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1340) Sal Bracco 
seasal@optonline.net
Location:
Babylon, Long Island
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9-18-2006 07:40 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

When I see these Spanish speaking immigrants playing soccer in our parks it kinda reminds me of when I was a little kid my poppa took me to watch the Italian Soccer teams play each other on the field across from the soon-to-be-built Red Hook pool, Stadium and Projects...We drove there in a car with a rumble seat and thats where I sat.....There was always a large crowd their on Sundays.

Sal 9-20-2006 07:47 AM
Here is another memory for you guys. In 1939 the grand opening of the Clinton Movie Theater there were spot lights shining up to the sky for all of Red Hook to see and the movie was "Gone with the Wind"
1339) Francis Campagna 
frank_campagna@yahoo.com
Location:
Garden City, NY
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9-18-2006 07:02 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Went to the VFW annual reunion and had a fantastic time. Met friends who lived in my building and a woman who babysat for me. She said that I was a brat. You can't buy these memories for a million dollars. See all of you next year.

Ben Butler 9-18-2006 08:26 AM
Dear Frank,
Your Phot Album was far beyond great. I was knocked over by the picture of Impy Imperato,
Jamsie Sichenzia, Me and the Guys. I was so stunned I can't remember who else was in it.

Plus all the others./ I can see Frank Sacco from Union Street
FRANKS outfitted a lot of kids.
in your great pictures.

Please don't forget me on a copy opf that wonderful picture

Best regards

Benny Butler from Coffey
Street.

The Get together at the Post
should be once a week.

Loved it. Solid gold
The time with all the people went like five minutes

Francis 9-18-2006 03:34 PM
Red;
Check your email. Also sent you some Brooklyn Dodger pictures by mistake. Hope you're not a Yankee fan.

Ben Butler. 9-19-2006 08:37 AM
fRANCIS....Got your Pics.
Loved Porky Ambery playing football with his cigar. Bringing my Red Hook Pics next year, Again thank you so much
U GOOD. Meantime seeing Roddy Tweedy,Bobby Kelly, Harry Nespoli and Cento floored me.
Meeting those guys was better then meeting (I can't say it) might get stoned to death.

Many thanks to the Post for
hosting this event. It was dynamite folks. If you did not make it this year be sure to do so next year. And the DJ needs a great hand. He was great.

Harry we have a money game going down next sunday in the park. see ya.

Benny
1338) John Spadaro 
johnspadaro@comcast.net
Location:
Gurnee Illinois (Outside Chica
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9-17-2006 10:49 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

HI all. God! its been so long. Catching up with old friends. Eddie Regina - I spoke with Gail from cat's alley. Call me and I will give you her phone number. I lost your number. All is well here. My sister Angela now lives in PA and so does my brother Michael. Remember ST. Mary's Band, St Stephens. Hope to hear from all soon. Take care.

There's no place like Brooklyn.
1337) esther garbelotto 
foxynuso@optonline.net
Location:
long island ny
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9-17-2006 09:34 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

hi esther i am willies daughter

joanne dibenedetto 9-18-2006 07:49 PM
Hi Cousin Esther This is JoAnne...Uncle Augie's daughter...How are you? My mother is fine and living with us in FLorida.....It has been so many years....All my brothers and sisters and their families are great...So nice to be in touch with you...all of our family is on here...Where do u live? How is your family?.....write back
I think about your father all the time....Me josephine & Esther took a trip to new york and went by Jr's...couldnt help but think about uncle Willie...Jo lives in Kansas and Esther is in Arizona...Would love to hear from you
cousin joanne

Baby Esther 9-18-2006 08:33 PM
Hi Esther, Wow so great that you are hear.
We started a Yahoo group
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/abdgfamily/
Go check it out, lots of pictures with more to come and lots of family joining each day.

Cousin Christine 9-19-2006 06:14 AM
Hi Esther:

How wonderful to see you here, it has been so long since we have seen each other...how is your family? Uncle Willie had always been a big part of all our lives, if you get a chance to visit the family website, there is an amazing picture of all the Garbelotto brothers with there Esthers...it was a very impressive photo, with such great men and their daughters...love to hear from you.

joanne dibenedetto 9-20-2006 09:36 PM
hi joanne so nice to hear from you. ron and i are fine and live on Long Island we have 3 children all married and 4 grandkids all boys i have a job working in the school.
how long have you been in Florida? you said your mom lives with you give her my love
i remember she would always have a joke to tell me
hope to hear from you
cousin esther
1336) MadelineB 
Maddy104@Earthlink.net
Location:
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Hi Tina I emailed you did you get my message?

