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7889) Patrick 
ekpentemple@gmail.com
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USA
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7-22-2014 10:09 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

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7888) Tali 
joymerlyn81@gmail.com
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USA
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7-21-2014 08:27 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

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7887) Marie Modafferi 
pmmod@comcast.net
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7-20-2014 10:30 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

I think 1956 or 57 plymouth with overdrive
$100 lasted us until 1961 Chevy Impala
our first new car 1964 chevy Impala cost
$3400. Classic now looks like a huge boat
I drove looking thru the steering wheel
Lasted 1974 still going in 1984 sold to
a friend.
7886) beentheredonethat 
beentheredonethat@ny.com
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7-20-2014 05:39 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

How much did you pay for your first car and what year and model was it? I just saw an ad for a car for $13,999 holy toledo

Marie R 7-20-2014 11:34 AM
1968 Mustang Fastback, in gold. Brand new, waited 8 weeks to get it. $2,870.00.

My 2nd new vehicle was a Ford F150 pickup truck. Chrome bumpers, gorgeous. Again waited several weeks to get it.
$5400.00.
My new car now, 2013 Honda Accord V6 sedan cost more than my first house.

Marie R 7-20-2014 12:01 PM
1978 Ford F150

Ken 7-20-2014 01:39 PM
Used 1953 Chrysler New Yorker for $125 in 1960. Paid $400 for the auto insurance in the risk plan.

beentheredonethat 7-21-2014 02:33 AM
Sounds like "Grease" to me
7885) philip van cott 
pmtvc@cox.net
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Enf. ct.
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7-16-2014 05:18 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Well now that politics is apparently Verboten on this site . How about religion? you see there`s only so much of the past to discuss, where as the future is boundless. do you know that stem cells are now being tested with very good results in repairing damaged parts of ones heart after an attack. did you know that an artificial pancreas has been tested and works for type one diabetics. and to think Dick Cheney who could now use stem cells to rejuvinate his black heart, blocked the research that might eventually save his life. Now the Jokes on him.

Marie R 7-16-2014 01:37 PM
Phil, I really wish Mark would split this site to allow other topics. I would enjoy discussing stem cell research and other interesting subjects.
I think many folks have moved on to FACEBOOK to connect with friends.

Hope you have been OK. Things are good for us here.

pvc. 7-17-2014 05:16 AM
Marie my company from Nam was just about to have our annual reunion in Memphis next year , but something came up and it will be Savannah. How are things. we had a pretty lively discussion going for quite a while . Now that those who were upset and wanted it to return to what it was haven`t taken the opportunity to add something .

Marie R 7-17-2014 03:40 PM
Phil, I love Savannah, GA. beautiful area, great food. Everything here is fine. Medicare won't pay for my medical test though, so I've decided to do nothing. We have to see how things go.

The mountains here are gorgeous. I'm sure where you are in Ct. is beautiful also. We're very lucky that way.

The political forum I'm on is challenging. You'd like it.
Take care.

T.O. 7-21-2014 10:28 AM
Is this Marie, or is Marie R a different person? Marie,if you are the Marie who's daughter was attacked by the pitbull, I thought you lived in Tennessee. This is why I am questioning, not to be nasty or anything.

Marie R 7-21-2014 06:25 PM
Hi T.O. I am the Marie with the daughter who was attacked by the dog. I sign Marie R now because I see there is another Marie posting. How are you doing? Hope all is well. I miss the debates we had. I am on a political forum that is very challenging. Some folks, from both sides, get very ugly, very insulting and crude. I've wanted to walk away from it many times, but the desire to discuss those topics keeps me posting. I really have to bite my tongue, if you know what I mean. Lol... I refuse to lower myself to that low level. You get more with civility than cursing and name calling. Nice to see you back on here again. Tell me please, is there any Italian in your ancestry? If so, I have a story to share.

Marie R 7-21-2014 06:27 PM
I do live in Tennessee, I was referring to our mountains here.

T.O. 7-22-2014 03:53 AM
Hi Marie, just wanted to be sure I was talking to the right lady!!! You asked me if there is any Italian in my ancestry....lol...are you kidding? I am 100 percent paisano!! Sicilian on my mother's side, Neopolitan on my father's. I am dying to hear your story now, so don't keep me waiting. Take care Marie.

