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COMMENTS FROM 2012

Submitted by Comments:
Steve Batthany, MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany35@aol.com
May all of you who grew up in Richmond Hill in the 40s, 50s, and 60s (yes & even in the 70s, 80s, 90s) remember how great it was to live and mature in a "Real Neighborhood".
Let us recall the things that brought disaster to families like drugs. I ask you all to remember my kid brother, who was introduced to heroin on 116th street and Liberty ave and died, wih a syringe in his arm in Central Park.
It's time to fight back against all the things that have ruined the "Richmond Hilll" I knew, love, and remember. To all you "neighbors" A Happy & Holy New Year! (If it be God's Will) And let us to bring back the "Good old Days in the USA.
Added: December 31, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
john trainor
From: suffolk co ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Best wishes for the New Year, Peace to all.
Added: December 30, 2012


Submitted by Comments:
Pete Mastellone
From: Virginia
E-mail: vin69vette@sc.com
Went to P.S. 55, then J.H.S. 210, then Hillcrest High, and lived on 131st and 101st ave over Bellmans Bakery.
Hung out at P.S. 55 schoolyard from 1965-1977 when I graduated and moved out to the island. So glad I came across this site, brought back Lots and Lots of memories...
Anyone from that area around that time?... Mike Brancato, Jeff Triolo, Richie Obst, Paul Gallagher, Many Many More...
Added: December 29, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Peter Donohue
From: Long Island NY
E-mail: Peterdonohue@verizon.net
I grew up with the Four family who owned the Triangle Hofbrau restaurant. I have since lost touch with them. Would anyone kindly provide contact info for Mark, Lorraine or their children, Marcel, Debbie or Darlene?
Thank you in advance for any info you may provide that I could reconnect with them. Sincerely, Pete Donohue.
Added: December 29, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Louise Garretto
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: LMG821@hotmail.com
Dennis Doyle,
Thanks so much for another year of posting our memories on this website. You keep us all connected to Richmond Hill no matter where in the world our lives have taken us.
Again, many thanks. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year.
Added: December 28, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Back at you Marilyn!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Added: December 26, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Bob Lowry
From: San Diego
E-mail: TailgunnerBobL@aol.com
Merry Christmas to all the Richmond Hillers.
Added: December 24, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, FL
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
Bob and I want to wish all of our friends of Richmond Hill a very merry Christmas, and a healthy new year . :)
Added: December 24, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
cristina echemendia
From: San Jose, CA
E-mail: echemendia_c@vta.org
I lived in Queens New York 0n 124th Street and graduated from PS 54 in 1974, I think.
I remember Frankie Davila who lived on 125th. He was the biggest boy in 6th grade and I remember he was very nice to me.
I had just moved to the city from Spain and had a horrible time in grammar school. Frankie you were so nice to me out of all the other kids that picked on me and harrased me (especially the boys) I haven't forgotten. Thanks a bunch.
If I didn't talk to you much or avoided you it was because I was shy and and overwhelmed. Anyway hope you're doing well in your life and wishing all the best Christmas and New Years.
Added: December 24, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Charles White
From: East Stroudsburg, PA
E-mail:
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Grew up in Richmond Hill near Lefferts Blvd and 103rd Ave during the 1950-1960s. Still remember the fun at Smokey Park playing ball, the shopping along Liberty Avenue, the "hikes" up at Forest Park, and the "troubles" at RH High School.
Added: December 21, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail:
Though we're all so busy during this season, I just want to wish everyone a "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!"
Best wishes for health and happiness for all, along with peace in the world.
A big hello to my friend Mr. Wood! :)
Added: December 19, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmnond Hill
E-mail:
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
87th Street at 88th Avenue, Woodhaven, NY 11421. Contact: Parish Office 718-847-1353.
The True Christmas Spirit is Alive at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Woodhaven. There are many ways to celebrate Christmas at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Woodhaven.
On Christmas Eve, December 24th, at 4:00 PM, there will be a Musical Prelude to celebrate the birth of Christ featuring the St. Thomas Junior Choir – 25 voices singing the Glory of God at Christmas. This will be followed by a Mass at 4:30 PM. At 11:30 PM there will be a Prelude of Sacred Music celebrating the birth of Christ featuring the St. Thomas Choir and guest soloists. This will be followed by a solemn concelebrated Mass.
There will be three Masses on Christmas Day – 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, and a 12:30 Mass in Spanish. All Masses will include sacred music.
Please join us at Mass in music and prayer as we put Christ in Christmas. For more information, please call 718-847-1353. The church is located on 87th Street at 88th Avenue in Woodhaven.
Added: December 18, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
steve batthany
From: San Francisco California
E-mail: ebatthany35@aol.com
In rainy cold California.
Wait till i get those Beach Boys!
Added: December 18, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
its that time of year again, always think of the tree lighting at the park...
wow fond memories.
Added: December 17, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Sal Barcia
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail:
Please beware of some phony emails being sent to posters here by someone claiming to be a former Richmond Hill resident now with cancer who wants to give all of his assets away.
The sender may use the name Arthur Espy, but his use of grammar, and lack of knowledge about RH beyond what has been posted here is suspect. By all means do not reply to these emails, or in any way send personal information, especially bank account information.
There are many internet predators who are using innovative ways to fleece good people.
Added: December 16, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Merry Christmas / Happy New Year To All,
May you all have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
I left Richmond Hill in 1954 but I still have fond memories of a simpler time and place as crazy as it sounds. I would love for all of us to go back to to that simpler time if only in our minds during the Christmas Season this year. I remember all the hustle and bustle back then people scurrying about gathering all the soon to be under the tree presents.
Our parents were masters at keeping a secret about what it was we were getting because it mattered to us and to them.
We lived in a world were people weren't trying to strike down Christmas but encouraging with it with every breath (I Loved That World Passionately). All the kids I knew enjoyed the shear anticipation of what was to come if you were good. H ey there were years when I had to return the lump of coal I had received the year before to break even LOL.
Anyway lets pause for a moment this Christmas Season and think back to those simpler times and the fun times we had in a Safe and Special Community, Richmond Hill, Queens NY. Ken, Huggs To All
Added: December 15, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, FL / Long Island, NY
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
I am planning a reunion for the class of RHHS 1965, and it will take two years to gather info.
I made both the 30th and 40th reunion parties, which were fun and successful. This time, I am planning an exciting cruise. Other classes are welcome, as well as friends and family. My info is 8 years old, so I need updates. The cruise will be from Monday to Friday in May 2015, and it will leave from Florida.
If you are intereseted, or know of the whereabouts of other classmates, please send their current info to my email address with the heading, Reunion Cruise. The parties were great, but the cruise will be fabulous and memorable. I hope you will join us for a "trip of a lifetime".
Thanks, Edi Beckler Goldberg
Added: December 15, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
John Campisi
From: Covington, N.Y.
E-mail:
Whatever happened to the plans to re-activate the LIRR spur which cuts through Forest Park near the old Medico pipe factory?
It's been in the planning stages since the early 1970's... by now, the saplings sprouting through the tracks over the years must be as big as sequoias!
Added: December 14, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Virginia Gambardella
From: Va.
E-mail: vcgamby530@aol.com
To: Laura G,
The Chase Manhattan Bank was on the south west corner of 115 Street in Richmond Hill, that bank was there much before 1940.
The Richmond Hill Savings bank was on the south west corner of 116 Street and Jamaica Ave.
Added: December 11, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Robert Jones
From: Va.
E-mail: rev047@aol.com
Used to live on 97th ave, and 125th st...
loking for friends I grew up with... Warren Parks, Jimmy Neubauer, 5 Plant sisters, girl back in 1956 would have been 6... person that I used to walk to first grade in PS 55... name was Rita
Added: December 9, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
Trying to find Sandy Greene from Kew Gardens for a friend named Louise Esposito.
They went to RHHS together and graduated in 1966. Please send me any info. Louise and she were good friends. Thanks, Edi.
Added: December 9, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Joseph Burke
From: Clayton, NC
E-mail: Jbee262@gmail.com
I attended OLPH and graduated in 1963 and then went to John Adams HS.
Actually, my freshman year was spent at the annex which was Woodrow Wilson HS near Baisley Pond. During my sophomore year (1965) at the Main Bldg I had swimming class as part of my PE requirement.
Hard to believe but back then the boys class (separate from the girls class) were not allowed to wear bathing suits. I've been trying to find out when this practice (finally) stopped (and maybe how somebody finally decided this was not right).
Added: December 8, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Patrice Boland
From: Sonoma Co. Ca.
E-mail: mpbqzo@yahoo.com

To Maria Catalanotto:
I just fell upon your post from last April; what a great site. I attended G of H and do remember you! I grew up on Hawtree Steet off Linden Blvd (before aqueduct race track) Later moved to Woodhaven & Jerome Ave.
My Mom finally moved from 103 St. where Our Lady of Wisdom burned down across the street from Mrs. Codd and Barbara Jean Benz. God, how am I remembering this stuff?! Merry Christmas
Added: December 7, 2012


Submitted by Comments:
Bill Christensen
From: Village of Collonie, New York
E-mail: spill4917@verizon.net
Anyone know what happened to and old friend of mine. Elizabeth Hijak.
Lived in the apt. house on 120 st off Liberty and worked at Roses. Drug Store at the corner of Liberty and 120 st for a while. She went to Richmond Hill HS.
I lived on 120 st between Liberty and 107 ave from 1945 to 1968. Worked at Ed's Superette from 1960 to 1962. Grauated from John Adams HS 1962.
Know all the places that people write about. Hung out at Karps Ice Cream Parlor a lot. There must have been 5 or 6 on Liberty from 122 st to 115 st.
To the fellow who worked at Sam's, sorry I did not get back to you but lost the e-mail address. If you would like try again I will not lose it this time. I read the RHHS every week and what other people write always bring back memories that had been forgotten.
Added: December 6, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Could never figure out how the odd fellows that ran the candy stores made a living.
We had one on 115 Street across from a barber shop and between 86th Avenue and Jamaica Avenue with an old guy that would sell penny candy and not much else. Maybe there was a bookie operation going on?
Anyway still enjoy reading all the posts as an old time Richmond Hiller.
My folks owned a summer home at Breezy Point and Dad would commute to downtown NY by way of the ferry. I truly grieve for the people at Breezy and for that matter everyone affected by Sandy.
Hello Marilyn!
Added: December 4, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail:
To Denise Martin,
Yes Jack Cassidy grew up in RH, his Mother's home was on 110th st between Atlantic and 91st ave.
We lived at 91-50 and it was the home next door to us.
Added: December 3, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Steve Batthany, MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany35@aol.com
Leaving for California Bay Area on 12 Dec. Want to say Merry Christmas and a Happy & Holy New Year to everybody living in and coming from my home town. (By the way I think Richmond Hill needs to be in Caps in your home page text.)
And for you Jeopardy Buffs, "How many vegetable stores are there now on Liberty Avenue and Bonus? How Many Taverns (from, 102 to 125 st)
Added: December 2, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Leo Luna
From: Hendersonville NC
E-mail: Lfllgl@aol.com
Hello, looking for some friends from elemantry school. I lived at 101-22 131st Richmond Hill.
I Went to P.S. 143 for 5 years and P.S. 55 for one year to complete 6th grade in 1990. I was in Mr Gold's class and trying to locate him and a few friends Kevin, Elizabeth, Francis, Nicholas, and Christiana.
I was the one who opened a can of whipped cream and sprayed Mr Gold on my 1st day of class, lol.
He was the best teacher I ever had.
Added: December 1, 2012
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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore, Ok
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net
Bob Nappo: I remember you well.
We hung together on occasion after you got back from Korea. Still shooting pool? We spent our fair share of time at Fast Eddies.
Hope all is well with you.
Added: December 1, 2012
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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando FL
E-mail: sarahward68@hotmail.com
As the Christmas season approaches I think of my growing up years in RH.
Gertz with santa and christmas wonderland and Gertz had a spectacular wonderland. Macys on 169st decorated their trees beautifuly.
Liberty Ave with all its lights and was also buzzing with shoppers. I remember walking in my house and the scent of pine from the real tree we had.
I can't help but remember old friends such as Bruce and Keith Williams and those that have passed on as Diane Teetman, Sherrie Solnet, Jean Eileen Messer, and have been searching on what happened to Edwin and Chino nickname (Hector) who lived on 159 St and Hillside Ave above the realestate.
If anyone has any information please write in. Well may all of my old friends from the past RIP and hopefully we will one day meet again.
I would like to wish all a blessed and safe Christmas season, Phyllis Pollano Martell
Added: November 29, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Gina Santonas
From: Brooklyn, NY
E-mail: gsantonas@aol.com
Hello,
Does anyone know what happened to Christopher and Jennifer Smith who also lived on 111th st? Their amazing mother, Anne, died young of cancer and I know they moved after that.
What about Andy Sirroco? There are so many people I wonder about. I spent the best years of my childhood in Richmond Hill on 111th st between 91st and Atlantic from 1970 to 1980.
I went to Holy Child Jesus which was a wonderful school. All the neighboring kids would walk as a pack to school and back. We would always stop to get penny candy under the El. The bakery on the corner of 111th and Jamaica, Bauers, I think, had the most delicious German goodies. I loved Jahn's hot fudge sundaes (never a fan of the kitchen sink) and the nickelodeon in the back.
It is sad that the neighborhood went a bit down hill after we left but it seems to be getting a resurgence. Every area in New York goes through it.
Added: November 29, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Graduated G of H 1949, RH 1953. Lived on 111 st off Jerome ave.
Worked at Joe's Candy store and Nick and Jim's Butcher shop. Visited the local bars and spent time at the local movies- Itch, Casino, Lefferts. Played baseball 1949-1955 with the RH cardinals, saxons and RHHS. Freinds included John Neivel, Larry Salerno, Charlie Rome, Pat Norberry, Bob Hill, Al Rynolds.
Would like to here from some of the old gang.
Added: November 29, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmnond Hill
E-mail:
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
87th Street at 88th Avenue, Woodhaven, NY 11421. Contact: Parish Office 718-847-1353.
Let There Be Light at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Woodhaven.
Please join us on Saturday evening, December 15, 2012, at 5:30 PM following the 4:30 PM Mass as we light the parish property in anticipation of Christmas. All are welcome to attend.
In celebration of the Birth of Christ, join us in making our parish and neighborhood just a little bit brighter this year.
Please join in helping to light the trees in the 88th Avenue Garden of the Church for the entire Christmas season.
Join us as we grow closer to the celebration of the Birth of Christ as we bless the outdoor Nativity Scene and light the gardens around the historic Church of St. Thomas the Apostle. It's a lovely way to get into the true spirit of Christmas. Please join your neighbors and friends for this special holiday event.
For additional information, please contact the Parish Office, 718-847-1353.
Added: November 20, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
john trainor
From: suffolk co ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

Marie T Catalanatto, just a short note to your post.
The Carvel on 108th st was a very familiar place to me, spent some time inside the store with a friend who worked there, Don LaRocca. One of the owners was nicknamed Chumpy and drove a Bonneville, one of the hot cars of the 50's, early 60's.
All the places you mention were my hangouts as well, though I think more than a few years before you. A wonderful place to grow up in.
Added: November 19, 2012


Submitted by Comments:
Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:
Joe Matragrano,
email the name of the Lefferts Movie tough guy to Dr Batthany.
Added: November 19, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Dawn Aiu
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
E-mail:
Does anyone remember a store on Jamaica ave around 105th street called Frankin's Variety store? Could you tell me when it closed and any other information?
Also, if anyone could give me any info on a John Taylor who lived in Jamaica for many years. I think his wife's name was Lorraine. They had one daughter whose name might have been Michelle. They were still living in Jamaica in the 1980's. John was a manager of an A&P supermarket in or near Richmond Hill on Jamaica Ave.
Thanks again for any help.
Added: November 16, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Dawn Aiu
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
E-mail:
Hi,
Does anyone remember the Thompson Family who lived on 104th St and Jamaica Ave probably from 1950 to 1980.
The parents were Roy and Irene and had three daughters, Ginny (deceased) Ruth, and Nancy.
The dad had a window washing business in the Richmond Hill area. They were a wonderful family and I would like to get in touch with Nancy. Also, John Taylor who was a manager of an A&P or another large grocery chain on Jamaica Ave in the 60's. John had red hair.
Thanks for any help. Dawn Franklin Aiu
Added: November 16, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Denise Martin
From: Nassau Co
E-mail:
Hey, Richmond Hill Folks: is this one true?
My mother says that Jack Cassidy, father of David Cassidy, had family living in Richmond Hill and that once or twice, he brought second wife, Shirley Jones "home" when he came to visit.
David apparently grew up in New Jersey with his maternal grandparents (his mother was Evelyn Ward) but the paternal Cassidys were "Hillers". Anyone have any additional info?
Added: November 16, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Robert H. Sparnicht
From: Los Angeles, CA
E-mail: sparnicht@charter.net
Just a note to a sad moment in our evolving culture, the dissolution of a once iconic Brooklyn Baking Empire - Continental Baking Company.
The origin being when the OK Baking Company of Richmond Hill, kneaded in a 4 Bakery merger to form The Continental.
My Grandfather, John Harold Sparnicht, once President of the local Bakers' Association and owner of OK, passed away in 1918, a victim of the marauding influenza happening of the time. John was no doubt unaware of the evolving Hostess Twinky Dynasty, but Grandma sure could cook prize winning Apple Pie.
Thanks Grandpa for what you brought about. Bob
Added: November 16, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
sarah ward
From: dublin, ireland
E-mail: sarahward68@hotmail.com
i would like some news about the deegan family.
they had four children in weelchairs... this was in the fifties. their story was in the evening press to raise money to send them to lourds, which they went. they were from carnlough road cabra west dublin.
i would love to read the papers what their story was in. i was too young to know or understand what was going on.
if any one can help me find out more, many thanks. sarah ward
Added: November 16, 2012
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Maria T. Catalanotto - nee Giannone, now Mirabile
From: Valley Stream/Malverne NY
E-mail: redwine@optonline.net
I have been on this site many times and enjoy reminiscing the "old neighborhood".
I lived on 112th Street and 103rd Avenue. It was the type of block where everyone was friendly and I took the A-train at the Liberty Avenue Station at 111th Street.
My friends were Connie Russo and Patrica Colihan. Connnie's parents had a Carvel Ice Cream stand on Atlantic Avenue. My old boyfriend (Peter Giannone) lived on 117th Street and 103rd Avenue. I remember Scaturro's on Liberty Avenue. My brother worked at the Casino Theatre and that is where he met his wife.
I remember Jahn's, St. John's Restaurant, and the Lefferts Theatre. I remember the florist that was nearby as well. I used to get a corsage from there every year. My thirteenth birthday corsage was bubble gum.
Those were the days, my friend.
Added: November 15, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
thomas demartino
From: suffolk
E-mail: seeknay7358@aol.com
Glenns! I had my first drink there.
When Ralph took my order he said have a beer forget about those fancy drinks. I remember Freddy Schmidt and Billy (Mouse). And the Katzer family who owned it. Bob O'Flaherty, Paul Hoffman, all patrons of Glenns.
I worked across the street at Jahns and we always went there to shoot pool and listen to the juke book.
Added: November 13, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Vic Caroleo
From: suffolk county
E-mail: victorcaroleo@aol.com
My Dad grew up in Richmond Hill. He passed on 9/30/2011.
Just felt to let his friends know this info. He will be missed!!
"Don Dominick Caroleo" (landscaper, real estate developer) is with Jesus now... We shall see him again...
Please visit www.vicsinfo.com
Added: November 9, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Joe Matragrano
From: Saint James, NY
E-mail:
To Steve Batthany, MD...
I heard that the manager of The Lefferts Theater, Barney, got his limp as a result of being thrown from the balcony...
I also remember being told the name of the person who threw him but will not mention it here.
Added: November 9, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Steve Batthany, MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany35@aol.com
Where's everybody from Glenns? Do you remember uncle Ralph Panessa, bartender-psychiatrist? His best remark, when asked who he favored in the Joe Louis-Walco heavy weight Championship fight was "Personally, I'm rooting for a double knockout".
And how about Buddy Clifford, or the Earl of Pembrook or even Jack O'Donald, a practising psychologist in Southern California?.
What about Slma or Goge Shute? This was our home away from home? Ok, How about Millie and Barny in the Lefferts? Does anyone remember how Barney got his limp?
We learned to dance, plus our Religion @ Labre on Fiday nights. What a time! What a life!
What a neighbohood!
Added: November 7, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Richard LeAndro
From: Wellington, Fl
E-mail: rwleandro@gmail.com
This is absolutely the best site and glad that so many use it.
Some of my fondest memories are from 1935 to 1949 when I lived in RH at 125-16 103 Avenue.
Still communicate with many, many old friends, neighbors, and ball players that lived in area. Found many more on Classmates.com that might help some of you find those you are searching for, and yes there are still many of those among us well into our 80's emailing and keeping in touch.
On my email list are three 1948 RHHS Baseball Team members.
Added: November 5, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
William Volke
From: Dayton, OH
E-mail:
Hoping all my friends are well after Hurricane Sandy.
Grew up in Richmond Hill and still consider it home!
Added: November 2, 2012
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TOM SWIFT
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: TOM@primaryelectric.com
To: Davy O'Halloran
I believe I knew you and your sister Denise, and also John Viggliette.
Just wanted to say hi.
Added: November 1, 2012
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Mike Cummings
From: White Deer, PA
E-mail: mr.mikecummings@gmail.com
I moved to Richmond Hill in 1955. Lived on 114th Street, between 95th and 101st Avenue.
I attended P.S. 53, between 113th and 114th Streets and between Atlantic and 95th Avenues. I was in the last Kindergarten class, but was in the First 1st grade class at P.S. 62. After P.S. 62, I was in the last "graduating" class at P.S. 108.
I still have some Class Pictures from P.S. 62 and P.S. 108. At the time, the intersection of 114th street and 101st avenue was as follows: A vacant lot with D&H Bagel Factory next to it, The knitting mill across from that. Kavon's Department Store, with John's Candy Store down from that. Across from Kavon's, was Rosen's Drug Store. Down 101st Avenue were Schnell's Deli and Eric's Market.
I worked at Al's TV, 111th Street and 101st Avenue, behind Stanley's Deli. I left for the Army in Jan. 1969 and didn't get back to Richmond Hill until 1982.
Moved to PA in 1984 and been here ever since. Hoping the years have been kind to the rest of you.
Added: October 31, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net
Diane Vigliette Haumann:
Seems we have a lot in common, Smokey Park, Candy store, Rockaway etc., with the exception of St. "Bennys".
I attended there for religious instructions, but attended RHHS from 1957-1961. P.S. 55, P.S. 53 (two years) and P.S. 55 again, then P.S. 121.
Added: October 29, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Bob Nappo
From: South Florida
E-mail: bobbyniles@att.net
I went to Richmond Hill High from 1964-68.
Lived on 89th ave and 121st street. Anyone from around there?
Added: October 24, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
yolanda
From: bronx ny
E-mail:
Hello everyone in Richmond Hill what a wonderful site.
My girlfriend (maiden name) Diane Perez used to live on 110th street and Atlantic ave by the Carvel across from the gas station.
I am trying to locate her, I used to work with her at Auto Club of NY in the late 1970's and we lost contact when she got married and left the job. If anyone knows of her please write in, I could use your help.
Hey Diane I hope you read this site and write in, Thanks everyone
Added: October 24, 2012
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mark young
From: BATON ROUGE LA
E-mail: cocozak1@aol.com
Wanted to let Martha McKenzie know that Jack Lord lived on 124 St off 95th Ave, five houses on the left side of the block and also, in his early years hung out in Smokey Park.
Info from a true R. Hiller, N.Y. Yours truly.
Added: October 21, 2012
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Dave O'halloran
From: Williamsburg, VA
E-mail: dwoh05@gmail.com
To Dianne Vigliette:
For a number of years I lived on 101st ave between 127 and 126 sts. Lived in apts over knitting mills. I was sbjl class of 1961.
Your sister Elaine and I went to Molloy dance in my sophomore year (1963?).
There was a bakery on your corner and Tony's barbershop, on the other corner was McGowan's bar and a candy store (the sweetshop?). My early friends were Denny and Ray Burke, Keith Thomas, Roger Scotto. Knew Ronnie and Sonny Gonzalez.
There was Columbia tile on another corner where Q8 bus to Jamaica stopped. Played lots at Smokey and played stickball on 126 st between 101st and 103rd ave. Great days and wonderful memories.
Added: October 21, 2012
Submitted by Comments:
Diane Vigliette Haumann
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: dianehaumann@mac.com
I hung out in Smokey Park and Zimmerman's Candy Store - 127 St and 101 Ave. from 1957 thru 1961.
Graduated from RHHS in June 1961. Went to SBJL Catholic School K thru 8th. Great fun growing up, playing stick ball, hand ball, and hide & seek during summer nights.
Angelo's Pizza, Lefferts Theater, Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor, and Rockaway Playland were some of my favorite places as a teenager.
Added: October 19, 2012
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Eleanore M. J. Marsac
From: Florida
E-mail: frank-n-el@embarqmail.com
Hello, I lived in Richmond Hill from 1938-1950 on 130th Street.
There was an empty lot on the cornor of 130St. and Jerome Ave and some time after (or during) WWII a Billboard was put up there with the names of Men and Women who served from Queens.
My Uncle's name was on it and I never got a picture of the Billboard. Does a picture of this Billboard exist today? If so I would love to see it.
I was only about 8 yrs old when it was there and didn't have a camera. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you. Eleanore
Added: October 18, 2012
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Mike McDonald
From: Farmingdale, NY
E-mail:
I grew up in nearby Glendale (1957-1977).
Had a few friends from Richmond Hill HS and hung out at the Bandshell in Forest Park, Victory Field, Triangle Hofbrau, Jahns, and other "landmarks".
Great memories of a great neighborhood!
Added: October 14, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
The community of Richmond Hill collectively mourns the unfortunate deaths of 4 young men and remembers in prayer the driver of the car.
The impact upon the community is huge and it touches the lives of so many of their friends.
Indeed, the spelling of their surnames are different from those when I grew up in RH. That is one of the blessings of RH, it was and remains a melting pot, or better still a mosaic of peoples and languages.
May God have mercy upon all and grant healing in grief.
Added: October 11, 2012
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Sara Vollaro
From: Richmond Hill Queens NY
E-mail: sararaymond67@gmail.com
Hi, I 'm looking for any information about a young man named Michael S Cody.
He lived in Richmond Hill in the late 1970's. He passed away in a car accident in August 1981, and left behind a son Steven who was 2 yrs old at the time. Steven is now 32 and is looking for any family members or their names.
We know his father had a few older sisters, if any one has any info please contact me at sararaymond67@gmail.com, I am his wife. Thank you.
Added: October 9, 2012
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Frank Ladone
From: Queens New York
E-mail: Frankdowop@yahoo.com

