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8003) Ken 
Staten Island
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7-30-2015 10:02 AM  Write a comment

Hello Maureen M.
Heard from Harry that you had a surgical procedure. We all wish you a quick healing and hope to see you soon.
Be Well
8002) Joe Lupo
Las Vegas, NV
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Thanks Frank C. for your response to my questions about PS27's Principal,etc. It was especially nice to get your phone call. Imagine, we were talking about things that took place over 60+ years ago, like they just happened? That's the beauty of this SBN, hopefully it will resurrect itself for the sake of those who love it & use it respectfully.
Frank C. I have your number & will give you a call occasionally!

Louise**Red Hook** 7-24-2015 12:38 PM
Yes it was Mr.Oldenbuckle THEN I remember Mr.Gimprich..I started school in (gulp)in 1948 and graduated 1956..I loved that school...Mr.Oldenbuckle was a tall thin man wasn't he?

sam 7-25-2015 06:10 PM
joe the asst prin was mr levine

frank c 7-27-2015 01:40 PM
Louise, your right Dr. meyer was on hick st, 5780-5761! great reading some of the old post.
8001) Joe Lupo
Las Vegas, NV
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Greetings to all who have lived in Red Hook since 1939, the year that my parents moved us into The Red Hook Housing Projects. I went to PS27, graduated 1949. Went to Alexander Hamilton High School, graduated 1953. Left in 1954/55, can't quite remember!?
Does anybody remember the name of the Principal @ PS27 during 1942 to 1949. How about the Assistant Principal? If you visit Las Vegas, look me up-I'm in the phone book!

Frank C 7-22-2015 04:45 AM
Hi joe, sad no one checks out this site any more.. Not sure about the spelling but it was Mr oldenbottle and Mr low

Frank C 7-24-2015 04:00 PM
Thanks Louise, It was nice talking with you Joe

Frank c 7-26-2015 09:43 AM
Gee they had only one assistant principal
8000) Ken 
Staten Island
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7-3-2015 02:34 PM  Write a comment

The fourth of July is tomorrow. I remember the fireworks in the street in the point. One year on Sullivam St between VanBrunt and Conover st Johnny White had a lot of fireworks. It was really noisy. Then years later I lived in Dyker Heights. I got to know what noise there really was. Garbage pails were filled with explosives in the middle of the street. Every type of firework was set off. You could not drive thru the side streets. For me it was really too much. Then Mayor Guilanni got elected and put a stop to it all. And the law was really enforced. Now in SI I enjoy the realitive quiet of the fourth and I don't miss the past.

Ken 7-21-2015 05:23 PM
Yesterday we had a power blackout from 2 pm to 4 am. The temperature was over 90. Well I felt like a kid again at about 1 am when I still could not sleep with no A/C. It reminded me of Red Hook when we lived in the railroad flats on Van Brunt St. during the summer. No A/C of course and no fans. Boy was it hot and you could no slep until about 1 am. I would ask Mom why can't we have a fan to blow on us. She said that we would get Polio or rumatics or something. Last night I did not miss the old days. Thank goodness for A/C.
7999) Linda Cambria
Staten Island, NY
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Does anyone remember Frankie from the Red Hook Projects in the '50s? He also went by the nickname "Blackie".

sam 6-13-2015 12:10 AM
did he have a brother named walter and did he live on bush st in the projects...

Louise **Red Hook** 6-13-2015 03:25 PM
Hmmmm the only Blackie I knew was a Soriano..they lived in the new projects..there were a few brothers and 1 sister..Where did he live? Who did he hang out with?

Linda 6-14-2015 05:53 PM
Supposedly he was very handsome and he would have been 19 years old in 1955. My dad, who is 83 years old, grew up on Sackett St. and can't remember too much these days, but tells stories about the old neighborhood. He knew a Blackie and he thinks his father was Filippino.

SAM 6-15-2015 10:51 AM

Linda 6-15-2015 09:54 PM
My dad seems to remember that Blackie was in the military around that time, did you know him?

Linda 6-23-2015 08:38 PM
Does anybody know if Blackie passed away? Does he have any children?
7998) Ken 
Staten Island
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Walking home from Mass last sunday morning here in Staten Island, my wife and I passed a young couple walking a medium sized dog on a chain leash. They were maybe 18 or 19 years old. When passing we greated them warmly. The guy said nothing but, the girl gave a sheepish smile. Then I noticed that she had a two inch wide dog collar with studs on it around her neck. To the collar was attached the same sized large chain as the dog and the guy had the end of it in his hand. I thought how sad, this girl is so misguided and must have zero self esteem.

