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Vincent Godino
From: Howard Beach, NY
E-mail: vindino53@yahoo.com
Karen Fasano -
The only candy store I remember taking orders around Christmas & Easter in Richmond Hill was on Liberty Ave, the name of the store was "LOFTS."
Added: December 28, 2016
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Thomas Pamatat
From: Myrtle Beach, SC
E-mail: gofastr1992@yahoo.com
Fond memories of growing up in Richmond Hill. We lived on 121 Street, and 84th Avenue.
I remember going to Sam Levine's candy store, John's ice cream parlor, RKO Keith's movie theater. Worked at Richmond Hill High School from 1971 to 1980.
Thanks to Richmond Hill High School met my Wife of 43 years and had a very successful career working for the school system!
Added: December 27, 2016
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Richard Gallagher
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail:
Graet memories of sleigh riding in Forest Park!
Wishing All Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!
Added: December 22, 2016
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KENNETH BALL
From: Jacksonville, Fla.
E-mail: knkball@att.net
To All,
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year -- May you all have a safe, happy and fun Christmas Holiday...
Going to Gertz and Woolworths was always a treat along with eating hot chestnuts on Jamaica Ave good memories.
V/R, Ken Ball, 8809 104th st -- 1940's & 1950's
Added: December 20, 2016
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Richard Massey
From: Manhattan
E-mail: masseyrf@yahoo.com
TO: Brian Harrington: I remember passing the "Sanatorium" many times on my way to Smokey park.
I lived on 118th street off Atlantic Avenue. As far as I can recall the building was not in use in the late 1950's. Some time there after it was purchased by the Canning family which consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Canning and about 10 children all of whom attended St.Benedict Joseph (Mary the oldest child was in my class SBJL'59)
The building was located on the SW corner of 121st street and 95th avenue. I hope this helps.
Added: December 19, 2016
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Michael Perlman
From: Forest Hills, NY
E-mail:
I hope you are enjoying the holiday season.
It would be much appreciated if you can attend a special event that I am organizing, which will benefit the community.
Marvel & DC Comics Artist John Stanisci will sell & sign prints of his great works including Spiderman, Batman, and Star Wars.
DATE: December 21, 6 PM - 10 PM.
LOCATION: Roast n Co Cafe, 100-12 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills
Meet a best-seller and Forest Hills' own "Legendary Local." Receive a free wreath and a Century 21 gift card.
Proceeds will help benefit the Forest Hills History Mural Fundraiser and will beautify and commemorate our community.
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/668201913340058/
Added: December 18, 2016
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John D Limpitlaw
From: Naples, FL
E-mail: Jdlimpitlaw@gmail.com
I was born in 1935 at the Richmond Hill Sanitarium.
Does this hospital still exist or was it absorbed by a successor institution?
Added: December 15, 2016
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karen fasano
From: philadellphia, pa
E-mail: kfasano@gmail.com
Does anyone remember an old fashioned candy shop in Richmond Hill.
At Christmas time they would take orders for these chocolate candies they called "kringles" wreathe shaped chocolates covered in nonpareils?? You had to order them in advance and would go pick them up, only available at Christmas. In a white box...??? Anyone remember the name of the store?? thanks!
Added: December 13, 2016
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lou zollo
From: Redmond, Oregon
E-mail: zollolou@yahoo.com
Went to Jamaica HS 1949-1953 and I sure remember the Gertz pie club.
I belonged to the club for many years as a kid. My Mother took me every year on my birthday. Fond memories.
Added: December 10, 2016
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Kenneth Ball
From: Jacksonville Beach, Fla
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, Are there any PS 66ers from the 1950's out there?
I keep in touch with a few and I have known them since 3rd grade. I lived on 104th street and 88th Ave.
Really a very nice place to grow up. Ken Ball, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year To all
Added: December 8, 2016
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Brian Adams
From: Kew Gardens, New York
E-mail: adamsbster@gmail.com
Loved and miss Gebhardt's Bakery, especially their Petit Fours.
Anyone have a recipe, or any recipe or memorabilia from that much beloved and missed establishment?
Added: December 4, 2016
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Laura O'Neil
From: New York, New York
E-mail: Lauramoneil@aol.com
Hello, I was wondering if anyone knew of a gentleman named Paul Pinto?
He used to frequent The Mohawk Restaurant.
Added: December 2, 2016
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Kenneth Ball
From: JAX Beach, Fla.
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, Does anyone remember going to school with Nancy Hecht at PS-66 Or PS-90? How about Henry Mueller or Doris Meuller, Harold Meyer, Judy Meyer ,Jon Ormond, Sherman Zinger, Ronnie Saxon ???
I have and old class picture for some. Take Care! Richmond Hills Rules one of the best places to grow up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in the country. A Safe Place!!! Ken Ball
Added: November 30, 2016
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mike hedler
From: smokey mtn. tenn.
E-mail:
John Ardary,
remember you and the crowd great memories will always remain
Added: November 28, 2016
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Jeffrey Weisz
From: Olde Naples, Florida
E-mail: jeffrey.weisz@gmail.com
I am looking to connect with Barbara Carter, she lived on (?) 104th Street, not sure of the exact street.
If you know her, please ask her to email me, using Barbara Carter in the Subject section. She use to go on Sundays to listen to the Tremelos at the Hall.
Added: November 27, 2016
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KENNETH BALL
From: Jacksonville, Fla.
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello All,
Once again it's time for the call -- "Anything For Thanksgiving'
Our little ragamuffin group exercised this in the Richmond Hill, area back in the early fifties we also carried cardboard paper machete pumpkin faces with votive candles inside on Halloween night. It's a wonder we are still here LOL...