Marie R 7-22-2014 10:46 AM
Well, it's more of a complaint, but it bothers me. I need an opinion. A pizza parlor opened here a few months ago, not the nice one I like, a different one.
Their entire theme is the Mafia and hitmen. Really overdone. Gatti pizza, Bonnano pasta, Anastasia antipasta, the kids menu is "the littke Turks". The menu says come experience the real Italy. Pictures all over the wall of actual mob hits, graphic, and all sceens from Brooklyn and Manhattan and Rome.
It really annoyed me when a neighbor said to me "you're Italian, it's right up your alley".

Am I being too sensitive or am I right to be offended? As an Italian American, I resent that association.

The owners are not Italian.

T.O. 7-22-2014 11:33 AM
Well Marie, pardon my French, but damn right you have a reason to be insulted. What is being depicted in that pizza place is NOT a part of Italian history at all...but a part of CRIME in America. If they want to talk about real Italian history than lets talk about Fermi, Amerigo Vespucci, Caruso and Lanza...and all the other Italians who gave sweat and blood to build this country. Those ingrates like Gotti and Anastasia are "disgraciada", like my father called them - a black mark on all Italians who are good, decent, and hard working people. I say the next time you go in there Marie, ( and I doubt you would even lower yourself)give em hell. That's my two cents worth. LOL!!

Marie R 7-22-2014 11:46 AM
Thank you, I knew I could count on you.

We go to the pizza place owned by the man from Redhook. Fabulous pizza and cannolis.

You're right, I wouldn't lower myself to go to the other place.

Ciao!
7884) philip Van Cott 
pmtvc@cox.net
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7-11-2014 06:20 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

having seen Michael Bubble` last night at Mohican Sun casino,I`m here to report he in no way sounds like Frank Sinatra or any of the other Great singers, crosby,Humperdinc, Dean martin, Tom Jones , and even Neil Diamond white pants and all. yet the place was packed and the show lasted an hour and a half. Now there was an all black group that opened for him called the Natural 7 they made fantastic music without instruments. they were great. BY the way the women love him .

SAM 7-11-2014 08:56 AM
HE HAD A SHOW ON P B S NOT TO LONG AGO WITH THAT SAME GROUP NATURAL AND THEY WERE GREAT HE SANG WITH THEM BUBBLE HAS A STYLE OF HIS OWN I THOUGHT HE WAS VERY GOOD THAT SHOW WAS ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF ALSO..AND YOU COULD UNDERSTAND ALL THE WORDS....P V C....A QUESTION FOR YOU I WAS WITH A BUNCH OF FRIENDS OVER THE 4 TH OF JULY WEEKEND...SOMEONE SAID THAT THEY HEARD THAT FRANKIE (ANIMAL ) PASSED AWAY ? ANY TRUTH IN THAT ?

pvc. 7-12-2014 05:05 AM
Frankie is alive and well living near 80th and 13th. I speak with him weekly. On the other hand another good friend Roger Yessner passed away last january. Frank I and the rest of the 9th st. crew attended the funeral and burial. as to Michael Bubble every one told me that he was like Sinatra. I didn`t see that at all. his band also drowned him out. on TV that`s a very fixible problem.
7883) madeline. m. faiella. 
cabrini47eight@aol.com
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staten island,new york
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7-10-2014 12:05 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

good morning to one and all....today is thursday and i'm still up fall a sleep for a little while watching american pickers i love that show you learn alot from it... gee we should of save all the dishers and toy trucks etc.etc we would be rich for just having them too sell... LOL : }

madeline.m. faiella 7-10-2014 01:01 AM
GOOD MORNING TO ONE AND ALL , HAPPY TO SEE EVERYONE DOING FINE . RED HOOKS WAS ALWAYS A MELTING POT FOR ALL DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES, WE LEARNED TO SPEAK ANOTHER LANGUE HOW LUCK IS THAT... LOL ;]

MaryAnn 7-10-2014 05:48 AM
Hi Madeline. It is so good to see your name again here at the SBN! Do you remember the laughs and fireworks that used to be on this site a few years back? I miss Tommy B, Turk, Babyann, Shirley, Kathy Murray Olsen, and so many of the names that used to write in and get all our juices flowing about living in our neighborhood. Now it is a lot of political talk, and it seems as though we are struggling to revive it back into the kind of site that it was created to be. But I guess the difficulties in the world make it hard to reminisce sometimes. But, I am glad to see your name here, and I enjoy catching up with you on Facebook as well. Take care Madeline.
7882) fedup 
fedup@ny.com
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7-8-2014 03:53 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Does anyone here have a problem with phone/internet scammers? I had calls coming in telling me the US Government wanted to give me $7,000 and all I needed was a checking account and/or debit card. Another guy said my computer was sending him signals,

These foreigners think all people over 65 are stupid. I was able to block 800 numbers and "unknown caller" with my cable company. One guy used his cell and I reported him to the State Attorney Generals office
Any other suggestions?