Hello to Lucille Wierichs Rice.
Lived on 106 st. bet 86 an d85 Ave. HCJS Class 1958. Maria Turner in my class. Talked to Mary Finnerin at 100 anniversary.
I am up in Richmond Hill all the time. Grew up their wish I could do it again.
Hope things are well with you and yours.
Added: October 9, 2012


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Martha McKenzie
From: Punta Gorda, Florida
E-mail:
Jack Lord was great as Steve McGarrett on Hawaii Five-O.
It is so sad that only now after his death can I express what it ment to see him on TV. He was on several of the shows during my teen years and I watched for him.
I am sad that I can't meet him in person. However, I do believe that he would be proud of the new take on the character that Alex O'Laughlin in giving Steve on the New Hawaii Fivo-O.
May God Bless and Keep you Jack Lord! With Respect and Love, Martha
Added: October 8, 2012
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Richard Hill
From: Sacramentto, CA
E-mail: dichill@gmail.com
I really miss Richmond Hill :(
I grew up there, but now i am too far away. This site is great... thank you!
Added: October 7, 2012
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john trainor
From: suffolk co ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com

I and my friends tended to hang out on the corner of Liberty and Lefferts.
Hugo's ice cream parlor was a welcome stop, a group of us, boys and girls, jammed into the large booth in the back. We didn't spend much money but as long as we were quite Hugo would let us stay.
Simple, innocent times, good times and warm memories.
Added: October 6, 2012