"Happy Thanksgiving To All" Ken Ball
Added: November 21, 2016
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Vincent Godino
From: Lindenwood Gardens, N.Y.
E-mail: vindino53@yahoo.com
To: Janice Hunter
Back then it was the Club Diner, today it's called the Atlantic Diner.
Added: November 19, 2016
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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando Fl
E-mail: Pollano1955@hotgmail.com
Well here we are again, this up coming Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
I was raised in Richmond Hill went to PS55 and Richmond Hill high, I was truly blessed to have lived in such a peaceful community and go back once or twice a year to see family.
Memories of shopping in Gertz with my mother and seeing Santa and Wonderland was amazing. I am thankful for the fond memories, if anyone has any memories please do write in.
Well Richmond Hillers, may every one have a happy and blessed season --Phyllis Pollano Martell
Added: November 18, 2016
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Andrew Hayton
From: Bedford, NY
E-mail:
I grew up in Kew Gardens during the 1960s.
I have great memories going to Forest Park, Jahns, and RKO Movies, etc. Thanks for keeping this guestbook.
Added: November 11, 2016
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Robert Dezendorf
From: White Springs, Florida
E-mail: rolede@windstream.net
I graduated RHHS in 1963. I know the Graduation was held at the Valencia Movie Theater, but can't remember where the Senior Prom was held. If anyone does, please email me. Also there was a Junior Prom. I would like Information on BOTH.
If anyone remembers me, I would enjoy hearing from you. I grew up in Woodhaven (9103 80 st) and then moved to 8630 98 st. I remember Jahns, Glenn's Bar, Triangle Bowling, Cameo Pet Shop, Neirs Bar, PS 60 (Original Wooden School) PS 65, PS 97, Lewis's, Whiting Square Parades, Dexter Park Demo Derbys, and Sledding at the "Soup Bowl" in Forest Park.
Added: November 10, 2016
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Tom Mcmahon
From: Spring Tx
E-mail: sabalpalm357@aol.com
To: Janis
the name of that diner was The Club Diner.
Added: November 4, 2016
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: FRESH MEADOWS, QUEENS
E-mail: FUZZYTAIL@OUTLOOK.COM
Who remembers the Woolworth on Jamaica Ave and 114 Street?
Remember the Lunch Counter they had in there and the Pet Dept. If you could call it that, a few Goldfish half dead in the bowls. They also sold Parakeets in back. Just curious to see how many people remembered these things in Woolworths.
Added: October 28, 2016
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Tony Sciara
From: South Florida
E-mail: sabalpalm357@aol.com
Born and raised on 117th street growing up with friends, Matty, Jeff, Vic to name a few, going to Holy Child Jesus until 1972 then off to "The Hill". Relocated in SoFlo in 1981 and left the snow behind. Remembering rock concerts at the band shell in Forest Park and cruising thru the park in my 1969 Chevelle.
Looking for Nancy L if you're out there. I am here but my heart is there. A great place to grow up in the 1960's and 1970's. Hit me back.
Added: October 26, 2016
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edward bornschein
From: east rockaway ny
E-mail: eddieb1222@aol.com
To: janic hunter
the name of the diner is Atlantic Diner, it has been there for about 65 years. i lived on 112st.
--regard's eddie
Added: October 25, 2016
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jeffrey dady
From: Queens
E-mail: jefscap@hotmail.com
Connies restaurant, Jamaica ave.
Best veal parm., best minerstrone ever for a little place. Great food.
Added: October 23, 2016
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paul vestigo
From: Brooklyn NY
E-mail: pvestigo@yahoo.com
Born at Richmond Hill Sanitarium.
Trying to locate the address and when the hospital was open.
Added: October 22, 2016
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John Diana
From: New Jersey
E-mail: jdiana1166@aol.com
Grew up in Richmond Hill went to PS 66, PS 90, RHHS then Army, and then NYPD.
Which would make a lot of my old friends Laff.
Added: October 19, 2016
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Tom DiRosa
From: Yorktown NY
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Of course, I would forgot to mention our very good friend, Dr. Martin Schwartz.
He and Sue have been with us since the inception of SACRED and not a year goes by without vacationing or touching base with the Schwartz's.
Added: October 17, 2016
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Tom DiRosa
From: Yorktown NY
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I have a great story to tell about the class of 1968 friends who have, remarkably, continued to make great memories for the past 50 years. I have been extremely fortunate to maintain cherished friendships with Angelo Angelis and Inara Drava (married), Malcolm Beatty, Glenn Ruckstuhl, Sam Lewbel, and Mitch Wilson (actually, 1971) and their wives. Also, Mike Courtney and his wife, although he is a 1968 Molloy guy.
My wife and I have vacationed with the entire group for many years. Next year we are all going to Monterrey, through wine country. Our kids, some of who are the best of friends, grew up together through BBQs, camping trips, holiday get-togethers, and birthdays. The guys and I argue politics (although we're all on the same side), enjoy our movie club, basketball until a few years ago, and played in a mudbowl every year for 50 years beginning in 1968 at Victory Field.
We're all professionals but our connection was established in adolescence and to the sometime mortification of our wives, a tinge of that adolescent character frequently seeps through our relationships. It is something that has never changed, nor would we ever want it to. We are there for each other. We are in fact, wives and children included, SACRED, the term by which we coined ourselves back in 1967.
Added: October 17, 2016
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Brian Harrington
From: Lake Bluff, Illinois
E-mail: brian.harrington@comcast.net
I was born in 1942 at Richmond Hill Sanatorium.
My family moved away when I was about 3 years old. I was told that the "Sanatorium" was actually a large private residence that an OB doctor had converted to a birthing center.
Does anyone have an address for this place and does the building still exist?