Marie R 7-8-2014 09:54 AM
We get a couple of calls like that every week. I just keep blocking the numbers. I tell all my kids and friends not to ever give personal info over the phone or on an unsolicited email. Letting the authorities know is good, but I think they can't stop all of them. We just need to be smarter than them.

Ken 7-9-2014 09:35 AM
I was comparing back then and now. Summer vacation was the best thing we looked forward to as kids - we didn't open a bok until september. Now my grandkids, in grammer school, have a lot of homework to do over the summer. Including reading so many books and math assignments.They will be tested on them in September. Maybe this is an improvement but, I like the way we had it.

Marie R 7-9-2014 09:42 AM
I agree, kids need a break too. I went to a Catholic high school '61 to '65, and the nuns were strict. We had 10 books to read over the summer. I hated it.
I wanted my summer fun, not more school work. So I read the jacket cover, the first few pages, a few in the middle and the ending. I managed to pass. Lol

Ken 7-10-2014 08:48 AM
Marie, I went through college at night and I did the same thing in some liberal arts courses. I got so jamed up by the end of the semester that I only read the jacket cover and introduction on the last few books required during the term. But, it was only liberal arts to me and not so important, as I was an engineering major. Actually, now I regret not reading those books completly.

Marie R 7-10-2014 11:12 AM
Same here, I love to read now, but as a teen, summer was more important.

Ken, I know you are Catholic too, so you will appreciate this. My 19 year old grandson is joining the seminary to become a Catholic priest. He is the son of my daughter who had the dog attack. None of us expected this. I wish him well. I hope I live to see him ordained.

Ken 7-14-2014 07:39 AM
Marie,
That is great news about your grandson. It is very difficult for young people and older people for that matter to answer Gods' call in vocations that require much sacriface. May God bless him and God has blessed all of us for his vocation.
7881) patriot 
patriot@usa.com
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Francis, you are also a Patriot! Keep it up, the complainers were against the politics, now they don't like your patriotic entries

Go figure! Keep it up Francis! There are more of us than there are of them!

Marie R 7-7-2014 08:32 PM
Frankie, you have a gift, the ability to paint a picture with your words. Thank you for taking the time to share your memories with us and brighten our day.
7880) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
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7-4-2014 04:15 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

GOD BLESS AMERICA
there is nothing, nothing, nothing like
INDEPENDENCE DAY
in the hook

hot town, summer in the city
been down, isn't it a pity
doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

goodbye, disneyland, great adventure
adios to freedomland, coney island
in the hook
we were all yankee doodle dandies
born on the fourth of july
Born in the u.s.a., I was born in the u.s.a. 
Born in the u.s.a., I'm a long gone daddy in the u.s.a. 
Born in the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a. 
Born in the u.s.a., I'm a cool rocking daddy in the u.s.a.
we're staying in the hook
to celebrate america's revolution
to the tune of a 10 cent pack of fireworks

frankie 7-4-2014 04:16 AM
I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle, do or die
a real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
born on the 4th of July

it started earlier
but
once school was out
we started pledging allegiance
to the united states of fireworks

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

we would get together early in the morning
and
sooner or later
you could tell it was him
walking slowly up the block
with a big, crumpled brown grocery bag
the only thing he didn't have was a sign that said
“fireworks guy”, lol

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

some of us had a dime to buy a pack
and
that kept us going for the morning
in the afternoon
some of the big, big guys would come around with the hard stuff
ashcans or cherry bombs
at night, there was always one of the men who had a roman candle

but at night, it's a different world
go out and find a gal
come on, come on and dance all night
despite the heat it will be alright

sorry, gals
fireworks were number one

and you had to be a rocket scientist, too
“ma, I need 10 cents for the softball game”
“grandma, do you need a loaf of bread”
chalk up 5 cents
“frankie, where's the change from the gallon of milk?'
“grandpa, thanks for the quarter”
cashing in 2 cent coca cola deposit bottles
fireworks weren't a sin
but
it put confession on the agenda, lol
and
then, as the fourth was rolling around
you had to start the hoard,
saving some for the big night

the weirdest thing was no one complained
it wasn't like someone would tell my mom I had fireworks
“frankie, don't step on Mrs. Palumbo's tulips”
but fireworks were ok
mom always rang in with a horror story
but that was it
if you had a pack of fireworks in your hand
and asked a stranger for a match
he would give you the whole book
but
it was a great part of growing up in the hook

