that's us. Robert is my big brother. We lived above Wicks Realty for many years.
Robert now lives in Oklahoma with a great family. He's close to retirement but still flys 747s for a cargo carrier. I'm a mechanic for Delta Airlines in Atlanta. Was in San Diego for 17 years until I was forced to move to greater grittsville.
I'm guessing you went to school with Bob... how did you know him?
Added: November 26, 2011


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

Happy Thanksgiving to all and for the just a second we are back in the early fifties walking around like little ragamuffins asking all houses in our area 104th street through 107th street and then over to 102nd street asking all who would open their front door, "ANY THING FOR THANKSGIVING" LOL, still tickles me today.
I have only heard of this practice in the Richmond Hill area. Any participants in this event, come on fess up you know who you were, good harmless fun!!! Ken Ball. Hey, Dont Eat too Much But Enjoy!!!
Added: November 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Stan Budesa
From: Melbourne Beach, Florida
E-mail: sbudesa@radissonport.com

Wow, just ran across this site last week, alot of reading.
Already connected, via e mail with some old familiar names. Born and raised "Queens" guy, Richmond Hill 1956-1986.
PS 108, JHS 202 (Goddard), John Adams, 1972 grad, OLPH... Worked at Smitty's Market on Liberty and 110th-111th, across from Winters 1969-73, South Queens Boys Club regular 67-73... Camp Butler, soccer football everything at SQBC... CYO ball for OLPH basketball and baseball, dances at Gate of Heaven, "Rampage" best local band... 112th street... Keeneys, Coglianos, Russo's, Youngs, down block Albanos, Abascato's, Cavallo's, what a block...
anyone remember... Al's Stero, O'Neills, Kennedy's (near Aquaduct) Mahoneys, Green Shade, very fond memories, i do get back often to see Mom and Dad (not as much as i would like to).
Last time had to go to an Irish Pub on Crossbay to get a beer. Please say hello if we knew each other... with great memories of a wonderful childhood, i'll get with more on Liberty Ave at a later date... what was the bar we went to near the Boy's club???
Francis Kenney, the Biancullis, GOD BLESS RICHIE GODKIN, Billy Tamaro, Carillo, Bob Stein, RIP Kevin Keeney, Mike Secundo, Tommie Claire, Mith Harris, big Dom, Emerons, John Rampola, Bob Bretcher, Ringhouse... on and on... Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Added: November 23, 2011


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

Ed Pirog,
Was your brother's name Robert, and did you live at one time on 112st and jamaica ave.?
Added: November 22, 2011


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Mrs. Denise Fernandez
From: El Paso, Texas
E-mail: Denise_fernandez2002@yahoo.com

Thank you for the trip down "Memory Lane".
I very much appreciate visiting your site and viewing all the places I remember in Richmond Hill. I learn something new everytime I visit!
Added: November 22, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

To Robert Sheridan and Sher Chamber...
Thank you both. Adams was the bike store just down from the barber shop and across from King Kullen.
Never fails to amaze me how these little tid-bits manage to leak out of my brain and then I have to check with this blog to get my facts straight.
Just for luck, anyone recall the Seidels, Emily and Patty (daughter) from the other side of Jamaica Ave. probably 115-116 street? Seems like there was a young girl (then) named Midge from that same street too. Fun to recollect.
Added: November 20, 2011


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Dan Carubia
From: Valatie NY
E-mail: dcarubia@nycap.rr.com

To Bobbi Baas:
Hi, Yes Butch was my cousin, and he did live on Jamaica Ave right off of 107th street. His Dad was my Uncle John.
I think Butch did hang out at George's as did my Grandmother Lena Carubia with her friends. They would sit right outside of George's on their little chairs. Lena lived right around the corner (104th street) one half block of of Jamaica Ave.
Butch as I remember was a funny guy he was always kidding with me when we would have dinner at my Grandmothers house every Wednesday. Great food!!!
Added: November 20, 2011


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

To Bob Wood:
had to be Adam's Bicycle Shop. Wooden floors, a bucket of water to find the leak in the tube, and Adam - a gem of a guy with perpetual bicycle grease on his hands!
Hope I got this one right. It was across from King Kullen at 112th and Jamaica Ave.
Added: November 19, 2011


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William Owens
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: mtwjo@yahoo.com

Class of 1968. The e-mail that is on file (attbi) is no longer accurate. I am at mtwjo@yahoo.com. Thank you. -- William Owens
Added: November 19, 2011


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Thanks also to Richard & Ken for your feedback.
(I didn't scroll down before replying previously.) Looks like Joe Bell made a big impression on a lot of us. I remember you too, Richard.
Familiar names have a way of triggering more familiar names. It's why I love this site.
Added: November 19, 2011


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Arthur O'Brien
From: Stewart Manor, NY
E-mail: aobrien01@gmail.com

My mother, Marie, was born in Brooklyn and moved to RH in the 1920's. She was one of five Gallagher sisters. Her father owned the funeral home on Van Wyck Expressway, just up the street from the Cenacle.
In 1947, she moved to Brandon Terrace apartment house at 109th St and 86th Ave. Her sister Betty Cassidy and Grace Relken lived there also.
Marie is turning 95 and my daughter is putting together an album of letters and photos. If you remember Marie, and you would like to send a note, please send it to the e-mail address or add a new posting, I will see it and print it.
My mother has nothing but fond memories of her time in Richmond Hill. She also has a great memory (if you give her a minute) so I know she will remember you. Thank you very much.
Added: November 19, 2011


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Thanks Steve & Glen (Charlie's brother).
That's very helpful. I remember Joe Bell's location and figured the Wolfingers must have known him since their shop was near the wooden bench. I can also picture his tweed coat and scruffy beard. My mother was fond of him and brought him magazines.
I didn't know about his PTSD, only that he was previously successful. He would be gone for a few days and then back again.
Added: November 19, 2011


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Sher Chamber
From: NY
E-mail:

The Bike Store, was Adams on the corner of Jamaica Ave.
Added: November 19, 2011


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

Did you ever think that the reason we keep returning to Richmond Hill in our minds is that our life was slow enough then to appreciate everything around us?
Before the winds and rain came this week, I came out of my house headed towards my car (who walks anywhere anymore?) and caught a glimpse of a dwarf red maple on my lawn, fully emblazoned in the most beautiful shade of red. In an instant I was tossed back 40 some odd years to Richmond Hill.
In those days, we'd collect autumn leaves for school. Pre-saran wrap, we'd find the most beautiful ones. I'd examine the various hues, the veins that held the leaf together and the distinct autumn smell of leaves. Using school paste on construction paper, glue them down and cover them with wax paper in an album of sorts. We'd wonder how long they would hold their color - maybe forever? As Robert Frost reminded us, "Nothing gold can stay".
Piles of leaves were for jumping into as the best outdoor mattress ever. The dry ones would crinkle and pop under our weight. On weekends the air would be ripe from those homeowners who would burn rather than bag the leaves. Walking home from school, you had time to marvel at the natural spectacle of emblazoned vegetation. Richmond Hill never looked so beautiful as in autumn.
Today we hire landscapers to clean up the mess. We lament the change of warm to cold as if we spent our days outdoors instead of hurrying between air conditioned and heated homes and cars. Hurrying is perhaps the right word here - we are rushing so fast, we are missing the greatest show on earth that is free.
Added: November 19, 2011


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Joann DiStefano
From: Old Tappan, NJ
E-mail: jdistef620@aol.com

To: Susan Weitz (Kirk)
I read your comment about your Mom's passing from being in a car accident. Do you have a sister Diane Kirk?
I recall going to PS 100 with her and having lunch at her house-- if i recall she lived in an apartment building-- i went there for lunch one day and her mom had made us hot dogs and it was the first time i ever had ketchup with it-- i think of that day whenever i see someone eating a hot dog with ketchup--
a few months later her mom had passed away-- so i think it must be the same-- Let me know-- if so, my warm regards to your sister. Joann
Added: November 19, 2011


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Joann DiStefano
From: Old Tappan, NJ
E-mail: jdistef620@aol.com

To Stephen Mistretta:
I read your posting you did where you mentioned your two sisters- I was in your sister's class, Mary Mistretta.
Your posting brought back some memories- thank you. Please send my regards to her.
Added: November 19, 2011


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Bobbi Baas
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail:

To Dan Carubia -
Did you have a relative known as Butch Carubia who died when he was 30 or 40 years old due to a sudden heart attack?
I used to know someone by that name who hung out in George's candy store on Jamaica Ave. and 104th Street back in the 50's and 60's!
Added: November 18, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Work with me here Richmond Hill-ites:
There was a bike store on Jamaica Ave. up the street from Holy Child Jesus School. Don't recall the streets or name of store but do recall the Rudge English Racer my father purchased for me. Cool bike and three speeds... Wow! Think Rudge was a division of Raleigh but not that up on bikes. This would have been 1955 or there abouts. The owner was the best. Probably long closed now.
Any one recall? Seems like it was right across Jamaica Avenue from a grocery store and right around the block from THE candy store of choice.
Added: November 18, 2011


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Steve Batthany
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

Yes April I do remember, Joe Bell, sitting alone or with his crew on a stationary bench on the corner (NW) of 112th st and Jerome Av.
Sometimes he would talk to us and sometime, he was silent.
Was said to be a victim of "shellshock". Now he probably be diagnosed with PTSD Rx'd with meds and therapy, and would be working, not sitting. He deserved and Got my Prayers
Added: November 18, 2011


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Glen Wolfinger
From: Smithtown ny
E-mail: Glenwolfinger@aol.com

I remember Joe Bell in the early sixties.
He would hang out on all the benches on 101st ave and 112th street. And he would talk to everybody that walked by.
Added: November 17, 2011


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Dan Carubia
From: Valatie NY
E-mail: dcarubia@nycap.rr.com

To John and Tony,
The girl from Dewhiler's was Barbara. I went to school with here @ RHHS.
Added: November 17, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Rusty Brehe
From: Chicago
E-mail:

My Dad's name is Jeremy Brehe and he wants to get in contact with people that knew him when he lived there.
Added: November 17, 2011


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Richard Massey
From: Manhattan
E-mail: masseyrf@yahoo.com

To April Koster,
I remember Joe Bell, if memory serves me correctly he was a veteran of the second world war and a graduate of NYU. He often passed an afternoon in Mickey's Tavern sipping beer and reading the New York Times, or on a bench on 101st (Jerome) avenue.
He was a very well informed, kind and interesting gentleman, who unfortunately for various reasons had fallen on hard times. Thanks April, for remembering one of our less fortunate neighbors.
There but for the grace of God go I. PS: I also remember you.
Added: November 17, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Thomas V Curran,
I used to spend time on 126th st, but back in the late '50's. Played touch football on the block closer to 101st ave and knew the Aniano family there.
Just a coincidence which I pass on.
Added: November 17, 2011


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ken zaveckas
From: gettysburg, pa
E-mail:

WOW... yeah, i do... if you're referring to the same Joe Bell.
If he's the same, in the early '60s I rememebr him perambulating around 112th/111th streets and 101st ave. always looking for a handout, though never forceful or obtrussive. Always seemed to have a smile for the passersby who would always flip him a few coins.
Parents used to refer to him alot though telling us kids "Study hard and get a god job or you'll wind up like Joe Bell".
Added: November 17, 2011


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

Wilsons is a cool memory. My big brother was into model planes.
He now flies 747s for World Airways. He's close to retirement.
Added: November 16, 2011


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jim lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Susan Hanley Golden,
Your name sounds real familiar. Did you live over Bill's bike store on Liberty av.
If I remember, you lived there with your sister, and parents. Was your mothers name Jean and dad's name Jack. I lived at 125-08. My parents were Pete and Ann.
Added: November 16, 2011


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

want to thank all those who served in vietnam, back in the 60's...
seems that war really took alot of richmond hills best... so many young men went off to that war and never got the credit they deserved... thank you
Added: November 15, 2011


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

congrats to you Bob Rainis,
can't believe your becoming a priest at 58... I guess you can say you have seen the light... lol
Added: November 15, 2011


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Jim Delvers
From: Oregon
E-mail:

Tony P.,
Did you live next to Roy and Tommy H.?
Added: November 15, 2011


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jim lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Tom Curran,
We were almost neighbors. I lived over Bill's bike store. Loved the daily lunch's in Ralph's, hung out in Shannon's.
Did you know Richie Powers? He lived on your block. Heard from him on this page about 6 months ago. I haven't been back to the neighborhood since '84. From what I read and heard the area is gone down the tubes.
Added: November 15, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

Does anyone remember a gentleman by the name of Joe Bell from around the late 50's, early 60's?
Added: November 14, 2011


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JOHN KOLB
From: BELLEROSE, QUEENS
E-mail: JOHNNYJACK55@aol.com

to Tony Prokopowitz,
i don't remember the name of the store, but the family name was Detwhiler, son's name was Ronnie, also had a daughter with a artificial arm. they lived on lefferts Blvd between 91 and 89 aves
Added: November 14, 2011


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Susan Hanley Golden
From: Livingston, NJ
E-mail:

Loved the ice cream at Nick's on Liberty. Believe it was 123rd. Henke's Deli 125th/Liberty.
What a wonderful couple they were. My mom worked there. Of course, Ralph's across the street. Mom worked there too.
Thx for the memories! Loved their egg creams. So many memories, so long ago. OMG
Added: November 13, 2011


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

There was a Hobby Shop on Jamaica Ave, about 105 or 104 St, called Wilsons Hobbies.
The owner, the father went by the name Tiny, don't know his real first name. His son also worked there, had black hair. I know the shop is no longer there. After Tiny passed away his son took over, the store was open for a few more years then it just closed, no sign on the outside saying what happened.
Does anyone know what happened to Wilsons Hobbies, still open but a different neighborhood. Thanx for letting me know, Jeff C.
Added: November 13, 2011


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Thomas V. Curran
From: Lady Lake, Fl
E-mail: tvcfl32159@embarqmail.com

I grew up on 126th street, in Richmond Hill Queens between 101 ave and 103 ave.
I remember going to Smokey Park, the Lefferts theater on Liberty ave, and Ralph's candy store. Those were the days in the early 1970's.
I am looking for friends who lived on 126th street. My brother still lives there, but I was saddened to see the condition of the neighborhood today. I moved to Florida in 1993.
I went to St.Benny's and Beach Channel High School. It was a great place to grow up in.
Added: November 12, 2011


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Dan Carubia
From: Valatie NY
E-mail: dcarubia@nycap.rr.com

Growing up in RH on 93rd ave between 104th and 107th streets with my friends Joe, Dan, Dom, Stanley, Neil, Peter, David, and the girls on 92nd, I was so lucky.
Right place Right time. From PS 90, where I was in the same class with David Rowe, who followed in his father's footsteps and became a Minister and still friends today. To RHHS where I meet some good buddies and was lucky enough to play on the 1964 City Champs baseball team as well as obtain a solid education (yes I had to wear a tie everyday) and had fun doing it for those 4 years.
Hung out at the SQ Boys Club and played B-Ball with Richie Westfall who happens to be my Family Doctor. Visited with Bill Veltri my baseball coach at SQBC for the first time in over 40 years 2 months ago.
Played sports over at the 102nd street park, Smokey Oval, Victory field (rollar hockey as well). My 93rd ave buddies would go up to Yankee Stadium for a Sunday Doubleheader, to a Rangers game on Sunday and Wenesday nights, or an afternoon Knicks game before the Rangers games and we only a had a few bucks in our pockets, enough for the train and bus rides a ticket, the hockey news and some hot dogs and soda.
Richmond Hill was always there, we go play with our friends, our Moms got together for chats about US!! The local stores Roys Deli, Jakes Candy store, Cordes ice cream parlor, Jahns, the RKO movie was our hang out as well.
Played ice hockey at Jackson Pond, bike riding around forest park, was part of the RH culture. We did not know it but we were taking small steps into our future, with what we were allowed to do and then maybe beyond that.
To the guys I grew up with the streets were our stadiums, and we were born to play. Thanks to my parents for their support and to my buddies, I feel proud to say, born in Richmond Hill Queens NY 11418.
Added: November 12, 2011


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bob rainis
From: Deer Park
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

If anyone is in the vicinity of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City on Dec 3, say 10:00 AM, stop on in as a certain HCJ '67 grad is finally being ordained as a Lutheran Pastor.
A long journey from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Bushwick where I was born to HCJ Church and school for Holy Communion-Confirmation and Master Altar Boy, then SFP '71 to the Lutheran Tradition of the Church Catholic.
Stopping along the way, handball at RHHS, the church steps on 114th St, too many bars and disco's in the 70's and for 25 years in law enforcement, 10 years as a deacon in healthcare and nursing home chaplaincy, getting married to Barbara and 3 kids (21-18-14), I'm finally becoming a priest.
At 58, God sure has a sense of humor.
Added: November 12, 2011


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Beth Fitzpatrick
From: McDonough, Ga (Atlanta area)
E-mail: mfitzpatric@bellsouth.net

Dr. Mailman was truly one of the classic old time doctors.
He took the time to actually ask questions and to figure out what was going on in your life.
Actually, one time I went to his office after work and I was so sick that Dr. Mailman drove me home after realizing that I had moved out of Richmond Hill and would have had to take 2 buses to get home. Try to find a Doctor today that would do something like that for a patient.
Obviously, I never forgot what a truly terrific person he was. What Dr. Mailman did was part of the old beautiful values from the old Richmond Hill - forever in our minds & hearts.
Added: November 11, 2011


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Ginnie Siems Parine
From: Bellingham, WA
E-mail: vparine@yahoo.com

Hello- My father Willy or Bill Siems grew up at 104-21 116 st. I grew up 104-50 117 st and 109-46 116 st. Graduated from OLPH 1965, Christ the King HS 1970.
Does anyone know anyone by the name of Salena Lyons, Francis Fyfe?
Added: November 11, 2011


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

Friday is Veterans' Day, and I can't let it pass without a thanks you to all who have served.
As a Navy wife, mother, sister, and daughter, I appreciate the sacrifice, and as a baby boomer, I especially appreciate all of those who served in Viet Nam, and remember those we lost.
Thanks, and God Bless.
Added: November 9, 2011


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Tony Prokopowicz
From: Kent Lakes NY
E-mail: teepee6107@aol.com

I graduated SBJL in 1964 and Molloy in 1968. My family lived on Atlantic Avenue and 116th Street in the red brick attached two family house on the NW corner.
Does anyone remember the name of the magazine/newspaper store that was on the NW corner of Lefferts and Atlantic in the late 50's and early 60's? Or the names of the owners? I bought all my Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan and John Carter of Mars pocket books there as well as a fair share of comic books that would have been worth a fortune today.
Does anyone remember Pete's barbershop on the North side of Atlantic Avenue near Lefferts? I had my first haircut there. By the way, the best pizza came from Furci's on Atlantic and 111th. It was the only pizza and Italian food restaurant around for a while in the 50's. The best hamburgers were at Maybee's on Atlantic near Carvel.
And, the best handball players at the time were at 106th Street Park (sorry Smokey Park). For some extra fun, we would take our bikes to Victory Field and play some three wall. Pennsy Pinkies were good for handball, but the new high bouncing Spalding's were the best. For a good black ball handball game, we had to go to the Rockaways and play the old timers for money. Richmond Hill High School had a great handball team. Some of their team payed at 106th Street Park during the Summer.
Jean's candy store on the North side of Atlantic between 115th St and 114th St had the best selection of penny candy and she would always let us have bread and milk on credit when times were tough.
Added: November 9, 2011


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

To Dave O'Halloran:
Thanks for the honorable mention.
Added: November 9, 2011


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Janet Renee Derse Swoish
From: Marion, Massachusetts
E-mail: rfsjds@comcast.net

My parents were married at the Church of the Resurrection in 1930 my sister and I were baptized there in 1933 & 1937.
I have fond memories of Richmond Hill as my Grandparents lived there for many years.
Added: November 9, 2011


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Mike Hans
From: NORTH GREENBUSH NY
E-mail:

Hey Tom...
Dr Rogers did in fact mention Dr Mailman way back on Oct 12th. Guess you didn't read down far enough brother!!!
Added: November 7, 2011


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Tom Hans
From: Beacon, N.Y.
E-mail:

Can't believe no one mentioned Dr. Mailman, office was between Lefferts and 95th.
Sorry, Dr. Mailman was ON Lefferts, between Atlantic and 95th. The mind is a terrible thing to waste, lol.
Added: November 6, 2011


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Susan Weitz (Kirk)
From: Westerville, Ohio
E-mail: weitzs@sbcglobal.net

I was born in Richmond Hill, but we moved when I was around three.
I have always wanted to go back and revisit to see if anything would come back to me.
My mother had passed away January 1965. She was in a car accident and died a few days later. Her name, Ann Kirk. I always wonder if anyone out there may have known her. My mom's sister, Martha lives in the Bronx, but unfortunatley we haven't spoken in years.
I'm going to find out our address and post it on a comment page. I was wondering if anyone knew how to look up old obituaries from 1965.
Added: November 5, 2011


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Dave O'halloran
From: Chatam, NJ (or Williamsburg, Va for Aritie B)
E-mail: Dwoh61@gmail.com

Miss postings from Mark Young, Sal Barcia, and Alice Ruschmeier (sorry for spelling?)
I don't have much to add, enjoy hearing from anyone from St bennies, molloy, but most of all from anyone between liberty, atlanitc, 130 st and 104 st from 1958-1966. Dave
Added: November 4, 2011


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Maureen Anderson
From: Atlantic Beach, FL
E-mail:

To Tom,
We lived next door to the Hussey's and Pascuma's. My sisters were friends with the Hartmans.
My Grandparents and Aunt, uncle and cousins, the Hunts, lived at 125-03 Hillside Ave.
Diane Kennedy and I were best friends, we walked to Cenacle in a big group.
Added: November 4, 2011


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Vin Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail:

Correcting graduation date in previous posting. SBJL in '66; Loughlin in '70. Earth to Bob Maletta -- come in Bob
Added: November 4, 2011


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

Tommy Manzo, are your parents still alive...
and Vin... Bob Maletta went to Loughlin and last seen him at a Jet game at Shea stadium some years back... wow like 25 years ago... we shared our season tickets with his brides parents... think he moved out to the island...
Added: November 1, 2011


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Tom Moylan
From: Bayshore, New York
E-mail: sfacheem@optonline.net

To Maureen,
No I lived 3 houses off the corner. In fact my mother is still there, 56 years.
Who did you know in that area? And when did you live there?
Added: November 1, 2011


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Vin Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail:

Is Bob Maletta out there somewhere, SBJL '70. How about Tommy Jander --- Danny Manning --- Albert Musto.
Added: October 31, 2011


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Maureen Anderson
From: Atlantic Beach, FL
E-mail:

To Tommy Moylan:
No sister named Doreen. I have two younger sisters, Kathy and Rae. We lived at 85-07 124 St. The house next door to the one my Dad grew up in and (against his will) helped his step-father raise homing pidgeons.
I do remember Bernie's egg creams. I think I had one with a Drake's cream cake for breakfast every morning in high school.
Did you live in the red brick building on the corner of Hillside and 124?
Added: October 31, 2011


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tommy manzo
From: rockville ctr, li
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com

To Bob Wood,
Thats the 102nd Pct. They took the horses away some years ago. I read recently that they are trying to get the Police dept to bring them back.
Added: October 31, 2011


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

Bob Wood...
102 Pricinct, I wonder if it is still there.
Added: October 31, 2011


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Steve Batthany MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany@aol.com

Well I've just finished rviewing the "doctor stories" in this tome, over the month of October.
I failed to see mention of Doc Flanagan @118th & 97th ave; or of Dr Morse gp @ 10415 114th st (he left general medicine to become the Chief of Surgery of Brooklyn Jewish Hospital). His brother a dentist (our dentist) was @ the NW corner of 112 st and 103rd (aka Kimbell) Ave.
When the latter found that I was taking 4 years of Latin, he inviteded me weekly, for iced tea and translating (a great; unselfish man). When I saw these men & women I did not see "screwups or oafs" but saw the fact they had dedicated their lives to the care of the fellow men.
It is now, after having practiced medicine for greater than 50 years, I'm greatful to have been exposed to the many role models in our town. I also am grateful for the town itself: a place where we all knew each other and helped one another when necesssary.
(Could anyone forget the Thanksgiving LIRR Crash behind the Hillside Roller Rink where we all rushed to help the victims?
Added: October 30, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

To Merrill Nielsen... sorry cannot recall that name.
Did check out the HCJ website yesterday and found many photos of the church and school. Amazing after not seeing it since 1957. Good information. I still have the mandatory class photo when I was in the 3rd grade. Wish I could recall the nun's name that had to put up with me.
During one of those early years we lost a girl named Gail Cosgrove to cancer. All of the class attended the viewing and mass the next day. Quite an ordeal for little kids but now looking back at it was part of the growing up and understanding life business. Funny how those things stay with you.
Anyone recall the Police Station in Richmond Hill? They had police horses there, probably still do. My buddy Jimmy Dooley and I joined the PAL from that station house.
Enjoy the snow! SC is nice and sunny.
Added: October 30, 2011


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Tom Moylan
From: Bayshore, New York
E-mail: sfacheem@optonline.net

To Maureen Anderson,
Did you have a sister named Doreen? I also hung out at Bernie's.
Do you remember the Egg Creams? They were the best.
Added: October 30, 2011


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Maria T. Catalanotto
From: Malverne, NY
E-mail: redwine@optonline.net

I was raised in Richmond Hill. Our house was on the corner of 112th Street and 103rd Avenue.
My friends on the block going towards Liberty Avenue were Melinda and Toby Bloom. Then there were the Mancuso's who lived across the street.
The house next to our house along 103rd Avenue belonged to an old man named Walter. He and his wife were German and he and my dad would sit and have beers every afternoon. He was significantly older than my Dad at that time. Walter was probably in his eighties while my dad was in his 40's or 50's.
I remember Walter making a scooter for me from a soap box. He assembled the wheels and off I went! We also played stoop ball and other fun and innocent games.
I was born in Brooklyn but my family moved to Richmond Hill in 1953. I went to St. Mary Gate of Heaven school. I then attended Christ the King High School in Middle Village, NY.
I married my first husband in 1974 and that did not turn out so well. I went to work after graduating CK. I used to take the train to the Rockaway's with my friends along Liberty Avenue and 111th Street. We would use sidewalk chalk for a game called pottsy! You threw a penny or a dime and tried to hit it with the pensy-pinkie ball and you had to listen to the sound of the penny moving! These were wonderful and innocent times.
I have not migrated too far from those precious years in Richmond Hill. I am now in Malverne, NY. Much more property and wonderful neighbors.
Added: October 28, 2011


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Rob Prokopowicz
From: Broad Channel, NY
E-mail: Fonemanrob@aol.com

A true enlightment of my childhood.
I truly enjoyed reading of all my fellow Richmond Hill neighbor's memories.
Added: October 27, 2011


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Merrill Nielsen
From: San Diego, California
E-mail: merrill.nielsen@gen-probe.com

To Bob Wood [or anyone who might know]:
Does anyone remember a person named Barbara Immerso who attended PS 51 from about 1955 to 1957? Thank You, Merrill
Added: October 26, 2011


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

Joanne, your sister's name is Patty right...
and yes Dr Ingrassia was our doctor and he made house calls... his son was a very good track runner as well... not as good as us... lol... but was a very good runner...
Added: October 24, 2011


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tommy manzo
From: rockville ctr, li
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com

Billy Heaney,
Dad was an OB/GYN. He had offices in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (where he grew up) and Glendale.
I have come across many women over the years whose children he delivered.
Added: October 24, 2011


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

The Oktoberfest was held every year at Victory Field.
They don't have it anymore, do they? If not, what year was the last one held there and why did they stop having it at Victory Field? Thanx, Jeff
Added: October 23, 2011


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

Jeff and Robert,
There were a few Finneran brothers. I graduated HCJ class of '70 with Frances and I know Paul was in HCJ class of '66 with my brother Joe. I believe that there were a couple of girls also.
As you stated I believe that he is at least 90 and doing well. I do not know if he is still in Richmond Hill.
Added: October 23, 2011


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jim lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To John K.,
I remember Sid's, bought all my tires there. Getting a parking spot was always fun. Yummy's doesn't ring a bell.
I graduated from St Teresa's in '69. Remember Uncle Abe's candy store. I lived on 125 and Liberty.
Added: October 23, 2011


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

John Saladino,
Funny, you mentioned Dr. Finneran, saying he lived on 105 St. Thought he lived on the Island. Surprised to hear he is still alive. In his late 80's or 90's. That would probably be his age. He was pretty old when he retired. He was an OK Dr. Not many people I know like Drs. and he lived in Jamaica Estates??
Do you know where he lives now, not in Richmond Hill still, right. Well, thanx for the update.
Added: October 21, 2011


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Joanne Froehling Gojan
From: Greenville, SC
E-mail:

Bill Heaney -
You are correct, Dr. Ingrassia moved to 102nd street and 89th ave - his office was at the end of my block. The doctor we used was Dr. Rizzoli - he was in Woodhaven -
He used to make house calls with a cigeratte in his mouth!!
Added: October 21, 2011


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

Bobby Sheridan,
You were friends with Ernie Pericas from 109 st and Billy Castalino, if I'm not mistaken. I think you lived on 106 st at the time...
just thinking of how I remembered the name... I lived across the street from them...
Added: October 21, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

To Alice Love...
Funny about USC. We'll see how Spurrier does in upcoming games as there is a lot invested in him. I went to Citadel so know the Charleston area very well. We also love that town but it has improved much since the 60's. Good beach but not quite so nice as Hilton Head. Daughter lives in Friarsgate. We attend St. Peter's downtown but Mom went to Our Lady of the Hills while she was living.
HCJ and Richmond Hill has many great memories. So pleased that this blog site exists. Every so often I recall something else about the old neighborhood and have to speak to it. Bob
Added: October 21, 2011


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

Bob Wood, yeah a lot of us head South.
My sainted mother lived in Jupiter, Florida. I know, with so many Hillites in Florida, let's see who wants to open a luncheonette (like the Winthers had) and serve a decent egg cream in Florida.
Still hoping to win the lottery and buy a condo in Palm Beach County maybe one in New York and keep my place here in Chattanooga.
Added: October 21, 2011


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john k.
From: staten island
E-mail:

Who remembers Yummys and Sid auto parts on liberty ave and 123 st.
I went to Saint Teresa's, graduated in 1966, lived on 113 street between 101 and 103 ave.
Added: October 20, 2011


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

To John Saladino:
There were at least two other Finneran brothers - Paul and Tom. All HCJ grads. My brother and Tom were pals with Johnny Washington who had a brother Tommy. Again HCJ guys, I believe.
Added: October 20, 2011


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

To Bob Wood of Irmo,
In Dec '77, my Navy husband was stationed in Columbia, SC in Officer recruiting, so we moved from Charleston to Irmo for two years. Lived on Friarsgate Blvd. We had a 2 week old girl and 2 1/2 yr. old boy. It was my first and last time outside of a Navy town while on active duty. We belonged to Our Lady of the Hills and got season passes to the beautiful zoo there.
Coming from NYC and a grad of Hunter, football was not a big part of my life unless it was Navy football or what my Dad watched on New Year's Day, so when "USC" was painted on the streets of our subdivision, I asked my hubby (a native of SC) why there were so many U of So Cal fans in Friarsgate. He still laughs about it.
Fourteen years in Charleston taught me to love the south, especially the low country where I raised my children, although we spent many summers at USC for swim championships. I liked Irmo, but Charleston was so much better - and our daughter is a practicing vet there. When my kids were teens I often thought how much more freedom they had in Charleston than I had growing up.
I loved Richmond Hill, and the people I grew up with, but those times are long gone. We are in NC because they closed the base when Pat retired, and he had to go where the jobs were.
Added: October 20, 2011


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

yes John, Doctor Finneran 105 st...
played ball with Paul, and Dennis was in my class, Francis graudated with my sister...
then there was Dr Manzo... and all the Manzo's from 108 st... Mike and brother Tommy... Tommy still comes on here... lol
Added: October 20, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Bob Wood, the common thread on your Florida comment may be the New York winters.
That and the fact that Florida also had a reputation as a good place to retire in regards to real estate and taxes.
Trends have modified, a scan of posts show more diversity. Yet, here I am bracing for another nightmarish Long Island winter. Enjoy the Sun.
Added: October 20, 2011