Added: October 15, 2016
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Brad Coats
From: Columbia, Florida
E-mail: coa68@hotmail.com
I am trying to find information about a distant family member, Harry Nunnelee Coats.
He was born in 1896 Brownstown, Arkansas and died December 24, 1986 in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York. I am trying to find where he is buried. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Added: October 12, 2016
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Ken Zaveckas
From: Gettysburg, PA
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A Saturday night and some nostalgia.
In my stomping days would be getting ready to go out to one of the many fine "disco pubs" we had in the '70s. Anyone remember Community Gardens in Queens Village? How about Mickey's on Woodhaven Blvd. They had some great bands. One that comes to mind was the "Magic Blocks". Another was out on Jericho Tpke, just west of the Meadowbrook Pkwy called "Beau Brummels". Nowadays a lot of the kids use the internet to meet people.
All these places were easily reachable from Richmond Hill and all are gone now, but the memories of both remain.
Added: October 8, 2016
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Brian Safran
From: Philadelphia, PA
E-mail:
Thank you for your wonderful commentary about Richmond Hill!
--Brian Safran
Added: October 1, 2016
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
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I'll try again. Any one recall James Dooley from the late fifties at HCJ?
He lived on Bessemer Street facing the Long Island Railway elevated railway. In those days it was directly behind the RKO Theater. We were great friends growing up in Richmond Hill and going to Holy Child. I left after the first half of 8th grade as my parents moved to Florida. That would have been 1957-58.
Long shot I guess but he seems to have disappeared. Kenneth Erwin lived around the block from Jimmy. --Bob Wood
Added: September 28, 2016
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Sandy Case
From: Palm Beach Gardens, FL
E-mail: hijimsan@aol.com
I think it might have been the Club Diner. It had great diner food, 24/7.
Just thinking about my Father Clifford James Case (deceased) and his brother Everitt Case (deceased) Everitt's daughter Jackie Case. Also the Wilham family was related to the Case family. My Dad would always talk about Richmond Hill and fond memories of growing up in R.H.
I lost track of all of my Dad's family, around 1956, so sad this has happened.
Added: September 27, 2016
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Rich Timmon
From: Westbury, NY
E-mail: blavarias@yahoo.com
I think it might have been the Club Diner. It had great diner food, 24/7.
I ate there all the time. I grew up in Woodhaven and hung out on 101st Street by Park Lane South with the Lyall/Saul/Ray crowd, 1970/72. Great times, good people, Susan, Debbie, Kathy,Jeannie, John L., Bruce L. Little Park, The Valley, Chugg a mug --Rich
Added: September 18, 2016
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Helena Miley
From: Westbury, NY
E-mail: Mileyha@verizon.net
I haven't visited this site in many a year. I lived in RH 65 years. Many, many happy memories and will always hold a spot in my heart. No matter where I go I always meet someone who has lived or has a connection to RH. Short of magical, it was a great place to grow up.
Added: September 15, 2016
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Bill Cosentini
From: 11768
E-mail:
I worked at Goodwins Ladies Store, on Jamaica Ave. in 1963.
I would like to ask if anyone knew a girl named Cathy that worked there at that time.
Added: September 14, 2016
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Carol Bussell Mullen
From: McCarley, Ms
E-mail: Mullen73@bellsouth.net
Lived at 83-84 116th st RH in the Ivanhoe. Lived there til I was six.
Mother and father divorced and I lost track of him. John Daniel Bussell 1914-1976. Really yearning to find any family. My grandmother, Elizabeth Finigan Bussell, in her obit, listed a granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Bussell which would be my first cousin or even my half sister (I wish!) I would so appreciate any help. Richmond Hill is a part of my heart.
Lived there 1944-1950. Mary Elizabeth might have been born in the 1950s to either Arthur, Edmund, or John Daniel Bussell
Added: September 10, 2016
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KENNETH BALL
From: Jacksonville, Fla.
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello All,
Looking for old acquaintances that lived in Richmond Hill, especially the area surrounding PS66 School, Kent Lay, Larry Kent, John Farone, Ronnie Saxon, Henry Mulvey, Henry Mueller, Harold Meyer, John Ormond, Nancy Hecht, Pat Mugarero, Phyllis Bruno, Mary Joe Crittelli, Heather Murray, Caroline Miller.
"I Am Saying Hello" after all these years. Take Care Be Well, Ken Ball
Added: September 9, 2016
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Janice Hunter
From: Boulder, CO.
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Grew up in Richmond Hill near Atlantic Avenue and 112 Street. I remember going to the Diner there during the 1960's. Could anyone tell me the name of that diner? Have great memories growing up there.
Added: September 2, 2016
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gale putt
From: Setauket, L.I.
E-mail: poocasi@gmail.com
Everyone remembers the kitchen sink, but does anyone remember the 2cent plain?
It was seltzer water. Jahn's in East Meadow was in front of a roller skating rink. Was such a luxury to have our very own Jahn's in our neighborhood. Before only went to Richmond Hill for birthdays.
Added: August 28, 2016
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guenther kuehn
From: walled lake mi.
E-mail: kuehnd@comcast.net
i went to richmond hill hs. from 1960 to 1964.
would love to hear from any and all persons who went there during this time. i now live in walled lake mi. really miss nyc so very much.
Added: August 24, 2016
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Mary llen Maguire
From: 101-50 130th street
E-mail: Maguire0176@bellsouth.net
Stories told...
My grandmother Henriettaia Conley O'Brien often went by the name Essie O'Brien was the first woman in Richmond Hill to get her license and she drove the Parish priest to visit the sick.
Added: August 16, 2016
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Phil Rash
From: Suffolk County Long Island
E-mail: Fury58@aol.com
Love reading these posts.