Despite the heat it'll be alright
And Babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, In the city, In the summer, In the city

one day, a friend happened to have a white mouse on him
no kidding
needless to say, to further our education
in propulsion and quantum leap theory
we, not me, I swear
tied him to a 6 oz. Rocket
he was the first mouse to go to the moon, lol

now, relax, calm down, pull up a chair
but
moooooooooooooooooooove overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
macy's, you got nothing on the hook
it was all about boom, bang, bam, badabing
the british may be coming
we got red hook lane covered
but they aren't staying
three cheers for the red, white and blue
and we, SONS OF THE REVOLUTION delivered

Far
We've been travelling far
Without a home
But not without a star

Free
Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

On the boats and on the planes
They're coming to America
Never looking back again
They're coming to America

Home, don't it seem so far away
Oh, we're travelling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home, to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we'll say our grace
Freedom's light burning warm
Freedom's light burning warm

“and now for the weather forecast with Tex Antoine
Thursday will be a hot, hot hot 4th of July
with lots of sun, very humid and muggy”
yippppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

we were always out real early on the 4th
we would shoot the fireworks off by the johnny pump
and
that was it for the whole day
fireworks this, fireworks that
all day long all you heard from other blocks, too, were fireworks
my mom would buy the franks from the sabrett hot dog guy on
fourth place and court street
and it was a real hot dog 4th family barbecue in the backyard
and then, after dinner
it was like all the parents and grandparents came out to sit on the stoops
or stand by the gate for the show

as soon as it got a little dark
the big guys and the big, big guys came around
and it started
sometimes there were a dozen guys by the johnny pump
and they meant business
ashcans, mats, cherry bombs, rockets, helicopters, whistlers,
bottle rockets, chasers, roman candles
up the block was a cop
so there was a blast going there, too
(who said they were fireworks he confiscated)
then, out of nowhere, every so often
you would hear fireworks going off for about 15, 20 minutes non stop
of course, since I was a big guy, too
I stayed real close to my mom, lol
dad or big brother mike always had a few boxes of sizzlers
that we would light for our younger sisters

the next morning we would look for the ones that didn't go off
with all the spent rockets, etc and firecracker paper
you could tell it was another great
FOURTH OF JULY

honorable mention to clinton street and president street
the real guys were there
if you know what I mean
and
their fireworks went on to 2, 3 in the morning, nonsrop

it was great having 2 kid sisters
I took them to the macy's thanksgiving day parade
oh, that's another story

O say can you see,
by the dawn's early light,
what so proudly we hailed
at the twilight's last gleaming,
whose broad stripes and bright stars,
through the perilous fight,
o'er the ramparts we watched,
were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE

MADELINE.M. FAIELLA 7-4-2014 04:26 AM
GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! I'M JUST WAS THINKING DO THEY STILL SHOT OFF THE CANNON IN RED HOOK

bklyn 7-4-2014 04:32 AM
cherry bombs set off under the park benches

Marie R 7-4-2014 01:52 PM
Happy 4th everyone. Have fun and be safe.

windbaghater 7-6-2014 10:31 AM
Frankie the windbag is back. You should have been born a bagpipe!!Good Lord, enough with these page long posts that people tire of reading after about the fourth line.

MarieR 7-6-2014 03:40 PM
Frankie posts happy, fun stuff, you just complain. You're the windbag.
Sign your real name too.

Tilda C. 7-9-2014 11:31 PM
Dear Windbaghater: were you looking for something other than Red Hook memories when you logged on to this site? Or do you object to poetry? Or do you just object to civility in general? There's nothing in what Francis says that I can't relate to; nothing that doesn't make me remember what it was like, back then, even if my "back then" is maybe a little earlier or maybe a little later, than his "back then". In ten or twenty or fifty years from now, all this stuff will still be available in some vast impersonal database somewhere. What do you think people will listen to - your sniping, or Francis Perrone's poetry? Well, both. Go on sniping, sweetie: it'll be good for all those future people to know that not everybody from the Hook was gentle, or fair, or even reasonable. We wouldn't be who we are without sharp-toothed critters snapping at our heels.