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

Jeff Costigan and Robert Sheridan in speaking of Dr. Finneran.
I went to HCJ with his son Francis and have seen him a few times in the past 2 years. The family indeed did live on 105th street in a house with 2 tall and wide columns gracing the entrance of the house. They moved to Jamaica Estates in the 70's for about 10 years before moving back to Richmond Hill.
Dr. Finneran is now in his late 80's or early 90's.
Added: October 19, 2011


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

more on doctors...
how about dr. ingrassia who's office was on 86 ave and 108 st... then he moved to the other side of jamaica ave and 102st and I think 89 ave...
Added: October 19, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Start another topic...
Am amazed at how often one of the olde Richmond Hillites has an address in Florida. Guess people still view moving to the warmer climate as the best reward.
My father retired from NYPD and we all moved to Miami in 1957. After sister and I went to college Mom and Dad moved to Ormond Beach and then joined my wife and I in Greenwood SC when they were getting up in years.
Funny as I worked in SC all my career and retired here. Weather good. Near beach and mountains. Taxes low. Good life. Any thoughts???
Added: October 19, 2011


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

Dr. Morris Wein, aka Marcus Welby, (located on 103 Ave. and 127th Street), was our family doctor.
In addition, my parents also used the services of a pediatrician, Dr. Cohan, who had an office on 103 Ave. as well. He had 2 daughters named Caroline and Marjorie. I wonder if anyone recalls them or him.
Added: October 18, 2011


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

I remember Dr. Grilli - he was a wonderful caring doctor.
He treated both of our kids until we moved to Florida in 1995. If they started crying in the exam room he said it was music to his ears.
He was a big advocate for breastfeeding - said his mother nursed him until he started school (hope he was kidding!)
Added: October 17, 2011


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Barbara Baas
From: Ozone Park
E-mail:

Mike Palladino:
Of course I remember Dr. Bucci - what a kind and caring Doctor. As far as I remember, his practice was taken over by Dr. Grilli - another kind and compassionate Doctor who treated my kids into their 20's.
Does anyone remember him?
Added: October 17, 2011


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

John Trainor:
Smokey Park was my hangout. The only names I recognize are Martin (who lived across the street, in the building where I was born) and my cousin Jerry. All were a few years older than I.
Added: October 17, 2011


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Maureen Anderson
From: Atlantic Beach, FL
E-mail:

My whole family saw Dr. Kopet.
His office was on Metropolitan and 124th Street. He also made house calls. Took care of us for everything from pneumonia to piercing my ears.
Our favorite hang out was Bernie's candy store. Penny candy and Archie comics. We bought everything there... school supplies, makeup, candles from the synagogue across the street during the blackout.
Added: October 16, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Seeing the Maurer name reminds me of the family by that name that lived on 118th St between Liberty & 103rd Ave, any relation?
Art Bornschien Sr, given your address, did you hang out in the schoolyard at 124th St?
Some names from the fellows who played ball there were, Bob Belanti, Paul Martin, Billy Cummings, and Vic Krosnecki. Oh, and a tall guy who played the drums, Jerry Bornschien.
Regards to all the old Richmond Hillers, a wonderful place.
Added: October 16, 2011


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

Does anyone remember Dr. Bucci...
He was a pediatrician. Lived in a big victorian house on 102nd St. off of Liberty Ave. He had two kids... a daughter named Lucia, and a son named Eddie. Eddie died after a track meet practice... His father died soon after, never recovering from the loss.
House was torn down and replaced with a brick monster... Very sad...
Added: October 16, 2011


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

My wife Rose was a patient of Dr. Fishman from when she 4 yrs old.
He was supposed to have delivered our first son in 1967, but never showed up. He was another "Dr." who would treat you with a cigarette in his mouth. His cousin owned a pharmacy on 150 St. off of Liberty Ave. (Fishman's Phar.) (Who needs a stinkin' prescription anyway).
Lawrence Maurer:
I remember Charlie Maurer who used to hang out with me and Pete Buxton at the hobby shop on the opposite corner of my apartment house, 125th & "Jerome".
Remind Charlie about the time we did a fake baseball bat attack with a plastic bat and fled in his car, and the cops came by his house.
Added: October 15, 2011


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Tom Moylan
From: Bayshore, New York
E-mail: sfacheem@optonline.net

Hi Jim,
I lived on Hillside Ave & 124 St. Went to PS 54, JHS 217, R.H.H.S Grad 1969.
Added: October 15, 2011


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Lawrence Maurer
From: San Diego
E-mail:

Anybody know me?
I lived on 125 Street between 97th and Jerome Avenue in RH. Lawrence Maurer
Added: October 15, 2011


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

wasn't Dr. Morse the same one whose wife taught at P.S. 100?
Added: October 14, 2011


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Chris Smith
From: Floral Park
E-mail:

How about Dr. Skeivys on 105th Street. He was a really nice guy.
He was the only doctor I knew who would smoke cigarettes as he treated you.
Added: October 13, 2011


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Thomas Kilkenny
From: Fort Mill, SC
E-mail: tng9134@comporium.net

Would like to communicate with graduates of SBJL in 1950.
Added: October 13, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Mark Grossane,
I posted Oct 5th about a trip to a doctors office but couldn't remember the doctors name, you have supplied it.
Dr Lustig rented out the upstairs apartment to the Karp family, whose son Pete was a friend. So you might say I spent a lot of time in the building. Thanks.
Added: October 13, 2011


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

Hello, Does anyone recall the 92nd Street and Jamaica Ave, Second Floor Dental Clinic --
12 Dentists, no waiting Dr Headlock at your service. Never Never have soft enamel teeth and have to go here, it struck fear in my heart when we were ferreted out of PS 66 to go for the dreaded Dental Exam, Yikes.
I think Dr Headlock graduated to the US Air Force cause I met up with him in Biloxi, Air Force Base in 1963, oh joy!!! Strikes fear in my heart today and I still have my teeth. LOL... Ken Ball, San Diego
Added: October 13, 2011


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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando, Florida
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com

more about doctors...
I recall our family DR Morris Fishman located off of Parsons Blvd around the corner from Hillcrest High School. He was our family doctor fron the 1950's until the 1980's when he retired. He was an MD Obstetrician, Pediatician.
He only recommeneded his patients to another Dr if it was nesessary. His waiting room was first come first servewith no receptionist. He was affiliated with Jamacia Hospital, Deepdale, and Hillcrest General. He made house calls and I remember him making a house call for me on Christmas Eve.He was a joker and never overcharged. I must say that doctors of today are in the high technolog of learning but sometimes have forgotten that there patients are human . Well any way I feel that
I was blessed with the medical treatment I received back then and would like to hear from anyone else that was a patient of Dr Fishman. The best to all, Phyllis Pollano Martell
Added: October 12, 2011


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Mark Grossane
From: Watertown, CT
E-mail: markairborne79@aol.com

Saul Lustig, MD whose office was in the lower level of a house at 103rd Ave. and 118th St. was a compassionate man who cared for my family from the late 1950's through the 1970's.
Would make house calls whenever he was needed. His son Michael and I were at Fordham together in the late 60's.
Always great to come back to this site.
Added: October 12, 2011


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

I remember Dr. Mailman.
One day, in 1950, I was standing on the sidewalk, watching some other kids playing ball on a lawn. They were using a regulation baseball bat and the usual pink "spaldeen". The batter swung and missed, let go of the bat (inadvertently) and the bat sailed right into my forehead.
After packing the wound in ice, I went home. My mother wasn't happy with me, so she made me practice my piano assignments until my father got home about an hour and a half later. He took one look and said that I needed stitches.
Dr. Mailman was the closest MD to our house, so off we went. I ended up with 12 stitches above my left eye (the scar is still visible all these years later) and a tetanus shot that hurt more than the stitches did. Because they were afraid that I might also have a concussion, they made me sleep flat on my back, no pillow, and woke me up every 2 hours all night long (why, I don't know!)
In April of 1950 I had to have an emergency appendectomy and that was done in Jamaica Hospital by a Dr. Barber who had an office on 122 or 123 St. between Jamaica and Hillside Avenues.
All in all, 1950 was not a good medical year for me.
Added: October 12, 2011


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philip grombliniak
From: levittown
E-mail: saberonyx@optonline.net

ON DOCTORS:
my father did some side work (repairs) on a doctors house at lefferts and 97 ave... they knocked the big old house down around late 60's and built some modern 3 family apts... he brought me to the house once or twice when he did work there...
was the name dr magowan... anyone remember!!!
Added: October 12, 2011


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Hank Haynes
From: Brentwood, TN
E-mail: jenniferhaynes8205@comcast.net

Dr Morse almost killed me when I was 19 years old. He delivered me in 1943 and was the family Dr for years. I remember him boiling needles when he made house-calls.
I had an eye infection that he mis-diagnosed and wound up being a case of epic concern. Back then malpractice was never considered.
All in all we survived and still ticking today like a timex. Regards to all.
Hank
Added: October 11, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

More about doctors...
recall Dr. Morse on 86th Avenue and 114th Street? Son and father were doctors. Old Dr. Morse had a trophy room over garage with all kinds of North American big game. Moose head next to stairs as you came in the front door.
Son Teddy went to Naval Academy and daughter Susan... lost track of her when we moved.
House was a wonder as it was fitted between two churches as I recall on the corner. Right across the street from us at 114-11 86th Avenue. And directly across from Richmond Hill Annex.
Added: October 11, 2011


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bob rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Not only remember Dr Buatti, he nearly killed me!
It was about 1960 and I came home from HCJ complaining of severe stomach pains. Dr Buatti's uncle, Dr Viviano was our family doctor, in fact his first office was on Bushwick Ave. Brooklyn, where I was born. Anyway, Dr Viviano was on vacation and his nephew was covering for him. Buatti said it was something I ate... long story short, it was actually a ruptured appendix that bust as my father brought me into the ER of Mary Immaculate.
The surgeon said I could have died if brought in minutes later. I "heard" that when Dr Buatti came to the hospital to "visit", my dad decked him, knocked him out cold.
Could be "rumor" BUT i know that Dr Buatti never treated any of us again. Dr Viviano was a GREAT guy and Dr. The office was as described, across from HCJ-111th St.
Added: October 10, 2011


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jim lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Tom Moylan,
I remember those heat treatments. I got some kind of shot and then the heat treatment for a broken shoulder. I use to fall asleep during the treatments.
Who could forget Jack. When we were youger we'd call him the crazy man and run away. When we were @ 18-25 and hung out in the bars like Shannon's, Sailor John's, and others, we'd buy Jack beers. The drunker he got the more he said he loved his beer. Whenever he got to bad we always followed him home, his father wasn't to happy with us but thanked us for bringing him home.
Where and when did you live in the neighborhood. I was there from 58-76. I lived over Bill's bike store.
Added: October 10, 2011


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

At the top of this page there is mention of doctors in Richmond Hill.
Someone mentioned Dr. Finneran, he was my doctor for many years as a kid. Then after he retired I went to Dr. Buatti.
Dr. Finneran was a very old fashioned doctor. Good but old fashioned. He was on 107 St and 86 Ave on the corner. They were the only 2 doctors I went to as a kid.
Added: October 10, 2011


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Ken Zaveckas
From: Gettysburg, Pa
E-mail:

How about Dr. Katz, on 103rd ave about 123rd or 124th street.
Another "old style" good doc.
Added: October 9, 2011


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Tom Moylan
From: Bayshore, New York
E-mail: sfacheem@optonline.net

Dr. Wein was or family doctor to.
Jim do you remember the long q-tips he would stick up your nose and down into your throat? And lets not forget the heat treatments, all for 6 bucks. I remember my mother going to the pharmacist with the prescription and it would take him 3 days to get the the stuff to make it. Dr. Wein was a great doctor, my mother and our whole family loved him.
Jim do you remember Jack, he lived across the street from his office? He was mentally handicapped?
Added: October 9, 2011


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Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com

Dr Buatti was my doctor from the mid 1970s until 1990 when he retired. His office was in a house on 107th street near Jamaica Ave.
Does anybody remember a Dr Mailman on Lefferts Blvd back in the 1970s?
Added: October 9, 2011


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

Speaking of Doctors:
Many of you South R. Hillers would probably remember one of the most flamboyant doctors. Dr. Art Robinson.
He made many house calls to me, my wife, and my boys over a period of 30 years, until I moved to Sayville, L.I. But I would still drive in when necesaary.
He was great and used to ask how much I could afford. Duh! I don't think Docs today can even say those words. But that's just me (probably).
Added: October 8, 2011


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

Then there was Dr. Finneran on the corner of 107th St and 86th Ave.
I recall him (vaguely) putting a few stitches in my head at a very young age. His family may have lived on 105th St, and all, I think, were HCJ students.
(And a dentist on 106th St - a Dr. Sidney Jack. Did my best to avoid him. Always equated with pain!)
Added: October 8, 2011


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

The doctor discussion helped me to remember a Dr. Reed or Reid.
I think his office was on 101st Ave., maybe around 110th or 109th Street. Those were the days of house calls.
Added: October 7, 2011


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Barbara (Bobbi) Baas
From: Ozone Park
E-mail:

Does anyone remember Dr. Buatti on 111th Street?
As I was walking past his office early on the day of my wedding (Holy Child), I was so nervous I went into his office and he gave me a prescription for something to calm me down.
Eighteen months later he delivered my first child at the hospital that used to be on Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach. He also made "housecalls".
Added: October 7, 2011


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

To the Richmond Hillers,
I remember Dr. Stanton, on 104th street nearer to Park Lane South and he administered all my early Vaccinations, a very Big Pleasant man who was soft spoken to say the least.
At seven I crashed my bike into the back bumper of the cleanest (1947 Chevy car) Richmond Hill ever had and broke my arm, the Radius and the Ulna and all the Carpels were knocked out of the Tunnel and the not so Humorous Bone was broken as well, as the Dr. remarked to my mother, this was the best breaking of an arm he had ever encountered to date.
Many weeks in a cast and the Banana who X Ray-ed my arm was a prize package he flapped my arm around like a Spaghetti Noodle Oweeee!!. Next, the Dr. had to set the bones more joy. I must say he was as gentle as he could be considering what his X Ray Tech had done to me. I think his name was Dr. Shapiro.
The Mr Clean Man with the 1947 Chevy bawled me out after I got my cast on and he told me I scratched his precious car-Boo Hoo. I stayed off the bike for a while and learned how to write lefty. Adventures in Kid-dome!! Ken Ball, San Diego CA
Added: October 5, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Having noticed the comments about doctors in Richmond Hill I thought I'd jump in with an anecdote.
While playing a supervised game in the gym at PS 121 I fell to the floor and fractured my collarbone. It being the "old days" I went home and spent a painful night in bed, my father taking me to a doctor's office on 118th St the next day.
Therein and in short order, and with no pain killer, the doctor reset the bone, I emphasize, in his office. MD's did a lot more back then, I'm not even sure there were active emergency rooms at that time.
Mrs Litwin the principal at 121 wouldn't acknowledge the nature of the injury, perhaps fearing a suit. But a lot of things were different in the 50's, especially the practice of running to lawyers, a habit that increased with time.
Added: October 5, 2011


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

To Mr. Bob Wood:
We meet again! LOL Yes, Dr. Adams was very popular as I recall and of course very convenient. I know my family members used him and I'm sure I was seen by him as well. I somehow remember rather than giving us prescriptions, he would give us a little envelope with pills in it. He was still there in the 60's and the house was then taken over by Dr. Berlin in the 70's, who eventually worked with another Dr. there into the late 80's-90's. From what I see, it's no longer a Dr.'s office, no shingle outside. Yes, we all miss the personal treatment from those years, as things change. I am impressed to even hear that he was working on allergy shots back then when no one had any ideas yet. Maybe it's a coincidence, but Dr. Berlin supposedly treated allergies. Also, people used to think that Dr. Adams was related to the attorney, Mr. Adams from the neighborhood, though I'm not definate.
As for the Market's, I've known the name for years, since the 60's through friends/neighbors from your old house who used to play with their children. Their house was on 115 St., right near the intersection of 86th Avenue. Their children that I'm speaking about would have to be in their mid 40's now. I don't know if family or who occupies the house today though, but like the rest, people still call it the Market house.
The name Dooley's sound familiar, as does the rest, but maybe someone out there would know better. As always, it's a pleasure reading your posts and reminiscing.
@Ron - I know Mike Gorecki and his wife for many years. I'm sure he is related to your friend.
Added: October 5, 2011


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Jim Delvers
From: Gladstone, Oregon
E-mail: jimdelvers@comcast.net

Vince Glasser -
You must share the Potato Salad receipe. Please my family has been trying to copy it for many years and no one out here in the west can make a decent potato salad.
Willie moved from the NW side to the SW side when those storefronts were torn down.
The lot later became a Service Station. He later sold the SW deli to a nice Italian couple whom he shared the receipe with.
How about Tony the shoe repairman. I remember Pete the barber.
Added: October 4, 2011


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edith nadraus
From: floral park, ny
E-mail: edithnad@aol.com

Ron, Do you have a sister named Lorraine?
If so we were in Brownies and Girl Scouts together in RH Baptist Church. I have photos of us roller skating at Jones Beach with the GS troop.
My name back then was Scullin. Give her my best.
Added: October 4, 2011


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Ron Sandritter
From: North Carolina
E-mail: sandritter@rtmc.net

I heard about this site thru my sister who said there was a facebook site.
I lived close to the "Traingle"; the corners of Hillside, Jamaica, and Myrtle Aves. I went to Union Cong and have fond memories of Cub Pack and Scout Troop 8.
My family moved to NJ after my freshman year of High School where I attended the Annex across from the Church. I went to PS 51 and PS 90.
I used to play with my friends on the dead end street around the block from me and also remember a barn at the back of one of the homes.
Kids names I used to hang around with are: Ronnie Gorecki (whose father owned a bakery), a kid named Frank, Tom and Kirk Russell, and Thomas Pravada. Two girls I used to "admire" in grade school were Diane and Linda. I also remember a girl named Bonnie from Kindergarden. A girl named Maureen always used to get me in trouble!
Added: October 2, 2011


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

Speaking of doctors does anyone recall Dr. Adams who practiced across the street from Holy Child Jesus Church on 86th Avenue?
Good guy for the whole family. Those were the days of housecalls (1950's) even in the snow. He was working on allergy shots even in those days.
As always, good to read the comments about good old Richmond Hill. My sister, Alice D. Wood then, lives in Atlanta and is amazed when I tell her about the information we share.
I'll try this again: does anyone recall the Markets, the Foreys, the Cummings, Erwins, Dooleys, from 1950's? Best to all...
Added: October 2, 2011


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jim lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To David Becker,
Dr. Wein was our family doctor for about 10 years. It was in the mid 60's. His office was on the corner of 127th st and 103rd av.
He was a great doctor with a dry sense of humor. I wish doctor's charge what he charged back then. His office visits were 6 bucks then. My co-pay is more than that.
Hope you hear from more people.
Added: October 2, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
David Becker
From: Los Angeles, Calif.
E-mail: wheelchman@aol.com

Does anyone remember my grandfather Dr. Morris Wein?
He lived in Richmond Hill and practiced medicine in the area. I would love to hear about him. Thank you.
Added: October 1, 2011


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

Hi Paul,
I believe that is true - no more baseball or basketball teams at RHHS. It's a sad day in America when a high school that had such good teams in the 60's no longer has a sports program.
Hey if any one from RH is living in Southern CA, please get in touch, Bob.
Added: September 30, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
yolanda yolanda
From: bronx
E-mail:

I used to work with Diana Perez in the late 70's in the automobile club of ny, broadway and 62nd street.
I am looking to make contact with her but the only thing I remember is she lived off of atlantic bld around 110th st. If anyone knows of her please write in, thank you so much, that might be her maiden name.
Added: September 27, 2011


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

The deli on the NW side of Atlantic Ave. and Lefferts Blvd was Willies. It was owned by Willie Wilhelm, and yes he did make the best potato salad.
I worked for him after school growing up. And yes, I do have the recipe!
Added: September 25, 2011


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Hank Haynes
From: Brentwood, TN
E-mail: jenniferhaynes8250@comcast.net

I remember 2 deli's at Lefferts & Atlantic.
One on the NW side of Atlantic and the other on the SW side of Atlantic. Both were decent but the one on the NW side did have great potato salad.
How about Pete Maltese the barber on the NW side, I had my first haircut there in 1944. He always had an open bar around the Holidays and played his guitar if business was slow.
Also later on... Emil Jonza and Lenihans (Also the Brown Jug ) best sports bar ever. At 70 years old I bet he still pitches softball. Played HS ball with him at RHHS in the early 60's. He was good then and most likely better now.
RH was a great place to grow up... regards to everyone from there. Hank Haynes
Added: September 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
john mc cabe
From: hauppaugue, ny
E-mail: sscabe@aol.com

I am looking for a person who lived in richmond hill in the 1920's approx.
the surname is winkel, maiden name is rooney. originally from co monaghan, ireland. thanks if you have any info.
Added: September 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Rene Denevan
From: Santa Cruz, California
E-mail:

Hi Jim,
It could be. Do you remember "Willy's" stature (to further try and identify him); my mom said that he was a small man, maybe 5'4", kindly, and was well known/liked in Richmond Hill/Queens.
Do you remember the name of the deli?
Added: September 23, 2011


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

Rene, Would that be Willie's deli on Lefferts and Atlantic?
Best Potato Salad ever.
Added: September 22, 2011


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

Jeff:
Went on line (Forest park site) and it list's it as being operational. It also has a current Phone# on the site.
Added: September 22, 2011


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

Hi, what's going on with the Carousel? Have not heard any news on it. Opening soon in the Spring?
If anyone knows please post. Just curious about the whole mess. Thanks, Jeff Costigan

Added: September 21, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Lenette Glass
From: TN
E-mail: lenette28135@gmail.com

Does anyone know a man about 77 years old who may have lived in Richmond Hill as a child?
Also, does anyone remember a large two story brick house with an observatory on top on 111th Street in Richmond Hill? Is it still standing?
Added: September 20, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Rich Barcia
From: Rock Hill, SC
E-mail: richbarcia@comporium.net

This is my first comment but I have been following the comments for some time. Richmond Hill was one great place to live and I made many great friends.
Recently got together with Rich Massey, Ralph Munoz, John O'Neal, Joe Saporito, Tom Flood, Pete Daria, Mike Kummer, Pat Mahoney. All from R.H., Mickey's, and Smokey Park. It was a great night and we will be doing it again.
Need more names and numbers to contact. It would be great if the next meeting has many more of the old crowd.
Added: September 20, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Thomas J Tarnovska
From: norfolk va
E-mail: Tomjt63@yahoo.com

Lived in Richmond Hill from '72-'80 n '85-'92.
Best friend was Lou Cannlonga. Miss the softball games on the corners of 115 st and 95 ave by the blind home and Vito n Steven's house.
It was the '70s. Any one play in those games? Let me know.
Added: September 19, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Rene Denevan
From: Santa Cruz, California
E-mail:

My mother ANITA SEISLER graduated from RHHS in 1949.
Her father, William Seisler owned a deli/AP/small grocery(?) at Jamaica and Lefferts Blvds. (along with other locations), although she can't remember the names of the shops. Her mother's name was Frida Ackermann Seisler.
Anita left Richmond Hill almost as soon as she graduated and never saw her parents again. Does anyone recall what her/them/what happened to them? Thank you.
Added: September 18, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
steve lowry
From: red hook-dutchess county
E-mail: stiofanl@yahoo.com

Talked to Marty Peshler the other day. He is doing fine.
Congrats to Freddy Dorgler jr.'s son Chris who excelled in hoops @ Arch. Molloy H.S. Chris will be attending the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY.
Added: September 17, 2011


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

I hear that RHHS no longer has a baseball and basketball teams.
Please tell me it's not so. What disgrace if that's true.
Added: September 17, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Yolanda Holguin
From: Quito-Ecuador, S.A.
E-mail: yoland.holguin47@gmail.com

This is Yolanda Holguin;
I am looking for my best-friend Monika Miller. She is daughter to John and Ruth Miller (her mom is a German nurse). We used to attend Hillcrest H.S., but I lived in Forest Hills until July 1975. When I've moved to South America.
I received a letter from Monika's mom saying that she and her husband had moved to Pennsylvania, while Monika decided to stay at Mary Di Angelo's, their close friend and neighbor. Monika would be moving to live in Florida by the end of summer.
Monika's sister's name is Marianne, John and Greg are her brothers.
Monika I'd like to keep in touch with you! Your family was always very kind and dear to me.
Added: September 16, 2011


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

SBJL swim team??? I
didn't know they even had a pool :-)
Added: September 13, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
cecelia dunne
From: eastport, new york
E-mail: cedunne812@aol.com

Well said Richie.
We of the Mickey's Family and St. Benny's '59 will never forget Bobby. He is a true hero of Richmond Hill.
Thanks for adding your comment. Ceil and Bob
Added: September 13, 2011


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Richard Massey
From: Manhattan
E-mail: masseyrf@yahoo.com

To all,
On this the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the WTC lets take a moment to remember a true American hero and son of Richmond Hill, Lt. Robert Nagel NYFD.
Bob was a graduate of SBJL (1959) Archbishop Molloy H.S., St. John's U., and a Viet-nam vet.
Bob made the ultimate sacrifice ten years ago today, he is not forgotten by his friends from Smokey park and Mickey's tavern.
Please remember Bob, his wife and daughter in your prayers.
Added: September 12, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
steve lowry
From: red hook-dutchess county
E-mail: stiofanl@yahoo.com

116 st between 97 + 101 ave. early 1960s.
Goddards, Ferrins, Keatings, McQuillans, Lowrys, Mustos, Peshlers, Kanes, Petersens, Angersens, Gordons, Whites, and Heffernans. Watta group of wonderful people, neighbors, athletes!!
As the song says: u don't know wat u got til its gone!!
Added: September 11, 2011


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

To all,
God Bless all who lost their lives (And Their Families) in the 9/11 tragedy. I think this period of healing will be aided by the Beautiful Monuments around the country and knowing once again the (American Resolve) is one of the greatest powers on our planet earth.
I will say a prayer today for all the souls lost ten years ago, God Bless Them All. Ken Ball, San Diego
Added: September 11, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
steve lowry
From: red hook-dutchess county
E-mail: stiofanl@yahoo.com

Re: previous note. It seemed that 116th contained half of SBJL swim team!
Added: September 10, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Rudy Hofknecht
From: Cary, NC
E-mail: etcrudy@aim.com

I lived in Richmond Hill from 1963 - 1988.
My dad Joseph Hofknecht owned and operated Hofknecht Brothers Cabinet Shop, located on 101st Ave. between 118 St and Lefferts Blvd. We lived above the business until we moved to 97-23 117 St, 3 doors down from the Milk Farm. My mom Gerda Hofknecht worked at the Kubliks German Deli diagonally across the street from the Milk Farm.
My dad built the first alter to face the people for St. Benedict Joseph Labre as well as the case that the Nativity scene was displayed in. My dad, uncle, and cousin also did a lot of work in the school, where both my sister Liane and I went to school.
I am very proud to be from Richmond Hill and will forever cherish the memories from having grown up there.
Added: September 10, 2011


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kathleen kay
From: manchester lancashire england
E-mail: kathleengraykay@yahoo.co.uk

I have in the Richmond Hill Archives many documents relating to my ancesters the HUBBARD family who emigrated to New York in 1844.
There are two relatives whom I cannot find anything about, they all at one time resided in Richmond Hill, their details are:
Elizabeth Sault born Dec.1910, adopted by her grandparents Isaac and Harriet Hubbard. (her Mother Edith having died giving birth to her} She later married (date not known) a Robert Earl Freeman.
The other person is a Louise Emily Harlin born in Brooklyn circa 1888, she married my ancester William P.Hubbard in London 1921. Sadly he took ill in Rome in Feb. 1922 and died. She travelled to Europe frequently, but I cannot trace whether she married again nor when she died.
If anyone out there can throw any light regarding these two relatives I should be most pleased to hear from you.
Added: September 9, 2011


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Mary Hartman-Frazia
From: Bucks County, PA
E-mail:

1st Annual Richmond Hill Block Party on FACEBOOK...
Just 4 days 'til the Big Reunion which is being held on the "Grew up in Richmond Hill??" Facebook Group Wall.
Rain or shine, near or far, all you need is a computer to participate. Pop in anytime on Sat., Sept. 10th to say hello and maybe connect with long, lost friends. Almost 2,000 forever Hillites have responded!
We hope to hear from those who have not yet responded!! We L-O-V-E Richmond Hill, NY!
Just copy the link for all the details and to RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132459393515434
Added: September 6, 2011


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Tommy Moylan
From: Bayshore, New York
E-mail: SFACHEEM@optonline.net

I lived on 124 St. and Hillside Ave. from 1959 to 1977.
Went to PS 54, JHS 217, R.H.H.S. Grad 1969. Had a lot of good times in Richmond Hill.
Added: September 6, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Joe Schaldo
From: queens ny
E-mail:

looking for old friend Diana Perez,
she used to work for the Auto Club of New York, Broadway and 62nd Street in the late 70's, or if anyone knows her.
Added: September 5, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Denise Martin
From: Nassau Co.
E-mail:

To Charlie Hand
Yes, I lived in the "other" part of Richmond Hill as a young child in the 50's and continued to go to Our Lady Of the Cenacle while living in what was technically Jamaica in the 60's. My early years were spent on 130 St off of Hillside Ave. Not many people on the site went to OLC (although I think Dennis Doyle did) or PS 54 where some of my other friends went to elementary school.
For awhile I lived behind Jamaica Hospital, which at the time was all old frame one-family houses that since have been torn down, but I continued to go back to 130 St to meet up with friends. I still consider it the "old" neighborhood.
We are still in contact with 2 of the families who lived there, too, the Ginocchios and the Pafumi family.
Added: September 4, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
CHARLIE HAND
From: RALEIGH, N.C.
E-mail: CRHNRALEIGH@aol.com

Is there anyone reading this that lved in Richmond Hill during the 50's on and around Jamaica Ave. and 125th St.
It seems everyone who lived in Richmond Hill lived around Liberty or Atlantic Avenues.
Added: September 3, 2011


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P. Garrazo
From: Mahopac, NY
E-mail:

Two things my friends and I had on our minds all day long (besides our schoolwork) were girls and cars—in that order!
Of course, owning a cool car always helped in getting a girl, but none of us had the funds to go out and buy a 440 Roadrunner or GTO. We mostly had to settle for the family Buick or (aarrgh!) Volkswagen! Some of us were lucky enough to have an older brother who drove something worthwhile, and was generous and/or foolish enough to let us borrow it for the night.
I lived near Forest Park, and in the early a.m. hours on weekends I'd hear the roar of those great American machines tearing up the asphalt as they flew by my bedroom window.
Eventually, as time passed, I was able to own a few of those dream machines, but, one by one, they passed through my hands like old friends who moved out of town for parts unknown.
When I see kids today putting around in their Civics and Altimas, I breathe a sigh of resignation, and think back to a time when American Iron ruled the streets...
Added: September 1, 2011


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

Marilyn, you have described the ladies perfectly.
When my grandparents owned the house next door to them (114-11 86th Avenue), they would be so friendly as they tended their garden and, with all the grandchildren playing in the front of the house and driveway, I'm sure we drove them crazy, but you wouldn't know it because they were always so gracious and actually seemed to enjoy the excitement.
Bob, I believe their last name was Dorenheim. Maybe Dennis Doyle can help out with the particulars.
Added: September 1, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
charlie wolfinger
From: 112-13 101 ave
E-mail: charlie845@aol.com

just checking out this sight, real nice people remember alot of things i forgot.
my family lived here since the 40's, we have a plumbing shop and its still here, owl plumbing. i have two brothers peter & glen and one sister joanne. i live in west hempstead now, sister fla, brothers in smithtown.
richmond hill has changed but its still nice, people are putting alot of money in their houses and all the stores are full, not the same type we had but better then closed up.
Added: September 1, 2011


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

To Mr. Bob Wood:
In regards to helping Madeleine, it seems that you know more than I and I'm sure you're correct. We all remember Gracie and Mildred, but never knew their last name.
Year's back I believe one or both were teachers. They looked very much alike, always together, going out in the car to Church on Sundays and many times we would hear them playing the piano inside, sometimes inviting friends in from what I've heard. The house was sold probably within the last ten years after the last sister passed. I wish I could be of more help, but all I can do is share some fond memories of them. I will ask a friend and if there's any more info, I will post it.
Good luck as this could turn out to be very interesting!
Added: September 1, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Maria T. Catalanotto
From: Valley Stream NY
E-mail: redwine@optonline.net