Although I seam to be a bit younger than most of the folks on this forum (born 1967) I remember a lot of RH. My great grandparents owned and operated their delicatessen (Flierl's) on the corner of 132nd street and 101 ave. this was back in the 1930's-40's.
My grandfather worked for Rheingold brewery for over 40 years. They lived across from PS 55 off 97th ave. I visited Smokey Park and attended religious instructions at St. Bennies. Sister Mary Francis didn't like me. LoL.
Boy Scouts, bus "skitching", daily news delivering. 130th street tunnel. Skulley caps, Mohawk restaurant on Jamaica ave off Lefferts. Block parties, Richmond Hill neighborhood watch ride alongs with my dad and uncle.
So many fond memories of a wholesome childhood. I believe I am the last generation to enjoy all the fruits of a full childhood growing up in an old neighborhood where we knew so many and did so much.
I moved away in 1990, but still work in Kew Gardens so I have seen the changes over the decades first hand. Many here "wrote the book". My family, friends and I "read the book".
Kids now days don't even want to read much less spend any time out doors exploring life in reality. It's a virtual world for them, and they've missed so much.
Added: August 14, 2016
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Donna Curran
From: 126th street, Richmond Hill NY
E-mail: irishbewti@aol.com
Hi, my name is Donna, was friends with Ritchie Powers from way back in the 1970's.
I used to see him around in the neighborhood shopping in the stores like Stop and Shop and Keyfood on Jamaica Ave. Have not seen him in three years. Hope all is well.
Added: August 10, 2016
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Carol Ryan
From: Suffolk County , New York
E-mail: Prizmc1@aol.com
My family The Striffler's lived on 122nd Street off of Liberty Ave during the 1940's.
I am trying to get information for my brother Charles who is now 89 on the baseball team he played for-The Richmond Hill Gallahads. He also remembers Hickey's Bar and Grill and Harms(?) Ice Cream Parlor and his good friend Charlie Tafner.
Added: August 7, 2016
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Bob Grant
From: Ft. Lauderdale, Fl
E-mail:
Really enjoyed my visit to this website!
I grew up here during the 1960's thru the 1970's. Had no idea of the fascinating history. Thanks!
Added: August 6, 2016
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Sal Barcia
From: LI
E-mail: sbarcia_meta@yahoo.com
Wondering if anyone can help here.
Was on a trip to Santa Fe New Mexico, when we took a day trip to Madrid, NM which is south of Santa Fe.
It was a boom town at the turn of the century when gold flecks were found in the nearby mountains and Thomas Edison set up a company to try to extract the gold from rock (he failed). There is a rinky dink museum in the town, dusty and dirty in a warehouse but in the warehouse there was the Postmaster General's shack which was hauled in there. On the wall there was a photo and the high school diploma of the Postmaster General, with a graduation date from high school of June 1921. His name was Murray Israel, and shockingly he graduated from Richmond Hill HS in Richmond Hill, NY. Any information on him would be great, but an astonighing find in an out of the way place.
Added: July 25, 2016
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Tim Finnegan
From: San Antonio, TX
E-mail:
Hi, I grew up in Richmond Hill during the 1960's.
Have great memories of playing in Smokey Park and Forest Park. My family had lived not far from Jamaica Hospital on 134 Street. I remember watching Pope Paul VI motorcade going down Van Wyck Expwy. Great memories.
Added: July 17, 2016
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Richard Raymond
From: Ringwood, NJ
E-mail:
Wow, nice to find your website!
I was searching for some possible information on Richmond Hill, NY where I had lived as a boy in the 1950s.
Thanks!
Added: July 14, 2016
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Joan McKnight Moriarty
From: S. Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Red Bank, NJ
E-mail:
Thanks for this site.
OLPH was such a great school. Lots of great memories of my life until I left NYC at the age of 23.
Added: July 8, 2016
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melina hernadiz
From: california
E-mail: melina2@gmail.com
I think it was a great that Jacob was friends with Theodore Roosevelt.
He was my idol. And thank you for making the movie. Thank you so much Jacob. You lifted my sprits Like god did for me.
Added: July 7, 2016
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cstarchenko
From: North Carolina
E-mail: cstarchenko@gmail.com
I'm looking for a family called schaffel that lived at 9508 125th st in 1940.
They had 3 children, a son and 2 daughters. Any info would be helpful. Thank you so much!
Added: July 1, 2016
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Helen Day
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: hday525@aol.com
The Historical Society and the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery are looking for information on Rodney Dangerfield.
Born Jack Cohen in 1921, Rodney attended PS 99 in Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill High School (grad in 1939). He worked at a movie theater and we are trying to find out which one (maybe the one on Lefferts Blvd in Kew Gardens) and any other anecdotes about him that have been passed down from generation to generation!
He lived with his mother and older sister Marion for a while probably in the 1930's above Austin Ale House and later in an apartment building on Grenfell St. near Union Turnpike.
We would love to hear any stories that are out there! Thank you!
Added: June 27, 2016
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Helen Day
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: hday525@aol.com
Clifford Franklin -
Thank you for your post of 5/23/16 regarding sailing boats on Jackson Pond.
That information adds to our history of the creator of the sailboats, Tex Forster. Thank you for the information on Tex. We may do an article on him in a future newsletter. I saw that item on ebay but I think the seller wants too much.
We have a photo of an intact sailboat sent to us by the owner's daughter. It rests on her fireplace mantle in memory of her father. John C Eisenhauer of 95-79 114th St. who was killed in WWII either before or just after she was born.
Helen Day, Richmond Hill Historical Society Board
Added: June 26, 2016
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Tony Rago
From: Ozone Park, Queens and Richmond Hill
E-mail: t0nythekid@yahoo.com
Hung out in the Al's Stereo Bar
on 111 st Liberty ave.