Old Redhooker 7-9-2014 11:50 PM
Nicely said and very true. Redhook was a true melting pot. Several nationalities, all races. Some really great people and some, well, not so nice. We all grew up knowing how to deal with both. Frankie represents the kinder, gentler ones, the ones I want to remember, not the ones I'm trying to forget. Keep it going Frankie.
Hello to Ken, Marie, Sid, Phil, T.O. Joe, MaryAnn, and all those who shared this site.

Old Redhooker JR 7-9-2014 11:55 PM
I see I share a moniker with another ORH.

My initials are JR
7879) Madeline. M . Faiella 
cabrini47eight@aol.com
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HI RED HOOK,
JUST STOP BY TO SEE HOW EVERYONE IS DOING. NOTHING HAS CHANGED MUCH ON THE SITE...

Louise**Red Hook** 7-2-2014 05:43 AM
Hi Madeline...nope nothing has really changed here..lol, How have you been?

Old Redhooker 7-3-2014 01:17 AM
What do you mean, it's gone back to talking of the Hook and Carroll Gardens. What everybody wanted.

What more do you want?

They're discussing BROOKLYN!

bklyn 7-3-2014 05:19 AM
Thats what I say! Its good again!

madelin.m.faiella 7-3-2014 05:48 AM
didn't mean anything just saying hi....i haven't been on the site for about a year or two..just wanted to see who was left on the site....

Louise**Red Hook" 7-3-2014 10:00 AM
Wow...didn't mean anything by my post, just talking to Madeline. Hope no one was offended when I said everything is the same..

Old Redhooker 7-3-2014 02:55 PM
OK then, no harm done, lets keep it going.

One of my joys to remember was halloween and election night bonfires.

Sid W 7-3-2014 03:49 PM
Madaline, Millie and I send our regards to you. How are you feeling.

Frank C 7-9-2014 07:37 AM
to old redhooker, just telling my son about the election night fires in the hook. I think it was only a brooklyn thing.
7878) Sue Amendola 
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Red Hook
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6-29-2014 10:39 AM  Write a comment

I want to thank all the people who supported the VFW ladies aux. Summer Jamboree on Friday June 27th. Thank you to all and have a great summer

President Sue Amendola

Citizen 6-30-2014 05:20 AM
Sue are you related to John Amendola who lived at 772 Henry Street in the 1950's

Sid W 6-30-2014 05:15 PM
To Citizen,
#1 Sue is not related to John from 772 Henry Street.
#2. You spelled his last name wrong. It is Ammendola.
#3. His wife's name is Mary. He had a daughter Carmela and a son John and they lived on the first floor.
4. I know all of the because John was my father-in-law as I am married for 50 years to his daughter Carmela.
5. How do you know John. Did you live in the same courtyard.

Mike 7-1-2014 06:12 AM
Sid. Thank you for your response. I lives on the 3rd floor. In the 1950 and 60's. . We had a group thar we stayed with ( Eddie Saunders, Joey Di Pietro, the Valentinos's and my self.

Mike 7-1-2014 02:10 PM
Should be I lived on the third floor. I type too fast

Sid W 7-1-2014 04:43 PM
Mike, What was your last name.

Sid W 7-1-2014 04:46 PM
Mike, I also probable know you as I knew the Valentinos and Joey and his dad Maxie. I lived right around the corner from you in 94 Centre Mall and my bedroom window faced your courtyard.

Mike 7-2-2014 04:38 AM
Sid. Last name Baronick

pvc. 7-2-2014 05:16 AM
Mike Joey Di Petro now there`s a name I`ll always remember. the Valentinos were my second cousins. Louis the youngest and Michael the oldest. Hey Sid what`s up?

Sid W 7-2-2014 01:44 PM
Mike, Carmela my wife who you know as Millie had told me your last name and that you lived in apartment 3A right above Joey. She also said you had a younger sister and she remembers your Mom who used to talk with her Mom many times. I am pretty sure that I know you.
Phil, Nothing much going on, just taking it easy day to day.
I am going to give Vinny a call next week to see when he is coming up.

Mike 7-3-2014 06:02 AM
Sid. Your sister was correct. We lived on the 3rd floor above Joey DiPietro apartment. John lived in the 1st floor on the right side as you entered the building. My sister Patricia passed away in the year 2000.

Sid W 7-3-2014 03:45 PM
Mike, Millie is my wife not my sister. She said she remembers you very well. Where so you live now.