Hi Tom I guess they are waiting for 9-30????
See you soon been real busy.

Sorry I didn't make old timers day,I was away I'm sure it was great.

As for the neighboorhood ,talk about changes..I saw Hanley's in my time go thru 3 changes First when John Hanley owned it and for those of you who went there there then it was a saw dust bar.Then the young Hanleys Bebbie & Kim it was a fine restaurant and bar. Now owned by Jim very opened atmosphere,plenty of new and young people ..plenty of tvs around .And this change happened in only a few short years.So you just don't know...todays happenings are tomorrows memories.
1335) Louise 
sassylu99@aol.com
Location:
Red Hook Brooklyn
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9-17-2006 04:39 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi everybody, Where is everybody??? I thought for sure there were going to be a lot of conversation about the old timers reunion. It was jammed packed and the yard and the front of the place were jammed as well. There was a lot of hugging going on. I saw MaryJane Perroncino and we had a few good laughs. Father time seemed to be good to all of us. I always tell people the secret is in the water of the Hook. I guess there is a lot of resting being done today. Hey Matty it was good seeing you and you look great as did Jimmy Gallager. So what do you guys think of the New Red Hook? A lot of changes being done. Ok People enough rest....tell us about your day in Red Hook with all the Old Timers...GULP...yikes we are part of that group....Old Timers.... Louise
1334) MadelineB 
Maddy104@earthlink.net
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9-16-2006 08:21 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

To John I
My father cut a lot of heads in Red Hook and Carroll Gardens,and my mom was very popular..she saw a lot of kids grow to be adults when she worked in 142.

My father was Nick the Barber as I said earlier on the sight he had his shop on Court & 1st place.,and before that on Rector St. in the city and before that he was with his brothers on Hamilton Ave. and Clinton St .I'm sure a lot of the old timers remember him.

Today I'm considered an old timer.We all have to get there sometime!!!

My mom was very well known on Van Brunt St ,she had a lot of friends her nick name was Garbo,because she was a beauty when she was young....

Tina 9-16-2006 08:45 PM
Hi John and Madeline,
M. Did you receive my email? My two older sons had their "first" haircuts with your Dad. When it was time for my youngest we had moved from the neighborhood.
I haven't been inside of P.S. 142 since I was a teenager. A few years ago, a young friend of the family taught at J.H. 142 and after year and a half left. Need I say more?
John we probably attended P.S.142 at the same time. We are the same age. Do you remember Miss Fernandez's nick-name? Can't mentioned here. Did any of the names in my prior entry sound familiar? Mr. Fine was a gentleman.

Tommy B. 9-17-2006 11:07 AM
Hi Mad, where has everyone gone?

John I. From First place 9-18-2006 08:14 AM
Hi maddy, Yes i remember them both very very well.Yes when she was young she was pretty.I do remember them calling her Garbo.I miss them and all the old timers so much.I also miss the old neighborhood but the way it was with the old people like myself when we were all young.How is ur bortherJimmy?

Tommy B. 9-18-2006 11:49 AM
Hi John , this is Madelines kid brother, my sister is kind of busy, I'm sorry to say that my older brother Jimmy passed away about 20 years ago at the young age of 49, boy do we miss him! Thanks for asking about him.
1333) JoAnne 
jotgee1@aol.com
Location:
Bklyn
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Do they still have the feast on Court Street (usually in Sept, I believe).

John Burkard: I just love the history, please keep it coming!

John I. From First Place 9-18-2006 08:17 AM
Hi Anne i dont remember a feast n court street? what was the name of the saint the feast was for?

JoAnne 9-19-2006 04:33 PM
Hi John I: I believe it was just called Court Street Fair and it ran from Carroll Park down to 4th Place. Lots of fun. The had a stage set up, usually on 4th Place. Anthony Marinaro, from 3rd Place used to sing. He was great. I remember Mayor Koch coming... Lots of excitement. But just good old fashioned fun.

Do they still have it???