I grew up in Richmond Hill.
My parents moved to RH when I was born. I have a sister and brother. I attended St. Mary Gate of Heaven. After graduating St. Mary Gate of Heaven I attended Christ the King High School. I lived on 112th Street. I remember Sal Barcia from SMGH. I graduated from CK in 1971.
I went to work in Manhattan for the Port Authority of NY & NJ. I worked on 14th Street and Eighth Avenue. I then transferred to JFK Airport.
I married Peter Giannone and lived closer to Aqueduct Racetrack back then. I was divorced 18 months later.
I now live in Valley Stream and I have a son and daughter. Hope to see more entries of former Richmond Hill.
Added: August 31, 2011


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BILL ---
From: BAYSIDE
E-mail:

Have read many of the comments on your site and thought I would share some memories I have of Richmond Hill.
When Pearl Harbor was bombed, my father was 18 years old and at the Willard Theatre. Like many others in Richmond Hill, he immediately joined the Marine Corp. At the time he lived with his family at 88-18 102 St in a rented house. After the War he returned to 102 Street, got married and I was born while the family still rented the same house. Baptized at Holy Child. When the landlord wanted to sell in 1948 for $5000, my father decided it was time to move and we left for Woodside. Not sure I'll ever know why...
I spent what must be hundreds of hours of my growing up years in Richmond Hill. At one point, I had Aunts and Uncles living in four different apartments in 89-15 102 St.
I remember Lesters Grocery and Butcher on 102 St at 89 Av. My uncle rented one of the Garages around the corner from the store for what I recall was $8.00 a month. My Aunt would send me to the Deli on 104 St and 91 Av for six Rheingolds and two packs of Chesterfields... I was eleven years old.
Went to Nick the Shoemaker on 102 St just off Jamaica Av, Russells Barbershop where I got my first haircut was on 102 St south of Jam. Av. I remember Schwedes Ice Cream Parlor, Johns Deli, the small A&P right across the street which became a Pool Hall, still there. The A&P moved down near the LIRR Station. Bohacks near 102 St & Jam. Av.
My cousin, a year younger than me, lived at 89-15 102 St until 1963 when they moved to Bellerose. He and I spent countless hours playing in Forest Park, going to stores along the Avenue anytime, day or evening. Langs Coins and Stamps on 114 St, The Hobby Shop I think was about 107 St. One Aunt lived on 107 St north of Jamaica Av. I remember an Ice Cream Parlor near 107 St, can't remember the name. Walking on the LIRR Platforms and Tracks after the trains stopped running in 1962.
We never worried about anything bad happening, neither did our parents. Of course they didn't know about the Tracks. My cousin and I used to watch the kids going to Summer School from the porch of another Aunt's house on 114 St. We were sure that would never be us... How wrong we were.
I remember being told as a kid that the Jamaica Av El would come down some day. Not sure I'll live long enough to see that happen.
Recently visited Richmond Hill and all the places I could recall. To say things have changed is probably an understatement. All those places are gone now, so are the Aunts, Uncles, and Parents.
The Memories... we'll always have.
Added: August 30, 2011


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

To Madeleine Pierucci,
Not sure about spelling but we lived next door to the Downheims. Not sure of Mom's name but the daughters were Grace and Mildred. There are some folks writing in regularly that are still around the corner and might be able to help.
Our address was 114-11 86th Avenue. Marilyn can you help?
Added: August 30, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Denise Martin
From: Nassau Co.
E-mail:

Lots of comments on bars and churches since I was last at the site.
Does anyone remember the Tiny Nut Tavern on Hillside Ave. and 130th St? When I lived in RH, I was too young to go in there (late 1950s) but I think it was still open in the 70s. It changed hands a few times.
When I went to Our Lady of the Cenacle (graduated in 1966) the church was noted for the fact that it had been built as a "temporary" church in 1920-something until a bigger church could be built. That never happened, of course.
However, a few years back I returned to OLC for a funeral mass. They had turned the church around inside, literally. The altar was placed in what was the back of the church and the pews were all moved around so that parisheners now faced the back as well. They sealed off the old choir loft where we sang under Sr. Catherine Richard. The huge crucifix that stood over the altar area in what had been the front of the church was taken out and they installed a running water fountain! All through the funeral mass you could hear the fountain gurgling away behind you! One thing that hadn't changed—you could still hear the cars rushing by on the Van Wyck Expressway.
It was all a little strange!
Added: August 30, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
madeleine pierucci
From: Philadelphia
E-mail: madeleinepierucci@yahoo.com

BAUER (BOWER), DAUENHAUER (DOWENHOWER), AGNEW descendants in area still?
I am researching USA family history; these folks were 13 in all and came from Bayern/ Bavaria (Pirmasens: Dahn, Arzheim, Wollmesheim, Mörzhei ) in the 1850's before it was the nation of Germany.
RC, Lutheran, Evangelical Reformed, Jewish. They settled in: RH, G'point, Astoria, Long Beach, Syosset, Brooklyn Heights, Bronx. Philadelphia. Thank you. MP
Added: August 29, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Steve Hanlon
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail:

It looks as though Hurricane Irene was not too tough on Richmond Hill.
Whew...
Added: August 29, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
madeleine pierucci
From: Philadelphia
E-mail: madeleinepierucci@yahoo.com

Bauer/ Agnew family descendants?
I had German-speaking kin said to be in RH, late 19th C / early 1900's; they were Bavarians and maybe RC (and/or Würrtembergers and Lutheran & Evangelical Reformed).
My gr-grDad (1833-1870) was Franz (Frank) Bauer, a tailor; his daughter, Kate Bauer Agnew (1865-1943) lived in G'point in 1920; later in Astoria. Her kin may have been confectioners. Many thanks.
Added: August 28, 2011


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

Ken Snyder,
I also lived on 102 Street & 90th Ave, went to Holy Child and Richmond Hill H S. Was born in 1931 and left there in 1985 for Florida.
Added: August 27, 2011


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

To all Richmond Hillers & New Yorkers,
May you all be safe and dry from the impending storm Hurricane (IRENE). I pray that minimal damage is done and many people in California are praying for you as well!! Ken Ball
Added: August 27, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Kenny Main
From: Round Rock, TX
E-mail: kfmcpa@gmail.com

Raining on the east coast while it is 105 here.
What the h*** is going on?
Added: August 26, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
ken snyder
From: florida
E-mail: kennbtkn@aol.com

is there any one out there that is still breathing, that grew up in RH during the 1930s and 1940s?
i went to ps66, ps90, RHHS, I lived on 102 St.
Added: August 26, 2011


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

wishing one and all in the holy land well during Irene.
Added: August 26, 2011


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

I like stopping by every now and then, and leave a comment. I enjoy reading other people's thoughts on Richmond Hill.
Fascinating stuff. HCJ '69.
Added: August 25, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Baas
From: Ozone Park
E-mail:

Jeff Costigan,
In case the historical society cannot find the old email you are looking for, try searching www.Zabasearch.com for your friend Ed Shillito who lived in Georgia. Good luck! Barbara Baas
Added: August 25, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Michael Piccininni
From: Denver, Co.
E-mail: Michael28550@msn.com

Attended R.H.H.S., graduated Summer 1963.
Attended Union Cong. Church. Retired N.Y.P.D. Loved Richmond Hill, a great place to have been from.
Would enjoy hearing from anyone from that era and from Union Cong. Church.
Added: August 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Bernadette Casse
From: Tampa, Florida
E-mail:

You mean those smashing into the concrete poll, then smashing into the concrete wall, then falling onto the concrete floor CHECKS...
It was all in fun though, yea right. LOL :) Taking your frustration from the Rangers out on me.
Added: August 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
brian casse
From: pearl river, ny
E-mail:

marty spolans was a dump,
hey Bernie, I used to play roller hockey in the basement, remember those checks.
Added: August 23, 2011


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

hey dennis or tommy,
anyone know what ever happen to ox polker... or dickie bow...
havern't heard anything about those two guys in a very long time.
Added: August 23, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
tommy manzo
From: rockville ctr, li
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com

Brian,
Your garage was like "Marty Spolan's" south.
Added: August 23, 2011


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

Now this is cool!
A Casse Family "reunion" right here in the Guestbook.
Added: August 23, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Bernadette Casse
From: Tampa, Florida
E-mail:

Brian, nice of you to join the conversation.
Don't mention the bodies that turned up in our basement, only kidding.
You guys did have some good card games/parties down there.
Added: August 22, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
brian casse
From: pearl river, ny
E-mail:

hey tommy,
don't forget about the softballs, gloves, and bats that mysteriously ended up in my garage.
Added: August 22, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Mary Hartman-Frazia
From: Bucks County, PA
E-mail:

The "Grew up in Richmond Hill" Facebook group is holding a "VIRTUAL" block party on Sat., Sept. 10th.
Join the group any time that day to pay homage to our hometown and meet up with some old friends. We have over 900 attendees so far! Just copy the link for all the details and to RSVP.
Hope to hear from all the Hillites out there!!
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132459393515434
Added: August 22, 2011


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

Thought of another name and decided to send it along in the event someone will recall it. Margie Dempsey or Margaret Dempsey????? Anyone?
They lived on 111 Street near the school. First girl I ever dated at Holy Child or anywhere for that matter. Square dance. I was terrified of course but was probably 10 years old.
Sad to say I left HCJ in 1957 while I was in the 8th grade. More good memories.
Added: August 20, 2011


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Bernadette Casse
From: Tampa, Florida
E-mail:

Hey, Joanne
Great hearing from you, I could always make you laugh. How is Veronica B?
All is well in "Sunny Florida", miss NY at times. It is awesome to still be involved in basketball, I can hit a 3 now, didn't exist back in the Hill/Holy Child days. LOL
Added: August 20, 2011


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Rosemarie De Gruccio Jabour
From: Sayville, NY
E-mail: rjabour@optonline.net

I have great memories of Richmond Hill. I lived there from 1964 until 1969.
Went to OLPH (8th grade, hated it, the girls were mean and nasty, the boys were toads) then to RHHS, graduated in 1969.
I lived on Liberty Avenue between 109 and 110 streets, above the print shop. I hung out alot on 112th street where my grandparents and cousins lived). I got married in '69 and moved to Hicksville and stayed until 2008 then moved out here (long island) in Sayville.
Would love to hear from who remembers me.
Added: August 20, 2011


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Robert Scott
From: So Calif
E-mail:

Bern,
Actually I think it was "Old Bailey's". Remember working at the Salty Dog?
Added: August 20, 2011


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Flora Fiorito
From: Howard Beach, New York
E-mail: florafiorito1@aol.com

Just brought back memories of my High School years at Richmond Hill High! :)
Added: August 20, 2011


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Joanne Czaikowski Archer
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Bernadette- Bernie! Congrats on your daughter!
You were so much fun at Holy Child, hope all is well.
Added: August 20, 2011


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Bernadette Casse
From: Tampa, Florida
E-mail:

BAILEY'S/Austin Ale House
Added: August 19, 2011


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Nicholas Massimiano
From: Uh Long Island
E-mail: NickMass@aol.com

Was tooling around on google and somehow got on to the Richmond Hill Society web site and inquired on my last name and saw Tommy Manzo (Mongoose) comments about my dads Liquor store and the other stores.
As an FYI, Goose the Real Estate was " Ernest Oscar Dagger". Guess you were too young to remember we handed out leaflets for his store. And yes the store became a barber shop and the barbers were my uncles Pat and Sam. And yes who could forget the Lentini's. Didn't we all work there at some point in our lives.
Fast forward, had an absolutely fantastic time at the 100th reunion and hope that our 8th grades can get together for the 50th. We did for 20, 25, and 40 (well 41) but the group is dwindling.
And tell me again... Jahns is now Montazumas. Thank God the Keith is still hosting Bingo. AND THOSE SPEED BUMPS... CAN THEY MAKE THEM ANY BIGGER... LASTLY WHO'S IDEA WAS IT TO MAKE 108 STREET SOUTHBOUND...
Way too many memories but amazingly I can remember them better than what I had for breakfast. At least the Austin Ale House is still around...
Trivia question... what was the previous name of the Austin Ale House and NO it was not Regents Row. CIAO
Added: August 19, 2011


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Mike Batthany
From: upastate
E-mail: nicewrk@dmcom.net

"I declare war on constantanoble", catcher flyers up Joey Cutrone.
How the heck are ya!
Added: August 19, 2011


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Tommy Manzo
From: Rockville Ctr, NY
E-mail:

Bernie,
Checked out Nicole's website. Very impressive. I told Brian and Steve many times over the years that u were the best athlete in the family.
Look forward to following Nicole's college career.
Added: August 18, 2011


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

Robert Sheridan:
Thanks so much for your appreciation! Comments like yours keeps me truly motivated.
What did I get myself into!?!
Added: August 18, 2011


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

Dennis.
Time for another expression of gratitude and respect for all that you do in maintaining this site.
I really do have a full time job but I certainly take the time to check the RH site every day. Fun and fond memories. Thank you.
Added: August 17, 2011


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Patti Froehling Peters
From: 87th ave 102 st
E-mail: pattipeters53@hotmail.com

reading all the entries brings back wonderful memories.
growing up in richmond hill was the greatest. i hung out with joy stocker, bill heaney, bert cerdermak, anne carbone, and tom ozborne.
Added: August 17, 2011


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Bernadette Casse
From: Tampa, Florida
E-mail:

I am still laughing at the Pensie Pinkie ball. I actually bought one as a memory. It was cool.
The nickname Bernie should have stayed within the walls of 84-16 109th St but my brothers had to tell there 1000+ Pond friends. LOL I always prefered Bern.
We moved to Florida about 11 years ago. My daughter Nicole inherited the basketball gene and received a full ride basketball scholarship to Division 1 Kennesaw University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a freshman this year. She has a few basketball videos at nicole-adams.com or utube under nicole adams basketball.
Stephen, retired FDNY after 9/11, has 3 kids, 2 in college, just celebrated 25 wedding ann. Brian also retired FDNY a few years after 9/11. Married has 2 girls in elementary school.
Went back to Hill a few years ago, WOW have things changed. I used to work at the Coulters candy store on Myrtle. I worked at Salty Dog & Regents Row during college.
Later...
Added: August 16, 2011


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

"Berni"!?!
So nice to read your memories of the neighborhood and living so close to Forest Park. I somehow recall your brothers Steve and Brian introducing me to you at your house as Berni. The look on your face was one of "not too pleased", but we all knew it was in good brotherly love.
Hope all is good with you in FL. I saw your brother Brian at the HCJ reunion. Please say hi to Steve!
Added: August 16, 2011


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

Bernadette,
played basketball with your brother steve, how is he doing... if you talk to him tell him I said hello....
Added: August 16, 2011


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Tommy Manzo
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail:

Bernadette,
If u ever forgot your basketball, football or pensie pinkie in the park u always knew where to look for it. In the Casse's backyard.
Added: August 16, 2011


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Bernadette Casse
From: Tampa, Florida
E-mail:

Great site... The Pond... Stickball, Basketball (CASSE Family Ruled), Park House Fires, Sleigh riding down the hill, cross Mrytle Ave down 109th right into our driveway.
CYO basketball games Sunday night at HCJ. Saturday 5:00 mass back of HCJ church. Teen Club, Christmas Tree lighting across from Pond by statue.
Added: August 16, 2011


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

wow, peterson...
took accordian lessons there in 1960, never worked out, just like the alterboys... why my mother thought this would be a great idea... well this is what happens when you had a young irish mother... women thought I would someday be a priest... good thing I followed my heart... lol
Added: August 15, 2011


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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail:

Hi my pal Peggy - yes those were the days!!
That point in time you never worried about the past or the future - just the day and time you were in at the moment! Not a bad way to live... then we grew up!!! Miss all our fun times!!!
Hopefully we will see you soon! Love you... T
Added: August 14, 2011


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Stephen Mistretta
From: Forest, VA
E-mail: smistretta@verizon.net

Hello Pam,
I certainly remember Eugen Crockett. His Brother Jimmy married Mary Hutch. Laura lives in Crossbay and Richie and I have always stayed in touch. He's been living in Orlando for many years now. I believe the 2 other brothers you were referring to are the Santapolo's from 116th Street. James and Michael.
Do you remember John Grilli? What ever became of Steve's Candy Store and is the old Pisano's still a bar?
Added: August 14, 2011


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

To J Santion:
Took guitar lessons in one of the back rooms of Petersen's during the early to mid-60's. I have a pretty good visual of Mr and Mrs. P.
The Gibson guitar I bought from them back then for about $150 now sells for 5K. Indeed the times they are a changing!
Added: August 13, 2011


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

To Susan Villaci,
Are you any relation to Louie Villaci on 88th Ave?
Added: August 13, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Good comments about barbers.
I used to go to an old timer on 114th and just off Jamaica Ave. Had a kerosene heater in a small shop. Guess I was about 8 or 9 and the heater set my coat on fire or rather burned a pretty good hole in it. My mother was so upset that she went over to complain but of course the old fellow said that heaters were not meant to have clothing placed on top. Funny memory.
And of course who could forget the Witch Hazel head rub down after the haircut. Right across the street from Ben Palino's house and directly across from a great little candy store. What else was on a little kid's mind? Ha.
Added: August 13, 2011


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

Hi Susan Villacci:
I am just curious, is the Jewish Temple still there on 102nd St, my friend Harold Meyer and his sister Judy both attended school there. Are any of the old Chestnut trees still in the area?
I lived at 8809-104th Street right around the corner from you but I left the area in 1954 a lot of years ago.
Thinking back Richmond Hill, was a fun place to start early life, it seemed to me to be very safe and a place where kids could be kids and go about their day untouched by the rest of the world. I made many trips to Forrest Park, fished in the ponds near the park, took many Merry Go Round rides as well as pony rides.
If the world could be a place to be to go back to, I would make it Richmond Hill, circa 1950 or so. Fond Memories! Ken Ball, Sunny "Cooler" San Diego
Added: August 13, 2011


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Peggy (Anderson) Bonagura
From: Long Island
E-mail:

HI T... Commenting again.
Heard another Pheobe Snow song, thought of you as always. I was just thinking about the time you and Joanne were coming home from a trip to somewhere, and it was like 10 in the morning and you were screaming up the block of 114th steet saying "IM HOME". Margharet and I were wakend by your shreaks, looked at each other and said "Teresa is back" and went back to sleep.
Those were the days...
Added: August 12, 2011


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J. Santino
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail:

Anyone remember Petersen's Music on 102nd Street and Jamaica Ave...
Took guitar lessons there during the beatlemania years from a young guy who was studying to be a minister. Mr. and Mrs. Petersen were nice people and you could tell they liked their cocktails after lunch.
Around the corner on 102nd Street was a barbershop owned by Russell, a gray-haired Italian gentleman who apparently knew only one way to cut a kid's hair - short, with a razor burn up the back of the neck! Traumatic for a 11 year old kid who was trying hard to look like a Beatle... these days, a girl cuts my hair, probably shorter than Russell's scalping!
Times have changed, but the memories linger from a great place to grow up.
Added: August 12, 2011


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Robert Bell
From: Elmira, New York
E-mail: bobbell@stny.rr.com

I attended PS90 from 1953-1957 then Richmond Hill High from 1957 until 1960 when I went to Woodhull Prep in Hollis.
My grandparents lived on 84th Ave near 115th Street. I was baptised in Union Congregational Church and was a member there until I was 24 years old. I would like to hear from old friends.
Back when I was young and growing up in Richmond Hill I was known as "Bobby" and later as "Bob".
Added: August 10, 2011


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SUSAN VILLACCI
From: 102 st and 88th ave
E-mail: villacci1956@yahoo.com

I live on 102 st and 88th ave. my name is susan villacci
Added: August 10, 2011


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Barbara Gautraud Sloman
From: Woodstock New York
E-mail: bsloman@usa.net

I attended PS 100... in 1946...
I remember Mrs Giles and a girl name Evangeline Rackages and Yvette Jaslow... I loved going to that school my first experience.
It was all so good
Added: August 9, 2011


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Eddie Quinn
From: Nutley, NJ
E-mail:

Paul, Thanks for commenting.
I played baseball in Smokey Oval and I would hike in Forest Park, put pennies on the railroad tracks, shoot off fireworks, enjoy family picnics near the bandshell, ride the carousel when I was small, and search the ponds in the golf course.
I am guessing you are in your mid 60s, which may be before those places became drug and alcohol hangouts. I'm considerably younger, and I basically did the aforementioend things, had a great time, and avoided them as hangouts. Unfortunately, several of my friends didn't, and many never made it out of HS, and none through college as a result.
Glad you had a good time also growing up in RH. My point wasn't those venues, but the fascination with the drugs and alcohol around RH. In my college years, I'd often go for a beer after playing a sport, or even after working night crew in a local business. It was embarrassing and pitiful to see 50 and 60 somethings in a bar at 8 AM putting down a shot or two to steady their hands.
Again, not trying to offend anyone, but the glamorization of drunkedness and drugs is something RH (and any other neighborhood) can do without, especially by adults.
Added: August 9, 2011


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

agree Paul, he must of been a shelted child...
richmond hill was a great neighborhood to grow up in... so many kids and so many places to have fun...
forest park was a magnet for kids as was smokey park, the boys club, richmond hill high school swimming, the dances at the grammer schools on friday nights... st bennies, holy child... teen clubs... guess he missed out on all of them... lol
Added: August 9, 2011


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

In response to Eddie Quinn's post about the parks becoming drug havens in the '60s:
I spent every day in the summer of 1969 at Smokey Park. It seems we played softball all morning and handball all afternoon. I recall the basketball courts always full, the kiddie park always full of moms and kids.
Maybe I have a distorted sense of the past, but I don't recall any drug use. Now, at night, that may have been a different story, but during the day, Smokey Park was a safe place to be.
As an aside, when I tell people from the suburbs that we played softball on concrete, they stare at me in disbelief. I never gave it a second thought; we even slid into (onto?) the bases on occasion.
Added: August 9, 2011


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

Hi, have a question:
Can someone at the Historical Society please look under older posts and mail me the email for Ed & Marilyn Shillito, used to live next door to me on 108 St.
They live in Georgia now. They posted a few times here. I wrote them once but don't know what I did with the address.
If any one can find it please email it to me, would really appreciate it.
Thanks a Million!!, really hope to hear from you very soon. Jeff Costigan
Added: August 8, 2011


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

To Quinn:
You sound like you didn't like RH at all. If you didn't like Forest park or Smokey park growing up, then what did you do?
Everyone went to either park had great times in both. Sorry you mised out.
Added: August 8, 2011


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

I'd like to thank Eddie Quinn for his insight and honest criticism concerning the Bars, or "Gin Mills" as they were often called.
We all at one point in time had some fascination with them, sort of a rite of passage in growing up, but beyond that, a lot of us, and I include myself and family, have some bad memories in our lives caused by alchohol...
Like smoking tobacco, we didn't realize the long term problems associated with that, but how many of us have quit, or tried to quit, after years of smoking? How many of our childhood friends have died earlier in life than God intended, because of it?
My father was a great guy, good sense of humor, smart, creative - but Alcohol robbed him of those talents and replaced them with anger and bitterness as he would go straight from work to the Bars on payday, and brought neglect and abuse in the home and to the family when it was over!
The Legacy - Momma died at age 39 - Alcholism! Poppa died 62 - Alcholism and Lung cancer. Oldest Brother died age 53 - cancer - alcholism and drug use... and so the story goes. I haven't had a drink of alcohol or smoked a cigarette in 41 years, and the larger part of my life and personal ministry now is dedicated to helping "street people", homeless, helpless, and in many cases hopeless, who have no where else to turn, mostly because of Drugs & Alcohol.
Now, I'm not on a witchhunt, and certainly am no Mother Teresa, but I am on a mission to help people escape the grip of these snares and killers of our children. My encouragment is to live life as God intended, abundantly and with His blessing, not diminished and distorted with a lot of painful memories attached.
I loved Richmond Hill and New York, and still do, but how much "Negative" change has taken place there because of the problems associated with Drugs and Alcohol? For me, it took a personal encounter and relationship with The Lord Jesus to open my eyes, before I realized what was happening - I pray that each of you have had, or will have a similiar encounter... God Bless.
Added: August 7, 2011


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Sylvia Hoffmann Cohen
From: Staten Island New York
E-mail:

It was definitely Smokey Park, there was also the park on 104th and Atlantic, and of course Forest Park Bandshell.
Anyone remember John John's candy store on 114th and 101 Avenue?
Added: August 7, 2011


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Dennis Meara
From: Boise, Idaho
E-mail:

Oddly, there were very few places to play in Richmond Hill.
After Smokey, whose name history is under deliberation, we had... ummmm PS54 schoolyard?
Added: August 7, 2011


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

yes sir Bobby:
It was some thrill ride taking the A train back in those days... first boarding the QJ, and getting off at east new york and tranfering to the A train... talk about taking your life in your own hands... if our parents only knew what they did for us... lol...
They were totally clueless in sending us off to those schools... good schools yes... bad times... especially if you were a white kid going into a black neighborhood with books and a tie on... The best part after school, especially if you were on a school team...
Me... well running everyday up to prospect park was another adventure... so many good kids got their faces kicked in and robbed... either you had to be fast or very lucky... but I won't trade those days for anything... best times of my life...
made me the person I am today... lol... completely nuts... lol
Added: August 5, 2011


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Eddie Quinn
From: Nutley, NJ
E-mail:

As someone who grew up in RH, I visit this site on occasion, but never post.
A few comments here raised my ire a bit. In terms of the love affairs with bars, I saw far too many fathers of Richmond Hillers stagger home drunk on summer's night to be impressed with posts about how much alcohol anyone consumed in their youth or beyond. Most of us left their fascination with drunkedness in their youth after college.
In terms of who were the real men, I always was impressed with guys who could hit a baseball AND hit the books, guys who could know enough to hold the door for women, and go around the passenger side to let them in first, AND guys who wouldn't boast about how tough they were, but wouldn't back down if challenged.
Although it's all in good fun, Forest Park or Smokey Park never really held any real appeal for me since both became drug havens in the 60's.
Looking back the things that impressed me most was the sense of worth that most parents imparted in us, the hard work that mostly blue collar parents made to make sure their kids would have better, and a place where church, sports, and decency were important.
Added: August 5, 2011


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bob rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Mister William Heaney is most correct in his assessment that Forest Park rules over all others, not only her neighbors to the "South"- (read Smokey), but the whole boro.
Mr Heaney, known as quite the character during his days at HCJ, was as I remember, a man of few words. Like so many of his classmates, upon graduation he endured yet another four years in a Catholic HS. For most of us, it wasn't an option.
Why go across the street to RHHS, when one could board the J train at 113th st, transfer to the L at Broadway Jct and get off in Greenpoint Brooklyn? All wearing a tie/jacket! These made "some" easy targets for "others" who translated our attire and actually carrying books to/from school as a sign of weakness.
I remember one such incident when "someone" had enough and when set upon by a group of 5 responded in kind. When the TA Police met the train at Broadway Jct, they found several injured people. One cop asked," where are the guys who did this?" One responded "over there", pointing to a lone male, wearing jacket/tie and carrying his school books. The cop said, "that's only one kid, where are the others?" The cop then went over to "someone" and said, "nice goin'... but its gonna be tough for you tomorrow."
Some twenty years later, Tomorrow came, in the person of one who decided he was going to slash the off duty detective with a straight edge, giving him cuts that required over 400 stirches. But that "someone" responded with his training and again the TPD responded, only this time they said, "hang in there, you're gonna make it brother". Only one was released from the hospital alive...
so what parent would want their kid to cross the street when they can have adventures that would last a lifetime... or memories which come back at the weirdest of times???
Seriously... smokey was pretty cool 2
Added: August 4, 2011


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

DOOLEY...
There was a great family of Dooley's that lived on 109 street in the apartment building on 86 ave...
Mike, Lee, and J.J... and they had I think two sisters... moms name was Peggy... and father name was Tom...
great family... seen Lee at the holy child reunion... very good basketball player...
Added: August 2, 2011


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Lorraine Gyss-Macholz
From: Live in Richmond Hill 1956-1974
E-mail: LRain7@aol.com

just enjoying the memories!!!
born and lived there till I graduated Hill in '74!
Added: August 1, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Ann Schneider:
I grew up in the 50's with a best friend James Dooley. His Mom and Dad and family lived on Bessemer Street behind the movie theater across the street from the Long Island RR trestle.
My parents moved in '57-'58 and I never saw or heard from him again. If I'm right the original father (may have been Jimmy's Dad) was killed in the war (WWII). Even in those days all the kids thought his mother was a beautiful woman. Maybe your grandmother? Any of this sound familiar?
Also: Jimmy's mother maiden name may have been Betty Quinn but it's been a long time since the '50's.
Jimmy did have a little sister, I think. Do you have a brother named James?
Added: August 1, 2011


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phyllis pollano martell
From: orlando florida
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com

To Richmond Hillers,
I really enjoy this web site as it keeps me in touch with the place i grew up.
I am asking if anyone knows the where about of John Cleary as he was a good friend of my brother Raymond & cousin Georgie Wilson and myself. He lived in Mrs Fords home located off the Van Wyck Expressway between 97th Ave & 95th Ave. He left there in the 70s and last we heard he was in California.
Myself and Bruce Williams would like to know what happened to Edwin Olivo as we heard that he passed away but never heard of anything further. Edwin had a brother named Chino and they lived off Hillside Ave around the corner from Hillcrest Highschool.
I now live in Orlando Fl. with my husband and have 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren.
I would enjoy hearing from anyone from the past. The best to all.
Added: July 31, 2011


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ann schneider
From: shirley, ny
E-mail:

Hi everyone.
My moms family grew up in richmond hill, i think on 90th st. This was in the 1920's-1940's. Their last name is Dooley. Does anyone remember them? She came from a very large family and stories that i have heard is that their street may be named dooley lane because the whole family lived on the block. Any feed back would be great.
I'm also looking for newspaper article about my grandparents marriage Quinn-Dooley the article title, Girl weds then tells mama.
They were married for about 2 months without anyone knowing.
Added: July 31, 2011


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Tommy Moylan
From: Bayshore, New York
E-mail: SFACHEEM@optonline.net

Hi Theresa,
I have the year book right in front of me and i'm looking at your picture. Sorry i don't know how to get a copy did you try the school? Hope your life has been good. Tommy
Added: July 30, 2011


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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Miss Bonagura!
It was WONDERFUL to see your comments about Salernos! YES, it was one of the best!!! Miss those days tremendously!! T-BONE
Added: July 28, 2011


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Teresa Lewis Lawrence
From: north carolina
E-mail: rev2751@aol.com

If anyone knows how I can get a copy of the class of 1969 yearbook, please email me. I would love to hear from you if you remember me also.
I sure wish I could get in touch with Mrs. Viola. My very fav teacher was Mrs. Reed. Fondest memories, Terie Lewis
Added: July 28, 2011


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Peggy (Anderson) Bonagura
From: Long Island NY
E-mail:

Its been along time since I have commented on this website. I still enjoy reading everyones comments, and memories.
To TBONE:
Salernos was one of the greatest ITLAIAN places to cater from when there was a special occassion. My parents catered from them when my Husband and I got engaged back in 1978 and had this huge party at the VFW club on Lefferts Blvd. and Rockaway Blvd.
Being the only daughter with four brothers it was huge... Also when the birth of our son and daughter came along, we had their christenings catered from them as well. Great memories!
Added: July 28, 2011


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Susan (Kummer) Frost
From: Yardley, Pa
E-mail:

Just saw the post re: P.S. 66!
I was in communication with a teacher who was helping to organize the Landmarking event. It was fun to be connected to the school again and to contribute some recollections from my years as a student there.
Was a very happy kid there K-6; 1961 to 1967.
Added: July 26, 2011


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

For all who attended P.S. 66. On June 17, 2011 there was a Land Marking Celebration for the school. It is now protected officially by Federal, State, and County government (Historical).
I am sure there are many of you who have fond memories of attending P.S. 66. Attended 1948 to 1953. Great years!!
Added: July 26, 2011