Sid W 7-3-2014 03:47 PM
Mike, By the way my wife Millie also remembers Eddie Fowler because she had to beat him up once because he was always picking on her and after that he never bothered her again. She also feels bad about your sister as she remembers she was much younger than her and you.

Mike 7-4-2014 12:05 PM
Sid . I saw that you know Philly Van Cott. We all stayed on West 9th and Court Street as teenagers. We might be getting together on 7/22 in Staten Island for a luncheon. Nothing definitive yet. I live on Staten Island

Sid W 7-4-2014 06:07 PM
Mike, I have known Phil since he was a baby. His older brother George and him were related to my best friends Mario and Sally Starace and I was always going to his house on Court St with them to get George. George also used to hang out at the Valentino's as they were related. I remember you guys used to hang out in the candy store on the corner of W.9th and Court and play stick ball against Dr. Bermans
wall across the street. If you guys do get together let me know and I will try and make it.
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Does anyone remember the tv show "I was a counter spy for the FBi? It was during the cold war. I sat on the edge of my seat every week. It was a true story.

JohnR 6-27-2014 10:24 AM
don't know if this is the one I LED ThREE LIVES.

iremember 6-27-2014 10:53 AM
NO, THE TITLE WAS "I WAS A COUNTER SPY FOR THE FBI". THE GUY HAD AN AVERAGE FACE, YOU WOULD KNOW HIM IF YOU SAW HIM. HE GOT INTO SUCH CLOSE CALLS WITH THE COMMUNISTS. IT WAS AMAZING AND TRUE.

iremember 6-27-2014 01:59 PM
YOU ARE RIGH! SORRY, IT WAS "I LED 3 LIVES" he was a normal working man; a communist spy and in reality, a counter spy for the FBI

iremember 6-27-2014 05:50 PM
Herb Philbrick, played by Richard Carlsen, you can actually get the shows on you tube

Marie 6-27-2014 11:20 PM
I remember the old TV studios in Brooklyn. I'm not clear on exactly where, I want to say near Marine Park or Midwood. TV shows were made there until everything went to the West Coast.

pvc. 6-28-2014 07:13 AM
philbrick wasn`t that I led three lives?
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oh, gee, maybe i'll move back to the hook,
Their current projects at 160 Imlay Street and 202 Coffey Street are set to transform Red Hook’s waterfront into an engine of creativity.
Purchased in 2012 for $25 million, Est4te Four’s plans include converting the “underappreciated” and “underutilized” New York Dock Company building into a mix of commercial and residential spaces catering to artists and creatives.
Seventy loft-style apartments – with ceilings ranging from 12-16-feet tall – are planned for the building’s 230,000 square feet, in addition to 6 commercial spaces: art studios, offices and a ground-floor café.

Andreoli minimized internal hallways and inserted 5 elevator cores, which allows for floor-through apartments with views of both Manhattan and Brooklyn on the building’s top 3 floors. The 6th floor, converted water-tower penthouse affords 360-degree views and a rooftop lounge. A garden is planned for building residents.

Apartments go on sale in July 2014 and will range in price from $650,000 to upwards of $5 million for a penthouse according to Patti Larroco, the Douglas Elliman broker handling the building’s sales

bklyn 6-26-2014 09:10 AM
My mother's house (we just had an apt) was knocked down and the property went for $300,000.
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So many memories about Visitation Hall as someone posted below. St Patrick's day dances, basketball games, a lot of fun.
A lot of neighborhood weddings were held there.
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wow, there is no place like the hook
i have so many wonderful memories not only from my childhood
but recently, too
there is just so much to post
i'm glad we have this website to post about experiences in the hook

Mike 6-25-2014 03:00 PM
anyone remember Visitation hall. They used it for School Plays, Dances, CYO, Wedding receptions and had Boxing matches held there. And only a few steps and winding staircase away from Visitation School. What ever happen to the Hall

Marie 6-25-2014 08:23 PM
I was in Visitation from 1953 to1958, I still remember that spiral staircase from the school to the stage. The old room full of old dusty books. We had to walk single file, index finger on our lips to be quiet. Oh the discipline. The plays were wonderful. Sr, Mary Gloria had the patience of Job.

Ken 6-26-2014 01:12 PM
I didn't know that there were wedding reseptions at Visitation Hall. I remember in maybe 1953 +/- that the community retiled the basketball court with Kentile. I helped a little. You had to heat the tile with a blow torch ( that was fun) then place the tile on the already placed cement. That was parish involvement. There was maybe 50 to 60 men placing the tile. Today no one has time to really help out at the churches any more.
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If anyone doesn't like what is posted they can post on top like i'm doing, just "sign the guestbook". Who cares? If you don't like it don't read it.