Added: June 23, 2016
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Ruta Bandziukas
From: Richmond Hill NY
E-mail: rbwa2007@gmail.com
I went to PS 66 and attended RHHS. I graduates in 1978. I lived most of my life off 88th and 102nd ave.
I have some wonderful memories or walking up to Jamaica ave to go to the A&P. I also remember a few blocks down there was a soda fountain and candy store where we got the best chocolate egg cream around.
Does anyone remember the pizza parlor on Jamaica, between 102 and 103rd ave? In the 70s it moved across the street, next to what I remember being a bar? Or Joe's deli? They had the best potato salad ever. It was a great place to be a kid.
Added: June 17, 2016
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Ani Crane
From: Gulfport, L.
E-mail:
Grew up in R.H., raised my children in R.H., went to St. Mary Gate of Heaven and Our Lady of Wisdom Academy.
It was a very good place to grow up and raise a family.
Added: June 14, 2016

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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
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Carolyn Mallon,
I'll bet that was the old toy store where Mr. Weiner may have owned. My parents had the C&F Bar & Grill at 111-11. Good luck on your search.
Added: June 10, 2016

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Bob Famulare
From: New Bern, North Carolina
E-mail: bobfamulare@aol.com
I lived on 91st Avenue and 102nd street. Attended grammar school at St. Mary Gate of Heaven in Ozone Park. I attended Richmond Hill High School. I enlisted in the Army (airborne) in 1962 and spent 2 1/2 years in Mainz, Germany in Robert E Lee barracks (the home of the airborne in Europe at that time. I currently live in New Bern, North Carolina.
Added: June 5, 2016
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Steve Esposito
From: White Plains
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Great to find this website.
Anyone might remember The Tiny Nut Tavern... Lived not too far from there on Hillside Ave near Roller Rink...
WoW those were the days
Added: June 5, 2016

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Amy Johnson
From: Vermont
E-mail:
Miss Richmond Hill...
Moved away about 25 years ago and always consider this as my "home".
Added: May 28, 2016

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Clifford Franklin
From: Grove City, PA
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I think its noteworthy that the society interest seems centered above Jamaica Ave and the majority of comments are from the Richmond hill South of Jamaica Ave.
Interest on adding a comment was kicked off by an item on E Bay. There is a Pond Sailboat built by, an icon to me, Tex Forster. He had hobby shop on Atlantic Ave prior to undergrounding the LIRR and moved to South side of Jamaica Ave near 103 Street, across from a 3 store width hardware store. (Hurwitz?) Seeing the boat provided memories of sailing boats and skating on Jackson Pond.
Tex founded a model Airplane club that (would you believe) flew planes in the RHHS yard on scheduled summer evenings. He was always helpful to all that entered his shops. He affected in a positive way a generation of young men. Tex was a retired vaudeville performer according to my Ex-Broadway dancer mother. He was a very colorful character I never joined his club being probably 9 years younger than its members.
In addition to model building I was active with a Sand Lot Baseball team. We played mostly in the fields along the Belt Parkway (I know its South Ozone Park). We even used the "good" field till the "Parkies " caught us. Occasionally played at "Smokey Hollow" by the LIRR engine yards. Sometimes It took us longer to clean off the cinders than to play the game.
My time frame: Tex Forster 1940-very early 60s. RHHS Grad June 1950. Sandlot ball about 1945 through most of high school. Lived at 95-50 115 street.
Added: May 23, 2016
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Carmen L Russo
From: Trumbull Conn.
E-mail: Krmn203@aol.com
Just found your page while searching the history of our house back on 1970 to 1985.
Would love to keep up today with what is going on in the Richmond Hill area. We lived two houses away from SBJL church and school, my children attended church and school at St. Benny's. We hold lots of fond memories of our old beloved neighborhood. Looking forward to hear more of it.
Kindly let me know as to how go about obtaining such history. So far I am able to get other Home address but the one I am searching for. Any advice will be appreciated.
Thanking you in advanced for your time and effort
Added: May 22, 2016
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Sue (Diamond) Rizzi
From: San Jose CA
E-mail: sue@jrizzi.com
Am looking for a photo of the Davie's candy store or the unique box they put their chocolate in for the holidays.
Am in the process of writing about growing up in Richmond Hill and putting all those stories together along with pictures.
It's great fun and the more detail I can add the better!
Added: May 20, 2016
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Stan Oleysyck
From: Delaware
E-mail: smo3549@verizon.net
...continue to seek individuals and players from the late 50's early 60's who remember the South Ozone Park Dukes Baseball Teams that played in the Queens Southside League...
sure would be great to hear from you!
Added: May 13, 2016
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Jack Eichenbaum
From: Flushing
E-mail: jaconet@aol.com
As Queens Borough Historian I've had two pleasant visits with you great folks in Richmond Hill.
I am aware of your preservation program tomorrow but am unable to attend. I encourage you to touch base with the Queens Preservation Council, a borough-wide group concerned with preservation efforts throughout Queens.
Get in touch with our leaders: Henry Euler peuler28@aol.com and Mitchell Grubler mitchellgrubler@yahoo.com and try to attend a meeting (last Monday of the month 3:30PM in Queens Boougvh Hall)
I've often led folks through wonderful Victorian Richmond Hill. See http://www.geognyc.com/about-me/
Added: May 10, 2016
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Nancy VanGorden
From: New York
E-mail: tlajdr@live.com
My grandparents, Robert and Mary Carbone lived on 107th Avenue.
Are there any pictures on line of the inside of the house (107-04)? Anyone that might remember them? Thank you.