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Edith Scullin Nadraus
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail: edithnad@aol.com

Bruce Baumgarten:
I do remember the name and I actually have two checks made out by my father to your grandfather.
If you would like me to send them to you I will. Contact me by email.
Added: July 25, 2011


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

O'halloran,
just kidding... but if you notice I live in Wmsbg., Va... Also?
Added: July 25, 2011


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

Hate to brake it to all you south siders from richmond hill on here...
but the best of the best of richmond hill comes from forest park and 108st... period... thats where the real park is not smokie... sorry, smokie might have had fun for all of you... but the real wild men came from the north... and jackson pond was the place to be... lol...
all in good fun
Added: July 25, 2011


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Kathy Marsh
From: Stamford CT
E-mail: doinoyou@optonline.net

Great memories of growing up in the neighborhood!!!
For anyone interested there is a group on Facebook.... Grew Up in Richmond Hill... fun chat about the good old days and many old friends being connected. Stop by and join the group ;o)
Added: July 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Bruce Baumgarten
From: Hicksville, NY
E-mail:

To Bob Wood:
Thanks for the reply, and it's certainly possible, as I know my grandparents had pets. I'll check with some older family members to see if they remember, one way or another. Bruce
Added: July 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Dave O'halloran
From: Chatam, NJ
E-mail:

Bornshein.
What do you care where I am at. The important thing is I am from rich hill.
Added: July 23, 2011


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

Dave O'halloran,
Make up your mind, do you live in Chatham, NJ or Williamsburg, Va... or both.
Added: July 22, 2011


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

To Baumgarten:
Would you folks happen to have had a dog named Daisy? Silly I know but my father rescued a boxer (I think it was) in the 50's and returned to the Baumgartens.
Maybe completely different but if not it's a small world!
Added: July 21, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Bruce Baumgarten
From: Hicksville, NY
E-mail:

Does anyone remember the Baumgarten family on 111th from the 1940's-1970?
My grandfather was Hermann, who was a house painter and handy-man, and was the custodian for the Presbyterian Church next to his house. My father's name was John and he graduated from RHHS about 1944, and his older sister was named Mae Dorothy. Also, had some family that lived in RH with the last name of Boysen and Bischoff. Would appreciate any info for family history. Thanks.
Added: July 20, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Paul Galligan
From: Long Island
E-mail: pjgalligan@hotmail.com

To Phyliss Martell,
I read your post about PS55 with great interest. We share a very similar background a few years removed. We lived at 95-19 131st street, right down the block from PS55. I was the public school "black sheep" of the family and attended PS55 from '63 to '70 (My older siblings went to St. Benny's but when I reached school age we were suddenly "outside of the parish?" Another story for anothert time).
Back to PS55, I remember Miss. Haslack. I remember that whenever she walked into your classroom everyone stopped what they were doing and stood at attention next to their desks! I don't remember seeing Mr. Wiseman very much, he seemed to stay in his office. I remember all my teachers. I thought they were pretty tough back then but time has softened thoses early impressions.
Everyones favorite kindergarten teacher Mrs. Wilsey. 1st grade: Mrs. Greenburger, 2nd: Miss. Mayer, 3rd: Mrs. Silver, 4th: Mrs. Weiss, 5th: Miss Rabe, and 6th: Mrs. Brinkman.
As with you Phyliss I too went on to "Elizabeth Blackwell" JHS210. Didn't like that school much (but then who really did like junior high school?). Unfortunately with the construction of Hillcrest HS in Jamaica I wasn't allowed to attend Richmond Hill HS. It was a great neighborhood to grow up in.
Added: July 20, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Dave O'halloran
From: Chatam, NJ and Williamsburg, VA
E-mail: Dwoh61@gmail.com

Mark. You always made us laugh and see the brighter side of life.
The days at Smokey were very special... Playing basketball, baseball, softball, even playing "poison ball" in the pool.
The bars our dads hung out in were their "country clubs" to have a few beers after a hard day of work. They were very special, happy times with storm clouds in our future.
The very best to you bud, DaveO
Added: July 19, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Bob Fine
From: Commack NY
E-mail: robertfine810@hotmail.com

What a great site,
My mom would have been thrilled to see someone remember her store on Liberty Ave and 113th Street, Blanche's Boutique.
She has passed, but thanks again Richmond Hill.
Added: July 19, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
mark young
From: baton rouge la 70837
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

dave ohalloran, mark young to your rescue:
Nobuddy messes with any buddy from 127th st even when it comes to the youngs and the bar called mcgouns. My father started drinking in mcgouns in 1946 when they had me in new york hospital and thats the truth. So in so many words my father paid his dues in that bar and as far as you and i, we played together so many times in smokey park i cant remember.
All i know is that 126th and 127th were the best sts in richmond hill and they were the best days of our lives.
Added: July 18, 2011


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

These sweltering summer days where our homes, offices, and cars are cooled by air conditioning brings memories of what it was like growing up in Richmond Hill during a heat wave.
A/C was a luxury most of us did not have. At best a window fan would provide minimal relief during the hottest days, its motor humming and its blades turning out torrents of warm air. At night, the sound didn't muffle the sounds of elevated trains approaching and leaving the stations. In the quiet of the night, you could hear the trains arrive and leave from blocks away. Without multi-car families, the A-train provided a gateway to the Rockaways. Change at Rockaway Blvd for the A to Rockaway Park, or the A to Far Rockaway. (It seems to me one was the AA but I could be wrong). We'd exit at Beach 98th Street, and the view of the Atom Smasher roller coaster (built in 1938) was a prominent reminder that the beach was all about fun.
Non-winterized summer bungalows lined the streets, so tiny that it would be hard to imagine a family today living in such tight quarters, the single story buildings all in whitewashed clapboard, even then in disrepair with peeling paint and rotting wood.
Playland had a fun house, a games arcade, and assorted rides. Their logo was a large cartoon of a clown's face. A great series of photos can be found at http://www.farrockaway.com/carol/morpPlayland1.html
Midweek there was a fireworks show fired from barges off the beach, drawing large crowds. I'm not sure when they ended, but I'm guessing they were gone by the end of the 70's. They were great family events, and my parents would load the car with blankets and a steel cooler and we'd be off to the beach.
Crossing two bridges to get to the beach added to the adventure, and back in the late 50's and early 60's, even Howard Beach wasn't as developed. Even then parking at the beach was scarce. By the mid to late 60's, transistor radios had dropped in price enough to become a prized possession, AM only, with a single white plastic earpiece. A brittle plastic shell, an analog dial, and hard leather case. A tiny speaker rattle out the latest top 40 hits in the then music formats of the WMCA Good guys or WABC.
As teenagers, during weekdays and on weekends, every group of friends from Richmond Hill seemed to have a favorite Street to gather and meet friends. For my group, it was beach 108th street.
Added: July 16, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Mary Lou DeSalme Connelly Jordan
From: Washington, NC
E-mail: froglady52@suddenlink.net

I lived on 118th St, the first house on the right coming from Atlantic Ave. It is so neat to see people writing to each other and taking a stroll down memory lane. Wish I could remember names better!!
My grandma was Mary Allen. My mom was Alice and she had sisters, Gerty and Francis (Frankie) and 2 brothers Billy and Charlie.
Take care everyone and God bless.
Added: July 15, 2011


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

To Rob van den Hurk:
Rob, we have some images and links regarding old maps of Long Island. This map of Long Island is Dutch from the year 1656. For more maps, images, and resources visit Long Island Genealogy at http://longislandgenealogy.com/maps/Maps1.html.
Added: July 15, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Rob van den Hurk
From: Town of Oss, The Netherlands
E-mail: rob.vandenhurk@gmail.com

I am very interested in old Dutch maps of Long Island.
I visit NY State once a year and am currently looking for old maps or copies of that. Any suggestions? Sincerely, Rob
Added: July 14, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
joann cutichio rodecker
From: east islip
E-mail:

I started school at PS 100 in 1952 and Mrs Morse was my 1st and 2nd grade teacher. I thought she was really great. We had a 20-minute? time out for games.
Does anyone else remember that?
Added: July 14, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Robert Scott
From: Mission Viejo, Ca
E-mail: rscott@micros.com

Mr. Wiseman had a brother Joe.
He played Dr No in the James Bond movies.
Added: July 11, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

In what year was Mrs. Morse's at PS100?
Added: July 11, 2011


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

Hi, writing to ask what is happening with the Forest Park Carousel?
Any head way with it yet, find a vendor to run it, any time frame when it will open? If anyone has news on it please post, curious about it.
Thanx, Jeff Costigan
Added: July 11, 2011


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

Yes, it was Dadson's, and they were located at 115th and Liberty.
Mr. Wiseman owned the store, and I visited him in 1976 when I was traipsing through the Holy Land. His son Philip and I were in Mrs. Morse's third grade class in 60-61 at P.S. 100.
If I remember correctly, Dadson's moved to Cross Bay Blvd. at Howard Beach. The store on Liberty was katty corner to my grandfather's (H.A. Snedeker) plumbing shop.
Added: July 8, 2011


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

To Joe Cutrone:
Gee, the only Yogi I knew, was Yogi Panchin (sp?) who lived on 111th Street between 101st Ave and 95th ave. I've long forgotten his first name, if I ever knew it.
Of course, I grew up with guys who were named Head, Mouse, and other assorted nicknames.
In those days, you'd better get a good nickname becuase more often than not, they stuck.
Added: July 6, 2011


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

My old friend Rich Riccardo, with whom I've reconnected thanks to this site, pointed out the following;
I believe correctly: "They're going back and forth on Dadsons, Goody's and Dodd's on the RHHS site. Make some extra points, go mention Blue's on 113th Street."
Added: July 6, 2011


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

@ Joe Cutrone:
My girlfriend had a brother Clive Hartt and though I didn't know he played, I'm sorry to confirm, he did pass away quite some years ago, suddenly from an aneurysm.
Added: July 6, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Big Al
From: Queens
E-mail:

The two men's stores on Liberty Ave and Lefferts Blvd. were Goodys and Dodds I believe. I believe Dadsons was located on 115th Street and Libery Ave.
Added: July 4, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Michael Contino
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: NIS108@aol.com

The two men's clothing stores on Liberty and Lefferts Blvd were Goodys and Dodds.
Dadson was on 116 and Liberty (under the el)
Added: July 4, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Barbara Baas,
I never got to know any of the patrons by name as I had a more frequented watering hole in Richmond Hill, Liberty Ave, Williams Bar & Grill.
My brother and I would stop in the Willow once in a while, a quite place, a nice crowd. The family moved to Woodhaven on 85th st in 1957 but my loyalties remained in R H.
Good luck, thanks for responding.
Added: July 4, 2011


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

Yes, I think they WERE Dadson and Goodys.
Added: July 3, 2011


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

I lived on 132 and Liberty in RH from 1947 to 1970. I knew most stores.
If I remember correctly, the men's clothing stores near Lefferts were Goodys and Schwartz.
Added: July 3, 2011


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

To Kathy Silvis...
I think the two mens stores were Dadsons and Goodys...
gone from Richmond Hill since 1984 so my memory might be a little fuzzy.
Added: July 2, 2011


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

Dennis:
Tony Russo was in that band when I first joined it. It was more rock than country-rock then. But as happens with these things, Tony left the group shortly after I joined and the focus became more country oriented. That was OK with me because, as a drummer, the country thing was easy to play, and we played enough rock to keep me happy.
I do remember the last name of one of my band-mates - Joe Palisoc, only because I went to high school with his brother, John. The rest of the band was Regina, lead singer, and Susan on bass.
I fondly remember those days as it was a lot of fun. We rehearsed in a small storefront on 107 St off Jamaica Ave, and frequented the ZeeJay bar (mentioned in other posts) after practice. Good people, good times!
There was a large fraternity of musicians who would sit in together to play blue-grass. This was before country "crossed over". I clearly remember Clive Hart on fiddle in some jams. I had heard that he passed away. I hope I'm wrong on that one.
BTW - the band was called Kirkwood Gap, if anyone remembers or cares!
Added: July 2, 2011


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

To Joe Cutrone:
Wow, yes I remember Yogi! I have run into a couple of people who might know his whereabouts. I will be sure to pass your request onto them.
I had also played in a band with Tony Russo and Pete "the beat" Randazzo (drummer) who were also friends with Yogi and may have very well played in your group. Tony was a lead guitarist and we nicknamed him "Tony Volume".
I also "jammed" on occasion with Billy Paluso (sp?), Frank Melli, Ed Mailey (sp?), and the Maffatore brothers, all friends of Yogi.
I remember playing in their two rehersal spaces on 114th St. and Jamaica Avenue. One was the large office loft space above the former Uneeda Home Appliance store (all other stories LOL), and the much smaller space just off the corner next to the Corner Restaurant diner. Your name know rings a bell and I probably knew you but alas my memory is also a little "jammed" up. LOL
Added: July 2, 2011


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

Many years ago, in the late 1970's, I was in a country-rock band with four other people whose last names I never bothered to learn. We played the Little Brown Jug on Jamaica Ave a few times.
Anyway, one of my band mates was from Richmond Hill; I think he lived between Jamaica and Hillside Aves around 125 St. His name was Bob but everyone called him Yogi.
He played banjo and pedal steel guitar. If anyone remembers him and/or knows of his whereabouts, please forward him my email as I would like to get in touch. Thanks!
Added: July 1, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Andy Perovic
From: Home
E-mail: andypero@optonline.net

Dust in the wind.
If it wasn't for a name of a Sagiakos Parkway, I wouldn't had even known an Indian Tribe by that name existed 500 years ago.
Added: July 1, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
mike hedler
From: smokey mts. sevierville tn.
E-mail:

Whats the difference?
Jesus said there is only one way to the Father and thats through Him. You must be born again. John 3:3, John 3:16. So it doesn't make a difference what denomination you are, you must believe in Jesus and the One Who Sent Him.
Added: June 30, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
phyllis pollano martell
From: Orlando Florida
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com

To all Richmond Hillers,
Most of my memories are in RH, we moved there in 1958. We lived at 134-19 134th St and 97th Ave. We lived in a two family with our family the Wilsons. Our neighbors were the Chirwalicks family and the Edwards family.
I attended PS 55 from 1960 with Mrs Swanson as my kindergarten teacher then attended till 1968, then went on to Elizabeth Blackwell 210, then Richmond Hill High.
My memories of PS 55 were in the younger grades, before dismissal we would stand in the gym area and the teacher would play the piano and we would sing patriotic songs and like, when johnny comes marching home, listen to the mocking bird.
My cousin Carol and her mother wrote the song, we all belong to PS 55 Hoorah hoorah. There was vacation day camp and Mr Keifer was the head of the program brothers Raymond & Bobby, and cousins Jimmy & George grew up playing ball in the schoolyard.
I remember some of my schoolmates, Madeline Cavannah, Cathy Gimont, Marie Grillo, Laura Hansen, Raymond Scott and our fourth grade teacher was Mrs Vanora who Raymond Scott drove crazy. Our principal was Mrs Haslack and she took her job serious and then Mr Weissman.
I remember Jamacia Ave at the Christmas season and the wonderland at Gertz and Macys had the most beautiful decorated trees. Liberty Ave was so nice at the time with Uncle Jacks toy store and Sukons, Tommys pizza, Karps Luncheonette, Reginas Bakery had the best Italian bread. I remember my father Frank taking cousin Ellen, George, and Raymond to Angeloes Restaurant on 101 Ave & 126 St for the best pizza I ever tasted.
Friends growing up were the Williams brothers Keith & Bruce. Diane Teetman who I am sorry has passed away, Olga Olmochanko who was very smart. Was sorry to hear of the death of Edwin Olivo. Another friend was Eileen Messer. I remember Hershmans candy sore on the Van Wyck Expressway and Mr Schekks grocery and Tony's Bar and Grill where my father and uncle would visit.
I think I was blessed to have grown up in Richmond Hill as it was a very nice place to grow up.
Added: June 29, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
KATHY SILVIS
From: SEAFORD NY
E-mail: REEN727@hotmail.com

Does anyone remember the two Men's Clothing Stores that were on Liberty Ave and Lefferts Blvd. back in the 60's and 70's?
They were directly across the street from each other. Looking for the names.
Added: June 29, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Baas
From: Ozone Park
E-mail:

John Trainor
Back in the late 50's early 60's, the owner/bartender of the Willow appropriately described by you as gruff was a guy named Lenny with a wife named Edie.
I remember they sold hard boiled eggs (what was that about) and some kind of packaged hard chewy meat on a stick. If only I had the stomach I had back then when I could eat anything.
Do you remember Lenny Kowalski and a redhead girlfriend Ellen Sullivan who hung out there, and the Hoffman boys - Andy and Tommy? There was Louie Pasquerella who lived around the corner with his sister Patty.
It really was a neighborhood bar back then when people walked there rather than driving and as they said in Cheers - "a place where everybody knew your name"! Ah, the good old days!
Added: June 29, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

And speaking of Oyster Bay... :-]
...in the 50's we used to drive there to go swimming at a great beach. Dad, NYPD, had eye surgery from a Dr. Berrins (probably wrong spelling) who used to contribute his skills for the benefit of City employees at no charge. Ah how things have changed with all the wonderful health insurance.
Tip of the hat to Oyster Bay. Great place but way out of our pay grade!
Added: June 29, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
bob rainis
From: Long island/da bronx
E-mail:

John Celauro of Oyster Bay invited readers to "shake things up a bit... by contrasting churches (RC, with a late invite to "Protestants") and even wanted wanted stories of "clergy feuds and border disputes".
A month later, no bites... As a Lutheran pastor (no, we ain't Protestant) I would like to offer the following observation...
The RHHS posters have learned, "Love one another as I first have loved you". HOWEVER, I think the reality is more reflected in my former HCJ classmate's obsession with naming bars in the neighborhood LOL LOL... who can forget "JT's Ale House" 111/Jam, aka Purple's Pub... but I digress, my first beer at a bar, Mickey's on 101st Ave... age 16...
So John, how does a guy from RH get to live in Oyster Bay... inheritance?? LOL LOL
Added: June 27, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Barbara Baas,
I remember the Willow quite well, used to stop in there once in a while in the early '60's. It seemed to do a good business & had a big and rather gruff bartender on at night. I say that because he told me to pipe down once. I guess I deserved it.
Added: June 27, 2011


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

My buddies and I probably hit most of the bars mentioned, before we even turned 18.
The good news is, we didn't have a driver's license yet and walked or staggered to most of them. My local hangout was Finnegan's and McGowen's where my dad tended bar, a lot.
Added: June 27, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
CHRISTINE LAFORGIA (LABARBERA)
From: LYNBROOK, NEW YORK
E-mail: LAFORGIARUNS@gmail.com

Hi, I grew up in Woodhaven, went to Richmond Hill High School and loved it.
Hung out on 101st Ave. and also in Forest Park.
Added: June 26, 2011


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

To Jeff Donnellon:
I believe the RH Historical Society would be most greatful to accept these and place in their Archive Museum for all to view. I have forwarded your information to our President, Ivan Mrakovicic and to our Historian, Carl Ballenas. Thanks!
Added: June 26, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
jeff donnellon
From: MONTGOMERY NY
E-mail: JDONNELLON@hvc.rr.com

I have a small group of letters addressed to Mrs HA Griggs 44 (or 447) Greenwood Ave. Richmond Hill, LI from her son in the army in 1916.
Anyone with an interest please write. Curiously I lived in Richmond Hill from 1947 to 1955. Jeff
Added: June 26, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Barbara Baas
From: Ozone Park
E-mail:

To add to the bar list,
Does anyone remember the Willow Bar on the corner of Woodhaven Blvd. and Atlantic Ave. circa late 50's? Anyone remember the bar in Woodhaven Lanes on Woodhaven Blvd. and Metropolitan Ave.?
I bartended there late 70's into early 80's.
Added: June 26, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

To Stephen
Hi, its nice to see that you remembered 116th street in Queens. Yes I do remember you and your sister. The Pasquale's Maria, Larry, they were our age. Larry was in my class at PS100 and they had a lot of older sisters. For Louis had a brother name Eddie, because my sister Pat liked him. Stanley lived on my block in the apartment building.
Well I'm 59 and I still live in the same house. Do you remember Mary, Laura, and Richie, they lived on 107TH Ave.
Also let's see how good you are? Does Donna Grambo ring a bell, she lived on 107th Ave and 117th Street, Gene lived on 116th St. He had 2 brothers, maybe you would remember him better if I told you he had red hair. Also Michael and James, the first house form the corner.
Does any of this ring a bell, it's been a lifetime. Pam
Added: June 26, 2011


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

Thanks Marilyn
We too had rose bushes practically growing wild on the property line with neighbors in back. Bob Wood
Added: June 25, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Richard Koch
From: Warwick, NY
E-mail: richardmkoch9@gmail.com

I grew up on Grant and Atlantic Ave near City Line. I went to St. Sylvester grammar school and LaSalle Academy in NYC.
We went fishing and scuba diving in Cross Bay and Broad Channel. Movies at the Embassy, The Earl, and a bunch in Jamaica. We played all the usual stick ball, punch ball, stoop ball growing up. Everyone knew who was the tough guys were and always avoiding getting into fights. I shined shoes at Liberty avenue for 10 cents a shine and sometimes made $5.00 a day on a good day.
The Lynvets were the home football team that everyone joined at sometime or other. The summer was filled with rooting for the Dodgers or Giants. Yankee fans were hard to find.
I remember going to Rockaway Beach and going to Bill Manns and McNulteys to meet girls. We fished at Forest Park for Reds and Silvers. We played handball there also. I learned I could run a mile on the cinder block track.
About 5 years ago I went back when my aunt passed and it was a different look altogether. Time goes by and things change.
Added: June 24, 2011


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

Mr. Bob Wood:
I'm still not sure who's living or what the conditions are in your childhood home, as things are so quiet here. The house must be finished, now with flower baskets on the porch. It's not a bad looking house but it looks nothing like it used to. I will keep you posted though!
Mr. Tomacello, or as some called him, Willie, was such a nice man. His yard connected to part of mine, so we all used to speak often. It was before the days of fences and he was so friendly, always asking what I was planting in my garden. That's when we all knew each other.
As I just mentioned, before fences, a former neighbor of mine pointed out something to me years ago. On the property lines of every one of these houses, there was/is rows of rose bushes which she believed was the designating point years back, rather than fences or gates, which makes sense to me, seeming very accurate and at the same time, beautiful to be surrounded by them.
Has anyone else ever heard of this?
Added: June 23, 2011


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

To Johnny Walker and all other visitors regarding postings:
If ever you do not see your posting after a considerable amount of time, most likely your posting is going into the spam folder.
Please notify me directly with your posting by email and I will be sure to post it for you.
One way to avoid your posting to be spam is to fill-out the form with a name. For example, do not fill-out the form in the name field with just initials like R.H., please use a full first name or first and last name as the name field asks.
Added: June 22, 2011


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Johnny Walker
From: Margaritaville
E-mail:

28 out of the last 35 posts referred to neighborhood bars, yet I write 3 posts about the cars of my youth, and not one makes it on your website.
Maybe you should broaden your horizons.
Added: June 22, 2011


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Joe Jarvis
From: Fredonia, NY
E-mail: joe.jarvis99@yahoo.com

I lived at Myrtle Ave. and 111th St. from 1942 to Sept. 1950 and then at Hillside Ave and 121st St. until Sept. 1963.
I went to Holy Child Jesus school and then Bishop Loughlin MHS in Brooklyn. My roots are in Richmond Hill.!!!
Added: June 20, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney...
Are they finished with 114-11 86th Avenue? Guess it's a rental unit or units now.
Seem to recall the Tomashitis or Tomacello family in back of us and the Terenties across the street next to the Market family. Any recollection?
Dennis Doyle...
you are doing a great service to lots of folks from over the years. Note that all of us are cris-crossing the country and yet still have the connection.
Have not heard any more from Ben Palino but guess he is busy. No doubt he would have information about some of the gang I hung with in the 50's but maybe sometime. Bob Wood
Added: June 22, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Dave O'Halloran
From: Williamsburg, Va
E-mail:

Bars...
It was McGowan's not McGovern's on 101st ave and 127th st.
Added: June 22, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
george farrell
From: Missouri
E-mail: mcy2@aol.com

To Rich Culotta:
The first organized Sunday morning softball league was actually played on blacktop at 88 Street Park, Victory Field and a park in East New York (forget the name). It was called the South Queens Softball Association and began league play in 1963.
The bars ran from Ozone Park up through Richmond Hill. Tommy's Tavern on 80 St and Jerome, Main Bar on 80 St and Atlantic, Andy's on 84 Street and Rockaway Blvd, The Imperial Room on 115 St and Jerome, and Finnegan's on 126 Street and Jerome were some of the teams in 1963.
I am forgetting one or two that were down in the Ozone Park area.
Added: June 21, 2011


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

sorry dave,
mcgoverns was on the corner of 110st and jamaica ave... they had great basketball teams... they would meet gaffey and lynch in the championship every year in the long island press league...
mcgoverns closed around 1982... Big John died... he had sold the place and became a school bus driver...
Added: June 21, 2011


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steven c. theis
From: richmond hill, queens, ny
E-mail: redbird59@gmail.com

i used to travel down jamaica ave. and i remember the old ad on a building featuring 78 records and mobil oil while passing on the 111th st el on the jamaica bound "j" train...
hope its still there... im going back to the 90's at least.
Added: June 21, 2011


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Stephen Mistretta
From: Forest, VA
E-mail: smistretta@verizon.net

To Pam Jones:
Pam, for the life of me I can't remember you, but you know all the people and places I grew up with. I lived on the corner of 116th Street and 107th Ave. My family sold that house to the Rizzuti's and we bought a house on 115th Street near 109th Ave.
I knew Louie Lufty, Camille Scarpa, Stanley Zalkind, the Pasquale's, and many, many others from the area. My Father was known to frequent Pisano's as were other members of my family.
I'm 58 now and lived in the area until 1976 and am sorry we moved away as my old house at 107-65 115th Street was up for sale recently for $565,000. You may remember my sisters Barbara or Mary Mistretta.
I always check this site and have done so for years, so, please let me know if you remember my family. There's nothing like Richmond Hill!!
Added: June 20, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Dave O'Halloran,
You weren't the only one playing on 126th st. Some friends and I would play touch football or slap ball on that block, closer to 101st ave. The Aniano family lived there, near the corner. Tony and I were friends back then.
Thanks for bringing some of it back.
Added: June 20, 2011


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

Bars... McGovran's(?) on corner of 127th st and 101st ave. Had a great shuffleboard table.
Across the street was the Columbia Tile Company where we got small tiles to use to play "skullies" on 126th street between 101st and 103rd ave.
Added: June 19, 2011


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Gloria Eriavez
From: Port Jefferrson Station, NY
E-mail: geriavez95@optonline.net

Adding to the Bar List-
Mutt & Jeffs Bar, SE corner of 111th St. and Atlantic Ave. It was owned by the Westfalh family and later became a Steak House. They would put the drunks out on the grass to sleep it off. This was around 1945.
Across the street was Furci's. One of the owners was a race car driver. I ate my first pizza there. They had catering in the back.
Added: June 19, 2011


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TOMMY MOYLAN
From: BAYSHORE, NEW YORK
E-mail: SFACHEEM@optonline.net

How about the Duton Bar on 101st Ave & 130th St and Pork Nose The Bartender
Added: June 18, 2011


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tommy manzo
From: rockville ctr, li
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com

to Dennis, Andy, and Billy
I got served in the EL in 1968 when I was 14 yrs old and looked like I was 12.
Do u remember Steve Casse would have to sneak past the firehouse if his dad (Big Al) was working. His dad was Capt. of L143 at the time. And I was a Court Officer in criminal court in Kew Gardens for a couple of years and the Tiny Nut Tavern sponsored our softball team.
Our name was the "Criminal Court Tiny Nuts". laughing right now remembering this. tommy
Added: June 18, 2011


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Dennis Mooney
From: Redondo Beach, Ca.
E-mail: dennistmooney@gmail.com

My brother Don and his brother-in-law Joey Farmalow owned the "Old Bailey Pub".
I would bar tend on mon. & tues. Lots of fond memories.
Added: June 17, 2011


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

Tom Manzo: Look forward to seeing you Saturday at Forest Park!
OK, I might as well add my bar daze into this mix:
Jagermeister was the other bar on the south west corner of 102nd Street and Jamaica Avenue. A little further west from Jagermeister on Jamaica Avenue was the infamous El.
Like dear Andy said, this place would serve anyone. I remember word spread like wildfire up in Forest Park regarding the El, and we all checked this place out way before we were 18.
Other popular bars in and around the neighborhood: Red Den on Atlantic Avenue and 104th Street and Lenihan's near Lefferts Blvd and Atlantic Avenue, Ten Downing Street on Metropolitan Avenue and 118th Street and across the street was the Salty Dog.
Near Regents Row on Lefferts Blvd in Kew Gardens was Old Bailey's (now Austin Ale House). Further west on Jamaica Avenue around 89th Street was the Circus Bar.
But who could forget Fitzgeralds at Rockaway Beach!
Added: June 17, 2011


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

Tommy and Andy, can't remeber the other bars on 102...
Andy, yes the el remember that and the old forest... and their was the tiny nut tavern up on 125 st I think... if you dialed tinynut that was the phone number... also remeber pops on 112st and rockaway blvd... only had to be 15/16 to drink there... old man was named dick and was always drunk... could care less who drank in the place... it was right next to vinger hill
Added: June 17, 2011


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

I remember the Irish House. it had a small neon shamrock in the front window. before Al's Stereo, there was the C&F Bar & Grill (59-63).
yeah, there were plenty of taverns along that stretch of Liberty. shame only one I could be in was my parents.
oh, sometimes Mom would slip us little ones a peach brandy, but that was way after midnight when the chance of New York's Finest coming in was greatly lessened.
Added: June 17, 2011


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

On jamaica ave we had a few bars as Billy Heaney pointed out...
on 101st street we had the "EL" (we got in there with our library cards) then there was the Old Forest on 102nd street... they had a big shuffle board game, Shelton's on 104th, The Rainbow, and all the others mentioned and Cadigan's around 117th... Fun times!
Added: June 16, 2011


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Dorothy Loughran
From: Long Island
E-mail:

Does anyone remember the Faeth family? They lived on 123rd st.
There were four sons in the family (Joey, Jackie, Frank, Gerard) all of whom attended OLPH and then John Adams High School. I am sorry to report that Jerry (Gerard) Faeth, the youngest of the sons, recently passed away from pancreatic cancer.
Only one son left now - that is Frank. I believe he is now living in Florida.
Added: June 16, 2011


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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

What about the Imperial Room on 115th and 101st Ave!!
The windows were blacked out and they had topless dancers!! My brother hung out there.
We used to try to look through the cracks in the blackened windows and see if we could see anything!!
Added: June 16, 2011


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tommy manzo
From: rockville ctr, li
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com

hey dennis i'll see u saturday i will be there with my sister ellen.
to billy heaney,
connie's was not a bar. they didn't sell alcohol. they let u bring your own in usually from z jays next door. on jamaica ave and 102 st there were 4 bars one on each corner. the only name i can remember is the old forest on the north east corner.
do you remember the other 3? tommy
Added: June 16, 2011


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Robert Scott
From: So Calif
E-mail: lastcall.scott@gmail.com

The Irish House was between 109 st and 110 st., south side of Liberty.
Added: June 15, 2011


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

Thanks Barbara Baas,
O Sole Mio (Great Pizza) was renamed The Post in the mid 1960's and it looks like the bar I couldn't recall had at least three names... Irish House, Falcon Cafe, and Bel Crest.
I seem to recall the first two names but the Bel Crest is a new one to me. Now for the clincher... how many of these we all listed so far ARE STILL BARS??
Anybody still in Richmond Hill know? If so please reply, thanks, Frank.
Added: June 15, 2011


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

how about some more bars:
tom's on 101 ave and 112 st. and mickey's on 101 ave and 118 st. great times back then, and finningans on 124 st and 101 ave. i think i hit all of them and i dated the daughter of the owner of o sol mio, her name was marie defelice.
Added: June 15, 2011


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

McGoverns, Connies, Rainbow Room, Glenns, Mohawk bar, Brown Jug, Regents Row, Petes Place, Richmond Hill Inn, Just Als, Triangle Hoffbrau, Blue Swan...
still trying to add on... and to boot I think there all closed... except the Brown Jug
Added: June 15, 2011