I love the days right after WW2 and Desert Storm, the patriotism.
We are Americans, some of us from Brooklyn, some from Texas, who cares? This is our country and it is still the greatest nation in the world.
STOP GRIPING BE THANKFUL

TEC 6-25-2014 06:11 PM
Bravo
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GOD BLESS AMERICA
there is nothing, nothing, nothing like
INDEPENDENCE DAY
in the hook

hot town, summer in the city
been down, isn't it a pity
doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

goodbye, disneyland, great adventure
adios to freedomland, coney island
in the hook
we were all yankee doodle dandies
born on the fourth of july
Born in the u.s.a., I was born in the u.s.a. 
Born in the u.s.a., I'm a long gone daddy in the u.s.a. 
Born in the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a. 
Born in the u.s.a., I'm a cool rocking daddy in the u.s.a.
we're staying in the hook
to celebrate america's revolution
to the tune of a 10 cent pack of fireworks

I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle, do or die
a real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
born on the 4th of July

it started earlier
but
once school was out
we started pledging allegiance
to the united states of fireworks

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

we would get together early in the morning
and
sooner or later
you could tell it was him
walking slowly up the block
with a big, crumpled brown grocery bag
the only thing he didn't have was a sign that said
“fireworks guy”, lol

frankie 6-22-2014 12:23 PM
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

some of us had a dime to buy a pack
and
that kept us going for the morning
in the afternoon
some of the big, big guys would come around with the hard stuff
ashcans or cherry bombs
at night, there was always one of the men who had a roman candle

but at night, it's a different world
go out and find a gal
come on, come on and dance all night
despite the heat it will be alright

sorry, gals
fireworks were number one

and you had to be a rocket scientist, too
“ma, I need 10 cents for the softball game”
“grandma, do you need a loaf of bread”
chalk up 5 cents
“frankie, where's the change from the gallon of milk?'
“grandpa, thanks for the quarter”
cashing in 2 cent coca cola deposit bottles
fireworks weren't a sin
but
it put confession on the agenda, lol
and
then, as the fourth was rolling around
you had to start the hoard,
saving some for the big night

the weirdest thing was no one complained
it wasn't like someone would tell my mom I had fireworks
“frankie, don't step on Mrs. Palumbo's tulips”
but fireworks were ok
mom always rang in with a horror story
but that was it
if you had a pack of fireworks in your hand
and asked a stranger for a match
he would give you the whole book
but
it was a great part of growing up in the hook

Despite the heat it'll be alright
And Babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, In the city, In the summer, In the city

one day, a friend happened to have a white mouse on him
no kidding
needless to say, to further our education
in propulsion and quantum leap theory
we, not me, I swear
tied him to a 6 oz. Rocket
he was the first mouse to go to the moon, lol

now, relax, calm down, pull up a chair
but
moooooooooooooooooooove overrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
macy's, you got nothing on the hook
it was all about boom, bang, bam, badabing
the british may be coming
we got red hook lane covered
but they aren't staying
three cheers for the red, white and blue
and we, SONS OF THE REVOLUTION delivered

Far
We've been travelling far
Without a home
But not without a star

Free
Only want to be free
We huddle close
Hang on to a dream

On the boats and on the planes
They're coming to America
Never looking back again
They're coming to America

Home, don't it seem so far away
Oh, we're travelling light today
In the eye of the storm
In the eye of the storm

Home, to a new and a shiny place
Make our bed, and we'll say our grace
Freedom's light burning warm
Freedom's light burning warm

“and now for the weather forecast with Tex Antoine
Thursday will be a hot, hot hot 4th of July
with lots of sun, very humid and muggy”
yippppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

we were always out real early on the 4th
we would shoot the fireworks off by the johnny pump
and
that was it for the whole day
fireworks this, fireworks that
all day long all you heard from other blocks, too, were fireworks
my mom would buy the franks from the sabrett hot dog guy on
fourth place and court street
and it was a real hot dog 4th family barbecue in the backyard
and then, after dinner
it was like all the parents and grandparents came out to sit on the stoops
or stand by the gate for the show

