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1452) John Burkard, Red Hook
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10-16-2006 08:36 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Frank C. Thanks for filling me in on Tar Island, first I heard of it. The lot between Columbia and Dwight was indeed a gas station, but it was a Shell station. Owned by Pete Nowak,a good friend of mine, and later his Son Pete Jr. He later moved directly across the street to another lot, and stayed for many years before he died. that lot was the one recently talked about on this site where Father Casey, Pastor of Visitation had a chapel built during WW2 to accomodate the shipyard workers. a photo can be accessed on the maim library archives of Red Hook. Today the lot has a fried chicken store and I think a grocery. Thanks again for you info.....

John Burkard, Red Hook 10-17-2006 02:17 AM
Frank C. , I'm responding to my own post(LOL) it was pointed out to me the lot you referred to was at Verona St. the lot I spoke about was at Wolcott St. I hope I didnt confuse you talking about the Shell Station. Regards, JOHN.....

to john 10-17-2006 06:47 AM
thanks john you did. howeyer i know the lot you sprak of frank c
1451) Eileen Coughlin
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10-16-2006 06:32 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Thank you Mr. John Burkard for Tar Beach
Thanks Frank for Tar Island
1450) Lucy (Lucille) Fraser Suarez
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10-16-2006 06:28 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

HERMAN RIVERA !!! BIKERMINIO HELLO!!!! This is Lucy & Cheno... Everytime we email you the emails come back! I have a NEW email addy , please make note! It is ... When you see this email me! PLEASE!!!!! and to the rest of you Hi! RED HOOK FOREVER!

HERMAN RIVERA 10-21-2006 06:37 PM
HI LUCY whats up,I COULD not get on this site they changed
every thing around,whats going on with you and chino?as for me i am ok,this is hunting season, out trying to shoot a deer with the bow,last year i got a bear,tell that to chino. by the way i am TIEANO from the island of P.R. HA HA LOL.

Lucy & Cheno 10-30-2006 04:08 PM
HEY HERMANNNNNNNNNN! Cheno says you betta watch the Bear dont get YOU this year!!! We are both fine as frog hair!
1449) Tommy B. 
S.I. N.Y.
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Hi everyone, not much going on this site with family & friends who have been missing for awhile so every once & awhile I go to Manhattan Special .com to see whats going on there . For those of you who have left Brooklyn & cant find Manhattan Special where you now live, just go to the web site & go to retailer locator. I noticed that my cousin Baby Esther went on it & so did Mad F. & Babyann, also other members from the past are on it. So if you have any questions about the soda just go to the site. Take care!

madeline faiella 10-19-2006 10:48 AM
Tommy B
i guess were getting garbage again on the site, i was off for a few days something wrong with pc couldnt get on site for some reason or another.
but this person is trinh to start trouble again with the RED HOOK
boy is she ready for a rude awaking from us RED HOOKERS

Tommy B. 10-19-2006 02:57 PM
Hi Mad good hearing from you again,now about this person! just pay them no mind. Take care,will talk soon.

babyann 10-19-2006 08:02 PM
Hey Tommy B wanna hang out Saturday?????? 215 columbia st 7pm bring your dancing shoes and your appetite lets have fun, told your sister she is not sure about coming but You must come and talk about yadda yadda doo
1448) Original Red Hooker
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10-16-2006 01:45 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Now I think if Red Hook was called
Cypress Tree Island it would have been a much better place, would have received much more respect. Would have made you feel better saying I come from Cypress Tree Island rather than Red Hook. My opinion.

Louise **Red Hook** 10-16-2006 07:43 PM
Gee Original Red Hooker, you sound ashamed to say you come from Red Hook? If you feel like you would like to say Cypress Tree Island then that is your opinion, say it BUT WE come from RED HOOK!!!! You are for sure able to voice your opinion. Louise
Yes Lucy, Red Hook Forever....