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Emmett Ross
From: Diamond Bar, California
E-mail:
I really miss those days growing up in Richmond Hill.
Happy I found this website. I am not alone!
Added: October 6, 2012
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Lucille Wierichs Rice
From: Toms River N.J.
E-mail:
Class of 1962 HCJ.
Lived on 107th St 86th Ave, 2 doors from the Finnerans after they moved 105th street the Turners.
Great memories of playing with the Finnerans and many children on our block.
Added: October 5, 2012
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Alice Ruschmeier Love
From: Graham, NC
E-mail: plove001@triad.rr.com
To Diane Vigliette Haumann:
Did you have a sister Elaine, who graduated SBJL in 1961? I believe I went to school with her.
Added: October 1, 2012
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Paul E. Kubiak
From: Cincinnati, OH
E-mail: pkubiak@cinci.rr.com
I like visiting this site from time to time, brings back memories.
I grew up on 86th ave between 102 and 104 st. Great place to grow up!
Christmas always brings back fun times!
Added: September 29, 2012
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George P.
From: N.Y.
E-mail:
Reading the posts on this site reminds me of many of the small businesses which were a vital part of the neighborhood, and in one way or another provided us with cherished memories of days long gone.
I'm sure many of you remember the China Inn, located on Jamaica Ave. and 98th St., opposite the pool hall (another one of my hangouts growing up)! I'm not sure if the restaurant had a past life as another business (possibly an ice cream parlor or Italian restaurant), but it was a far cry from the Chinese takeout places of today.
This restaurant was an oasis, it had it all: black & white porcelain tile floor, carved oak booths on either side flanked by etched beveled mirrors, Chinese lanterns delicately suspended from the ceiling, and the interior all done in a warm shade of red.
Here was a place you could virtually shut out the clamor of the outside world and enjoy a good meal and private conversation. And the food was excellent, served in blue and white porcelain plates and bowls, accompanied by a pot of steaming hot tea.
The owners were polite and accommodating, and the atmosphere comfortable and relaxing. Did I mention that the bill for an intimate dinner for two rarely topped $10? Of course, I'm time- traveling back to the late 1960's early 1970's, so forgive me if before I leave, I top off the gas tank and take one last look at the old neighborhood the way it used to be...
Added: September 28, 2012
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Diane Vigliette Haumann
From: Wellington, FL
E-mail: dianehaumann@mac.com
I am so happy to have found this sight.
I grew up in Richmond Hill on 127th Street and attended SBJL, Class of 1957 and Richmond Hill High, Class of 1961.
I loved the old neighborhood and can't believe how much it has changed. Would love to find some of my old Grammar School pals.
Let's keep in touch. Thank you Richmond Hill Historical Society.
Added: September 25, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello,
Mike Pallidino are you any relation to Kieth and Angie Pallidino from Nesconset, LI. They are my daughter and son-inlaw just curious.
Ken Ball, 8809 104th street. Proud Richmond Hiller.
Added: September 23, 2012
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Mike Palladino
From: west palm beach, fl.
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net
My wife and I will be driving to N.Y. next Sat. Looking foward to spending at least one day in Ozone Park/Richmond Hill. Many fond memories...
I know the make-up has changed, but just seeing the streets bring a flood of memories back (some good/some not so good) Sadly the house I grew up in, On 103rd St. was torn down. So was my maternal grandparents house (3 doors away).
Still, I love to travel along the streets I haunted as a child/and later as a teenager. Looking forward to it!!
Added: September 18, 2012
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JOAN BURNS ZETTLEMOYER
From: GA
E-mail: zotm72@hotmail.com
Hello I went to PS121 and lived at 130 street Richmond Hill.
I was wondering if any one would have a picture of MARY SHUGRUE (Spelling)? She was my 8th grade teacher and times where hard at home and she never called me stupid or dumb. She turned my life around. Now i am doing a family history and would love a picture of her.
I have searched the net and school places, can't find any thing, would some one help.
Oh I am on facebook. thank you, Joan
Added: September 13, 2012
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Benjamin J. Costa
From: sarasopta, florida
E-mail: bjcosta@comcast.net
i have been looking for yolanda callovi {maiden name] class of 1954, my high school sweethart from along time ago.
she transfared from William C Bryant hs in queens ny to richmond hill hs because of her farther and we lost track of each other when i went in the military.
if anyone knows her where abouts dead or alive. i need too know please help. Ben
Added: September 13, 2012
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Robert Sparnicht
From: Los Angeles, CA
E-mail: sparnicht@charter.net
I'm in possession of my grandfathers' photo album, Charles Augsdorfer.
It represents Brooklyn as a rural community perhaps about the turn of the Century through the '20s. The sad part being that there are no references as to who is in any of the pictures (approx. 50 pictures).
The one reference found being a residence for Arthur Augsdorfer at 1589 Bushwick Avenue. ...I'll keep lookin!
Added: September 12, 2012
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Catherine Balduino
From: 11014 Kimball Avenue
E-mail: Eieiowife@aol.com
Looking for information in regard to the 1920 census.
What district would Kimball Avenue appeared under. Having difficulty finding Mrs. Anna (Alexander) Wilde family, which I know lived on Kimbal in 1918.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Added: September 12, 2012
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Rene Denevan
From: Santa Cruz, CA
E-mail: denevan4@hotmail.com
Re: Charlie Hand
Did you know of Willie's deli on Jamaica/Lefferts? My mom graduated Richmond Hill High in 1948. Grew up on Jamaica as an only child of Wilhelm and Frida Seisler. Her dad owned a deli (or 2) and she said he was also a well known and loved bookie/neighborhood character. He was quite short. She left home for Manhattan that year and lived in a Jewish Girls Service Home in Manhattan, selling poetry on the street before moving to California.
Does anyone remember the Seisler family or Anita Seisler?
Added: September 11, 2012
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Ray Rovegno
From: Nassau, NY
E-mail: rayrovegno@yahoo.com
Hi everyone, I grew up in the '50s and '60s on Kew Gardens Rd and 136 St.
I graduated from Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1962, and am trying to put together a 50TH REUNION of the graduates from that year.
If you know anyone from the '62 class, please have them contact me at: CENACLE62@yahoo.com. Thank you, Ray Rovegno
Added: September 9, 2012
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Helen Hopkins Farley
From: Nesconset, NY
E-mail: Helow143@yahoo.com
Just stopped by the guest book and noticed a remark by Chris Scheid.
I lived across the street from the Scheid family on 123 st off liberty ave. Sharon was a friend of mine as was Tim Prior. We had many a stickball game with the broom handle and also shoveled snow for candy and a pittance. I know that Sharon had a brother Chris. Also their dad was a MD and cared for me at home when I had pneumonia. He was most compassionate.
Since I am now 65 I guess I am in the stage of reminiscing. Richmond Hill provided me with wonderful memories and a great foundation. Isn't nostalgia great?
Added: September 9, 2012
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Richard Daddario
From: Middle Village, NY
E-mail:
I was so looking forward to this year's Forest Park Fair. Too bad it was shut-down early due to Tornado warning. Oh well, better safe than sorry, and look forward to next year.
Many thanks for this website!
Added: September 8, 2012
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Margaret Sullivan
From: South Brunswick, NJ
E-mail:
Grew up in Richmond Hill from 1960-1975 near Woodhaven Blvd.
Great memories of walking and playing in Forest Park, going shopping along Jamaica Avenue, and taking the el train to Manhattan, Rockaway Beach, and Jamaica!
Added: September 6, 2012
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Bob Rickert
From: Wilmington, DE
E-mail: mbrickert@comcast.net
To Brother Timothy Dillon:
Dunton Field was located at Atlantic Ave and 130th St. The team was the Dunton Bombers and they wore pinstripes - like the Yankees.
I enjoyed many games there on a Sunday afternoon but was very chagrined when the man would pass through the "stands" with a cigar box looking for contributions and I had empty pockets.
Added: September 4, 2012
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Jerome W Mackesy
From: Southold, NY
E-mail: jmackesy@optonline.net
To Andrew Mackesy,
You got my name wrong, its Jerome Mackesy. There are not too many Mackesy's, we must be related somehow.
My fathers name was the same as mine, and I seem to remember an Ann Mackesy.
Added: September 3, 2012
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Edith Scullin Nadraus
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail: edithnad@aol.com
Kenneth Ball:
I went to PS 90 with Ronnie, in fact he was my boyfriend at one point. His death had a real impact on me as he was the first person of my own age that I knew who died.
He was a good kid.
Added: September 3, 2012
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Steve Batthany, MD
From: Lake Worth Fl
E-mail: ebatthany35@aol.com
Hey all you fellow Brothers, Boys...
Loughlin is still alive and well and so are many of you classmates. Go to the reunions get involved. Go down to Vanderbilt Av and meet th new Coeds?? who are paying $8K/year (we paid $18/term) and we're able to stand toe to toe with Stuyvesant, Bx HS of Science, and even Ivy League grads.
It's payback time, get involvd with America and your brothers and sisters. Remember how Blessed we were. Give Back!
steve batthany, Loughlin '56, SBJL '52, SBU '59, NY Medical College '64, life 1938, always a kid fom Richmond Hill.
Added: September 2, 2012
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Benjamin J. Costa
From: sarasopta, florida
E-mail: bjcosta@comcast.net
I am looking for yolanda callovi.
High school richmond hill queens, year 1954, transfer from W C Bryant HS, queens n.y. A HS sweethart 50 years ago, thanks for any help.
Would like to talk her.
Added: September 1, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
To Jerome Mackesy...
When I was an altar boy (does one ever become an altar man I wonder) I served with Father Shine. Good memories but he wanted you to say the Latin responses properly not just babble! Ha.
Left RH in '57 but have good memories of old neighborhood. Lived at 114-11 86th Avenue. Near the candy stores, movies etc.
Added: September 1, 2012
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christopher scheid
From: Raleigh NC
E-mail: cscheid4@nc.rr.com
Some stores that are gone but we remember as kids:
Millinery, corset, record, sweet, butcher, TV tube tester, 5 and dime, The hobby shop. Any more?
Added: August 30, 2012
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Brother Timothy Dillon
From: Bayside NY
E-mail:
I am writing for my mother Dorothy Schorndorf who grew up in RHNY from 1930-1955.
Does any one remember a baseball field by the name of dunton ball field?
Added: August 29, 2012
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Andrew Mackesy
From: Rego Park NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com
George Mackesy, you lived at 91-21 112th street. I lived at 91-30 112th street until November 1985.
Every time I drive by Richmond Hill HS, I remember the many fun times I had in the schoolyard there. I hit many home runs over the fences there, one of which hit the church on 114th street.
The schoolyard was my second home as it was to many other kids in the neighborhood. Sadly, this has become a thing of the past as Schoolyards are no longer accesible to anyone either because of overcrowding forces smaller trailer type rooms are put into schoolyards, or because of security reasons, yards are now locked. Kids of this generation truly miss out on some very special times in thier lives.
When I went to the RHHS schoolyard, I was not Andrew Maddis, I was Mickey Mantle, Dave Kingman, Pete Rose at the plate, Dave DeBusschere, Bernard King, and Walt Frazier at the hoop... it didnt matter. The schoolyard was a place where you could live out your sports fantasies and at the same time, get the excercise that kept you at a reasonable weight for the most part. You experienced both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat there. Conflicts were made and settled in the same day. Rivalries were born and maintained. Excellence was achieved, medocrity was not accepted. Friendships were developed and long lasting. You could have a fistfight one day, and be best friends the next. Even academic excellence could be achieved at the yard.
The schoolyard was also a place to take the girl you were in love with to make out with. There were enough nooks and crannies by the building to allow you to be "private". Hearts were broken as well.
The RHHS schoolyard was a special place that sadly is gone forever. It was fun while it lasted though and I will never forget the place.
Added: August 28, 2012
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Emilio Perez
From: East Brunswick NJ
E-mail: Klein2259@aol.com
I'm looking for the Fuchs family.
If anyone can help me I would kindly appreciate it.
Added: April 27, 2012
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walter chip loomis
From: AZ
E-mail:
I went to edison in early 50's.
lived between atlantic and jamaica ave by 121 street
Added: August 27, 2012
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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net
To Charlie Hand...
I lived on 108 St between Atlantic and Jamaica Ave until about the 6th grade. Then moved to 86-52 112st until I was 26. The apartment was on top of Wicks Realty... about 10 feet from the El station. It seemed much closer.
Added: August 27, 2012
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tommy moylan
From: bayshore
E-mail: sfacheem@optonline.net
To Charlie Hand,
I lived on Hillside Ave and 124 St from 1956 till 1977, in fact my Mom is still there.
I remember your father's store but do not no the names you mention. It was a great place to live.
Do you remember summers at PS 54? All sports all day. You don't see that anymore.
Added: August 27, 2012
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George Pett
From: Valdosta, Georgia
E-mail: georgepett@bellsouth.net
I very much enjoy visiting and reading the entries in this guest book.
Thank you Bob Rainis for your words that stir my memories of the Hill. There is something about "home", that calls to each of us, no matter how old we are, nor how far away we have traveled!
I have been very fortunate (although it has very little to do with fortune, and all to do with the grace of God), to have traveled extensively around this world we live in, and experience many different cultures and people(s), with my wife and kids, we just celebrated our 50th anniversary of Holy Matrimony (Patricia is from Scotland) and we are not just married, but still madly in love with each other!
Looking and thinking back to my childhood in RH, I realize we had it all right there - Germans, Greeks, Italians, Irish, protestant, Catholic, Jews - all living together, enjoying one another!
It is not surprising, that as we look back and reflect, that we do it with a certain degree of sadness, as most of what many of us knew and enjoyed is gone, or changed. The parks and flowers and trees have been cemented over, porches, which to me were big "Welcome Mats" to every home have been closed in, and I'm willing to bet that kids don't meet on the streets to play "stick ball" much anymore. (sigh) Alas, what is one to do? I am thankful for the memories, if for only to know that it did happen, it was there, and it was part of what we loved and cherished.
In God's Holy Bible, there is a verse of Scripture found in 1 Corinthians 2: verse 9, thats says: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him". I am looking forward to that with great anticipation - I don't pretend to know exactly what Heaven will be like, because my imagination is limited to the things we have known here on Earth, but I do know this - if there is bluer water than the Mediteranian - it will be there! if there are friends who are more faithful and caring than the ones I have known, they will be there! If there is a love and devotion greater than that which our Mothers gave us, we will experience it there! Great Hope to claim, and me (of so little faith with which to claim it)- The best is yet to come!
Having said all that - I will be somewhat disappointed if there is not a Celestial "Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor", or you can't find a Deli on the streets of gold, where you can get a potato and egg hero! But Thanks be to God Bob, no more visits to Maple Grove! <3
Added: August 26, 2012
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Dawn Ullmann for Malvina Simonson Turner
From: Knoxville, TN
E-mail: dullmannfamily@yahoo.com
I am writing this for my mother, Malvina Simonson Turner.
She is now 89 and was born and raised in RH. If any of her old classmates (or her brother Bill's) are still around I know she would love to hear from you. She is currently living with me in TN.
She lived at the corner of Lefferts and Hillside. Thanks
Added: August 25, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Vinny Smith:
Yes I remember you from Loughlin track, funny how a name pops up on here and all of a sudden you think back... I to graduated from loughin... '71... hcj '67
Bob:
Funny, my summers were spent at rockaway beach, my grandmother for years had a bunglow on 86st... so my summers were spent at the beach... but richmond hill in the hot summers was still a great place to hang out... Especially swimming at the high school, and playing softball, stickball, and having your towel on line for swimming... first 20 kids for a hour swim... lol...
remember mr johnson that big black guy who ran the school yard in the summer... great guy... and mr orouk who was the swimming instructor...
Added: August 24, 2012
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Ralph Montanaro
From: Doylestown, PA
E-mail: rmontana@comcast.net
While I lived in Ozone Park, I spent a lot of time in Richmond Hill and had many friends and fond memories there.
This is a great site to remind myself of those great days.
Added: August 23, 2012
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George Germann
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail: nybbmr@optonline.net
I'm most interested in those who have recollections of PS 121, and in particular the Mothers Club shows that were staged in the 1960's.
My mother, Elizabeth Germann, invested enormous time and energy in these productions, which not only raised money for the school, but enhanced the spirit of community.
Added: August 22, 2012
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Maria T. Mirabile (nee Catalanotto)
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: redwine@optonline.net
I was born in Brooklyn. Shortly after my birth (1953) my parents bought a house in Richmond Hill.
I attended St. Mary Gate of Heaven from 1st grade to 8th grade. Our house was on 112-02 103rd Avenue.
I graduated St. Mary Gate of Heaven in Ozone Park. Some of my classmates were Linda Forster, MaryAnn Smith, Thomas Fusaro, Vincent Gentile - he bullied me relentlessly. The nuns were intimidating and I was always afraid of them. They were bullies if you ask me!
Went to Christ the King High School and had a much happier four years! After graduation walked to the A-train and started work at the Port Authority of NY and NJ. Made some wonderful friends from that company and still see most of them.
My parents moved out of Richmond Hill and bought a house in Malverne. NY. I will always remember the Bungalow Bar truck - the whip ride that would come down the block in the summer evenings.
Life then was simple and pure and safe. And so... the beat goes on!
Added: August 21, 2012
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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net
Jerome Mackesy (Buddy):
Would you be the same "Jerry" Mackesy that worked for the LIRR?
Added: August 21, 2012
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charlie hand
From: raleigh, n.c.
E-mail: crhnraleigh@aol.com
Did anyone live in Richmond Hill closer to Jamaica ave?
All i see are comments from people who lived closer to Liberty ave or 102 or 103rd ave.
I lived on Jamaica ave between 125 and 126 street. My father had a candy (stationery) store there from the late 50's to the mid 60's. I went to ps 54 and then to Thomas Edison vocation high in Jamaica. My friends were angelo and frank chiauzzi, alan beach, john and frank culotta, patsy rocco.
Look back in your memory and see if you remember any of us.
Added: August 19, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, I am still wondering if any one knows the Kerchenhighters, Freddie was one of the boys about 6 or 7 kids in the family, the Netties 8 to 10 kids in the family. Edwina Mitchell, Harold Meyer, Judy Meyer, the Schields family on 88th ave, Henry Mueller, Doris Mueller, and the Dailey family from 104th st??
Does any one remember Ronnie La Porte who ran across Jamaica Ave around 1951 or 1952 and did not make it. Are any of the old Chestnut trees still alive in the area or did the Dutch Elm disease get them to, just curious.
Take Care, Be Well
Kenneth Ball 88-09 104th street "A Richmond Hiller and Proud Of It"
Added: August 19, 2012
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frank swany
From: alton, illinois
E-mail: frbrsw@sbcglobal.net
What great memories, I grew up in RH 1948-1951, lived on 102nd st. and 86th ave., went to PS90.
As I remember my teachers were Mr Gottlieb, Mrs Jennings, Mrs Mcabe, and Mrs Koch, wish I knew of any reunions. We thought we were really cool hanging around the drug store on Jamaica ave and 102nd st. we could get our "loosy" cigarettes there for a penny apiece, we thought we were in heaven if we had a nickel, a penney for chicklet gum, and 4 cents for a milky way candy bar.
Then the clothes, wide brim hats, peg pants with 13 inch cuffs with zippers, wrap around jackets, and of course the long chain attached to your belt.
Good times, would love to hear from anyone from that part of town during those years.
Added: August 18, 2012
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Vincent Smith
From: Saugerties NY
E-mail: vlsmithfam@aol.com
Hadn't checked on the site in about 10 months.
Glad to see new names and locations. Don't really recognize any names over the last seven months though.
SBJL - '66 / Loughlin '70. 101-22 114th street.
Added: August 14, 2012
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Hi: Are there any classmates from RHHS class of June 1953 out there.
Drop a line. Also, looking for those who played baseball with or against the Richmond Hill Cardinals-Federation Leauge 1950 to 1955.
Member teams were the Roanokes, Trojans, Indians, Dukes, and others.
Added: August 14, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail:
Growing up in the 50's-70's summertime was very special and it became even more special when we would "go to the country"!
The first 12 years of my life that meant to Livingston Manor in Sullivan County. My "Aunt" owned and ran a boarding house and the over-flow from a Jewish resort were often guests with the Polish-Catholic Family.
The Waldermere Hotel was a just a step down from the famous Catskill resorts, but "dirty dancing' life was evident. At was now at its end sadly. Our days were spent blue berry picking, swimming in the lake, feeding/milking cows and playing Pokeno into the nite.
Next came Pine Hill NY, where again we played in open fields, but being in our early teens we found other stuff to do... swimming in the creek on a hot summer day, you can't beat it! Softball games and ghost stories were readily available, as I lived in a real haunted house.
Got my first job at 14, dishwasher at the Colonial Inn, lasted a week and made 100 bucks!
Coming of age was wonderful! Next came Fleischmanns, yes the name is the same as the Gin, as it was the family's summer residence and we lived in one of their "cottages".
Summer in RH was GREAT but a week or two in "the country" was time well spent too.
Added: August 11, 2012
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Jonn Mulry
From: chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com
Mary Clark,
There is or was a QueensPix site that had the very thing you seek. The last time I checked, they were under reconstruction.
Many a time I looked through what they had, and memory upon memory was brought to me.they had great photos
Added: August 10, 2012
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larry magnano
From: farmingville, long island
E-mail: lamamag@optimum.net
oops, my earlier post stated that i graduated from RHHS in 1970.
my mistake, thats when i got out of the airforce. Went to RHHS from 1962 to 1966.
Added: August 9, 2012
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Michael Contino
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: mco901@aol.com
Recently saw my fellow SBJL classmate Steve Ruschmeier's sad news of Sister Maura Joseph's passing.
She was our 7th grade teacher with dedication and a caring for each of us that was second to none. I will always have fond memories of her and my 7th grade school year.
I was fortunate to have her as a teacher.
Added: August 9, 2012
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Jerome Mackesy (Buddy)
From: Southold, NY
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What a great site just found it.
I lived at 91-21 112 st, went to Holy Child Jesus, Grad '61. Remember Fr Shine, Fr Mahlm, and was an alterboy.
Used to hang out at the candy store at 111th st and 91st ave, Club 111, Cordes Ice Cream Parlor, Gebharts Bakery. Boy Scout Troop 177.
Just went to a 50th Grad reunion from HCJ and Sister St Lucy was there. Jahn's, RKO Keiths. Triangle Diner.
What a great place to grow up.
Added: August 7, 2012
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Tony Prokopowicz
From: Carmel, NY
E-mail: teepee6107@aol.com
Steven, I am so sorry to hear about Sr. Maura Joseph's passing.
I remember her very well. She was probably my favorite of all the teachers we had through the years. She was one of the few who 'got me' and my sense of misplaced humer.
It's also good to see your name. We have not crossed paths since 8th grade. I have seen other names on these website notes who were in our class like Mike Contino and Marty Peschler.
Does anyone know of others from our class?
Added: August 7, 2012
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Mary Johnson (Micka)
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com
I haven't read the Richmond Hill guestbook entries in a long time.
I was reading some of them this morning. What nice posts! More memories of the old neighborhood and people. Made me realize I probably didn't cherish it as I should have when it was happening.
Have a great day everyone! Regards Mary
Added: August 7, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
To Marilyn Mayer Gaffney:
Sorry to learn that Sally died. Myrtle also had a son, Bobby. Don't know about him either.
Turns out my parents lived right across the street from the church (HCJ) down the street from where Dr. Adams had an office and near the Dempseys. They rented there for a time before they purchased 114-11. Only found that out by requesting information about my father and grandfather from NYPD as they were both officers, retiring from there.
They gave me data about addresses where they had lived during there time as cops. Dad always hated it when I called them cops as he wanted me to refer to police as officers.
Anyway the NYPD were very helpful in providing data and a photo of my father when he made sergeant. I'll try to put the thinking cap on and recall some more :)
Added: August 7, 2012
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ben costa
From: sarasopta, florida
E-mail: bjcosta@comcast.net
looking for yolanda callovi (maiden name).
can you help?
Added: August 7, 2012
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To: Valerie Freiermuth,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful memories of living in Richmond Hill.
I remember hanging out with Joanne Fells sometimes at her apartment. The entrance was on 114th Street if I remember correctly, and she (you) had a roof deck as well. Hope all is well with Joanne, we also went to RHHS together. Best Regards!
Added: August 5, 2012
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Valerie Freiermuth
From: Austin, TX
E-mail: greystormz@aol.com
Wow, how great to see so many people loved their years in RH as much as I did - they were the happiest years of my life.
I lived at 113-19 Atlantic Ave from 1970-1977 when we moved to Ozone Park, and then out to the Island. Went to PS 51, PS 90, RHHS, and finished at John Adams in 1983.
Richmond Hill was a beautiful, safe neighborhood when my brother Billy and I were growing up. We lived in the 'railroad' apt above the Atlantic Bar & Grill, and my grandmother was still in the apt right above where my mother had grown up also.
I laugh when people outside of NY think it's awful we didn't have a backyard (the whole neighborhood was our backyard!) and that we grew up over a bar, lol (the regulars would sometimes bring out cokes, peanuts, and slim jims for us kids).
I wouldn't have wanted to grow up anywhere else. My mom grew tomatoes and morning glories on the fire escape, and on hot summer nights me and my brother would sleep out there. We watched Fourth of July fireworks from the roof. I would hide in the foyer and peek out at the teenagers (who seemed so scary to me at the time, lol) walking home from RHHS which was right down the block. We played stoop ball, and kick the can in the middle of the street.
During the summer everyone sat out in front of the garages and waited for Mr Softy to come around while we caught fireflies in jars.
The autumns were gorgeous - so many trees ablaze with color. The acorns, chestnuts, and the polywags that we stuck to our noses.
Winters that didn't daunt us even though we walked absolutely everywhere - I didn't even know anyone who owned a car. Walking to the midnight candlelight service at St Paul's Lutheran on Christmas Eve where carols were sung in English and German.
I remember the crocuses poking thru the snow after a long winter - the first sign of spring. The smell of hyacinths still remind me of Easter. We knew a storm was coming when the seagulls came inland and congregated on the garage roof.
We knew our neighbors for blocks around, and it was safe for us kids to just roam all day long. We shopped along Jamaica and Liberty Aves, safely leaving shopping carts outside stores (with a colored ribbon tied to it so you knew which was yours) without fear of them being stolen.
I miss it so much! Would love to hear from anyone who might remember me, or who knew my mom (Harolyn Valerie Smith) or grandmom (Edna Smith/Fells). If anyone knows my mom's old boyfriend Michael O'Sullivan (went to RHHS around 1960-1961, was in a band) I'd like to hear too.
Some of the comments about the current condition of RH were heartbreaking. I have often thought I would like to go back and visit someday, but think I'm better off staying away and keeping my great memories intact. I hope those living there now can restore it to what it used to be, and wish them the same years of happiness that I had!
Added: August 5, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Does any one remember a store called "The Assemblage"??
Was a small store, sold very old items, was right near Jahns.
Was opened for years. then closed for no reason. Sold oddities. Very old items.
Added: August 4, 2012
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Louis (Luis) Galarza
From: Forest Hills, NY
E-mail: louis8621@aol.com
Hello there, I graduated RHHS in 1986, and unfortunately, I lost my yearbook during a fire some years ago.
I am trying to touch base with some friends from back then (I know its been a while), can anyone help me in locating a copy of the 1986 yearbook, or someone/somewhere that can give me access to it so that I can have it copied? Any help would be appreciated, and any contacts from that time frame (Pinky, Fanny Meola, Tim, Michael, Lisa, Gino, and others) that would like to get in touch, please do.
While enjoyed RHHS, it did kind of shelter you from all that was going on in NYC. I appreciate the times there, but wish I would of attended some place else, all is well though and no hard feelings. Thanks.
Added: August 2, 2012
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Linda fucello Harrison
From: nassau county
E-mail: lynjim@optonline.net
I lived on 127th street between 101st ave and 103rd from 1952 to 1963.
I graduated RHHS in 61.
Added: August 1, 2012
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Steve Ruschmeier
From: Graham, NC
E-mail:
My sister, Irene, recently forwarded an item from 'The Long Island Catholic', an obituary, for Sister Helen Marie Clancey, CSJ, known to some of us kids from St. Benny's in the '60s as Sister Maura Joseph.
A couple of years ago, thru this website, I was able to get in touch with an old classmate from SBJL who put me in touch with her at the motherhouse in Brentwood.
I wrote her a letter and she sent me a very gracious reply. When I think of what teachers have to contend with on a daily basis I am amazed at the dedication those sisters showed managing SIXTY or so of us at a time in a classroom. Imagine trying to get a teacher to put up with a workload like that nowadays!
Anyway, I thought there might be some out there who remembered her, as I do, and were grateful for what she did for us.
Added: July 31, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:
Hi Mr. Wood,
Always good to hear from you and read your posts. Myrtle's house is still standing, kind of looking the same, except for the wall and fencing around it. Sadly, as it goes around here now, we really don't know our neighbors, though I'd say a few families must live in there. Was Sally her daughter? If so, she passed away and that's why the house was sold. The tenants there of many years, wonderful people, offered to buy it at that time, but nieces and nephews took it over, selling it anyway. It's a shame since it would've been nice to still have them here. As for the Morse's house, I believe they were probably out of there since the 60's, when I was a kid. I think I told you the coincidence that Dr. Morse was my baby Dr., but we lived in Woodhaven then. Who would've thought we would've moved up the block in later years!?!! It's been an investment house of some sort for a long time, family owned, but years back they all lived in there since we'd all go to the house as kids. Now it's pure business, though the property looks the same.
Yes, it's been a crazy, hot summer here too and though I love the season, I don't like the high humidity or temps. Looks like this week may be without a "heatwave." I still have the pics of your old house being taken apart before the new renovation that maybe I can share with you sometime. I know you'd appreciate them. No, we still don't know who lives there either.
Take care, keep in touch and I look forward to you writing.
@Jennifer:
I used to go to the Hillside Rollerdrome as a small child. I lived a few blocks from it and many of our friends would skate there. It was a nice place and time.
Added: July 30, 2012
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Mary Clark
From: Queens, New York
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Do you have old pictures of South Ozone Park and Liberty avenue in South Ozone Park, New York?
Will you please posted in this website? Thank you.
Added: July 27, 2012
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Bill C
From: Northport
E-mail:
Jeff Costigan:
I read you're post about bed bugs, I just had a similar problem with weevils on my white pines.
The reason their is infestation is that the great state of New York banned Permethrin which controls this bug very well. When I had my problem I called the cooperative extension, they handle these things and asked what to do, the answer was that I could do nothing just like the bed bug problem. This was a great country in the '50s and '60s but now with this insanity.
This is bad but adding alcohol to the gasoline which ruins gas milage and destroys millions of gasoline powered vehicles is just unbeleivable, and for those that have been taken in by the hype you deserve you're bed bugs and if your old richmond hill home gets termites the only thing you can do is pray. Permethrin is listed for that problem also. To all the Liberals that let this hapin, when you go home to your rotting infested homes You deserved what you got.
Added: July 26, 2012
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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
I organized the 30th and 40th reunions for RHHS'65.
I am planning a cruise in May 2015 for the 50th. (Nothing like planning ahead for a good time).
If you are one of the graduates, or know where they can be contacted, please send me an email via my address above or post on here.
We had a great cruise for all of our 60th birthdays. I appreciate your assistance. Thanks.
Added: July 25, 2012
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Jennifer Cirone
From: Saint Johns, FL
E-mail: Jenjen112748@yahoo.com
Does anyone remember the Hillside Roller Rink on Hillside Ave?
We used to go every Saturday to try to meet boys. After skating we would walk down to Jahns. That was in the early 60s. And how about Chellis Hall dances on Sundays.
Reading this website I've gotten very nostalgic.
Added: July 24, 2012
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
E-mail:
Hi,
Does anyone remember the Thompson Family who lived on 104th St and Jamaica Ave probably from 1950 to 1980. The parents were Roy and Irene and had three daughters, Ginny (deceased) Ruth, and Nancy.
The dad had a window washing business in the Richmond Hill area. They were a wonderful family and I would like to get in touch with Nancy.
Also, John Taylor who was a manager of an A&P or another large grocery chain on Jamaica Ave in the 60's. John had red hair. Thanks for any help. Dawn Franklin Aiu
Added: July 21, 2012
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Any graduates from June 1953 still around?
Post or drop me a line.
Added: July 18, 2012
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Richard Thornton
From: Williston Park L.I.
E-mail: rich7308@aol.com
In answer to Bob Wood's question back in June as to when HCJ had a noon Mass in the gym.
My dad took me to that Mass every Sunday in the early 1940's. The reason was that in those days the bars opened at 1:00 PM on Sunday and we had to stop in Harvey's Bar & Grill after Mass for a "quick one". I would have a soda and play the pinball machines. Great memories!
Added: July 18, 2012
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John Peri jr
From: Long Beach, NY
E-mail: johnperijr@gmail.com
Does anyone know how I can contact Richard Hubner who lived on 130 St near 103 Avenue?
Added: July 17, 2012
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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore, Ok
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net
Tom Swift >
Doing well, hope you are also. Will mention you to Paul when I talk to him. He's living in Brooklyn. Take care.
Added: July 17, 2012
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Ray Rovegno
From: Long Island
E-mail: rayrovegno@yahoo.com
Hi everyone,
I grew up in the '50s and '60s on Kew Gardens Rd and 136 St. I graduated from Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1962, and am trying to put together a 50TH REUNION of the graduates from that year.
If you know anyone from the '62 class, please have them contact me at: CENACLE62@yahoo.com. Thank you, Ray Rovegno
Added: July 15, 2012
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Bill Christensen
From: Albany, NY
E-mail: spill4917@verizon.net
Lived on 120 St between Libery Avenue and 107 Avenue from 1945 to when I got married in 1968.
Attened OLPH from 1950-1958 and John Adams from 1958-1962. It was a great place to grow up.
Played a lot of stickball in the street and at PS 100. Hung out alot on 115th St between 107 and 109 Avenue.
Anyone remember Elizabeth Hijak from 120 st between Liberty and 103 Avenue. She lived in the apartment house on 120 St. Would like to say hello.
First job was delivering for ED's Superette on Liberty Avenue near 120 St. Lots of great memories.
Added: July 15, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Thanks Marilyn. You are the source!
Hot summer in SC but at least it's raining. Myrtle McLaughlin's house still there? Ever hear where Sally lives now? What about Susan Morse from the doctor's house next to the church and across from 114-11?
You retired now? Bob
Added: July 14, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello.
I will try this one again, does anyone remember the Italian family on 89th ave in the middle of the avenue, these are the folks who issued out the fireworks - Roman Candles and the like to all of the kids as long as they behaved and shot the Roman Candles skyward every thing was cool.
If memory serves me correctly they put on a Feast of San Gennaro for locals. Any one remember this???
Ken Ball, 8809-104th street, Proud Richmond Hiller
Added: July 14, 2012
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mike palladino
From: west palm beach, fl.
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net
interesting web site... projectwoodhaven.com
Added: July 12, 2012
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John Szewczuk
From: Jackson Heights NY
E-mail: middy1953@yahoo.com
To Vincent Godino,
I went to OLPH with you from Sister Edward Marie through Sister Jane Francis. Went to Archbishop Molloy (along with about 16 others from OLPH). John Szewczuk
Added: July 11, 2012
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betty zahakis
From: fort collins colorado
E-mail: bets1311@msn.com
We Monfilettos, my Dad Philip, Mom Marge, 2 Brothers Buddy, Jerry, and I was the little one Betty, lived on 104th street and 91st ave.
We lived across from Roy's Deli and the candy store. All the neighbors, the Immersos, the Dvoraks, the Guinnas, Gelos, Famulares, Ponticorvo, we all hung out on our stoops or played handball on the side of the Deli... Sparkles lite my eyes to think how simple.
God bless all the good memories and the people who live there now have just as many happy times as we did.
If any one remembers any of us, email. Thanks, Betty
Added: July 10, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:
To Mr. Wood and Jeff Costigan:
The R.H. Annex as we knew it has been P.S. 56 probably since the 1980's. It's an elementary school, from grades 2 or 3 to 5th, though it used to be Kindergarten through 6th.
Due to overcrowding, the previous school on 117th street was rebuilt, which holds the younger grades before transferring here. Both schools supposedly work together. Now since there are "Middle" schools rather than Junior High, the children graduate and move on from here after 5th grade. I'm sure many years ago, before it was the Annex, it was built to be and was an elementary school. It proves how the population grew, considering when it did close in the 80's, R.H.H.S. no longer needed it for 9th grade. Now obviously there isn't enough room in any of them.
Possibly some of you heard that Richmond Hill High School is closing, which it really isn't. They are changing the staff, sadly losing many people and the name of the school, none of which makes any sense. The same thing is going on at John Adams.
Added: July 9, 2012
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Rosalie Stoothoff
From: Orlando, Fl.
E-mail:
Wish to let all know JAMES E STOOTHOFF friends that he died in May 2012.
Added: July 9, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
I heard that PS 90 has a very bad bed bug problem and nothing is being done about it.
When I heard that I said lie. Don't know who would come up with something like that. I just don't see how a place like a school can become infested with bed bugs, no pillows or bedding there.
If this is either true or false please post, want to find out. Thanx, Jeff Costigan
Added: July 9, 2012
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Ed Raymond
From: Franklin, Tn
E-mail: ten.1024@comcast.net
I grew up in So.Oz.Pk. and graduated from John Adams H.S. in 2/54. Played football there in 1952-53 and with the Lyn Vets in 1954-55.
Many fond memories of Jahn's and the RH area, Forest Park, Lowes Valencia.
Certainly an inteesting time to grow up.
Added: July 8, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
As an old time resident of 114-11 86th Avenue, I am curious about the RHHS Annex closing. Any word on what will replace it?
Probably old news but I'm a long way off. Bob
Added: July 8, 2012
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TOM SWIFT
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: TOM@primaryelectric.com
To Vince Glasser:
Your right, it was a lot of years ago. How have you been.
Say hi to Paul, Hope all is well, Tom
To Charlotte Doceti:
Hi, how are you, and how is Mary
Added: July 6, 2012
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Stan Budesa
From: Melbourne Beach, Florida
E-mail:
TO: Diane Fabiitti Cotrone...
Your name sounds familiar... the same thing for me recently, went to visit Mom and Dad (89 and 93 years old ) same house since 1956, on Memorial Weekend. Lived on 112th btw Liberty and 107th... remembered the exact same things walking the avenue.
I worked at Smittys for 5 or 6 years, knew the block well, Ablemans, wow, the library was just around my corner, one name left off was the Falcon (bar next to library and Vombrook insurance, Irving Weiner's candy store), Greenwood still going strong, still the best bread!!! Karl Ehmers pork store (around 116th or 117th)... wow... very great memories... very different now, especially the tree lined streets, my block was a fully covered over by the trees, for the entire block, not now.
Old friends, fond memories, what a great place to grow up!! All the best, write back and i will get you my email... anyone else out there???
Added: July 5, 2012
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Patricia Kennely
From: New York
E-mail: turikoftreve@lycos.com
Interesting stuff. I lived at 109-46 112th Street from 1950 to 1955, and attended OLPH thrugh fourth grade.
Can't really recall too many names of my friends: Carol Dooley, Maureen Sangster, Richard Langhans, Theresa Accero, Billy and Genevieve Haldenwang, Joseph Gillen, Christine Scherer, Joanne Nolting, Steven LoVerda, Frances Calabretta, Frances O'Neill, Linda Yuhazs, Lorraine Sherry.
We lived on the top floor of a two-family semi-detached house, which I think was between 109th and 111th Avenues? Just a block down from OLPH and three blocks over, anyway. Trees out front shaded the sleeping porch and hall bedroom.
My teachers at OLPH were all Dominican nuns at that time: I remember my favorite, Sister Ann Dolores, and the school nemesis, Sister Ann Bernadette. Principal was Mother Benigna, splendidly ironic name for the Tartar she was.
We didn't have a lot of money for movies, but we'd go to the Casino and Lefferts theaters, sometimes even venturing to Jamaica to the gorgeous Valencia, with its Spanish Moorish design and goldfish fountain and starry ceiling. Jahn's for ice cream, Dellwood for delivered milk, Krug's for delivered bread (best cupcakes EVER), the Rockaways via Broad Channel bridge in summer.
It was very nice, and I hated to leave when we moved out to the South Shore... it would be fun if some of the people I knew saw this...thanks for the stroll down memory lane!
Added: July 4, 2012
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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net
Bob...
think of it as a changing of the guard. I visited about 12 years ago and the change had already occured.
It wasn't the neighborhood I remembered. I didn't like it because I don't like change but I look at it as a new beginning for another group seeking the american dream.
It's kind of neat to see history in the making.
Added: July 4, 2012
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Billy Daugherty
From: Charlotte, NC
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Happy 4th of July Richmond Hill!
Great memories of shooting off hundreds of Bottle Rockets, etc in Jackson Pond.
It was like a war zone. Miss those days...
Added: July 4, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
After officiating at an internment at Maple Grove, I of course took a ride through my old neighborhood. As reflected in many posts in the guestbook, it is always bitter-sweet.
I did go to my childhood home and was happy to see several young men (teens) playing basketball in front of the house on 93rd Ave. I greeted them and they were more then curious why this "priest" was approaching them. I asked if any lived at 112-12 saying I lived there for nearly 20 years.
A brief conversation happened and the young man said his family purchased the house only 2 years ago. "Extended" family also resided there. Original RE listing had said this ONE family home had 2 kitchens and a basement w/ OSE. The home is well cared for... it is just a shame that ONE family homes are illegally converted adding to congestion and over-crowding.
Statues of Christ, the BVM, and St Francis or Anthony are replaced by multi-colored flags and elephants. Front lawns are covered over with concrete and towering maples which provided a canopy over 93rd Ave have long since been removed.
I did stop in HCJ Church, my childhood parish and prayed... remembering the many hours spent there growing up. While it too has changed it still maintains its reverent dignity as a place of Worship... Not so the Baptist Church on 114th which is undergoing some renovations to accommadate perhaps another religious sect, which was foreign to me as a child and known only through National Geographic.
St Paul's Lutheran Church on the same block houses Full Gospel Church, identified by a hand made sign which covers the original name in stone above the doorway and the copper name plate which once housed announcements of English and German times of Worship.
All in all it wasn't a "sad" trip, what I did lament was I could find no deli's on Jamaica Ave where I could buy a potato and egg hero.
Have a GREAT Summer one and all, be safe, be happy, and always remember the neighborhood and community which formed us in our youth!
Added: July 3, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Have a question,
The RHHS Annex is no longer the Annex for the High School, what type of school is it now? Grade School like it was years ago? What number is the school, PS what? Thanks!!
Added: July 2, 2012
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David Yakish
From: The Dalles, Or.
E-mail: yak@embarqmail.com
Have 10 thermometers, brass, made for pipe temps.
i salvaged at an obsolete steam power plant on the coast guard base on Kodiak Island Ak. Made at Moeller very high qaulity. Base built for Navy in early 1940s?.
I'd apreciate your knowledge of the Moelller co.
Added: June 26, 2012
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dianne fabiitti cotrone
From: long island ny
E-mail:
just passed the old neighborhood this week with my 26 year old son that i walked in my perego coach carriage up and down liberty ave with my other two children almost every single day.
i tried to point out as many things that i could but so much is gone. what memories i have of growing up on beautiful tree-lined 110th street with my parents, siblings, grandparents, and neighbors.
although much has changed i close my eyes and i see winters ice cream parlor, abelmans drug store, smitty deli (where we bought 4 qts of milk for a dollar, the library on 111th street, eldees, nangray, debbie I, debbie II, freemans, friends, tommy's empire room, rosenblums, mastas, the discount store, happy days, goody's, dadson, the pork store, key food, scaturo's, what a great place to grow up.
John Adams where my dad work will be gone. just holding onto memories.
Added: June 24, 2012
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
My apologies to Kenneth Ball and to one other:
I recently lost two comments one by Kenneth Ball who had wished all a Happy Father's Day! And another from someone who was adding further comments regarding the closing of Richmond Hill HS.
Sorry for these errors which were due to falling into my Spam folder.
Added: June 23, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
Earlier this year I reported the death of HELGA KORN, who with her husband owned/operated a German Deli on Jamaica Ave.
The husband had died shoveling snow and Helga carried on the family tradition. Even after selling, Helga "helped out" at several deli's on the Avenue.
Anyway, I just received an e-mail from her adult daughter Linda (residing in SC) that she and the family will be brining her Mom's remains to Maple Grove for internment. Helga's wish was that she be as close to her beloved Richmond Hill in her resting place.
I am humbled and honored to have been asked to officiate at the Rite of Christian Burial next Wednesday... Helga... WELCOME HOME!!! and thanks for those potato and egg hero's every Friday!!!
Added: June 21, 2012
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Frank Biscay
From: Knoxville, Tennessee
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com
To Joe Cutrone and all former John Adams HS Grads:
The school will be closing this month (June 2012) and a new school will be opening in the same building to be known as Future Leaders High School on the John Adams Campus!!! Duh, didn't the old school have the task of creating and melding "future leaders"?
What a waste of taxpayer $$$$ just to create new letterheads, mascots, school colors, nicknames etc.
Added: June 20, 2012
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Stephanie Lopez
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: stilwaters82@yahoo.com
I want to sincerely thank all the members & contributors of the Richmond Hill Historical Society for making it possible for new generations to learn of the rich and vast history of Richmond Hill.
I have lived in this neighborhood for over 15 years and consider myself one of the luckiest New Yorkers! With so many Queens communities becoming more metropolis than a community it is hard to imagine that such a pristine peaceful aura could still exist but it does and it thrives in Richmond Hill.
Added: June 19, 2012
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Debra Punzi
From: Stony Brook, NY
E-mail: balletlongisland@aol.com
I would like to find more information about August Muller. Who named or started Maple Hill Park.
My grandfather was Charles Muller, his twin was Augusta Muller. Can anyone give me more information?
Added: June 19, 2012
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Joe Cutrone
From: Brewster, NY
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To Nora Baeza:
I read that RHHS, John Adams, and Jamaica HS were all to be closed. My first thought was, "Where are all the kids from south Queens going to go to HS?" I have been told that these schools will serve as the buildings for several charter schools each.
I'm sure other Hillers can add some light to this subject.
Added: June 17, 2012
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Denise Winter
From: 132nd street
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From 1959 to 1977. I'm a "hiller" too.
Added: June 15, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
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Anyone recall when HCJ conducted a noon Mass in the underground basketball court across from the Church? Maybe they still do.
As I recall there was a tunnel leading over to the basement lunch/restroom area.
Added: June 14, 2012
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Nora Baeza
From: Ozone Park
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I would like to know if the RHHS is closing.
Not sure if this is true or not.
Added: June 13, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
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To Andrew Shea (or Andy),
Would you be the Shea that went to Holy Child Jesus in 50's? Or perhaps your father? We had an Andrew Shea in the class that graduated in 1957 I think. I left with family for Florida mid way in my 8th year.
If it was you, you would recall Anthony Market, Jim Dooley, etc. but maybe not after all these years.
Added: June 13, 2012
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yolanda
From: bronx ny
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If ANYONE can help I would aprreciate it,
I am looking for a Diane Perez, I worked with her in the late 70's at the auto club of ny. She lived near 110th street a few blocks away from the Carvel on Atlantic ave. This might be her maiden name, she got married and left the job and through the years I lost contact with her, I thought she had a sister Marianne.
PLEASE, If anyone knows her please write in, thanks. Hey Dianne, I hope you find this web site, thanks everyone,If anyone has suggestions I would appreciate it, I tried facebook with no results thanks again everyone
Added: June 12, 2012
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Liz Bednarik (Munoz)
From: South Richmond Hill
E-mail: lizmuno11@aim.com
Just a response to Jeff C. regarding Denise Greene.
We were good friends in RHHS and I never heard they caught the murderer. To make this worse she was pregnant and her and her child were killed for $10.
Did you know her brother Robert? Such a waste. Did have good memories of Richmond Hill. Such as biking in the summer, hanging out with my friends @ our favorite pizzeria on 102nd street and Jamaica ave or going to Jahn's by the old theatre for someone's bday.
Those were the good old days. Went to PS 55, JHS 210, and RHHS (79 grad).
Added: June 11, 2012
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Vincent Godino
From: Howard Beach, N.Y.
E-mail: vindino53@yahoo.com
Grew up on 112th St. between 107th & 109th Aves (107-06 112th St.)
Attended O.L.P.H. for the first 6 years, then went to Robert H. Goddard J.H.S. (202) where I graduated from in June of '67, then attended John Adams and graduated January of '72.
Added: June 11, 2012
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ROBERTO GALDI
From: SÃO PAULO BRASIL
E-mail: galdiroberto@hotmail.com
I live inOrange County California, I have good friends in U.S.A., but war in Vietnam.
I be back to Brasil, Sao Paulo, my city. I see history the Richmond Hill.
Very good, God Save Americas.
Added: June 11, 2012
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Rob Sharkey
From: Trumansburg, NY
E-mail: rob_sharkey@hotmail.com
I do not have any pictures from Pruser's,
but I did find a website Prusers.com
Added: June 9, 2012
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kathleen kay
From: manchester lancashire england
E-mail: kathleengrayka@yahoo.co.uk
I have considerable archive material in the Richmond Hill History Museum re my ancesters Isaac Hubbard and family.
I am at present attemping to locate a grand-daughter born New York 10th Dec. 1910, by name Elizabeth Sault. She later married a Robert Earl Freeman and lived at 94 Thomas Avenue, Baldwin, Long Island.
If anyone out there knows what happened to her or if she had any children I would be thrilled to hear. In anticipation...thanks.
Added: June 8, 2012
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Ben Lombardo
From: Warwick, Rhode Island
E-mail: beano46@aol.com
I graduated from RHHS in 1963; played two years on the baseball team, coached then by Mr. Larry Buzzerio.
Would love to hear from classmates/teammates. Five years at Queens College (played soccer, baseball, and basketball) graduated in 1968; taught school in East Williston school district and coached soccer, baseball, and basketball.
Spent many days and nights at So. Queens Boys CLub with Bill Veltri, Dan Carrubia, coach Bill Gallagher,et al.
Added: June 6, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
yes andy,
players every sat night... but it was 3.00 and all the ruperts you could drink... jason and garfield was a fantastic band... they played alot of birds at the time... Saturday nights were crazy in there... and the bouncer was sonny levin, a fighter who did fight sugar ray robinson... my dad knew him well...
and when players was sold jimmy burns from the jersey shore bought it... seen mike burns down on long beach island and he still laughs that someone remembers that place on main street... but on saturday night that was the place to be...
me and gary wilson werre always looking for a ride home... lol
Added: June 6, 2012
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Charlotte Doceti
From: Florida
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I went to The Annex first then the main building.
Graduated 1968
Added: June 5, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
To Dawn Franklin Aiu,
The folks you mentioned sound somewhat familiar. I remember Doris Mueller, Henry Mueller, Harold Meyer, Judy Meyer, Edwina Mitchell, the Schield family, the Kerchenhieter family, the Carol Hess Family, Netties, Felicity Thoet, Nancy Hecht, the Mac Donald family on Jamaica Ave - 102nd st, the Daily family, Jimmy Daily, the Diamond family, the Russman family all from 104th street.
Remember the Chiropractor office on 104th street, nearer Jamaica Ave, Sids Candy Store 104th and Jamaica Ave, Titlebaums Hardware between 107th and 108th street. Any of these ring a bell?
Ken Ball, 8809 104th street, Proud Richmond Hiller
Added: June 3, 2012
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Patricia Fitzgerald Gordon
From: Franklin Park, NJ
E-mail: p.a.gordon@hotmail.com
Greetings!
I too lived in RH for the first 26 years of my life (1962-1988) 116th & 103rd Ave. Went to St. Bennie's and DC for high school.
My aunt met her husband at Pruser's ice-cream back in the early 1950's. Is there anyone out there who might have a photo of this shop? My cousin is creating a family tree. Thanks!
Added: June 3, 2012
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Ray Rovegno
From: Long Island
E-mail: rayrovegno@yahoo.com
Cheryl McCarthy --
she lived a couple of blocks from me and went to CKHS and OLC. I was 2 years ahead of her, and CK back then had the boys on one side of the school, the girls on the other. Senior boys shared the lunchroom with sophomore girls, so we would pass each other from time to time.
Cheryl had an interest in me, and handed me a card for my birthday. I was embarrassed by it and gave it back to her.
When I heard that grisly story a couple of years later, I was racked with guilt. I am glad to hear that someone has taken the time to remember her.
Added: June 2, 2012
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Kevin James Witherspoon
From: Sacramento, California
E-mail: xochi1998@live.com
I'm doing a little research on several pieces of "dish ware" that the main plate was inscribed with the years 1884-1909.
Does anyone have any clue what I'm looking at?
Added: June 2, 2012
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andy shea
From: Hartsdale, NY
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Does anyone remember going to Player's in Flushing on Main St?
Tough bouncers... however $5.00 to get in and unlimited beer and sangria. They had a band named "Jason Garfield" that was tremendous.
They used to play somewhere in Nassau County too.
Added: June 1, 2012
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Jonn Mulry
From: chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com
hope the parade was a great success.
this son of a Marine combat veteran (Korea) and uncle of a soldier, took part in one parade on Rockaway Blvd. (ended at Baisley Park) in 1962.
ten years later, as a ROTC cadet took part in the Armed Forces Day parade in Chattanooga (also the one in 1973)
Added: June 1, 2012
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
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To Kenneth Ball,
I believe I lived around the corner from you on Jamaica Ave.
Did you know Ruthy, Carol or Nancy from the block? Dawn
Added: May 30, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
congrats to my brother Kevin,
seems he and a friend went up to the park last thursday and cleaned up Richmond Hill's only congressioal medal of honor winners monument... Joe Schaffer... great job guys...
Added: May 30, 2012
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Stan Budesa
From: Melbourne Beach, Florida
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To Gina Cerverizzo.
lived on 112th between Liberty and 107th ave. yes the candy store next to Greenwood Bakery was Irving Weiner (Irv's candy store). knew him for many, many years, great soda fountin as well.
yes there was the walk over on the el. just there for a visit this past weekend, Greenwood still the best bread in Queens!!!!!!
Pat and sons deli, corner of 112th and Liberty still there, slowing down but, still homemade Motzarella the best.
Memorial day parades down Liberty, the fathers all stopped and the Falcon for a cold one after the Parade, kids went to Irv's or Winthers for soda's... great memories, the old negihborhood is not what it once was, but Marlowes Jewlery still on Liberty, that is about it... Tommys pizza still there. great to hear from you.
Added: May 30, 2012
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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore, Ok
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net
Tom Swift,
saw your post and had to say hi. Last time I saw you I was making a delivery to a electrical place in Flushing I believe. That was many years ago.
Hope all is well. I had mentioned you to Paul recently. He was glad to know you are still around and kicking.
Added: May 28, 2012
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ELIZABETH ANNE MONTEFUSCO
From: KUNKLETOWN PA
E-mail: THE1COUNTESS@msn.com