Thanks
JoAnne

Vicky 9-19-2006 06:48 PM
Hi Joanne! No they don't have the feast anymore on Court St. and it hasn't been in quite a few years. I do remember when the bandstand was right outside Barbara's. That feast used to be around the end of August beginning of Sept. and I remember it so well. Years before it was on Henry St. It used to be St. Rosalie and then Our Lady of Sorrows..We had alot of fun at those feasts remember?
1332) Bob Geelan 
gbobgee12123@aol.com
Location:
PA
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9-16-2006 02:12 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Congratulations to John Burkard for his
perserverance in getting the historic sign re-erected in Red Hook. It depicts a time in the history of our country and of Red Hook about which we need to be
reminded.Even though unthinking individuals have defaced the sign, the fact that Red Hook played an important
part in the development our nation will
remain.
1331) Esther Garbelotto 
foxynuso@optonline.net
Location:
Long Island
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I was told someone in south brooklyn is looking for me Please contact me at above.

babyann 9-16-2006 01:25 PM
Hi Esther I e-mailed You there were 2 of us with the same first name please e mail me nichann9@msn.com One of us was the one asking about you...

Esther 9-16-2006 10:17 PM
Hi Esther,
This is also Esther Garbelotto, which one are you? Who is your Dad?

babyann 9-17-2006 06:26 AM
Esther G. I left out that we worked together at Home Insurance Co. in 60's
1330) 1321)dominick pagano 
domnvickypagano@hotmail.com
Location:
pocono mts,
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i do remember the hot dog man on union & hick st,and all the venders. my brother frank and i would walk to union st. there was a ice cream store on the corner of hicks &union, also the p.a.l. and a candy store we hung out,i think it was next to the 78th precient.in fact my brother & sister rosie will be at the reunion today.
1329) millie hutchinson/amundsen 
amundsenm6@aol.com
Location:
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Tom and Millie Amundsen, married with 6 children and 14 grandchildren.I remember much about Red Hook and wonder if anyone remembers us.

Louise 9-16-2006 08:19 AM
is this Tootsie/Mildred? Hi it's Louise Conti (Tiny) Ethels' sister-in-law. We went to 27s together. How have you been? I was shocked to see you on. We have 3 children,4 grandchildren & 1 greatgrandchild on the way in November. Wow we came a long way didn't we? Louise

millie to tiny 9-16-2006 10:38 AM
yea its me. Ethel and Arlene told me to go on that there was so much intersesting stuff going on and most of it was more our era. Alot going on and I sure will keep in touch. Have e a busy day right now but cantt wait to get back to you.
1328) MadelineB 
Maddy104@earthlink.net
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To Tina and John :On earlier listings in guest book you'll see that I spoke about 142.
Mr. Fine and his wife directed a play called Getting to Know You.Marie Antioca,Marie Fallow John Lagana and myself were in the play.I played the lead a teacher.
I mentioned Mr. Daynes the principal and his Son a teacher who later becae a principal they were both very tought guys. Not like today.
Schroll down you'll see a lot of old timers were on sight and you may know them.Which Tina is this?
John I know your related to Babyann!!

Tina 9-15-2006 07:59 PM
Hi Madeline,
Baby Esther's Aunt, Tina B.

I had forgotten about Mr Daynes

John I. From first place 9-16-2006 05:34 AM
Yes Madeleine im baby ann's cousin her father and my mother were brother and sister.you have to remember that you came a bit later on into red hook's world hahaha you were younger than I by many years. so the teachers i mention half of them may not have been in 142 when u went there.Mr. Daynes was assistant prinicpal when i went then later became principal.But we had miss chambers principal and then miss doughty before mr daynes came into the scene and yes your right discipline was strong and good then and the parents and kids were better off then.When I went to 142 no free lunch no free milk you mother did all that took care of it for it child.It was not the worlds responsibility to pay fior the kids ur parents deceided to have.well enough about that. and buses oh god we wont get into that at all . ciao
1327) John Burkard, red Hook 
redhookhistory@aol.com
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9-15-2006 04:09 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Part two continued -
It has been said the events that occurred on that fateful day saved the American Army from certain defeat, and allowed the Colonists to withdraw to Manhattan where they regrouped and went on to win the Revolutionary War. In short, Red Hook is where America was born.
I was totally shocked and angry when we approached the sign location to find some graffitti vandal had painted his/her initials defacing this story about the birth of America.
The sign, missing nearly 50 years, was returned to the residents and our school children for their enjoyment. It was Red Hook's rightful claim to fame. What kind of psychotic person would need to destroy a piece of their own heritage to make a statement?
I am 77 years of age, I can truly say I am angry, but also puzzled that we have this type of individual living in our great country today, with no conception of right or wrong, or moral values. Sorry Mark, for taking up so much space, But I had to unload. John B

