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7898) E Tweedy 
Location:
Brooklyn New York
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7-31-2014 09:39 AM  Write a comment

Happy to be on this site again.
Missed it.
Visitation Church is having a do wop
and mo town concert on Wednesday
October 29, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. All proceeds go to fixing
the basement, St. Mary's Hall and the
Garden damaged by Sandy. We will have the
New Dimensions. THree girls who sing do wop and mo town for a return engagement
They were a huge success the first time.
There will be refreshments after the
concert. Admission is $20.00 or pay what
you can. Hope to see you here at Visitation
98 Richards St Brooklyn New Y ork 11231
For more info call 718-624-1572.
Thank you all.
God Bless
7897) Mike C 
Location:
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7-30-2014 04:35 AM  Write a comment

Trivia : Anyone remember on what corner there was a Advertising Billboard in Red Hook. Hint late forties and in the point.

Ken 7-30-2014 07:26 AM
corner of Richards and King St.
We used to hide behind it on the way home from Visitation at lunch to smoke cigarettes.

Mike C 7-30-2014 07:40 AM
Ken you are very close. It was on the corner of Richard and Sullivan St. Before the new projects were built. Richard and Sullivan St had Casper Barber Shop, Hotel Sullivan, candy store and a vacant lot with a Billboard

Ken 7-31-2014 05:56 AM
Mike - you have a good memory. The lot ran from Sullivan to KIng St. It was a favorite place to play.
From what I read the lot was never developed but, was a part of the dumping ground than ran all the way to Veronia St between Dwight and Richards- way back when. The land was filled if for Coffey Park but they never filled in the Sullivan st lot until the projects.

Mike C 7-31-2014 06:55 AM
Ken it has been brought to my attention that there was another advertising billboard in the Red Hook. I forgot all about this billboard. Hint it also in the point.
I graduated Visitation 1958

Mike C 7-31-2014 02:28 PM
This Billboard was on the corner of Van Brunt ST and Wolcott St, It was over the small garages. Flat against a Building. The corner had Michael's, the A& P, a hardware store and the small garages

Marie R 7-31-2014 08:20 PM
Geez, I should have guessed, that was the only billboard I could think of but thought you were looking for the very large billboards.

My aunt lived in the building right next to the garages, and my grandmother in the next building. One of my cousins got in trouble for drawing a beard and glasses on the woman in the Coke ad on the sign. I remember one day around '56 or '57 the Coke ad changed from English to Spanish. We kids looked puzzled at it trying to figure out what it said.
7896) Tommy B. 
Location:
S.I. N.Y.
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7-29-2014 08:48 AM  Write a comment

Hi Marie R, you wanted a trivia , well here is one ! Back in th 60s, 70s & 80s many would stand on line out side such places as Sergi's, Helen's, Angie,s, Lil & Dot's & my aunt Lucy's at about 8.30 PM now what were they standing on line for? Good luck!

Marie R 7-29-2014 09:56 AM
I'm not sure, but msybe the numbers?

Ken 7-29-2014 02:23 PM
The next day's daily news to get the number for the day.

Mike C 7-29-2014 03:21 PM
Trivia : Anyone remember on what corner there was a Advertising Billboard in Red Hook

frankie 7-31-2014 01:12 PM
if you were at sergi's, i was there. remember the father, joe
oh, sometimes if the paper was late
there would be 100 people there waiting for the number
7895) Marie Modafferi 
pmmod@comcast.net
Location:
Brentwood ca
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7-28-2014 09:47 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thanks Frankie for the info on the
Red hook sites I'm enjoying them

frankie 7-28-2014 11:39 AM
hey
(don't get offended)
pretty bunny
you're welcome
7894) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
Location:
Staten Island, United States
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7-28-2014 05:29 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

hey,
marie,
because of you
and some other comments here
i'm writing something "
"long winded" (lol) for Thanksgiving

you know, if you go to facebook
and search "red hook groups", there are quite a few of them
i connected with one of my first girlfriends after 50 years

give it a try
red hook memories
this is a page to talk about high school days, old hangouts, teachers that influenced you, memorable events from your days at Red Hook. This is a sister page to I Grew Up in Red Hook, NY which we would like to
frankie 7-28-2014 03:49 AM

coon family Red hook NY
Open Group
A site for family members to share there photo's and stories about the Coons, Coon, and Kuhn families of Red Hook NY
40 members

Visitation
Open Group
Where friends and family come together...
430 members

red hook fan page
Open Group
A place for fans of the Red Hook Crit to come and share stories, pictures, video and anything else related to the Red Hook Crit.
233 members

Marie R 7-28-2014 08:33 AM
Thank you Frankie. Maybe the few of us here can bring sone life back to this site. Looking forward to your next story.
You're very creative.
7893) iremember 
iremember@memories.com
Location:
brooklyn
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7-27-2014 04:50 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

I used to go to the early mass with my brother and we would stop at the florist after mass and give our allowance (just a few cents) to the florist and he would make a bought out of the leftover stuff from weddings, etc. My mother acted like we gave her a million dollars. Another world, another time, another generation. I only pray this nation gets turned around, I wonder about the next Presidential election, reminds me of a joke in the 50's, when a gangster was killed in a barbershop in NYC, two hippies were waiting for haircuts and one said to the other "if they say next, don't you move". Who in the world wants to go next? OMG

iremember 7-27-2014 05:03 AM
Sorry that should have been "bouquet". I am not getting political, its not about the President or any party, its just that we didn't appreciate what we had in those days. The peace, the simplicity, oh wow.

iremember 7-27-2014 06:01 AM
what was your favorite movie from your teen years?