I lived in RH most of my life... a really long time.
Raised 7 kids there. 102 St near park Lane South. VIRGINIA-9-1689. PS 66. There were no bullys, every teacher knew every kid.
On or about June 3 there was a school dance in the "Boy's School Yard". Boys and girls participated.
The parents brought folding chairs and sat outside the fence. The flag was saluted, the National Anthem was sung and a prayer was said.
Year after year, 1st Grade did the same ethnic dance as did each 2nd and 3rd Grades, etc. The 6th Grade did the Maypole, always.
You knew what country you would represent represent next year. Then we got our donated Italian Tortoni dessert before being dismissed. Mrs Levines was principal, all teachers were women, Mrs Weeks, Ochenaro, and Klein, etc., at PS 9 Mrs Koch.
Those wonderful sweet sisters The Wesslings Stationary Store. Jackson Pond and the "Pine Forest", and the original Carousel (which burned down). You got a free ride if your Dad caught the gold ring.
(Just spoke to someone in RH. The replacement Carousel just re-opened again today)
Mom took me to the Pine Forest for a picnic on hot days, (no AC then) there were wooden picnic tables. Dad and I went to the Pond on the w/e with my little sail boat. When the string broke the older boys would roll up their pants and wade into the water snd retrieve it.
WHEN MY HUSBAND CAME HOME FROM KOREA WE TOOK OUR SON. LATER YRS THE POND SANK AND TILTED SO WATER WOULD SPILL ONT0 THE CEMENT AT ONE END. PEOPLE THREW BOTTLES AND THE BOTTOM WAS FULL OF BROKEN GLASS. SAD.REMEMBER THE STABLE AT WOODHAVEN & MYRTLE AVS.I BELIEVE THEY MOVED TO KEW GDS. WE ICE SKATED ON THE FROZEN SWAMP NEAR THE CAROUSEL. THEN THEY DRIED IT UP & MADE BALL FIELDS WHICH WERE MOST OFTEN FLOODED. CAN'T FIGHT NATURE.LAST I HEARD ITS A SWAMP AGAIN.VICTORY FIELD HAD FREE DANCES IN SUMMER SPONSORED BY COKE OR PEPSI. "THE BANDSHELL" BEHIND THE CAROUSEL HAD SCHUFFERTS SUNDAY CONCERTS,PONY RIDES. IF THE WIND WAS JUST RIGHT I COULD HEAR THE MUSIC FROM MY BACK YARD AND DALLAS BROTHERS COFFEE. ATLANTIC&102. COULD SMELL THE COFFEE ROASTERS TOO. LIRR.. GOT THE TRAIN ON JAMAICA AVE & 101 st.20 MIN TO MANHATTAN,OR ABOUT THE SAME TO THE BEACH. SHUFFERTS BRITE HDWR. (IT IS ABSOLUTELY STILL THERE.)THE GARDEN, HAVEN,& WILLARD THEATERS GAVE OUT DISHES OR GLASSES ONE NIGHT A WEEK. HILLSIDE ROLLER RINK,JAHNS, RKO KEITHS (BEFORE BINGO)ALL THE GREAT LITTLE SHOPS ,BUTHER,BAKERIES,PROCUCE MARKETS,SHOE REPAIR,HOBBY SHOP, EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED. SCHWEEDIES ICE CREAM PARLOR JAMAICA AVE & 102 ST.(THE JUKE BOX)WE COULD HANG OUT AS LONG AS WE PLAYED THE JUKE BOX AND 1 KID HAD A SODA. THE WW2 YRS.EVERYONE WHO HAD FAMILY IN SERVICE HAD A BANNER IN THEIR WINDOW WITH A BLUE STAR.AS WE WALKED TO HOLY CHILD CHURCH SUNDAY YOU'D WATCH TO SEE ADDITIONS OR A BLUE REPLACED BY GOLD FOR THOSE LOST IN BATTLE. I DON'T REMEMBER THE NUNS CLICKER AT CHILDRENS MASS BUT I REMEMBER MY DADS COMMENTS ON THE WAY HOME ABOUT EACH TIME I WIGGLED,SQWIRMED,TURNED MY HEAD OR RESTED MY LAZY BUTT ON THE EDGE OT THE PEW SEAT. LATER YRS.AFTER NOON MASS THE TRIP HOME WOULD MEAN BREAKFAST AT DALYS' PUB ON JAMAICA AVE BETWEEN 102&104st.WHERE WE'D JOIN SOME OF THE LOCAL BUSINESS/STORE OWNERS. DURING THE WAR BUSES REPLACED TROLLYS,THE TRACKS WERE COVERED WITH BLACK TOP ALTHOUGH THERE WERE SHORTAGES,GUESS THERE WASN'T THE MANPOWER TO PULL THEM UP.THEY COULD HAVE USED THE METAL. TRUST ME, TROLLYS WERE MORE FUN TO RIDE.SO WERE THE OPEN SIDED TRAINS IN SUMMER ON THE ELEVATED TRACKS.
Almost forgot how great it is to have grown up in Richmond Hill. So many memories, good ones and bitter sweet.
Added: May 27, 2012