Frank C 6-13-2015 07:21 PM
IS this site coming back to life

Sheila Murphy 6-25-2015 06:08 AM
Have a look at the old Brooklyn Eagle newspaper site on-line. Use the subject line Red Hook. Think you'll enjoy the number of oldtimer articles.
Great one about Delancy Smith about bricklayer nephew of Cornelius Vanderbilt and his stance against the projects, even as he was working on them.
His house was forcibly taken and he moved into 95 Pioneer, same house my father's family lived in before.
BTW I was right about the live chicken place on Van Brunt. I found a photo in the NYPL archives.

Frank C 6-25-2015 10:48 AM
Live chickens union and van brunt st

Ken 6-30-2015 08:55 PM
I never doubted you. I remember the live chicken market. Mostly I remember the terrible smell from the place. I think it was still there in the fifties.

I need to visit the BPL site for the Brooklyn Eagle. I did some time ago and the information was great.
7997) Shirley Kerrigan
New Jersey
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Tomorrow is June 6th, the anniversary of the biggest Allied invasion at Normandy, 1944. A lot went into that invasion, deceptions, even using actors, fake tanks, and blood and guts. America has a lot to be proud of, our men and women who served then and in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf wars, Bosnia, the Middle East, Afghanistan, and many other wars and those places where men and women died fighting for our country and some "actions" weren't even called "war".

These are our heroes, brave ordinary factory workers, office workers, postal workers, teachers, nurses, doing extraordinary things. We have to do our part, vote, pray and thank God for keeping this nation safe.

If you don't like the people in office, complaining doesn't change anything, prayer and voting does! Supporting your choice for candidate does.

After 911 we were united, we all prayed, we all were thankful.

We have to be united, we have to pray and we have to be "thankful" people. God bless America and thank you Lord for these men and women who served. Shirley Kerrigan born on 9-11 but years before the attack. People are even forgetting my birthday. I don't care personally but it means people are forgetting 9-11.

We can't forget, we must stand united and watch and pray.

Ken 6-6-2015 07:21 PM
Shirley, They were the greatest generation during WW2. WE may get fooled by the term "the good war" but, it was anything but, good to the people who fought it. THe only thing good about it was that the objectives were clear and good intentioned. Today in school the young people are told how evil the US of A is. The professors give a literny of things that we did that under todays view were not good. But, they ignore the big picture. The allies liberated europe while the Russians captured and kept half of it. Russia is back in the Ukraine. The popular theme today is multi-culturism. It encourages immigrants to keep their own culture and language and not to assimalate into an american culture. THis is not good for a united country.Yes voting for the best person available is important.

Shirley 6-9-2015 02:10 PM
Ken, we didn't realize how great our generation had it (after Korea and before Vietnam; which wasn't that long) but we had prayer, unity and a genuine sense of Patriotism. I haven't voted in 8 years because of the candidates and now I'm going to support the one who knows how we feel. America, BLESS GOD!
7996) Eileen Cughlin 
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6-1-2015 11:44 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thanks Mark I wanted to see if
I got on the site

Shirley 6-15-2015 03:37 PM
Sheila, we lived in 4 different places on Walcott St.
One was owned by one of the Roach sisters, the other was a big 8 story (2 apps each floor) that was where we shared the bathrooms, I definitely could have the addresses wrong.
7995) Mark D Phillips
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I changed the Anti Bot question. The answer is Liberty Island

Frankie Nerves 5-3-2015 08:45 PM
Thank you

Shirley Kerrigan 5-4-2015 12:01 PM
Yes Mark, I kept trying and you did it, thanks!

Ken 5-5-2015 06:12 PM
Shirley, How are you doing? I'm sure that you had a warmer winter than up here but, maybe not as warm as usual.

Tilda C 5-8-2015 11:27 PM
Thanks, Mark. I apologize for my comment of Feb 9. The nonsense had gone on for so long it made me forget my manners. I am so very pleased the site can go on!

Shirley Kerrigan 5-9-2015 11:35 AM
Ken, I'm in New Jersey now, Lakewood. I got so bored in Florida, I have a ministry to abused women and Florida wasn't the place, especially in Sarasota.

Shirley Kerrigan 5-10-2015 10:51 AM
I was recently remembering how the guys would wear different carnations on Mother's Day; I don't remember the colors but one meant your Mom was in heaven, it was sad, the guys were so young.

LENNY 5-10-2015 01:21 PM

Shirley Kerrigan 5-10-2015 04:38 PM
thanks Lenny

Shirley Kerrigan 5-15-2015 06:43 AM
I was watching House Hunters and the girls always say "Oh I want granite, I want 3 bathrooms' on and on. We moved 5 times in Red Hook (more before that in Park Slope) and one place 84? Walcott we had to share a toilet (no sink or tub) with the people next door, a lock on both doors. It broke once and I said thats how I got such long arms; holding both doors closed. We didn't feel deprived, it was the way it was. Makes me appreciate everything I have now.