Lynne 10-16-2006 08:54 PM
I honestly have never received any disrespect or negative reactions when I say I am from Red Hook. I actually get questions from people about what it was like, and so forth. I doubt very much people would respond with any interest if I said I came from Cypress Tree Island, there is no personality to that name, no history, and the main fact of the matter is, Red Hook unique, always was, always will be. With such eloquent historians such as John Burkhart sharing his memories and history of Red Hook, its legend will go on for a long time. My opinion.

babyann 10-17-2006 08:21 PM
ORH my theory is your a hacker, enjoying a debate, don't waste our space we Red Hookers respect our own space, our own stories, Who Said We get No Respect????? YOU???? if you had any respect you would Idenify yourself CTI

Betty Grillo/Avigliano 10-18-2006 12:18 PM
I think if I said to someone that I came from Cypress Tree Island, They wouldn't know where it was.
Never heard anyone use that before.

Everyone who is on this site is proud to be a Red Hooker

BABYANN 10-18-2006 08:14 PM

madeline faiella 10-19-2006 10:42 AM
If you are a real hooker you would of never said the things you said about changing RED HOOK to what cypress trees island (boo hoo) for you
keep it real
either sit on the pot or get off of it
have respect for yourself we are who we are and no name can ever change us RED HOOKER know matter were we go in life ,
In the City, other States or Countries we will always be Proud to say we are from RED HOOK Brooklyn.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it .
Sorry Babyann i did listen to you , but i had to get that off my chest
1447) Muriel (McShea) Choate
Hollywood, FL
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10-16-2006 01:23 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi DeBock, this is in response to your posting #1426. Yes, I have a postcard photo of the SS United States - it was taken just as the ship was passing lower Manhattan. I also have what they call a "souvenier log" - it indicates all the important stats for the ship. If you're interested, and if it's possible, I'll have my husband scan the photo and card and send them to you. By the way, I was fortunate enough to have had the pleasure of sailing to Europe on this ship in late August 1956 and returning on the same ship 5 weeks later. It was a wonderous journey.
1446) Annmarie Murphy 
Eatontown N J
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10-16-2006 12:28 PM  Write a comment

Hi Ed, thanks anyway, but I just bought a new computer, I gave up on the old one freezing up all the time when trying to send to you soon ...Annmarie
1445) Eileen Coughlin 
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10-16-2006 10:34 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

This is to Frank C
Where is Tar Island?
I heard it before.
Thank You

John Burkard, Red Hook 10-16-2006 11:17 AM
Hello Eileen, I never heard of Tar Island,I think the reference is to "Tar Beach" (and you know storys do change as fast as time passes) which was everyones rooftop getto haven in the sun. Probably we all went up to the roofs and got a tan in those days because we couldn't afford to get to the beach.

frank c 10-16-2006 03:33 PM
eileen: the lot between columbia and dwight streets and verona was nicknamed tar island.a sonoco gas station was built on this lot in 1951 or so. it has since been replaced by homes frank c

frank c 10-16-2006 03:55 PM
john: the very small lot across the st. delavan st. we as kids called paradise we played a lot of softball on tar island for a very short time. frank c.
1444) ed murphy
carthage n, y.
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Hi Kathy Murray and Maria Monaco please send me your emails and phone #'s. my sister AnnMarie would like to correspond with both of you and anyone else she knew from red hook. she sometimes has trouble sending stuff on the computer.thanks, so much. God bless, ed murphy
1443) maryann paladino
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10-15-2006 05:05 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

hi mad joanne i had the website on yahoo but lost it can u give it to me again. hope your birthday was a good one. on my way down to court. st. in a few weeks to see everyone
1442) Joe Militano
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10-14-2006 07:11 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Roy Caputo:
I'll be sure to give Jimmy your regards.

Roy 10-15-2006 02:32 AM
Thanks Joe.
1441) Frank DiMeglio
Bayonne, NJ
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10-14-2006 03:04 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Frank C.