De Bock 9-15-2006 04:39 PM
I wholeheartedly agree with you. It makes one wonder how shallow some in our society are with respect to preserving our history for the next generation and question the future holds for those who commit such senseless acts. I must also add my two cents relative to how equally senseless was the tear down of Todd's Shipyards which could have been restored and protected under the Landmark Act to preserve what little history is left for our little community of Red Hook. Todd's could have been gracefully restored to house shopping as done in Boston and so many other places reaping the same levels of profitability But, our developers are too short-sighted and politicians too eager to show immediate results without considering the value of preserving the architecture and places where significant events in the history of this country occurred. I am as anguished as you at both the story of this artifact and the tear-down in general. Keep your writings coming because there is so much history you provide that us younger generations never knew because so much was not documented in the past.
1326) John Burkard, Red Hook 
redhookhistory@aol.com
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Hello everyone, I'm posting this message in two posts because it is lengthy and the site will not allow for more than 3oo words. Part One -
15 years ago when I retired, I embarked on a quest to locate or replace an historic plaque once located on Todd Shipyards building at Beard and Richards Street.
It told of the heroic men at Fort Defiance who by their action prevented the British fleet from entering the East River and thereby saved George Washington's already surrounded Army from certain defeat during the "Battle of Brooklyn" This was on August 27, 1776
Finally after much effort and hard work on the part of many good people, the Parks Department erected a facsimile in the beautiful Valentino Park at the Ft. of Coffey Street just last Saturday.
Today I was escorting someone from the Daughters of the American Revolution Brooklyn Chapter to the park to view the sign. They have become interested in Red Hook's role during that battle and the historic significance of what occurred.
Part two continued above -
1325) John I from first place 
redruby734@aol.com
Location:
Staten Island ny
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9-15-2006 12:30 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

hi does anyone remember P.S 142 and Miss chambers as principal then we had miss Doughty as principal? does anyone remember that era?some of the teachers were Mr. Fine Miss fernandez, Miss Harris, Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Maller, ms. Downey,Ms Steinberg,Ms Meagher.Does anyone remember any of them?

madeline faiella 9-15-2006 02:28 PM
john 1
it looks like i'm the only one answering u back today. i do remember these people they where geat teachers mr fine and wife how about ms mc cherry ms dash, mr manfred.
ms troy the cooking teacher, ms hellman the hygeine teacher

Tina 9-15-2006 06:11 PM
Hi Madeline and John,
Oh my goodness do I remember those teachers. Especially, Mr Maller when we would leave his classroom, the staircase closest to Hamilton Avenue, one of the boys would run ahead of the class and open the door creating a draft, hoping to see if his hairpiece would stand up from the breeze. Did you have Miss Carberry (Science) Mrs. MacDermott, who kept her liquor bottle in her desk and drank because her husband had been killed in WW11, she would pick up her chair and throw it at the class when she was angry with us.We became very good at ducking her chair. Mr. Baldwin, Miss Santorach, Mrs Fernandez (Music)Mr Kaplan, Miss Clark.
In Mr Fine's class (math/art?) One of the boys - at least once a week - would hide on the shelf in the clothes closet (or flat on top of the closet) during class without the rest of us laughing or looking at the closet so as not to draw attention to the boy. I do not remember if it was Mr Baldwin (it was a male teacher) the boys would put a couple of thumb tacks on his chair because the rumor was he had a wooden leg and they wanted to see if the tacks would stick. Not once did he react to the tacks and all of us would sit during the entire time worrying what was going to happen if he did find it. But, that never stopped the boys from putting the tacks on his chair. What years did you attend P.S.142.
I don't want to put last names here but do you remember Frank DiM and Sal Bracco from Huntington St. Anthony S. Henry St, Louie V., Bobby and Janet C. & Joey A. Carroll St, Lefty T. Henry St, Dennis A. Luqueer St.

Madeline I will email you.

John I. from First place 9-16-2006 05:45 AM
Hi Tina I remember many of those teachers u mention, Miss fernandez Stopped Mr. Fine from putting on a musical that I would have had the lead role in because she said she was the music teacher and he was infrnging on his territory. I hated ms . fernandez for doing that at the time.He was a very nice teacher.A gentleman I remember ms. mccherry she always said that bottle held her cough medicine hahah but we all knew what it held. good Old 142 and red hook.Have you seen that school lately????down hill terrible the outside looks fine.but dont go in.
1324) donna viviano 
dviviano43@yahoo.com
Location:
fishersville virginia
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hi everyone,i am originally from new york.moved to va 10 yrs ago.i need help with research on finding my biological mother.i was born 8/19/61 and adopted through the angel guardian home.i was born in brooklyn.,y bmom name was lauretta and she married back in late 1961 to a connors.does anyone know where to lookup on microfilm births in brooklyn for 1961?my bmom had a sister who died in a fire as a child back in the mid 1940's.does any of this sound familiar?please help.i need medical history and i would love the chance to say thank you to her.take care brooklynites.miss you
donna

