My paternal italian grandparents bought a house on Union in the 1930s. My father grew up there. My mother grew up on Prospect Park West. They moved out to NJ to have my sister and I but my Aunt retained …

5 sons photo

michael white

Brooklyn, New York

the five sons of albert and lucia white- 1964 on back porch 410 Van Siclen Ave ENY growing up playing punch ball, ring o levio, skelly great memories

Tom Lemily


Levittown, New York

Brooklyn meant friendships and neighborhoods. Now that I’m 90 there’s very few of my friends left but the memories are still with me! I was born and raised in Brooklyn and worked as Western Union “boy” delivering singing telegrams on …

Kenneth Horstman

Staten Island, New York

During the 50’s, in what we referred to as “South Brooklyn”, 13th Street (between 5th and 4th Aves. ) was cobble-stoned; nevertheless, we never missed an opportunity to play stickball on our home field. Playing on paved streets such as …


Massapequa, New York

Brooklyn, gave me some of the best memories of my life! There were special days, just me with my Dad cheering on “our” Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field; then a walk to Toomey’s Diner for a treat of toasted raisin …

Jane Weiss-Barile

Gardiner, New York

Growing up in Brooklyn in the 40′s and 50′s was an unforgettable montage of memorable experiences and foods. Brooklyn meant playing hide-and-seek, stoop ball, ring-a-levio, potsy with fat sidewalk chalk, mom throwing change out the apartment building window when you …

Stewart Glick

Montgomery, New York

Montgomery St. between Nostrand and NY Ave across from PS161 and then on to GW Wingate HS(shaped like a banjo) and then Brooklyn College. You did not have to go far for a good education. Zamoes candy store, Freddy Fitsimmons …

Jackie Glick

Montgomery, New York

I remember walking to Ave. J every day to get my dad a half of rye with seeds at the Jewish bakery (it had to be baked that day!). I don’t think anyone appreciated how safe our lives were in …

Anthony Viola

Warren, Vermont

Simply the smells of foods ! But mostly picking up bread from a basement . We called it “Brooklyn Bread” it was a round loaf about the size of a small football.

claire jaffee speciner

New York City, New York

My warm memories of growing up in Brooklyn include walking from home on Argyle Road to P.S. 139 on Cortelyou Road, passing beautiful tulip gardens planted in the middle of Albemarle Road. In winter, we watched to see if the …

Rev. Louis Hermansen

I entered this world in the Norwegian Lutheran Hospital at 46th Street and 4th Avenue on July 4, 1935. With the exception of four years on Long Island, and six months in Norway, Brooklyn is where I grew up. Graduated …

Jerry Feinblatt

Bayside, New York

Grew up in Brooklyn and as a young teen worked at Ebbets Field as a vendor. In those days you were able to get working papers at 14 years old. What a thrill to see up close all the great …

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