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Warren Adler

The Brooklyn of my childhood and youth, roughly within a sixteen year span from 1932 to 1948, was lived betwixt two neighborhoods, Brownsville and Crown Heights, both Jewish enclaves then. Irish and Italian neighborhoods were contiguous. Of course, there were …

Jane Burgman Adams

When I think of Brooklyn, I think of Old Bushwick. I made my first birthday on Decatur Street in 1958. Dad worked for Schaeffer Beer Company and Mom said “we have two children and need a home of our own”. …

Gary Shulman

Brooklyn, New York

When my younger brother Arthur was about to be born, we lived in Canarsie and we were in the midst of a full-out blizzard. Roads were impassable-not even police cars could be seen. My mother of course began going into …

My Brooklyn days began in 1943, when we moved from the Bronx to brighton beach, at age seven. I first attended PS 225 on Ocean View Ave, corner of Brighton 12th street.Then we moved to 1019 Ocean View, on a …

Gary Shulman

Brooklyn, New York

When my grandfather lived with us in Canarsie around 1957 he was starting to lose some of his hearing. One day, there was a flood in our kitchen and water was flowing across the floor quickly turning it into a …

Gary Shulman

Brooklyn, New York

When we lived next to P.S. 190 on Sheffield Ave. in East NY, at night the residents of the building would bring their folding chairs outside to sit and shmooze while the bats would fly in circles above the school …

Martin Levinson

Forest Hills, New York

My father left the army in 1947, and our family moved to a small one-bedroom apartment two blocks from Ebbets Field, the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Growing up, I spent many happy summer afternoons waiting to catch foul balls …

Joanne Iodice

Morristown, New Jersey

What a fabulous childhood growing up in Brooklyn. Loads of kids to play with on East 2nd and East 5th Streets between Aves U & T. PS 215, Lincoln High, Brooklyn College As children we were always playing outdoors. Street …

Gary Fisher

In the shade of the elevated tracks on Brighton Beach avenue, there were four stores that i could find blindfolded. The poultry store on a corner, was an assault on three senses; nervous chickens cackling, buckets of odious entrails, pin …

Enid Kanin

When I think of Brooklyn the first word that comes to mind is “neighborhood.” There was such a great feeling of belonging and friendship on East 29th Street between X & Y where I grew up in the 60s and …

Tina Manfredi

Brooklyn, New York

Rain was our worse enemy…I still remember the smell of our vestibule. Musty but clean in a strange way. Foggy. We would stand in the steamy hallway drawing our names in the mist gathering on the windows of our 13th …

Harriet Forman née Schulman

New York City, New York

When I think of growing up in Brooklyn, I think of PS 238, Lincoln HS, Coney Island and the Cyclone, the boardwalk and Nathan’s. I remember watching my father place “killer balls” and beat the other guys on the handball …

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