Added: April 26, 2016
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Ken Bausert
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: Passcribe@aol.com
If anyone remembers me, get in touch; would love to chat.
Added: April 22, 2016
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timothy mahoney
From: port richey florida
E-mail: tim_mahoney1957@yahoo.com
born and raised 118 st and liberty avenue
Added: April 10, 2016
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Carolyn Mallon
From: POB 645 Dover Plains, NY 12522
E-mail: crmallon@gmail.com
I picked up a bunch of old films recently, and among them is a 16mm home movie film with the address still on the box: "M. Weiner, 111-14 Liberty Ave, Richmond Hill, NY"
I'd love to return this family artifact to the rightful owners. It says on the box: "Scott Camporee 1944." (Apparently, a Camporee is a Boy Scout Camping event...)
So if anyone knows M. Weiner or possibly a Scott Weiner from Richmond Hill, please email me!
Added: April 9, 2016
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Joanne Shakin Simon
From: Garden City , New York
E-mail: Jvskidscl@aol.com
i was born in Richmond Hill in 1939, graduated from PS 121 in 1952 and John Adams in 1956.
My brother was Bob Shakin who went to Brooklyn Tech and graduated in 1952. We both went to Queens College. Our Mother Bea Lewis went to Richmond Hill HS with her best friends Anne Leuge and Al Rubino. My high school friends were Jim Byrne, Anne Portugal, and Rosalie Hochman.
My Grandmother, Nanie Lewis lived on 114 th Street between 107 and 109th avenues. We lived at 105-44 132nd Street until 1965. We moved to that house from an apartment a block away opposite the home of Dr Phillips. I was searching the site to find the name of an ice cream parlor on Liberty and Lefferts. Found the name "Hugo's" in a posting. Also fondly remember the thick frosteds from Karps where Billy Karp and his wife JoanAnn worked side by side.
JoanAnn Peterdon grew up on 142nd street between 107 th and 109th avenues. She had cousins who lived there as well, Calvin Opitz and Bobby Kjelgren. I married Calvin when I was about 6 years old. It was a wonderful place to grow up. No one worried about the kids until it got dark. We were always outdoors. Any body out there remember me or anyone mentioned???
Added: April 4, 2016
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fredrick berke
From: richmond hill
E-mail: redelwin@aol.com
ps108 1941-1947; shima Jr High school 1947-49; John Adams 1949-52
104 20 115 street; 107 41 114 street
Added: April 3, 2016
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Luanne Drago Pachios
From: Maine
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I would like to know if anyone remembers Charles Drago.
He had a barber shop on Jamaica Avenue in the 40's, and maybe even before. Thank you! He was my grandfather.
Added: April 3, 2016
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Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: joanne.preziosi@ogilvy.com
The Rosary & Altar Society of the Church of the Holy Child Jesus, 111-02 86th Avenue in Richmond Hill, is sponsoring its annual Tarts & Bread bake sale on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 in the school cafeteria.
This year in addition to cakes, pies, cupcakes and bread the event will feature quiche, sauce, soups, mac & cheese, casseroles, soda bread, scones, and flan. Definitely a plus for busy families.
The event also includes Artisanal bread varieties, delicious breakfasts, gently worn jewelry and spectacular raffles. The Snack Shak will feature snacks, coffee and tea on Friday and Saturday and breakfast will be available on Sunday morning.
Meet your friends and family at Tarts & Bread for a delicious breakfast, to purchase delectable homemade goodies, take home some dinner or to take a chance or two on the lovely raffle prizes. See you there.
Added: March 29, 2016
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Mary Lou (DeSalme) Jordan Lu-Lu
From: Pinetown, NC
E-mail: froglady52@gotricounty.com
The Hartman family is having a first ever family reunion in June on the Island. I cannot wait.
Of course, we will be checking out grandma's house on 118th st and Jahn's ice cream if it is still there. The RKO theater is where we met the cast from McHales Navy and Sammy Davis Jr. We really thought that was something back then.
Added: March 27, 2016
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Bobby Pollano
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: iwabis215@aol.com
I grew up in Richmond Hill in the 70's and 80's.
Looking back I realized that I had a lot of great times and memories. I got to make so many friends. I practically lived in the PS 55 schoolyard, only went home to eat and sleep, haha. I lived on the corner of 132nd street and 95th ave. if anyone remembers me and the good old days don't hesitate holla back or email me so we can reminisce.
Added: March 20, 2016
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Diana Robinson
From: Yorktown Heights, New York
E-mail: phillabstr@yahoo.com
Thinking back to my days at Richmond Hill High School and P.S. 90, 1952-1965.
Added: March 17, 2016
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Ron Pecorella
From: Forida
E-mail: paradiselost714@aol.com
Great to bring back all those memories of such a wonderful please we lived.
Added: March 16, 2016
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Paul Kubiak
From: Cincinnati, OH
E-mail: pkubiak@cinci.rr.com
Visited RH recently, so disappointed...
Have great memories growing up there! Mostly everything I knew is gone except for a few remnants. I know things change as time goes by, but what it has been replaced by is a real shame..
Added: March 15, 2016
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Barbara Quinn Benom
From: Laguna, CA
E-mail: bbenom2@gmail.com
My book has just been published. It is all about growing up in Richmond Hill, hanging around on Liberty Ave, 117th street, Richmond Hill High, St. Benedict Josephs, etc.
Some people have written me and told me they loved it because they could relate to many of the places I talk about and it brought them back to their teenage years and the spots they knew. It is called "Legacy of a Teapot."
Added: March 15, 2016
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Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: joanne.preziosi@ogilvy.com
The Church of the Holy Child Jesus, 86th Avenue and 111th Street in Richmond Hill, will be hosting a free concert, An Afternoon of Music, on Sunday, April 17, at 2:00 PM.