as soon as it got a little dark
the big guys and the big, big guys came around
and it started
sometimes there were a dozen guys by the johnny pump
and they meant business
ashcans, mats, cherry bombs, rockets, helicopters, whistlers,
bottle rockets, chasers, roman candles
up the block was a cop
so there was a blast going there, too
(who said they were fireworks he confiscated)
then, out of nowhere, every so often
you would hear fireworks going off for about 15, 20 minutes non stop
of course, since I was a big guy, too
I stayed real close to my mom, lol
dad or big brother mike always had a few boxes of sizzlers
that we would light for our younger sisters

the next morning we would look for the ones that didn't go off
with all the spent rockets, etc and firecracker paper
you could tell it was another great
FOURTH OF JULY

honorable mention to clinton street and president street
the real guys were there
if you know what I mean
and
their fireworks went on to 2, 3 in the morning, nonsrop

it was great having 2 kid sisters
I took them to the macy's thanksgiving day parade
oh, that's another story

O say can you see,
by the dawn's early light,
what so proudly we hailed
at the twilight's last gleaming,
whose broad stripes and bright stars,
through the perilous fight,
o'er the ramparts we watched,
were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY EVERYONE
now and way back then
IN THE HOOK

redhooker 6-24-2014 03:09 PM
My God, you are such a damn wind bag. Stop posting all this long-winded stuff that takes up more space than is available. Honestly, some people are so full of themselves. You must be from Carroll Gardens. All the egomaniacs live there.

Disgusted 6-24-2014 11:22 PM
Frankie, some people are never happy about anything posted here, unless IT'S ALL ABOUT THEM.

Good grief, grow up. If you don't like it, DON'T READ IT!!!

Shut up and post something of your liking.

I've never seen so many, spoiled cry babies. Redhook, Carroll Gardens, who gives a hoot, it's all BROOKLYN DUDE!

pvc. 6-25-2014 05:37 AM
I think it`s pretty creative so Frankie keep it up. it takes quite a bit of thinking to come up with something like that.

Marie R 6-25-2014 09:58 AM
I agree Frankie, keep 'em coming.
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Views are views many nice people from the
hook posted on this site dont shut it down
I like going back in time. Red Hook was
a special place with great people.

frankie 6-22-2014 12:16 PM
i'm with marie,
the hook is still a special place for many
there are those growing up right now with wonderful memories
hey, sam, what business is it of yours who's to post on here in years to come of their memories of the hook?

SAM 6-22-2014 07:14 PM
FRANKIE IF YOU READ WHAT I SAID YOU WOULD KNOW THAT I LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE WRITE ABOUT THE HOOK OR CARROLL GRADENS OR SOUTH BKLYN...THATS WHY MARK BUILT THIS SITE SO COOL YOUR JETS....

Independent 6-22-2014 07:48 PM
Oh it's so nice to see people snapping at each other about old times. So much better than intellectual debate. Knock yourself out.

PVC were not welcome here.
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I AM NOT ENCOURAGING MARK TO SHUT DOWN THIS SITE...IT HAS 4 SECTIONS TO IT HAPPENINGS...NEIGHBORHOODS...NEWS AND STORIES AND BEYOND BROOKLYN ...ALL ARE PART OF THE SOUTH BROOKLYN NETWORK..THIS WAS NEVER INTENDED TO BE A POLITICAL SITE...BUT SOME HAVE USED IT AS SUCH SOME MAKE INTERESTINGS POINTS SOME DONT..SOME ARE FULL OF THEMSELVES..THE KNOW IT ALL KIND (YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN) I BELIEVE THAT THOSE THAT WANT A POLITICAL FORUM SHOULD FIND ONE TO THEIR LIKINGS..USE THIS SITE TO TALK ABOUT SOUTH BKLYN,RED HOOK,CARROLL GARDENS,THE POINT ETC ETC.. THATS WHAT MARK HAD IN MIND WHEN HE BUILT THIS SITE. IT WAS ENJOYED BY MANY..SOME HAVE MOVED ON TO OTHER SITES THAT TALK ABOUT THE OLD NEIGHBORHOODS..NO NAME CALLING !!! JUST SHARING MEMORIES PEOPLE COMMENT AND SOME DONT THEY JUST SMILE... MARK I THINK YOU SHOULD GIVE THIS SITE 30 DAYS SEE WHAT GOES ON AND DO WHATEVER YOU THINK IS RIGHT AFTER ALL THIS IS YOUR SITE..

iagree 6-21-2014 09:41 PM
Exactly my sentiments
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