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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando Fl
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com
Dear Judy,
In regard to your post, my family being the Pollano and the Wilsons lived across the street from you 134-19 107th ave then we moved in 1966 not very far.
My brother Robert Pollano was in your class for about 2 or 3 years. The neighborhood has changed tremendously.
Look forward to reading your further post and regard to your family. Phyllis Pollano Martell
Added: May 27, 2012
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Julie Stewart
From: Washington DC
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Memorial Day weekend brings many good memories for me when I grew up in Richmond Hill!
Parades along Hillside Avenue, Liberty Avenue, and Forest Park. It seemed everyboby in the neighborhood was out cheering! And who could forget going to Rockaway Beach, Playland!
Wishing all the best for those in Service who keep us safe, and will forever honor those who did not return home. Thank you!
Added: May 26, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Hi, writing again to ask if anyone has Marilyn & Ed Shillitos email.
They lived next door to me on 108 St. They now live in Georgia. I had her email but have no idea where it is now. I want to contact her to tell her a few things.
If anyone has her email please mail it to me. Thanks a million. Jeff Costigan
Added: May 26, 2012
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Alice Ruschmeier Love
From: Graham, NC
E-mail: plove001@triad.rr.com
This is Memorial Day weekend, and a good time to remember all those who sacrificed for our country, especially my generation in Vietnam.
You're all in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks.
Added: May 25, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello to all Richmond Hillers,
Please let all of us take our hats off to all the brave people who fought for our country and might not have made it back and also those who returned and made this the great country it is.
God Bless all of you, may you all Rest In Peace.
Ken Ball 8809-104th street -- Proud Richmond Hiller
Added: May 25, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: long island
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St John's (Lutheran) 114th off Jamaica also had the Tremelo's... their dances were held on Saturday nites. I am pretty sure and 'we" were the largest crowd present AKA- Ponce's Pizza...
guess we all had "handles" identifying were we hung out...
Added: May 22, 2012
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Gina Cerverizzo
From: Connecticut
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Going back and reading the comments, yes there used to be a candy store by greenwood bakery on liberty avenue.
I used to live in an apt above leader realty on 112th when i was younger and i used to go up the stairs to the train and down to the other side because i was too young to cross that street by myself.
Added: May 22, 2012
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Maureen Anderson
From: Atlantic Beach, FL
E-mail: Beachmom1875@aol.com
I went to Christ the King with Cheryl McCarthy.
She graduated the year before me. I think she also went to OLC as I did.
I remember very well when I heard she had been murdered. I worked at the King Kullen near the train station where her body was found.
Police detectives came to the store and took each of us to a room and asked our whereabouts the night she died. I was terrified to walk home at night after work from then on.
Added: May 22, 2012
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ken zaveckas
From: pa
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Speaking of bands of the day and the disco pubs we grew into, from the old friday night or sunday afternoon dances, does anyone remember a pub out on LI called beau brummels?
I think it was on jericho tpke just this side of either the meadowbrook or wantagh parkways. Another good spot was "Mickeys" on woodhaven blvd in middle village. Every so often they had a band called the "magic blocks" with a lead female singer they called "froggy". yeah, sounded like a frog when she spoke, but that didn't carry over to when she sang. How'd she do that ? Place seemed to be packed when they performed.
Another popular spot was in Queens Village on Jamaica Ave and was called Community Gardens.
Added: May 22, 2012
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Judy Greek
From: Denver, Colorado
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Love these comments as provided a trip down memory lane to my childhood.
I grew up in Richmond Hill between '65-'75 near the Van Wyck and 97th Avenue. I attended PS 55.
Trying to track down some childhood friends that lived on the block.
Added: May 22, 2012
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Carl Kratzer
From: Europe
E-mail: carl_kratzer@yahoo.com
To Ms. Ruiz:
The name of my first grade teacher in 1974 was Mrs. Brunner, a strict, old school teacher, who pulled hair if you weren't paying attention.
However, I think that her disciplinary methods were standard for the time and she had a good heart afterall.
Added: May 21, 2012
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John Scalia
From: New York
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Does anyone know what became of Mike Sforza?
He owned an auto repair shop on Liberty Ave., a block or two east of the Van Wyck service road. He was known locally as the "go-to" guy if you wanted to turn your fast car into a low flying rocketship. His talent with the 50's and 60's Detroit machines was local legend.
I brought my '57 Olds to him for some "therapy" and a tri-power installation, and what I got back was a gas-gulping ground missile! We test drove it on the Van Wyck, and I swear the tires were barely touching the road! He was a genius at his craft, a rare commodity in today's automotive world...
if anyone knows of his whereabouts, post a reply, as the Olds is due for a tuneup! P.S. I once blew a brand new Mustang right off the road in this car, had him on the straightaway, but he was gaining ground on the curve(damn understeer)!
Added: May 18, 2012
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TOM SWIFT
From: 129-10 HILLSIDE AVE, RICHMOND HILL N.Y. 11418
E-mail: TOM@primaryelectric.com
The Crossing Guard on Lefferts Blvd and 95th Ave was Winnaford Ledwinsak, or Winny as we knew her.
I wanted to say Hi to Laurie Harris. How is Eddie, Jackie, and everyone else?
And also Danny Eckhart. Did you know Paul Glasser? And your Mom worked by Hook Creek.
Added: May 15, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Jim,
Dances were held on friday nights, the band was the tremelos, and they also played at chellis hall on sundays... that band was a very good band... best of our day...
they also played at a bar on jerico tpk later in the 1970's the dublin pub.
Added: May 15, 2012
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Jan Simmons
From: Wall Township, NJ
E-mail: catladyjan@ymail.com
Hi All Richmond Hillers!
I am being a somewhat bold and unconventional here. I have always been troubled by a homicide that happened right down the street from where I lived in Richmond Hill in 1969 (132nd Street & Jamaica Avenue) that to this day remains unsolved.
A young woman by the name of Cheryl McCarthy was found murdered in the BMT train station at Metropolitan Avenue on 12/23/69. Her killer was never found. Does anyone out here on this site possibly remember this tragic crime and have anything of any importance to offer in terms of hearing anything or seeing anything?
All I know is Cheryl was on her way to a Christmas Party in Woodhaven that evening but never made it. It is also my understanding Cheryl was a graduate of Richmond Hill High School, class of '69.
Cheryl was an only child and deserves justice for what was done to her. Anyone who can remember anything, no matter how insignificant you may think it may be, please write back. My email is posted. Thank you in advance.
Added: May 14, 2012
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Karen
From: Suffolk County, NY
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I graduated from Richmond Hill H.S. in 1978.
I wish there was a place online from just that time period. If there is please let me know.
Added: May 16, 2012
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Andy Shea
From: Hartsdale NY
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Happy Mother's day to all of the moms and grandmothers from RH. Haven't been on this site for a while. Thanks to Dennis Doyle for keeping RH alive.
To Tommy Manzo...
the altar boy whose hair went on fire was Perry Pugliese... he was in my brother Michael's class and I think your older sister's as well.
To Bob Ranis...
if you had a racing bathing suit... ocean champ or brief... you did not have to swim in the nude... however I do have memories of swimming in the freezing pool at RHHS during the summer... in the nude... with a bunch of Irish guys... LOL...
Added: May 13, 2012
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jerry jampol
From: So. Calif.
E-mail: gjampol@aol.com
From 1945 to 1955 I grew up in an apartment building at 103-35 120th St, two blocks from the first stop on the elevated subway at Lefferts Blvd. and Liberty Ave.
Although my post office was Richmond Hill, I've discovered that I actually lived in SOUTH Richmond Hill. As a result, I feel excluded from the discussions about Richmond Hill. Perhaps South RH should be appended to the maps of RH proper.
In 1955 my family left Queens for the safety of Long Island (Levittown). They feared that the high schools I'd have to attend in Queens were full of juvenile delinquents. Also, the neighborhood was changing demographically.
We moved again in 1960, to Valley Stream, where I went to high school. In 1967 I revisited my old neighborhood and, sure enough, the Jews, Italians, and Germans who once populated the area had been replaced by other nationalities. This seems to be the typical pattern for so many neighborhoods.
Perhaps Richmond Hill proper has retained its original character. I hope so. The years I spent on 120th St. were among the happiest of my life.
Added: May 11, 2012
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alexander kozlakowski
From: florida
E-mail: aj6821@yahoo.com
any one else out there go to PS 62 between 72-76?
Do you remember Mr Brooks, Ms Bibilo, Ms Koening? There were so many others i can not recall at this minute!!! How about the cool old guy who gave out basket balls and such at lunch time, Pete, Pete, please.
i almost always got the ball, he was really cool, i will never forget him!!!
Added: May 9, 2012
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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
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To Bil Heaney-
I don't remember "Confraternity" being called "Joe Dances". We have "CCD" in California. I guess it's Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.
I think St Teresa's was on Monday and OLPH on a different night
Added: May 8, 2012
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alexander kozlakowski
From: sanford, florida
E-mail: aj6821@yahoo.com
I can not believe i found this site accidently!!!
I was born and raised on 113 st between 101 and 103 ave. I went to P.S. 62, J.H.S. 226, and R.H.H.S. My grandma still owns the house i was born and raised in!!! I was in B.S.A. troop 273, we held our meetings at ST Bennys.
I left sometime in '83-84. I really miss those days. I some times walk through the old neighborhood using Google Earth.
I remember walking around the corner to Kavons and a few blocks away to the Milk Farm!!! Growing up my dad owned a boat and we grew up fishing. I remember stopping at Pizza City and Bow Wows for some pizza and clams. How can i forget Lennys Clam Bar on the last day of every school year. What about that bad a** bakery on Liberty ave and 111 st, right across the street was a damn good chinese restaurant.
Awesome memories, i wanna go back!!! Too late, i have been down south for too many years!!! They do not call it the dirty south for no reason!!! You get scr**** left and right!!!
I recognized a few names from other comments as well as the same locations, Ricard Ranos, did you live on 113 st and 103 ave and have a sister Jenneane??? Good luck to all, Bye!!!
Added: May 7, 2012
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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com
check this out Richmond Hill:
About three blocks north of today's Manhattan entrance to the Holland Tunnel is the former site of Richmond Hill. This was Aaron Burr's stately residence from 1791 until shortly after the duel with Alexander Hamilton. At that time, the property was on the Hudson River shore. But due to subsequent landfill, the site is now about 500 yards inland, roughly bound by today's Varick, Charlton, MacDougal, and King streets.
Burr acquired Richmond Hill from the Trinity Church parish after John and Abigail Adams occupied it. The Adamses lived there from June 1789 until August 1790, while Adams was vice-president, before the capital moved from New York to Philadelphia. At that time Richmond Hill was a mile north of the city proper. "Never did I live in so delightful a spot," Adams said. Abigail wrote to a friend that:
On one side we see a view of the city and of Long Island. The river [is] in front, [New] Jersey and the adjacent country on the other side. You turn a little from the road and enter a gate. A winding road with trees in clumps leads to the house, and all around the house it looks wild and rural as uncultivated nature. . . . You enter under a piazza into a hall and turning to the right hand ascend a staircase which lands you in another [hall] of equal dimensions of which I make a drawing room. It has a glass door which opens into a gallery the whole front of the house which is exceedingly pleasant. . . .There is upon the back of the house a garden of much greater extent than our [Massachusetts] garden, but it is wholly for a walk and flowers. It has a hawthorne hedge and rows of trees with a broad gravel walk.
Built in 1760 by Sir Abraham Mortier, Commissary to the British army, Richmond Hill also served very briefly as George Washington's headquarters during the battle for New York in 1776.
During Burr's tenure, visitors were frequent and entertainment was lavish. Mrs. Burr was ill and could not participate in these events, so their precocious teenage daughter, Theodosia, presided as hostess. Hamilton on visits was sometimes accompanied by his daughter, Angelica, who went horseback riding with Theodosia. Other guests included such French visitors to the United States as the statesman Maurice de Talleyrand; historian and philosopher Constantin-Francois de Volney; Napoleon's youngest brother, Jerome Bonaparte; and aristocrat Louis-Phillipe, who later became king of the French. Other guests included Dr. David Hosack, who later attended the dying Alexander Hamilton, and Colonel Brant, the celebrated Indian chief. Andrew Jackson claimed that at Burr's table he drank the finest wine he ever tasted.
Burr had difficulty supporting his lifestyle on the meager salaries he received as United States senator, New York State attorney-general, and vice-president. He supplemented the income from public office with legal work and land investments, but he obviously did not have enough time to expend on these activities to augment his income sufficiently. He was nonetheless able to improve the mansion and grounds of Richmond Hill. Among other things, Burr widened his part of a brook into a body of water known as Burr's pond. His expensive entertaining undoubtedly contributed to Burr's being forced, first, to sell off some of the surrounding lands; and second, many of the prized furnishings of the mansion. Burr then mortgaged the property itself.
After Burr's trial for treason in 1807, (where he was found not guilty), what remained of Richmond Hill was bought for a pittance by John Jacob Astor, and resold by him as separate lots at an enormous profit.
Added: May 7, 2012
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JENNY RUIZ
From: LONG ISLAND
E-mail:
Does anyone remember the names of the 1st grade teachers at our lady of perpetual help school?
Added: May 6, 2012
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Jim Waechtler
From: Vancouver, Canada
E-mail: waechtlerj@hotmail.com
I am trying to find the address of the Dugan's Bakery truck "barn" in Ozone Park.
It was near 100th Ave & 100th St, I think.
Added: May 6, 2012
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Adrian G. Eisenlord
From: Battle Creek, Michigan
E-mail: aeisenlord@live.com
To whom it may concern:
I am writing a book of my experiences as a young boy, and was researching a family I once knew who lived in Richmond Hill, New York. I don't have much to go on, but can offer some details below.
Looking for anyone knowing a family by the name of the Bollers. In the 1940's & 1950's, they lived near an ell-track that ran directly in front of their house. I can supply a picture of the two people I knew as Nana Boller and Grandpa Boller. They had a son who was in the Army and was thought to have Klinefelter Syndome, due to his large size.
Respectfully yours, Adrian Eisenlord
Added: May 5, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
anyone remember those st bennies joe dances on friday nights...
Added: May 4, 2012
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christopher scheid
From: Raleigh NC
E-mail:
Does anyone know where the Richmond Hill town dump was?
It was mentioned in the article on Percy Crosby. Thank you
Added: May 3, 2012
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Mike Matthews
From: Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
E-mail:
Richmond Hill H.S.:
Mixed memories but all good now! I remember there was talk about trying to see the girls swim from the roof because I think it had a skylight but I personally never got there.
Added: May 1, 2012
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steven landsman
From: new jersey
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used to go there, they had the best ice cream in that store.
some of my firends had there birthday there, we had a great time there
Added: April 30, 2012
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mike palladino
From: west palm beach, fl.
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net
My old phone number was VI-3-3102...
It was one number off from a real estate company on rockaway blvd. We got a lot of wrong numbers but took it in stride.
Some things you never forget.
Added: April 29, 2012
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
E-mail:
Hi everyone,
Funny but true story, taught at a small preschool in Honolulu for many years, bear in mind all of Oahu is a small place. Anyway, start talking to a new coworker and we start talking about NYC. He then tells me he was from Richmond Hill and went to RHHS. About 1 week later, I was talking to a parent who also lived in Richmond Hill as a small child!
Three people on this small island, in a small preschool half a world away from NYC all from the Hill all together at the same time.
I have never met anyone from Richmond Hill out here before.
Added: April 28, 2012
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larry magnano
From: long island
E-mail: lamamag@optimum.net
to debbi,
yep, went to r.h.h.s. from '66 to '70. swam nude. why i dont know... health reasons i think.
Added: April 28, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Long island
E-mail:
Men and boys swam in the nude in schools and the YMCA up until the early 70's. It was normative and natural.
There is an exclusive mens club in NYC for the "rich and famous" who continue this practice today. The wearing of swimsuits was for modesty in public places and not so for those of the same sex and it was a "guy" thing.
My friend Eugene who went to RHHS (67-71) tells a story that the pool was evacuated because a "log" was seen floating in the pool during swim class. Mr DeLuca fished out the intruder and discovered it was a large Tootsy Roll!!!
Andy Shea and his team-mates from St John's Prep competed against me (St Francis Prep) in a swim meet... didn't realize that so many of the guys were of Irish decent (LOL). When you think about it, it was no big deal... we found out that all men weren't created equal, in spite of what we were learning in American history.
And NO... I would not participate in a re-union of my HS swim team... some things are best left to the past... Pax, Bob
Added: April 28, 2012
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Joe Matragrano
From: Saint James, NY
E-mail:
To Bob Wood...
The movie "The Thing" was also at the Lefferts movie theater on Liberty Ave. with the same display in the lobby...
To Debbie...
It wasn't only Richmond Hill HS. I attended John Adams HS from 1953 to 1957 during which time the boys swam nude in the school swimming pool. Use of the pool was not optional it was mandatory as part of gym. The girls had pool on separate days, of course, and wore plain brown one piece bathing suits.
I remember the gym teacher (I think his name was Mr. Shields) ridiculing boys, in front of the entire gym, class who tried to get out of pool by bringing in doctor notes or came up with other excuses.
Added: April 27, 2012
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Robert Sheridan
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:
To Bill Heaney & all:
Two weeks ago due to a delayed flight, I also visited the old neighborhood.
Drove along Park Lane South from the Pond to 102nd St. Then down 102nd St. past PS 66 to Jamaica Ave. (I certainly recall a small deli/grocery store on the corner across from 66. No more.) Took a left on Jamaica Ave and that's when I really saw the dramatic change.
Trust me -- a stroll along the Avenue held no appeal whatsoever. And really nothing I recognized. On top of that a good part of the Avenue was narrowed down to one lane as large tarps were hung from the EL as repairs were underway. It really looked to be rusting away.
Left on 111th St. past HCJ (tried to visit the Church but parking was impossible -- it was a Sunday AM). Up to Myrtle Ave., right to Hillside Ave., left on Hillside Ave. past Jahn's, the RKO, library, then up Lefferts Blvd. A late morning slice at Dani's Pizza and that was it.
Always good to visit but not even remotely the same. But certain I will do it again just to recapture great memories of people and places from times gone by.
Added: April 27, 2012
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TOM BLANK
From: BOHEMIA NY
E-mail: TOMGENIE1@aol.com
I think it was the Hillside Rollerdrome. Skated there many times in the 1950's.
Also played Ball across street for Watt & Watt Drugstore.
Added: April 27, 2012
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Joseph Rodrigues
From: Satellite Beach, Florida
E-mail: mommasue8@aol.com
Roseann O'Hara,
I am not positive, but I believe it was called Hillside Roller Rink.
I was not a shoe skater, but played Roller Hockey on 130th street.
Added: April 26, 2012
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Jan Simmons (Mancuso)
From: Wall Township, NJ
E-mail: catladyjan@ymail.com
This is for Denise March:
Please contact me re: Cheryl McCarthy homicide. My email is: catladyjan@ymail.com. I did not realize you had posted as I have not looked at the site for quite some time.
Does ANYONE out there remember the case (Cheryl McCarthy) and know what if anything ever came of it?
Added: April 25, 2012
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yolanda
From: bronx
E-mail:
I worked with Diana Perez at the Auto Club of NY in the late '70's.
She lived off Atlantic ave around 109th ave or street, not really sure but it was near a Carvel and across the street from the Carvel was a Gas Station.
This might be her maiden name, she was engaged at the time and left the job, she had a sister, our boss at the time was Joe Scalto.
If anyone knows her please help me with any contact info. Diana are you out there? Hope to speak with you. Thanks everyone.
Added: April 25, 2012
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Mike Para
From: Monroe, Wisconsin
E-mail:
Lived @ 84-07 106th Street until about 1984. PS 66 and JHS 210.
Added: April 25, 2012
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JoAnn LaForte Ambrosio
From: Howard Beach, NY 11414
E-mail: jambr1153@aol.com
Hello all,
Browsing this site because my friend Janice Mancuso Simmons (who lived in Richmond Hill after our original ENY location back in the 60s/70s) was deeply affected by the murder of Cheryl McCarthy on 12/23/69 and asked me if the case was still cold.
I see someone in here posted recently that it was, so if anyone else can add, Janice would appreciate it.
Also for those on Facebook - there is a huge page devoted to Ozone Park/Woodhaven/Richmond Hill with many participants if anyone is interested.
I worked at Richmond Hill High School for 5 years in the '90s but I also frequented Sukons and Marlowe's Jewelers in the '70s/'80s. Oh let's not forget the Greenwood and Oxford bakeries, which I believe, Greenwood is still there. Great neighborhood! Regards to all... JoAnn
Added: April 25, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Louise, was back to the old neighborhood last week, man has it changed...
the phone company is still there, and it still has that metal angle iron they used to haul up equipment to the roof hanging out of the wall... lol...
your apartment is still there, and Mr Erhart, I heard just passed away... they are knocking down his house. I think Mr Erhart was the last one I remember living on the block... Mrs Converse passed away a few years back... they where the last two...
block would look the same if the people only kept it clean... guess time changes us all... lol
Added: April 25, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Debbie...
yes they all went swimming in the nude... all true
Added: April 25, 2012
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S. Lopez
From: NYC
E-mail: Suvi@earthlink.net
Met with fellow SBJLers Carol and Eileen last nite,
Did some reminiscing about one summer running wild in the halls of SBJL in August before it even opened playing "you're it" with T. Hans, P. Flood, and R. Bornshein.
Our usual hangout (1969, '70, '71) was at the 117 St Post Office with S. Romano, Russo, Manning, Ippolito, Fitzgerald, etc. The funny thing about Richmond Hill being so small is that my older and younger siblings' classmates had the same last names as my friends. You knew one generation or the other.
Spent one summer with LEONORE from Nicaragua playing all sorts of street games like War, etc, and practicing jumping over fire hydrants.
Would love to track her down but I'm not so sure about her last name.
Added: April 24, 2012
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Gloria (Krumsiek) Albanese
From: Jamesville, NY
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The name of the roller skating rink was Hillside Rollerdrome, I believe.
I still have a scar from a fall there, but loved skating as a kid!
Added: April 24, 2012
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Dr John Rodgers
From: Terra Vista, FL (formerly 97-19 120St.)
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com
I would like to share an experience with you, about drinking and driving...
As you well know, some of us have been known to have had brushes with the authorities on our way home from the odd social session over the years.
A couple of nights ago, I was out for a few drinks with some friends at the Marriott Hotel and had a few too many beers and some rather nice red wine... Knowing full well I may have been slightly over the limit, I did something I've never done before... I took a bus home. Sure enough I passed a police road block but as it was a bus, they waved it past...
I arrived home safely without incident, which was a real surprise... as I have never driven a bus before and am not sure where I got it!!!
Added: April 24, 2012
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Bob Seeber
From: Highland Lake, Windham ME
E-mail: Grandpa_Seeber@hotmail.com
Is anyone who lives or lived on 86th Road in Richmond Hill watching this site?
I lived there from 1945 (birth) until 1956 and have many memories and a few pictures to share.
Added: April 23, 2012
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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net
B. Nelson,
If you do a search on this site you should come up with something. This topic was discussed way back when on this forum. I know the exact slab you are talking about.
I believe it was at the intersection of Park Lane South and Freedom Drive.
Added: April 23, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Debbie...
I heard that about the guys swimming naked too at RH High.
Anyone recall a great chesnut tree on 112 or 113 street. Seems like it was on a vacant lot but the owner was always checking on us. Friends used to go there and try to get the best ones even though you could not eat them.
Also there was a hill closer to Forest Park as you went up one of those streets that was great fun on a bike. Might have been the same street.
OK. One more for the books. Anyone still reading these who recalls when The Thing, the movie... James Arness played the creature... was at the RKO? Remember the large boxes stacked on one another that were supposed to be the Thing? Pretty far back but as a kid it scared the wits out of me to walk by the theater.
One of my favorite places near the Jahn's ice cream place but not while that movie played.
Added: April 23, 2012
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Jeff Bates
From: Newburgh N.Y.
E-mail: cinbat2@aol.com
Yes Debbie,
At R.H.H.S. us boys had to take swim class in the nude. Mr. Deluca was the swim teacher for many years.
Can't tell you the reason why this was the rule.
Added: April 22, 2012
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B. Nelson
From: N.Y.
E-mail:

Here's a question for all of you Richmond Hill historians:
I grew up across from Forest Park during the 60's, and my friend and I spent lots of time exploring our "big backyard".
Up about 150 ft. from the wall along Park Lane So., between 102nd and 104th St., there was a concrete slab, around which a couple of mulberry trees had grown, which we used to climb.
My friend's grandmother, who was in her 80's at the time, told us that it was the site of a mounted police station (rest stop?) which used to patrol the park.
Does anyone know more about this?
Added: April 22, 2012


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Roseann O'Hara
From: South Bend, IN
E-mail: sohara@iht.com

Looking for name of former roller skating rink in Richmond Hill.
Added: April 22, 2012


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debbie
From: suffolk county
E-mail:

A friend of mine went to Richmond Hill H.S. from 1969 to 1972 and said he had to swim in the nude. Is that true?
If so, why werent the boys allowed to wear bathing suits?
Added: April 20, 2012


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Louise Kirchgessner Hickok
From: Shandon, Ca.
E-mail: hickokmachine@yahoo.com

I have not been back to Richmond Hill for years.
I have fond memories of all the kids that hung out by the phone company on 108th St. Appox 1963-1965
Added: April 20, 2012


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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
lol. Bob,
I see the old phone numbers down below...
funny thing how you never forget... virginia 6 3215... good post
Added: April 20, 2012
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Mary Frazia
From: Bucks County, PA
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To Ray Rovegno --
There is an OLC group on Facebook and they are trying to plan an all-years reunion.
Added: April 19, 2012
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James Demestihas
From: Sparks NV usa
E-mail: jdemes@att.net
Haven't visited site in awhile...
Originally lived on Jamaica Ave... Cousin Richie Napolitano also lived there too. I moved as a baby... he stayed through college... still family there until about 10yrs ago. Lived above what was Angelos pizza.
Added: April 18, 2012
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Ray Rovegno
From: Great Neck, NY
E-mail: cenacle62@yahoo.com

Hi everyone,
I grew up in the '50s and '60s on Kew Gardens Rd and 136 St. I graduated from Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1962, and am trying to put together a 50TH REUNION of the graduates from that year.
If you know anyone from the '62 class, please have them contact me at: CENACLE62@yahoo.com. Thank you, Ray Rovegno
Added: April 17, 2012


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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Hi, Writing to ask if you could please forward me Marilyn & Ed Shillitos email.
Lived next door to them on 108 St. between 85 and 86 Aves for years. They moved to Georgia. I want to fill them in on certain things.
If anyone has their email please forward it to me at my email, really appreciate it!!
Thank you very much, really hope to hear from you very soon. Jeff Costigan
Added: April 16, 2012
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bruce williams
From: tomball tx
E-mail:
i remember richmond hill quite well,
i attended our lady of the cenacle church on saturday and sundays for years. when i was older i went to fast eddies pool hall on jamaica ave. lived on 132nd street 91st ave.
went to jamaica high school and had a lot of friends and wonder where some are today, edwin olivo, george velasquez, ralph and lillian rodreguez. i worked for inflight motion pictures.
richmond hill was a nice place to grow up. the old theatres [valencia] where we had our prom. haven't seen jamaica wihtout el train yet. sure missed karps on liberty and lefferts blvd and the five and dime store for their icecream and the best pizza .
i wonder what it looks like now since i left it 35 years ago. richmond hill holds a place in my heart. there and jamaica were my stomping grounds. life was good there but then the move .and what a move.
can anyone clue me in on this.
Added: April 15, 2012
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A. Woods
From: New Mexico
E-mail:
Barbara Hoffman -
Noticed your ques. about Davidoff Jewelers on 110th St.
I can probably answer any ques. you might have since I'm closely related to Mr. Davidoff.
Added: April 15, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
To Dawn Franklin Aiu,
I remember all of those teachers except Mrs Huddy, Mrs Weeks was Tough to say the least, Mrs Morrissey was a Sweetheart, Mrs Richards was way ahead of her time and I enjoyed her teaching style, very cool, Mrs Karl did not like me from the git go, the feeling was mutual.
Surprised you did not mention Mrs Sheridan another sweetheart teacher. Remember Mrs. Smith in the lunchroom another super lady. Remember Pinky and Blueboy (Gainsboro Paintings) in the main hallway?
Ken Ball -- 8809 104th st and "A Proud Richmond Hiller"
Added: April 14, 2012
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Eric Berley
From: The Franklin Fountain
E-mail: eric@franklinfountain.com
For those interested in seeing the original Jahns Soda Fountains which came out of the Richmond Hill location- they're housed in Columbus, Indiana at a restored soda fountain and museum there called Zaharakos (www.zaharakos.com).
The old woodwork was saved and reused in an upstairs wedding/reception room. I wanted to see it stay in NY.
Best Wishes, Eric Berley (www.franklinfountain.com)
Added: April 14, 2012
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Elaine (Alves) Buff
From: Florida
E-mail: Elainethedancer@aol.com
Where is my music teacher Miss Hudley today?
She MADE me join the chorus or glee club in HS, and although I did have a decent set of pipes - after 2 sinus surgeries, and allergies - I'm done!
She was a great mentor and wonderful lady :)
Added: April 13, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
Tommy Manzo...
While it is true I am now "a man of the cloth" the cloth isn't considered "valid" (real), more like polyester (LOL) as I am Lutheran.
HOWEVER, I do recall the 9 First Friday promise and back in the day even kept track of "indulgences" so I could figure out how much time I could get off from purgetory. :)
The "rule" as I recall, was u didn't go to Heaven directly, BUT you would not die before you could make a confession before a priest. That being the "promise' one could have landed on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific, ate raw fish, had a deathly re-action... BUT a priest would be there to hear your confession... i'm pretty darn sure that's how it went... BUT you won't hear this pastor preaching about "purgatory" in church...
I do have yet another memory, that of the Manzo's, Finneran's, ALWAYS getting top prizes for selling the most magazine subscriptions... year after year after year... you guys then never shared National Geographic...
I am actually writting this from my sister Jeanine's WPB Fla home, where I am relaxing after missing my flight this morning.
I DO remember that Friday when the altar boys hair caught fire!
Added: April 13, 2012
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Brian Casse
From: pearl river ny
E-mail:
hey John,
can't forget those hockey games, there was one game when i checked Wally and broke his brand new stick he just bought from Paragon, he wanted to beat me up.
hey it was part of the game.
Added: April 12, 2012
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Jim Burke
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:
I proposed this as the anthem for AA
Last Call By Dave Van Ronk (of Richmond Hill)
And so we've had another night
of poetry and poses,
and each man knows he'll be alone
when the sacred ginmill closes.
And so we'll drink the final glass
each to his joy and sorrow
and hope the numbing drunk will last
til opening tomorrow.
And when we stumble back again
like paralytic dancers
each knows the question he must ask
and each man knows the answers.
And so we'll drink the final drink
that cuts the brain in sections
where answers do not dignify
and there aren't any questions.
I broke my heart the other day.
It will mend again tomorrow.
If I'd been drunk when I was born,
I'd be ignorant of sorrow.
And so we'll drink the final toast
that never can be spoken:
Here's to the heart that is wise enough
to know when it's better off broken.
The Sacred Ginmill is a good novel
Added: April 11, 2012
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tommy manzo
From: RVC, LI
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com
Bob and Billy,
I remember those 1st fridays very well. Do u remember the day when one of the alter boys (don't remember who he was) hair caught fire?
And Bob now that your a man of the cloth can you verify the old story that if you went to 9 1st Fridays in a row and received Communion you were guarenteed a spot in Heaven.
And John, I grew up 1/2 block down the street on 108th st and remember them fixing it in 1966 but don't remember the bottom being gravel although I could easily be mistaken seeing that I have millions of misplaced brain cells.
And didn't Carl Shaetzel play on your team?
Added: April 10, 2012
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Slade Noland
From: AZ
E-mail:
Nice enough site. Some of your information could stand to be updated.
On the Dave Van Ronk page you mention that he is still recording and playing music festivals. He died in 2002 so he is probably not doing those things.
That being said, I wish my town had a site devoted to local history and heritage. I applaud you for keeping your local heritage alive and readily accessible.
Keep up the good work.
Added: April 10, 2012
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
E-mail:
Dear Steven Nanton,
I think I went to PS 66 with you. Do you remember the names of Mrs Weeks, Huddy, Morrisey, Karl, Richards? I then went to PS 90 and RHHS. Graduated 1966. Started school about 1953-54.
Nice to hear your name again. Do you remember any of the kids from then? Dawn Franklin now Aiu.
Added: April 9, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Deer Park
E-mail:
Thanks Bill Heaney, everything is fine in da Bronx...
The local RCC and their large South/Central American congregation holds a very public "Stations of the Cross" throughout the neighborhood. "Jesus" carries an actual heavy wooded cross, "soldiers" beat him, even draws blood. Hundreds gather and follow until "he" is hoisted up on the cross. Makes our "forever" Stations at HCJ a bit easier LOL LOL... Jack Maple (RIP) carrying the cross from Station to Station, still see his "mug", never smiling... VERY serious. Andy Shea I remember as a very good Altar Boy, looked so "angelic" or so the good Sisters would say.
Seems HS and the park, among many many other "influences" were part of our formative years in the late '60's early '70's. Surely, the Viet Nam War, Woodstock, etc helped mold us... as did, if we are honest with ourselves, those long Stations of the Cross every First Friday...
and stop calling me Bobbie... its REVEREND... LOL LOL LOL LOL
Added: April 7, 2012
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John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@verizon.net
I was reading on the website the story about Jackson Pond and it mentioned that the pond had a gravel bottom and in 1966 due to safety concerns the bottom was recovered with concrete.
I was born in Richmond Hill in 1956 and lived a few blocks away on 113th Street.
My memory of the pond was that it had a concrete bottom and by early to mid 1960's the Parks Dept. stopped filling it with water. My memory of why was because of plumbing problems.
Sometime around late in the 1960's it was renovated by black-topping it over and basketball courts were added to the west end of the pond. The blacktop surface served as an excellent roller skating surface and in winter served as a frequent location for pickup roller hockey.
A bunch of guys from HCJ, mostly from the class of 1970 but also some younger and older guys occupied it every Saturday and Sunday from October until April and had an almost all day hockey game.
We all went to Paragon sporting goods in Manhattan and the park guys bought Rangers jersies (Tom Moran, TP Cahil, Mike King, Brian Casse, Kevin McGuiness, Mike Muzzio) and the outside of the park guys bought Boston Bruins jersies (Walter Ciacci, John Castellano, Mike Cannon, Eric Sparsman, Richie Gilman, RIP, and myself). These games continued up until many of us were seniors in HS. Does anyone remember those hockey games?
The pond stayed that way until about 10 years ago when a sitting garden was built at the east end of the pond.
Added: April 7, 2012
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John Saladino
From: Wantagh, NY
E-mail: jssdino@verizon.net
Bob Wood,
You asked about the Holy Child Convent. About 2 years ago the building was renovated to accomodate the parish office and reception area.
I believe that it is also still a convent.
Added: April 7, 2012
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Liliana Gomez
From: Miami, Florida
E-mail: tas1130@hotmail.com
I grew up down the street from Smokey Park on 95th Avenue and 129th street. I graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1980.
Have fantastic memories of playing handball, forest park, atlantic avenue, and block parties.
Also looking for graduating class of 1980 Richmond Hill High School and remember great friends like... Judy Raposa, Leslie Bleymeier, Gail Czarnecki, now deceased Denise Demaris, Keith Campbell, Augie Finger, Maria Thalassinos, Ruthie Roncone, etc... so many people from my past I'd love to re-connect with. Disco dancing in the streets... best pizza in the world...
So greatful that I could be a part of that journey.
Added: April 6, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Bobby, and remember the stations of the cross, man did they take forever.
It was very silent in the old neighborhood your right, and it always seem to turn a shade of gray at 3 PM... yes remember it well, no meat on fridays, and I hated peanut butter, but thats what the day called for... or pizza... thank God for pizza... lol...
Hope all is well with you and your new position...
Added: April 6, 2012
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DOMINICK J CAROLEO
From: WEST ISLIP NY 11795
E-mail: VICCAROLEO@aol.com
My Great Dad has passed away!! A Landscaper then Real Estate Investor. Lived in Richmond Hill as a young man!!
Don Caroleo Landscaping, and Croleo Bros. Then Carole Realty... His son Vic Caroleo RIP!! Missed by Many!!
Added: April 5, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Deer Park
E-mail:
HIckory 1-5642 calling VIginia 6-2366... wonder who has them now???
I will be heading to the neighborhood today, actually Jamaica off Woodhaven to buy Easter chocolates, as I have done for decades.
Anyone remember how deserted the streets were on Good Friday between 12-3. NOBODY out... and TV was not allowed either, nor "transistor" radio turned to the "Good Guys". Reason was known to EVERYONE once upon a time. If JESUS could hang on Cross for Three Hours for you... the least you could do is...
A Most Blessed Tridium and Easter to those who remember... the price paid and the empty tomb. To those who remember the Lord's Promise deliverance to His chosen... a Holy Passover
Added: April 5, 2012
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Ray Rovegno
From: Great Neck, NY
E-mail: cenacle62@yahoo.com