Juliette's was located on Old man Bartlett's lot, where he kept old wagons and lumber. We stole his wagons to build our election day fires. Bartlett had two sons Bill and Buddy.
Bill became a Captain in the Army in World War 2 and Buddy was a pretty good gymast in Manual Training High School, circa 1937-1941. They lived on Huntington Street between Columbia and Hicks Street. Some pretty good stickball and fist ball players lived on that street. Bill Bartlett, Joe and Tom Ryan, Tommie O'Toole, Luke
and Pat O'Donnel, William Morrisey, Tony Vargss, Pat Marcune, Frank Montelione, Sunny Garguilo, Tony Recito, Tucker etc. Then we had the best handball player in the neighborhood, Frank Tramantano also known as Splinter.

red hook 10-15-2006 11:12 AM
frank d. knew most of guys mentioned. saw mike recito 2 wks ago. my family lived on tar island, hung out in front of the candy store on columbia st. frank c.
1440) Patty Cozzati Laslo
Naples, Florida
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10-14-2006 11:36 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Just read the October Happenings Feature "Fort Defiance returns to Red Hook". I think that you both are doing a wonderful job in having Red Hook recognized for its rightful place in history. May all the Red Hook "Kids", however old and wherever they may be, take pride in their roots.
Many thanks for your efforts.

John Burkard, Red Hook 10-15-2006 12:01 AM
Thanks Patty, Mark has been wonderful bringing this Red Hook heritage to everyones attention on his website. My Father attended school in Red Hook, as well as myself, and my seven children. None of this valuable history was ever taught in our school system public or private. My ultimate goal is to see it included in the history curriculum at all NY City Schools. American history is the forgotten subject today, our schools are failing our kids and our Country. They need to know how this great nation began, its values, hopes and dreams, and opportunites for all our citizens.
1439) Betty Grillo/Avigliano
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10-13-2006 02:30 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Can someone please give me the site for the family pictures.

Thank you
1438) johnny perna 
siny ...
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10-12-2006 10:41 PM  Write a comment

hi lucille ...every word you said was true ...frankie did own that huge coop ...and your job was cleaning it ...... i will never forget those days lucille ..johnny

Lucy Suarez 10-13-2006 09:54 AM
Hey! Johnny... Yep! It was such a rotten job!~ They were living better than we were!The piedgons. And boy when something was wrong with them he'd pay any price to get them well again. The birds had more value to him than anything or anyone else! And I will never forget those days! On the positive side ...I remeber your Sunday dinners Your Mom would make Italian food , and always serve seltzer! I believe you guys ate every week between 1 & 2:00 Did I remeber correctly? Also I can remember your Dad (Pern/Terri)
1437) B. Jean Mahon
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10-12-2006 08:36 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

I was born in Bklyn in1929 and lived there til I was married in 1949. Went to Holy Name, and Manual Training. Graduated from MTHS in 1947; Holy Name in 1943. It would be interesting to know if anyone is still around who remembers me!

.Ben Butler 10-13-2006 09:52 AM
Dear Miss Jean...When was the last time you heard this song.
Probably with Mrs. Wolf at the auditorium piano.

Oh a students life in the Manuel High, is a round of fun.

For the work's worthwhile and the play is real, when studies done.
We will send out teams that are filled with zeal to win.

As they hear our far flung cry.

For it's cheer, cheer,
cheer once agian.

For good old Manuel High.
Benny "Basketball Team " Butler
Class of 55.

MTHS was a geat school with so many good people in it.
PS: For two years in a row I held the record on the team for most missed shots. That is until I grew to 6'5", then it changed.

Hope you liked the song.
1436) John Burkard, Red Hook
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10-12-2006 07:09 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Here's something for all those looking for phptos of Red Hook, My Good friend Bob Geelan, Historian from Pa sent the web address to me. Log on to now pay attention, on the left side of the screen look for digital collections, click on that, then when the screen comes up there's a space to type in your search, type in Red Hook and presto! you will see over 50 various photos 10 at a time. Good luck to all.And thanks Bob for your kindness, we all appreciate it.