Sheila Murphy 6-4-2015 03:32 PM
My family owned 84 Wolcott Street from 1940-1954. The upstairs occupied by my Aunt & Uncle. Downstairs by my Grandparents, me & my mother. I believe you are mistaken as to where you lived. We never had to share bathrooms. Maybe you lived in the in the apt building at 86 Wolcott.
7994) L.wobbe
Long Island ny
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4-24-2015 09:23 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hello...looking to see if anyone knows the whereabouts of my uncle Bill Wobbe.
7993) Ken 
Staten Island
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I read in the The Tablet that Father Dennis Farrell died the end of march. He was 71 Years old. Father Farrell was born in Red Hook. He went to Visitation VBM school. He has a brother James who lives in Courtland NY.
7992) Marie Modafferi
Brentwood California
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3-27-2015 03:29 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

enjoyed this site too bad sicko's keep
posting stuff no one should be mad at you
keep it going maybe they will get tired of
posting Red Hook Forever

Frankie Nerves 4-6-2015 09:59 AM
It's not even "live human beings" doing this. It's software programs specifically written to genertate spam in hopes that people will go to their perv sites. They generate income on a pay per click basis. You click on a link they get paid. Usually pennies or nickels but generate a couple of hundred thousand click throughs and you got a few buck.Post around them. Be tirelss. The spambots don't get tired because they're not people. They do one thing and that's all they do. Unfortunately for Mark to fix it would cost money that this site doesn't generate for him. Even if there is a fix these pervs would find a work around. The real posts are easy enough to spot. On the bright side it brought everyone together on here. Maybe even Philly will be nice now. :-o
7991) Mark D Phillips
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This site has become very difficult to manage and I do the best I can. I'm sorry that it has become a location that spammers will post vile subjects. I clean it out every chance. It has had a good run up to these problems. I make no money from this site so I hope you will not be so angry and mean to me.

Frank c 3-28-2015 06:41 PM
Mark thanks for site it had a great run.
7990) richard civello
the villages fl
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3-26-2015 02:39 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

how many people remember easter in red hook new clotths from names basement store
7989) richard civello
the villages fl
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3-20-2015 04:11 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Friday night in fl meeting at the Brooklyn club lots of old south Brooklyn people here in fl
7988) richard civello
the villages fl
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3-16-2015 09:32 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

frank did a guy name seegriff own after nick I remember epsteiens in late 40s

Frank c 3-16-2015 10:39 AM
Got it right rich, I think bob S. passed on in 2012. That was part of my quiz. Getting the hell out, was the first owner. And a very nice man. I Wonder what happend to his kids Shirley and florence

mike 3-19-2015 10:49 AM
7987) richard civello
the villages fl
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me and an oldtimer in fl are confused where was yhe Gloria and happy hour located

Sid W 3-13-2015 09:31 PM
Richard, The Gloria theater was on Court St just past Sackett St, and it was a dive. The only theater that was worst was the Pioneer down in the point.
I cannot remember anything on the happy Hour.

Frank c 3-14-2015 11:44 AM
Rich The happy hour was on Columbia st. Just off union st. as was the Luna

Frank c 3-14-2015 11:53 AM
Sid I lived across from the main cafe on columbia st. Spent most of my childhood at the candy store on columbia and huntington st.

sam 3-14-2015 03:13 PM
frank was that reds candy store ?

Frank c 3-15-2015 03:45 PM
Sam It was nicks candy store, red was one of the nephews that helped out
7986) richard civello
the villages fl
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sid all from the projects 27 or visitation fran cumo fran damante terry moran tom ruggerio pete perino pete crupi

frank c 3-9-2015 02:04 PM
Rich you forgot, Odell, woodsy, feeny,Danny s.

frank c 3-12-2015 05:25 AM
Sid I graduated 27 in 1949.

Louise**Red Hook** 3-12-2015 09:32 AM
Would that be Pete Conti? Roy Crupi?

Frank c 3-12-2015 10:42 AM
Louise Roy is peters bro. They also called one them junior

Sid W 3-12-2015 09:39 PM
Frank, Were you in Mrs. Cox class and did you graduate in June or Jan as Jan 48 was the last Jan class ever to graduate.

Sid W 3-12-2015 09:40 PM
Frank, I meant 1949 not 1948.

Frank c 3-13-2015 10:17 AM
Sid I graduated in june. mr. McClosky was my teacher

Sid W 3-13-2015 09:34 PM
Frank, I have to know you as I know a lot of guys that graduated in 49. I liver in the projects at 94 Center Mall. Where did you live? My best friend graduated 1/49 from PS 27. He lived in 100 centre Mall. His name was Mario Starace, and every one called him the gentle giant.