Hi everyone,
I grew up in the '50s and '60s on Kew Gardens Rd and 136St. I graduated from Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1962, and am trying to put together a 50TH REUNION of the graduates from that year.
If you know anyone from the '62 class, please have them contact me at: CENACLE62@yahoo.com. Thank you, Ray Rovegno
Added: April 4, 2012


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Joseph Rodrigues
From: Satellite Beach, Florida
E-mail: mommasue8@aol.com
Stephen Strum,
I was born (1931), and grew up at 101-29 130th street. I remember the Esso station, Dunton Barn, Bondi's Drug store, and Bellmans Bakery.
We played ball on the play ground at P.S. 55 and remember the fragrant odors coming from the Bakery.
Added: April 4, 2012
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Ron Clarke
From: San Clemente, CA
E-mail: ronc4109@yahoo.com

My mother, Janice Ruth Wiley attended Richmond Hill High School and graduated around 1946 to 1948 time frame.
Lived around 115th street (not sure exactly, just south of Jamaica Avenue). Married Donald W Clarke in 1949. Lived at 102-18 Park Lane South. Son of William (Bill) and Louise Clarke. Donald went to Brooklyn Tech and worked for Pfizer in Brooklyn. Moved to Terre Haute Indiana in 1949 with a Pfizer transfer.
Would be interested in hearing from anyone that might have remembered them in those NY years.
Added: April 4, 2012


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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello,
To the lady Of the Loughin family who was looking for pictures of The Exclusive Shop. Check with the city taxation people they should have generic pictures of all buildings they levy taxes on, worth a check any way.
Hope this helps. Ken Ball 8809-104th street ""Proud Resident""
Added: April 4, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Always trying to locate the following folks from the 50's:
James Dooley, Bessemer Street; Anthony Market, 86th Ave.; Kenneth Erwin; Virginia Giaconni; Margret Dempsey; Pat O'Leary. Great to continue to read about the old place. Oh, almost forgot... Susan Morse... mother and dad were doctors as well as the grandfather. They lived across the street from the Richmond Hill HS Annex. Susan's brother was Ted and attended the Naval Academy.
Mentioned some of these before but continue to try. Anyone know if the "convent" at Holy Child still functions as a convent? Building across from the church was built in the 50's when there were plenty of vocations. May be something else now.
Here in SC we're very short of priests and nuns... as some of us Catholics say, "none of this and none of that!" old joke.
Added: April 4, 2012
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Joseph Motta
From: Streetsboro, Ohio
E-mail: jmmotta@sbcglobal.net
Trying to locate where my great uncle and his wife lived in Richmond Hill. Their names were Ralph and Anna Martin.
Anna's maiden name may have been Geib. She would have been born about 1885. I have two possible addresses and they may have lived at both addresses at some time. One is 289 St. Ann's Avenue, Richmond Hill, Long island, NY and the other 8747 118th St. or Church St. He was a Navy officer. Any information you may have would be appreciated.
It is great to see people taking pride in there neighborhood. Thank you very much.
Added: April 3, 2012
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Trisha Diefenbach
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: faid2blue@yahoo.com

I don't have the fondest memories of Richmond Hill, my birthplace...
my first memory as a child growing up there was the day my sister was murdered. Though it feels like a lifetime, i can still remember that day as if it were yesterday...
Every now and then I return to the neighborhood for old times sake... I try to remember the nature hikes in nearby Forest Park or my mom walking me to school at PS 54... but it will never overshadow the painful memories that linger deep inside...
Added: April 1, 2012


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manny freer
From: whitestone, ny
E-mail: mannyfreer@gmail.com
I knew Horn,
sorry to hear of his passing
Added: April 1, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
Any chance of a RH St John's Dance Reunion?
Remember, it was held at St John's Lutheran on 114th st bet 86/Jam Ave. The "Lucky Charms"... later just the "Charms" would be the headliners (subject of previous posts I am sure)
We could hire a group or two for late 60's-70's music... have it catered from a local deli.
Of course, we could start with a Mass in St John's first and remember family/friends who are no longer with us. Pix could be placed in the chancel. I even know a HCJ graduate who is willing to be celebrant/preacher or would share these responsibilities...
Maybe even a "Folk Mass" with Michael Row the boat... LOL
Added: March 31, 2012
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jim lovett
From: Rockland, Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com

to rich morgan,
We were neighbors. I lived above Bill's bike shop from '58-'77, haven't been in the old neighborhood since '84.
It's really changed according to vpike.com
Added: March 31, 2012


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Stephen Strum
From: Ashland, Oregon
E-mail:

My father had a gas station (Esso) at 130-15 101st avenue.
I used to go to work with him starting at about the age of 8 or so. I was a real grease monkey.
I remember eating at Levinson's Deli under the "Els" or elevated trains. Not far from the gas station was Bellman's Bakery, one of my dad's customers. I would sometimes go to Bellman's with my father and if I was lucky, someone would offer me a jelly doughnut, right off the conveyor belt.
I became a physician, a fixer of people, as my Dad would say, not of cars.
Added: March 31, 2012


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

rich morgan, missed you by a few years.
Late 50's, early 60's played a lot of basketball, softball, and touch football in the schoolyard there. Hung out with friends on both 124th & 126th streets & 103rd ave also.
A quiet, lovely place to grow up in and I think of it and the wonderful friendships often.
Added: March 30, 2012


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Marlon Okoi Twin
From: st. paul minnesota
E-mail: marlonokoi@yahoo.com

i have dreams still about queens
i remember the st benedicts church, key food by jamaica, the pool alley, the libary, laundrmat, pet shop n the pet grooming place, the pizza place, n all the stores on liberty ave.
pss 55 quenns court yard with the camel, smokey park with that water fountain, the good year tire building with that dog lol
the subway train, van wyck, the boys n girls club on lefferts i think or atlantic ave i can name it all
Added: March 30, 2012