madeline faiella 9-15-2006 09:37 AM
donna viviano
look into this office
office of vital records
125 worth street, cn 4 rm 133
new york, ny 10013-4090
it will cost you $ 15.00
dont have phone # but you can call infro for it
1323) John I from first place 
Location:
Staten Island ny
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does anyone rememeber red the barber on columbia street andi think it was carol or summit street?Sylvia's ladies clothing on carroll and columbia, the record store across the street from there the trolley car that used to come up an down columbia street?The feast of our lady of solace(Consolazione) every year in august held there.The Chapel St. Charles on president st and van brunt?The two sisters on played the organ in that church and the other sang harmony alto there Daisy and /Clem???does anyone remember any of that?

madeline faiella 9-15-2006 09:44 AM
john i
yes i do the two sisters and brother took care of the chapel on president street, i think ms florentino was the 1st grade teacher in SHJMS for along time and retired before they closed the school. and now the chapel is now cabrini park when they
torn down the church because it was to far gone to rebuild

John I. From first place 9-15-2006 11:13 AM
Madeleine Faiella, yes the were the florentino sisters one was daisy an the other clem.and they had a brother Joe.Clem did teach first grade in school for many years that shjm school.Clem passed away many years ago and Daisy moved with her niece in long island dont know what happened to her.They were indeed a very nice family. Georgia and I sang in church there for many years.

madeline faiella 9-15-2006 11:57 AM
john1 first pl
do you remember sr regina who was the first grade teacher in shjms? she now retired in calfornia and beleive she is not retired as she is still going strong doing "GODs" work.
you might remember me i was always with the sisters driving them around.
1322) John I from first place 
redruby734@aol.com
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staten island ny
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does anyone remember Candida Undergarment factory on VanBrunt st and Sackett st?I think its a super market now

madeline faiella 9-15-2006 11:59 AM
john 1
my mother and godmother worked for her for many yrs

John I. From first place 9-15-2006 12:24 PM
Madeleine Connie of candida Undergarment was a very good friend for many years she and her husband Joe they both have passed a long time ago about twenty years ago.It happened so fast she went to beauty parlor and the next morning was dead.They dont know what caused it hair dye, lunch? no one knows to this day.I loved her and her husband nice people they sold that building for about 225 M long ago now look at what its worth Red Hook for you.

madeline faiella 9-15-2006 02:33 PM
john
how old are you ?
i lived at 69 woodhull street
from 1955-1972 or so
i was always with the nuns from first place do i know you?
and are you going tomorrow
vfw sept 16,

John I from First Place 9-16-2006 05:50 AM
Madeleine faiella, are you related to Joe Faiella down caroll street and van brunt sts.He was a funeral director.and Mad i came many years before you hahaha im 72 yearss old .haha i dont think your that old. you must have been born a few, quote a few years after me.
1321) dominick pagano 
domnvickypagano@hotmail.com
Location:
pocono mountains pa.
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i have been reading a lot of comments on the hot dog man on columbia and president st. i remember him,and his hot dogs were great,but my uncle frank bianco who was known as cheech,had a hot dog wagon on hamilton ave. and clinton st. his wagon was under the gowanus express way.i believe he was there in the late fiftys.i helped him on the wagon,and one day he sent me to his home to get a jar of his home made onions. when i returned the cops and ambulence was there a car had went out of control and hit the wagon. cheech was hit and i remember going to see him in a whole body cast. if he did not send me for the onions it would have been me in the accident. does anyone remember him.it would be great to hear from you,dominick

babyann D 9-16-2006 05:06 AM
I don't remember him sorry I met someone last night he said there was another hot dog man off Union and Hicks St. I don't remember that at all I tell ya there were so many push carts in those days if u lived there in the area u would know about them. I remember the vender who sold bananas on Union St.& Columbia St.he had a mustach black hair skinny boy I should have been a detective ahahahhah. Ask me his name I can't remember. our minds only remember certain things and this is one. My mother would send me for these things, store 2 off the corner sold hankchuff he was across from the banana vender. I wish I could remember all.
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