Joseph Lupo 3-26-2015 06:43 PM
To Sid W., I graduated Jan.49 from PS27. I knew Mario very well, he was a gentle giant. I met you once in Staten Island a few years ago, do you remember me? I lived @ 772 Henry St., same building as your wife lived in. Best regards.

Sid W 3-27-2015 08:29 PM
Joe, I remember you very well from that day at Dees. How is you wife and how is everything in Las Vegas. Have you ever heard from George Vega I have tried e-mailing him and contacting him through face book but he has never replied.
Best regards, Sid
7985) richard civello
the villages fl
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frank I don't think sid would mind he must know you from 27s

Sid W 3-8-2015 10:05 PM
Richie, I knew many Franks from PS27 and Red Hook. Who is he?
7984) Ken 
Staten Island
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I can't wait to start complaining about the hot weather!!

Sid W 3-3-2015 09:16 PM
Ken, There is going to be nobody on this site to complain to as everyone is gone. Not even Mark comes on because I guess he is even tired of all this junk on here.

MaryAnn 3-4-2015 09:06 AM
I sent a personal email to Mark several days ago...he has yet to respond. I told him that so many of us loved this website because it gave us the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to share common memories. This website has become a mockery, which is offensive to many of us who love the old neighborhood. I asked him to either fix the problem or take down the website. No response. Very sad. My feeling is why should you go to the trouble of setting up a site, and then ignore it? Very disappointing indeed.

Sheila Murphy 3-4-2015 02:52 PM
Perhaps Mark has gone south for thee winter? Perhaps he's had a computer crash or the flu.
Have faith..I believe he will be back to eliminate all the micro-brained troglodytes with too much time on their hands.

Ken--I remember something all the kids called Chinese Apples and their getting all excited when they arrived (in the Spring?). Where they actually pomegranates? -or something else?

Sid W 3-4-2015 07:56 PM
Mary Ann, I have sent 5 messages to Mark in the past month and he has not replied to any one of them.
Also Mary Ann you have the best first name of any female as it was the name of the first girl that I ever has a crush on and that was in the 6th grade thru the 8th grade and she was the first girl I had ever kissed.

Sid W 3-4-2015 08:02 PM
Sheila, Yes Chinese Apples are Pomegranates. They are Chinese Apples only in New York while in the rest of the country they are called Pomegrantes

Sid W 3-4-2015 08:03 PM
Mary Ann, By the way I hope you did not go to PS27 and graduate in 1950.

Ken 3-6-2015 06:10 PM
Sheila, I always called the dipped McIntosh apples both jelly apples and chinese apples. But, being a dopey kid I may have been the only one who did not know the difference. I think I tried a pomegranate once and did not like it. Maybe I was the only kid who thought so? But, they were both a warm weather thing.

Sheila,it was really good to see you post on the site.

MaryAnn 3-6-2015 11:21 PM
Sid I went to St. Mary's Star of the Sea and graduated in 1974!! But thank you. I always thought my name was a little boring, but you've made it much more!!

Louise**Red Hook** 3-7-2015 09:29 AM
Mark ran and left us to fend for ourselves...lololol..we should just stay on here and let the idiots get tired of us!!! I hate that they invaded our place!! UGHHHHHH

Sheila Murphy 3-9-2015 04:26 PM
Thanks Ken. I've always been puzzled by the "Chinese apple" thing. Just as I always was puzzled the the ref. to Pizza as abits and to its derivation. I think we could develop an entire Red Hook lexicon.

Can you answer this one? I have a vague memory of my grandmother going to buy fresh chicken or turkey at a shop on Van Brunt. They kept cages of same, killed & plucked on site. Think it disappeared about 1941-42.

It has been a while since I posted. Only just retired and, more to the point, most commentary over the last few years has been intensely argumentative and boring.

I'm frequently in Red Hook at Fairway. Sometimes try the food carts by the soccer field. Quick lunches at Hope & Anchor.
H&A is in the building (corner of Wolcott) where my grandfather first lived on arrival in US. From there I can see my old school & church. Wow!

Ken 3-10-2015 10:45 AM
Hello Sheila,

Yes I called pizza pie a "bits-i-o". Then it became a pizza pie- then a pizza. I rememeber we called a hero sandwich "a crusher". Also, a cookie and a cracker were the same. Looking back it seems that we had more Brooklyn idioms than I would have thought. When I was drafted into the Army I really discovered that in meeting guys from the deep south and west when we didn't always understand each other or they would laugh at how I prounced some words. They said all and oil the same. I said saw and sore the same.
Anybody else have some examples?

Sometimes I meet some of the guys (who I think were former classmates of yours) at the VFW Post then we go to lunch. The H & A is very good but, Fairway is my favorite. The view from the tables in the rear of the harbor is priceless. Now that winter is over I will be going there again.
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