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8034) Bob 
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6-19-2016 05:54 AM  Write a comment

Hello red hook I miss this site
8033) does it matter? 
does it matter?
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I was watching a tv show about the FBI and sirens were going on and I remembered when in the 50's the station would "mute" the sirens because of the Cold War threat with Russia. They had the bomb and we were so scared.
Our practice runs were hiding under our desks in case Russia dumped the bomb on us. Question? how could a small wooden desk keep us from the bomb or even fallout?
Maybe it was just to make us feel better. lol
8032) Paul Monroe 
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5-23-2016 08:29 AM  Write a comment

Looking for help in locating an old friend from the Red Hook projects. His name is Herman Smith and he lived on Columbia Street. He also went by Smithy and Worm.

Loretta battiloro 5-25-2016 11:16 PM
Does anyone know Jerry Brown. If so what happened to him. I am trying to get in touch with him. He was married to Pam
8031) Shirley Kerrigan 
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Did anyone see the movie "Brooklyn"? It is amazing. it takes place in the time of "The Quiet Man" movie with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.
The Irish girl moves to Clinton St Brooklyn.

Ken 5-24-2016 08:30 PM
8030) Bklyn 
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5-2-2016 11:08 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.[2]

bklyn 5-2-2016 06:28 PM
Tale of two cities

Ken 5-12-2016 04:41 PM
True words. The comparision is brilliant.

bklyn 5-12-2016 06:17 PM
Thanks Ken (Brown?) I was hoping someone would get the comparison. Should have known you would

Ken 5-13-2016 07:57 PM
Curious, do we know each other?

bklyn 5-16-2016 06:13 AM
Yes Ken. i don't like using my real name here. Probably should, no one knows me on here anymore.

Ken 5-17-2016 04:35 PM
How about your first name and last initial? For example John R.

bklyn 5-18-2016 05:51 PM
Shirley K

Ken 5-21-2016 03:25 PM
Nice to hear from you Shirley.
Are you still in NJ or PA?

Shirley Kerrigan 5-22-2016 12:25 PM
Ken, I'm back in PA, went to Florida for 1.5 years, nice but boring. I can't sit still. I minister to abused women (Mainly in prisons). I did some prison work in Florida but NY & PA is the place for me.
I love it!!! How are you and your family?

Shirley Kerrigan 5-22-2016 07:08 PM
Did anyone see the movie "Brooklyn"? You will love it. The girl from Ireland moves to Clinton St.
It takes place during the time "The Quiet Man" was playing with John Wayne.
8029) Eileen Coughlin 
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4-29-2016 01:03 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thank You Mark. I been so lucky to
find some of my old friends
on this site

Ken 5-21-2016 03:26 PM
Eileen, Did you ever locate Pat McDonnell?
8028) mark administrator 
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4-11-2016 04:57 PM  Write a comment

After working on this guestbook, and reading some of the remarkable information it contains, I have decided to leave it up and open. Please do not abuse it. Do not post advertisements, foul language, etc because it will be removed.

bklyn 4-11-2016 06:40 PM
You are the best Mark, thank you so much, it has brought so much joy to all of us.
God Bless You
8027) Roget kenneke 
Spring hill,fl
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3-15-2016 05:29 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Sad to report the passing of sonny balzamo

Owner of Sonnies bar mar,11
8026) Frankie Nerves 
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Perhaps this website will stir up some find memories. It's The Old Time Candy Company. You can browse candy by the decade starting from the 1920's to 1990's.

Since HTML code is disabled on this site I can't post a link so you'll have to type the address into your broser manually.

Frankie Nerves 2-23-2016 01:50 PM

bklyn 3-17-2016 07:06 PM
Just saw on Facebook that they are putting in a ferry to go to Van Brunt St or something as close.
8025) Djmal Najib 
Atlantic Avenue
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We are laughing at you! Your ways are laughable!

real person 2-23-2016 08:01 AM
You are incongruous
8024) Chris 
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1-21-2016 11:23 AM  Write a comment

Ha...South Brooklyn? Get real...the real South Brooklyn are places you hipster doofuses wouldn't venture.

There is more to Brooklyn than the Slope, Carroll Gardens etc.

FYI, I was born & bred in Brooklyn.

You want real Brooklyn? Travel further south than the Slope, Hook, Heights etc...

bklyn 1-21-2016 08:34 PM
Home is where the heart is; Frank loved his neighborhood and friends, you can't get better than that.

Red 6-7-2016 06:37 PM
Plz dont tell the newbies to venture farther into bklyn.....they will only wanna move in!
8023) Francis V Pirrone 
Staten Island, USA
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wow, i can't believe it's
i have to say
growing up in the hook
was a wonderful experience
i still tell my sister
we were so lucky to have mom and dad as examples

never in a zillion years
could i imagine
the things that go on today

love ya everybody

8022) johnny perna 
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12-25-2015 08:30 AM  Write a comment

merry Christmas everyone .this is my only day off of the year so I truly look forward to it every year .hope everyone is fine .