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mike hedler
From: smokey mts., tn
E-mail:

What about the Rainbow bar on Jamacia ave 107 st. I remember hanging out there. The bar-maids name was Samone. What a place, great times.
Added: June 15, 2011


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Barbara Baas
From: Ozone Park
E-mail:

To add to the list of bars on Liberty Avenue - there was one on the same block as Gallagher's called O Solo Mio's circa early 1960's.
Added: June 15, 2011


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

I think we all grew up in a bar back there!
I remember cherry cokes and planters peanuts in a small bag! My Dad went to the Zee Jay and my Mom and neighbors occasionally all went there or to McGoverns on a Friday night. Us kids sat by the sidewall at a small table and usually ate pizza from Connies.
I too miss those days!
Added: June 14, 2011


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Big Al
From: Queens
E-mail:

The Bel Crest was across the street from Al's Stereo.
Added: June 14, 2011


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jim lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

To Frank Biscay,
That was the Irish House. Other places were Shannon's 125th and Liberty, Bob Bates 123rd and Liberty. Falcon Crest
Added: June 13, 2011


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Robert Scott
From: So Calif
E-mail: lastcall.scott@gmail.com

For Frank B -
Bar across the street from Al's was the Falcon Cafe, right next door to Sandy Weiner's candy store.
Added: June 13, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Just back from out west and got to thinking on the roadtrip does anyone recall my sister, Alice Diane Wood?
Now twice married but way back when attended Mary Louis Academy. Was accepted at Our Lady of Lourdes but really wanted the TMLA so mother got on the phone and saved the day.
We moved to Miami when Dad retired from NYPD and she attended Barry College and then she up and decided to go with a friend to St. Mary's in Notre Dame. Ha. We lived three blocks from Barry and 1800 miles from Notre Dame.
Anyway she was a cheer leader at Mary Louis and four years older than I so maybe someone will recall her.
And yes I do recall summer evenings sitting on the porch with screens, catching fireflys and a quality of life probably long gone.
Added: June 13, 2011


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Jim Kelly
From: NY
E-mail: cla1216@aol.com

Hello, just happen to be looking around and found this site.
Have not been in NY for some time, but I have heard the area of Richmond Hill has changed. I heard Jahn's on Hillside had closed, now that is a loss, back in the early 1970's that ice cream parlor was fun, I also heard RHHS no longer has swimming teams or even a pool anymore. But changes do happen.
Hello to all who left RHHS in 1972.
Added: June 13, 2011


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Robert Scott
From: So Calif
E-mail:

How about "The Irish House" between 110st & 111st.
Added: June 13, 2011


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Dorothy Loughran
From: Long Island
E-mail:

There was a bar on Liberty Avenue between 124th and 125th streets called The Chimes.
I was too young at the time, but my parents and their friends used to enjoy this place. It is no longer there, I'm afraid.
Added: June 13, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

My father worked in Pisano's. He worked at night Friday and Sundays.
I remember growing up in the bar. We lived down the block and my sister and I would run down the block and go in the back way.
They were the best times ever. People called him KJ.
Added: June 12, 2011


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

To Rich Culotta:
A few more bars... Galerghers (between 107 & 108); The Post (corner of 108 street); The Luau (was Sonnys) between 108 & 109 streets. Just to add a few.
There was another one bewteen 111 & 112 street across from Al's Stereo but the name escapes me. Keep adding...
Added: June 12, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Rich Culotta,
A few additions to your list, and maybe from a different generation; Williams Bar, Liberty near Lefferts, Gallaghers, always packed on Friday nights, The Violet Club, some menacing bouncers, and further west, Tuties.
Added: June 12, 2011


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

To: Catherine Tierney Smith,
"Hi neighbor", yes I believe we lived in the same building on PLS in RH. Thanks for visitng the website and posting your nice comments and words! Hope all is well with you in CT.
Added: June 12, 2011


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Rich Culotta
From: Baldwin, NY
E-mail:

Ever notice how many bars there were on Liberty Avenue between 100 Street and the Van Wyck?
For those of you who drank on Friday and/or Saturday Nights, then got up on Sunday Morning for Bar league softball and drank some more -- Here is as many as I can remember. Hope they spark some good memories:
Liberty Lounge, Mahoney's, Al's Stereo, O'Neils, Pisano's Short Porch, Bel Crest, Silver Fox, Nite Caps, InField Inn, Green Shade Bar, Sailor Johns, B&G Bar, Unknown Name 127 St & Liberty, Carlo's Bar, Kenny's.
If I missed any please add to the list. Some have changed names over the years so I might be calling it by another name. Have Fun!!
Added: June 12, 2011


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Catherine Tierney Smith
From: Connecticut
E-mail:

To Alice Ruschmeier Love:
Your mother was my Girl Scout Leader - a great lady. My mother (Kitty Tierney) bowled with your mom on an SBJL woman's team.
To Dennis Doyle:
I think we were neighbors on PLS in RH. Great job on this site.
Added: June 11, 2011


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Marilyn Knapp Lamon
From: Pinehurst North Carolina
E-mail: dlamon4@nc.rr.com

great website - brought back a lot of memories -
I lived in Woodhaven - went to St. Thomas Apostle - Delehanty High School - spent a lot of time at Chellis Hall, Malloy, Presentation dances... many afternoons at RKO theater and ice cream at Jahns...
Added: June 11, 2011


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Robert Pisano
From: Toronto, Canada
E-mail: leo7301975@aol.com

My Family lived in Richmond Hill from about 1955 to 2001.
I took some photos of RH in Summer of '06 and cannot believe the number of changes to the area since then.
Added: June 10, 2011


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

Jeff Costigan's post about Wilson's Hobby Shop brought back some happy memories.
Back when I was about 11 or 12 years old, every Saturday, my best friend (at the time), Jeff Cummings and I would ride our bikes from 97th Ave and 121 St to Wilson's shop on Jamaica and 104th. Quite a trip at that age, without helmets and elbow pads, too!
We would spend our entire allowances there, buying not just the kits, but glue, paint and other accessories, too. We were into auto models, those 1/24 scale jobs with racing-type decals. Then we would spend the rest of Saturday painting and building them. I wonder if kids still do that kind of stuff.
Yeah, everybody called the owner "Tiny". I don't remember him being 6'8", but he weighed about 300 lbs! I thought that was why he was called Tiny. Nice guy, though. You could spend all day in his shop without buying anything, and I don't remember him getting upset.
The store had a slot-car track in the back, I think, and people would spend an afternoon there racing them. Thanks for the memories!
Added: June 10, 2011


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Brian Gordon
From: Greenlawn NY
E-mail: parwall@optonline.net

I lived in the same building as Larry Cosgrove and am sad to hear of his passing.
As a young boy I remember his 1956 Cadillac and getting rides on his Vespa. The first two seat Mercedes I ever saw was his. Although he was quite a bit older, he always had time for us young guys.
My mother was friends with his mom Marion and his sister Patty did look like Liz Taylor. May he rest in peace.
Added: June 10, 2011


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Todd Brannigan
From: calgary alberta canada
E-mail: pba4life@optonline.net

Looking to connect with old friends that we use hang out with in RHHS school yard back in late 60's and 70's... Or Atlantic Bar and Lenihans
Added: June 9, 2011


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ray hansen
From: calgary alberta canada
E-mail: rayhansen@shaw.ca

Anyone remember Larry Cosgrove?
He lived near Metropolitan and Lefferts. His sister Pat looked like Liz Taylor. His mother was Dr. Blanks receptionist. He flew for T.W.A. for 32 years. I just found an old TWA site, Larry retired in 1996 and died in 2000.
Added: June 9, 2011


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

Hi, want to know what ever happened to Wilsons Hobby Shop on Jamaica Ave.
Bought most of my models there as a kid. The father owned it and his son worked there. The father's nick name was Tiny, he was about 6 foot 8 inches. Almost everyone called him Tiny.
I miss that store, even just to go in and look around. When it closed, the original sign was still up for a few years. Now its another store, don't know what.
If anyone knows what happened to Wilsons please get back to me. Thanx, Jeff Costigan
Added: June 9, 2011


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witkowki (steuerer) Maureen
From: Wellington, Fl
E-mail: coachwit@comcast.net

This site brings back alot of memories of Richmond Hill.
PS 62 summer program, Richmond Hill HS summer swimming(waiting on the side walk) Saint Benny's and our Lady of Wisdom HS.
Wonder whatever happened to Smokey Park?
Added: June 6, 2011


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Frank Hagmann
From: Summerfield, Fl.
E-mail: fhagm@lightningspeed.net

I lived on 111th Street between 101st and 103rd Avenues.
Many fond memories... what I miss the most is pizza from the pizza shops on Liberty Avenue.
Added: June 5, 2011


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Aurelia Santolla Kieffer
From: Midland, Texas
E-mail: fkief55224@aol.com

The Holy Child Jesus Class of '61 is holding its 50th reunion at the Mineola Knights of Columbus Hall on the evening of September 17,2011.
Anyone from that class who has not been contacted is invited to contact me at fkief55224@aol.com for further details.
Added: June 3, 2011


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Aurelia Santolla Kieffer
From: Midland, Texas
E-mail: fkief55224@aol.com

This site is great!
Reading the entries and information brings back so many memories. It is wonderful knowing what has happened to some of the wonderful places in RH since I haven't been back there in quite a few years.
Thank you to Dennis and everyone else who updates this site.
Added: June 3, 2011


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Theadora Giustiani
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: thea7@idt.net

To those who may be interested, here is a photographic history of Richmond Hill and Jamaica: http://queens.about.com/od/photogalleries/ss/richmond-hill.htm
It is not the neighborhood I grew up in. :-(
Added: June 2, 2011


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

To Stephen Spielmann -
I remember the Hillside Rollar Rink very well.
I grew up on 123rd street, off Liberty and each Saturday my friends and I would grab our skates and take the bus to the rink.
Those were such happy times.
Added: June 2, 2011


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

EDI -
I do remember Uncle Jack's Toy Store. My folks would bring me there as a child. I recall a store crowded with toys and I remember Uncle Jack, a friendly, but always busy man. I suppose the memory can hold just so much.
I had forgotten all about this wonderful store until you mentioned it. Thank You.
Added: June 2, 2011


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

To John Celauro's comment on St. Mary Gate of Heaven, I would like to reply.
Far from the "sore spot" you described, it is a beautiful cathedral style church and a parish ministering to over 14 nationalities. We still have the "bazar" and sell chances on a new car each year. The zeppole are as delicious as ever.
I was married from Holy Child, 2 of my children were married from St. Mary Gate of Heaven, and 1 was married at St. Elizabeth's on Atlantic Avenue.
If you have faith, any house of God you worship in is beautiful.
Added: June 1, 2011


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

To Mike Hedler,
Your sister Maureen was my first crush. I remember going to the store and buying an ankle bracelet for her and giving it to her before a party at Binky Jones House.
May she rest in peace. She will always be in my memories.
Added: May 31, 2011


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

Thank you Edi for your recollection of the Memorial Day parade in Richmond Hill.
I marched as a cub scout and later as a boy scout, a total of about 7 or 8 years. The boy scout troop 662 had a drum and bugle corps, led by Sal Occhipinti, a talented trumpeter himself. For months we would practice indoors, and then outdoors as the weather warmed, in the PS 62 schoolyard.
Marching up Liberty Avenue, it seemed as though the entire town would turn out, with the streets jammed as many as 8 or 10 deep. Early arrivers got exclusive curb side seating, and some lugged lawnchairs as well. As you marched, small cheers would erupt as family and friends recognized a marcher. If they were quick enough, they may get a keeper Kodak Instamatic photo, but more often than not, your back as you went by. It was special, important to be American, and important to honor those servicemen who had made the ultimate sacrifice in WWI, WWII, Korea or Vietnam.
Most of us today wish we had honored those Vietnam vets the same way we honor our returning heroes today. With all of our blemishes, we still live in a great country with much to be thankful for.
Today we thank and honor those who served in order to preserve the freedom and liberty we enjoy today, at their mortal expense.
Added: May 30, 2011


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

I remember marching with the Brownies and the Girl Scouts up Liberty Avenue to 132nd Street, where I lived.
The Roby Ryan Triangle was there. Wreaths were put down to commemorate the fallen heroes. This parade meant that the end of school was near. It was the first day I was allowed to have Italian ices. The Icecream trucks were parked by the end of the parade. Old cars were displayed and local school bands played as well as war veterans marching. Churches also had people participating.
Those were the days ,my friend. We thought they'd never end.
Added: May 30, 2011


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

Remembering louie willett and patty mccormick on memorial day in Richmond Hill.
Added: May 29, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Mike Hedler, who doesn't remember their first dates and/or crush.
In my case a red head named Dianne, I didn't handle it right and still remember her. We get smart, if at all, too late.
Added: May 29, 2011


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mike hedler
From: smokey mts., tn
E-mail:

to bill, I stand to be corrected.
never could spell, but thats ok you got my meaning, thanks.
Added: May 29, 2011


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Stephen Spielmann
From: Colorado Springs
E-mail:

Thanks everybody for replying back regarding Van Wyck Lanes, Hillside Roller Rink, and Little Brown Jug.
Its truly great to share these memories with everyone here. Many thanks to all who maintain this website!
Added: May 28, 2011


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Bill C.
From: Northport
E-mail:

Mike Hedler, Did you mean Crushes?
After high school I worked at Goodwins on Jamaica Ave, at the time I thought it would be a lot of hard work and it was, but their was this girl Kathy, I will always wish I had asked her out.
I almost did once. Youth is wasted on the young.
Added: May 27, 2011


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Paul Galligan
From: Long Island
E-mail: pjgalligan@hotmail.com

To answer Stephen Spielmann (April 9, 2011 post), I remember Van Wyck Lanes.
I remember the walk there (imagine getting someplace without a car!), walk up to Atlantic Avenue and down to 130th Street, through the LIRR tunnel (don't forget to go up the stairs to the tracks and put a penny on a rail so a train could flatten the penny), continue on 130th past the junk yard and the electrical supply house to Jamaica Avenue. Turn right and in a few blocks you're there.
75 cents for shoes and a buck and a quarter a game. Great way to spend an afternoon! I was never much of a skater so I never went to the roller rink, but I do remember hearing about the "Jug".
I seem to remember there was a bit of a rivalry between the Jug and Lenihan's (on Atlantic between Lefferts and 120th Street). I was a Lenihan's patron (more often than I care to admit).
I do remember hearing of the softball games between Lenihan's and the Jug. Lenihan's was the best! Playing eight ball pool for 25 cents a game. Catching up on local events at the bar. Watching a ball game on the TV above the door and singing "My Way" along with Frank Sinatra on the juke box. Great memories.
Added: May 27, 2011


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

Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney,
The September 18th, 2010 HCJ Alumni Reunion for me will forever be a great day in my life. It was a superb event that fulfilled a dream that I always had of meeting many of my classmates of the class of 1970 40 years later. I met 30 of them.
It was also great to see so many other people who were old neighbors, CYO teamates, Teen Drama Club friends, and park friends. I am glad to hear that the parish has warmed up and is alive and thriving.
The church and school looked great.
Added: May 25, 2011


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

Hello,
Remember if you went to PS 66 in the late forties thru the early fifties in the hallway they had remake painting of Pinkie and Gainsborough's Blue Boy at each end of the hall and if memory serves me correctly the walls were light green in color.
Mrs Smith I believe ran the school lunch program in the basement and Mrs Levinesse was the Principle. Mrs Wheeler was a rip and Mrs Karl did not like me to well, Mrs Richards took us on field trips to Central Park, Fraunces Tavern, Mrs Morrissey and Mrs Sheridan well they were super in my mind.
Still wondering about Robert Geller, Nancy Hecht, Marie Bruno, Mary Ann Davies, Sherman Singer, Ronny Saxon, and Billy Haas.
Take Care be well and remember we had a good place to start our lives in Richmond Hill. Ken Ball San Diego CA
Added: May 25, 2011


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

When my parents got married, they bought a house two blocks from St Teresa's because they thought a school would soon open there.
Their fifth child, (Joseph) David was almost graduated from PS 121 before it was built.
The four oldest, Valery, Jim, Noel and Elaine went to St Benny's through the influence of mom's sister, Aunt Evelyn aka Sister Rose Eileen.
The younger ones, Miriam, Mary, and Lois and cousins Tom, Mary, and Rita Mitchell attended St Teresa's. Davey was our only "Public".
I find it interesting that we called them "Grammar" schools. That's what I learned there.
Added: May 24, 2011


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mike hedler
From: smokey mts. sevierville tn.
E-mail: mikkat@wildblue.net

Not to open a can of worms, but does any body remember or think about the different crutches you had growing up?
Who you thought you were madly in love with, then maybe broken hearted?
Added: May 24, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

John Parenti,
You graduated in 1951, I graduated in 1955. Mrs Bernard was still throwing the keys. I'd like to add Mrs Vohl, the music teacher to the list.
I wonder how many were introduced to and affected by her tasteful and classical selections? Your anecdote of the bookends dovetails with my post on Mr Grabow and the misshapen box it took weeks for me to mess up.
The unforgettable school song we sang in the auditorium, well we did a parody of it and used to sing it there. Luckily the teachers never noticed, "we're prisoners of 121 as any fool can see", etc, I'll spare you the rest.
All in all, a great experience and I enjoyed your post.
Added: May 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Linda Greco (Gillen)
From: NYC
E-mail:

Was their a shoe repair shop by the name of Russo?
Added: May 24, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
John Parenti
From: Mastic
E-mail: jjaypare@optonlin.net

Wow! You folks from PS 121... nice hearing those teachers names again. I grduated in 1951, and most of those teachers were there.
Miss Bernard, who would throw her keys when she got mad (she would never get away with that today), Miss Shugrue, would always tell us stories about her home in Connecticut. I'll never forget the bookends that I made under the directions of Mr Grabow. I thought he would die when he saw how out of shape they were. And old Lady Dean with the wig on her bean... sat on the radiator, ate like an alligator, old lady dean up in 514.
Yes those were wonderful days, and as our school song said... "the best school in the town".
Added: May 23, 2011


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

I agree with Dave O'Halloran, a classmate from SBJL.
Beautiful church-married there in '73, although OLWA girls graduated in Gate of Heaven, also very beautiful.
SBJL was my home parish for 25yrs, and some of the friendships I formed there are still my dearest. When preparing my own children for college, I often reflected on how the nuns encouraged us to develop dreams and pursue education, unknown territory because many of our parents were not high school grads. (My Dad got his diploma in 2008 at 91 from Bushwick H.S.). They prepared us very well to fulfill our parents dreams of not only high school but college grads in the family.
I didn't play sports, (did SBJL have girl sports?) but I could play stoop ball, and was very familiar with 123 St. stickball games. I was an active Girl Scout from Mrs. Johlfs Brownie troop to Senior Girl Scouts - 10 years, and have very close friends from senior scouts.
I've lived in many places since from Norfolk, to Newport, R.I., to Irmo, SC to Charleston SC, but 95th Ave was the best possible place to have grown up, and even my children loved visiting their grandparents there. Warm memories to last a lifetime.
Added: May 23, 2011


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

Don't live in Rich. Hill any more. Just curious what the hell did the city do to Jackson Pond and the Playground.
The Pond's cement is green with lines drawn on it, for basketball. Is it just green paint they put down or a protective material??
Well, just wanted to know what they did and when. Please get back to me if you know. Thanx, Jeff Costigan.
Added: May 23, 2011


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Dan Fogarazzo
From: Bellmore NY
E-mail: danfog@optonline.net

John Trainor,
You forget the best parish of all: St. Teresa Of Avila:
The students were the smartest and the basketball teams were the best. Dan
Added: May 22, 2011


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CARMELLA NUZZI (CONNIE LEVINE)
From: ST. AUGUSTINE, FL
E-mail: LBEACH34@hotmail.com

Looking for graduates of Our Lady of the Cenacle. Graduates of 1960 and RHHS Class of 1964.
I lived in Jamaica with my brother Dominick, who passed away 1966. My Mom and Dad have also passed.
Love to remember the good old days and the great new one days ahead for all of us.
Looking for my old friends from past to share old and new. Contact me at LBEACH34@hotmail.com. Best regards to all, CONNIE L.
Added: May 21, 2011


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

Re: parishes
You are clueless re st. Bennie's. To me it was a peacefull retreat from other aspects of life. The very best days of my life were experienced there. I have attained some modest success in my later life and I much of who I am today from the teachings and life lessons learned there.
I learned basketball and baseball there. I made great freinds there and enjoyed emmensly the social aspects. Particularly the dances and the wonderful girls of our youth.
The nuns were tough but for the most part were very good educators. The preist were good guys, even playing sports with us at smokey. We had 2 school yards back then. The church was connected to the rectory by a beautifal covered walkway with gardens. The nuns home was also statley inside and out (I know because more then once I was summoned there for some infraction)
I could go on but let's just say. To me... St bennie's was the most peacefull, beautiful, and positive place in my shrinking memory.
Love to hear from anyone from those glorious days of 1954-1961 ('61 the year of Mantle and Maris) Take care
Added: May 21, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Tom Chichester,
Hi Tom, thanks for adding a few names. Mr Grabow was one nice person, tolerated my clowning around in his shop class where I wasted a term building an out of kilter wooden box. An embarrassing glitch on my part on the graduation date, more so because you were kind enough to send me the picture of our group, on that I can't even blame age.
I'm off Facebook, too much nonsense, but you have the e mail. Nice to hear from you, stay happy & God bless.
Added: May 20, 2011


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Jeff Bates
From: Montgomery NY
E-mail: cinbat2@aol.com

Looking for Mike Deegan RHHS class of '71, he lived in Briarwood and worked as a plumber.
Also looking for Skibby who's dad owned a shoe repair. Thanks
Added: May 20, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
John Celauro
From: Oyster Bay NY
E-mail: jac4c@aol.com

Hoping to shake things up a little, I would like to survey the contributors to their various impressions of the local Catholic Churches in the Richmond Hill vicinity, contrasting one church from the other.
Churches in consideration would be Holy Child, Cenacle, St Mary Gate of Heaven, St Bennies, OLPH. Quite a few, for such a small area. That's a lot of churches or rather parishes.
Changing populations give way to other religious groups. However, obviously it was a heavy Catholic area with so many parishes. What are the various opinion's of such? I'll start it off.
Holy Child has/had the most bucolic setting of all. It's location is sort of pastoral. In contrast, St Bennies, was just part of side street. Gate of Heaven was a sore spot on 101 st Ave (aka Jerome), all parking lot. Holy Child, by contrast, stands sort of majestically deep ( if one block off of ugly Jamaica Ave is considered deep) into northern Richmond Hill, on a hill itself. A premier site.
Also, what about the various parishes? Were there any friction, competitiveness between parishioners or even the clergy? And I don't mean sports. Did all the churches have schools attached? Did one set of grads go to better high schools? What about the interiors of the churches? What church had the best looking interior? Were there socio economic issues between the parishes? If so, did that lead to the current state of affairs there now, closings etc?
These churches were the center of a lot of people's lives. Spiritually, educationally, socially, economically even. Did these churches effect or reflect property values? What went on then between so many churches? What were the politics between them all? Were their feuds between clergy heads? Were there "border" disputes?
If so, lets hear or perhaps, lets create them. By the way, I say................was the best church. What do you say?
By the way, Protestants can chime in to, but only if you add to the controversy that arises. Have fun.
Added: May 20, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Nick Gertz
From: USA
E-mail: NickGertz80@hotmail.com

I love this site! I often miss RH.
Added: May 19, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Tom Chichester
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
E-mail: tchiche919@q.com

To John Trainor
John, How about Miss Shugrue (sp?) Miss Macativie, Miss Dean, Miss Haines (library), the Doherty sisters (Ann and Agnes) and Mr Grabow (shop teacher).
One day during a shop class we had a water gun fight and Mr Grabow collected all of the water guns and cut them in half on his band saw.
I also think you graduated from PS121 in 1955, and John Adams 1959. Best regards.
Added: May 19, 2011


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

Is there any word of a class reunion (50th) for the class of 1961 RHHS?
Added: May 19, 2011


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

Billy,
Holy Child Jesus Church - Block Party on Saturday, May 21 from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM.
Added: May 19, 2011


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

anyone have info on the Holy Child block party thats suppose to happen in a few weeks...
Added: May 19, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Marion Bush
From: Long Island
E-mail:

RICHMOND HILL HIGH SCHOOL REUNION
CLASSES OF 1980 TO 1983 Date: Saturday July 30, 2011
Terrace On The Park 52-11 111th Street Flushing Meadows Pk, Flushing, Queens 7 PM - 1 AM
Alumni Cyndi Lauper will be attending. Price includes: Full open bar, Full course buffet dinner, DJ.
For registration, information and payment log onto: http://www.richmondhillhsreunion.com
Deadline is 6/15/11. Discount at Crown Plaza Hotel 104-04 Ditmars Blvd
Added: May 18, 2011


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

Billy Heaney!
Thank you so much. Sometimes I would wonder, "why do I do this?" But when I receive comments like yours and from others who so kindly write their appreciation, makes it all worthwile!
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL from me as well!
Added: May 18, 2011


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

Dennis Doyle, this site is growing, great job, I read this site at least twice a week.
The names and places are amazing, seems everyone can go back in time... lol... keep up the good work...
Added: May 17, 2011


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

Not the best of news for the legacy of RHHS.
This basically means that RHHS has been identified as a chronichally low performing school. Just FYI.
"...The schools that were announced on Thursday for restart include Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx; John Dewey High School in Brooklyn; and Richmond Hill High School, John Adams High School and Newtown High School in Queens."
Added: May 16, 2011


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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:

To George Pett,
I loved the stoops and porches. It was nice to be able to keep up with the neighbors and sit outside during a rainstorm.
I can still picture our gray milkbox next to the door for the Dell milkman, the Welcome mat and the old rocking chair. Unfortunately, my aunt's bedroom windows were right on the porch and she really liked her naps.
To our host, Dennis, Thanks again for maintaining this wonderful forum.
Added: May 15, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Anne Sanks Miller,
I have trouble placing the two teachers you name, though Brandeis is familiar. I graduated PS 121 in 1959 and still think it was a wonderful experience.
Let me run the names of a few other teachers by you, maybe one or two will strike a chord. Mrs Parker, English teacher; Mrs Ramsay, science; Mrs Bernard, gym; Mrs Silver, History and a favorite of the boys; and Mrs Litwin, the principle.
In any case, a wonderful school and a place where I made friends whose memories are very present to me even today.
Added: May 15, 2011


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Bob Lowry
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: TailgunnerBobL@aol.com

To Katherine McCartney,
Sorry you have the wrong Bob Lowry. I was in The USCG from 1967 to 1987. I wanted to work for the Phone Company in 1972 but they would have to take back all the laid off emplyees befor they could offer me a spot. So I stayed in the Coast Guard.
Have Fun in Florida. Bob Lowry.
Added: May 15, 2011


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April Carbonaro
From: New Jersey
E-mail: afdmec98@aol.com

My Mother, Phyllis Allocca, was a 1973 graduate of RHHS as was my Aunt, Grace Allocca, although she graduated in 1972.
Both have passed on - my Aunt in January of 2001 and my Mother last November, 2010. In cleaning out some of my Mom's belongings, we came across a HS ring that said "Springfield Gardens 1974".
My Mom gained all of my Aunts jewelery when she passed, and my Mom's cancer and passing was really quick, so we are at a loss. Would anyone remember my Mom or Aunt and who that ring may have belonged to? It's definitely a men's ring, and we would love to solve this mystery.
Feel free to email me if you know of my Mom/Aunt or have any information. Thanks!
Added: May 14, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
mike roberti
From: richmond hill, ny
E-mail:

Still living in the old Homestead getting younger and younger. Surfs Up!
Added: May 14, 2011


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

I was reading the post by Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney and remembered (reminisced) about the Porches of the houses in RH (and other places) and how they contributed to the friendliness of the neighborhood.
The porches were big and inviting, and reached out like big welcome mats to everyone.
As I looked via Google Earth and did a virtual drive around the Hill, I noticed sadly that the porches have disappeared! Removed or enclosed...
When my wife and I settled in here in Georgia and bought our first House (we are still in it), the first thing I did was build a big, wide, wrap around porch on the front! We have had a lot of compliments on it from our neighbors... we want them to know they are welcome here. I don't recall as a kid ever being asked to get off of anyone's porch! Every now and then someone might come out and ask us to quiet down, but never asked to leave...
That was nice, and I'm sure its at least one of the things that makes memories of Richmond Hill so good for me...
Added: May 14, 2011


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

I joined the Air Force in 1960 and stayed in for 21 years, then retired here in south Georgia in 1981 - where we have had "0" inches of snow in 31 years...
I went out shopping this morning at Moody Air Force Base and while I was there I saw a young man who was wearing a Tee shirt from "Richmond Hill Lumber & Supply Corp" - I had to ask him about it, and he told me that he and his brothers were actually from Staten Island (nobodys perfect!), but that he and his brothers were builders and did a lot of business with the DeVito brothers who own the business....
It was really cool to get that unexpected touch of home... it really made my day... :)
Added: May 14, 2011


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Anne Sanks Miller
From: Hobe Sound Florida
E-mail: amiller1957@live.com

I went to PS 121 between 1962 to 1968.
The two teachers that stand out in my mind are, Ms. Christman and Mr Brandeis.
Does anybody else remember these two teachers.
Added: May 14, 2011


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

Hello Mr. Bob Wood!
It's always a pleasure reading your posts and sharing stories. Regarding your childhood home, we don't have a clue as who lives there or the living arangements. With that house, it's always been family on all floors, knowing the two owners after you, because the staircase and upstairs is not completely closed off. Who knows what renovations have taken place since though.
I am glad you were able to view pictures of it, though what we saw shown was the downstairs, when the upstairs was much prettier. I know I described the outside of the house to you, which looks okay, though not my style and it doesn't fit in, being very different. There was beauty in the originality!
As for the people next door, I don't know them, but it looks like a big family. It's a sad sign of the times here that we don't know our neighbors the way we used to and I can personally say, I know very few who live on my own little block. People come and go quickly, so along with the overcrowding situation, many tend to lay low also due to illegal housing. I'm sure there are many who live here and most I do not recognize at all. Personally, we're used to the way it "used" to be, with neighbors and friends socilializing outside which is rarely seen anymore. Porches, stoops, yards and property in general are meant to be used, to sit outside during the nice weather but sadly it's not seen. When we are outside, we sometimes get strange looks as if it's an oddity on our behalf.
I remember we could walk a mile in any direction and say hello to practically everyone we passed along the way. If we didn't know them by name, we knew them by face, sometimes pin-pointing where they lived because there was familiarity here and a friendly atmosphere. It's no longer that way and we all feel lost in the crowd.
Don't get me wrong since I obviously still love and appreciate Richmond Hill, but it doesn't have the home feel that it did which made it so special to all of us. Of course, I always say how we wish it was the same as years back and so many agree.
As for Holy Child, I'll be going over this afternoon for a sale in the auditorium and next week will be a Block Party on Sat.. Though small, I went last year and it was very pleasant. The mood there has done a complete turn around for the better. We all remember how strict and cold it was at times years back, but it has taken on a new aura! At the reunion last year, many spoke of those down times, but the good feeling now over took it all. It was a fantastic day and night. It's a shame you weren't there to enjoy it with us.
I hope they continue on this upswing and surely hope they have another reunion soon to look forward to which maybe you'd consider attending!
Added: May 14, 2011


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Anthony (Tony) Prokopowicz
From: Kent Cliffs, New York
E-mail: teepeee6107@aol.com

Two things happened on Friday the 13th of May 2011 that had emotionally strong impacts for me.
One was a very good thing. I stumbled upon this website and was overwhelmed with fond memories. I hope to add some memories in the near future. For now, just know that the Prokopowicz family that lived in the red brick house on the corner of 116th Street and Atlantic Avenue is mostly alive and well.
Frances is on Long Island, Janie is in Florida, Thomas is in Manhattan, Robert is still in Queens, and I am in Putnam County. Class of 1964 SBJL feel free to send me an e-mail.
The second event was shocking and unnerving for me. I also stumbled upon an obituary. In my life I have had a few friends who ranked as the very best friends in my life at various points.
Albert Strazdis was one of those people. I don't know much but apparently he passed away in November of 2010 in Florida. He was class of 1964 from St. Benedict Joseph Labre School. I will try to locate his family.
I know that all who new him when we were just kids will mourn his loss as I do. The obituary said that he was survived by his parents, brother, sister, three daughters and four grandchildren.
Knowing Al, he probable had a full life.
Added: May 14, 2011