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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com
To Christina Crawford,
Did you live on 124th st in the 60's?
I had a classmate at HCJ in 1st or 2nd grade back then and her Mom was such a nice lady.
Added: March 30, 2012
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Christina Crawford
From: Elmhurst, NY
E-mail:
My parents lived in Richmond Hill for many years before they moved to Long Island. I moved to Queens in Elmhurst not too long ago.
Just wanted to say that my parents (both gone now) always had great stories and memories of Richmond Hill.
I am so happy I found your website.
Added: March 29, 2012
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rich morgan
From: Brookhaven NY
E-mail: richmorgan2001@yahoo.com
Grew up 103-33 125 street RH -
remember 60's early 70's fondly.
Added: March 29, 2012
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Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com
Sadly and tragically, Cheryl Mcarthy who was murdered on 12/23/69 at the old Metropolitan Ave train station is still not solved. Christine Diefenbach who was only 14 years old was brutally raped and murdered on 2/9/88 by 121st street and 89th Ave by the LIRR railroad overpass is also another cold case.
These are 2 of the darkest days in the history of Richmond Hill and should never be forgotten.
Added: March 29, 2012
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Lucille Gagliardi Quinn
From: Orlando, FL
E-mail: ldscquinn@yahoo.com
Marty Peshler was one of the nicest people I ever knew.
I was very sick when I knew him, however, I am well now, and I have a wonderful husband and 2 great kids.
Added: March 27, 2012
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Yi Song
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail:
I enjoy reading about all the history in Richmond Hill.
I will visit again, thanks.
Added: March 26, 2012
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Denise Martin
From: Naussau Co NY
E-mail:
This is to Mary Woods and or Jen Simmons Mancuso:
I had been looking at the pages from 2008 on this site because of an inernet search I had done for some old Christ the King friends.
You both mentioned a very sad event in my life and in the life of everyone in Richmond Hill: the murder of Cheryl McCarthy (at the age of 16).
I knew her - she lived within walking distance of my house and was very good friends with my upstairs neighbor. I have no new information, either. As far as I know, they never caught the killer.
Did either of you ever turn up anything about this crime? Thanks.
Added: March 26, 2012
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John Connick
From: Mahopac, NY
E-mail:
Speaking of Richmond Hill business establishments which were part of our youth, you couldn't start the new school year without picking up supplies and required readings from Wessling's book store, on Jamaica Ave. between 102nd and 104th Street.
It was run for years, from the 50's on, by two mature ladies (I believe they were sisters), and they always seemed to have exactly what you were looking for, from gum erasers to some obscure paperback that you wished they didn't have in stock.
How far we've come from the personal touch that was a part of our daily lives, and how much we've lost to the "sanitized" shopping experience of a CVS or Staples...
still waiting for time travel to become a reality...
Added: March 25, 2012
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john szewczuk
From: jackson heights ny
E-mail: middy1953@yahoo.com
To Ginny Siems:
My mom was the co-leader of the Brownies at Bethany Church where I was in the Cub Scouts.
Went to OLPH as did my sister Loretta.
Added: March 24, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:
To Lisa Corridore Loughlin:
If it was the shop on the side by Gebhardt's Bakery, yes I do. Being only a kid, I remember going in there to buy gifts for my family.
I specifically remember buying my Aunt a plaque of an angel, which said a "blessing" on it. We surely miss those shops here now a days and wish it was the same again!
Much luck to you in finding a picture.
Added: March 21, 2012
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Lisa Corridore Loughlin
From: Babylon, NY
E-mail:
Does anyone remember the card/gift shop on the corner of 111th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill, between 1964 and 1967?
I'm looking for photos. It was called "The Exclusvie Shop". My family owned it.
Added: March 19, 2012
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Jamie M
From: Cherry Hill, NJ
E-mail:
I just learned of the passing of Mrs. Sanicola.
She was the librarian when I went to St Benny's 30 years ago. I will always remember how nice she was and would go out of her way to help find or order books for me.
One time I got in trouble for talking in the hallways and was not allowed into the library. Mrs Sanicola saw me out in the hall in tears. I'll never forget she put her finger to her lips and shussed me and told me that everything would be ok.
Right before we went home that day she stopped by my classroom and handed me the exact book I was looking to get. She must have remembered from the week before that I couldn't find a particular book and made sure that I was able to get it when it was available.
I can't remember the name of the book but I will always remember kindness of Mrs Sanicola.
Added: March 18, 2012
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Barbara Hoffman aka Bobbi Baas
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail:
Anyone remember Davidoff's Jewelry Store on Jamaica Avenue and 110th Street?
Would love to know what became of his grandson Douglas Miller after his Mom (Corinne) died.
Added: March 15, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Its that time of year again, the wearing of the green. I think of Richmond Hill every year at this time, especially the lower log.
So many kids and so much fun, on saint paddys, the parties and all those kids up in the park at 7:30am...
Hundreds of kids from all over the local parishes, have a few cold ones before setting off to the parade.
Lugar, fat jack maple, ox, and his brother dickiebow, gary wilson, kevin white, the cencle crowd, to go along with the holy child crowd... and throw in a few from st bennies and st thomas... yes they all meet up at the park... lower and upper log... man was that fun...,
memories we should not talk about... lol... but it was crazy back in the day... and alot of fun...
first stop the blarney stone on sutphin blvd... pete was the owner and he served anyone on st paddys day... then catch the e train or the f and take it to 5th ave... where the real fun began...
tough getting home... but it was off to glenns and then to some bar out in the island... I think it was called mcdimples... or the rubber duck a few times... lol... great day... miss them alot... oh well, happy st paddys day to all.
Added: March 15, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:
Hi Mr. Wood:
Funny story, all pretty innocent and good memories. I honestly didn't know that building was a Post Office until seeing it framed somewhere with the workers posed outside. It has been a Union Hall for some years now, but for my own sake, I wish it still was a Post Office as the closest one is on 123 St.
I also didn't know, but my Mom told me years ago that the bigger building on the same block, closer to Hillside Ave. used to be the phone Co.
I'm glad the neighborhood holds good times for you and as always, it's great reading your posts, staying in touch.
Bob Rainis:
I hadn't thought about the "clicker" probably since I graduated. I had to smile though, reading your post. We certainly were programmed and trained well.
I surely remember Sunday's Children's Mass and only those excused were the ones who attended with their families.
I also see you were amongst the famous H.C.J. crossing guards mentioned. Yes, the badge gave some authority.
I remember well the Fire Drills, how we all had to walk briskly and one kid would always say, "This is real. There is a fire!"
On a nice day, it was good to get out for the bit and I liked it if our class walked down 112 St. since we'd pet a friendly dog through the fence of the one house, on the sneak of course.
Wednesday's I remember the girls coming in with the candy and since we were released at 1 P.M., had our snack time. Yes, they always had some goodies to enjoy that we all looked forward to, along with getting out early.
Thanks for sharing the good memories, but I will be thinking of the "clicker" now for quite some time! LOL
Added: March 15, 2012
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charles marotto
From: Farmingdale NY
E-mail: grizwaldww@aol.com
I have been searching websites to try and find information of classmates and teachers from the school I attended. Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Queens on 115th street.
Anyone that can help start process of where to go is apprecaited. I know the sisters were from the Sparkhill Dominican Sisters. The teachers will be a challenge to find, and of course if there are ever re-unions of that scholl please let me know.
Thanks for any input on this.
Added: March 13, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Cannot resist with the talk of haunting Marilyn.
The old Post Office on Myrtle Avenue had a coal chute door built into the sidewalk which we as kids used to open and peer into. Very dark and pretty spookey.
One of the kids as I recall decided to slide down the chute into the basement and of course could not get out or come back up the slide. We left him in the mess he had created and later discovered that the Post Master had met with his father about the whole ordeal.
We were just about 10 years old so not too much flack. Bet he looked blackened when his father showed up. The coal dust was everywhere on the slide and door etc.
Added: March 12, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Bronx NYC
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
HCJ had AAA boys to assist with street crossings. Ranks were from "patrolman" to "captain".
During my day, back in the mid-60's, it was 6th or 7th graders who were selected... and YES, it did go to some of our heads. You may remember, we also had air-raid drills back then and sometimes we had to exit into the streets. "AA" boys assisted with traffic control. I still have my Captains shield!
HCJ also had "SS" girls, who were like hall monitors and had classroom responsibilities when it was bad weather and we had to return to our classrooms after lunch. Lots of us ate lunch in school, the staple was peanut butter or cream cheese and jelly! There were also "candy" girls who sold penny candy in the school yard.
Back in the day, all HCJ students were required to attend the 9am Children's Mass on Sundays... attendance was taken and you sat with your grade. The nuns used 'clickers" so as to instruct us to be in unison when it was time to kneel and stand during the parts of the Mass. We did alot of genuflecting in those days, which was on one knee...
The BIG exception was on First Fridays when we all attended the "Exposition of the Blessed sacrament". If the monstrance was on the Altar, you had to kneel on both knees... I can't do that now w/o my assisting ministers helping me to stand... not becasue of "old age" but injuries which retired me as a cop.
Anyone remember the mounted Aux NYPD Lt. who directed traffic and crowd control on Sunday mornings? I remember the "CD" patch on his arm which showed he wasn't a "real" cop... and he was VERY short. He would come into church for Holy Communion after tying his mount by the big evergreen which once stood at the 112th st entrance to the church.
What got me started???
Added: March 12, 2012
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sahar s
From: kuwait
E-mail:
hey, I was wondering if anyone knows anyone else from grade 4 of 2001? I was like a transfer student to P.S. 108 but only for a year...
just cant help but wonder where everyone is?
Added: March 11, 2012
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JoAnn Scicutella DelBove
From: Randolph Center, Vermont
E-mail: raynjo73@yahoo.com
To Robert Scott,
Yes thank you I have enclosed my email, if you could send them there I would love it. Where in RH did you live and when? Thanks again.
Hi Stan,
Just saw your answer, dont come here very often usually on fb.
First my husbands name was Renato Del Bove but everyone knew him as Ray. We used to hang with Kevin Keeney and believe his younger brother Tommy. I lived across the street from the Albanos and also we hung with Danny and Tommy.
When you said Jay did you mean Spielvogel, who lived upstairs from Albanos? Also knew Vinny and Gracie Abbruscato, Joe Cavallo, and Janet Lardieri, just to name a few. I remember Smittys, but the big question was Winters, was it Winters or Winthers?
I have enclosed my email, would be great hearing from you. And if you knew my Ray, who I sadly lost in 2009.
Thanks for answering and hope to hear rom you soon. Jo
Added: March 11, 2012
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john trainor
From: suffolk co, ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com
Anthony P,
I would bet there are a few tales to be told about houses and possible haunting. I had a minor experience when living in Woodhaven, 1956. Nothing like you described, but it went on for 15 minutes.
Sparing you the details but it got my attention. Causes one to wonder.
Added: March 10, 2012
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Bernadette Casse Adams
From: Tampa, Florida
E-mail:
So sorry to hear about "Horn" RIP.
Will never forget the memories of the Pond, Hunter Mtn., and Long Beach.
The Casse Family
Added: March 9, 2012
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alfred beilin
From: England
E-mail: alfiebeilin@gmail.com
hi,
i'm looking for matt monkton. is he still on here? alf
Added: March 9, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:
To Steven:
You can view your house perfectly by using Google Earth Street View simply by typing in your address. It's been updated and actually you can take a tour of the neighborhood. By the way, I knew of a Bobby Hoffman years ago, but have no info.
As for hauntings and hearing there was building on an old cemetery, that is interesting. I also would like to hear since we've had some strange happenings over the years, though living a few blocks over. Actually many friends and neighbors have had tales around here for years, which is also a reason I would like to know where I can find out the history of my house. Not from the Dept. of Bldgs., which only tells when it was built, but who lived here from the beginning and it's history. If anyone knows how to go about it, please let me know.
In ending this post, Brite Hardware is still on the north side of Jamaica Ave. near 113 Street, a fairly big store. I do remember as a child it was on the south side, but small.
Added: March 9, 2012
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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net
To Jeff...
Brite Hardware is still there on the north side of Jamaica Ave. where it moved to about 35 years ago. If you do a web search you can see they are making full use of the internet.
I only followed up on that because it was a special place with special people to me.
Added: March 8, 2012
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Steven Nanton
From: Springfield, Mass.
E-mail: cameraz@yahoo.com
I come back to this site every year to see if I can find posts from anybody I know. I have found one, but would like to find more.
Does anybody know what happened to Bobby Hoffman, who used to live on 106th Street, between Jamaica and 86th Aves.? What about Jane Brown, who lived on 108th St., between Jamaica and 86th Aves.? What about Dorothy Grobe (sp?), or Paul Geraputo? About two years ago I got a visit from Barbara (Jeannie) Dallis, who used to live on 107th St. near Park Lane South. She and her family moved to California many years ago. I had been in the Scouts for a long time with her brother, Steve Dallis.
Speaking of Scouting, I have a funny story to tell. For years I was a member of Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 149, which was sponsored by Temple Beth Israel on 102nd Street. One of my fellow Scouts was Dennis Gutride, who lived up the block from me on 107th Street. I went to PS 66 with Dennis, and I think PS 90 as well. But by High School (RHHS), I lost touch with him. Well, in 1978, I moved to Springfield, Mass.
After living here for more than 20 years or so, out of the blue I received an email from a former fellow Scout, Steve Schlesinger, who I believe still lives in N.Y. He mentions to me that Dennis "lives up there by you." So I looked Dennis Gutride up in the phone book, and it turns out he lives only three blocks away from me! To make a long story short, I went to visit Dennis, armed with several photos my father had taken of our Scout troop. Unfortunately, Dennis didn't remember me! But we still had a nice chat. He has moved to another part of town, but I may hook up with him again some day to try to jog his memory.
By the way, I would like to ask someone to do me a big favor. I have been wanting for years to travel back to my old home, but I never seem to have the time. I would really be grateful if somebody who lives near my old boyhood home would take a couple of pictures of it and email them to me. I lived at 86-04 107th St., a big corner house. I have my happiest memories of living in Richmond Hill.
I think I've been reluctant to return because I'll see how much it has changed.
Added: March 8, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Searched all over,
there is no more Brite Hardware on Jamaica Ave. where it once was.
Added: March 8, 2012
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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
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I just read the post concerning the house Luis lived in on 107th Street being haunted.
I am wondering if anyone else in Richmond Hill lived in a haunted house as the house my family moved into on 111th Street and 91st Avenue was haunted as well.
My parents were told by the former owners that their son had passed away suddenly going to work one morning of a heart attack. We had never seen anything but had heard a lot of things such as people talking, the kitchen faucet being turned on, and the radio being turned on full blast, doors being unlocked, knocking etc.
Years later after the house was sold in 1991 I had read an article that there was a cemetery on the land which is now 111th Street where the house is. Just wondering if anyone else knows any details about this cemetery or any other haunted homes in richmond Hill.
Thanks, Anthony
Added: March 8, 2012
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Edith Scullin Nadraus
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail: edithnad@aol.com
Laurie C.
My family belonged to RH Baptist Church from about 1941 until when my mom passed away in 2000.
I have one of the 50th Anniversay Books with pictures of all of the various clubs.
If you are in any of them I'd be happy to make copies and send them to you.
Added: March 7, 2012
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Denise Martin
From: Naussau Co NY
E-mail:
Picking up on a thread someone else started about their parish's "Las Vegas" nights.
In the mid-50s, early 60s, Our Lady of the Cenacle (OLC) used to have a yearly "bazaar". The school yard would have rides and games of chance and downstairs would be additional booths with "wheel of fortune" type games where you could win prizes from the bottom, middle or top "shelf" in the school's basement. This was the highlight of our school year and all of us kids got terribly excited.
We'd search for pennies and dimes to take to the bazaar in our couch cushions and our fathers' coats. Winning a small stuffed animal from the bottom shelf was like dying and going to heaven! The smell of cotton candy permeated everywhere. Our parents would come at night and volunteer to "man" the booths and, of course, we'd beg for more money! I heard that, later, they also held Las Vegas nights but I was gone from the neighborhood by then.
Great memories of this special time!
Added: March 7, 2012
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LaurieC
From: Poconos, PA
E-mail:
To Edith
Didn't know about loss of Richmond Hill Baptist Church and sorry to hear as well.
My family and I were members of that church for many years going back to the 40's probably. A few siblings married in that church as well. I still have my Holy Bible presented to me by Miss Judith from Sunday school and I remember Mrs Krunkie (?spelling).
Enjoy reading posts on this site and try. Thank you to all who post.
Added: March 7, 2012
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luis cruz
From: 107-55 116 st, richmond hill
E-mail:
I am a current resident of 107-55 116 st, however I am looking for some information.
I have lived in this house all my life and my family has owned this house for the past 20 years. As a young boy I was told that my house is haunted by a man who passed away in the living room.
As I grew older I thought of it to be false even though strange things have occured in the house until one year while we cleared the basement we found two old military mortars along with a briefcase in what seemed to be a secret apartment.
If anyone has any information please respond, thanks!
Added: March 5, 2012
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larry magnano
From: farmingville ny
E-mail: lamamag@optimum.net
To dawn franklin,
I remember you kinda, its been a very long time, looked you up in my year book. cute girl, we shared some of the same classes (commerical courses) I'm still here on long island.
oh dont bitch about swimming with that awful swimsuit, we swam naked. take care, larry
Added: March 5, 2012
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Stan Budesa
From: Melbourne Beach, Florida
E-mail:
Hi Joanne,
I lived there from 1957 until 1977. Got married and moved to 105th street until 1986.
I knew ALL the Keeneys very well... they lived across the street, the four boys and Alice. I worked at Smitty's Market between 110th and 111th sts on Liberty ave, around '67/'68 till 1973, pratically lived at Winters, remember Charlie very well.
Knew Ernie Waldvogel on 111th, not sure about your husband, what is his first name? Other neighbors... the Mays, Youngs... did you know the Albano's, Cavallo's, Abascato's? Great memories.
Steve Giorgio,
Do you mean at Smitty's??? I don't post too often so it's been a while. Please help me remember when you are talking about.
Don't know if you remember Jay, his Mom and Dad owned Bens Army and Navy Store, I recently heard from him and because you are on 115th street, I think the store was on 116th... let me know.
I look forward to hearing from you. regards... Stan
Added: March 5, 2012
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Robert Scott
From: Mission Viejo, Ca
E-mail:
JoAnn,
I have a few pictures of Winthers. Where should I send them?
Added: March 4, 2012
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Steve Giorgio III
From: 115th Street & Liberty Avenue
E-mail: Theiceman7@aol.com
Hi Stan,
Do you remember me coming into the store and giving you guys a hard time, lol.
It's been a while.
Added: March 4, 2012
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JoAnn Scicutella DelBove
From: Randolph Ctr. Vermont
E-mail:
To: Stan Budesa,
I lived there from the age of 2 in 1957 until I got married in 1973, then my hubby and I lived on 113th b/w Liberty Ave and 107th Ave until 1985. Did you know the Keeneys or my husband?
How old are you? Sorry but then we would know if our paths crossed too...
To: John Mulry,
see you said Winthers and
To: A Ranni,
you said Winters.
That is why we so desperately need a picture of the Ice Cream Parlor from like 1970.
Please anyone, help.
Added: March 3, 2012
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Donna Martino
From: Florida
E-mail: ammyd@comcast.net
I grew up in Richmond Hill, NY - Many good memories.
Does anyone know where the Mannino families are now? Thanks!
Added: March 2, 2012
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Jonn Mulry
From: chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com
Chattanooga Comments: A Ranni,
yes C&F did become Al's Stereo, and it seems that it would be for many many years. when I was in the hood in 2000, it was a West Indian sports bar.
guess that the building was always meant to be a bar.
Added: March 2, 2012
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Stan Budesa
From: Melbourne Beach, Florida
E-mail:
Bob,
yes, i also gave an email on a posting and have also gotten a couple of weird responses wanting to be friends and send pix, we may need to bring this to Dennys attention...
guess it's just the charm of the Rich Hill gang... the girls can't resist!!!
Added: March 2, 2012
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paul lawless
From: long island
E-mail: plaw7@aol.com
My grandmother was named Mary Reilly, she had 1 sister Margaret, 3 brothers who all fought in WW1, Arhibald, Bernard and Joseph.
I know Archie won the DSQ cross france... I think one brother was run over by a trolley... Any info? thanks
Added: February 29, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Interesting about Father Shine. I trained and served as his altar boy during my childhood in the fifties.
Back in the day one had to learn those Latin responses to the priest and of course it was "high anxiety" for a youngster!
Totally different subject... Anyone besides me getting emails from weird people referring to this blog and asking for contact so they can send pictures of themselves?
Just my luck I did send my email address one time and now have a "following" of what I don't know. Ha
Added: February 29, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
yes kids were picked to be cross guards in the 6th grade I think... think we were called aa boys... lol...
anyway was one of these boys... was also fired because I was in the pizza parlor up the block from the school when I should of been at my post...
sister miriam I think fired me on the spot... lol
Added: February 29, 2012
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paul galbraith
From: highland falls ny
E-mail: jb1912pjg@gmail.com
Memories of the MOHAWK restaurant on Jamaica Avenue east of the Triangle.
Grandpa Galbraith and I used to go there for Supper on a Saturday Night when he baby sat for me... had a great tbone steak and the trimmings...
one of the things I learned from that experience was how to make simple french dressing... ketchup and mayo... lol
Added: February 28, 2012
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
E-mail:
Does anyone remember a John Taylor?
He was the manager of a A&P store located somewhere in the Richmond Hill area on Jamaica Ave (but not the one on 104th st). I think it might have been the store past the Bohack.
I would like to locate him.
Added: February 28, 2012
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john trainor
From: suffolk co, ny
E-mail: islraven@yahoo.com
As Vinnie Competello said, and I heartily agree, the high school years were the best of our lives.
The friendships were so good, so close and loyal, Richmond Hill such a lovely area to be raised in, the schools well run and everybody neatly dressed, all of it wonderfully memorable.
My father, God rest his soul, said to me more than once,"enjoy yourself John, these will be the best yeras of your life". How right he was.
I have a wonderful wife, good health, and I live well, but those years of youth in Richmond Hill are unforgettable.
Added: February 27, 2012
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Brian McNerney
From: San Dimas, CA
E-mail: bredbrian@verizon.net
I am responding to Ken Ball about Fr. Shine at Holy Child.
Great guy. I graduated from HCJ in 1958 and Molloy in 1962. Years later, Fr. Shine remarried my Mom after my father died. Then he married my sister, Maureen, and finally he married me and my wife, Carol Ann Price, 41 years ago! He was a very special man.
I love to go back to HCJ when I visit and say a prayer. The place is still in great shape and will always be special to me and our family.
Richmond Hill was a great place to grow up. Things were simplier back then. Time flies when your having fun!! Great memories.
Added: February 26, 2012
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A Ranni
From: Queens
E-mail: uexfreight@yahoo.com
Did the C&F Bar and Grill become Al's Stereo later on?
I remember Charlie Winters very well but not the bar.
Added: February 26, 2012
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Roy Hasselman
From: currently in NH
E-mail: r.hasselman@comcast.net
My mom, Lucille Pees, went to Richmond Hill High School and graduated in 1940. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday next month.
Is there anyone out there who might remember her?
Added: February 26, 2012
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kathy harris
From: lancaster pa
E-mail: kac.harris@yahoo.com
My mother grew up on 87 Road. Her name at that time was Anna Engel. Parents were Walter C., and Emma or Orich.
I know that my grandfather either worked in a dry cleaner, or drove a delivery truck for some sort of cleaner. I also know he had a sister Annie, and Mary, a brother Joseph. He passed in 1955, and my grandmother in 1962.
Their adress was 127-02 87 Road. If anyone knows, or remembers them, I would be most happy to hear. Trying to find some history.
Thank you, and hope to make the journey to this area this spring.
Added: February 25, 2012
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Dawn Franklin Aiu
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
E-mail:
Hi everyone, I love this site. I lived in Richmond Hill from about 1953 to 1966.
Went to P.S. 66, P.S. 90, and good old RHHS graduated in '66. I remember some of the teachers from P.S. 66 (what a beautiful school). The brass doorknobs with P.S. 66 on it, the auditorium, if I remember correctly, the Board of Ed had its offices on the first floor. Shiny floors really spic and span.
My teachers were Mrs. Weeks, Miss Morrissey, Miss Huddy (I think she had red hair, Miss Morrissey and Miss Huddy were really good friends and were very young. Perhaps it was their first few years of teaching.) Mrs. Karl and Mrs. Richards. PS 90, Mr Bonelli. RHHS, Miss Koch (who I think married the art teacher) the Bennett sisters in the annex. Having swimming in those horrible swimsuits and the gym uniform, ugh, we hated them. The boys always had to wear a tie, if they forgot I think it was a 10 cent fine. Zero period so early in the morning but you did get out earlier! Jamaica Ave with all the stores. It was wonderful growing up there.
Kenneth Ball did you marry a girl named Carol?
Hope someone remembers me from then. BEST TO ALL, Aloha
Added: February 25, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:
To Anthony P. ~
Agnes is a local friend and still works as a Crossing Guard, but now by P.S. 90.
Yes, H.C.J. used to choose the kids to be crossing guards for the nearby corners.
Added: February 25, 2012
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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
The crossing guard on 101st Avenue and 131st street was Mrs. Berry.
She made sure we got to and from P.S.55 safely.
Added: February 25, 2012
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Jonn Mulry
From: chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com
JoAnn in Vermont,
One person who MIGHT be able to help you is a lady who lives on the Island who is the daughter and niece of the Winther brothers. Barbara Gixel, I believe, is her name.
My mother and stepfather owned the C&F Bar and Grill across from that wonderful place from '59-'63. I still remember the Lime Rickeys and Strawberry Islands I used to scarf down there.
The building Winthers was in, as of 2000, a sort of deli.
Added: February 24, 2012
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John S.
From: New York
E-mail:
Anthony:
Yes, I do remember the older kids being crossing guards at Holy Child, I think even before an adult was assigned the job. As I recall, the "uniform" consisted of a white band that was worn diagonally across the chest, along with a shiny chrome badge.
Some of the kids let the position of authority go to their heads, but overall I guess they did a good job, as I can't recall any casualties. Can you imagine the legal implications today?!
I don't think it would work anyway, as kids today would have to shut their cellphones and ipods to do the job well... never happen!
Added: February 24, 2012
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Carolyn Kirchgessner Ota
From: Pasadena, CA
E-mail: carolynota@aol.com
Agnes Palumbo was the crossing guard at 112th St and Jamaica Ave. My sister Louise was married to her son Tom.
Agnes was a wonderful lady and she passed away maybe 20 years ago.
Added: February 24, 2012
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Vinnie Competello
From: Howard Beach, NY
E-mail: vmcompetello@gmail.com
I was told that High School were going to be the best years of my life.
I didn't realize it then!
Added: February 24, 2012
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Edith Scullin Nadraus
From: Floral Park, NY
E-mail: edithnad@aol.com
Bella G.,
That is the old Richmond Hill Baptist Church which was started in 1897. The current building was erected in 1919. My family and I were all members of this wonderful Church.
Such a sad end to a wonderful memory.
Added: February 24, 2012
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Brian Gordon
From: Greenlawn NY
E-mail: bdg201@optonline.net
I remember being a crossing guard in the 8th grade at HCJ in 1965 at 86th ave. and 112 st. I am not sure but my memory tells me it was not for the entire year.
This site brings back some wonderful memories.
Added: February 24, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello,
Does any one remember a Priest at Holy Child Jesus by the name of Father Shine, a really super nice Priest. I also remember the Vegas like night with the Wheels of Fortune and games of Chance.
My Mom and I went to one of these Vegas type nights and really could not lose no matter what we played. I remember exiting the building with Mom and Father Shine commenting laughingly, this is a charity event as we were walking out with many many prizes, a fun time to say the least--early 1950's.
Good old Richmond Hill a Fun Place To Grow Up!!! A Good Life Shaping Place For Me!!! Ken Ball, San Diego
Added: February 24, 2012
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Bella G.
From: Forest Hills, NY
E-mail: beka750701@msn.com
I have never been a resident of Richmond Hill, but I'm wondering if anybody knows about the history of the building located on 114-01 91st Avenue that used to be a Baptist Church and is currently under renovation.
Added: February 23, 2012
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Pat Birch Wilkerson
From: Bay Shore, NY
E-mail: pmawilk@aol.com
We are planning a 50th reunion for John Adams High School in Ozone Park, for the 1961 and 1962 classes.
If anyone is on this site from these classes and you have not been contacted, please contact me with your email address, and I will be happy to send you an invitation.
Added: February 23, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
well on the subject of crossing guards...
108st and jamaica ave... mrs kusterback, she just passed away a few months ago...
nice family the kusterback's, lived on the corner of 108st and atlantic ave...
Added: February 22, 2012
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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:
Does anyone remember the crossing guard on 112th St. and Jamaica Ave.? Her name was Agnes.
Like all the other crossing guards mentioned here she was very nice. Also, does anyone remember that HCJ had students from the 8th grade crossing the lower classes on 86th Ave and 112th St?
Added: February 22, 2012
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Michael Contino
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: mco901@aol.com
Speaking of crossing guards, Winnie at the corner of 95th Ave and Lefferts Blvd. was the best. Always smiling and wishing us a good day.
Richmond Hill in those days, 50's and 60's, was just like a small town. Great memories.
Added: February 22, 2012
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Stan Budesa
From: Melbourne Beach, Florida
E-mail:
Joanne,
I also grew up on 112th street between Liberty Ave. and 107th Ave. What years were you there? I was there from 1956 to 1977. PS 108, OLPH, JHS 202, and Adams.
Knew many families on your block, depends what years.....
Added: February 20, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill, Queens, New York
E-mail:
Hi Mr. Wood,
I am so glad that you were able to view your old home. Though not happy with the color scheme, you certainly wouldn't like it now since it's been changed again, painted over.
I think it's great that I do know 3 families who lived there, but they all agree with you, preferring it the original way as remembered. It was always almost identical to the house next door, {Grace & Mildred's}, which still looks pretty much the same if you noticed. Those Google Maps sure come in handy and can take a virtual trip around town at home!
As for the screened in porch you've mentioned, I don't recall them at all on your house in the 60's, though I'm sure the porch itself was the same. It is a nice idea and there are still a few seen with them, though so much has changed. By the way, I'm not sure if I asked you this before, but was your family the first owners, though I doubt it as these houses were all built in the early 1900's.
Upon my friend's selling it in the past few years, I believe she said yours was built in 1915. I've been on a quest for awhile to find out more history on mine, but only know of the previous owner and that it was built in 1920. If anyone out there knows any info as to how I can go about this, please let me know. The D.O.B. only has the years they were built.
As for the trees, I know many are missing from your block as well as mine. Then again, many in Richmond Hill came down in storms or sadly were cut down. I don't remember any directly in front of yours, but there was one near your driveway, which I think fell some time ago. By the way, as for the seeds that fall from the tree, which I think we all did in the spring, we call them polynoses! Trust me, they rain down in May and there's plenty of sweeping to do.
It's so wonderful being in touch with you and hopefully sometime you can share your e-mail since I still have the pictures saved from when they first took off the aluminum siding, revealing the original shingles and round stained glass window on the 2nd floor, that we didn't know was there. I think you would enjoy seeing them and may bring back better memories! It's always a pleasure hearing from you.
As for the crossing guard on 111th St. and 86th Ave. in the 60's, I can picture her and yes, she was very pleasant to us kids. We surely appreciated any niceties after a strict, tough day of school! One thing I do remember is there was no stop sign or warning light there back then and it's a very, busy street with cars racing through. So many kids would get hit by cars there, sometimes every day. I know I was possibly in High School when Mothers and locals gathered to protest for a light. In time, they put up the flashing yellow light, but have since graduated to a regular stop light. I wonder how we made it sometimes!
Added: February 18, 2012
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Joe Cutrone
From: Brewster, NY
E-mail:
While we are on the subject of school crossing guards, I just want to acknowledge Winnie, on the corner of 95 Ave and Lefferts Blvd.
Those of us traveling to St. Bennie's along that route owe her a debt of gratitude. Always a smile and a hello, never grumpy. I can't imagine how!
Added: February 18, 2012
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Thomas Corso
From: Damascus Pa.
E-mail: corsotom@ptd.net
Been away from the neighborhood for over thirty years.
Enjoy seeing names I remember and think of all the good times, some wild, but all good. Miss those days.
Added: February 18, 2012
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Paul Lupica
From: Guyton, Ga (near Savannah)
E-mail: pclupica@gmail.com