The concert will feature Victor Starsky, Tenor, William Smiddy, Pianist and Katsumi Ferguson, Violinist. The program will include religious, classical and popular favorites. A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Katsumi Ferguson began her violin studies at the age of 2, influenced by her father who was a student of Shinichi Suzuki.
She began piano studies at the age of 4 under her mother. She began her professional career as a violinist and piano accompanist prior to graduating from Kyushu Women’s College in 1990. She studied violin performance with Eisuke Shinozaki, Taeko Miki and Toshiro Yokoyama. She freelanced extensively with various ensembles throughout Japan. She has worked with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and more. From 2004 to 2007, she participated in the recording of original Japanese songs composed by Yoko Tanaka and released by Victor Entertainment.
In 2004, she had the opportunity to perform in Piano Trio with Kevin Kenner who was the top prize winner of the International Chopin Competition. As a violin and piano instructor, she has been teaching for over 20 years and has had over a hundred students in Japan. Katsumi moved to New York in 2008 and performs with many professional ensembles in the NYC area.
As an orchestra player, she has worked with The New York Chamber Virtuosi, The Sheep Island Ensemble, The Ensemble 212 and The World Peace Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra and more. As a soloist, she performs at Tanri Cultural Institute, William Patterson University Musical Salon Series, Baruch College and many other places.
To make a reservation or for information, please call 718-846-7809, 718-846-1455 or 718-805-5500. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear extraordinary performers right in your own backyard. You are assured of a superb afternoon of music. It will be a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Added: March 9, 2016
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Debi
From: PA
E-mail: dee28nelson@yahoo.com
my grandfather had a coal and ice business on the corner of Jerome and liberty ave - buck nilsson - sons by the name of dunna, buddy, mike, and cliff.
after that it was buck nilsson's moving and storage. the company and the name was sold and still very active in NYC in Oceanside now. great memoreies from there and visiting ralphs candy store on opposite corner. Great memories
Added: March 6, 2016
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Barbara Kastel Coyne
From: Dunedin, Florida
E-mail: barbiscorpio@yahoo.com
Born and raised in Richmond Hill,
I attended St. Benedict Joseph Labre. And then RHHS. I have many fond memories of playing handball all day and hanging out with my friends. If I had to do it over, I wouldn't change a thing.
Added: February 29, 2016
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Kathryn Zabrocki Strode
From: Gilmanton, New Hampshire
E-mail: rocki35@metrocast.net
I hope this e-mail finds everyone healthy and ready for the Richmond Hill Friends Reunion
Below you will find information on Irene Nowacki who will be helping put this reunion together. If any one else would like to help or if you have any e-mail address please send them to me so I can add them to my address book. If any one goes on facebook there is a site called Grew up in Richmond Hill, it is pretty good site.
Now about the reunion, in order to make it a success we need you to be there. The old saying goes you can't pick you family but you sure can pick your friends. And that's what we did many years ago growing up in Richmond Hill. Hanging out at the Annex with the Nations or the High School playing ball of some kind or up at Jackson Pond in Forest Park. Going to parties on Friday nights at someone's house or just hanging out at the pizza place on the Ave.
When I look back at them days I feel that they were one of the best times of my life. So I ask you to please try and put that date aside and attend. It will be a great time for all. I will be sending out a e-mail every month to remind you of the reunion. I am looking forward to see you all again and talking about the good old days. Thank you, Rich Newell
Richard Newell 7 Crowndale Place Galloway, NJ 08205 Home: 609 652-5806 Cell: 609 380-5108 (BEST TO REACH ME) e-mail coachrich00@yahoo.com
Irene Nowacki eye707@yahoo.com 646 552-7154; Richard Kreppein HackSquad@aol.com 516 581-9485
RICHMOND HILL FRIENDS REUNION SATURDAY JULY 16, 2016
AMERICAN LEGION POST #948 2730 ROYLE STREET BELLMORE, NY 11710 (516) 783-7127
The cost will be $50.00 per couple and $35.00 per single. Payment to be made to: Richard Kreppein 208 Babylon Tpke. Merrick, NY 11566-4427
Hope to see you on July 16, 2016
Rich Newell coachrich00@yahoo.com , Richie Kreppein HackSquad@aol.com , Irene Nowacki eye707@aol.com
Added: February 28, 2016
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Lance Scurvin
From: Smithville, N.J.
E-mail: ScurvMedia@gmail.com
I'm so excited about finding this site and can't even write all that I want to express in one post. I will be back for sure!
I grew up on 134th street between 105th and 107th avenue from September of 1968 until I moved down to Orlando Florida in 2001. P.S. 121 and JHS 226 were the schools that I attended before going to The High School of Art & Design in Manhattan.
I well remember Uncle Jack's Toy Store, Bill's Bicycle Shop, the Dunton Branch Library, Carlos Pizza, Tommy's Pizza, the Powerhouse Gym, Sukon's Toy Store, the Leffert's Blvd. Newstands, the Movie Theater, Swif's corner store, Ralph's LaCaridad grocery store, and Lobue Brothers neighborhood store/deli.
All of these wonderful establishments were located on Liberty Ave. which as a kid was a wonderland of sights, sounds, and smells that resonate with me 'till this very day! I used to be a 17 year old kid working out at the Powerhouse Gym in 1980 and had my greatest summers right there in the old neighborhood.
I want everyone to feel free to reach out to me no matter who you are! I'm on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook under the name LanceScurv and also at www.LanceScurv.com -- Looking forward and God bless you all!