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bob rainis
From: LI
E-mail: vicarbob@optonline.net

Been in the neighborhood alot this past week and will be there this weekend as I officiate at the Rite of Christian Burial for a most beloved lady, who entered into eternal life at the age of 85.
We would travel weekly to my congregation in the Bronx as she had been a member of St Paul's Lutheran Church-114th all her life and when it closed, St John's-114th was to be her new home but she decided to worship elsewhere.
Miriam would tell stories of crossing the LIRR tracks on Atlantic Ave going to school, the trolley's on Metro and Myrtle Avenues, the Anniversary Day Parades (for those Protestants out there).
Being in Miriam's home was a transport back in time. Her Easter decorations, in fine condition, were window chicks/bunnies purchased at Woolworths back in the 50's!!! Even the funeral parlor which she planned to be waked is no longer, but the fine folk of Simonson's will still handel the arrangements.
For a generation of Lutheran kids who went to St Paul's, Miriam was likely your Sunday School teacher. May she rest in the peace found in her Savior's loving arms. I and my family will truly miss her.
Richmond Hill has lost one of her daughters, one of the very few who didn't move elsewhere, but remained... to her final days.
Added: May 14, 2011


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Katherine McCartney (nee Panariello)
From: W. Palm Beach, FL
E-mail:

To Bob Lowery,
Did you work for AT&T in the early 70's? If so, I know you slightly from my ex-fiance Hughie Tetonic. If that's the case, I have some 70's "freaky" memories from our visits to your apt. God Bless, Kathy
Added: May 13, 2011


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Jo-Anne Preziosi
From: San Diego
E-mail: preziosj2@verizon.net

AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND SONG AT RICHMOND HILL LIBRARY
An Evening of Music and Song will be held on Monday evening, June 13, at 6:30 PM in the Richmond Hill Library Auditorium, 118-14 Hillside Avenue (enter through driveway on Babbage Street).
The evening which is sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Hill Library, will include popular and classical selections and will feature singer Victor Starsky and William Thomas Smiddy, pianist.
Mr. Starsky is making his second appearance at the Richmond Hill Library. He first sang there at 5 years old. He has been hailed as "a brilliant performer who delights the audience with his rich voice and signature interpretations".
Mr. Smiddy is an internationally renowned pianist and any opportunity to hear him play should not be missed. "His remarkable combination of talent, musical imagination and communication evokes emotional responses from all who hear him".
Seating for this event is limited. Registering in person at the Library or by phone, 718-849-7150, is strongly advised.
What a wonderful, relaxing way to spend an evening! Not only will there be beautiful music, it's "in our own back yard." For more information, please contact Kay Carpenter, VP, FRHL, at 718-805-5500.
Added: May 13, 2011


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steve lowry
From: red hook-dutchess county
E-mail:

Class of 1968-sbjl. proud to be a member of one of the best hoop dynasties in nyc cyo history-1963-1968. mickey steuerer, gene verdino, john white, jimmy knox, steve contino, gary cusumano, tommy clare.
We had great coaches- Paddy Matera, Ronnie Cooper, Bobby Rudolph, Marty Peshler. Old fashioned fundamentals, teamwork, dedication and alot of good luck---great times and wonderful memories.
Added: May 12, 2011


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Ken Baricevac
From: long island, ny
E-mail: barken55@msn.com

While looking in the attic, I found an old wooden hanger with the following name and address on it. I am guessing the hanger is at least fifty years old. I think it may have come from my grandparents who had lived in Ridgewood.
Does anyone remember this store? Hellers 56-01 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, N.Y.
Added: May 12, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Donald Guerriere
From: St. James, L.I. N.Y.
E-mail: donald.guerriere@gmail.com

Just found this site, very interesting to hear about all the locations I was familiar with.
Our family lived in R.H., 111th Street 3 houses from Jamaica Ave. from 1940 until the neighborhood started to change about 1969, moved to Hicksville.
We were parishoners of Holy Child and graduated from R.H.H.S. in 1962. We remember the block before there was a L.I. Tinsmith. We were very good friends with the pretty blond girl whos mother ran the very small lunchonette on the corner next to the liquor store in 1958.
Does anyone one know whatever happened to the two hoods that used to terrorize PS 90 then? I think their names were Robert Whalen and Nicky Lombardo? I remember that they tried to steal my new bike which I guess I was lucky to get back, still have it hanging in my garage 53 yrs later.
If anyone is interested would be happy to hear from anyone from this era.
Added: May 11, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Paul Prokasky
From: Greensboro, North Carolina
E-mail: paul_prokasky@hotmail.com

I lived on Lefferts Blvd between Liberty Ave and 103rd Ave from 1971 to 1983. I lived right next to Leo F. Kearns funeral home and right across from the public Library.
I still miss Carlos' pizza and have not found a pizza place quite as good. I used to walk all the way to Forest Park, and then home again during the summer.
Walking on Liberty Ave I can remember my Mom stopping at Tony's fruit stand, Scattoro's, C-town, and finally at Sukons to buy me a toy. My Mom grew up on 116th street. We went to the United Methodist church. I went to PS 100. I used to play softball at PS 57 during the summer.
Added: May 11, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Delvers
From: Oregon
E-mail:

The Mobile Flying A Service Station. Across from Food Fair and the Train Yard.
Added: May 11, 2011


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

I've been reading the postings for awhile and really enjoying the memories they bring.
So guys keep up the good work.There are alot of us all over the place.This is a good way to stay in touch.
Here's to all HILLITES CHEERS!!
Added: May 11, 2011


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

Thank you Dennis for the information about Ben Palino.
I do hope he writes in one of these days. Interesting that he lives in Breezy Point as my parents owned a home there also. Dad, NYPD, used to catch the ferry over to Manhattan to go to work during the summers while the family enjoyed the ocean.
Sorry about his sister. I think you told me that she lived in the same house after all these years. Cannot believe the mom is still living. God bless her.
Added: May 10, 2011


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

To Bob Wood:
The other day I "ran-into" Ben Polino, his family lived(s) across the street from me on 115th Street. Sadly, his sister Valerie passed away a few months ago. He was visiting his mom on Mother's Day this past Sunday. Ben's mom is doing very well, she is 94! Valerie's daughter Andrea has moved back into the house with her two children and now live with their grandmother.
Ben is retired and lives in Breezy Point. We had a real nice chat together and I was happy to tell him how you were asking about him.
He remembers you very well and mentioned that you enjoyed making/modeling dinosaurs! Hopefully he will visit this guestbook.
Added: May 9, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Frank Senger
From: Richmond, Va.
E-mail: Highiqinny@aol.com

R.H.H.S. Class of 1969,
Thanks for the site and the opportunity to recall my fond memories of the bowling leagues at Triangle and Club 111 Bowling alleys, the RKO Keith's, Jahns and the Kitchen Sink, Wilson's Hobbies, Lipshitz Staionery and even the Aqueduct Racetrack, and Library.
Even though I lived by Metropolitan Ave and 118th Street I'd still have to park in Richmond Hill at 4:00 AM when I came home from driving a cab while in college.
I bought my first car, a 1962 Rambler, from the gas station on Lefferts off of Jamaica Avenue for $300 in 1969. And Dani's in Kew Gardens was still the best pizza in the area back then.
Added: May 8, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

The pet store is still there and the neighborhood is changing but i love it and I can't move.
Added: May 8, 2011


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

Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney - Hello again!
How about an update on 114-11 86th Avenue? I was lucky to find realtor pictures online and amazed to look inside the old place. Is it a multi-rental now?
Cannot believe the gate has been down at the deli for all these years. Miss Rheingold is probably still there in spirit! Whose in the Daughheims house that was next door to 114-11? You are right about the fine neighborhood of Richmond Hill.
The book, Images of America: Richmond Hill, captured most of the looks I recall. I actually still have my second or third grade photo from HCJ and it looks like the photo on page 102!! God bless the nuns! They were pretty quick with the slaps though. Think I told you that I transferred to Dominican Nuns when we moved to Florida and they were oh so gentle compared to the St. Josephs.
Hope all enjoy the Richmond Hill Spring! Bob
Added: May 8, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com

I used to bowl at the Brunswick Lanes on the corner of Hillside & Myrtle Ave every Saturday morning and then have lunch and ice cream at Jahns, then go to the Library on Hillside and Lefferts.
Salernos Restaurant is no more sadly. That was one good cheesecake they had there. Alfies Pizza is still open and although Alfie had a stroke several years ago, he still is there every day although he no longer makes the pizzas.
Added: May 7, 2011


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

@ Bob Wood,
Gassau & Kamp {not sure of the spelling either}, was open I think until the late 70's. It was near 113 St. on Jamaica Ave. We knew it as Otto's, run by he and his family who always gave personal service as well as letting us owe a nickel or so when we were short as kids. I can still picture him in his whites with bow tie, peeling potatoes for the salads and home made deli food, a rare thing of the past now.
It's the ONLY store never to have re-opened and the gates are still down since it's closure all of these years later, which is a bit scary to wonder what is inside now. Don't know how true it is, but everyone said he didn't pay his electric bill, putting him in trouble and the store folded.
It was down the block from what used to be Miles Shoes, which we all miss. That turned into a carpet store for years but is now a 24 hour store. Schlosser's and the Knife & Fork Room was near 115 St. on the South side of Jamaica Ave., also a great deli with home made food, as well as the restaurant in the back room next to the bar. They closed after changing hands in the late 80's - early 90's.
The only 2 businesses I can say that are still here is Brite Hardware, which is really built up now, remembering them as a small store near 112 St. many years back and Cameo Pet Shop on 116 Street. There are so many memories of this great neighborhood, friendly people, nice stores, and wishing it was all still the same.
Added: May 7, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Speaking of deli type food... anyone recall Gassaw and Camp (spelling probably all wrong) on Jamaica Ave. probably aroung 115-116 Street?
Used to push the Reingold Beer competition in the 50's? I was a young kid but knew enough to love the ladies from Reingold.
Added: May 7, 2011


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Robert Scott
From: So Calif
E-mail: lastcall.scott@gmail.com

The toy store between 111st & 112st was Peter Pan.
Added: May 7, 2011


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

Uncle Jack's Toy Store was around 122nd street.
My mom worked at the Cosmopolitan Gift Shop, on 120th street. Jack's was a block or two before it. So many stores and shops on Liberty Avenue, so many wonderful memories of Richmond Hill.
Added: May 7, 2011


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

Was Uncle Jack's Toy Store the one on Liberty between 111th and 112th? I remember a toy store there in the late fifties early sixties.
Added: May 6, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

Edi, yes I remember Uncle Jack's my kids loved to go there, the neighborhood has changed a lot.
But I still can't come to move, been here for 59 years.
Added: May 6, 2011


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Sharon Fine Draisin
From: Huntington NY
E-mail: stilfine@gmail.com

Levinson's was a kosher deli on the corner of 117th St. and Liberty Ave.
They had the most amazing corned beef sandwiches and pastrami and hot dogs. Sandwiches on rye with Russian dressing and cole slaw, and hot dogs and knishes... that's the way food's supposed to taste.
Added: May 5, 2011


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Robert Scott
From: So Calif
E-mail: lastcall.scott@gmail.com

Levinson's was a Jewish deli/restaurant on the corner of 118st & Liberty. I remember a jar of pickles on each table.
Added: May 5, 2011


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

Who can forget Uncle Jack's Toy Store?
Added: May 5, 2011


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

Pam,
Levinson's was a Jewish deli. You could get hot dogs and kinishes at street side window counter. If you had a lot more money you could go inside for rude table service from a Grouchy old waiter for pastramie sandwiches and such.
It was a fixture on liberty ave for years. I think they closed when rent for lease was increase too much for owners.
Added: May 5, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

No it was a restaurant it had the best food ever.
Next to it was the eye doctor, across the street was the army navy store.
Added: May 5, 2011


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Denise Martin
From: Nassau Co.
E-mail: stilfine@gmail.com

I remember Van Wyck Bowling lanes very well.
Our Lady of the Cenacle used to sponsor bowling for 7th and 8th graders there. We used to dash from school and run like heck to get to the lanes because they had only a few decent balls in weights we could handle. If you didn't get there fast enough, you would be bowling with a "holey" ball!
I very well remember the Hillside skating rink. Not only did I skate there, I was hit by a car right in front of it when I was nine and coming home from summer "camp" at PS 54!
Added: May 4, 2011


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Sharon Draisin
From: Huntington NY
E-mail: stilfine@gmail.com

About Levinson's... the worlds best deli... the Jewish kind, with unbelivable corned beef sandwiches, pastrami, hot dogs, knishes, etc. The kind of food we used to call a 'heart attack on a plate'.
Their food was beyond beyond.
Added: May 4, 2011


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

I walked from 132 St. and Liberty Avenue all the way down to Cross Bay Blvd. to go to the bowling alley many times. It was very safe those days, (50's and 60's).
I knew most stores and libraries on the avenue. Levinsons was a wonderful Jewish Deli. The clothing store may have been Tunick's on or about 127 St.
Added: May 4, 2011


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

Pam Jones,
Was Levinson's a clothing store?
Added: May 4, 2011


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christopher scheid
From: raleigh N.C.
E-mail:

Found an old JHS 210 yearbook from 1978 and wanted to post some of the old stores back then. bring back memories to some people.
Carvel 116 and liberty ave. Liberty paint. Leader Realty 111 and Liberty, Tolleys shoes 118 on Jam. ave., Goody's mens shop 119 on Liberty. Hill Pharmacy 104 and Liberty. Thom Mcan 119 and Liberty, Fireside lounge 113 and Mrytle, Hallmark Card 117 and Liberty. St Johns Restaurant 118 and Liberty. Tony's hardware 124 and Liberty, AJ Real Estate 113 and Liberty, Dadson mens fashions 115 and Liberty, Woodhaven records and tapes 119 and Liberty, music and sports 122 and Liberty, Starlite card 104 and Liberty, Aw Schultz Insurance 105 and Jam. Ave.
Added: May 3, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

Does anybody remember Levinson's on Liberty Ave. and 117th Street?
Added: May 2, 2011


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andy shea
From: hartsdale ny
E-mail: sheamerc90@aol.com

It's been a while since i Logged on. Here are my memories on some of the posts.
Louie Pante and I went to St John's Prep... known as "the Prep" in Brooklyn, Bob. Along with Louie and myself we had Mike McCormack RIP and Kevin "Salty Parker" Mc Lernon (Kevin works for Verizon in Senate Relations down in DC. He lives in VA. and he's married and has two grown children. I saw him St Pat's Day, (he's still the same character as always).
I can't believe we are out of HS 40 years... I may go to the reunion in the Fall.
Mrs Falls did live in both places Tommy, she ended up on 110th when she MARRIED Mr Adrian... he was a grouch and she was the only teacher who ever smacked me in the face! They deserved each other.
I saw Mitch Buonogura this year... he had a tough time coaching Siena as they graduated 4 starters last year.
Also saw Donna Bushing. She works in a restaurant out in Sayville LI. She told me she ran into Jimmy Marotta who now lives out in Sayville. Sorry I missed the Jet game... I need to make it next year.
Great site. Andy Shea
Added: May 2, 2011


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

Richmond Hill Friends Reunion, August 6th 2011.
This is not a School reunion but a reunion of those who were part of Holy Child classes of 1962-1964 or hung around Richmond Hill High School and the Annex. Also for those who might of been part of the Nations who hung out at the Annex and at the park by the pond back in the 60's.
This will be the 3rd year that we will be holding this reunion at the American Legion Post #948 in Bellmore, NY. Here are a few names that may ring a bell: Richie Kreppein, Julie Kreppein, Rich Newell, Paul and Tom LaVecchia, Ricky Arleo, Colleen Dougherty, Maureen Mackesy, John Celauro, Judy Alfano, Diane Merchant, Margaret Pagano, Red Hanna, Pat Earhard, Tom Corso, and Joe Frattasi.
If you went to school or hung out with any of these people you might want to attend. You can e-mail me at coachrich00@yahoo.com or e-mail Richie Kreppein at HackSquad@aol.com.
I have over 55 address on my mailing list. So if you are interested please let me know and I will add you to my list and send out more information to you. Thank you, Rich Newell.
Added: May 1, 2011


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BILL DeCLEMENTE
From: Trinity, Florida
E-mail: TheRealMcCoy@TheKarateKid.com

I've just learned of the R.H. Historical Society, WOW I've got a lot of e-mailing to do (lol).
I lived on 104th St. and later at 102-32 85th Ave. a few houses from PS#66 where we played ball and roller skated in front of my house some times 50 to 60 strong, a lot of great memories!
Attended Holy Child 1950 to '58 then Richmond Hill H.S. '58 to '62. BILL
Added: May 1, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

I'm looking for people who lived on 116th Street in the 1960s.
Like Thomas and Michael Ciardulli and there sister Theres. Also I recall a John Grillie, he lived across the street from them. Ellen Hanny became Ellen Walker.
If anybody knows where they are please write and let me know, thank you.
Added: April 30, 2011


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

Hello,
I wonder how many of us remember going into a five and dime store example Woolworth's in Jamaica, on Jamaica Ave and as long as I was with my Grandfather Mr Charles Mac Duff small toys might be possibly purchased.
As memory serves me all the smaller toys were in stepped glass partitions starting with five cents first next step ten cents and then to fifteen cents and once in a blue moon I got a twenty five cent toy our family was not at all rolling in the dough, we were just getting by going week to week.
I remember being taught if you see change in the street pick it up, old habits never die I still am compelled to do this. Once in a great while we would see a quarter or a fifty cent piece in a grate area and it was time to get out the bamboo pole with sticky gum to retrieve your treasure. But hey but I got smart and realized Electricians tape was at that time the most sticky thing on the planet, thus more treasures.
With twenty five cents you were king of the block at Sid's Candy Store on the corner of 104th st and Jamaica Ave, many penny candies.
All old good fun memories. Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: April 29, 2011


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Edna Neuburger Calastro
From: Darien, CT
E-mail: EJCNewScreen@aol.com

RHHS Class of '68
Many happy years... lived on 126th Street between 101 & 97 Avenue. Elementary at PS 55... remember walking to school and meeting friends along the way.
And who can't remember yummy vanilla egg cream's at Karp's. And a very active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Added: April 28, 2011


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steve lowry
From: red hook-dutchess county
E-mail: stiofanl@yahoo.com

Tommy Manzo- 1972 molloy h.s. intramural hoop m.v.p.
Added: April 27, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

Does anyone know where Ellen Hanney is?
She lived on 116th street and moved to New Jeresy. She went to OLPH.
If anybody knows her whereabouts would you please let me know.
Added: April 22, 2011


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Carlo Bianchi
From: Long Island
E-mail: cbbianchi@aol.com

I went to RHHS from 1962 to 1966 (1962 was at the Annex, just North of Jamaica Ave).
I remember that our graduation ceremony took place at the Valencia Theatre on Jamaica Ave. and around 155th St.
Added: April 21, 2011


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Steven A.
From: 107th Street
E-mail: chillykid@yahoo.com

I attended PS 90 from 1982-1987.
1st grade with Mrs. Arts... I grew up with 3 great friends... Douglas, Reggie (who sadly died in a fire when we were in 5th grade), and Jerry. I remember walking to school in the morning and stopping by Bill's Stationary store on Jamaica Ave. to buy some candy before school... wow how times have changed.
Would love to connect with Doug and Jerry if you guys are still around...
Added: April 21, 2011


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Jim Burke (my sisters still call me Jimmy)
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:

In the 60's I worked in a Brooklyn Navy Yard shop for a terrific boss, Manny Rothenberg. His right-hand man, the "snapper" of the gang was Gus Friccia who made the job assignments. Gus said your name had to end in a vowel to be in the gang.
John Brady and I were the token Micks. One name I remember is Tommy Puleo (not the Harmonicat). One Friday, clipboard in hand, Gus asked "Burke, did you make your Easter Duty?" His second tongue-in-cheek rule was, in order to get Saturday overtime work, you had to be "in the state of grace".
Readers, ask your grandparents about those good old days. Happy Easter everyone.
Added: April 20, 2011


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HONEY CHAMBERS
From: NORFOLK, VA
E-mail:

I sure do remember RHHS Swimming Pool and going to the back of the line to have another swim. Standing around in a wet bathing suit, but well worth it on a hot summer day.
I lived 112th and Jamaica right down the street from it. I lived there from 1943-1953 and my family till 1960.
I also remember Miles Shoe Store on the corner. I always had to have black Ballerina Flats, they were $2.99 and black Penny Loafers!! Refused any kind of lace up shoes.
That was a great street with so many different kinds of stores, Woolworths, Garden Sweet Shop, Drugstores (3 on one block), Steitz's Fish Store, the best greasy French Fries and Fried Fish ever, Adams Bike Rental, King Kullen, Bohack, Dilberts, and lots of other places to roam around in. "Sigh" Good Memories! :)))
Added: April 18, 2011


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

Richmond Hill swimming... lol... yes I remember.
Their was this man, an instructor his name was Mr. O'Rouke, he taught the swimming classes in the summer. Then we had Mr. Johnson who ran the outside softball and games in the school yard for the summer... both guys were great teachers and instructors... remember 20 boys in a swim class...
you would put your towel down and play stickball or softball waiting to get the chance to swim for an hour...
Added: April 18, 2011


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

Hi, Remember sitting on the sidewalk waiting to get in RHHS pool in the summer & when you got in the air was filled with chlorine fumes!!!
We still loved it, lived on 115th St and 91st Ave, 91-12 115th, can remember that, but not what I did last week!!
Does anyone remember fish store on Jam Ave with turtle in the window with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth, they had the best french fries on Fridays.
Also on Fridays my Mother would send me to Deli to pick up Fish Cakes & Spaghetti, didn't find out till much later that spaghetti was supposed to be served hot!!! Great memories
Added: April 18, 2011


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

Hi, looking for the email address for an Ed Shillito or Marilyn Shillito.
They posted here some time ago and I wrote them. They lived next door to us on 108 St. Would like the email so I can write to them again. If any one knows it please pass it on to me at my above email.
Thanks a million!! Jeff Costigan
Added: April 18, 2011


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

Bob Wood,
Absolutley remember going to RH pool in summers of late 50's. Would go with freinds Roger Scotto, Denny and Ray Burke. Would also go to Cypress Hill pool on the Jamaica el. The very best of times! Dave O
Added: April 17, 2011


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tom manzo
From: rvc, li
E-mail:

To Bob Rainis
Graduated from Molloy in 72. Senior yr Br Aidan was our senior guidance counselor. About half way through the year he punched a kid (one of the class clowns) and broke his jaw for fooling around in class. Not only did nothing happen to him but later in the year he had a heart attack, which he survived, and the school made us dedicate the yearbook to him.
Added: April 16, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

All of these fine thoughts of the "old" days.
Anyone recall swimming at the Richmond Hill High School pool during the long hot summers? Perhaps they still have that in effect after all these years. We used to wait in line as kids to enjoy our 30 minutes in the pool and then try to get back into line for a long wait until getting in again. This was in the 50's so forgive me if this continues to this day and does not seem so unusual.
I lived on 86th Avenue and 114 Street across from the Annex of the high school. Left there in 1957 and do recall the trees and how beautiful the neighborhood was in Spring and Fall.
Hey, while we are at it, what about the Miles Shoe Store on Jamaica and 114 Street. Got my first and only pair of paratrooper boots there. I do enjoy the conversation. Bob
Added: April 16, 2011


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Sal Barcia
From: Long Island
E-mail:

I drove through Richmond Hill last week for the first time in years.
It looked so different I had to pause, and then I realized that most of the big Norway maples that lines the streets, especially 111th Street, were gone and replaced by saplings. The streets looked bare.
North of Jamaica Avenue, many of the big old houses look as if they have been restored like new, a welcome sight. Some of the old stores remain on Jamaica and Liberty Avenues, but most are gone.
In my old schoolyard, PS 62, the basketball courts that lined the chain link fence are gone and replaced by a single court. The lunch room has been expanded, and buildings now sit where the asphalt softball field was. The building was expanded to 3 stories some time back.
When I was a kid there was a garden on the 101st Avenue side, and the kindergarden had a separate entrance and its own play area. The garden is gone. A young boy died in the late 50s and a memorial garden set aside there. His mother tended that Garden for many years after he died. It's sad to see it gone.
Does anyone remember anything about that boy, or his family?
Added: April 15, 2011


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

Bobby Raines,
Yes 40th anniversary is this year from high school. I ran my 20th seems like yesterday, and there were 19 I think boys from HCJ that went to Bishop Loughlin that year. Best part is they all graduated as well.
My 4 years in high school were the best of my life, wouldn't change a thing, meet a great bunch of guys who till this day stay in touch with... 40th for Loughlin is some time in Nov and will be going to it...
Added: April 15, 2011


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Mar Richter
From: Rochester Area, New York
E-mail: mroyer1@rochester.rr.com

I have a fond memories of visiting, dining at the Triangle Hofbrau, and have a contact of a Son of Emile Four who was part owner (I believe) of the Triangle.
Emile's Mother (Four) was married to the owner. I will check this site for more information on the Triangle Hofbrau for sure. There is soooo much more information on the Triangle Hofbrau that hasn't been said here... soo much more history, important photos etc...
I would love to hear from anyone interested in this very special place. Best Regards.
Added: April 15, 2011


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Maria T. Catalanotto - marriage name Mirabile
From: Valley Stream NY
E-mail: redwine@optonline.net

I grew up on 112th Street and 103rd Avenue. Corner house.
I went to St. Mary Gate of Heaven. I remember some of my school mates, but not all.
I can recall Thomas Barcia, Patrice Boland, Susan Chiddo, Vincent Gentile, Michael Abbate.
Added: April 14, 2011


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John Celauro
From: Oyster Bay NY
E-mail:

To Bob Rainis,
I too went to St Francis Prep. Graduated in '67 and the college in '71. Let me guess who gave you those two black eyes, Brother Leon, the meanest ever. He'd be arrested today, no doubt. He got me a bunch of times, went flying with some of his punches. My parent's response, "We guess you deserved it", My sin? I talked in church across the street.
We've come a long way... sometimes for the good.
Added: April 13, 2011


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jim lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

Can't believe The Little Brown Jug is still there.
They had great lunches in the mid 70's. I think the cooks name was Eileen. The owner was Emil Jonza. He also owned Lenihans on Atlantic Av. right off Lefferts Blvd. Great sports bars back then.
Added: April 13, 2011


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dominick giambalvo
From: boca raton, fl.
E-mail: domg48@gmail.com

graduated in 1965 class would love to hear from old classmates to talk about old times.
Added: April 12, 2011


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bob rainis
From: long island
E-mail:

2011 means the 40th Anny for all of us who graduated HS in 1971!
For me that means not so fond memories of St Francis Prep then located in Brooklyn. Needed to get on the J train from the 113th St enterance, change at Eastern Parkway and then run downstairs to catch the L train. Kids from Loughlin and girls from St Michael's were fellow commuters.
The one and only time I cut school was around this time of year and we went to Breezy Point. The Franciscan Brothers were known for their "physcial contact", received 2 black eyes in one day. Our graduating motto (unofficial) "Who Cares"... which was my response when invited to the 40th reunion held this past weekend.
Those of us who graduated HCJ in '67 went on mostly to Catholic HS's, some however went to RHHS. That's just how we did things way back when.
Summer of '71, who knew i'd be writing on a RH website (???) 40 years from then... website, what the heck is that? CCR rocked on the radio, played handball all day at RHHS, worked at the Hunts Point Market then to Breezy and got chased by the Rinkydinks.
Added: April 12, 2011


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

I remember the roller rink attracted short girls and discouraged tall guys - my kind of place.
Added: April 11, 2011


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dominick giambalvo
From: boca raton, fl.
E-mail: domg48@gmail.com

great web site, remember playing ball at smokey park, south qweens boys club, 107 st. park, going to jahns for ice cream, shooting pool at rack um up billiards, getting on the train for rockaway.
love to hear from anyone who has similar memories.
Added: April 11, 2011


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ray hansen
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
E-mail: rayhansen@shaw.ca

Yes Steve,
I polished the floor with my rear end lots at the Hillside Roller Rink. Those rental skates were really rotting, thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
I love this guest book and all who enter. May the great sprit bless and keep you all. Defend the Constitution, its for us all. Help a stranger and make a friend.
Added: April 10, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Stephen Spielmann,
I could be wrong but the bowling alley on Woodhaven Blvd was named Woodhaven Lanes. It was there I gave up for all time any notion of learning the game. Ditto for the roller rink, too many girls skating past me while I continued to fall on my rear.
Joe Cutrone,
On the ice cream parlor, Hugo had a son with whom I and another guy traveled out to Wisconsin with in 1961. Memory dims but he might have been named Otto, I do remember it was a German name.
Added: April 10, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

The little brown jug is still there and the bowling alley is gone.
Added: April 10, 2011


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

To Kathy and John,
I stand corrected. Of course the ice cream parlor in question was Hugo's. I don't know what made me think it was Otto's. Maybe a senior moment.
Anyway, at least the rest of my story was accurate.
Added: April 9, 2011


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Stephen Spielmann
From: Colorado Springs
E-mail:

I grew up in Richmond Hill during the 1960s-1970s.
Anyone remember Van Wyck Lanes Bowling, Hillside Roller Rink, or Little Brown Jug?
Added: April 9, 2011


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

To Kathy Silvis:
The ice cream parlor on Liberty Ave next to St. John's was called Otto's. My friends and I spent almost every evening there for a snack in the mid 70s. (We discovered Otto's after Karp's had banned us for life for our adolescent food fights!)
Otto's had a great staff. The waitresses were OK and would offer us free meals when they had messed up someone else's order.
Looking back, we were just high school and college kids, but I wish I had left bigger tips!
Added: April 8, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk Co NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Kathy [Cali] Silvis:
Kathy, it was called Hugo's and I and my friends virtually lived in the place. From 1959 to about 1962 we hung out there in the large back booth.
The owner was gruff but patient with us. It did a lot of business given it's location.
Added: April 8, 2011


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sherry b. johnson
From: jefferson city tennesse
E-mail: captainsbj@yahoo.com

was a judith ann koontz there? thanks personal. 2011
Added: April 7, 2011


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

To Ken Ball:
I spent a week in Kew Gardens Hospital in the summer of 1971 for hernia repair. I was 18 years old and had just graduated high school (Molloy). I think this was during the waning years of the hospital because I spent the entire week alone in a four bed ward.
Can't remember much of the hospital or its services, just that I was bored out of my skull for a week. Except when my pals came to visit. Somehow they managed to exceed the "2 visitors per patient" rule to the extreme. I'm sure we were loud, but nobody seemed to notice.
I don't know exactly when the hospital was torn down, could have been late 70's or early 80's, but it seemed ready to go in 1971! - - Peace
Added: April 7, 2011


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Kathy (Cali) Silvis
From: Seaford, NY
E-mail: reen727@hotmail.com

Does anyone remember an ice cream parlor on Liberty Ave between Leffert Blvd. and 118th St?
It was next to the St. Johns Restaurant.
Added: April 6, 2011


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Mark R
From: NJ
E-mail:

Kew Gardens Hospital was excellent. I was born there as well.
It was torn down in the 80's.
Added: April 6, 2011


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Willis Wright
From: Georgia
E-mail: willismassi@yahoo.com

I attended Richmond Hill High School in the fall of 1964 and had the privilege of knowing Anthony Zabrocki for too brief a time.
We were both about fifteen years old and in a 9th grade English class. I knew no one at all in the whole school and felt alone and bewildered. He came forward and with a warm welcome and made me feel at home, while many others seemed unaware of my existence.
Over the years since I have kept that memory and could never forget him. Recently through a link on this site I found out that he had passed away in 2006.
The many friends that commented on his character of having a big heart told me this was indeed the same Anthony I knew so long ago.
Added: April 5, 2011


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Maureen Ginley Anderson
From: Atlantic Beach, Florida
E-mail:

Both my parents grew up mostly in RH, my Dad went to PS 54 and they both went to RHHS. I graduated from OLC in 1966 and Christ the King.
I remember paying $5.00 for a fake ID so I could sneak into Al's Stereo bar on Jamaica. I worked at King Kullen while in high school.
We lived on 124th St. and my whole family lived within a block of each other.
Added: April 5, 2011