To Denise Martin,
Yes, mom was close to P.S. 54. When I started Van Wyck Jr. High 217 and I was her last son to go to P.S. 54, she left but while she was a crossing guard she was the president of all school crossing guards in NYC.
She worked at that corner by the Rollerdrome for many years.
Added: February 17, 2012
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John S.
From: Still in New York
E-mail:
Does anyone remember the Holy Child crossing guard who worked the corner of 111th street and 86th avenue during the mid-late 1960's?
Pretty sure her name was Florence, and she was the nicest person you'd ever meet, always seemed to really care about the kids, and did her job well, still remember her kindness these 40+ years later.
She was a welcome change of pace from the nuns all day long, although they were some of the best teachers I've had, just a little hard-edged at times!
Added: February 17, 2012
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JoAnn Scicutella DelBove
From: Randolph Ctr. Vermont
E-mail:
Friends from Facebook and Richmond Hill and I were wondering if anyone out there remembers Winters on corner of 111th Street and Liberty Ave.
Was it Winters or Winthers and if anyone has pics, I am on facebook on name above.
I grew up on 112th st between 107 and 109 avenues and my hubby on 110thst b/w same aves. Thanks
Added: February 17, 2012
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Marie Donnantuono
From: New Jersey
E-mail:
To Paul Lupica -
Although walking on the King Kullen side of Hillside Ave '65-'72, I remember waving to the crossing guard walking kids from the Roller Rink (later Glendale Bakery) across Metropolitan Ave to the middle island and then to Hillside Ave.
Would that have been your Mom? After the Roller Rink left, they split the building in two - there was a Jackson Auto Service and the Glendale Bakery on the site.
Added: February 17, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: long island, bronx, bushwick, RH
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
FWIW... I just learned there is a Bishop of Richmond Hill!
Yes indeed, the ROCOR Tradition within the Eastern Orthodox Church... pretty cool, even for non-churchy types I think... now I believe the RCC has a bishop in residence at HCJ, but it ain't the same...
Recently saw a home for sale listed on 110th st just below Jamaica Ave and could swear it was the childhood home of Tommy Scheiner, a childhood friend of my brother Steve (+). Tommy a fmr Marine went on to become an Amtrak cop and then a detective with the Brooklyn DA. He retired a few years ago and we lost touch.
The asking price was so below market, I was tempted to see if I could buy it! Original woodwork etc... listed "as is"... means that it wasn't updated... whoever purchased it for less than 250k... what a deal.
Added: February 16, 2012
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Kathy Klochkoff
From: Goose Creek, S.C.
E-mail:
Yes, yes, yes I remember all those names. How about Mary Ann Cannaveno, Andrew Bennett, Michael Vay, and Christopher Hauck?
I am still looking for the picture I have of the class taken in about the 4th grade and the graduation autograph book I have. The operative words "still looking". I hope I find them.
Do you remember the penny candy store on 111 St. (the other side of Jamaica Ave.)? Also, the fish store under the el at about 112 St. I remember loving to go there on Fridays for their fabulous french fries.
Added: February 16, 2012
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Joe Glaser
From: Florida
E-mail: karfedix@earthlink.net
I remember the crossing guard at Hillside Avenue and 136 Street very well. She was responsible for letting those going to Our Lady of the Cenacle.
Richmond Hill H.S. is located 2 blocks South of Jamaica Ave on 114 Street.
Added: February 16, 2012
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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net
Bob,
...Pollynosers.
Added: February 15, 2012
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Denise Martin
From: Naussau Co NY
E-mail:
To Paul Lupica:
I was referring to the crossing guard that was on the corner of Hillside and 136th St. who crossed kids coming and going to OLC. Your Mom must have been crossing kids from PS 54, yes?
The roller rink was very close to PS 54. I guess she wasn't on duty the day I was hit by a car there!
Added: February 15, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Hi Marilyn...
The old place looks pretty good considering the colors! I see my Dad's driveway still exists, good concrete man he! I'll bet the inside is way different. Fun to see it again and I suppose that this means it will go on long after I do.
One thing I guess is now long gone in the neighborhood... screens for the front porch. I recall on mild nights in the Fall catching fire flys while the parents sat bug free on the porch. Lots of interaction with neighbors.
Funny but as I look at the picture on Google I'm wondering where the maple trees are after all these years. Showing my age! What did they call those flying seeds, pollywaggs? Used to stick them on our noses. Really!
Enjoy. Taxes are cheaper in SC.
Added: February 14, 2012
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Ginnie SIEMS Parine
From: Bellingham, WA
E-mail: vparine@yahoo.com
Hello - I attended OLPH from 1957-1965 then Christ the King HS in Middle Village until 1970.
Would anyone know about a real estate map from the early years in 1900. Grandpa Charlies owned a house on 116 st and Liberty ave. But we are not sure when or who built it.
Any information would be wonderful. Thank you
Added: February 13, 2012
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christopher scheid
From: Raleigh, Nc.
E-mail:
In Jan 1938 R.H.H.S.,
The students complained about too much homework. They complained about the cafeteria food and the cost of 10 cents. The red circles on a report card meant a failing grade. The swim team were called the Dolphins.
Some of the local advertisers were Jahns, Tolley's shoes on 115 St and Jamaica Av, and Kew Forest Secretary School on Metropolitan Av and Lefferts Blvd. They complained about the writings on the desk should be cleaned.
Back then it was ok if a teacher invited you to dinner at their home. They talked about Fig Newtons, cold cream, and the B.M.T. train station.
Even then the glass was broken out of the lamps outside of schhool.
Added: February 13, 2012
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ken zaveckas
From: gettysburg, pa
E-mail:
An earlier post mentioned a mom & pop grocery store on Jamaica and 106th, DeStefano?
I don't seem to recall that one from late '60s, early '70s. I remember a Competello's around there.
Used to play handball with the son at 106 st park. I think he had a brother also. Same store, different eras?
Added: February 12, 2012
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JOHN KOLB
From: BELLEROSE, QUEENS
E-mail: JOHNNYJACK55@aol.com
TO Jeff C
It's now located across the street, closer to 113 st
Added: February 12, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
Hi Mr. Wood:
I really don't know any more about who's in "your old house." Especially during the winter, it is so different that we barely even see people that we do know.
I just checked it out on Google Earth Street View and it is an updated picture, probably from last year, though it's since been painted again, along with the garden changed. Please try to see it for yourself and let me know what you think. You'll probably think it's so very different as it used to be so much the same as the other house next door. I'd really like to hear your comments after all these years.
We're doing okay, always could be better you know, but hope all is well! It's always good hearing from you and please write after you check it out as I'm anxious for you to see it.
As for the other info I'm reading on here, very interesting. I never knew there was a pond where the Annex/56 is and as for Jamaica Hospital, who knew, though we could sure use another here after so many closed.
In regards to Brite Hardware, it's still there and looks the same to us. We see it often enough and know the guys from there.
Added: February 12, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Hi, In response to the two who mentioned Brite Hardware is still open,
Last time on Jamaica Ave and 112 St where they were located there is no Hardware Store near there. Not where they were once, store with the big Brite in the front.
Added: February 11, 2012
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christopher scheid
From: Raleigh, Nc.
E-mail:
Jamaica hospital started out on New York ave with four beds in 1891, by 1897 it had 63 beds.
In 1924 a new hospital was built and was to be named Richmond Hill hospital. However a contest was to take place and a prize of $50 was to be awarded to the best new name.
Im not sure what happened to name change or contest.
Added: February 11, 2012
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Joseph Grillo
From: Oklahoma City Ok
E-mail: jgrilloprr@cox.net
My earliest memories are of 95-08 Jamaica Ave in Woodhaven.
We moved to 104-30 88 ave in Richmond Hill in May 1963. I finished out grammar school at St. Thomas in Woodhaven. Went to Brooklyn Tech '63-'67. Thomas Dana 122 & Hillside was a classmate.
Richmond Hill was an easy place to grow up in. My dad, Dominic, passed away in 1998. My mom, Anne, lived in Richmond Hill till Oct. 2011. At 91 we had to move her to an adult living here in OK.
I have lived in Oklahoma 26 years but will never forget Louie DeStefano's mom and pop grocery store on 106 and Jamaica ave., softball at Victory Field, the Merry Go Round in Forest Park, and of course Saturday night at Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor on Hillside Ave just off Mrytle.
Added: February 10, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
To Marilyn
How many people living in 114-11 now? Heard it was basically an apartment for four units?
Hope all is well with you. Bob
Added: February 10, 2012
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christopher scheid
From: Raleigh, Nc.
E-mail:
Some other ponds other than Jackson pond was a pond of 3 acres located where Kew Gardens train station is. It was called Crystal lake.
P.S. 56 also known as the annex, there was a pond full of gold fish supposed to be 30 to 40 feet deep. The intersection of Park Lane and Beverley Rd had a pond almost 3 acres. Between 110 and 111 street had a pond at the intersection of Orchard ave.
I don't know what ave. that is today.
Added: February 9, 2012
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Paul Lupica
From: Guyton, Ga
E-mail: pclupica@gmail.com
To Denise Martin,
If you are asking about the 'Crosing Guard', do you mean the one by the roller rink? If so, she was Adele Lupica, my mom.
Glad to see a comment that I can relate to.
Added: February 8, 2012
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Denise Martin
From: Naussau Co NY
E-mail:
To Marie Donnantuono
Hi. I could picture your entire route to OLC: PS 54;
the LIRR (George "Porka" Ginocchio was an engineer and we used to wait for his train to go by at the Hillside/Metropolitan ave tressle and he would "toot" us - his brother, Michael, was one of my best friends);
the roller rink, where I spent many late Wed afternoons skating and, in front of, I was hit by a car in 1961;
the Tiny Nut Tavern where my father and others in the neighborhood would hang out occasionally; and the King Kullen, which I shopped in many times as a girl of 10-12 or so for my mother. (Imagine the days when a 10 year old would be given a shopping cart and a list and go off to do the family shopping?)
Do you happen to know what happened to Eddie of Eddie's Market or the crossing guard? Thanks.
Added: February 7, 2012
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JOHN KOLB
From: BELLEROSE, QUEENS
E-mail: JOHNNYJACK55@aol.com
Yes, There is a Brite hardware still alive and kicking,
With Al and the two boy's @ 112-15 jam ave.
Added: February 7, 2012
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Marilyn Mayer-Gaffney
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
@Jeff, Brite Hardware is still open and going strong!
Added: February 7, 2012
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Linda Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com
Tom and I were deeply saddened to hear about Vinnie Schellhorn. We have fond memories of him from the "park" days.
He was a nice guy who also had a great sense of humor. RIP Vinnie.
Added: February 5, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Hi, I am sure a few people remember Brite Hardware on Jamaica Avenue.
Was opened for years then closed, don't know why, does any one know?? Did they sell because they just wanted out of the neighborhood??
If anyone knows, please post. Thanx, Jeff Costigan
Added: February 4, 2012
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T. Carval
From: Ridgewood, NY
E-mail:
Thanks to all for the info on the origins of the Forest Park pine forest.
This site continues to be an invaluable source of information about the old neighborhood, always delivered with a fond personal reminiscence. It seems we all shared similar experiences growing up, and that's what keeps the memories so vibrant and fun to recall.
I'll be sure to post a notice here as soon as my time machine prototype is complete and operating... next stop, Willoughby...
Added: February 3, 2012
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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
Mrs. Berry was the crossing guard for P.S. 55.
She stood on 131st Street and 101st Ave.(Jerome Ave.) I graduated in 1959. My memory is still good. LOL!
Added: February 2, 2012
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Carole Holland
From: Dallas Tx
E-mail:
I did a Yahoo search for Queen Anne back staircases and your site appeared.
The photos of main and back stairs were so interesting along with the comments. I have a love of Queen Anne Victorians although I'm merely an armchair traveler.
I've enjoyed seeing the photos, map, and history of the Richmond Hill area. Thanks so much.
Added: January 31, 2012
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john murphy
From: kettering, oh
E-mail: john45439@aol.com
@Evelyn, John
I was good friends with Tommy. I also knew Mary and Colleen. I was also good friends with Rosemary (Lisa) Bryant.
Added: January 30, 2012
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Marie Donnantuono
From: New Jersey
E-mail:
To Denise Martin:
Hi! Mrs. Bridie Regan was our crossing guard across Hillside Avenue on that corner of 136th Street. She kept all of the kids safe, even when we walked "outside the lines!"
I'm OLC Class of '72 and, of course, everyone knows that OLC School closed. Wow, I remember when there were waiting lists at OLC, SBJL, and HCJ - and students were turned away!! To think 2 of these schools are closed...
Every morning from 1965 to 1972, we walked 10 blocks to OLC from 126th Street via Hillside Avenue passing: PS 54, LIRR, Martin Paint, Hillside Roller Rink, an Auto Body Store, The Triangle Diner, Tiny Nut Tavern, King Cullen, 3 gas stations (at least), some private homes, Pierre's Nightclub, and finally, finally Eddie's Market! I bet I could still make that walk in 15 minutes!
I remember many, many neighbors / OLC-ites from that time, and looking back makes me smile.
Added: January 30, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Hello Andy,
Great to hear from you, and yes the pine forest were a great place to play. I remember all the sleigh rides up at the top of the hill...
Remember all those kids up there and having a bonfire and pizza... to go with buds or should I say schaffer... lol... hope all is well...
losing Horn was tough, a real good guy.
Added: January 30, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Long Island
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
Sorry to hear about Vinny's death...
Bill H... dude, its rainIS...
Helga and husband owned the deli in your neck of the woods, I believe 107th st possibly???
Added: January 14, 2012
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Vince Glasser
From: Claremore, Ok
E-mail: vinceglasser@cox.net
Charlie Hand...
I remember a pool at 111St and Jamaica Ave.
It was up on the second floor. His name was Fast Eddie Lapasota. He was quite a character.
Added: January 28, 2012
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tommy manzo
From: rvc, li
E-mail: rvctom@aol.com
To T Carval,
U can go to the parks dept web site at http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/forestpark/highlights/19170 and they tell all about it. They were planted in 1914 to replace Hickory trees that were killed by a fungus in 1912.
Added: January 29, 2012
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Andy Shea
From: Hartsdale, NY
E-mail:
To T. Carval...
I don't know the history of the Pine Forest... but it was my favorite place in Forest Park... my brothers and I would make forts there and bury ourselves in the Pine Needles.
Added: January 28, 2012
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Ed Pirog
From: Villa Rica, GA
E-mail: epirog@comcast.net
To T. Carvel...
My grade school (PS 90... in the '60s) friend, Tommy Rodgers, was very proud of the fact that his grand dad... who owned the taylor/cleaner across the street from Jackson Pond... was very proud that his grand dad was supposed to have been part of the first planting of those pine trees.
I don't remember why they were planted.
Added: January 28, 2012
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evelyn bolger and john bolger
From: 84-47 118 st. kew gardens
E-mail:
johnny was the superintendent of this house.
our children tommy, timmy, colleen, and mary-- they went to sacred heart school in glendale. we had many friends at the mohawk on jamaica ave. our house had a name?
went to the movies next to jahns and loved the chinese restaurant and of course the triangle. my mom, sister, and brother lived next store to us. so many cousins played together. lehman, murray, bryant were the 1st names. loved our life there. thanks
Added: January 28, 2012
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andy shea
From: hartsdale, ny
E-mail:
So Sorry to hear about Vinnie Schellhorn, he was a good friend at one time.
We had many, many good times with all the guys from the park.
Added: January 28, 2012
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T. Carval
From: Ridgewood, NY
E-mail:
Anyone know the origins of the "pine forest" at the top of the hill overlooking Jackson's Pond?
I'm guessing it was a planned planting, and if so, it was a great idea. I remember as a kid walking through, the soft silent cushion of pine needles beneath my feet, and the cool silence that made you feel like you were a world away from the city below.
I fully expect to pass by one day to see those majestic trees cut down and replaced by someone's hideous idea of modern urban improvement.
Added: January 27, 2012
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Jonn Mulry
From: chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com
does anyone remember the candy stores on Rockaway Blvd.?
I have in mind the one owned by Ceil Levy between 117th and 118th, and the one owned by the Bergmans between 116th and 115th.
I know they are long gone, but I do think about the folks who owned the businesses. what became of them?
Added: January 27, 2012
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maureen sugden egan
From: Atlanta, Ga.
E-mail: maureenegan@bellsouth.net
Wow, all those names of those who played at the pond sound familiar.
The Horn was a great guy too. God Bless them all.
Added: January 26, 2012
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mike batthany
From: upastate ny
E-mail: nicewrk@dmcom.net
Hey Vinny. Hows the Eastman! Just A Rollin Along,
Say hello to all. Teresa, hope all is well! Lotsa kids grown and growin horses all ran away. Horses and wimmins is trouble HA. N-o-s-t-a-g-i-a get it !
What happened to Lenny Graham? I heard Ed Nixon is a preacherman down in the biblebuckle!
Added: January 25, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Nicky, great to hear from you, and yes the pond was special, all the kids and all those great, great memories.
Horn was a very big part of it... just pulled out a photo of the 1967 cyo champs... 27 and 1...
fat jack maple, jody moran, steve casiey, paul finneran, mike clark, vinny maffatori, joe coz, mike sucundo, lee dooley, and of corse the star... vinny horn...
vinny averaged 23 pt a game that year... its to bad he didn't grow anymore... he would have been one hellva player...
Added: January 24, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Reading some posts, most people who moved from the Hill say they come back to visit and they notice what beautiful changes are made to most of the houses.
True, some home owners make some nice changes, but all in all, most houses are neglected, in my opinion.
Richmond Hill is still a very nice looking area, but far to say lots of beautiful changes are going on.
Added: January 24, 2012
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Dominick Augello
From: Diamond Bar Ca.
E-mail: dominick@jainternational.com
First, glad that the NEW YORK GIANTS made it to the Super Bowl. GO NEW YORK !!!
Long time since I've been on the Guestbook, alot of catching up. Nice to be back!
Added: January 24, 2012
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christine labita
From: queens
E-mail: halston67@hotmail.com
just looking back at old times and how nice it was then.
Added: January 23, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Bob Raines,
Was that deli with Helga on 108st... and was her husband name Harry... just asking
Added: January 23, 2012
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Wayne Arnold
From: Louisiana
E-mail: waynearnold55@hotmail.com
Could anyone tell me about the Blue Swan which was on Jamaica Ave?
Does anyone know if it was around in the late 1920s? Could you also tell me what type of place it was? Restaurant? Jazz hall?
Please email me.
Added: January 22, 2012
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CHARLIE HAND
From: RALEIGH, N.C.
E-mail: CRHNRALEIGH@aol.com
Does anyone remember the Pool Room on 111th St. and Jamaica Ave., run by "Bill" and his partner "Bill the Cop"?
Also, anyone remember my Dad's Candy Store on Jamaica Ave. and 125th St.? We were there in the early to late 50's.
Let me hear from someone who lived East of Lefferts Blvd.
Added: January 22, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Ann Progler,
Caroline Miller, I think I remember her from PS 66 along with Marie Bruno and Mary Ann Davies. Caroline was a little blond girl as I remember.
Ken Ball, Sunny San Diego
Added: January 21, 2012
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Nick Massimiano
From: Valley Stream
E-mail: nickmass@aol.com
Billy, yes I heard about "HORN".
Unfortunately I am on the mend and wasn't mobile to attend. But I heard it was packed with many of the "old" gang, not surprising.
Amazing that no matter how far apart we are we somehow manage to all get together in one day notice. Scarey because this is the stuff our parents did... right... not us we were in the park playing ball, drinking on the log (Upper and Lower), at Glenn's (RIP), Hofbrau (Rehab center), Regents Row (a laundramat or 99 cents store), Jahns (was Motozumas but something else now) or just hanging on the Grassy Knoll doing absolutely NOTHING... Ciao
Added: January 21, 2012
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Gail Miller Blackburn
From: Upstate New York
E-mail: blcgl11@hotmail.com
To Ann Progler,
Hi Ann! I graduated from RHHS in 1963. I hope you remember me. I would like to keep in touch with some of our classmates.
I would love to hear from you and some of the people you mentioned. Email me!
Added: January 21, 2012
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Mark Bergmann
From: St. Louis, Missouri
E-mail: mark_bergmann@sbcglobal.net
Thomas Redmond,
I think that we were in the same class at PS 108. I was there 1958-1960, and also lived on 105th street between Liberty & 103rd Ave.
Lots of memories growing up there with great kids.
Added: January 21, 2012
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ann progler
From: bronx ny
E-mail:
Graduated RH 1963. 50 years 2013. Love to hear some news.
Nancy Ann Mar, Caroline Miller, Doris Brant, Nancy D Ballman, and John A Terech. I am in contact with a few people but would like to expand my contacts.
Also I'm ready for a reunion.
Added: January 20, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
sad news,
just heard about the passing of vinny {horn} schellhorn.
he was a great guy and a great basketball and baseball player from jackson pond... died way to young... 59.
he will be missed
Added: January 19, 2012
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Denise Martin
From: Naussau Co NY
E-mail:
Maureen Anderson:
I was in the other 8th grade class at OLC, with Sr. Jean D'Arc and graduated in '66 with you. Your 8th grade nun, Sister Benedict Joseph had a fierce reputation - we were all afraid of her!
Yes, I remember the Orphan Annie bit, now that you mention it!
Added: January 19, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
To Kathy Heitlinger
Put your thinking cap on... Anita Weiterhole (spelling probably wrong), Virginia Freedman, Gale Cosgrove (deceased), Margie Dempsey? One of the nuns that taught us was Sister Mary Fontbaum. Another was Sister Saint Luke.
Fun to try to recall. And yes I did go by Robert Wood but life moved me along a bit. Bob
Added: January 19, 2012
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mary johnson
From: long branch nj
E-mail: mjohnson@pershing.com
Happy New Year! Looking forward to a new year and more nice stories from the old neighborhood. I am sending in my membership soon.
To recap from previous emails, I grew up in Richmond Hill, first on 134th between 105th and 107th Aves and then ten blocks down on 124th between 107th and 109th Aves. Nice place to grow up.
Sometimes I wish I could do it over again except for the negative stuff I experienced, the rest was all good. Keep up the good work. Regards, Mary.
Added: January 18, 2012
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Sonia Roberts
From: Richmond Hill inquiry
E-mail: sonia.roberts@comcast.net
Hello, I am looking for information about my husband's grandparents from Richmond Hill.
His grandmother, Alice Coppers Rais, was born there in 1898, raised and married there in 1923. She married Constas Rais at St. Benedict Joseph Labre Parish.
Their children were Katie, Robert, Joan (my mother-in-law), and Constance (Connie.) They were born in 1924, 1925, 1930, and 1939 respectively. Constas had immigrated from Cyprus and owned a restaurant called The Constas in Jamaica.
If anyone has any information on the Rais family, I'd love to hear from you. Thank you.
Added: January 17, 2012
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Kathy Heitlinger
From: Charleston, S.C.
E-mail: kathyklochkoff@gmail.com
Bob Wood:
I believe I do remember you but I remember you as "Robert" Wood. Somewhere I have an old photo of the HCJ class. I will look for it and try to locate your face. The other names you gave are sounding like I should know them, especially Virginia.
Well Irmo that's just up 26. I will spend some time thinking and looking up names of classmates and then we can compare notes and jog memories.
How nice of you to answer.
Added: January 17, 2012
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Maureen Anderson
From: Atlantic Beach, FL
E-mail:
I graduated from OLC in 1966. Had Sr. Benedict Joseph in 8th grade.
Talk about a flashback, I just saw an ad in our local paper for a show with Tim Conway and Chuck Mc Cann.
Remember his TV show where he played Little Orphan Annie with the pieces of white paper on his eyes. Thinking back, it was somewhat disturbing.
Added: January 16, 2012
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April Koster
From: New York
E-mail: adkoster@nyc.rr.com
Hi Jon, I'm flabbergasted.
Just had a summer-of-'70 flashback of a mysterious poet sharing life with the ladies of Tanner's Neck Lane.
I could recite "Rhyme of a Mariner becoming Ancient" from memory, so yes, I remember you.
Added: January 15, 2012
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Denise Martin
From: Naussau Co NY
E-mail:
To Ralph Martell:
Nice to hear from a former OLC-er. I remember the candy store (Eddy's Market) on Hillside Ave and 130 St, across from the school yard, too. Remember the crossing guard there? I forget her name but she ran that corner like an army general!
Glad you are enjoying the sun, retirement, and your grandchildren. Thanks for your service to our country. I would also love to hear from former students of Our Lady of the Cenacle.
Happy New Year to all on the site.
Added: January 15, 2012
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Greta Salzberg
From: New York
E-mail: psalzberg@hvc.rr.com
I have what I believe to be 2 original "Joseph" Lords, black and white framed paintings from his early years as an artist.
Does anyone know exactly what Museum displays his artwork that may be interested in buying / adding to their collection?
I just ordered season 12 form my father and we will watch it together!
Added: January 14, 2012
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Bob Rainis
From: Bronx NYC
E-mail: pastorbobrainis@optonline.net
Regret to inform that in Early December, HELGA KRON entered into eternal life.
Many may remember that she and her husband owned/operated a deli on Jamaica Ave. After her husband suffered a fatal heart attack shoveling snow, she continued to operate the deli. She sold it but helped at the new owners of a couple of deli's on Jamaica Ave.
She had been a member of St Paul's Lutheran Church - 114th before it closed. I remember Helga when she helped out on the deli on 109th/Jam... she made the BEST potato/egg hero's every Friday.
Coming home from a 12X8 tour of duty in Penn Station, she was my first stop. On the Friday's I didn't get there for the breakfast, she would still make me one. Years later when I was the guest "preacher" at St Paul's we renewed our friendship.
She had moved to the Carolina's a few years ago and was really enjoying it! Helga will be missed. May she rest in peace...
2 this day I haven't had a potato/egg hero, with ketchup like she made them!!!
Added: January 14, 2012
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS QUEENS
E-mail: LEFTY5895@msn.com
Hi, just thought about something that happened when I was still in High School.
There was a girl I went to school with, Denise Green, lived in Richmond Hill, about 102 or 104 St. It was a winter nite, just stopped snowing. I was at my friends house on 106 St and 86 Ave on the corner. We were in his room and both heard a smashing sound, I told him some kid threw a snowball at the stop sign.
About an hour later I decided to go home, walked out his front door, about 10-15 cop cars were out front with an ambulance. I thought some one got hit by a car or injured themselves in the snow. There were 4-5 cops on their knees looking at something, I walked over and saw a body laying there. One cop grabbed the hair and lifted the head up. I just walked away.
The next day I found out it was the girl I went to school with, she had been shot in the face, under the eye. I could not believe it!
Just want to know if the killer was ever caught and what happened to him. Any info would be great. Thanx, Jeff Costigan
Added: January 13, 2012
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Ralph Martell
From: Orlando Florida
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com
To Denise Martin,
My wife had posted that I had attended Our Lady Of The Cenacle fron '56 to '65 and I share youre memories of the teachers and the boiler days off.
I played baseball & basketball for the CYO and remember our teams names were posted in the Long Island Press every Sunday. I remember the friday night dances at the school. I remember hanging out at the candy store across from the school yard. My brother Dennis was a '69 grad from the school. I remember the swirt brother and Paul Williams.
I went on to RH High and a grad of '69, then went on to the service. Then married and have been in the Orlando area for twenty five years. I am grandfather five times and am now retired and enjoying the sun.
I would like to hear from anyone who attended the school. The best to all, Ralph Martell
Added: January 12, 2012
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jon jankus
From: white plains
E-mail: jon_jankus@yahoo.com
I wonder if April Koster remembers me
Added: January 12, 2012
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Tommy O'Connor
From: Jersey Shore
E-mail: oconnorthomas79@yahoo.com
Happy New Year Dennis
Added: January 12, 2012
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Adele Schoener
From: Elmont, NY
E-mail: AdeleMike@aol.com
Hello- I didn't think this registry existed anymore. I have picked up the Society on Facebook.
I lived on 117 St. off Liberty Ave. My parents owned "Freemans Curtain Store".
If anyone is still around from that time, I would love to hear from you.
Added: January 10, 2012
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Andrew Maddis
From: Rego Park NY
E-mail: elmode1443@msn.com
This upcoming Feb 9th will be the 24th anniversary of one of the darkest days in the history of Richmond Hill.
14 year old Christine Ann Diefenbach was walking from her home to go buy the Sunday paper at around 7:30 AM. When she got to 89th Ave and 122nd Street, right by the underpass where the LIRR goes, some evil bastard snatched her and raped and beat her. Her body was found on the top of the embankent by the tracks.
The murderer has still not been found to this day. This case is the one that truly gives Richmond Hill a big scar.
It sickens me the same way it did when I first heard about it.
Added: January 10, 2012
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Richard Williams
From: Tucson, Az
E-mail: rich276@cox.net
I live at 103-42 103th street from 1947-1962.
It was buy far the best place to grow up. I went to P.S. 108 but moved in 1962 to Levittown and went to Division Ave H.S. I spent alot of time playing ball at John Adams H.S.
Well just wanted say hi. Great website.
Added: January 10, 2012
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Denise Martin
From: Naussau Co NY
E-mail:
To Phyllis Pollano Martel:
I graduated Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1966 - a year before you. I don't remember you, but perhaps you remember Monsignor Dillon, Father Manzo, Sister Judith Marie, Sister Dorothea, Mrs. Brynner.
Do you remember "boiler" days - those unexpected "holidays" when school closed in the winter because the school's boiler was broken? (The parish was on the poor side, as Monsignor Dillon never wanted to charge tuition for the school.) Remember the May Day parade ("Oh Mary We Crown Thee...)? How about the school song? By any chance, were you in the choir with Sister Katherine Richard. She drove us hard but it was worth it- we won some competitions.
Who could ever forget the good stuff, along with the bad - it was the late 50s, early 60s and the nuns believed in(and used freely) corporal punishment! I went on to Christ the King HS. How about you?
Added: January 9, 2012
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Aurelia Santolla Kieffer
From: Midland, Texas
E-mail: Fkief55224@aol.com
Love visiting this website!
So happy to keep up with what is going on in Richmond Hill.
Added: January 8, 2012
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Ann Downs
From: Huntsville, Al
E-mail: cilldara08@yahoo.com
Hello All and a Happy New Year to you...
I grew up in East New York but lived in Richmond Hill as a baby... my mom and her 1st husband had a home on 102nd St. and I believe around 98th St...
Their names were Filomena and Agaelo Metallo... I'm also looking for Connie Mistretta whose family had a dry cleaning store on Atlantic Ave and 117th St... I'd appreciate it if anyone who knows these families could contact...
My mom became a widow in 1937 when her husband Angelo died from injuries from a robbery... it must have made the newspapers... thanks all.
Added: January 7, 2012
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Thomas J. Redmond
From: Long Beach, NY
E-mail: thomasr732@aol.com
I lived at 132-16 105th Street Ozone Park from 1948 through 1971. What a great place to grow up. Today, not so much.
Our house was on a dead end street next to Aqueduct Race Track and around the corner from John Adams High School. When I was a kid that vast parking lot was a farm. A working vegetable farm. I attended PS 108 and subsequently John Adams. I played football at Adams and still maintain friendships with many of those guys.
We get together for drinks and dinner every couple months. Lots of laughs with great friends.
Added: January 7, 2012
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Laurie Feliciano (nee Harris)
From: Poconos, PA
E-mail:
Been a while since visited website. Always love reading post. Great RH memories.
Not sure who else visits site that may have known the Walc family from 124th St btw 95th and Atlantic but heard of the passing of Michael (aka Dexter) yesterday. Have lost touch over years but always remember. Of course Smokey Park too.
His family moved to Upstate NY before I moved to PA in 1995. He had many siblings so just wanted to let anyone who may remeber the family know.
I recognize some names from past post that may have known him.
Added: January 6, 2012
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M Mayer
From: LI, NY
E-mail:
For many, many years my Grandfather managed and then owned the butcher shop accross from the Triangle Hofbrau until he retired in the Eighties.
I was thrilled to see a few folks entries and their memories of visiting his shop, the woodshavings on the floor, etc.
It brought back good memories of my Grandpa Krieger. Thanks
Added: January 5, 2012
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Phil D' Baskette
From: Timewarp, NY
E-mail:
To Bob Wood:
Take a ride back to the old neighborhood sometime and see what you think...
I think John Wayne had other changes in mind...
Added: January 4, 2012
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Bill Heaney
From: lincroft new jersey
E-mail: btjk35@aol.com
Dennis Doyle, once again amazing job in keeping richmond hill alive on here.
Lets hope 2012 is better than 2011.
Added: January 4, 2012
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JIM BURKE
From: Long Beach, CA
E-mail:
Danny Eckardt:
Re The Post Lounge, Jimmy Ricker's daughter posted on the Queens page a while ago.
Added: January 4, 2012
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Dennis Doyle... great job in 2011.
Give my regards to Ben Palino if you ever see him again. One of these years I'll have to drive up there and visit the old neighborhood but feel like I've been there already with all the comments. I don't think it is true that you can never go home again.
As John Wayne said in one of his movies, "most change is for the good." Richmond Hill changes but largely it's good.
Added: January 3, 2012
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Danny Eckardt
From: Shirley, Long Island, NY
E-mail: egghead518@yahoo.com
Went to Richmond Hill High School, Lived on 123 st. and Atlantic ave.
I played in a band at the Post Lounge, the band was named The Oldies but Goodies from 1970-1973.
Added: January 3, 2012
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John Krisch
From: Ocala Fl.
E-mail:
I was station'd @ the U.S. Maritime St training station at Sheepshead Bay in 1944.
I enjoyed viewing your site and bringing back memories of the area, I missed however finding Richmond Hill High School and there year book to look up former shipmates.
Thanks for a wonderfull trip through time, well done.
Added: January 2, 2012
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Kenneth Ball
From: San Diego
E-mail: knkball@att.net
To All, Happy New Year. May it be good for all of us this year.
Quick question, does anyone remember a two story tall Snow Man erected on 104th street around 1947 or so??? Ken Ball.
Added: January 1, 2012
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Many Thanks to Everyone!
Your comments and shared memories continue to connect us all! The Richmond Hill Historical Society wishes all a healthy and happy New Year!
Added: January 1, 2012

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