Francis Campagna 10-13-2006 08:35 PM
Thank you John for the information. There were some great pictures.
1435) John Ryan
New Jersey
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10-12-2006 02:17 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Ben Butler,are you the older brother of Brian {Patrick}and Jimmy.

Ben Butler 10-13-2006 10:12 AM
Yes I am "the twins" older brother. We lived on Coffey St.
Van Brunt/Conover and hung out with different groups of friends. Tnat is how it was back in the day. Your name is familiar but I believe you hung with their group. I was three years older. My family moved from THE HOOK in 56 when I was in the Army in Germany. From there we split in three directions. Life got serious. Brian became a Cop in the NYC Port Authority, Jimmy went into the trucking business and I went into the Shipping Business.

John do you have any good stories about the young guys you can tell here.

Best regards
1434) Joe
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10-12-2006 02:16 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

My brother-in-law, Jim Corr had pidgeon's on his roof. He lived on Wolcott St.,near Conover St.

Rosario (Roy) Caputo 10-14-2006 01:57 AM
Joe, how is Jimmy. We lived down the block from the Corr family. More toward Van Brunt St. I played ball with Ritchie mostly but do remember a few touch football games with Jimmy. I was down the Hook one day they told me about Ritchie. I was heartbroken. We went way back. I was hoping it was not true. Please say hello to Jim for me. He may remember me. Thanks
1433) Lucy (Lucille) Fraser Suarez
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Pidgens! YUCKY YUCKY YUCKY! My step dad the late not so great FRANKIE LONGO , was the pidgen king of the point,of Red Hook... We lived at 342 Van Brunt St... Over Franks Barber Shoppe and in the yard he built a very expensive very large nothing butthe best coop...He had over 200 prized Hommers silver bars and such! We had to guard them with our lives! I still hear them coo coo and the smell yuck , guess who was selected to cleran and scrap the coop! He used to go to Rhode Island to race em BIG BUCKS were gambled let me tell ya! Till today I HATE pidgens!!!

John Burkard, Red Hook 10-12-2006 11:43 AM
Right on Lucy. How many Red Hook Moms had to reel in their kids diapers off clothes lines and rewash them because of the pidgeon droppings? I'll bet they are all in agreement with your yucky,yucks.....(LOL)

Tommy B. 10-12-2006 01:31 PM
Hi John,I was reading Time out N.Y. magazine, there was an article about best blocks in N.Y.C. & Vonover & Coffey was the 8th best block & 3rd Place between Court & Smith was 23rd ,if I'm correct that is out of 50 blocks. They also mention when your down by Coffey you can take a walk down by Valentino pier. Now dont forget when you do that you must stop by Defonte's & get one of those Valentino specials,regards!

John Burkard 10-12-2006 02:53 PM
For Tommy B, I live on Coffey St, and I'm suprised to hear about the honor. It makes me especially proud, When I first moved there nearl 50 yrs ago there was no trees, I managed to get all the trees planted with the exception of about four. As to Delfontes, it's the wrong direction from Valentino Pk, but I'll pick up a hero and bring it down to the pier(LOL) Regards, and Thanks for the info, John

babyann 10-12-2006 03:03 PM
Lucy & John B thanks for keeping this event about pigeons alive, My best memories are about my uncles on the roof's of my grandmothers house Carroll St. they would cross 5 houses, to maintain their beloved Pigeons
and as you said yucky was the word, they did stink and god for bid you Interfered with the home coming of these birds
I hated it we were not allowed to play in the yard to much noise and My aunt was not allowed to hang clothes

Lucy Suarez 10-14-2006 10:56 AM
I'll bet(no pun intended!) that most of the wives of pidhen owners never relized just how much gambling was going on with those pidgen races!!! I know it set the mood all week if it was a lose and they'd be joy for a day or too after a win!
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