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George Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail:

After spending 4 years in the Air Force, I returned to New York with my bride Patricia and the first two of our three children (January 1965) and my Father had saved up about 30 or more books of those Plaid Stamps, which he gave to us.
It seems to me there was a warehouse on Liberty Avenue that we redeemed them at.
Anyway, one of the things we got was an Electric skillet, and I re-enlisted in the Air Force for another 16 years and retired in 1981 - still had and was still using that skillet! (it was probably made in America)!
Added: April 2, 2011


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

Does any one remember Kew Gardens Hospital, maybe one of you worked there perhaps?
I was born there a "thousand years ago" well maybe not that far back. Curiosity is getting the best of me, what kind of a hospital was this, good, bad or indifferent and also when was it torn down?
I also had a short stint in Mary Immaculate Hospital for tonsil removal. Is this still one of the main Hospitals in the area? Just curious.
Take care, be well. Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego.
Added: April 2, 2011


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Mark Rollins
From: Griswold CT
E-mail: rollinsct@sbcglobal.net

Just talking the other day at work about the Sunday afternoon dance at Chellis Hall in Jamaica. Great times. Could have made a movie about some of the stuff that went on...
Wait I think they did, "Heaven Help Us."
Added: April 2, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

Anybody graduate in 1970 from John Adams high school?
Added: April 1, 2011


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SUSAN BEERS
From: TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA
E-mail: SUZIEB@cfl.rr.com

I attended Richmond Hill High School from 1966 to 1970. I was born and raised in Ozone Park. I went to the Senior Prom with Billie Harelam.
I now live in Titusville, Florida. I would love to hear from the "old crowd".
Added: March 31, 2011


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Annmarie Bove
From: New Jersey
E-mail: bove1961@hotmail.com

Attended RHHS from 1975-1979.
Added: March 31, 2011


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bob rainis
From: FRESH MEADOWS, NY
E-mail: vicarbob@optonline.net

OK, what's the story about the "re-union" this summer at the Ale house... this July... says it from 8-10 PM... must be limited to those who are either too young to be out late or we have aged so much we can't be out that late!!
Hey, here is an idea... re-live the St John's dances... Lucky Charms etc... rent the church hall, people can see if they can still sneak in through the mens room window... the overflow crowd can hang on the steps and the more adventerous can go to the yard and climb up onto the building extension like "some" were known to do... then when the cops come we can all run through the school yard and blot over the fence in one leap... YES, it can be done :)
"We" were known to have the police helicopter follow us from the "pine forest" back to St John's, years later the Dome had a rep... but I can't speak to that... no first hand knowledge of course. Green RP's and yellow jackets... not a good thing, I hear... messed up generation some of those hillites...
Mrs Regan was RIGHT... now we have kids/grandkids of our own... JUST SAY NO
Added: March 31, 2011


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Sher Chamber
From: New York
E-mail:

Does anyone remember Ann Marie Trevi-Hause or Mary Reinhardt-Caulfield from Richmond Hill? (113th Street Jamaica Avenue)
Trying to locate them. Thanks, Sher
Added: March 31, 2011


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Rudy Lindquist
From: Ogden, Utah
E-mail: rlind216@aol.com

I attended Richmond Hill H.S back in 1978 and 1979. My memories from those years are mixed. I was one of the students who had to travel by bus to school. I lived in Springfield Gardens. My first day was hell.
The students were from different areas and didn't know each other. We were called names and was bullied by the other students. I couldn't wait for the day to be over.
During the course of the day a kid name George Barbarino got into a fight. When school was over we were met by these other kids carrying baseball bats yelling and throwing bottles, bricks, and other items. The cops stood there and watched. We fought our way to the B56 bus.
I stayed at Richmond Hill for 2 years before being transferred to Middle College H.S.
My point is that I met both good and bad people in Richmond Hill. I remember both. The "bus people" didn't bring violence. The violence was there. I hope things changed.
Added: March 31, 2011


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

Hi, whatever became of Jahns, is there another business there yet, if so, what kind??
If nothing there yet, does any one know what will open there & when??
OK, thats all, just wanted to know the status. Thanks a million, Jeff Costigan.
Added: March 29, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

I lived in Richmond Hill my whole life and my kids all went to school here. Two went to Richmond Hill and my other son went to John Bowne in Flushing.
He always loved animals and knew that one day he wanted to open his own business. During High School he started interning at a veterinarians office and stayed with them for 20+ years. This year he decided it was time to move on and opened his own shop in Kew Gardens, NY where he specializes in Animal Boarding, Grooming, and supplies.
His shop is called Dog Days and Cat Nights and is located at 118-25 Metropolitan Ave. I am so proud of him that he was finally able to achieve his dreams and wish him the best of luck in his new business.
Added: March 27, 2011


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

Eileen, I remember my sister Colleen, and her friend Ann Maria would be doing something with your father as far as those stamps were concerned.
I think they did what ever on saturdays... lol... man thats a long time ago... Your dad was a special guy, always smiling... Bill
Added: March 25, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
E-mail:

Hi, I remember plaid stamps.
It was on Liberty Ave and I think 102 street, my mother would go down.
Added: March 25, 2011


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Eileen Maloney Galdi
From: Suffolk County
E-mail: eileengaldi@gmail.com

Hi Bill, You have a good memory!!
My dad worked for Plaid Stamps... not S&H!! Thanks for your kind words. I always enjoy reading your comments. Eileen
Added: March 24, 2011


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

Eileen, your father was one great irishman.
I can remember him always walking by my house and always stopping to talk to my mother and us. We would be hanging out on someone's stoop and along comes your father and he was always smiling, and telling us a story... sorry to hear about your mom...
I can remember your father had something to do with s and h green stamps... somehow that sticks in my mind... am I right!... well anyway he was a jolly fellow as they say...
Added: March 22, 2011


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FRANCIS PATRICK GILLEENY
From: FLORIDA
E-mail: FPG@tampabay.rr.com

Hi Guys, most who know me, I was a terror and always in trouble.
I think I was the only one to go to the office of Francis Griffith... He asked why was I in so much trouble... So I said how would you like growing with the name Francis, he reached over and let me read his name plate... Can you imagine I never knew my Francis Griffith (1950-1960) was my Principle?
Well there was Joe Monk, John Mundinger, Billy Shildneck, Mrs. Koch whom I got to know very well, I forget the Dean of Boys... He was always on my case.
I never finished school so I went to Jamaica Night School where I graduated. There was Mike Long who is now the leader of the Conservative Party in New York... I forgot a lot of names... I'm getting old.
But it was great to read all those names and comments, it was refreshing... Thanks Guys and may God bless You and your Family... Always remember John 3:16
Added: March 22, 2011


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

Looking for members of my old Brownie troop and Girl Scout troop from R.H. We used to meet in a Jewish center on Liberty Avenue, then in a church on Van Wyck and Liberty. We marched in the Memorial Day parade down Liberty Avenue.
Does anyone know the whereabouts of the following gals... Gail Burns, Marilyn Brill, Glenna Cohen, (mom was leader named Adele), Fran Silver, Elaine Cohen, (mom was Mildred), and Susan Bloom Goldenberg, (mom was Millie). Mrs. Frank was also a leader, and she had a daughter named Debbie. I hope they had happy lives.
Added: March 20, 2011


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Jim Delvers
From: Oregon
E-mail:

Mary Lou,
The Deli owners name was Willie. He sold it to a nice Italian couple. Don't know about the fish cakes.
Went to school with you brother Jackie. Say Hi for me.
Added: March 18, 2011


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Eileen Maloney Galdi
From: Suffolk County
E-mail: eileengaldi@gmail.com

Happy St. Patty's Day to Richmond Hill!!
Even though my dad, Tom Maloney, passed away almost 9 years ago I can still picture him on St. Patty's Day with his white hair, in his Kelly Green jacket and pants, green plaid vest and a green carnation in his lapel. My father's St. Patty's Day routine started with Mass at HCJ, with the next stop being Gebhardt's Bakery to buy shamrock cookies for his friends. The rest of his day would be making sure the shamrock cookies were delivered. He so enjoyed that holiday.
I can remember his eyes welling with tears while listening to "Danny Boy" or "When Irish Eyes are Smilng". We all miss him so, especially my mom, Ruth. She moved away from RH in 2003 to Suffolk County and we just lost her in November to cancer. Both of them had long lives with most of it being spent in RH.
Because of them, I had the opportunity of spending my childhood in RH. What a great place to grow up. And it seems that many who live there now, both older and new residents who have signed this guestbook, have that same fondness for the neighborhood.
Thanks for the memories RH and for all those still there, may you be blessed! Eileen Galdi
Added: March 18, 2011


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

Happy St. Patty's Day to all those who shared my childhood at SBJL.
I remember learning "The Minstrel Boy" in 6th grade.
Added: March 17, 2011


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Mary Lou DeSalme Jordan
From: Washington, NC
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My grandmother and family all lived on 118th st off of Atlantic Ave. We were the first house as you went past the 3 garages and her house was the 1st house on the right.
I am trying to find out if anyone knows how to make fish cakes. Grandma use to send us kids to the deli on Lefferts Blvd off of Atlantic Ave to get them on Friday nights. I think the man who owned the deli made them himself. Please if anyone knows please let me know. Thanks.
I also have to say I have so many memories of the neighborhgood and it is so neat to go online and look at the people and places of Richmond Hill. Take care and God bless you all.
Added: March 14, 2011


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Roberta Stein Callinan
From: Massachusetts
E-mail: r.callinan@yahoo.com

I am looking to find anyone that would have relatives or would have lived on 116 street around 10-14 around the years 1930-1940's or even longer.
I'm doing a search for may dads family who lived there. I don't know much about them but their names were Morris and Fannie Stein. My dads name was Robert and according to my dads birth certifcate he had at least two siblings maybe more?
I would appreciate any help with this search... Roberta
Added: March 13, 2011


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:

This is all too funny how these stories are coming together.
When Mrs. Falls moved from 111 Street corner to the big house on 110 Street corner, her new married name was Mrs. Adrian!
Hence, her husband was the man written about here. {I knew I'd remember the name if I heard it!}
Added: March 11, 2011


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bob rainis
From: deer park
E-mail:

Billy H...
Eugene O'Brien was my best man and I his when we got married way back when. He married Nancy Sullivan from 110th st off 86th ave. They have one daughter, Shannon who is in grad school. Last spoke to him two years ago, we started hangin togther back in the summer of '67. Same with Gerry. Unfortunately he died about 10 years ago. It was a tough wake to attend.
Eugene still lives in RH and still looks the same... little hair and grey.
Added: March 10, 2011


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john murphy
From: Kettering, OH
E-mail: john45439@aol.com

Hi Mike,
I'm doing pretty good. I got 4 kids. I'm still enjoying life, getting bloody old!.
Good hearing from you.
Added: March 10, 2011


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

Tommy, what I remember is that there was an old man, I think his name was Adrian, who lived in that house with the high stoop.
He was a grouch and yelled all the time, most likely because when it snowed that was the place to launch snowballs, the high ground always made for some great snowball fights.
I remeber those snowball fights and fat jack maple with lugar, and the polker boys... damn and mike dooley always making up teams...
lol... remember those games we played in the park... coco monster... lol... man there had to be 100 kids up there everyday... nothing but fun
Added: March 10, 2011


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Roberta Stein Callinan
From: Winthrop Ma
E-mail: r.callinan@yahoo.com

Im looking for information on my fathers family who lived at 104-14 116th street Richmond Hill NY.
According to old records i have found my dads family was there in 1930 to at least 1941 when he left home.
Is there anyone out there who could advise me on how to locate information on this family? I know my dad had siblings so maybe there are still living relatives around. Where would deceased from that area be buried? Appreciate any help... Roberta
Added: March 9, 2011


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tommy manzo
From: RVC, LI
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com

Hey Billy,
Talked to brother Mike and he agrees, Mrs. Falls lived on the southwest corner of 86th ave and 110th st. the high corner that is about 6 ft higher than the street.
i believe the Poelker's grandparents lived rt across from HC.
tommy
Added: March 9, 2011


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:

You're welcome, Bill.
As I said, everyone was right after all. No, I don't have any brothers. Same last name?
Added: March 9, 2011


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

Tommy, seems we were both right.
According to Marilyn Mayer, Mrs Falls lived first on 111st and 86 ave... then when her first husband died she moved to 110st... thank you Marilyn... hey did you have a brother named Ray...
anyway... Tommy I would have to be right first, because she lived on 111st first... lol...
Added: March 8, 2011


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Mark R
From: New Jeresy
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Reading the stories about the nuns at HCJ brings back memories of my days at SBJL in the late 60's-70's.
I especially remember Sister Kathleen Kane and Sister Patricia beating us senseless at the drop of a hat. My favorite was when they asked a question then screamed at us when we answered for talking back.
Those were the days!!
Added: March 7, 2011


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Mike Hedler
From: sevierville, tn.
E-mail:

Hey John, yes I did hang with him and Ronnie Mantz.
Last I saw of Bobby was him riding off in the sun set with his princess. How you doing these days? Between the war and drugs I'm still hanging in there PTL.
Added: March 7, 2011


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Margaret K
From: Massapequa, NY
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I lived in Richmond Hill until I was 6 years old.
When people refer to their "happy place," for me it is my home and neighborhood in Richmond Hill. We lived in a huge Victorian complete with a barn in the back. I recall so much of it, but sadly don't have many names to attach to some of these places, such as the diner with the turquoise-colored stools and my favorite neighborhood place, a pond where my mother would take me as a toddler to sail my toy boat while she sat watching me from a bench.
I spent such a happy childhood there, wish I could go back and visit... but, the house is gone, that much I know, and I doubt I would recognize much of anything if I take a ride there now. :(
Added: March 7, 2011


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Matt Wasilefsky
From: Phoenix, AZ
E-mail: biglorie@cox.net

I havent posted in awhile but the stuff about best teacher compelled me to write. I gotta tell you that Hannah Paine biology teacher is my best teacher.
I failed biology one, I hated it. But if you pass biology 2 and the regents you get credit for one. Hannah went out of the way to make sure we learned what we needed. Even though it really didn't mean a lot later in life I often reflect back on this teacher. I scored a 65 just passing the regents and I wouldnt be surprised if she helped the scoring along.
The other teacher I remember in catholic grammer school was sister Carlota. I called her sister Mary circumscision. If she had all the tools I am sure she would perform the operation.
Added: March 6, 2011


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john murphy
From: Kettering, OH
E-mail: john45439@aol.com

Hi Mike. I remember you.
You were friends with Bobby Brown. I still keep in touch with Jimmy H. Mike passed on many years ago.
I hope your doing well. Ever hear from Bobby?
Added: March 6, 2011


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Catherine Smyth
From: Ireland
E-mail: csmyth48@hotmail.com

Still seeking any information about a Matthew Roche who attended Richmond Hill 1926 and was successful in athletics in that era.
Added: March 6, 2011


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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:

Wow, reading all the names of the Nuns from Holy Child Jesus is really bringing back some memories as well as Mrs. Falls.
She knew me since I was a baby, being a neighbor of my Grandmother and family. Yes, she did live on the corner of 111 St. and 86 Ave. for many years, right across from the school. That is fact. In later years, definately by the early '70's at least, she remarried, then becoming Mrs. {?}, I don't remember the name, moving in the house where the stairs go up on 110 St. and 86 Ave.. So everyone is right!
As I say, even knowing me since I was a baby, I did have her for my 3rd Grade teacher and though she treated me really well, she was fair. I don't remember the stories that man will never go to the moon because God put us here and it's too far away or about praying that her GrandDaughter didn't get car sick, but find them both hysterical! Then again I remember we were always praying, morning, noon and night!
I do recall something funny now which wasn't at the time. It was a math test and she was rattling off numbers for us to add up. Seemed like she was going on and on but I didn't grasp what we were supposed to do. I was adding the problems up two by two and getting the answer, but meanwhile she wanted them all in a long column to tally up the answer. My page was covered with a bunch of small, individual additions. When it was all said and done, we handed in our papers. I was in a sweat, knowing something was wrong somewhere. Sure enough the next day, she announced to the the class that I and another boy who did the same, got a "Big Goose Egg!"
There it was, a big 0 in bright red marker on top of the page which we had to have signed by our parents. That was traumatizing "in the day", to have to bring something like that home since the teacher's were always right! I knew I was in trouble for sure and though my Mom thought it was the end of the world, my Father had some sympathy, saying I probably didn't understand, which I didn't. Technically though, if all of my answers were added up, being good at math, I bet the total was correct after all, LOL, in which case, I should've gotten 100%! Oh, the worries of an 8 years old!
I surely remember each year being assigned our new line in the school yard, which was just the seperation between the cement. I also liked the games we played at lunchtime before re-entering the school. I remember the boys were always flipping cards against the wall, though us girls never quite understood that. Then yo-yo's became a popular thing which was allowed. Old fashioned tops with the string became the thing for awhile and was fun once we got the hang of it. We NEVER had gym, so the biggest treat on a nice day was being outside for those few minutes after lunch before having to return to our class. I think we all love Wed.'s, getting out at 1 P.M. and I do remember the kids coming around with the boxes of candy for snacks. We'd all go up with to see what was the deal of the week and of couse, it was always the good old fashioned candy from the 60's to munch out on to hold us over until the bell rang, letting us go home for the day.
As someone mentioned, there are memories, some good along with many that stick out, which were cruel and downright bizarre, which never should have happened, but I guess it was a part of the time, allowed. I can't help but mention the wonderful time we all had at the reunion, as some spoke of what good kids we were, making such good friends but many still held a terrible bitterness, even cursing about the unruly treatment that was uncalled for, even mentioning needing therapy for it. I'm not going that far, though I did witness some tortureous episodes that frightened me just watching, which never shouldn't have happened. We were only children and good children at that!
As my Cousin told me years ago, remember we got a wonderful education there which is the great thing, as well as the good times, not to be overwhelmed with the rest! Upon returning to the school for functions a few times, I do see the mood there has changed and thankfully is a happy one!
Added: March 6, 2011


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

Charlie...
That was before even my time but I couldn't help but notice a John Glover... I'm assuming that he moved to or lived on 112st just off Jamaica. In which case that was probably John Glover Sr.
Added: March 6, 2011


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charlie hand
From: raleigh, north carolina
E-mail: crhnraleigh@aol.com

I'm going to try this one more time. My family lived in Richmond Hill from 1950 to 1959.
My father owned the candy store at 124-15 Jamaica Ave. I was 12 when we moved there and went to P.S. 54 along with my brother Joe. Some of my friends were Johnny and Frank Culotta, Patsy Rocco, Angelo and Frank Chiauzzi, John Glover, and Al Beach.
If anyone remembers me or my friends e-mail me, I'd love to know what happened to any of them. I myself am living in Raleigh, North Carolina for the past 17 years. Hope to hear from some one soon.
Added: March 5, 2011


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mike hedler
From: sevierville, tn.
E-mail:

John are you the same guy who hung out with Hasselback?
Added: March 4, 2011


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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:

While we're 'speaking' of HCJ nuns I recall a host of them. From Sr. Carol (everyone's K tchr), Sr. Delphine, Sr,. Germaine, Sr. Rose Aquinas, Sr. Saint Lucy (Prin?), Sr. Aloyisus (sp), Sr. Jamesetta, Sr. Mary Sarto.
Don't hold me to the spellings. Across the street we had Frs. Murray, Malm, Hartman, & Lockwood. Have to believe there are others I'm missing.
All good people in retrospect but I'm sure those of us who were there all have their stories. Some good, some strange, some downright bizarre!
Added: March 4, 2011


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Karen (Krosnecki) Schorr
From: NJ
E-mail: karenschorr@yahoo.com

Just happened across this website while searching my father's name on Google and 'lo and behold there was an inquiry about him.
My father was Vic Krosnecki, Jr. and I believed he lived on 124th St until sometime around 1960 or 1961. He always spoke fondly of Richmond Hill, especially Jahn's.
Dad passed away in 2001 and I would love to hear some stories.
Added: March 4, 2011


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Doris Schroeder
From: Lancashire, England
E-mail:

While searching Richmond Hill's Royal Botanic Gardens I came across your fascinating town in New York City.
It is a real delight to have discovered your location and history. Cheers!
Added: March 3, 2011


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john murphy
From: Kettering, OH
E-mail: john45439@aol.com

I do remember Sister Font Bon.
I had her in 8th grade at HCJ. She was very short. Somtimes she made you get on your knees before she slapped your face. Good God!
Added: March 3, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill New York
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I went to PS100 Q and I do remember Mrs. Weisbant.
Well I have been working there for 25 years. I started when my kids went and I am still there. It changed a lot.
Added: March 3, 2011


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tommy manzo
From: RVC, LI
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com

Hey Billy,
Talked to brother Mike and he agrees Mrs. Falls lived on the southwest corner of 86th ave and 110th st. the high corner that is about 6 ft higher than the street.
i believe the Poelker's grandparents lived rt across from HC. tommy
Added: March 3, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:

Anyone recall Sister Mary Fontbaum at HCJ?
Believe she taught fifth grade back in late fifties. Pretty quick with a ruler for little boys not staying in line! Great Nuns.
Guess all are in Heaven now!
Added: March 2, 2011


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jolina rodriguez
From: Bronx, NY
E-mail: rodriguezjolina@aol.com

i really enjoyed richmond hill high school (2002) it paved the path to my future in more ways than one.
It has helped me remain determined and head strong. i would like to share that i will surely miss the professors such as the late Mr. Joseph Bines because he was always the professor who listened and who loved to teach. He has shown me a brighter picture and introduced me to many new and wonderful things that i can show to my 4 year old daughter.
I also love Ms. Conway for being real and awesome. Ms. Huson was so sweet and loving. My math teacher Mr. Wise instilled the love for math and Ms. Kartick who did not give up on me.
Thank you to richmond hill for building me into the mature woman i am today. Jolina Rodriguez (travel and tourism, girls bowling team, and key club)
Added: March 2, 2011


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

Tommy:
Mrs Falls lived directly across from the school... 111street and 86ave... and yes remember her statement about the moon... lol
Bob:
Theres a name from the past... Gene O'Brien.
Haven't heard that name in years. Me and Gene swam for hcj and finished second in the cyo olympics... with a guy name Gerard Murtha...
The three of us swam the distance medley... remember it like it was yesterday.
Added: March 1, 2011


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

Attended P.S. 55, P.S. 121, R.H.H.S. '65.
I recall most teachers, but who remembers one of the most unforgettable, Miss Mac Atavey? She lived near 127th St. and 103 Ave.
Later on, I myself became a teacher in the N.Y.C. Bd. of Ed. I am happily retired.
What teachers are outstanding in your mind?
Added: March 1, 2011


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tommy manzo
From: RVC, LI
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com

Mrs. Falls. 3rd grade.
I believe she lived on the corner of 110th st and 86 ave. I remember she used to have us pray that her granddaughter would not get car sick. And I remember her telling us that "Man" would never reach the Moon because if GOD wanted man to reach the Moon he never would have put it so far away.
Does anybody else remember this?
Added: February 28, 2011


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bob rainis
From: long island/da bronx
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Charlie's Deli on 111 off Atlantic where the cheapest deli meat was Taylor Ham, even cheaper then bologna. .25 cents worth, sliced extra thin and my mom made sandwiches for 3 of us before we left to HCJ.
Remember when we were practicing for Confirmation and lining up in the school yard were "integrated" with the kids from "released time'.
Joseph Scia was fouling around with some guy from 90 (gene O'brien) when one of the nuns slapped Joe across the face. Still remember her hand print on his face! Wonder if she was just preparing him for the slap the bishop would be giving him later that week.
LOVED 1/2 days on Wednesday's out by 1pm, "candy girls" would come around and we all had our snacks. During the week if milk was left over from lunch it was sold for 1/2 price in the classrooms. The pretzel man and the Italian ice guys were popular, split a popsicle which cost a dime.
Lining up on the cracks with your class before marching into school, for a few years they actually played a march over the loud speaker. Sniffing mimograph paper and getting your hands blue. They actually sold spandlines in the school office... Mrs Falls???? Priced Taylor Ham lately????
Added: February 27, 2011


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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Thanks Sal for remembering my BFF Noreen!
She remains in my daily thoughts and prayers. Gone too young. She now has two beautiful daughters Elizabeth and Olivia and they both are replicas of her!
Miss you Be-Bop... miss all the fun times. Very happy we were friends forever! Thanks again Sal! Love you too - TBone
Added: February 27, 2011


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Sal Sanfilippo
From: Bellmore, N.Y.
E-mail: SalAnthony54@aol.com

"Gone But Not Forgotten" In Loving Memory of Noreen Warren
Graduated St. Benedict Joseph Labre 1968, Richmond Hill High School 1972.
You never left my heart after all these years. It was great that we meet one more time at our S.B.J.L. reunion in 1988. Wish we could have danced one more time to "MACARTHURS PARK".
I know you are still beautiful all dressed in white with wings in heaven looking down on your family and friends. One day we will see each other again until than.
Love and miss you Sweet Babe. "SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER"
Added: February 26, 2011


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debora batty, dalton
From: ok city
E-mail: deboradalton@ymail.com

i am looking for a girlfreind. her name is heather, i realy can't remember her last name, ohara or omara but we went to school together.
we had freinds steven and jimmy, i can't remember their last name. mine is batty, my mother name is ellen. i had a older sister and brother much older but they hung out on the corner on 102nd and jamaica ave.
just want to see if i can find her to see how she is doing.
Added: February 26, 2011


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

PS 100? !@$$ yes!
Went there from 1958 till 1962, here is the line up: 1st grade, Mrs. McManus; 2nd, Mrs. Weisbart; 3rd, Mrs. Morse; 4th, Mrs. FitzSimmons
Added: February 25, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:

Did anybody out there go to PS100 on 118th street in Ozone Park?
Added: February 22, 2011


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

Hello,
Right around the corner from Charlie's Deli was a Dry Cleaner and Tailor shop which was run by the Mueller family who lived on the corner of 104th street and 88th avenue.
Henry, Doris, and Warren Mueller were the three youngest children. Harold and Judy Meyer were two doors down and Henry Mulvey lived next door. Also on 88th avenue was, Edwina Mitchell as I remember her was the girl who ran away, my sister Helen knew her from school, I hope she made out OK in life.
Take Care Be Well All!! Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: February 22, 2011


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Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com

I went to P.S.90. I remember Mr Lerner the principal.
My favorite though was George the Custodian. We used to make him get mad at us, his outbursts were hysterical and we would lok foward to it every day. I believe he did that in part to entertain us.
After school my mom took me to Connies Restaurant where Jimmy made great food Italian food and pizza. Jimmy was geniune and truly cared about his customers and made sure we were content with his food. I also remember Tommys Pizza when it first opened on Liberty Ave. And I remember the guys who worked at the old LI Tinsmith Co on 111th street and Jamaica Ave.
I went to Dr Carpenteri between 115th and 116th on Jamaica Ave to get my eyes checked and get glasses. Sadly, he died of cancer in 1991.
Anybody remember Charlies Deli on 111th street and Atlantic Ave? He had the best German Potato salad I have ever had. I also wonder how Joe the barber is doing. He retired 20 years ago. I was friends with his son Steve.
Added: February 21, 2011


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Ray Hansen
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
E-mail: rayhansen@shaw.ca

J. Schmidt:
Any relation to Schmidts bar & grill on 68th place and Myrtle Ave. in Glendale???? I think its become a crummy pizza place now.
Remember Ronnie Langhans perhaps or Mrs Duff who was Principal of P.S.91?? Did you go to R.H.H.S.?? How about St. Pancreas?
Added: February 20, 2011


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

Hi Victoria - Vicky!!
Yes, I am the same Dennis from Cenacle and RHHS. Wow, it is a real nice surprise to read your comment after so many years.
Best Regards, Dennis
Added: February 20, 2011


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victoria ross
From: long beach ny - lazy afternoon
E-mail: vickilynn2@verizon.net

for what ever reason, i clicked on rh historical society this afternoon.
dennis doyle are u a grad of our lady of the cenacle '67 and rhhs '71?
Added: February 19, 2011


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john schmidt
From: glendale, new york
E-mail: whiterim@fuse.net

anyone remember Jahn's ice cream parlor or John Gruber?
Added: February 19, 2011


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Bob Lowry
From: San Diego CA USA
E-mail: TailgunnerBobL@aol.com

Hi Gang,
Read your recent posting and the Best has to go to Mr. Hanson. His cockles of the Heart remark made me laugh and his follow up remake is so true. What the Heck are they and how do they get into our Hearts.
It is people like you who share your Heart Felt Memories of a time and place that we all hold dear. Thank you for sharing, caring, and being who you are.
Bob Lowry, a Proud Prouct of Richmond Hill and the United States of America. God Bless you one and all.
Added: February 19, 2011


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Ray Hansen
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
E-mail: rayhansen@shaw.ca

Does anyone remember Larry Brown our class president at R.H.H.S. or his sister April? [class of 1953 or 54?] How about "Commodore" Hoffman our swimming coach?
Trolly cars on Myrtle Ave.? "The Annex" on 114th street? Bobby Schwab on the audio visual squad at R.H.H.S.? [passed away 2008]...
Its 23 below here this morning but thoughts of those long ago days warm my cockles what ever they might be... Have a good one!
Added: February 19, 2011


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

Winther's? yes indeedy!
My parents had the C&F Bar&Grill across the street from '59-63. many a time my now sainted mother would send me to Winther's to get ice cream to go. I used to enjoy the Lime Rickeys and the Strawberry Islands many a time.
Last saw Charlie in 1980 when I went traipsing throught the area before hopping the A Train to the City. Charlie and his brother Al were friends of my family, great people and may their blessd memory be eternal.
Added: February 18, 2011


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

Robert Lowry...
I lived in SD for about 18 years... now live in the Atlanta area... you brought to mind a point the wife recently reminded me of (pleasantly)... I proposed to her in 1979... we married in 81... actually going stronger than expected.
Added: February 17, 2011


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john schmidt
From: Amelia Ohio
E-mail: whiterim@fuse.net

I grew up in glendale, new york.
I would like to know if anyone remembers John Gruber from Richmond Hill HS, class of 1961, or his sister Linda.
Added: February 16, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Queens Richmond Hill
E-mail:

I believed I remember your family you had twin brothers and you lived in the first house from 107th Ave, across the street was Michael and James S.
I lived down the block, I knew your brothers. I stayed with Donna G.
Added: February 16, 2011


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Pam Jones
From: Queens Richmond Hill
E-mail:

I lived in Richmond Hill my whole life from 1952-till now on 116th street.
I remember Eddie Lufty and his family owned the house at 104-21 116th Street. It was a green house at the time. Does anybody remember the Ciardulli's Teresa, Michael and Thomas, John Grille, Kurtis Wolf, and Ellen Hanny? They all lived on 116th.
Added: February 16, 2011


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

Always good to re-visit this website, refreshing the Homesick kid in me.
I have a suggestion for Robert S. who posted on Feb 11:
If you vist the IMDB site (International Movie Data Base) and type in "Buddy Ebsen" you can see a list of every movie or TV program he was in. If you click on each title, you can then see the Movie Poster for that movie (if there ever was one) and Buddy was in quite a few, but not so many as a leading actor, therefore his face would not have appeared on the poster! "Northwest Passage" was one that his face was on, and also "Broadway Melody of 1938" and perhaps others, but if you look you will probably find out what your looking for... good luck!
Also, I saw a posting on Feb 14 from: Rich Culotta who has been married @ 25 years!
I knew a Culotta family who owned a Grocery store on 89th Ave between 125th and 126th streets. I remembered two of the brothers Johnie and Frankie who would both be in their 70's now, and wondered if you were in any way related to them? If so let me know either by Email or Facebook!
And lastly, some time ago there was a posting from: Richie Weiss who I believe lives in Patchogue, if Richie reads this, or if any of you know Richie, please, I would sure like to get in touch with your Aunt Caroline Weiss Mathis, and know how she is!
All the best to everyone, and especially want to thank you folks who keep this site "Alive and Well", it means a lot to many of us!
Added: February 15, 2011