Louise**Red Hook** 12-29-2015 07:31 PM
Hi my friend...hope you have a great New Year!!!! Miss you....
8021) Eileen Coughlin 
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It may cool down here
I can't ever remember it this warm
this time of year always
so cold on New years.
8020) Francis V Pirrone 
Staten Island USA
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12-6-2015 06:00 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

and now, it's christmas time,
in the hook
8019) Francis V Pirrone 
Staten Islandm USA
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11-26-2015 07:05 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

to all in the hook
now and way back when

Oh, the glory of it
yesterday was Halloween
so the candy abounds
November 1st, All Saint's Day
really paved the way to Thanksgivng
Thanksgiving in the hook was the greatest
except if you were a turkey, lol

november was a great month in the hook
yeah, there was school
after school was another story

Thank Yor, Mary Hopkin

Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And think of all the great things we would DO

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
frankie 11-27-2014 10:13 AM
you always wanted a pair of skates the Christmas before
so the following Fall
we could make a scooter
from an old pair of skates, a slat of wood
and a milk crate
go down suicide hill in the heights
a really steep street (don't tell mom)
then there were carpet guns
with a piece of wood, a rubber band
and, of course, someone's old carpet, linoleum


Francis V Pirrone 11-26-2015 07:07 AM
then, came election day
and back then,
we collected wood all day
people would actually move their cars for us
we had a great fire under the lamp post
did it to the dummy hanging from the street lamp
then there was skellsie (corks)

Veteran's Day was like,
if you say “no school”, i'll stay home
it was like a free holiday
we knew our dad's were in the big one
but we got the day off

a game of two hand touch football
was always a lot of fun
even with just two on a team
the fall was a bit different from the summer
as you had to be home for supper
family dinner, a great part of growing up
and after dinner, since it was dark out
daylight savings time ended
you stayed in and did your homework

after homework
we would watch the million dollar movie
or a sitcom with mom
dad worked nights
honorable mention to
Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show,
Leave it to Beaver, (grrr, darn you eddie haskell)
I Love Lucy, remember the Vitameatavegamin episode,
it's on youtube#@*%!
“Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive!
Able to leap tall buildings with a single bound”, George Reeve, Superman
(I always wondered how he could disguise himself simply by putting a pair of glasses on, lol)
Perry Mason, Maverick
then there was always a “abbott and Costello meet frankenstein”, etc
on the million dollar movie
The Abbott and Costello Show was the best with Sidney Fields
“Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know is on Third”
and, of course, "America's oldest teenager", Dick Clark
got us roclin' and rollin' on Saturday's with American Bandstand

Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I'd see you in the tavern
We'd smile at one another and we'd say

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

I remember when I started school we would bring the tuition envelope in every 3 months
sunday was a mandatory 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's of the Sea
of course it was in Latin
(they took attendance, lol)
some “big guy hanging out” till early 2 p.m.
Big pasta dinner
maybe a visit to grandpa's on Kane street
Aunt Katy and Uncle John lived there , too
with cousins Rosalie and Paula
sometimes, Uncle Tom and Aunt Santa were there, too
or grandma would come down stairs for a cannoli


7:00 p.m. was the Walt Disney hour
with Swamp Fox, Davy, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
(Fess Parker was the best)
followed by ed sullivan hour
sometimes a sunday snack from red's pizzeria
with a giant baked calzone
and The G.E. Theather (with Ronald Reagan)
then “The Alfred Hitchcok Show
yeah, those were the days
the Lone Ranger with Tonto, Ozzie and Harriet,
Have Gun Will TraveL” with Palladin,
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with Trigger,
I mean, these people were like family members, lol
YIPPPPEEEEE!!!!! Bozo the Clown, Mr. Greenjeans, Soupy Sales,
Captain (Outrageous) Kangaroo
of course, I had my Micky Mouse ears for the Mickey Mouse Club
with Annette Funicello
Frankie the, I mean, Dennis the Menace, lol
drat you, Eddie Haskell
of course, there were 8 million stories of the Naked City,
good ol', “he had a cane and derby hat, his name was Bat, Bat Masterson”
Wanted : Dead or Alive with the coolest star ever, Steve McQueen
Sea Hunt, Gunsmoke with Matt Dillion and Miss Kitty,
we were good kids, basically pranksters, nothing serious
because you didn't mess with Elliot Ness (Robert Stack) and The Untouchables,
or Sgt. Joe Friday of Dragnet
and the Many Lives of Dobie Gillis with Manard G Kreps
not to mention 77 Sunset Strip, (Cookie, Cookie, lend me your comb)
and who knew it then?
but with the Twilight Zone Marathon on cable now
Billy Mumy, William Shatner, Charles Bronson, Elizabeth Montgomery,
Peter Falk, Lenoard Nimoy, Agnes Moorehead, etc all starred
the closest we got to a reality show was Candid Camera with Allen Funt

of course, there is the day I will always remember where I was
it was November 22, 1963, Friday, 2:00 pm
and our teacher, Brother Claver announced we were being released early
but didn't tell us why
I was a few steps from home
in front of 99 First Place and a friend told me
May he Rest In Peace, John F. Kennedy
“Ask not what your country can do for you
but what you can do for your country”

Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial dedicated
November 13, 1982
Washington, D.C., United States
so a big shout out to my childhood friends in the service, John S. and Steven S.
to all our Viet Nam vets who returned, mia's
and all out service men and women
now and way back then for their commitment
to protecting us and our country

the wednesday before Thanksgiving was quiet
you knew when you woke up on Thanksgiving morning
to the smell of mom's cooking
it was, like, “let the feast begin”

mom always bought borden's canned egg nog
(I saw it at pathmark yesterday
it's now in a regular milk carton)
so it was a great way to start the day
we had a light breakfast
mom had the turkey cooking,
stuffing going, yams with brown sugar

we would watch tv
go check out the kitchen
dad, who worked nights
would get up early to help mom
the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade would be on

me and mike would go out front for a while
hang out with friends
go upstairs to wish grandma a “Happy Thanksgiving”
then we would come in about 1:00 pm

Rosalie was born 7/1958
Carmela was born 12/1960
and it was such a treat having them at the dinner table
you know, with the high chair
then they got old enough to sit in regular chairs
mom, dad, mike, me made sure the girls got attention

(one year, I was, like 21, my sisters 8 and 10
I came in about 10 am
and said
“come on, we're going to the macy's parade”
it was a great time, I got them to the front to see everything across from Macy's
we got home about 2 pm
just in time for dinner)

the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade would go back on till dinnertime
so, move over mcdonald's, bye bye burger king
when I grew up, it was a sin to eat out, plus there was no fast food
microwave? The only wave we knew was at coney island

we would all sit down
Dad would say a Thanksgiving prayer
and he would always slice the turkey
Mom would chime in with “frankie boy likes the drumstick”
then mom would put on the appetizers
stuffed mushrooms, Finochio (vegetable), turkey gravy,
a whole tray of stuffing, yams with brown sugar, cranberry sauce, biscuits

Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me?

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

after dinner, it was like, “wow, did I eat all that”
and some relax time and some “that was delicious, mom”
as she put the roasted chestnuts on the table
and besides pastries from cioffi's, momteleone's, court pastry
there was always a homeade pumpkin pie or cheese cake for desert
or Mom's famous delicious rice pudding

“Babes in Toyland” with Laurel and Hardy was a treat in the afternoon

by saturday, my dad would finish slicing the turkey
once he found the wishbone
it went over the kitchen entrance till next year8
white meat, dark meat
and then he would make his famous turkey salad
so it was a great week of leftovers

you know a big shout out to “dads who help mom”
our dad would always help out mom
whether he was dicing celery, doing the dishes, doing the laundry, hanging the laundry
vacumming, washing the yard, etc
mom and dad were a team

"frankie boy, i need the parsley",
"ok, grandma",
my grandmother lived on the parlor floor,
we were in the basement,
so we would use the dumbwaiter to send up what she needed
by putting a shopping bag on a string and having her pull it up

a big shout out to my Aunt Lu and Uncle Carl
you always knew they were here
because Aunt LU would whistle on the way in

Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same...

Thanksgiving night was a standard
get the dishes done, playing with our sisters
some tv, and, of course, a turkey leftover snack

Those were the days, my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
Those were the days
Oh, yes, those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la

and, wala
just like All Saints Day
Thanksgiving Friday opened the floodgates to
and you all know
you know, you know, you know
there is no Christmas like
8018) Linda 
Staten Island
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11-21-2015 08:17 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Just wondering if anyone remembers my mom, Jean Cambria? She lived on 3rd street.

pvc 11-23-2015 12:41 PM
there was a cambria in my class at st marys.

Linda 11-23-2015 06:44 PM
What year?

pvc 11-24-2015 06:46 PM
8017) Francis V Pirrone 
Staen Island, USA
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thanksgiving is almost here
we all know
there's no thanksgiving
like in the hook

bklyn 11-21-2015 06:03 AM
8016) philip van cott 
enfield ,ct.
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a while back someone suggested ben carson as an alternative for president. are you kidding me . he`s totally incoherent . van gogh was a great painter but was also crazy.

Francis V Pirrone 11-19-2015 01:23 PM
yea, i'm voting for hillary
8015) Francis V Pirrone 
Staten Island, USA
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Anti Bot Test: Where is the Statue of Liberty?
Liberty Island

you shuld change the question
i knew but forgot
lots of others will answer
"new York harbor, East River, New York, etc"
i had to goole it
to find out it's Liberty Island

Ken 11-2-2015 07:04 PM
What was it called before it was Liberty Island?

Tilda C 11-7-2015 02:44 AM
Was it Bedloe's Island? Oh, I have missed this site. Lovely to read Francis again. And Ken and the others; some of whom seem to have learned to discuss politics without insulting other people's opinions. I'm home. Many thanks to Mark and all.

Ken 11-9-2015 11:57 AM
Tilda, your answer is correct. You get an A in trivia.
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