Marie R 7-27-2014 08:25 AM
"The Long Hot Summer" with Paul Newman. I was crazy about him when I was a teen. Never cared much for Elvis or his movies. I liked his singing though.

iremember 7-27-2014 08:46 AM
I was not an Elvis fan either. I liked Country Western music and it wasn't fashionable then in NY.

amazingwhenyouthinkabouti 7-27-2014 08:58 AM
Think of the history we have lived through, the end of WW2, Korea, Vietnam, JFK's election and assassination, RFK's assassination, more wars, recessions, good times, bad times, it sure wasn't boring and neither is it boring now. I would like more of the peace and tranquility we once knew.

amazed 7-27-2014 09:09 AM
The building of the Berlin Wall and its take down! Wow now that was amazing history!

Marie R 7-27-2014 11:12 PM
We baby boomers have lived through an amazing part of history. I think America at her greatest.

In addition to what was already mentioned, the fifties saw the development of our interstate highway system, color TV, polio vaccine. Then we saw a man go into in space, landing on the moon, personal computers, cell phones, heart transplants, test tube babies, cloning, limb and face transplants, the list goes on and on.

I often think what my grandchildren will witness in their lives. It would probably boggle our minds.
7892) Patrick 
ekpentemple@gmail.com
Location:
Florida
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7-24-2014 07:23 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

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7891) Francis V Pirrone 
compro@compro7.com
Location:
Staten Island, United States
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7-24-2014 12:07 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

hey, gang
let's hear from you
trips to coney island
steeplechase
or playing ball at todd's field
a trip to red hook pool
it was great growing up in the hook
or just sitting on the stoop with your parents or grandparents

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
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

Ken 7-24-2014 01:27 PM
The best swimming time I remember was on a hot summer night, when there was a full moon, and the tide was high. It was a moon high tide and for some reason the water seemed very warm and it was about 3 feet higher than usual. The idea would hit - lets go to pier 38, at the foot of Pioneer St. Sometimes we had bathing suits sometimes not. No coed. It was great.

ONEWHOHASWATCHED 7-26-2014 03:32 AM
This site is dying a slow and painful death. Let's face it, the SBN is on its last leg. I pray that Mark puts it out of its misery, and soon. All the people who once made this website great are all gone. They gave up because eventually it became a big arguing site...what place was better...Red Hook or Carroll Gardens? Some people acted like bullies, forcing people to stay off the site. Really nice people like Turk,Tommy B, babyann, Kathy, Shirley, MaryAnn, Janet, just to name a few, eventually got bullied off by people like Madeline Faialla who liked to spend more time arguing than sharing. Later on, the political junkies took over, drowning out all others with their arguing over Barack Obama and whether or not he sucked or was a great guy. The truth is that nasty people always ruin it for the nice people, and sadly this is what has happened here at the SBN. Time to put it to rest. Good night Mrs. Calabash.

John R 7-26-2014 07:32 AM
Was only talking last night about all the goodies we would bring home to our mom.Fireflys,a jar of catepillars from the old lots on Dikeman & Ferris Streets and the best some ells we caught off the end of Coffey St.Mom always acted as if they were gifts she always wanted.With the five of us we must have drove her nuts.

frankie 7-26-2014 10:13 AM
so now, you are the bully,no? Some people acted like bullies, forcing people to stay off the site

Marie R 7-26-2014 05:39 PM
Frankie, some people are never happy.
This site is open to everyone.

frankie 7-28-2014 03:36 AM
thanks, marie

hey, because of you
and some other comments here
i'm writing something "
"long winded" (lol) for Thanksgiving

you know, if you go to facebook
and search "red hook groups", there are quite a few of them
i connected with one of my first girlfriends after 50 years
give it a try
red hook memories
this is a page to talk about high school days, old hangouts, teachers that influenced you, memorable events from your days at Red Hook. This is a sister page to I Grew Up in Red Hook, NY which we would like to

frankie 7-28-2014 03:49 AM
coon family Red hook NY
Open Group
A site for family members to share there photo's and stories about the Coons, Coon, and Kuhn families of Red Hook NY
40 members

Visitation
Open Group
Where friends and family come together...
430 members

Tommy B. 7-28-2014 09:07 AM
Hello Onewhohaswatched,I have mentioned a few times over the last couple of years since I really got into this site a few years back, that I only browse now. I agree with you about many of the members on the site were bullied of by a small majority. It is good to see that a few members are still talking about their memories, for which this site is suppose to be about. As I mentioned in the past I was once called the Trivia King on this site, many enjoyed the trivia question & of course a few had negative responses to them I never meant no harm to anyone. I hope in the near future to hear more positive comments about this site so I can maybe get back into it with some trivia about Red Hook & Carroll Gardens. as for now I will keep browsing & enjoy all the good comments, take care.

Marie R 7-28-2014 07:57 PM
We could use some trivia, how about posting some?
7890) cathy wilson 
catherinewilson659@gmail.com
Location:
chicago
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7-22-2014 06:22 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

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7889) Patrick 
ekpentemple@gmail.com
Location:
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
Location:
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
Location:
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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.

Maureen Chimera Madden 7-24-2014 06:28 AM
Hi Marie,
I've recently been in touch with Ann Barry our Visitation classmate.
I also see Diane Rusch, & Eileen Moran. I was wondering if you are in touch with any of our classmates
7886) beentheredonethat 
beentheredonethat@ny.com
Location:
ny
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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
Location:
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!

T.O. 7-23-2014 03:29 AM
Ciao Bella!! Hope your daughter is continuing to recover. God's blessings on you and your family Marie...from one paisano to another.
7884) philip Van Cott 
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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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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
Location:
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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