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

Rob Lowry,
I remember you, you are older than me, but you swam for hcj, and you hung out with mike pericas if I'm right...
I lived up the block at 87-53, and remember carters real estate, in fact the name spike carter also was on hjc swim team... if I remember correctly you were a very good long distance swimmer...
does this sound right... lol... but I do remember you
Added: February 15, 2011


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Rosanne Abamonte
From: Sunny Florida
E-mail:

To Bob Gargiullo,
Thank's for remembering Pete. He was a one of a kind guy. We all miss him. My brother Michael remembers you. I mentioned you to him on Sunday.
I wish I could turn back the clock and get back to those days in Richmond Hill... Sometimes I still dial my old phone number and it's been 30 years. Take Care.
Added: February 15, 2011


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john schmidt
From: amelia, ohio formally glendale
E-mail: whiterim@fuse.net

anyone renember john gruber or his sister linda?
Added: February 14, 2011


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Rich Culotta
From: Baldwin, NY
E-mail: richculotta@verizon.net

This comment goes out to all of those hopeless romantics out there who like me grew up in Richmond Hill.
It's Valentines Day and time for us to think back and reflect on all those romantic times we've experienced in the old neighborhood.
Who was the boy or girl you shared that ice cream soda with at Winthers? Remember buying the heart-shaped box of candy from Karp's for that special someone? How about kissing that special someone in the balcony at the Lefferts Movie Theatre?
25 Years ago, I proposed to my wife Rosemary. It was over breakfast at the St. John's Resturant on Liberty Avenue. It was a favorite place of ours and served the creamiest, most delicious cheesecake I've ever had.
I worked crazy hours for a Wall Street firm and knew my only guaranty of proposing to my girlfriend on Valentines Day would be to drag her out at 5am for a romantic breakfast before I went to work. She had a cold and reluctantly agreed to go. However, when I gave her the ring and proposed, I think she began to feel a little bit better.
25 years later and 2 kids later, we both have many great memories of Richmond Hill, but the story of our Valentines Day Breakfast is our most cherished.
Happy Valentines Day from both of us.
Added: February 14, 2011


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Elizabeth Finnigan
From: Nova Scotia Canada
E-mail: willrogers@seasidehighspeed.com

Classmate of the forties.
Do any of you remember a Eugene (Gene) Kelly? He lived on 113th Street in Ozone Park between 111th Ave. and Rockaway Blvd. He had one sister Marie who became a nurse in Kings County Hospital. He may have been in the service and at some point, was in Mommouth New Jersey working with radar.
He would be in his early eighties now if still living. Thanks, Elizabeth
Added: February 12, 2011


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Robert Lowry
From: San Diego CA USA
E-mail: TailgunnerBobL@aol.com

Hello Friends of Richmond Hill.
I lived at 108-20 Jamaica Ave. I lived on the second floor above Carters Real Estate. The entrance to the apartment was on the 109th St. side.
I would run to P.S. 90 in the winter without my coat. It was only a half block away. I have very fond memories of the years that I lived there from 1960 to 1971. The elevater train above my bedroom window, the sparks and soot that landed on my window sill. The only time we noticed the noise was while watching TV or on the phone.
Life was simple and so were our needs. Played outside until the street lights came on. I had a running tab at the German Deli across the street. It really was a running tab. During commercials if I wanted a soda or an ice cream, I ran across the street. Got what I wanted, signed my posted tab behind the counter and was back before the show came back on.
Could not do that today, the running or the Trusting Merchant. My mother would sit at our kitchen window and watch everyones comings and going. People would stop in the street and say hello and talk with her for a few or at least wave to her. She loved that. She would walk to Jamaica to go shopping and window shop all the way to 168th St. and back.
I appreciate this site for making the Memories all that much fresher. Bob Lowry
Added: February 12, 2011


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Martin Munitz '61
From: Weston, Ct.
E-mail: LawNYC@aol.com

This past December I asked about two women who I had lost contact with. We graduated in 1961.
If anyone knows how to contact either Sylvia Meltzer, Gloria Lambert, and/or Barrie O'Brien, please let me know. Many thanks, Marty Munitz
Added: February 11, 2011


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Robert S.
From: NY
E-mail: Srvmoe@aol.com

I bought a Theater Standee from the old RKO Keith Theater from the current owner about 20 years ago.
It was attached to a column in the theater, it has scenes from Classic movies including Dracula, Frankenstein, and Maltese Falcon.
It is Black & White... I can upload a photo if anyone is interested. There was another one from other films with Buddy Ebsen on it, which I passed on...
Does anyone know when it might be from? Any info appreciated... Btw... I collect all vintage memorabilia on The 3 Stooges, including Lobby Cards, Movie Posters, and all Vintage items pertaining to them. Please contact me... Thanks, Robert
Added: February 11, 2011


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

Got to agree with Jeff Costigan, "GO YANKEES".
Added: February 8, 2011


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Bob Gargiullo
From: East Windsor, NJ
E-mail:

To: Roseanne Abamonte
I'm sorry to hear Pete passed away. I remember him. I lived on 117th St and 107th Av but I had a lot of friends on Lefferts.
I moved from RH in May of 1971.
Added: February 7, 2011


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john trainor
From: Suffolk NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Anne Sanks Miller,
I noted your post, but I'm not sure I am much of an historian. I lived on 131st between Liberty and 107th Ave up to the end of 1956, then moved to Woodhaven.
My parents moved to R H from Manhattan and that first summer of 1953 was quite an adjustment for a city boy. Sadly I don't remember the names of the people who lived near us, except for a Marie Romano who lived just off Liberty, a Johnny Christiansen who live down the block, and a Barbara and also a Tyrone who lived closer to 107th Ave.
I made friends quickly at PS 121 in September of that first year, most from the 124th to 125th St, 103rd Ave area & so spent most of my time there.
It almost hurts to look back at those years, they were so beautiful, our youth was so blessed that I do think I should not revisit them in my mind as often as I do. Good luck to you in Florida.
Added: February 2, 2011


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Anne Sanks Miller
From: Hobe Sound Florida
E-mail: amiller1957@live.com

I would like to read some comments from anybody that live on 131st Street between Liberty and 107th, from approx. 1956 to 1989.
Would love to chat :D
Added: February 1, 2011


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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail:

Laurie P:
LOVED WINTHER'S!!! It was such a treat to go there and get a hamburger and vanilla milk shake!! It was ONLY on special occasions, but when we DID go it was heaven on earth!
I can still see Mr. Winther cleaning off the booth tables of the leftover ice cream spills!
GREAT TIMES! Thanks for bringing it up!
Added: February 1, 2011


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bob rainis
From: Deer Park
E-mail: elcadcnrainis@optonline.net

@ Dennis Doyle...
When I posted that Louis Pante was going to the REAL Prep, that meant St Francis Prep of course in Bklyn. By 8th grade I had come out of my "holy-boy" image (true, I am a pastor now- another story) thanks to a 7th grade fight with Mark Rollins and Patty Doughtery movin onto my block.
I would play catch with Patty (softball) and the HCJ "in-crowd" kinda "accepted" me. Louis was part of that crowd, so I decided to go to SFP... I gather Louis went to that "other prep' with Andy Shea.
Greg Jucheum was an interesting dude who when we were jrs/seniors would several times drive me to the prep.
I regularly pick-up an elderly lady on Sunday mornings right around the corner from where Greg grew up. That area is now mostly Hasadic Jews, only 2 Christian families live on the block!
The HS's we attended were as much an identity as the parish we were raised. Oddly, my youngest brother Dan lives around the corner and alongside the house my parents had "hoped" to buy when we moved from Bushwick Ave in the late 50's.
I see the Ohle's have posted here, I was friends with brother John and don't recall those murders... I had just started my NY cop career then after 2 years as a city cop in DC.
My own brother Steve had died the year before in '80. Often wonder what he would have been like as we both aged. Always like checkin' in...
Added: January 31, 2011


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Lauren Pilkington
From: Huntington, New York
E-mail: GeminiW2@gmail.com

Looking for anyone who knew my grandfather Charles Winther & his ice cream parlor in Richmond Hill, Winther's.
Anyone who knew his brother Arthur... etc... His children Annabelle Winther, Charles Winther, Barbara Winther & Dwight Winther...
Thanks! :)
Added: January 31, 2011


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

Got news for all the Jet Fans, they blew it this year and for many more years to come, just like the Mets. Go Yankees in 2011!!!
Added: January 30, 2011


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Martha Staley
From: Alabama
E-mail: marpatsta@comcast.net

I am the daughter of an adopted person.
My mother's name was listed on her papers as Miriam Iselin.
Added: January 30, 2011


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

For what's it's worth, Steelers 28, Packers 17.
Added: January 30, 2011


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Joseph Donovan
From: Albany, NY
E-mail: jdonovan6@nycap.rr.com

Now that I have had my eightieth birthday and am officially middle aged, I look back with sentimentality at my youth in Richmond Hill which I left in August 1946.
Every once in awhile I browse through the entries. There are not many from my time. We are not very computer savvy, in fact I guess there are not too many alive.
On January 18, 2011, Robert Sparnicht wrote that he went to Chaminade. After eight years at HCJ, I did too. I loved it. Unfortunetly we moved to Albany in the middle of my second year. That's an awful time to have to change schools.
In April of 2009, my sister and I went to a family wedding at HCJ and visited our old houses on 112th and 107th streets. I was invited in at 107th and went through the house seeing my old bedroom and the changes that were made. I was very grateful. Your old houses are never as big as you remember them.
Another writer spoke about begging on Thanksgiving mornings. My sister and I both remember. I have never met anyone else who knew what we were talking about.
Added: January 27, 2011


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Patrice Beppler
From: Orlando, FL
E-mail:

To Laurie G:
In my posting regarding the lingerie store (Perlous) on 114th or 115th, I meant on Liberty Ave, not Jamaica Ave.
Added: January 27, 2011


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

If I remember correctly, there was a lingerie shop on the northeast corner of 115th Street and Jamaica Avenue called Doctrow's.
When I say lingerie, I mean when lingerie was another name for foundation garments... the no-frill kind of corsets for holding you in and not for looks... and stockings (the kind that came in two pieces!).
Added: January 27, 2011


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Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park, NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com

I am really happy that bastard Bartemelo Vernace was caught by the feds and FINALLY 30 years after 2 of the best men I have known in my lifetime, Richie Godkin and John D'agnese will see at least some justice for their murders.
I believe the ultimate justice would be for the Families and Friends of Richie and John to go inside a private room with Vernace and administer "our" own form of justice on that lowlife scum.
Added: January 25, 2011


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

I lived above Wicks Realestate from 196something to 1981.
There was Wicks on one corner... Associates Grocery on another... Starbrights Carpets on another and I can't remember the other but I don't remember it being a lingerie shop.
Added: January 25, 2011


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Rosanne Abamonte
From: Port Richey, Florida
E-mail: gvavasis99@yahoo.com

Life has never been the same since leaving Richmond Hill in the late 70's. JHS 226 and all my friends became a vivid and nostalgic memory. I wish I never left...
Carlos Pizzeria, the candy store on Lefferts and all the people on the block. My brother Pete Abamonte passed away... haven't been back.
It isn't the same anymore. If anyone remembers me... say HEY!!!
Added: January 25, 2011


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

ART GET HEARING THAT... Richie was a stella marine and a great person.
Added: January 24, 2011


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

Well the Jets played a wonderful second half, but what bonehead plays they made in the course of the first half. They couldn't stop Mendenhall. But Sanchez totally out played Big Ben who thru for I believe 109 yards or so, and totally shut down all of the second half.
We screwed up when we had 1st and goal, and setled for the safety. If we score there, were down 24-17. But I guess it wasn't meant to be.
We will be back next year for sure. Go METS.
Added: January 24, 2011


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Patrice Beppler
From: Orlando, FL
E-mail:

To Laurie G:
Regarding the name of the lingerie store... I don't remember one on 112th, but I think there was one on the corner of 114th in the 1950's and 1960's called "Perlous".
Added: January 24, 2011


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

Well, the boys gave it a go 14 unanswered points!
All most pulled it off. As we use to say for the Brooklyn Dodgers "Wait Until Next Year"
Added: January 24, 2011


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Paula Wunder
From: Long Island, N.Y.
E-mail: Paulasplaypal@gmail.com

I am Paula Wunder, a PS 55Q grad student from 1960-1967, a JHS 210 grad student from 1967-1969, and a Richmond Hill High student from 1969-1973.
I lived on Lefferts Blvd. and 95th Ave for most of my life, then 102 Street and 89 Ave, then Hamilton Beach for 5 years, then Howard Beach for 12 years, and now, Long Island.
For those of you who remember PS 55Q during the 1960-67 years or from the other schools we attended, maybe you remember one of my dearest friends, Patrice Napolitano. It is with deep sorrow and a very heavy heart that I inform you all of her passing last night after a very brave, long, and excruciating battle.
If there is anyone that still has any of the class pictures of those years and would be willing to share them, I would be most grateful since mine were compromised and lost during a theft. We had many great years in Richmond Hill... Smokey Park Oval, etc. and if anyone knows where I can find Pamela Deede or Irene Rohr or Elizabeth Harris, please let me know. I have made contact with most everyone else.
Thanks and God bless you all.
Added: January 23, 2011


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Richard Ohle
From: New York City
E-mail: Richard@RBKKinspects.com

I am over joyed that my friend Richie's murder and that of John D (my younger brothers friend) shall be avenged.
Brian Godkin IMHO is the one who got it rolling as a Federal Marshall. Gooooooooooo Godkins
Richie had a huge impact on my life, I was fortunate enough to know him before and after his tour in Viet Nam. I worked with Richie at the SQBC as a kid.
I also worked at Camp Butler where I have many fond memeories of Richie. How he so enjoyed those kids & they him. I was there when he shot the bear that attacked the cook at Butler camp. I am so glad for his Wife, Son, and Daughters.
He will live forever in my mind. What a good man :-)
Added: January 23, 2011


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Rosemarie Olivet
From: Golden, Mo.
E-mail:

I posted a comment with an interest of contacting some of my old classmates a couple of days ago. The next day I received an email from a foreign country requesting involvement for funds. Today I received another one.
Has anyone else received those right after signing on this site? Thank you.
Added: January 22, 2011


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

For anyone who remembers the double murder in the Shamrock Bar located at 86-09 Jamaica Ave. on April 11, 1981.
A Bartolemo (Bobby) Vernace, was just arrested, along with 127 members of the five mob families here in New York and he will be charged in those murders.
Added: January 22, 2011


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

To Laurie G.:
From your description I gues you're not talking about Liberty Avenue because the Chase on 112th Street corner has been a bank since at least 1940. It was at one time a Bank of Manhattan branch and was taken over by Chase in the late 50's.
I believe you have the wrong corner as that old library has been there forever (if it's still there).
Hope this helps... can you asdive what time period you were referring to?
Added: January 21, 2011


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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:

Hi Laurie, In response to your question. I believe you mean Drobbins.
It was on 112th Street and Jamaice Avenue. They were two brothers who own it- one of their names was Bert. Regards, Anthony
Added: January 21, 2011


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

Bill: It's going to be close, Jets win it 27-24.
Added: January 21, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Rosemarie (Lehman) Olivet Ph.D., B.S.N.
From: Golden, Missouri
E-mail: rose529@peoplepc.com

Lived in Richmond Hill in the 50's.
Forget the street, took bus and had to walk through very long railroad tunnel. Went to Jamaica Voc. H.S. and Mary Immaculate Hospital Sc. of Nursing.
Looking for classmates from my class of '59. Some neighbors in my neighborhood were Jimmy Tuite, Sylvia Rooney (in contact with her), the Rebando's (own small grocery store) and the Tracy's. And, Anna Rugel.
Would love to hear from anyone in these areas. I am married, have two children and four grandchildren.
Added: January 20, 2011


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Laurie G
From: New York
E-mail:

Does anyone remember the name of the lingerie store that I think was on 112th street where the Chase Bank is now?
The old library used to be next door. My friends and I cannot remember the name and it is driving us crazy!!!
Added: January 19, 2011


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

As another snowy winter bears on us, I recall some of the big blizzards of my childhood. There was one around 1959 or 60, where I know the snow was up to my shoulders or worse (I was 4 or 5).
Snow clothes for a small boy included leggings and layered sweaters scarf and muffins so you could hardly move your arms. Woolen mittens and scarves that easily got soaked. The taste of icy wool as you wrapped the scarf around your face to ward off the cold. Everyone made snowmen and snow forts or igloos.
Neighborhood kids would choose up sides for snowball fights. Even with 0 or 1 car families there was little place to put all the snow, and city services might not get to your street to plow for a few days. People would dig out their cars and put their garbage pails in the street as place holders - a distasteful practice that I'm glad I don't have to deal with today.
When you were a kid, the first thing you'd do ina snowfall is assess the "packing" quality. Powdery dry snow was the worst, and wetter snow was much better for snowballs. We all knew the danger of an iceball - a snowball packed with shards of ice that were window breakers and injury causers. Any other snowball was fair game, and nailing someone in the face with one had all the exhilaration of watching a Tom Seaver fastball striking out Mays.
Buses were favorite targets, although I must admit that one of my worst child hood offenses was having a snowball sail through an open Q8 door (the busdrivers would sometimes drive with the front door open because the buses got so hot). In any event, it sailed through the door and hit the driver in the head.
I felt so bad - it was my favorite driver, a balding thin, quiet middle aged guy who drove that route for years. He stopped the bus and looked around, and I tried to blend as innocently as possible. For years I worried each time I got on his bus that he would recognize and remember me as the perpetrator.
A couple of years later, giving in to the taunts of a Jamaica kid hanging out the rear window, I had no such regrets of nailing him between the eyes with a fastball as he dared me to. As the bus drove away he screamed he would remember my face and get me some day.
For two years I worried I'd run into him in junior high school - maybe even today.
Added: January 19, 2011


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

Dennis, great to see u, glad you stop by and yes its amazing the j...e...t...s won and we were their on our home turf to see the upset.
Great day everyone made it home safely, not sure what were doing next week... need a few days off after that party...
Paul... you came close on the score... and I have the jets meeting the pack in the super bowl... with my jets winning...
Added: January 18, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Robert Sparnicht
From: Temple City, CAA
E-mail: sparnicht@sbcglobal.net

Wow! Every home town should have a blog as extensive as Richmond Hill.
I write because in researching our family history from Brooklyn, that our family had it's origin on 90th Avenue, Richmond Hill. Just found out today. I have a collection of family pictures, probably close to 100 of Brooklyn when it was rural---1900s. But no names attached that I have found.
Of Brooklyn, I know little except that at age 7 I spent a week in Brooklyn Methodist Hospital---porbably 1947. All I can remember were the trolleys going bye. I did take the entrance exam for Brooklyn Prep back then but landed at Chaminade. Them were the days!
Best to you all from the West Coast.
Added: January 18, 2011


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

Louise Garretto:
Thanks for setting Louis's school record straight!
PS: I met up with some of Louis's former classmates from HCJ on Sunday (Jet game) in the Austin Ale House.
Billy Heaney, Tommy O'Connor, Tony Peretta, and Billy's younger brother Kevin. Tony you may recall was the guy that Louis especially liked. He helped Louis "sneek" me in with their class for Sunday Mass each week. We had a grand old time.
I had not seen Tony since I was about 12 years old, Billy must have been 14 years old, and Tommy, last seen him in my early twenties.
There was also Mike Ridge from HS (Bishop Loughlin), Jeff Lovering (Richmond Hill), Tom Ozborne (St. Regis), and others from (Molloy HS) and all points north, south, east, and west.
Louis was smiling for sure. This website really does rock!
Added: January 17, 2011


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

Watching the Jets take those New England chums apart was great.
Now its on to the Steelers.
Added: January 17, 2011


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

Billy: We did it.
I was close on score 24-17. Actual 28-21. Now on to Pittsburgh for a 27-17 win. They played great, stopped Brady, (had his mediocre day).
Hope all you Jet fans out there are happy. Were going all the way.
Added: January 16, 2011


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

Dennis Doyle and Bob Rainis:
My cousin, Louis Pante, DID attend St. John's Prep for the first semester of his freshman year. He and his family moved from Richmond Hill in January of 1968 and he attended and graduated from Danbury High School.
After his death in December 1978, there was an award established in his name given to a graduating athlete.
Added: January 16, 2011


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

Bob Rainis:
I'm fairly certain that Louis Pante (RIP) went to St. Johns Prep but only for the freshman year. He and his family moved to CT., and he had completed his HS in CT.
Wow, Greg Juchem! I have fantastic memories of him. I believe he was the only guy in Richmond Hill that was already playing guitar before the Beatles came to the Ed Sullivan show. He was a great musician. We used to play music down in his basement. We had a band for a little while and he played also with Mike McCormick (RIP). I'm pretty sure Greg went on to become a professional musician/producer/recording engineer extraordinaire. I also got to see Richie at the HCJ Reunion in September 2010. He looks great, and has not changed that much after so many years.
Hopefully we will get together for that drink!
Added: January 15, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Linda Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com

To: Bob Winter,
Yes, I'm married to Tommy (for 35 yrs.) He has spoken of you often over the years. He always said you were "the coolest guy" when he was a kid! I remember carrying our bikes up to the 3rd floor in that apartment - we also used to hang out on the roof.
Tom spoke to Paul La Vecchia today - he lives in Delray which is very close to Boca. They'll be talking in the near future about getting together.
Added: January 15, 2011


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

Billy:
We need to jam up the middle, with Cromartie and Revis on the oustide, Brady goes up the middle where Poole and Smith are, thats where he tore them up last time.
We need to stick Cro or Revis (one of them, in the middle). Plus, Sanchez, Tomlinson, and 1 or 2 revceivers have to come up big (Braylon Edwards). Should be a great game. Enjoy. Remember 24-17. J-E-T-S, J-E-T-S, J-E-T-S.
Added: January 15, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
bob rainis
From: Long Island / Bronx
E-mail:

wonder if a 'collar" were to walk into the Ale House and offered to buy a round for the HCJ '67 graduates, would they turn away from the screen? More then likely not, enjoy Billy, say hi to Tony and Mark (and Dennis Doyle).
Yesterday, my youngest Zachary waited for the mail to arrive. Catholic HS pick results were to arrive... he made the two which he applied (put one in 2x'). Brought me back to '67 when I got into SFP and st John's (Loughlin was the DHS, always 3rd choice).
Went to the "real" Prep mostly becasue louis pante (RIP) was goin'... but he never did.
Two others from '67 did, Greg Jucheum and Rich Richert. Did compete against Andy Shea in freshman swimming... "we" won of course! This year is the 40th anny of HS graduation for the classes who graduated grammar school in 67... wow, I did the math
Added: January 15, 2011


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

To Paul and Linda,
All the way out here there is a JET BAR. Not being a big Jet Fan, but being a New Yorker I have to route for them.
On another Note, Linda are you Tommy's wife? If so, tell him I said hi. We lived in the apartment building on 115 street.
Added: January 14, 2011


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

Paul, agree with your final score...
j...e...t...s...24... the brady bunch 17... its going to be a special day in queens... go jets
Added: January 14, 2011


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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

Still trying...
Anyone recall Frank Garrafollo (probably not the right spelling) from HCJ back in the 50's? What about Anthony Market, Kenneth Erwin, James Dooley, all HCJ alumns from 57-58?
Added: January 14, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

LET'S GO JETS! From all over the country!!!!
Added: January 14, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Keith Williams
From: Hilton Head S.C.
E-mail:

Christine Hastings, are you out there?
We were neighbors in Jamaica but you moved to RH across from Smokey Park. You have a sister Vicky.
I lived on 95th ave on the corner, thats where I know you from.
Added: January 13, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
patrick rhatigan
From: 102 98 ave
E-mail:

1957 to 1967
Added: January 13, 2011


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

Dennis, we will be there all day, have to take two trains in, most likely a two hour trip... not bad coming in, its the ride home to the shore that's a problem... lol... unless we can get a d/d/ to take us... but we will be there at 1'oclock...
We've been doing this for about 14 years now and every year it gets bigger... so it should be a good day...
We have the first room to the left when you walk in... looking to seeing you... Bill
Added: January 13, 2011


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

Linda: I go to Boston's on the beach in Delray were I live, and they hate us (Jet Fans).
They will pull off the upset of the century with a 24-17 win. Revenge is sweet.
Brady's due for a mediocre game and we'll be ready (GO JETS)
Added: January 12, 2011


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

Had to write in when I heard the Jets mentioned.
We are all huge Jets fans in our house despite living in Florida for over 15 yrs. Tom hung a very large Jets flag on our fence at the start of football season to show our support and to annoy the Dolphin fans!
We even have Packy's Sports Grill right down the street from us which is also known as South Florida's official Jets bar.
Very exciting to have our team in the playoffs-hope we can finally beat the Pats!
Added: January 11, 2011


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

Bill Heaney! I will do my best to be there 1 o'clock.
This past Saturday I went to the final Holy Child Jesus Church / School 100 Year Gala Event. It was fantastic!
Added: January 11, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Audrey Akins
From: Northern Virginia
E-mail: c21audrey@mindspring.com

Anyone remember the Class of 1963? Remember Terry Jordan and Carolyn Ingram?
Added: January 11, 2011


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

Dennis, this comming sunday, jan 16 we will be meeting up at the austin ale house for the playoffs games.
We do this every year, and this year like last is special, the jets are in it again. If your interested there will be a host of nitwits from the old neighborhood, the likes of tommy oconnor, tom osborn, tony peretta, myself, mike ridge, mark rollins.
hope you can stop by... Bill... starts at 1 oclock.
Added: January 11, 2011


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

Herb: I hope you find this A/hole.
I saw a lot of bullying in RHHS in the 60's. There is a guy or two I would like to meet myself. Although I was never bullied (I could defend myself so I was never picked on). There are guys who I saw beat up others that I wish I could meet now.
Unfortunetly, today's environment has become as volitile as then.
Added: January 11, 2011


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Martha Doelling Lindgren
From: Sandy, Utah
E-mail: mdlclogger1@msn.com

I attended RHHS 1940-1-2. I did not graduate as my family moved to Utah.
I am interested in finding out what happened to some dear friends. Hazel Moody, Dorothy Wilson, Gloria Mattor, Dorothy Israelsen, Robert Reeves. We graduated from Elementary School in 1939.
Also wondered what happened to my type teacher, Miss Ella Gunther.
Added: January 9, 2011


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

Dear Sal and Dominick,
Thanks for your wonderful comments. It truly is awe-inspiring to know that this humble website could connect so many people in so many ways due to the shared memories and love of Richmond Hill.
Thanks for your appreciation regarding the efforts of the RH Historical Society and our guestbook. Your special comments make all the efforts worthwhile!
Added: January 9, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Dominick Augello
From: Diamond Bar Ca.
E-mail: dominick@jainternational.com

It is really nice to sit and read all these entries from fellow Hillites.
Then you wonder how fortunate we were to grow up in Richmond Hill. I wish you all a prosperous new year, let's keep filling these pages up. Thank you Dennis and your staff for all your hard work.
Added: January 9, 2011


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Herb Gettelson
From: New Jersey
E-mail: hgettelson@aol.com

I graduated RHHS in 1957.
When I was 7 or 8 years old, Walter Ruckus, a class bully in PS 51 sucker punched me and left me laid out in a stairwell. I was rushed to the hospital with internal bleeding, but luckily survived.
My family never reported this incident to the police, and by the time I returned to school, he was already graduated. I missed an entire year of school. If anyone knows where this bully is, tell me so that I can go and beat the crap out of him.
Added: January 7, 2011


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

Dear Mike,
Thank you for writing and making the distinction betweeen "Michaels". Yes, many people will miss our dear classmate. I personally know that he was was happy to reunite with us at the 30th and 40th reunion parties.
I wish you a long, healthy, and successful life. May you continue to add your thoughts and comments to this wonderful site devoted to our beloved neighborhood, Richmond Hill.
Added: January 6, 2011


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

Mr Doyle,
I want to extend New Year's wishes to you and the staff at the RH Historical society - you've created and maintained a virtual community that is so important to us who no longer live in town.
Because of this guest book, I've reconnected with more than a dozen old friends and classmates (even the family of my second grade teacher!) - some of whom I had not heard from or seen in almost 40 years. Many of them never post here, but are readers just the same. I can't tell who how grateful I am to not only recollect here some of the great memories we all have of growing up in town, but then having the delight to receive an e-mail from someone I knew who read a post.
So, not only has this site helped rekindle the flame of old memories, but in my case also allowed me to renew old friendships. As great as it is to read these posts, that pales in comparison with suddenly hearing from an old neighbor or friend. It's of great comfort to be able to recollect with them old experiences that not only is a trip down memory lane, but also confirms something we always knew - that growing up in Richmond Hill wasn't really about schoolyards,parks, restaurants, or bars. It was about a place that was about the people, (then, and because of you, now also)
The other night, two of those people who were really close friends in the old days swapped more than 50 rapid fire emails in about 90 minutes - all recollecting old friends and experiences. It was like finding treasures in your attic.
A heartfelt thank you. Keep up the great work.
Added: January 6, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
TOM BLANK
From: LI
E-mail: TOMGENIE@aol.com

Although I have written a few times, mostly I just read other entries and enjoy this site.
The Blank Family lived in RH from the 30's and many of my family served in WWII. We all migrated to LI and by the late 50's were gone from RH.
My father was a Bartender for Baumans Bar and Grill, and my mother ran the Kitchen for Business Mens Lunch, Dad also worked for Ryan's Tavern and the Democratic Club.
It never failed when the Family was together, the good times in RH were the subject of many a conversation.
The last year we lost my cousins George and Eddie Blank, both really good softball players for Baumans 3/6 Club, The Atomics, The Royals, The Owl Tavern, and The Idelwild Bombers.
My sister Elizabeth (Betty) also passed in Nov., so we are getting down to fewer and fewer Blank's that lived in RH, but we will be sure that our children and their children know that the best place in the world to grow up was RH.
Thank you for this page, Tom Blank
Added: January 5, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
mark young
From: baton rouge la 70837
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com

i also was a classmate of michael romanos, sorry to here of his passing.
i send my condolences to his family and friends in our guestbook he will be deerly missed.
Added: January 4, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Mike Romano
From: USA
E-mail:

Just a note to clear up any confusion:
I am the "Mike" who has occasionally submitted comments and recollections on this website.
To those of you who knew the "other Mike", (to whom I am not related), I offer my heartfelt condolences on his recent passing.
And to Edi, who apparently remembers him fondly, real friendship lasts forever, as do the great memories of the old neighborhood in which we all grew up... here's hoping the new year brings us new memories to cherish in the days ahead...
Added: January 4, 2011


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

Sad to report of the death of our brilliant classmate, Michael Romano. He will be sadly missed. He was in the RHHS class of '65.
Michael was a contributor to this guest book.
Added: January 3, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: NY/PA
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net

HAPPY NEW YEAR...
God's Blessings on all of you! May you be at peace - in your families - in your lives - in your hearts. I thank God that I am!
Added: January 3, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
John Trainor
From: Suffolk Co., NY
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

John Spataro, your comments of Jan, 1, touched me.
They were similar to an experience of mine after receiving the Host. I found myself as something totally spiritual, but the rest does not lend itself to easy description. Enough to say I felt wonder for the Divine.
Thank you for your comments.
Added: January 3, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Jimes E. Stoothoff Sr.
From: Orlando Fl.
E-mail:

Great site
Added: January 3, 2011


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

Dear Mary,
I am truly sorry for your loss. I remember Stanley from RHHS. He was a real GOOD GUY. My sincere sympathies for you and family. Dennis - class of '71.
Added: January 2, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Mary E. Saxon
From: washington, dc
E-mail: msmaryrocks2@gmail.com

my brother "Stanley Sinclair" attended Richmond Hill and graduated in June 1971, he died this year---peace out
Added: January 1, 2011


Submitted by Comments:
Joseph Spataro
From: Mineola, N.Y.
E-mail: jspataro8@gmail.com
One Sunday at SBJL, 1943, believing that Jesus was truly present in the tabernacle, Eddie Schmitt and I received Holy Communion. When Mass was over and we rose from our pew, to depart the church, I didn't feel the floor beneath my feet.
John Aab graduated from SBJL when I graduated catechism instructions. The fool says in his heart "There is no God." Psalm 52;1 Just one among the many, see Numbers 12;6. God bless!
Added: January 1, 2011
Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Thank you All for your continued comments throughout the years... A Healthy and Happy New Year to our Members, Friends, and Visitors!
Added: January 1, 2011

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