Added: February 28, 2016
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Jo Anne Preziosi
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail:
The Church of the Holy Child Jesus, 86th Avenue and 111th Street in Richmond Hill, will be hosting a free concert, An Afternoon of Music, on Sunday, April 17, at 2:00 PM.
The concert will feature Victor Starsky, Tenor, William Smiddy, Pianist and Katsumi Ferguson, Violinist. The program will include religious, classical, and popular favorites. Victor Starsky studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music with Rose Marie Crouse. He is currently studying with Edith Moser-Wiens of the Juilliard School of Music.
In 2013, he sang the role of Nerone in Monteverde’s “L’Incoronazione Di Poppea” and the role of Tybalt in Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliette.” In 2014 he sang the roles of Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Gastone in Verdi’s “La Traviata and Chevalier in Poulenc’s “Les Dialogues des Carmelites.”
In late 2014, Maurice Peress, who conducted the 1971 premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” chose Mr. Starsky to sing the role of the Celebrant in performances at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts.
In 2015, Mr. Starsky sang the role of Don Jose in Bizet's "Carmen" with the New York Opera Exchange. Opera Today wrote of that performance: “Victor Starsky’s Don Jose is terrifying and compelling, with a voice that performs vocal acrobatics with strength and beauty that remains undiminished through his final line.” He also sang 10 performances in the role of Tony in Opera North’s production of “West Side Story,” and recently performed Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied Von Der Erde” with Maurice Peress at LeFrak Hall.
To make a reservation or for information, please call 718-846-7809, 718-846-1455 or 718-805-5500. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear extraordinary performers right in your own backyard. You are assured of a superb afternoon of music. It will be a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Added: February 23, 2016
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winnie
From: 111-13 liberty avenue
E-mail: topspins6@gmail.com
I own this building now and would like to know what business was here in the 60's and 70's
Added: February 17, 2016
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Susan Ventura
From: Howard Beach, New York
E-mail: Sventura1924@aol.com
Have such beautiful memories growing up in Richmond Hill through the 70's.
PS66 was my grammar school also fond memories of my years spent there from 1966-1972.
Added: February 14, 2016
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Sid Gruber
From: Boca Raton Fl
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I grew up near Woodhaven Blvd and Park Lane South. Great memories, exploring Forest Park every Saturday morning!
Added: February 2, 2016
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Rob Alvarado
From: New York/CT
E-mail: alvarado@optonline.net
Wonderful guestbook, thanks for starting it!
Although, I only lived in Richmond Hill for one year 1973-1974, I too have fond memories of RHHS, Forest Park, the RHHS track team, and working under the EL.
I'm writing a novel that is set in RH and Ozone Park. I may ask a question or two in the coming days. Thanks, Rob
Added: January 30, 2016
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KENNETH BALL
From: JAX Beach Fla
E-mail: knkball@att.net
I am still looking for old school mates from PS 66 on 102st Richmond Hill Queens.
Has anyone kept in contact with Nancy Hecht or Harold & Judy Meyer, Henry Mueller or Doris Muller. How about the Shields Family or the Gendron family? John Ormond are you out there also? V/R Ken Ball
Added: January 28, 2016
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Carol Spawn Desmond
From: Pelham, NY
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Enjoyed visiting your website to plan my visit to RH:
it is informative and easy to use. Looking forward to visiting RH.
Added: January 16, 2016

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KENNETH BALL
From: JAX Beach Fla
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, Does any one remember going into Trunz Butcher Shop with the sawdust on the floor and getting a slice of liverwurst or ham or roast beef. Tietelbaum's hardware, remember the light bulb checker on the front counter for all different bases and sizes, and they had sold Lionel Trains. I still have one from there.
I can still see Krug's Bakery truck and Dugan's Bakery truck making deliveries to the houses in the neighborhood. Bungalow Bar and Good Humor trucks were a regular sight every day in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and the knife sharpener man with the clanging bell and his horse drawn closed-in wagon once a week for that vision. A big treat was going to Jamaica to shop all the stores and go to Loft's Candies for a treat, yum.
Does anybody recall the vacant lot on Jamaica Ave between 104th & 107th street, it had two dark green Billboards kinda facing each other, we used to build forts within the billboard structure. Tex Fosters hobby shop just down the Avenue from the billboard lot, was the mecca for all our boyhood dreams (Planes, Trains, and Automobiles) wrapped up in one venue. I went there to dream out loud- LOL.
If you had a quarter you were the richest kid on the block, 25 penny candies purchased from Sid's candy store located on 104th street and Jamaica Ave right under the "EL", just some thoughts and good memories from a simpler time and place, Richmond Hill 1940's & 1950's. Ken Ball, Happy New Year Too.
Added: January 13, 2016
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Lou Quinn
From: Outer Banks of NC
E-mail: quinngirls4@aol.com
I am looking for anyone who has information on a toll gate keeper named John H. Cudworth.
He was my 3X great grandfather and I am very interested in his life in NY. Thanks
Added: January 8, 2016
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John Ardary
From: Fort Collins CO
E-mail:
I've recognized several familiar names while checking out posts (my first visit) (Mike Hedler, Judy Alfano, Rich Newell, John Cameron, April Koster, Paul LaVecchia, others).
Mike, sorry to hear that Maureen passed. I hope you're all well. Graduated RHHS in '67 and moved out of RH in '77.
Hope 2016 brings H&H for everyone.
Added: January 5, 2016
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ray ciarello
From: ct
E-mail: racey55@aol.com
My father owned T&M luncheonette on the corner of woodhaven blvd and 101st ave in the 60's.
Does anyone remember that place? any pictures? Does anyone know what is there now?
Added: January 1, 2016
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Wishing All a Happy and Healthy New Year!
Added: January 1, 2016


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